Shoshana bat Miriam
Shoshana bat Miriam (a.k.a. Sho) (she/her)
Sho had her larynx cut to prevent her from performing Renanel magic. Her identical twin Naomi was left with her voice intact in an attempt to see what the effects of being silent would be on Sho. She has a large scar across the front of her throat, and a brand on the back of her neck that matches her sister's, identifying them as subjects at the Cerasus Medical Testing Facility.
Sho and Naomi grew up on Judaea with as normal a childhood as a renan could have during that time. While Naomi was a talented renan of Mending, Sho was an incredibly rare Kol-Renan, or an All-Singer. Capable of performing any magic without suffering magical consequences, Sho was also capable of mastering songs and magic with ease. During the , eleven-year-old Sho destroyed half a Legion by herself. Being a twin saved her from immediate execution, and then she and Naomi were sent to an experimentation camp on Cerasus. Tullus sent Octavius to fetch Sho and Naomi, but they had escaped before he got there. Naomi and Sho made their way to , where they found shelter on among the Free People there. The Free People had sheltered renanim for a long time, and soon Sho and Naomi were engaging in rescue missions to get renanim away from their most dangerous foes, the venatores. As the twins traveled to find renanim, Naomi also dowsed broken pieces.
Sho still feels tremendous guilt for not being able to save her family or the planet of Judaea. This guilt combined with her silencing--rendering her unable to access the power she's capable of--can sometimes pull her into deep despair, which she copes with by being reckless in her pursuit of renanim to rescue. She tells herself she needs to be useful in order to justify her existence, and she will fling herself into dangerous situations to prove to herself that she's not a waste of energy and oxygen. She has also built up emotional walls to keep herself safe from that swallowing despair. On the outside, she can be very callous and almost cruel at times, but inwardly she is extremely concerned with the well-being of others.
The Explorer (Freedom)
- Motto: Don’t fence me in
- Core desire: the freedom to find out who you are through exploring the world
- Goal: to experience a better, more authentic, more fulfilling life
- Biggest fear: getting trapped, conformity, and inner emptiness
- Strategy: journey, seeking out and experiencing new things, escape from boredom
- Weakness: aimless wandering, becoming a misfit
- Talent: autonomy, ambition, being true to one’s soul
- The explorer is also known as: The seeker, iconoclast, wanderer, individualist, pilgrim.
She can't speak due to her larynx being cut, but she uses a lipreading translator that can read her lips and then speak aloud what it thinks she's trying to say. It isn't always correct. Hilarity ensues.
Year of Birth
636 ACI 20 Years old
Naomi bat Miriam (identical twin sister)
Medium, dark brown, and wavy; always braided to keep it out of the way.