Character type: Crafter
Appearance: Ratasa is a woman that stands at an average height of 5'5" and has a rather willowy build. Her skin light tan in color that seems to contrast greatly with her dark hair. Her wavy hair is a dark russet brown in color that flows down to end about 3 inches past her shoulders. Her hair has a bit of volume to it but not enough to be considered poofy. She prefers to keep her hair tied up in a bun or in informal situations she'll keep it loose but well brushed. Two thin russet brown eyebrows arch up over her eyes, giving her appearance a little more character. Her eyes are a dark sea green in color and can appear a bit glassy when she gets upset or angry. Her soulful sea green eyes are framed by long russet brown eyelashes which enhance the color of her eyes. She has a small pert nose with a light sprinkling of sand brown freckles overtop of the bridge of her nose and her upper cheeks. Her lips are of medium thickness and are a dark rose petal pink in color. Despite her willowy build she is fairly well-muscled, which can be seen in her upper arms. The muscle is not bulky though and does not seem that noticeable. Her hands are calloused much to her shame and she has several small scars on her hands from accidental cuts. Her breasts are slightly larger than medium size although she doesn't go out of her way to flaunt them. Her stomach is smooth but it does have a little bit of fat to it. Her legs are of medium length and slim, though she has a fair bit of muscle in the upper part of her legs. She tends to wear dark blue or yellow clothing.
Personality: Ratasa is a woman who has a great respect for animals of all kind from felines to canines to whers and firelizards. Felines of course are her favorite because they are independent and a lot of them show quite a bit of personality. They are easier to look after than a lot of other types of animals as well in her opinion. She's pretty much dedicated herself to raising and breeding them so that other people can enjoy the company of a feline companion. She makes sure to socialize the kittens to get them used to other kinds of animals and she'll try to get them used to dragons as well if she can find a rider and dragon who are cooperative. Canines are the one animal she's not very fond of and she tends to avoid them much like her felines do. She's polite and friendly towards people although she is a bit on the shy side. She doesn't have many close friends simply because she doesn't have a lot of time for people because she works from early morning to late at night. She's very careful about who she sells them to because she wants to make sure they have good owners who won't abuse or neglect them. She does have a bit of a short temper though and she can be a bit verbally defensive of her felines.
History: Ratasa was born in Alonel Hold along with three brothers. Her parents were crafters with her mother Dyiana working as a Sr. Journeyman Harper and her father Rikain working as a Journeyman Beastcrafter. Her brother Rojkel was 8 turns older than her while her brother Saikel was around 4 turns older than her. Her brother Niyak was the youngest child in the family and was two turns younger than her. She was a troublesome child that rarely ever listened to her parents. She would always do everything they told her /not/ to do because she became curious about it. That's why when her father told her not to go out into the field where the herdbeasts were she didn't listen. The bull herdbeast thankfully didn't notice her since he was on the other side of the field, otherwise she might have been in big trouble. The bull herdbeast was an aggressive one and that's why her father had warned her to stay out of the field. What she found in that field was perhaps what started her on the path to becoming a beastcrafter later in life.
Information about Ratasa's pets
Pet Name: Mraeve
Pet Type: Domestic Feline (similiar to Egyptian Mau breed)
Appearance: Mraeve is a medium sized domestic feline that looks very much like a terran Egyptian mau. Her ears are large and have a straight edge to them on both sides until they come to a rounded tip at the end. Her delicate inner ears are a light pink in color and are tufted. Her head is wedge-shaped with slightly rounded contours and no flat surfaces. Her forehead is covered in light grey fur with dark black spots scattered across it. She also has a line of dark black fur that almost seems to form an m shape across her forehead. Her large almond shaped eyes are set at a slant and are a light gooseberry green in color with black slitted pupils. The cheeks are lined. The first line starts at the outer corner of the eye and follows the contour of the cheek and a second line starts at the centre of the cheek and almost meets the first below the base of the ear. Her muzzle is neither short nor pointed and her nose is as long as it is wide but quite small and pert. Her small nose is mostly pink in color rimmed with a little black on the outer edges. Her neck is slightly stocky and is a light grey on the back and a white on the front. The grey fur on the back of her neck is peppered with uniformly placed black spots. Her chest fur is predominantly white but she has a couple lines of black fur running across it that almost look like necklaces, although a couple of these are broken apart with a space of white fur between them. Her shoulders are angular and the markings overtop of the grey fur on her shoulders are a transition between spots and stripes. Her front legs are basically like that of all felines with the exception of the coloration. The tops of her front legs are a silvery-grey in color and are heavily barred by bands of black fur. The lower part of her front legs are a pale white in color with several small black spots. Her paws are covered in silvery-grey fur and are slightly oval in shape. Her sides are covered in short silvery-grey fur marked by transitional black stripes and a few spots. Her back is mostly a solid silvery-grey color with several consistent black spots all over it. Starting from behind her shoulders and running down the middle of her back to end just before he tail is a solid band of grey fur. The haunches and upper back legs show transitional spots and stripes which develop into definite stripes on the thighs and back to spots on the lower hind legs. Her tail is of medium length and is just as elaborate as the rest of her markings. Across the back of her tail is a solid line of black fur that tapers out into stipes across the side of the tail. The bottom part of her tail of a light grey in color with a little bit of white mixed in with at. The very tip of her tail is encased in solid black fur. Overall she is a magnificent feline and is one of the more decorative breeds of felines.
Personality: Mraeve is the only feline Ratasa actually keeps as a personal pet. This feline however is one of the breeding felines and has already had several litters of kittens. Mraeve is a rather loving and playful cat. She is extremely clever and loves to learn tricks and she is one of those few felines that enjoys walking on a lead. Surprisingly that is actually a characteristic of her entire breed. She adores fuss and attention and will purr and brush against someone's leg until they pat her. She is rather active and likes to play with several different toys.
Information about Ratasa's craft
Craft: Journeyman Beastcrafter
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