M'na Kkaxe

Their service name is M'na [Meh-nah], loosely translated as "Eternal Sun." Kkaxe [h-KAH-geh] translates loosely to "Blackfeather," or "Crow."

Ranger

Physical Description

General Physical Condition

As a child, M'na was gibed that they must have had Birdfolk in their ancestry, due to their narrow wrists and unfailing sense of direction. Though such a thing is surely untrue, M'na is comfortable around the Birdfolk, sharing the long legs, narrow but sturdy frame, and hearty constitution in the desert conditions. If anything, they have had some challenge becoming accustomed to the Northern chill...but, then, M'na prefers a challenge, and will not be defeated by the mountain.

Facial Features

M'na has thick dark eyebrows, set cheekbones, and an easy smile.

Identifying Characteristics

M'na wears glasses.

Physical quirks

M'na has a tendency to hunch when working at a desk, regardless of the need.

Special abilities

M'na has a natural talent for remembering paths and discerning direction.   They are able to grasp the interconnected intricacies of large systems, a trait that serves them well whether in the woods, the council table, or the repair shop.

Apparel & Accessories

Because of their upbringing among the Satta as a child, M'na has approval to wear the Satta Flock pattern, and displays such in the reds of the guide and the golds of the artisan, with the marks in gold to signify their status as a markmaker/recorder.   M'na additionally carries the citrine Hpaziza of the Mediators, and will wear the Copper of the Ambassador.   When off-duty, M'na generally prefers the greys of the Wazhinkakeh. Since their deployment in the North, they have taken to wearing Northern garb for its warmth and functionality.

Specialized Equipment

M'na wears several thumb rings: usually a red stone ring and a simple silver band on the left hand, and a stone ring (of varying color) between two silver rings (one with a red stone, one of thin, hammered texture) on the right hand. They are the only consistent ornamentation M'na favors, and they are not seen without them.

Mental characteristics

Education

M'na completed their Cadet training in The City of The Fingers, and their Corpsfolk training in The Thenar.   In addition, M'na has received certifications in:

  • Wilderness Training: Desert Survival, The Dust (672ak)
  • Advanced Rockwork: Canyoneering, The Sentinels (672 ak)
  • Advanced Rockwork: Mountaineering, Skald (676 ak)
  • Wilderness Training: Rivercraft, First Water River (677 ak)
  • Wilderness Training: Northern Survival, Camp Santiago, Verthandi (679 ak)

Employment

M'na has served in postings at:

  • Powell Station, The Scrublands
  • The Caldera Library, North Reach
  • Xowi' Canyon, Left Fork River
  • Messner Point, Verthandi
  • Terminus, Urd

Accomplishments & Achievements

In 676 ak, M'na was named to an Ambassador Rank in service of the Rangers and for the Greater Inbound Lands. M'na has the distinction of being the first Hetchling to be named to such a rank, paving the way for opportunity and diversity within the ranks.

Failures & Embarrassments

M'na has received reprimands for improper entry into the Calderas Tower, and an excused reprimand for a loss of postal packages during the first year of service, in which the items were lost during a flash flood along the Dust Path.

Morality & Philosophy

M'na follows neither Corvan or Ki'ist practices, but prefers the middle path, blending the two philosophies.

Personality Characteristics

Virtues & Personality perks

M'na is patient, finding it easy to tolerate and adapt to the unknown and the uncertain, mostly because of their confidence in their own areas of strength. In areas they lack, M'na has worked to build a support team of complimentary strengths and perspectives; because of their Satta upbringing, they trust that team for the virtues they've handpicked, and tend to create opportunities for that team to express personal agency and judgment.   In their own work, that Satta mindset means that M'na displays personal initiative and ambition, facing challenge like a cliff wall: thoughtfully and cleverly, maneuvering agilely towards the best position through efficient, well-placed effort.

