Jira
Jira
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Information
Fullname: Jira
Alias: Black Siren
Age1: Early 30s
Features: Black Hair & Eyes, Warm Skin, Black Scales
Height: 5'9
House: Her Own
Themesong: -
Played By: Zoe Jakes
Professional
Assignment: -
Rank: Lady
Titles: Lady of Rebma, Marchioness of Ascalot, Knight Companion

The Black Siren

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To say that Jira had moods like the tides, or to call her mercurial, would be to call the sea wet; a vast understatement. One moment her words are warm, and the next, they are an icy knife meaning to cut to the core, but always within proper ettiquette and manner. She is feminine and wild, mad as a hatter, and overflowing with ambition. What her goals are ultimately, however… It is questionable if even she knows.

Most information known about Lady Jira can only be traced through the last handful of years. She goes only by Jira and claims no surnames to speak of who her father's family may be.

For her known years, she spent most of her time in the company of powerful creatures and agents of the Black Road. Those who move through those dark circles may have heard rumor of her as a courtesan and companion of the most finicky and costly order, adept with dance and song as one would expect a siren to be, as well as with providing insight and soothing the worried mind and soul. She has traveled the Shadows with her patrons, and may have been seen or met in any number of places along the way. It seems, of late, that her ambitions have taken her out of the ranks of common courtesan, and though she might still weild those skills for her interest, it is only to further to solidify the status and stations she has won for herself.

Until recently, few and far between were those who might recognize her from Rebma, but she eventually returned to her native home and begun to carve out a significant and varied existence beneath the waves. Most notably is opening a club on the Promenade called the Grotto, giving Rebmans a new and modern place to socialize. When she makes it round to Rebma, she is often found here. She has also used her connections to obtain donations to the Archives including lost stories and songs of Rebma, and new glass recipes maintained by Karanis.

Then there are those who might know her as a Knight Companion, often seen around Banyan. Her black knife is never far out of reach, often left dangling from thin chain about her hip or tangled in the silks she is prone to dressing herself in.

Most recently, she can frequetly be found in Lyonesse, where she has gone to be married, and to raise her infant son, Constantine, in the land of his father rather than be parted from her son as most Siren would. She still makes many a trip back to her aquatic home of Rebma, but is more often to be found in Ascalot making good on the new title of Marchioness.

Descriptions

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By Land…

First and foremost, Jira is feminine. She is grace, plush womanly curves, and delicate mein. She is tallish as women go, even on what are often bare feet. Her thick, hip-length hair is inky black, as are the thin sharp brows stroked above her likewise dark, glassy eyes. Her lips are usually painted to match. Her lashes do so naturally; full black fans lined in thick kohl. Her complexion is lightly bronzed.

The woman is dressed in little of substance and much in ornament. Bangles and chains, coins and bells, hoops and loops, precious metals and gems decorate her ears, throat, wrists and ankles, her arms and hips and waist. There are even beads in the small braids woven throughout her hair made of whole gems, and many faceted jewels to dangle or be set on her brow and around her eyes. Vibrant flowers in blood red on thorny twisting stems have been tattooed down her side and along her arms. Loose silken skirts and wraps keep her modest, with scarves and cloaks and the occasional sandal warding weather when needed.

…Or By Sea

First and foremost, Jira is feminine. She is grace, plush womanly curves, and delicate mein. She would be tallish as women go, but as she has a tail where her legs should be, it is perhaps better to say she is longish. Her tail is an unusual and somewhat startling thing. The scales are inky black with luxurious diaphanous fins at the end and draping down from her hips in the way of beta fish. Most unusual, however, is the way shadow seems to seep from her tail and shroud it like a tangible thing. It twists and licks off of her tail in the water currents like flames and trails her when she moves. Her thick, hip-length hair is unusual for a siren in also being a very dark, glossy black, as are the thin sharp brows stroked above her likewise dark, glassy eyes. Her lips are usually stained to match. Her lashes do so naturally; full black fans lined in thick kohl. Her complexion is lightly bronzed.

The woman is dressed in little of substance and much in ornament. Bangles and chains, coins and bells, hoops and loops, precious metals and gems decorate her ears, throat, wrists and ankles, her arms and hips and waist. There are even beads in the small braids woven throughout her hair made of whole gems, and many faceted jewels to dangle or be set on her brow and around her eyes. Vibrant flowers in blood red on thorny twisting stems have been tattooed down her side and along her arms. The only article she wears that might be considered clothing is a scarf or sash around her hips, and even that appears to be for the sole purpose of holding a small black blade rather than providing modesty.

Hooks

Well-Known
These are things that I consider public knowledge and you're welcome to have learned about by means of just asking around.

Rebma, Siren, Courtesan, Well-Traveled, Music, Song, Dance, Story, Art, Shiny Things, Insight, Glass Crafting, The Grotto, Lyonesse, Ascalot

Lesser-Known to Unknown
Please check which of these you might know before acting on them.

Banyan, Alar, Black Road, Dark Water, Trickery, Whims & Impulse, Madness, Chaos Crafting

Gifts of Note
Just a few gifts that would probably be noticable or relevant in ordinary meetings that I thought I'd note here.

  • SKL-OB - Observation She is exceptionally observant and likely to notice small details and discrepencies, whether it is something out of place in her chambers, or a hidden sadness in the company she keeps.
  • STY-CR - Courtesan She may have married out of the title recently but the manner, ettiquette, and various skills and talents that made her such a successful courtesan have none the less remained with her.
  • SKL-BA - Bard She adores words and crafts them like glass. It is rare that any single word is spoken without being explicitly chosen for the task, even when she is not composing a definitive piece.
  • SKL-VO & SIR-LW- Voice of the Siren & Landwalker I often forget to mention it in first introductions, but this is a thing. She can use it on land as well. Her voice is decidely inhuman but remarkably lovely.
  • PPL-ST - Silver-Tongued And she uses that voice paired with an expert tongue to present quite the persuasive and charismatic speaker.
  • PPL-GI & SIR-IN - Gift of Insight & Siren's Inspiration She is quite skilled at reading the nuance of a situation, and speaking to the soul, providing both insight and inspiration to those who might seek council with her.

Unicorn!
Jira totally has one, though it is not the usual image that comes to mind when thinking of a unicorn. His name is Aristol and Jira adores him as one of the best gifts she was ever given by a patron. If she is riding anywhere, it is nearly always on his back.

Behold! Here is a magnificent beast of legend. The size and power of a warhorse have been bred into the mythical nature of a unicorn. Its sleek coat is black as sin and its eyes glow red. An angry shade of vermillion colors the tuft at the end of its whip-like tail, the rebelious mane, the wiry beard growing from its chin, and the heavy feathering around its cloven hooves. A twisted golden horn, just one, rises through its overgrown forelock; jagged edges razor sharp and a point so precise it almost glints in the light. Sharp teeth, often seen when the beast gnashes them, clearly mark it as a carnivore.

Known Associates

  • Mordred - Husband and greatest rival, her balance and tempering, father of her only child, Constantine.
  • Catriona - Adopted daughter of sorts, taken under wing during a great trial in her life to be taught how to carry her burdens with grace.
  • Tessa - Would-be knight and lawyer, traveler to Ascalot. Once did her level best to save Jira from an assault, and was captured in the process.

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