Barbaric Yawps on Comics, Role-Gaming, and Spec-Fic
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Tuuva the Strong
[Played by Amity]
Tuuva is from Valgard, and left her tribe for unknown, and unspoken-of, reasons. She tried for a time to make a living as a mercenary, but she doesn't play well with others, even other warriors, and the profession didn't exactly suit her: not enough killing. She once overheard two mercenaries talking about a visit to "the Arena," and the life of a gladiator sounded heavenly to her: a bed, ample food, and a chance to kill as many things as she wanted. She left mercenary work immediately and headed to the gladiatorial ring.
Gladiators are only supposed to kill when they have been given the sign, and often non-fatal matches are "rigged" so that particular crowd favorites come out on top. Unfortunately for Tuuva, once the blood-lust takes a hold of her she often can't reign herself in, and during a fight that was supposed to be "to-the-pain" only, she killed her opponent. She then killed several guards who entered the arena to subdue her. The Master of Games had no interest in harboring an out-of-control and obviously dangerous gladiator, so Tuuva was sold into slavery.
She was disconsolate over losing her place in the Arena, and could not understand the concept of commercial slavery: the man who had bought her was, in her eyes, weak and pitiful, and he had not beaten her in battle. Why should she be his slave? She had soon attacked her new master for "insulting" her, and was subsequently sentenced to death in the very ring she had once called home.
Tuuva is very tall and very muscular, with fair skin and red hair. At first glance, she looks more like a man than a woman, but her features are handsome enough. She is dressed in the garb of a slave, though she also wears a peculiar necklace, crafted in the style of the Northern tribes. Not even her former master dared to try to take it from her. She doesn't speak much, and when asked about her past, she says nothing -- but will absently caress the necklace.