Nyrissa, the Nymph Queen
A fae woman of alien beauty, this green skinned woman exudes both power and grace of the First World
From the knowledge of Evindra, Nereid Guardian of Briar.
Nyrissa has not always been a power in the First World, but when she fell in love with one of the realm’s Eldest, Count Ranalc, she forever changed her place in this reality. Touched by Count Ranalc, Nyrissa grew in power rapidly, yet this power also corrupted her, as power is wont to do. She began to think of herself as the newest of the Eldest, and worse, proclaimed this power to any who would listen, beginning to build her own empire in the First World—a realm she named Thousandbreaths. The other Eldest did not react well to Nyrissa’s bold claims, and sent one of their monstrous champions, the Tane known as the Jabberwock, to slay her. Nyrissa escaped the monster, but in so doing fell into the clutches of the Eldest. Their judgment was swift—they tore from her mind and spirit her capacity to love, coalesced these powerful and deadly emotions into physical reality in the shape of a magical sword called Briar, and then cast the sword into the Material Plane where the nature of reality would hide Briar forever beyond Nyrissa’s sight. Their punishment extended to their fellow Eldest as well, whom they suspected had used Nyrissa all along as an experiment. Count Ranalc was sent into exile in the Shadow Plane.
The matter settled, the Eldest quickly moved on with their own inscrutable agendas. Yet while they seemed to forget about what they’d done to Nyrissa, the nymph herself did not. As the ages wore on, she grew more and more obsessed with her loss of love—or perhaps it was the loss of love that caused her to grow more violent and obsessed. In her early attempts to discover the location of Briar, she received the visions and prophecies that would come to haunt her so—that Briar would be returned to her, but only as an instrument of her own death, wielded in the hands of a mortal hero. Despite this, she has sent dozens of champions over the years in search of sword bound soul, and until recently, all have failed.
Regardless, Nyrissa began the long task of shaping Thousandbreaths and wearing down
the boundaries between it and the Material Plane, so that someday the boundary between realities would crack and the region known as the Stolen Lands would bloom with life as it and Thousandbreaths merged.