Rydel of Robinsdwel, at your service...
"He smelled faintly of leaves, earth, and morning wind, his rusty brown hair ruffled about his ears and littered with fragments of bark and leaves, like the crown of a woodland king. He stepped lightly . . . but through his radiated confidence Elillian sensed a deep darkness about him, as of one who walked too near to death."
~(The Heir of Ariad, pg. 251)
We interrupt this regularly scheduled July of James to celebrate the birthday of The Heir of Ariad's most mysterious and complex character. Please enjoy this little sneak peek into the anomaly that is Rydel of Robinsdwel!
Name: Rydel of Robinsdwel [rid-ELL}
Age: 28 winters
Ethnicity: Robin (clan of the birdfolk)
Birth date: 17 Solya
Birthplace: Robinsdwel (capital city of the Robin clan)
Weight: 102.6lbs (light, due to hollow bones)
Body type: lean, sinewy, wiry
Hair colour: russet red-brown
Eye colour: viper-green
Weapon of choice: double green-hilted knives
Biological skills: enhanced sight and hearing, enhanced balance, hollow bones
Talents, Traits and Abilities:
Strong and silent personality: Rydel is not a big talker, but he's a formidable warrior, a keen-eyed watchman, and a wood-wise guide, so when he speaks, it demands attention from allies and enemies alike.
Unreadable mind: twenty years of burying his feelings have resulted in a pretty effective emotional mask. It's next to impossible to know what Rydel is thinking at any given moment, which works to his advantage in many cases.
Silent movements: Rydel's hollow bones render his footfalls almost soundless and allow him to move through the forest without leaving a trail.
Armed combat: Rydel is deadly with his green-hilted daggers, both as hand-to-hand weapons and as longer-distance throwing knives.