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Mrsha is a young mute Gnoll [Druid]. One of the few survivors of the Stone Spears Tribe after they were killed by the Goblin Lord's army, she currently resides in the The Wandering Inn, with Erin and Lyonette as her primary caretakers.

Appearance[]

She has big, round eyes that were brown with gold strata mixed among the depth.[2] Although her fur was initially a 'colorful forest brown', it became white as snow after most of her tribe was killed by Goblins.[3] This fur color has significance among Gnolls, who call white Gnolls "Doombringers".

Personality[]

Mrsha is kindhearted and insatiably curious. Due to her experiences, Mrsha is mature for her age; however, she still retains a fun-loving attitude and childlike innocence. She enjoys pranks and stealing the guests' food; however, her mischievous nature often gets her in trouble, such as when she became stuck in a cupboard with a [Holding] effect or when she wandered off and ran into a nest of Crelers. Mrsha possesses an active imagination, often acting out fantasies where she is a great [Mage] or [Warrior].[4] Despite her young age, Mrsha is quite precocious, reflected in her writing style which is sophisticated and posh, almost disturbingly so. Thanks to Erin's lessons, she is also gifted in mathematics[5]

After becoming the last survivor of her tribe, Mrsha was emotionally scarred, especially when other Gnolls rejected her on account of being a Doombringer. She also had fears of abandonment and being left alone. However, she gradually healed from her trauma with the help of Ryoka, Erin and Lyonette, the latter whom became her adoptive mother. While initially hostile towards Goblins, like the Redfang Warriors, she gradually warmed up to them, especially after they helped rescue her from the Raskghar. Currently, she views Numbtongue as a big brother, as well as Bird. Additionally, she treats Krshia and Erill to be her adoptive aunt and uncle respectively.

Displays of romance annoys and disgusts Mrsha in equal measures, particularly if they involve the people that she loves, such as Ryoka and Lyonette. She also hates studying.

Background[]

Mrsha is a young Gnoll from the Stone Spears Tribe.[6] Her parents abandoned her for being mute, which was in turn reason for Urksh to exile them both from the tribe.[7] Mrsha was raised in the belief that her parents were two warriors, protecting far away miners of the tribe. After she rescued Ryoka when the Runner girl passed through her tribe's territory for Teriarch's delivery, Mrsha was the child who was most curious about the Human runner. When Ryoka returned from her delivery and came by the tribe again, Mrsha was now missing.[8] After Ryoka learned that the Frost Faeries knew where Mrsha was, Urksh, leader of the Stone Spears, pledged "any price" to gain the knowledge of where Mrsha is, and the Frost Faeries lead Ryoka to discover Mrsha.

Mrsha had fallen into a crevasse higher up in the mountains, having been chased there by a Goblin. She was found and rescued by Ryoka, but they encountered the Goblin army on their return to the tribe. Once again, Urksh made a bargain with the Forst Faeries, to "offer everything" for the protection of Mrsha. It turned out that the price Urksh paid for his charge was the destruction of his tribe, while the Goblin Lord survived his direct confrontation with Zel Shivertail in that night.[3]

Chronology[]

Volume 2 and 3[]

After Mrsha and Ryoka escaped from the Goblin Lord's army, they made their way to Liscor, where Mrsha was introduced to Erin and her Wandering Inn. Ryoka and Mrsha stayed in the Inn for two nights together. Mrsha's recent experience with Goblins were the reason that Erin didn't allow Rags in, which was thus the last occasion of Rags visiting the Wandering Inn. Erin mixed Mrsha some Faerie Flowers drink, and took her to Liscor's Playground together with Selys.[9]

On the third morning of Mrsha's stay in the Inn, Erin had gone missing, having been abducted by Toren, Erin's skeleton servant of whom Mrsha had also been much afraid. Ryoka left Liscor right the next morning as well, entrasting Mrsha to the care of Selys and Krshia Silverfang,[10] who was not prejudiced against Mrsha unlike most other Gnolls of Liscor.[9]

Mrsha stayed with Selys for about a week, but constantly ran away and didn't want to eat anything Selys offered her, not even Gnoll delicacies. She eventually escaped the city altogether and made her way into the Wandering Inn, where Lyonette as the lonely caretaker offered her a breakfast with honey. Selys was exasperated that Mrsha preferred to stay with the friendly Lyonette over her, knowing of the criminal past of the irresponsible [Barmaid].[11]

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Volume 4[]

Volume 5[]

Mrsha is later kidnapped by the Raskghar during a daytime raid. Captured for days and forced to live in a dank and filthy cage.

