Sable Aradia (SEY-buhl ahr-AH-dee-uh | /ˈseɪ bəl ɑr 'ɑ di ɑ/)
The Mother of Bunnies, the Chief Rabbit, Lady of the Warren, Sable Bright-Eyes, the Queen Who Knelt, the Holy Queen of Buns, Mother Star, the Bun Queen Sable Aradia Lapin (a.k.a. Sable-rah, "Bunny Mom", "Momma Bunny", "Mama Bun Bun") (she/they)
Sable Aradia is the current leader of House Lapin.
General Physical Condition
Sable is in reasonably good physical condition for her age and profession. However, she suffers from a couple of chronic illnesses, including asthma and IBS. She has a mild astigmatism and so wears glasses when she is at her keyboard. She does not require the glasses for driving.
Sable is short but not lightly built. Perhaps best described as "stocky," she still possesses more strength and muscle than a woman of her age and size typically would, stemming from an interest in weight training when she was young. Her skin, while pale, has a golden undertone. She tans easily under the sun's exposure. In her bunny form, other than the distinctive white fur of House Lapin, Sable is indistinguishable from a white-tailed jackrabbit; technically a hare, and not a rabbit. She is on the smaller side of the species, just as she is in her human form. When Sable Bright-Eyes appears in The Void, she has been described as "shining like a star." Recently, some people claim to have seen a faint "starlight" luminescence to Sable's fur in dim light, even in the physical Realm. Some have also said that they have seen starlight sparkles in her eyes. These reports are unconfirmed.
On her back, Sable has an arcane tattoo that features a purple pentacle at the center containing a white spiral. It is surrounded by symbols of the four elements in traditional colours. She has a beauty mark on her left cheek, and a spattering of freckles on her shoulders. Her pinky fingers are crooked, stemming from childhood arthritis.
The Mother of Bunnies is right-handed. She walks with a rolling gait that is often described as "like a man." This gait lengthens her stride in a way that makes it easier for her to keep up with taller people.
In addition to being a Literomancer, Sable Bright-Eyes is a shapeshifter and a witch. As a wererabbit, her bunny and half-bunny forms are as natural to her as her human one is. It is rumoured that Sable also possesses what House Lapin calls Fiver's Insight , which is a strong intuition that warns of danger and grants occasional visions of the future.
Apparel & Accessories
Sable's "royal regalia" is a set of fluffy white bunny ears and bunny paws -- though it is unclear whether these are items that are worn, or a partial shapeshift.
While the Chief Rabbit usually carries a laptop wherever she goes, she prides herself on being able to conduct literomancy anywhere, at any time. She has been known to write with phone, tablet, Blackberry, laptop, PC, notebook and ballpoint, chalk on the pavement, and quill and ink. Sable uses a falchion and an iron mace named "Fluffy" as personal weaponry.
Sable Aradia was born to one of the ancient literomantic houses, House Lapin, in a time when the power of the Great Houses had somewhat waned. Literomancy was a curiosity, but not taken seriously by the populace at large. But Sable was always driven by the power of the written word, and pursued careers in writing-related fields, such as novel-writing, songwriting and performance, and journalism.
