I, Ryuu Nova, was born to Arthur and Isolde Nova in Reza. My father owns an inn just off of Reza Avenue; The Sky Whale Inn. I spent my days running errands for my parents and keeping the dining room tidy. If any visitors would let him, father would complain about the “atrocities” at The Last Pine, when our ancestor was brutally attacked during a duel. Dairihill was several greats back my uncle, and father wanted to be sure everyone knew about this “farce of an Ildician Duel” that killed our ancestor.
My family was constantly pushing me to cut my long hair. But the more they pushed, the harder my resolve became to keep it long. As I grew older, I began to feel that I didn’t belong in the Andunian lands. My philosophies on nature and family fit more with a Dark Elf than my own people. I began to study the Dark Elves and hoped to travel to their lands as an adult. At 19, I began a relationship with the youngest son of the Wallas Clan. His family had low opinions of me from the start, being from a lesser clan. My father was incredibly proud of me and met with the leader of the Wallas Clan to try and change their mind. Unfortunately, the family would not allow their son to marry me simply because I was “lesser” than them. I was terribly heartbroken and never spoke to the boy again. I still can barely talk about it, to this day. The experience shaped my opinion of the way my people view our clans and heritage. I do not agree with the hierarchy of our society.
When I turned 20 my best friend, Wren, and I decided to travel as much as we could. Since we were finally considered adults, we packed our bags and haven’t looked back. My current goal is to travel to the lands of the Dark Elves and learn more about them, first-hand.
I smile brightly and meet the man’s gaze. “Hello. My friend and I simply hope to learn more about this world we live in. Although, those knives over there might need a closer look,” I say peeking over his smartly dressed shoulders at the stalls behind him. Coming back to the conversation, I say, “Could you point us in the direction of an inn, sir?”