Tara was born to a noble Skalani family, to a formerly human mother and a dracunyer father; her older brother, Costache
, soon replaced their father as the lord of Kazaku Keep
, following the latter's death in a duel. Tara, however, was guided towards a less political path; she was sent to ACU
, where she studied art, philosophy, and majored in music.
She greduated in 1117 Virtuoso
, and a year later she relocated to Akidos
, where she sang in a tavern in return for lodging. Word of her outstanding performances spread fast, even when compared to the fast paced life in the city state, and eventually drew the attention of Raxis
himself; less than a month after her arrival in the city, she was offered, and accepted, to permanently stay as a guest within his lair
. In 1173 AC
, her brother was ordered to join the war against the Hegemony of Xesian
with a contigent of 450 soldiers, by empress Veronica Dislerf
's decree. As he departed, he sent Tara a letter, informing her of the increased levies and appointing her as his successor should he fall in battle.
In 1174 Costache was killed in an ambush that supposedly could have been prevented had his retinue of dracunyer was with him, and not assigned to seperate units by an incompetent relative of Veronica. The same day word of Costache's death reached Akidos, Tara made all of the necessary arrangements and departed back to her home, where she was entrusted with the role of duchess
General of the Dracunyer
As tensions in Osternfel
grew, Tara swore allegiance to the grand duchy of Mirkas
in 1199, whose arch-duchess, Regina I Mirkasna
, later joined the eastern rebellion.
The arch dukes recognized the immense advantage Tara and her kin provided, and she was assigned as a military general under Shvat the Great
during the Osternfel Civil War of 1201
Even though in practice there were at most three hundred soldiers under her command, her presence on the battlefield accompanied by a detachment of the legendary dracunyer, provided morale support to such an extent that many victories
are attributed mostly to her. As a combatant in her own right she is arguably even deadlier: she won every duel she ever fought, with some estimates claiming that she has personally killed over a thousand combatants in varying circumstances; her long lifespan and eternal youth help her to further capitalize on her experience, rendering her increasingly deadlier as the years go on.
Tour of Triumph
When the war was over in 1206, Tara began traveling throught the new nation in celebration of the victory and performed in a variety of venues, from local taverns and up to amphitheaters; people flocked to hear her singing and playing, though more than likely most of them just wanted a glimpse of the usually reclusive denizens of Skala Bashni. Prior to the tour, dracunyer were regarded as a rumor and Tara herself was sometimes dismissed is a fictional character created for war propagenda; by some accounts, her old friend Raxis
even appeared in several performance, further increasing the popular appeal.
The tour took a dramatic turn when inequitars
sent by Veronica Dislerf
attempted to assasinate her following a performance. Unarmed and unarmorded, she killed an assailant by punching his throat after deflecting a blow with her forearm
, grabbed his heavy two-handed sword with her uninjured right hand and proceeded to kill all remaining three; needless to say, this injury ended the tour, though the show of strength gave it a somewhat positive note.
By Blade and String
Nowdays, Tara is regarded as a living legend; the public image of her is that of an immortal general-musician that befriends dragons and beats all odds, wether as a commander or as warrior. In addition to her responsibilities and duties as a grand duchess, in 1345 she established the Concertivish Ostigi
, an academy dedicated to the teaching of music. In stark contrast to the reclusive nature of her kin
, Tara is often found on the conservatorium's grounds, where she serves as the dean