The First Word WarSable was working as a reporter for the ASC News Network when the First Word War broke out. Since it began during the annual literomancy competition of the Great Houses, she was on location for many of the events. Suddenly, Sable found herself leading House Lapin and an army of Tome Knights against the Night Monarch and force of Tome Zombies. As one of the rare families who had maintained the ancient practice of literomancy, suddenly the titles and heritage of the Great Houses had real meaning again. The Carrot Throne had real power. As the Houses fell around her, Sable discovered that her husband, Erin Righ, was this new Night Monarch who was threatening the Realm with destruction. Her friends, the leaders of the other Great Houses of literomancy, became Undead one after the other. Only House Lapin and House Mollusca remained to oppose the Undead Horde. House Lapin was besieged on November 25, 2020. A massive assault of Undead threw itself against the Warren. House Lapin and the Varangian Guard were overwhelmed. Many of the kittens of the Warren, including some of Sable's own children, were eaten by the Undead. Some of the attacking Undead were people Sable considered friends, such as SiobhanTheWriter, RPGDinosaurBob and others. Her eldest two children, Prince Daniel and Princess Becca, went missing sometime during the rout, and are presumed dead, since they were not literomancers. Sable's surviving son and heir, Prince Jean , was taken by the Horde as well. Sable and her friend, Commander of the Varangian Guard DM Stretch, and one of her House Guard, James Woodwright survived the fall of the House, and fled to the ocean, and House Mollusca, to join forces with the Cosmic Kraken. Nathalia Books of the Varangian Guard fell to the Horde saving Commander Stretch and Sable. James Woodwright saved Sable Aradia's life in the escape, and Kitoypoy, another member of the Lapin House Guard, sacrificed his life to save them as well. Since Sable was the only Major House leader who was not claimed by the Horde when her house fell, this earned her the epithet "Sable Bright-Eyes." Since she was the only Major House leader to survive to bend the knee to another House, she also earned the epithet "The Queen Who Knelt." Sable and the survivors of House Lapin fought side-by-side with the Molluscans in a last stand against the Horde, to support their claim to The Iron Tome. Together, they successfully repelled the Undead and claimed the Tome for the Cosmic Kraken. All of the Undead were restored to life, much to Sable's great relief -- and everyone else's too. House Lapin returned to the Warren, not without their scars. Erin and Sable became estranged in the aftermath of the war, and Erin joined House Chiroptera for a time as their Guard Captain. Prince Jean lost a foot due to undead necrosis, and it was never recovered. He received a finely-built prosthetic as a replacement.
The Second Word WarIn the year following, the Houses settled into a state of relative peace and prosperity. Restored to their traditional seats of power in order to protect the Realm, they worked to perfect their literomantic arts. Twice in the course of 2021 they met for a Tourney of Tales to practice those arts, should they be needed again. This turned out be excellent foresight. Once again, come November 2021, trouble brewed. The Iron Tome went missing from House Mollusca's vault. Zombie Summoning Totems in the symbols of the Great Houses appeared near the traditional seats of power of other houses. With a bat totem being one of the first found, and on House Lapin's territory, Sable believed that SiobhanTheWriter, Queen of Bats, had attacked her house, and declared war, launching the Second Word War. Houses began to form up according to traditional alliances, or to defend their own holdings. Conflict escalated between Chiroptera and Lapin. Minor Houses Incendium and Felis, traditional bannermen of Lapin, offered their loyalty to other Houses; Incendium to House Tiki, and Felis to House Chiroptera, which felt to Sable like a betrayal. Selected as the Captain of her Owsla, the elite House Lapin guard who protect the Chief Rabbit, James Woodwright recruited others to the cause of Sable's protection to meet this new threat, including DM Stretch , Kajetan Writes, and a resurrected Kitoypoy . Sable and Siobhan faced each other directly in a duel in the early stages of the conflict, much to the dismay of the Owsla and the Knightwings, House Chiroptera's elite guard. It is unclear whether Sable defeated Siobhan, or whether Siobhan simply gave up and invited her old friend to kill her, if she was determined to do so. For whatever reason, Sable stayed her hand, and both House Leaders left the field of battle alive. It was soon discovered that the Undead Horde was marching once more, as newer Houses Sauropoda and Tiki fell to their forces. As the true nature of the threat became apparent, and a new Nite Monarq made herself known House Felis returned to the Warren, saying that they'd had a debt of honour they'd been required to discharge, and the Fluffy Pet Alliance was restored. Sable and Siobhan met at the Great Library to negotiate and put aside their differences to deal with the greater threat of the Undead. While those negotiations were taking place, House Meles fell to the Undead Horde, and young Meles scion Lord Galakrond was taken. For whatever reason, this greatly upset Sable, and she angrily called up the King Badger and the Bardger as they sheltered with House Mollusca. In a skirmish against the Undead, Kajetan Writes was severely injured, and fell into a coma. While he was convalescing, James Woodwright searched for another volunteer to join the Owsla. Gwenefre stepped up to accept the task. To keep him alive, Kajetan was called to the Golden Worldforge as a holy paladin, and later returned to aid House Lapin in the final battle. In the meantime, House Chiroptera fell to the Undead Horde, and Siobhan, now heading the survivors of the fallen Houses of Sauropoda and Tiki, and a large number of bannermen, sought succor with House Lapin. Instead of requiring her to bend the knee, Sable embraced Siobhan in what would become known as the Babbit Alliance . Surprising everyone, House Meles left The Zafforza Trench in favour of The Warren, leaving House Mollusca with only the support of House Ceapaire .
