Keliat, the Catfolk Rogue
The Trizgarians are a race of felines from the Southern region simply known as The South. One of many beast folk that can be found in this region, they are highly respected as warriors as well as craftsmen. They travel in nomadic tribes traditionally across the Southern Highlands, but some tribes have settled in more fertile regions near water ways. Keliat was raised in one of the larger settlements of farmers and crafters, at the meeting place of the three main rivers of the region – the Norest, the Daghyr, and the Luidin. The town is called Riverjoin.
Riverjoin is populated by a strong mixture of beast folk including saurian and catfolk. However the catfolk are not originally from that region. They speak of a great kingdom that once existed before the Cataclysm, an island nation that has since sunk to the bottom of the sea. Now they are a fractured people, spread all over the planet.
Keliat was born in the local temple and raised in a mixed family of varied relations. It was common practice among their people to establish a Pride and her family commonly took in relatives that needed a home. Along with her two parents and two older siblings, a first cousin and someone they called an uncle although there was no evidence he was actually related. Tragically, Keliat’s mother died at Keliat’s birth, leaving her with just her father and the rest to raise her. Her father found a new mate later, but never had any further children.
Her father Othuard was a adventuring cleric, commonly gone for long periods of time, in search of evidence of their people’s lost kingdom. Her first cousin always accompanied Othuard on these jaunts. Her father was once part of a nomadic tribe of Trizgarians but when he met Keliat’s mother, he settled down in Riverjoin. However, many of his former tribesmen resent this of him and Othuard commonly had violent encounters with them when they rolled into town.
Her older sister followed a path of chef and food service, serving some of the local nobles some exquisite creations. She is well known for her intensity in the kitchen. Her older brother, the oldest in the family, was a well-known rebel and very disrespectful to “establishment”. He ended up in the hover bike race circuit and travels all over the continent.
Her uncle, Xeekzesh was a mystery to her but her father trusted him with his family often. She saw him more often than her own father. He never really talked about his past and seemed to avoid any discussions of it. It seemed like he had something to hide. Ever since Keliat can remember, he walked with a limp, indicating a old injury, but like his past, he never speaks of it.
Keliat was inspired by her brother more than anyone else in the Pride, at an early age. Taking to the streets, she found the skills of a pickpocket almost naturally. She onces followed her older brother to one of his races – an illegal one riding dangerous creatures in the canyons. While watching her brother race, she met an Orc criminal named Oogorim who she befriended and later mentored with. She learned many inner social workings of the underground networks of the region.
She remained a prodigy for Oogorim for a while until one day she was on a job with him where she was assigned as watch near a temple. Little did she know that this temple was dedicated to the same god that her father was devoted to. While standing on watch, her vision began to blur as she began to hear voices in her head. She passed out and because of this, Oogorim was captured by the local authorities and taken away.
The voices were of her father calling out to her. Othuard said he needed her help. He did not give her any clues to where he was but she immediately set out to find him. She has been searching for him ever since, stopping at any shrine to his god in hopes of contacting him again. At each one, she only got a vague feeling of direction and continued onward.
At one particular shrine, she found an old Trizgarian named Aesinos under attack by brigands. She aided him and in return, he promised to help her get more information on her father. Aesinos prayed for days while she stayed with him to help him recover from the attack. While waiting, more brigands returned and a fight ensued. In the fight, Keliat could hear the thugs screaming at the old man “Where is the talisman!? Where is it old man!? Caligari is looking for it!” The monk never produced any talisman. In the fight, Keliat was badly wounded and lost her leg. The old monk was mortally wounded but before taking his last breath, he said…
“The only thing I could find out about your father, the honored Cleric Othuard is that he is still alive. Take this and maybe it will bring you luck…”
He handed her a talisman. Before he could answer any questions about it, he passed. She almost followed him if it weren’t for a lucky passerby who found her and helped her heal from her wounds. He was an old human wizard craftsman named Saffronis who just so happened to have the skills to create a magically-enhanced cybernetic leg. In a few weeks while travelling with Saffronis, Keliat recovered and was soon off continuing her quest. She could only think it was the talismen that brought Saffronis to her aid.