Kyler is a young wolfdog hybrid. She lived most of her young life as a slave, having been sold off to slavers by her mother's mate, but escaped her masters in April 2015. She made her way to Nova Scotia, finally arriving at 'Souls in June 2015, where she is currently a loner looking to learn more about the area and its packs.
Packs members may assume and reference the following without discussion/asking:
Species: Although a wolf-dog hybrid, Kyler bears little resemblance to a wolf.
Fur: She has medium-long fur, thanks to her Golden Retriever and Husky heritage. It is a pale creamy gold in hue, with darker saddle markings on her back, and very pale fur on her underside running from her neck to the insides of her inner thighs. An X-shaped brand on he right shoulder shows through her fur at times.
Optime Hair: Long and thick. Pale, nearly platinum blonde in color. She usually wears it down, or in a loose ponytail. She often weaves thin braids into the strands, adorning them with beads, bone fragments, teeth, medallions, feathers, etc.
Facial Features: Her face is longer and more delicate than that of a wolf. Her ears are set slightly farther apart than the ears of a wolf, an the tips of them may flop down on occasion. Her eyes are an incredibly pale shade of blue, a color likely inherited from a Husky-blooded ancestor. Her nose is a dark livery-brown color.
Build and Size: Short for a luperci at 5'6". She always has an alertness to her, always slightly tense. She may alter her posture if she's trying to put on an act. In general, she carries her weight in her feet and has good posture, although she's quick to adopt submissive posturing around others.
Lupus: Standing 26 in. tall at the shoulder and weighing 65 lbs., Kyler is large for the dog breeds in her heritage, yet on the smaller side for a wolf. This is her preferred form for sneaking and going unnoticed, but she prefers to remain in Optime form. Her Lupus form is very dog-like; she bears little resemblance to a wolf and convincingly passes for a Golden Retriever-Husky mix. Her coat is longest in this form and covers her branding mark completely.
Secui: Kyler's least-used form. Her normally lean, long-legged body becomes much stockier in this form, finally allowing her wolf ancestry to shine through. Her neck and torso widen, her legs gain muscle, and the increase in size makes her coat appear shorter and less silky--more wolf-like. The transformation from Lupus to Secui adds a lot of mass; she weighs in at 140 lbs. and stands 30 in. tall in this form.
Optime: Kyler's preferred form. She only gains a bit more mass from her Secui form but much more height, allowing the weight to distribute itself in a way that makes her once again appear slender. Despite the fact that her height more than doubles from Secui to Optime, Kyler remains on the small side, measuring in at 66 in. and 155 lbs. Her figure in this form is delicately feminine—her limbs are long and slim, her waist thin, and her chest and hips bearing subtle curves. Her legs are well-muscled from frequent travel. Her fur does not appear so thick in this form as it did in her Secui form. The brand on her shoulder, however, is very visible in Optime.
Humanization: Very humanized. Prefers Optime form, carries her weight in her feet, uses tools. She looks down on "feral" canines. e.g.: Often wears Accessories.
Primary coat color
Secondary coat color (tertiary etc. continue below)
One type of marking here: black-tipped tail, black-tipped ears
Kyler is standing on the precipice of change now that she's found the packs of 'Souls!
Having spent her formative years without a constant caretaker, she has deep-seated beliefs that anyone she forms attachments to will abandon her. This, combined with the rough treatment she received at the hands of her former masters, has caused Kyler to have some reservations about intimacy in all its forms. In her mind, the only person looking out for her at the end of the day is herself. She is fine with submitting to laws and rules, provided the ruling system isn't harsh or controlling.
Although she's slow to let people in, Kyler is not an unkind soul. Rather, she simply believes in a give-and-take system: kindness to her will be returned with kindness, and cruelty with cruelty. She has no desire to do extreme acts of harm or kindness for pleasure. As a True Neutral character, she generally does what she deems to be a good idea and avoids doing harm unto others unless it's necessary for her survival.
She has a tendency to adjust her behavior depending on the situation and individuals, particularly around those she's not used to. The constant charades have led her to realize that she's not always sure of who the real Kyler is, especially since she never had a real chance to develop normally, in a social sense.
The best way to earn her rarely-given trust would be to help her learn or practice a skill and to simply give her time to open up.
Scent: Wood, leaves, smoke, wildflowers, honey (she may also cover her scent!)
Quirks, Gestures, Etc.: Subconsciously rubs her neck or shoulders as a comforting gesture when she's feeling awkward.
General Posture and Body Language: She carries herself confidently and carefully, always ready to run or hide in an emergency. She's quick to adopt submissive posturing around others, especially large, imposing, or dominant types.
Slow to warm up, inquisitive, analytical, insecure, variable, observant, anxious
Outlook: She's a realist bordering on the pessimistic
Sociability: She's not entirely comfortable seeking out socialization on her own but is trying to be more outgoing because she does like company.
Self-sufficiency: The thought of being dependent on someone else, or having her life controlled by someone else, makes Kyler feel worthless. Therefore, she strives to be as self-sufficient as she can. Caring for her own needs and deciding her own fate has been incredibly empowering to the former slave. Her lack of trust for others has also resulted in personal safety and well-being becoming incredibly important to her. The only constant figures she's had in her life were harsh masters; she never wants to be subject to the whims of another ever again.
Learning: Since she likes to take care of herself, Kyler is always looking to learn new skills or practice the ones she knows.
Belonging: The only belonging she's ever experienced was when she literally belonged to a master. She's scouted out the territory of 'Souls, hoping to find a place where she can belong as her own person.
Freedom: If she's not living as her own woman, Kyler might as well not live at all.