Sable Aradia has the greatest alliance the Realm has ever seen. Coffee Quills has a wet sandwich.Tensions mounted between Mollusca and Lapin, as Coffee Quills accused Sable of engineering the war in order to make a bid for power against them. When House Mollusca fell to the Undead Horde, they and Ceapaire fled to the Warren, having nowhere else to go, but made it clear they were not happy about it. After a personal conversation with the Bardger, however, Coffee and Sable put aside their differences, and Mollusca offered Lapin their full support. It was later revealed that the reason the Chief Rabbit had asked Meles to come was that Lord Galakrond was her son, too; the Mother of Bunnies is also The Mother of Badgers. Sable led the Grand Alliance to victory against the Nite Monarq AuthorGoddess in an epic battle of literomancy known as the Battle of the Warren, and claimed the Iron Tome on December 2, 2021, earning the title "the Holy Queen of Buns."
April Tourney 2022When the biological parentage of Lord Galakrond and the Forgelings was revealed, it became a very public scandal. The Realm is uneasy with concern about the succession. There have been calls for Lord Galakrond and the Forgelings to get genetic tests to determine whether they are the biological children of Darth Nikolas or Realm of Music, thus establishing who the King Badger's "true heirs" are. The situation is further complicated by the recent engagement of Prince Jean to The Queen of Bats , Siobhan the Writer. Thus far, both House Meles and House Lapin have refused to entertain these questions, and insist that the succession of both Houses remains unchanged.
If a vault at the bottom of the ocean and Molluscan literomancy wasn't enough to protect it, I don't dare let it out of my sight.Sable began carrying the Iron Tome with her in a backpack wherever she went, despite its great weight. This almost cost her her life. In January of 2022, there was an assassination attempt on the Mother of Bunnies that was very nearly successful. The assassin grabbed the Iron Tome and made a run for it, but was killed by Commander Stretch of the Owsla attempting to escape. The Chief Rabbit was rushed to hospital and put into a medically-induced coma to recover from her wounds for more than a month. Even still, she might not have survived, except that her estranged husband Erin Righ reappeared and summoned a Litwalker from their co-created The Wyrd West universe, who had magical healing powers. Over the course of the Tourney season, Sable Bright-Eyes made some physical recovery, but it quickly became clear to her friends and loved ones that either the circumstances, or the Iron Tome, or both, led to deterioration in her mental health. In a compromise with the Owsla, rather than rebuilding the Warren entirely in a new, secure location, the Mother of Bunnies moved her personal burrow within the Warren into a secure interdimensional pocket keyed only to her. Erin still did not return to the Warren after this incident, and over the course of the Tourney, Sable gradually became more insular and withdrawn. The Owsla continued to investigate the attempt, and eventually discovered the identity of the assassin -- a Tome Knight named ShadowMalachi -- but not who sent him. Things came to a head near the end of the Tourney. DM Stretch , apparently on some kind of black op to investigate The Company , disappeared. While the Owsla were distracted with the effort to recover him, another assassination attempt was made -- this time by poisoning some leftover chili from an earlier "chili cookoff" event. Only the quick intervention of Sir Kitoypoy saved her life, and once again she was rushed to hospital. There the Owsla learned that their intervention was only a temporary reprieve -- Sable had been poisoned by a fatal dose of strychnine rat poison, and her death was only a matter of time. At her request, she was brought back to the Warren to die in familiar and comfortable surroundings. But in the meantime, the Owsla discovered that The Iron Tome was lying on its face on the floor of Sable's burrow in the Warren, surrounded by an aura of pink and gold light, and it could not be moved from its fixed point in space. Even attempts to cut through the floor to get at it were foiled. Seeking the advice of Coffee Quills The Cosmic Kraken, the only other living person who had spent any time around the Iron Tome, Sir Kitoypoy was told that it was likely Sable-rah's own subconscious magic that was protecting it. Clearly this latest attack had driven away any last vestige of trust she had in anyone, since only one of her most trusted companions could have accomplished it. But then, General Aydan Nightshade called up Siobhan the Queen of Bats, and suggested that someone was deliberately trying to isolate the Holy Queen of Buns in order to weaken and break her. Estranged from her family and husband, missing at least one of her Owsla, separated from her friends, already struggling under the weight of PTSD and the need to be strong for the Grand Alliance, and with the suspicions of the Owsla and the natural distrust created by the situation, Sable was alone. But her "Kind Bear Glare" powers suggested that her magic was powered by love.
