Name: Squamata (pronounced “SKWAH-matah”) Aliases: Honorless Warrior Gender: Female Race: Lizalfos Age: About 16, maybe 17 Physical Description: Squamata has the green scales and yellow eyes of her people. Her head is smooth, without spires or horns. She is tall and muscular, with swirling white tattoos of her Sept on the scales of her shoulders and arms. She carries no weapon, no armor, and no shield. All she has is the metal gauntlet on her left arm, which covers all the way up to her shoulder. It’s clearly heavy, but she wields it with ease. She wears a simple loincloth tied around her middle, but as a breast-less Lizalfos she does not have a need for any other clothing. However, being ectothermic, she is not as able to regulate her internal body temperature as endothermic animals like Hylians do. Therefore, she will very often wear sweaters at the slightest drop in temperature. These sweaters are simple, and she rarely wears anything ornamented or patterned. Her loincloth is made of a slick material that won’t clog with water, which comes in handy on too-warm days when Squamata goes swimming to cool off. Personality: At her core, Squamata is comprised of rage, sheer willpower, and a yearning to restore her honor. She will stop at nothing to redeem herself and regularly throws herself into danger. Shame is worse than death, and Squamata would rather die in honor than continue to live in the shame she has carried since her two defeats at Garen and Rachels’ hands. This thirst to prove her own worth bleeds over into every aspect of her life. She was defeated twice, even when she had the advantage in numbers and surprise, and her faith in her own abilities has been deeply shaken. She will attempt the impossible not only to restore her honor but also out of a need to prove to herself that she is not weak, that she is not a failure who deserved to be outcast. Having been raised in a violent, nationalistic, and racist gang, she has very little tact, and she only truly cares for other Lizalfos. She neither likes nor dislikes most other races, but she absolutely abhors the Zora for moving in on her people’s land. She has killed Zora gang members before in skirmishes and does not shy away from killing, but she recognizes that killing outside the very unique situation in Midoro will usually end with her being executed or locked in prison, unable to redeem herself. Therefore, she will not kill a Zora simply for being a Zora. She deeply dislikes magic, partly because she can’t use it and partly because it was the deciding factor in her back-to-back defeats in Midoro. She has clung to the hope of redemption and rejoining her people, but as time passes a troubling question begins to surface: who is she outside of the Sept? In short, Squamata is passionate, proud, angry, heavy with shame, insecure, and willful. Family: Squamata was raised away from her parents in The Sept, which has since banished her. Magical Talents: Squamata, like many of her kind, is able to breathe fire. She does not have other magical powers, but through intense discipline and practice of her combat skills she is able to achieve extraordinary feats of strength and stamina. Squamata has a deep dislike of “mammalian magic,” as she calls it, and only respects rituals and ceremonies that remind her of her people’s ways. Her venom towards magic has only increased since it twice led to her defeat in Midoro. UPDATE: In Smoke in the Outskirts, Squamata had a Near Death Experience (NDE) that resulted in her being able to breathe fire. Her death and rebirth has also given her the abilities of a shaman, though she has not explored them yet and only has the vague thought that she could walk back down the road toward death and the spirits if she chose. She currently has the notion of using her newfound powers to set Varus on a spirit quest to help him heal from the trauma of his childhood. Weapons and Talents: Squamata is most skilled with the sword, but after Garen took her sword from her and shamed her by defeating her twice, she has been forbidden to bear arms. Squamata fights unarmed. The closest thing she has to a weapon is her metal gauntlet, which reaches up to her shoulder in the traditional Lizalfos fashion. She is a true warrior, fast and strong, and the color of her scales aids her in sneaking through brush and vegetation. Because of this and her training, she is adept at stealth and is a seasoned hunter. She trains every day to become skilled in unarmed combat, but she still longs for her sword. Until she defeats Garen and regains her honor, she will be unable to wield her sword or any weapon at all. Strengths and Weaknesses: Squamata never gives up. She was only a small hatchling when she was taken from her home and inducted into the Sept, and they were brutal to her. They separated her from her family and beat her until she stopped asking where her parents were, stopped begging to go home, and stopped protesting against their violently nationalistic and racist beliefs. They ground her into the dust, but she survived. The rage she felt as a child never went away, and rage burns in the core of her heart even now. This rage gives her great strength and drive, but it also leaves her empty and hollow, which cunning and sensitive opponents can use to cripple her strength at its source. She is heavily invested in attaining honor and avoiding shame, and her yearning to bring honor to her people and redeem herself pushes her to achieve the impossible. In battle, Squamata