And she heard the crows squawk as she meticulously ground up the acorns with her pestle.
They warned her of the arrival.
Generally shy and introverted. Quite nice to those who show her the same kindness.
Animals, The Woods, Spellcraft, Gardening,
Mushrooms, People who Respect Nature,
Being Alone, Giving to People in Need
The Undead, The Catholic Orthodoxy,
Evil Spirits and those who commune with them,
Arrogant people, Those who do not respect life and death,
Guns, Dark Clouds
December 21st, 1991 (Winter Solstice, Lunar Eclipse)
A child is born under the red moon in a cold barn in Gvozdno, Chernarus. She did not cry. Her mother, Elain, dies in child-birth.
Her father names her Eira, in honor of her mother.
From a young age, she was brought up learning the teachings of the Catholic Church. She went to church with her father twice a week.
When she started primary school, she was forced to walk to the other side of town by herself. She didn't feel safe walking along the
main roads, so she often took a small hiking trail through the woods where she liked to bathe in the forest. She felt a sense of calm there
that she rarely felt. The streams would trickle, the birds would tweet, the cold and damp air felt good on her face. She started to notice the
changes throughout the year like when mushrooms would grow on deadfall or when the flowers would bloom, it all made sense to her.
The forest became her home, more of a home than her drunkard of a father could ever provide. When she turned 10 she began to
miss church services. Her father, furious, sent her to a catholic boarding school in Severograd. When she wasn't in class she would
sneak out to the public library to read books about things other than Christianity. The librarian, sympathetic to her, let her check out
as many books as she wanted. Eira showed more of an interest in nature than anyone else of her age. She started to check out books on
herbalism and eventually on spellcraft itself. She learned about many gods and many religions. Eventually she realized that she had
a connection with nature that no one else had, or even understood.
On Christmas Eve, 3 days after she turned 16, she asked her father about her mother. He had told stories about her when she was a
child and wanted to know about her side of the family. Her father didn't know much about them as he had spent his entire life in
Chernarus. He decided to go through a small box of her mother's items and gives her an address for her great aunt, Morgan Brickell.
They started writing back and forth weekly, she learned that her mother came from a family of pagans and became estranged when
she moved halfway across the world and married a catholic man.
Morgan told her about their history and their craft. Eira's Father, who was in a drunken stupor most of the time anyway, didn't seem to
Over the next 10 years of her life, she began to perfect her craft. She left her father's house and moved away to Sinistok where she met a
kind family that took her in. They owned a farm nearby and accepted labor as payment for her rent. Unlike her father, they were accepting
to people who weren't Christian as they were from a long bloodline of Non-Christian Romani.
Then the Outbreak happened. A large number of people went north to try and escape the effects of the virus. A large concentration of
people near the Russian border only accelerated the rate of infection. Eira tried to protect the family from the risen dead but to no avail.
While Eira herself showed no symptoms, her family began to get sick. Knowing that she was in danger the family told her to leave and
never come back. She attempted to create a ward around their home with mistletoe and oak bark before sneaking into the western woods.
She returned a few days later to see her circle of protection shattered. No sign of the living besides the occasional looter. Her new family
seemed to had died peacefully in their beds.
A witch at heart, Eira believes in the Horned God and the Goddess of the Moon.
However she doesn't believe that these deities truly exist in some far off world. She believes that they are a personification of nature.
They exist all around us. The Horned God living in every tree and animal, the life force of nature. The moon goddess living in the dark,
protecting those who cannot protect themselves, representing the life cycle and death at the very end.
She believes in the power that nature holds, and she gives back to it in hopes that she may receive its power in return. Her spellwork
centers around natural consequences. As an example, she may grind up nightshade flowers to prevent a corpse from rising. Or she might
give someone a freshly picked acorn to ward off those with evil intent.
Eira despises Christianity and the Abrahamic God. She believes that he is a young and foolish deity who wins followers through
false promises and fear mongering. Those who follow him become arrogant and believe that humanity is a divine gift, so they care
little about anything that doesn't involve them. They would slash down a forest, kill every animal, and crusade and murder their own
kin if it meant the propagation of their beliefs.