Sable saved us at the Battle of the Warren with the power of love. Maybe we can save her the same way.A massive, worldwide literomantic ritual was organized by the Kitty General and the Bat Queen to lend the power of love and magical aid to the Mother of Bunnies. Numerous Tome Knights expressed their encouraging sentiments and declarations of love or friendship. Key among these were those closest to Sable; her best friends, her loyal Owsla Captain, her children. Having heard the news, Erin Righ finally returned to the Warren. The two spoke a tearful goodbye, and, both being victims of The Filking Plague, they sang their declarations of love and support to one another. When they reached out to clasp each others' hands, the magic that had been rallied took effect, and Sable was miraculously healed by her own "Kind Bear" powers, supported by the outpouring of love from those who cared about her. Aside from some lingering weariness from the whole ordeal, Sable has made a full recovery. Erin has returned to the Warren, and is actively helping the Mother of Bunnies to guard the Iron Tome -- as are a number of her friends and family.
Sable has studied the art of literomancy actively since she was a small child. She later went on to study creative writing and journalism, and is an accomplished witch and avid "citizen scientist."
Sable worked her way up through what was then the ASC News Network after graduation, and was one of their leading investigative reporters at the time of the breakout of the First Word War. She is also a published author, where she is beginning to make a name for herself, when the duties of House leadership do not otherwise occupy her attention.
Accomplishments & Achievements
Sable holds two Flames of Encouragement from the April 2022 Tourney of Tales.
Self Care BadgesBadges for April 2022
Failures & Embarrassments
Sable is deeply sorry for suspecting her friend SiobhanTheWriter of betrayal. She also seems to carry a great deal of guilt for what happened to her son Prince Jean and her kits, and for the events of the Second Word War.
PTSD plagues Sable Aradia after the events of the Word Wars, and the recent assassination attempts from the April 2022 Tourney. She is haunted by the losses and betrayals she has endured. Often it keeps her awake at night, and sleep is something the Mother of Bunnies struggles with. Surprisingly for such an approachable person, she also suffers from considerable social anxiety, and is often required to retreat from public life to rest and recharge.
Sable, as befits a trickster spirit, has a keen mind and a sharp wit. She possesses a deeply-ingrained sense of wonder and curiosity that helps to drive her study of literomancy and the mysteries and nature of the world. She has a keen eye for proofreading and misses few details. She also possesses an unusual ability to grasp the whole picture of a situation from small details, as well as keen foresight. In addition, Sable is highly empathic, and while she is known for her directness, she is also known for her deep love and compassion towards all Tome Knights, and her Lapins in particular. She is called the "Bunny Mom" because of this, and has a bit of a "Granny Weatherwax" reputation for delivering sharp critique out of that deeply held love.
Morality & Philosophy
The Mother of Bunnies chooses kindness and courage in the face of apathy and fear. She does not believe in dishonesty and actively avoids it whenever possible, even if that honesty sometimes hurts. She has been known to say that it is better that a writer is embarrassed before a friend than the general public, and so she does not hold back in her critiques, though she tries to deliver such information gently. Since she also will not offer praise unless is it deeply and honestly felt, compliments from her are treasured as high honours.
Sable-rah will never break an oath, or her word once given. As a result, she is notoriously careful about what she is willing to promise.
Sable Aradia feels a deep calling to teach and nurture the art of literomancy whenever she can. She takes great joy in helping writers who lack confidence in their work. She loves to tell a story and is even more joyful when those stories are appreciated by others. Because she was bullied as a child, the Chief Rabbit hates bullies, and will go out of her way to protect their victims or, preferably, to neutralize the threat they represent. Since she has claimed the Iron Tome, she is also driven by a desire to keep it safely in the hands of living Tome Knights at all costs.
