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EP Dunmer [EU][Dunmer] Armiger Selveni Retheran

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Selveni Retheran
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Made by the amazing GrumpyVivec (of course!)
"The blood of broken hearths and houses
Runs in red rivers, blossoms in fountains."

- Brooding Beneath Red Mountain, The Cantatas of Lord Vivec
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Name: Redoran Selveni Retheran.
Age: 68.
Gender: Female.
Race: Dunmer.
Birthsign: Born underneath the sign of the Lord on the 9th of First Seed.
Occupation: Sword of Vivec, Warrior, Poet - a Buoyant Armiger. Selveni Retheran is proud to count herself among Lord Vivec's knights-errant. Sworn to emulate the Vehk-and-Vehk, she is a warrior of the Tribunal Temple and the Master of Morrowind foremost, a master of the varied arts of combat and competent with the written word to boot. Blessed with prenatural courage, she leaps from adventure to adventure, ever on the hunt for Vvardenfell's blighted creatures and other assorted champions of the dark on her god-given task. Stationed in the West Gash, it is here that she is most often seen, on occasion teaching the good Dunmeri peoples on the lessons of Lord Vivec.



"Your appearance is decidedly solar, which is to say a library of stolen ideas."

- The 36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon Sixteen



Height: Relatively tall for a Dunmeri woman, standing at a 178 cm.
Weight: 71 kg precisely.
Build: While naturally lean and lightweight, Selveni Retheran has the physique one could expect of someone such as her - that of a warrior, with muscled arms and legs that are the result of many a long march and fight.
Skin: Selveni's skin tone is that of a typical Dunmer, namely a healthy gray. Her skin, however, is marked with a multitude of scars, the result of many a heroic adventure, and half of her body, from neck to ankle, and both of her arms are marked with bright, blue tattoos, earned after a life of dedicated service to the Tribunal Temple.
Hair: Dark red hair, once long and curly, now cut short and barely reaching the shoulders for the sake of practicality - although even now it still has a tendency to fall in front of the Dunmer's eyes. Blast!



"How many lifetimes of labor and lament
Will it take to seal this restless tomb?"


- Brooding Beneath Red Mountain, The Cantatas of Lord Vivec



Valiant and fearless, and mostly enthusiastic, Selveni is a typical Buoyant Armiger. Although it may not often show, she is a caring figure at times, those that are dearest to her coming second only to her sacred duty. A scholar and poet as well as a warrior, she is well-learned and knows a great many things of Dunmeri history as well as, naturally, the Temple's sacred works, which she is always more than happy to speak about. A braggart yet humble, she greatly enjoys speaking to others of her own, personal experiences and heroic acts, although often not receptive of praise, claiming to merely be seeking to entertain others with tales that are both interesting and amusing. Similar tales from others are bound to catch her attention - where better to get inspiration for one's writings than from others, and the sharing of stories?

While her great interest and indeed, care, for others might make one think her to be softer and more forgiving than the more commonly seen Ordinators, less would be true. Strongly believing that Vivec's teachings are primarily about the concept of love and selfless love for the Dunmeri people, Selveni knows that while love and care have their place, it is also through hardship that the Dunmer have grown strong, and justice must be delivered to those that have wronged them. Whether it is but a stern talking to or an execution, she knows that the Temple's rule is just, and that the Living Gods will is absolute: if she is commanded to do such, she will see to it that it is done, without question. Her dedication absolute, she goes and does wherever and whatever her Lord commands her to - preferably with a flask of sujamma at hand (or several).



"Proud residue, soon dispersed, serve no guarantees made in my fore-image and demand nothing of its under-skin. I am master evermore. Down."

- The 36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon Twenty-Two



Unlike the Lord she serves, Selveni was not born to a netchiman's wife, but instead the third child to a lady of Blacklight, hailing from a prominent house in service to the Great House Redoran. Adventurous, brave, and bold, she would find herself to be trained to serve as an officer among the Redoran House Guard, from where her position within the House and her status could surely only grow. She proved to be a rather brutal one at that - but also just, and as such all would be well. Alas, as fate would have it, such would not be the case. Proving to be rather brash as well, and with little of a mind for the deadly affairs that are Dunmer house politics, she ended up in an affair with a prominent young Redoran that would last for years.

What happened is something that only few would ever want to speak of, least of all Selveni Retheran herself, and the families involved. The young noble, however, found herself disgraced and in a most uncomfortable position within the Great House and, indeed, her own family. According to some, there was even talk of possibly exiling her from Redoran lands - but such did not happen, and she instead left on her own accord, abandoning the comforts of her wealthy family in Blacklight for the dangers of Vvardenfell with little to her person.

Redoran are warriors whose duty is first to the Tribunal, second to the Great House Redoran, and third to one's own family and clan. Having failed her duty to both Great House and family alike, Selveni focused on her duty to the Tribunal, leaving the city of Balmora within a few days after arrival to go on a pilgrimage across the volcanic island and, for a time, was presumed dead.

Such turned out not to be the case when she was seen again in public months later, in the god-city Vivec, a changed person now. Humble and devoted to the Three, she remained there for well over a month, until suddenly leaving again, without a word. When she returned to the City of Swords once again, her pilgrim's robes were tattered and stained with blood as she made for the Temple Canton.

Those that had known and cared for her had, by now, almost forgotten about her, and the young Dunmer lady was not memorable enough to survive in the minds of those that were present as she made her way eastwards to Molag Mar. There, she would be trained further in the ways of the sword and the written word, an anointed servant of the Tribunal Temple and Vivec's Buoyant Armigers specifically.

It would not take long for her to set out for adventure, protecting pilgrims indeed, slaying marauding Ashlanders, and hunting down necromancers, cultists, vampires and blighted creatures alike in her service to the Warrior-Poet of the Dunmer people.

It was during the Second Akaviri Invasion, however, that she would truly make a name for herself, fighting against the hated snake-men for the entire duration of the conflict throughout Morrowind. Following that particular war, she found herself with a fair amount of new scars, having barely survived the final battle of that conflict at the place now known as Vivec's Antlers. Being granted with the honour of carrying the striking tattoos that now don her body from neck to ankles, she soon returned to Vvardenfell, where she's continued her faithful service to Vivec ever since.



"Seek me without effort for I take many shapes."

- The 36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon Seventeen


If you want to, contact me in-game @Valiaya on the EU megaserver, or on Discord: Vali#7410

Some potential RP hooks, other than just being in the area in general, could be something Tribunal Temple-related (or otherwise related to her occupation as a Buoyant Armiger), or to her past in Blacklight and with House Redoran, or the Second Akaviri Invasion - ideas are always welcome!

Thanks for reading!
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Updated a few things here and there, and added some amazing artwork by (how fitting!) GrumpyVivec!
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What a great profile! Both well written and formatted. Bonus points for integrating Sermon Sixteen and the art from GrumpyVivec!
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What a great profile! Both well written and formatted. Bonus points for integrating Sermon Sixteen and the art from GrumpyVivec!
Thank you!

Can't have a profile of one of the Warrior-Poet's finest without having at least some verses from Vivec himself, and some art from a namesake, right? ;)
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