Vices & Personality flaws

The downside of a Satta upbringing is that M'na tends to move solo through challenges, forgetting that life isn't always a wall: not everything needs to be summited, and you aren't always moving over life on your own. M'na works to improve their delegation skills and to allow themselves to lean on their support, but it's never an easy decision, and M'na is more likely to push themselves farther than they should - farther than they would ever ask another to go - before stepping back.

Personality Quirks

M'na has the tendency to lose themselves in their work, much to the detriment of their worktable: if only they paid as much attention to the mess of their desk as they did to repairing the messes of the world!   It's not that they're disorganized, more that the natural collector's tendency magnifies the value of every object and idea. Every available surface has a book, a found stone, or a scrap of notepaper on it; when seen in a whole, the items obviously circle around a larger theme, but it can be overwhelming for the uninitiated.  

Social

Speech

Perhaps due to their early childhood among the diverse cultures of the Caravans and the Citadel, M'na can be something of a vocal chameleon, easily mimicking the cadence, body language, and phrasing of those they are speaking with, and with enough time, can carry the nuance of the accent. However, M'na tends to "mush" syllables, due to some challenges in hearing.

Species
Anman
Year of Birth
647 ak 34 Years old
Birthplace
M'na was born in Aniza territory.
Current Residence
M'na currently resides in the Trifold Peaks area. They maintain barracks at Terminus on the Slopes of Urd, but usually spend their off time at Mu'silao'ki Island.
Eyes
Dark Brown
Hair
M'na wears their dark brown hair long, generally pulled back in a traditional single braid, though often they wrap it up into a bun for ease.
Skin Tone
Olive skin, though tans easily towards almond.
Height
5'9"
Weight
120 lbs
Aligned Organization
Rangers
Known Languages
M'na is fluent in both high and low Tongue, and is able to write both sigil and glyf. In addition, M'na is fluent in Aengli, and demonstrates a basic visual understanding and vocabulary of Sign.
050/100 : Part of the #100DaysofOce series, 2019


Cover image: Kkaxe River banner by M Kelley
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    M'na Kkaxe is born
    Life, Birth

    Born to two Seeker parents in the service of the Rangers.

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    Service Record begins
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    M'na swears an oath into the service of the Rangers.

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    Cadet-theen: The City of The Fingers
    Life, Education

    M'na is stationed at O-pa'zo for the duration of the first theen of Cadetfolken.

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    Corps-theen: The Thenar
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    M'na is stationed at The Thenar for the duration of their theen as Corpsfolken.

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    Hetchling: An Oath
    Life, Organisation Association

    M'na Kkaxe applies and is sworn into the service of Hetchling, to uphold and uplift the culture of the Ni'kashiga Birdfolk. This personal oath adopts them into the Ni'kashiga as a full community member, with the rights and responsibilities of such.   From this period forward, if not in the uniforms of the Ranger and its associated ha'a, M'na dons the grey of the Wazhinkakeh.

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    Cairnsfolk: A Renewal of Oath
    Life, Career

    M'na swears oath into extended service in the Seekers of the Rangers.

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    Ranger: Powell Station, postal clerk
    Life, Organisation Association

    M'na is stationed at Powell Station, within the Scrublands, as a postal clerk. Their duties include the management of incoming post, distribution of mail through the Scrublands and deliveries to O-pa'zo, and assistance with couriers. In the later part of service, M'na begins service patrolling the Dust Path, to oversee the care of The Landmarks.

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    Ranger: Powell Station, Artist-in-Residence
    Life, Achievement/ Win

    M'na applies and is accepted into the position of Artist-in-Residence at Powell Station. In addition to caretaking The Landmarks, M'na is tasked with the care of the archives and print studio within the Rail Station: reproducing historic editions of work, coordination of the archives, and creation of new materials in the form of script and poster.