She would witness the Raskghar ritually killing the Gnolls they had imprisoned. Growing smarter and stronger.

Many of the Raskghar who undertake these rituals perish during the subsequent raid on their camps. Killed by either the Redfang Goblins, Goldrank Adventurers, Liscor’s Army, or the plague unleashed by Typhenous.

During the raid Mrsha is rescued by Lyonette, however is takes several weeks for her to truly recover from her ordeal.

Due to Mrsha helping them escape, and later attempting to sacrifice herself for them. The other Gnolls treat her far more respectfully. Putting her in the good graces of most of them.

It is during this arc that we learn that Mrsha’s fur may not just be culturally significant. As the Raskghar imply that sacrificing her to one of them would give them magical abilities.

Also implying that it is Mrsha’s white fur that allowed her to gain the [Mage] class and subsequent consolidation to [Druid].

Volume 6[]

Mrsha is left reeling from the shock of the Siege of Liscor. Upset at the deaths of so many Goblins. Mrsha appears to have by and large, recovered from he wariness and hatred of Goblins.

Growing closer to Numbtongue.

Volume 7[]

Mrsha levels up in [Druid] after rescuing a pack of Fortress Beavers from a nest of Shield Spiders. Gaining [Fur of the Fortress] as a skill.

She also learns more about her class then ever before from more experienced [Druids].

Inadvertently exposing the changing nature of the Antinium to Nalthaliarstrelous. Who believe a meeting and deliberation must be held.

Mrsha appears to grow closer to Numbtongue and Bird. Taking lessons from both, like how to use reeds to make improvised weapons, or how to aim a loaded crossbow.

Though that doesn’t stop her from getting into fights with them.

Mrsha is also reunited with Ryoka, leading to a troubled but heartwarming reunion. Though her affection to her causes Lyonette to be filled with intense jealousy.

Volume 8[]

Depressed at the loss of Erin. And the subsequent departure of Lyonette on a search for a cure. Mrsha enters a vegetable like state. Only coming out of this state when the Goblin [Shaman] Ulvama feeds and disciplines her. Ulvama later resurrects and restores some of Erin’s fire and flowers respectfully.

She also befriends the [Grand Strategist] Niers. Who helps her prank several Thronebearers.

Becoming something like an adoptive aunt or babysitter to the young Gnoll. Mrsha is later caught between the battle between Belavierr. Leading to [Witch] declaring her her personal enemy and swearing vengeance.

Taken by Wanderer during the battle and subsequent chaos. Mrsha is convinced to stay with him due to lingering guilt of Erin’s death. And the knowledge that the Gnollish death squads after her could kill her friends and family.

During her travels, Mrsha is nearly killed but is saved by Sellme a rebellious magical painter who’s known for starting mass armed conflicts with his work. And the Thief of Clouds a infamous Gnollish thief.

Mrsha is later disguised as Mri and heads to the Meeting of the Tribes. Befriending several important Gnolls. Her identity is later revealed amongst all the Gnoll tribes, leading to an all out civil war between them.

Powers and Abilities[]

Classes/Levels:[]

  • [Last Survivor] Lv. 9[12]
    • (Alternately called [Lone Survivor][13] and [Sole Survivor][14])
    • Formerly [Young Hunter] Lv. ?, before turning.[12]
  • [Druid] Lv. 8
    • Derived from [Mage] Lv. 2[4]
    • Classes Consolidated to [Druid]:
      • [Gardener] Lv. 3
      • [Beast Tamer] Lv. 6
  • [Emberbearer] Lv. 1[15]

Skills:[]

  • [Ambient Mana Gatherer]
  • [Fire’s Fuel (Mundane)]
  • [Lesser Toughness]
  • [Natural Allies: Fortress Beavers]
  • [Natural Concealment]
  • [Natural Gift: Fur of the Fortress]
  • [Peace of the Wild] (derived from [Wild Affinity])
  • [Rekindle Flame]

Temporary Skills:[]

Skills obtained temporary by the blessings Skill, [Boon of the Princess].