Savvies & Ineptitudes
Sable was a stereotypical nerd as a child. She had a facility for academics, and was a precocious and early reader, but lacked hand-eye coordination and was accurately described as a "klutz." Childhood asthma did not improve her physical abilities, and she was often ill. It wasn't until her adulthood that Sable discovered a love for physical activity that did not require heavy aerobic exertion or team coordination, such as weight training, yoga, hiking, and various martial arts. The Chief Rabbit is as highly creative as her House affiliation might indicate. She enjoys a variety of creative pursuits, including but not limited to creative writing, songwriting, performance, directing, video editing, crafts, and painting. Sable also has dyscalculia and ADD, neither of which were diagnosed in childhood, and she may suffer from C-PTSD due to a difficult upbringing, or may be somewhere on the autistic spectrum.
Likes & Dislikes
Likes: creativity, RPGs, reading, combat sports, exploring, space science, speculative fiction, general geekiness, helping people believe in themselves, surprises, trying new foods, travel, learning things Dislikes: boredom, math, team sports, waiting, bureaucracy, bullies, cruelty
Virtues & Personality perks
Perhaps Sable's most defining trait is her emotional strength. She has an ability to pick herself up, carry on, and encourage others to carry on in the most dire of circumstances. This has served her and her people well in the Word Wars.
Vices & Personality flaws
The Chief Rabbit can be terse and abrupt in her manner, which is sometimes interpreted as anger or irritation. Combined with her considerable force of personality, some find this intimidating. When she doesn't get enough sleep or food, she is churlish and irritable. If she is focused on something, it is easy for her to burn herself out to exhaustion, and she often enlists others in her plans, unintentionally driving them to exhaustion as well. This may be a coping strategy for her tendency to anxiety, depression, and other PTSD symptoms.
I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date!Sable Bright-Eyes, due to her dyscalculia and ADD, is often late for appointments, and has a tendency to double-book herself. This is not due to negligence or a lack of concern for others, but a real challenge that she actively struggles with. Sable smokes cheroots and cigars, but refuses to smoke cigarettes. She also has a weakness for carrots.
The Chief Rabbit is somewhat indifferent to hygiene, especially when she is focused on a goal. Her burrow is perpetually untidy, though it is rarely allowed to degenerate further than that. She wears her hair long, straight, and without bangs because she cannot be bothered to spend much time on such things. She never wears makeup unless it's a special occasion, and her typical outfit is a T-shirt and jeans, often ill-fitting due to her size.
Wiccan; Frith and El-ahrairah
Hobbies & Pets
The Mother of Bunnies has 3 cats: Scooter "Old Man;" Ash "Mister," "Young Man," "Jim Dandy;" and Smokey "Missy." She enjoys RPGs, music, painting, drawing, reading, and crafts.
Sable Bright-Eyes speaks with a mixed Canadian accent that contains elements of West Coast, central Canadian, and French Canadian. She swears a lot, and says jokingly that it's because she's Canadian -- it's when Canadians stop swearing that people should be concerned.
Guarding the Iron Tome; making more time for the people she loves
Currently Held Titles
Date of Birth
March 6, 1975
Watership Down Warren
Sable identifies as bisexual and may perhaps also be described as pansexual. She is also the Mother of Bunnies. You figure it out.
Sable describes her/themself as a demigirl. While it is more typical for people to use "she/her" pronouns, and she does not object to them, much of her identity remains somewhat non-binary or even genderfluid. It is perhaps best said that she remains unattached to her gender.
Blue-green in human form, pink in rabbit and half-rabbit form, full of stars in dim light or in the Void
Salt-and-pepper, chestnut brown, straight, long enough to hang below her belt when loose
Skin: white with golden undertone
Fur: white, faintly luminescent in dim light
Fur: white, faintly luminescent in dim light
5' tall in human form; 56 cm long in rabbit form
125 lbs (human), 6 lbs (rabbit)
Quotes & Catchphrases
Every word is one more word.
You'll get it done eventually. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
If the fight is fair, then your tactics suck.
First drafts are all garbage. You can make it pretty in the editing.
Editors exist to polish your diamond into something you'd be proud to show off. Polishing diamonds can be rough, but in the end, you get a beautiful gem.
Lord Frith & El-ahrairah
Sable Aradia's coronation portrait by MelodyRelody for photoediting and providing this BLURSED image
The Holy Queen of Buns leading her forces to victory at the Battle of the Warren by Siobhan the Writer & Sable Aradia
Sable Aradia rallies the power of her love at the Battle of the Warren by Siobhan the Writer & Sable Aradia