You see Raindancer Samech A'er-Koreth, an Elven Warrior Mage.
He has pointed ears and crystal green eyes. His auburn hair is shoulder length and wavy, and is worn loose, tucked behind his ears. He has tanned skin.
He is an adult.
He is clean shaven.
He is holding a carved darkspine partisan with a tripartite blade dangling a jadeleaf tassel in his right hand.
He is wearing a woven straw takbahn, a cascading mantle of vapor-grey madun interlaced with carved sanrisi triskeles, a diacan fishtail spear with a hewn cedar haft wrapped in rough spun jadeleaf, a balanced tamboti crossbow fitted with a fluid diacan spanning mechanism, a moss green thornweave khandur closed by sungold-capped toggles, a darkspine ritual buckler painted with an ochre triskele under diacan bands, a buckled harness of storm-grey thornweave laced with strips of kokona reed, a grey madun philosopher's bag hung with mossy belzune and cambrinth triskeles, a moss-covered thornweave medicine pouch lined in mottled jadeleaf, a tapered darkspine scabbard bound with mist-grey madun and a diacan buckle, a hewn tamboti slingshot with a handle bound in mossy thornweave, a partitioned diacan case swirled with a watery iridescence, an Ilithian cedar thigh quiver lined with jadeleaf moss, and a pair of iroko sandals with black madun straps.
Samech A’er-Koreth was born on the 6th day of the 7th month of Moliko the Balance in the year of the Iron Toad, 298 years after the victory of Lanival the Redeemer. As a boy from a rural River Elf village on an oxbow of the Segoltha in far southwestern Zoluren, Samech’s parents encouraged him to learn the great river and work toward becoming a boatswain and piloting his own trade skiff. While spending his youth in the nearby bordertown of Ilaiya Taipa, Samech worked the skiffs to ferry merchants, scholars, magic researchers, and other travelers across the river, where he learned bits of lore and magic theory in the shadow of Ain Ghazal. He developed a talent for the manipulation of water and air currents during his time on the skiffs, and he soon left the bustling trade economy of Ilaya Taipa to settle on the Segoltha riverside as a fisher and raindancer, a shamanistic elementalist performing increasingly advanced experiments in what could be considered fluid dynamics on the frontier.
After his youth, Samech traveled further afield to explore Leth Deriel and the other major towns and cities of southern Zoluren, Ilithi and Forfedhdar. Appropriate to his adolescence spent working in the provincial borderlands, Samech feels no loyalty to a provincial authority, instead counting himself loyal to the frontier locale of his upbringing. Likewise, as he later traveled to Shard, Chyolvea Tayeu'a, Hibarnividar, and the Crossing for institutional training in the Warrior Mage Guild, Samech found himself over time in a tense relationship with the structures and strictures of the guildhalls and their leadership. True to his home, his knack for controlling currents of water and air, and the history he picked up on the skiffs, Samech completely eschews fire magic, suspicious of its tendency to tempt elemental mages toward greater (and more corrupt) magical power.
a diacan fishtail spear with a hewn cedar haft wrapped in rough spun jadeleaf
Look: The spearhead's watery, aphotic edge bears a contoured fishtail shape with a wide divergent flare at the base, while an azure rivertear interrupts a fluid wave pattern of triskele symbols etched around the thick muractice band that affixes it to the haft. Embroidered with vedda bark fibers, the jadeleaf wrapping depicts various geometric forms denoting the elemental Planes of Water, Air, and Electricity.
Read: "Integrity in balance and motion."
a carved darkspine partisan with a tripartite blade dangling a jadeleaf tassel
Look: Two wings emerge from the base of a curving diacan blade like divergent rivers, the atramentous metal contrasting with a hewn belzune and rivertear amulet set in the spearhead's socket. Strips of jadeleaf cloth tied beneath the blade form a tassel, while the carved haft displays a long string of abstract geometries in sanrisi intarsia that transform into wave-like triskeles. The pattern is broken only by woven kokona reed grips and where a diacan cap etched with a single word covers the butt end.
Read: "Suwudaz" (Waterfall)
an attenuate darkspine pilum fixed with a wavelike diacan head
Look: Though designed for throwing, the reinforced diacan shank of this weapon remains strong enough to parry effectively. A distinct riverine pattern of triskeles shimmers along inky black langets down the pale shaft, which terminate at two mistglass fixtures carved with elemental hexads. Curling sanrisi intarsia decorates the pilum's remaining length. Ilithic script is carved into the base of the weapon just beneath a patch of moss that has gathered there.
Read: "Esten erreca" (Narrow river)
a diacan cusped falchion hilted with knotworked pozumshi wood
Look: The inky black blade curves gracefully to a fullered point that produces a watery shimmer whenever light strikes its surface. Made from a pozumshi tree with its branches hewn off, the hilt is protected by geometric madun knotwork down to the azure rivertear bound within the tree's carefully preserved roots. Etched into the blade is a single phrase in stylized Ilithic script.