  • [Barkfur]
  • [Lesser Strength]

Spells:[]

  • Tier 0:
    • [Grow Grass]
    • [Thorn Hand] (or [Thorn Paw] for her)
  • Tier 1:
  • Tier 2:
    • [Stone Dart]
  • Unknown Tier:
    • [Arrow of Light]
    • [Dirt Spray]
    • [Mudball]
    • [Thorn Arrow]
    • [Wild Growth]
    • 3 other unknown Spells related to Plants or the Earth.[12]

(For Leveling History see Here)

Possessions[]

  • Waisrabbit Bone Wand
  • Hunting Horn
  • Bag of Holding[16]
  • Pre-Written Notes[16]
  • Anti-Appraisal Ring[17]

Trivia[]

  • Mrsha hates clothes, preferring to go naked. When Erin bought her two cute hats, she hid both of them in the stove.[18]

Quotes[]

As Mrsha is mute, her quotes are through sign language or writing. As a [Druid], she can also telepathically communicate but only with other [Druids].

  • To Ryoka:
    • The days have pressed on, and one finds oneself wan of late. My dearest companions, Visma and Ekirra (of whom I have vouchsafed to you before), are passing well. I am currently recumbent in the inn, and my breaking of the fast has been quite fine.
    • It has come to my attention of late that my studies have allowed me to communicate in the written fashion. This first letter is addressed to you as I hold you in great esteem. It is still difficult to write, what with the difficulties of paws, but I know how and will continue to correspond with you as time allows. Please, continue to send more updates to The Wandering Inn, as I earnestly await your missives.
  • (To Palt) “Palt, can you cast [Darkness] on the second floor for us? Pwease?
  • (To Niers) “You’re very welcome, sir. I am sorry you got hurt. My name is Mrsha, it is very nice to meet you.”
  • (To Apista) This is no time for games, Apista! We’re in serious poo! Maximum poo! Look!
  • (To Calescent) Nice doing business with you. Remember: we never met. I was never here. Burn the card.
  • Thoughts:
    • You wound me, my friend. I wish I could be the bigger Gnoll. However. You have only yourself to blame.
    • To all those who have hurt me, I’m sorry. For what I’m going to do to you.
    • It helped assuage the pain in her heart, as if small kindness could make up for what she was about to do.
    • Ah, but it tasted like ashes. Like blood. Can my conscience ever let me enjoy another meal in peace?
  • (To Ryoka) …Whereupon I find myself disappointed by your pressing need to honor your affairs, Ryoka, I shall await your egress with much anticipation and conduct myself with all due diligence until such time as…
  • (To Ulvama) Can you pwease enchant my fur with armor?
  • Thoughts:
    • Boring competence! Her mortal enemy!
    • “So this is my fate. I’ve washed my paws in blood, and it’s time to dance the hempen jig at last. Do I have any regrets? Only that I didn’t get away with it.”–Mrsha the [Gang Boss]
  • (To Wanderer) See here a minute! You can’t just carry me off, tell me I’m Doom and then tell me I have to do all the running to wherever we’re going to! Am I a [Damsel] or not?
  • (To Wanderer) If we can’t get to Salazsar, maybe we can go to Oteslia? Pwease? My mother’s there.
  • (To Mrell) I have no father. I have a mother, and her name is Lyonette. Leave me alone, stranger.
  • (Missive to Lyonette) I’m here. Find me with everyone, Mother. I miss you.
  • (To Gire) Don’t say that. You can do something. Don’t be a stupid Lism. You can do something to help. I envy you.
  • (To Adetr) I’ve killed Face-Eater Moths, fought Crelers, Raskghar, and evil [Witches], rookie. Bow down to Mrsha the Warrior!
  • (To everyone) “Terrible, stupid, stinky people do terrible things. I lived, despite the [Witch]. Despite it all. I won’t let them do it again. Some day, I will be big and no one will ever do such things again. My friends won’t let it happen either. We all knew Erin. And each time this happens, we level up. When she comes back, everything will be okay. Until then—we have to do Erin-things.

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