is swift and vicious. Her training focused on movements that were simple, effective, and above all, brutal. Some people look like they are dancing when they fight, but Squamata is not one of them. She was taught to fight in the vicious marsh of Lizalfos-Zora gang warfare, and each kick, thrust, or grab is designed to hurt, to incapacitate, and to kill. There are no “dirty moves” with Squamata; how could there be, when each fight was a matter of life and death? The concept of “below the belt” is foreign to her, and she sees only vulnerable points to target. History: Squamata was taken from her family when she was small. The Sept, a group of Lizalfos who fought for Lizalfos control of Blue Maiden, took her and other children for the next generation of warriors. They were cruel and violent, not allowing the children to see or speak of their old families and beating them when they did not agree with and repeat the Sept’s beliefs, and Squamata suffered much at their hands. Her sole focus during this time was on learning what triggered the adults’ bouts of violence. Out of lonely, terrified desperation she clung to the little things, a rare smile, a stayed hand, a gift of food, and formed an emotional attachment to her new family. Obedience became easier as the months went by, and the beatings stopped almost entirely. She listened to their speeches about Zoras ousting their people from their homeland, about the Lizalfos reclaiming their rightful homes, and eventually her shouts of agreement were because she believed them, not just because she wanted to avoid being beaten. The hatred she’d felt towards the Sept for ripping her from her family and beating her shifted to the Zora people, and the Sept stoked it until it consumed her. She trained every day at the art of combat, stealth, and war. She was a defender of her homeland, and with her brothers and sisters she would reclaim it from the Zora invaders. Squamata fought in many skirmishes with the Zora as a member of the Sept. The White Peace may have prevented the Zora and the Lizalfos from declaring war on each other, but the gangs still fought and killed each other. The people knew. Some Lizalfos supported the Sept, even if they didn’t join, and sent them gifts of money, food, and supplies. Others denounced the Sept and other groups like it, declaring that they should be trying to make peace with the Zora refugees who had settled on their lands. The more vocal of these were sometimes killed, but Squamata didn’t know anything about that. She fought to protect her people from the Zora and never harmed a fellow Lizalfos; it was Zora soldiers she killed. They killed her brothers and sisters after taking their land, and she killed them without regret, with only pride at doing her people a service. All that changed when she met Garen. A Zora merchant had been charging Lizalfos twice as much as he asked of Zora customers, and Squamata had gone to convince him to be fair and stop discriminating with the diplomatic powers of her fists. She’d taken two of her brethren with her, and all three of them had been surprised by a passing Rachel and Garen. Garen bound her with magical chains, humiliating her in front of the enemy and her fellow warriors, and Rachel had shamed her by putting her into a magical sleep. They had defeated her, but worse, they had demonstrated that they saw her as such an insignificant threat that they hadn’t needed to kill her. They had left her alive, and the Sept saw this as a great dishonor. Squamata had shamed herself, and by extension the Sept, in front of the Zora, and it was her duty to redeem herself. She tracked the pair down later, but Garen sprung her trap, and she was defeated by his magic once more. He killed one of her warriors and gravely injured her, and it was only Rachel’s mortal wound that distracted Garen long enough for the last Lizalfos to drag a thrashing, whimpering Squamata to safety. The last thing she saw before she passed out from blood loss was a pair of Zora arriving on the scene to witness her utter defeat. The Sept’s shamans nursed her back to health with their balms and chants, and she faced trial before a council of her elders. Squamata had been defeated not once but twice by the same warrior in front of her fellow Lizalfos and multiple Zora. She had been disarmed and beaten nearly to death, and her failure had resulted in the death of a valued warrior of the Sept. She was stripped of her weapons and insignia. She had been dishonored by the Hylians Garen and Rachel, and she had brought the deepest shame upon her family and her people. She was no longer fit to fight as a member of the sept. She was banished from the marshes of Midoro. She was an honorless, people-less warrior, and because she had been disarmed she would not be allowed to bear arms until she redeemed herself. Only by killing Rachel and Garen and presenting their mangled bodies to the Sept would she be allowed back into their midst. And even then, she could not merely right her wrong; her defeats had not only hurt her but her people, and so to truly redeem herself she must do her people a great service. To be accepted back into the Sept, she would not only need to kill Rachel and Garen, but she would also have to do great honor to the Lizalfos race. Squamata left Midoro for the first time, wearing nothing but a loincloth and her iron arm guard. Her quest is simple: to regain her honor. She would accomplish great deeds, and she would earn her place back among her people.