Listen, you can't go around trusting every slick, gadget-toting, buzz-word slingin, quick talking bastard that comes around town. Let me teach you some tricks.
Technology and innovation advance at exceptional rates all across Cathedris, and the dispersal of information struggles to keep up. This gap between what is new and what is known provides an ecosystem for Snakes
to thrive -- feeding off misinformation, and selling lies to the naive. Some have made it their mission to combat this predatory behaviour, and none are more well known or loved than Erin Attenara, the Champion of the Naive.
Erin spends her days travelling from city to city, keeping an eye on wandering salesmen who far too often turn out to be Snakes peddling shady wares. For most of her life, she called the northern mountainous country of Artazia
home, but recently she's moved down and begun to protect people in Varzen
, the country directly south.
Please, don't ask me how I know. But that person over there selling the tonic? She's lying.
While her public accusations of Snakes usually draw the most attention, Erin actually spends the majority of her time hosting free public seminars designed to educate the public on what's new, and what tricks Snakes might try to pull in the near future. These seminars are held out in the open, and always draw a crowd.
Erin is a middle aged woman, from one of the larger metropolises within Artazia. She has long dark hair, usually worn in a braid, with eyes the colour of black gold. Erin is usually easy to pick out of a crowd as well, due to her signature outfit she usually wears; a simple white undercoat and brown trousers, covered by a long, forest green, high-collared trench coat. She wears thick black boots that come up to her knees, and is never seen without a pair of brown leather gloves on her hands.
Why do you think Erin always wears her gloves?
I heard that it's because once, when she was younger, a Snake tricked her into buying a balm that horribly scarred her hands when she used it, and she doesn't like people seeing her pain.
Her Mysterious Origin
Despite all that she does to champion truth and justice, and to cast doubt on those who hide their true intentions, there are some facts about Erin herself that she remains unwilling to discuss. What her early life was like, why she left Artazia
, and why she's always seen wearing gloves -- these three questions are ones that Erin is determined to never answer.
This unwillingness to answer has lead many to speculate. Some think perhaps a Snake
came to town with some fake medicine that destroyed her family and scarred her hands -- others think she simply had an unremarkable past, and chooses to keep her private life private. The shrewdest of all, many using the mental tools that Erin herself gave them, think the answer is something far worse; they believe that hidden beneath Erin's gloves is a Mark
that brands her as a criminal, and tells a story of a twisted past and the reason she no longer lives in Artazia.