|Affiliation||The Grey Tower|
Alnaiya Nissedra was born seventeen years ago in Maradon, Saldaea. Her father is a Saldaean noble with interests in the fur trade. House Nissedra’s symbol is three red kingspenny flowers on a field of white. Her mother is a Domani who met her father on a trade mission to Saldaea. She has her Saldaean father’s dark hair, high cheekbones, and tilted almond eyes. She inherited her Domani mother’s delicate nose and her slim figure. She is as tall as most men. Her eyes are a dark hazel. Her hair is long and wavy, and she often lets it hang free. Her parents were fair took a close interest in raising their four children.
Naiya is slow to anger, but she is strong tempered and strong willed. She picks her battles carefully. She is serious. Once she has made a decision she sticks with it. She is shy with strangers and may take a while to open up to people. However, once she knows someone she can be very open. She has feared heights ever since falling out of a tree as a child.
Naiya has three older brothers. The eldest resembled her father in looks and manner. He is a skilled trader, a natural leader, and is well liked. The second child was shy and overshadowed by his siblings. He spent most of his time with his nose in books. The third child was gifted in the skills of the warrior. He always dreamed of fighting in the Blight. They were all reasonably close in age. Her brothers were her most common childhood playmates. She shared something in common with each of them. The four siblings were very competitive. As she grew older, she developed friendships with other noble’s daughters and sons. She likes men, but never met the right one for her. Her best friend is a girl of like age named Katharine.
Naiya was educated in History, Geography, and Literature along with her brothers. She always enjoyed reading and learning about other times and places and excelled in her studies. She learned hand-to-hand combat and how to use knives from the head of her father’s guards. She has no ear for music and failed miserably at learning the cittern. She secretly learned the sa’sara from Katharine’s older sister. Her mother taught her how to manage a household and other feminine occupations. She learned the rudiments of a Domani woman’s charm. Although she was never truly skilled at influencing men, it gave Naiya a confidence and grace unusual for her age.
Naiya’s true joy growing up was riding. She always had a knack with horses and she learned to ride early in life. The accomplishment that she is most proud of is training a stallion from a colt. She named him Tsag (oath in the Old Tongue). She simply adores riding and spends most of her free time in the saddle. She also enjoys falconry. She recently received a small kitten, Dovienya (“luck” in the Old Tongue).
When she turned seventeen, her parents decided she had waited long enough to choose a husband. They arranged a marriage with a Saldaean noble fifteen years her senior. Naiya refused, and eventually fled her home to avoid the match. She traveled to the Tower to take refuge, having no idea she had the gift of channeling the One Power.