Oscearo (Oh-see-AR-oh) was born on the 5th day of the 5th month of Uthmor the Giant in the year of the Bronze Wyvern, 400 AV, into an obscure offshoot branch of the Outcast Tribes. In Arhat 424 she left her home in the Velaka Desert, for reasons which she declines to comment on, eventually making her way to Crossing in Moliko of the same year. Not long after arriving there she joined the Warrior Mage guild, and was taken on by Perune Nocarrain as his apprentice. Even after four years in this role she harbours persistent dark misgivings that she is not a very good apprentice or warrior mage in general, but this may in part be accounted for by the words used to describe her since her coming to Crossing, which include "somber," "dour," and "pessimistic." If asked, she would choose to replace these words with "thoughtful," "stoic," and, naturally, "realistic."
You see Apprentice Warrior Mage Oscearo Stillwater, a Human.
She has a square face, close-set amber eyes and a straight nose. Her white hair is short and wavy, and is worn tied back in a thin braided tail. She has dark brown skin and an athletic figure.
She is short for a Human.
She is an adult.
She is wearing a sage-green cloth hair wrap dangling with a beaded eagle feather, a beige wool burnoose, a full-sleeved cinnamon broadcloth shirt with a drawstring neckline, some rugged leathers, a pair of brown leather sandals with cross straps, a wide cambrinth apprentice's armband in the shape of a pair of leucros, a pale jade bracelet crafted to resemble a water snake eating its tail, a bangle-style bronze anklet with an antiqued finish, and a sturdy canvas bundle.
Oscearo's primary affinity is to the element of water, with secondary affinities for earth and air. Her interests lie mostly in defensive and utility applications of elemental magic rather than in combat spells.
Having received an unorthodox training among her people as something more akin to a bard, Oscearo still perceives mana as music rather than visible streams. She also finds it challenging to cast spells by means of sigils rather than through song or some other vocalization, and as a result has devised for herself an array of vocal crutches which any self-respecting warrior mage would likely find deplorable.
Oscearo's familiar is a fuzzy calico guinea-pig who has taken the name of Pipsissewa. Pipsissewa considers herself a visiting scholar at Asemath Academy, having successfully graduated herself from a children's classroom in Arthe Dale. She is fond of her stubborn, proud, foolish mageling, but finds deeply regrettable her mageling's habit of referring to her as "Pips."
Like most others of her tribe, Oscearo's spirituality consists of a mix of beliefs drawn from various cultures, an eclectic blending which shows no compunction in appropriating and adapting religious traditions from anywhere under the sun.
Following the events of the Raid on Maelshyve's Fortress and the appearance of the unicorn avatar that spoke to her and others at the Riverhaven Temple, Oscearo has devoted herself with some ambivalence to Hodierna. However, her view of Hodierna conforms somewhat more to the traditional Kaldaran conception of the goddess than to that deity's representation among the Kermorian Pantheon. Oscearo also is an adherent of the pseudo-divine Huntress.
Besides these devotions, Oscearo tends towards an animist view of the world. She particularly sees her magical work with the elements as being an interaction between herself and some manner of sentience, rather than a manipulation of merely inanimate forces.
Oscearo distrusts empaths and sorcery, detests necromancers, and has a horror of being touched by the opposite sex. Things that she actually likes include history, poetry, teaching, and, since discovering the miracle of spectacles, sketching and painting. She also has a great partiality for flowers, hair ornaments, and dancing, which she probably hopes no one notices.