Adventures in Aldanar: The Lost Contienent
Half elf, monk , age 20
My name is Nyphadora and I’m a half elf. My father is Human and my mother is Elven. They were deeply in love. They were run out of the Elven community called Pillshire and also out of my father’s home Tollin. They couldn’t live in peace anywhere that they were familiar with so they decided to live in a forest away from everything, that is where I was born and lived many happy years. The only interaction I had were my parents and the animals and creatures that inhabit my little home.
Everything was going great, we were happy and carefree. Then one day I was sent out to gather the food for our breakfast like I often did, but my parents didn’t seem like their normal selves. As I was leaving they both gave me hugs and said they loved me. That wasn’t entirely out of the ordinary but it felt final somehow. That day it took me longer than normal to find enough food for us and I just wanted to hurry home. I finally felt like I had enough food so I headed home.
What I saw next I just couldn’t believe it, I still see it in my dreams. Everything was gone, turned to ash. I dropped everything and ran. My whole world gone. When I got to where my house should ha been, I saw them there in front, still on their knees holding on to each other burnt to where they were almost unrecognizable. I moved closer, slowly still hoping what I was seeing was some kind of horrible trick. I knew it wasn’t, but I just couldn’t believe it. I got to where my parents were and knelt by them and reach out to touch them. They crumbled and became nothing but ash. That was when my soul shattered.
The next thing I remembered was a bed and something that sounded like running water. I was at a strange place. When I got up from the bed that is when I noticed him. He was old and I had no clue who he was. He must have noticed that I was awake and he introduced himself as Almorn and he ran this monastery, where he trained anyone who was interested in becoming a monk. He didn’t seem like a bad guy and he just told me to take my time and to come and see him when I was ready.
For awhile I just kept to myself and watched……. and watched. Then I got curious and started to practice on my own from what I saw. One day Almorn saw me practicing and told me I was a natural at martial arts. He decided to teach me everything that he knows, which I assume is a lot because of how old he is.
That was 5 years ago and Almorn still teaches me everyday. He says I need to work on my people skills and to my control my outburst when I become upset. So I spend most of my time meditating and learning anything I can get my hands on. I rarely socialize with the other students here. I don’t initiate conversations, but I do respond to people that come to me. Just because I am quiet doesn’t mean I’m rude. However there is one person that I do talk to and consider her a friend. She is my roommate, Silvia even though I call her Silver because of her hair. Almorn decided a couple of years ago to force one on me because it was supposed to help me. I guess he was kind of right. She helped me when my nightmares became too much and was kind of shield from the other students when they realize the screams were coming from me.
One day I told Silver that I was going to the garden to do my routine meditation session. Last night was a bad one so I went to my special place to do a deep meditation. She knows when I tell her I’m going to garden it means more than the normal meditation. While I was preparing for my session I got this weird sensation that engulfed my entire body and then nothing…….