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    Ranger: Resident of Records, at the Calderas Library, North Reach
    Life, Achievement/ Win

    Due to exemplary work, M'na is stationed as a Resident of Records at the Calderas Library within the North Reach region. Their primary task is the the carving of historic tales through the linocut form. In addition, M'na helps maintain the records at the Library and incorporate new additions.   Works created during this time period are gathered as part of the Calderas educational exhibition; this collection provides early information to later Artist-in-Residence Carrie Cox in 676 ak. The two artists later form a correspondence.

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    Cairn: Wilderness Training: Desert Survival, The Dust
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    In preparation for their next station deployment, M'na undertakes and completes Wilderness Training within The Dust, with the bulk of training during the difficult months of Hpa'ta and Cexeni'.

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    Cairn: Advanced Rockwork: Canyoneering, The Sentinels
    Life, Education

    In preparation for their next station deployment, M'na undertakes and completes Advanced Rockwork: Canyoneering at the training center at The Sentinels, with the bulk of training during the dangerous flash flood months of Manzhanwale and Wazhaihci.

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    Ranger: Recorder, Archaeological Dig at Xowi' Canyon
    Life, Milestone

    M'na is deployed to the Archaeological Dig at Xowi' Canyon, to serve as Recorder of Findings, with secondary duties as patrol and guide.   The field notes taken during this period would later inform continued research by Joseph Heckle in 677 ak. The two would later form a correspondence.

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    A Collection of Objects
    Life, Relationship change

    On beginning her theen as Artist-in-Residence at the Calderas Library, Carrie Cox explores the curated collections and produced artifacts made by M'na Kkaxe during their Residency between 671 to 673 ak. Due to mutual interest and a shared artistic aesthetic, Carrie sent a letter. The resulting correspondence grew into a strong artistic collaboration, exchanging objects of interest to be investigated, and stories of note to be translated into artifact.

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    Cairn: Appointed as the first Hetchling Ambassador of The Inbound Lands
    Life, Achievement/ Win

    With an distinguished service record, M'na Kkaxe is named as an Ambassador of The Inbound Lands. They are the first hetchling to be honored with such a rank.

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    Ranger: Postmaster, Messner Point, Verthandi
    Life, Career

    M'na accepts the position of Postmaster at Messner Point on Verthandi, lending their skills to the strengthening of the Northern postal system throughout the Trifold Peaks. Their new rank as ambassador allows for increased dialogue with the Northern Walkingfolk protectorates, and the administrative position allows for ease of travel between Messner Point and the Citadel as needed.

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    Cairn: Advanced Rockwork: Mountaineering, Skald
    Life, Education

    M'na undertakes and completes advanced coursework in Mountaineering along the difficult cliffs of Skald. The work helps inform the challenges of developing additional postal routes in the mountainous North, and lays foundational work for the expansion of the postal system.

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    Cairn: Wilderness Training: Rivercraft, First Water River
    Life, Education

    M'na undertakes and completes Wilderness Training at First Water River, focusing on coldwater techniques.

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    A series of letters
    Life, Relationship change

    After reviewing the archaeological records made by M'na at Xowi' Canyon, Joseph Heckle begins corresponding with M'na: first for further information, then to share theories regarding the new discoveries, and, over time, for the companionship of their writing.

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    Cairn: Wilderness Training: Northern Survival, Camp Santiago, Verthandi
    Life, Education

    M'na undertakes and completes Wilderness Training at Camp Santiago on Verthandi. The course is in preparation for later deployment to Terminus.

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    Ranger: Postfolk, Terminus, Urd
    Life, Career

    M'na chooses to step down from Postmaster at Messner Point, returning to their roots as a postalfolken. The move is motivated in part by their growing collaboration with Joseph Heckle regarding Acton Pinnacle, as the routes allow regular path to Mu'silao'ki Island.   They continue their ambassadorship throughout the Northern Protectorate, and in the creation of artifact.   The new routes and procedures put into place within the Trifold Peaks region has altered the North for the better, strengthening communication, alliances, and economic boon.

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