Name: Penanna Nordal
Race: Wildwood Elezen
Age: She's never actually said...
Place of Birth: Gridania, exact location unknown.
Current Residence: Carline Canopy, New Gridania
Occupation: Archer primarily, she dabbles in a lot of other smaller skills such as fishing, cooking and botany.
Appearance: Unlike the sharp eyes of her kin Penanna's sea-blue irises are deceptively gentle. As deep as the sea their colour seems to hail from, her eyes are very rarely still; ever observant and keen. The plain, soft features of her face would almost be androgynous were it not for the meek smile she's almost always wearing. Although she's not unattractive, it would be a stretch to call her a female beauty; from behind, her stance and figure can appear more masculine than other females of her race.
She keeps creamy-white hair neatly plaited behind her ears and tries to keep it shorter than she would actually like it -a necessity demanded by too many wayward strands of hair caught in bowstrings. Sometimes, small feathers can be spotted in the tie holding her plait in place - usually yellow ones from her chocobo Aren, but sometimes white and blue ones that she finds whilst wandering can be seen pinned there. She's always wearing her ear clasps, and they're specifically painted in pearlescent to match her hair colour.
Never armed with anything more than her Bow, Quiver, and perhaps a dagger or short sword at her belt, Penanna moves with grace and purpose. She doesn't allow the armour she wears as though it were a second skin, to impede her elegant air.
Even if she's seen without them, her skill with a Bow is evident in her deft fingers as they move - never missing their target, whatever it may be. The distribution of supple muscles, lithe limbs and nimble fingers give her away. Despite her disciplined appearance, the Elezen seems to be without notable scars; there are perhaps a few small marks on her fingers and arms from arrows, which are likely to be missed by unobservant eyes.
The scent of the forest lingers with her; running water, evergreens and the mingled aromas of different herbs. Underlying the keen scent of the wild, it’s possible to perceive her natural fragrance of Jasmine – light and subtle, meaning the nose can barely catch it once before the scent dissipates.
Personality: Penanna is the essence of an altruist. She's usually able to make quick decisions in disagreements to find the smoothest and fairest option for everyone. Though whether this is because she genuinely is an altruist, or because she dislikes fighting, one can't be too sure.
She's almost always wearing an expression that implies she is daydreaming, with her head off in the clouds, but the truth is she's secretly observing her surroundings and the people in it. She doesn't like evesdropping but her excellent hearing and eyesight don't really allow her to avoid it.
She's aware that's she quite tall and dislikes that it can sometimes be a hinderance to her relations with others, so she can often be seen slumping when she isn't weidling her bow and arrow, she also makes a habit of not standing too close to people, simply to avoid her looking down and them looking up.
Moralistic and open-minded, Penanna can be very set in her ways and can therefore be very unforgiving to anyone she sees breaking her own personal moral code. Fortunately, her moral code is very heavy on honour and justice and supports ideals like, loving thy neighbour, and defending the weak. She's very sensitive to the plights of others, almost to the point of being naive, and has -in the past- had this taken advantage of, but she's not changed her viewpoint on the world. She can at times act like a proper 'gentleman' and has a habit of referring to other females as 'Lady'.
Approachable, friendly and very non-judgmental, Penanna loves observing the world around her and marvelling in its subtle beauty. More of an introvert than anything, she enjoys being outdoors and in her element, she can feel lonely,and although she would like to meet new people and make more friends, her tendency to sleep outside at the base of a tree with Aren as her pillow doesn't make for the best friend-finding situation.
She identifies as a female aspirationally -truthfully she does not feel as though she fits the physical definition of a female when it comes to beauty and has a fair amount of dysphoria about it. Although she allows people to call upon her with female pronouns, it can make her very uncomfortable. She can often be heard using the phrase "I am not a female, a woman, or even an Elezen - I am the Arrow notched on my Bow."
Background: (A work in progress) Penanna is the last confirmed surviving member of her family. Her father failed to return from a pilgrimage, and her mother was killed in the wilds whilst working for the Archer's Guild. Her maternal grandfather took Penanna, her elder brother and younger sister under his wing in Ul'dah until his death. Her brother went missing in action when working for an unknown military company, and her sister died of an illness shortly after.
Very much alone, Penanna took it upon herself to carry on her family skill with the bow and took to wandering, living almost as a hermit in the wilds. She spent years sleeping in trees and living off the land. Along her way she met many people, and her altruistic nature meant that she never turned away aid if she could provide it. Her kindly nature preceded her, until eventually she decided to return to her home Gridania. The decision was not unprompted; dreams and nightmares that caused headaches forced her to seek aid. She reunited with her old friend Te'hanu.
Aren - Chocobo companion
Te'hanu Acon'ti'ae - An old friend, they grew up together