Read: "Geshemen ilaya" (Frozen River)
a darkspine ritual buckler painted with an ochre triskele under diacan bands
Look: The triskele's wave-like arms radiate from the buckler's hexagonal diacan boss, painted in dark ochre across a russet darkspine face that is beset by lichens. Added for reinforcement, riveted black diacan bands shimmer beneath water stains, electrical burns, and other signs of elemental praxis. On the reverse side, Ilithic script is etched into the bracing.
Read: "Integrity in balance and motion."
a balanced tamboti crossbow fitted with a fluid diacan spanning mechanism
Look: Against moss-green madun wrapped tightly around the midsection of the tiller, inky-black gearing exhibiting a watery iridescence has been positioned to mimic the churning of river rapids when turned. Laminated mistwood limbs strung with braided steelsilk join the tiller at the bridle where a lone albatross feather hangs. The exposed sections of the stock have been polished with silt to reveal a ruddy woodgrain subduing the Ilithic script and wave-like triskele symbols carved upon it.
Read: "Sora ilaya aglo eicetisai." (From the river come the rapids.)
a hewn tamboti slingshot with a handle bound in mossy thornweave
Look: Cut from a single limb of tamboti, the slingshot's reddish woodgrain contrasts with the silvery storm bull sinew and mistsilk pouch that complete the rustic weapon. Strips of green thornweave wrapped tightly around the handle and wrist brace provide comfort when held, in addition to muting the noise of use while hunting. The spicy fragrance of the tamboti wood serves as a reminder of its riverside growth conditions, where freshwater and saltwater mix in a turbulent balance.
a ponderous darkspine book of experimental methods lined in mistsilk
Look: The book's pale russet cover and mistsilk lining belie its immense weight when held in the hand, thanks to a heavy diacan lock designed to protect its contents, which consist of many pages of experimental notes added as appendices to the volume. A series of six sigils carved into the darkspine in hexagonal arrangement denote the book's chapters, while the title is etched in bold lettering along the black diacan spine. There appears to be something written on it.
Read: "Esoteric Methods in Matter and Energy Transfer"
a mossy belzune stone cradled in hexagonal vedda bark latticework
Look: Protective as it is decorative, the dark lattice allows the stone to be handled without being touched. A creeping patch of moss partially obscures gold flecks and a wave-like pattern of triskeles carved around the stone's circumference. A single rivertear clasp, devoid of any markings, secures the bark framework.
a cascading mantle of vapor-grey madun interlaced with carved sanrisi triskeles
Look: Variations in hue lend the fabric the appearance of bands of mist, steam, ash, and smoke wending their way through a repeating arrangement of sanrisi triskele tokens, each carved to symbolize core elements. The dark sheen underlying the low relief patterns is interrupted only by a mosiac of wooden whorls that drape loosely from the shoulder where the garment is fastened with a stormfire topaz etched in intaglio. The back of the clasp is deeply engraved.
a grey madun philosopher's bag hung with mossy belzune and cambrinth triskeles
Look: Designed with pockets in a variety of sizes to suit a number of implements or materials, this spacious bag is cord-drawn with wavelike triskele medallions carved from cambrinth and belzune stones, each set with an azure rivertear. The dark madun is visible between damp patches of celadon lichen and strips of vedda bark stitched to the fabric, which display geometric notation on esoteric planar structures in faint scratches.
a moss-covered thornweave medicine pouch lined in mottled jadeleaf
Look: Hung with carved sanrisi triskeles representing the fluid elements, this overlarge soil-streaked pouch is set with a variety of pockets for holding implements of wildly different sizes. The jadeleaf interior of each pocket provides extra protection for glass jars and vials, while the pouch's flap of grey thornweave shields its contents from the wind and rain. An esoteric phrase is stitched on the interior of the flap in vedda bark fibers.
a tapered darkspine scabbard bound with mist-grey madun and a diacan buckle
Look: Hewn from a single length of polished darkspine, the timeworn scabbard now bears diagonal water stains and jagged burns across layers of mist-grey madun extending from the inky diacan buckle to the matching chape. Wavelike geometric forms are hand-stitched with white wooden fibers into the brocade wrapping, denoting traditional elemental forms on the visible face of the scabbard and hylomorphic planar structures against the thigh.
a buckled harness of storm-grey thornweave laced with strips of kokona reed
Look: Stitched from thornweave fabric the color of an encroaching storm, this cross-body harness displays a series of gold-flecked belzune frogs to store a variety of implements at hand. Undyed strips of kokona reed have been laced through the thornweave to provide extra stability, while dark stitching across the front depicts geometric shapes that denote the fluid planar structures. A sanrisi triskele set with an azure rivertear buckles the harness at the shoulder.