Aldara the Dream-Eater
You can't say 'nobody knows what's there', and not expect me to go look.Once a local Kaia of little renown or importance, Aldara has emerged through terrible trials as one of the heroes Patala and first Dream-Eater. A cheerful, energetic soul who came to Patala in search for adventure and glory, Aldara found it, and the cost has been heavy. During the Plague of Dreams, she organized an end to the civil war that threatened to raze the city, then plunged into the collective nightmares to battle the Shrikes who haunted the city. These deeds earned her great renown, something she still isn't entirely sure how to handle, with a swelling pride kept in check by the great cost in lives.
Aldara is a Kaia-Tani; a scout, tracker, and survivor. Though she had yet to find a team to lend her skill to, they were more than adequate to provide a living wage.
My mind is a blade. I can cut any foe.Aldara is the first Dream-Eater; someone who had engaged the Shrikes in battle within their own dreams and emerged victorious. Few can claim the honor, as the unreal-dwelling Shrikes are at the apex of their power within the dreamscape, able to conjure terrors the real world could never allow. Even so, the Shrike are at their most vulnerable there, unable to escape into stray thoughts or hide in day-dreams. Once the gates of dreams are locked, only death can open them.
In other words, I'm not trapped in here with them... They're trapped in here with me.To be a dream-eater demands a mix of courage, imagination, and will power. In Nindra, Aldara helps train those who try to replicate her feat, preparing them for the next plague. In moments of weakness, Aldara admits to a tinge of petty jealousy to hear others called by the title she suffered so much to earn - a flaw she fears the Shrikes will come to exploit. Though they are few, Aldara is still the first among them, wielding her will like a blade and her hopes like armor. Despite her hesitation and fear, she continues to lead and fight, and on good days, her friends say they see that familiar, playful light returning to her eyes.
Patala, the Descent A recently discovered region of the Inner Shell, Patala is a cavernous realm of great, canyon-like tunnels and abyssal descents into further darkness. Like countless others, Aldara sought to find a future here, with dreams of great discoveries and thrilling adventures. While she has found both, neither has lived up to her more cheerful dreams. Read More About Patala
NindraOnce a minor outpost where explorers and settlers could stop to resupply before heading further into Patala, Nindra has now become home to the Dream-Eater and her allies. Here, they plan and practice, waiting for the plague's return. With no more than a hundred inhabitants, it is a small settlement, standing defiant against the gloom that surrounds them.
Nindra, the Dreaming Cage
Half-way between real and dreaming, Nindra is a light in the darkest part of Patala, searching for the truth to its ancient past and the well-worn charnel pits it left behind.