Love/Approval: Kyler doesn't fully realize yet that she desperately wants to be loved and cared for. She came to the 'Souls territories because it was the only place she knew to go, but she's stayed because she subconsciously yearns for validation and kindness from others.
Being enslaved (again): Her former masters abused her and very nearly broke her. She would rather die than be owned again.
Intimacy: Kyler is apprehensive about emotional and physical intimacy. She never knew anyone who was around long enough to get close to her, so she's never formed any deep emotional bonds. Her former masters used and abused her physically and sexually, so being physically close to or intimate with another is a bit frightening and triggering. With time, patience, and kindness, Kyler could certainly open up to physical and emotional intimacy.
Aggressive types: Her masters were physically imposing and aggressive. She doesn't like being reminded of them
Weakness/Failure: Kyler isn't ready to depend on others just yet. Doing so would be considered a weakness, and weakness could spell out harm or even death for her. She's been known to have a breakdown or an anxiety attack when she can't do something.
Being used: Kyler would be really, really upset if someone used her in an empty or heartless way. It would just hit too close to home and her past.
Packs: She's still learning about them! As such, she has no biases. She'll probably fear Salsola once she learns about their policies regarding slaves, though.
Species: No biases.
Non-Luperci: Thinks of them as weak, feral, or lesser than Luperci. The non-Luperci slaves she encountered were usually treated the worst, carrying out the most difficult tasks and suffering the worst abuses from both the masters and the Luperci slaves. Therefore, to be non-Luperci is to be worth less than any other being.
Gender: Large and/or aggressive males make her a bit nervous, but she doesn't outright hate them. She tends to see males as being the manual laborers and women the domestic workers (those were the general roles given to slaves, anyway), but oddly enough she takes great pride in her own successful physical feats and actions.
Color: No biases.
Sexuality: No biases
Age: No biases.
(Yeesh, give hunty some time to live her life before trying to bump uglies with her :p)
She's a bit sexually stunted. The only sort of sex she's ever known was largely non-consensual, so she's never really had the chance to experience it positively. She appreciates beauty regardless of gender, and could potentially be attracted to someone of any gender who is exceptionally kind and patient with her. She's not one to show her true feelings easily, so she would likely hide any sort of attraction she felt for another until she was comfortable with them.
Dislikes: Bullies, being bossed around, creeps, drugs/alcohol
REALLY DISLIKES SLAVERY OBVIOUSLY
Incredibly fearful of those under the influence of any substance. She was forced to partake in various mind-altering substances during her enslavement, and her master abused her harshly after drinking, so she's only had bad experiences with drugs and alcohol.
Kyler's spirituality is blended, taking parts from many different belief systems that her fellow slaves followed. On the whole, she follows animistic/pantheistic beliefs. She holds a deep reverence for nature, as it was the wild forests and prey animals that sustained her during her solitary travels. Everything that exists, from animals to plants to the elements to the celestial bodies to the sky and earth themselves, is a manifestation of the Great Spirit. So, while everything has its own spirit, they are all but sparks, mere fractions of essence that come from the Great Spirit. She takes time to worship the moon, the stars, the sky, the sun, the earth, the elements, and the living things on special occasions. Most of her worship, however, consists of simple prayers said before, during, or after certain actions, such as a prayer of thanks after a successful hunt or trade, or a prayer before the change of seasons.
Education and Learning: Kyler grew up in a slaver caravan. She was never offered any sort of formal education, aside from being taught basic skills for a life of servitude. However, the other slaves in the caravan passed on what little they could to her before being sold off, so she's not entirely without talents. The rest of what she knows was learned after she escaped her masters and struck out on her own.
Trading (Journeyman): Being naturally observant, Kyler picked up a bit of trade knowledge just from being an item in the slave trade. Once a free woman, she quickly got to practicing her bartering skills. She knows the values of common trade goods, and she's starting to understand how value can vary by location or individual. She's amicable with traders and can use more positive attitudes to get what she wants. She gets thrown off by the brash types, though, and she needs to work on being tougher and more intimidating when it's needed.
Stealing (Journeyman): A slave has precious few options for coming by trade-worthy valuables. Kyler dove into thievery during her enslavement, where she would lift lower-value objects from around her masters' estate and territory. She was caught and beaten several times but managed to store up a secret cache, just in case she ever made it away from her masters. And escape she did! Trading things from small bag of pilfered goods got her through the first weeks of her freedom, and since then, her sticky fingers have earned her a large map of Nova Scotia. Successfully stealing the map was a stroke of luck, though; she wouldn't normally get away with stealing such a precious item.
Stealth (Journeyman): Kyler's smaller size lends her a natural affinity for quickness and hiding. Her fellows taught her that disguising her scent could throw off slave-trappers, should she ever decide to flee. Once she was away from the masters, she quickly learned how not to leave a trace. She's quite good at covering her scent, using anything from water to dirt to prey carcasses. She can move fluidly and with quiet footfalls—unless she's angrily stomping about the woods!
Reading, Writing (Apprentice): Although not trained as a scribe, Kyler was taught the basics of reading and writing by them. Her penmanship is quite unsteady, and it takes her some time to write or draw what she wants, but she practices on her map almost daily.
Healing (Apprentice): Part of her duties were to assist the masters' healers, so she picked up knowledge of basic healing herbs and techniques. These skills came in handy during her solo months. She doesn't know how to set bones or administer stitches, but she can treat minor cuts, scrapes, burns, pain, or infections, as well as ailments that are not severe.
Sewing (Apprentice): Part of a domestic slave's duties include mending or creating garments. Kyler therefore has practice with such things, and can mend holes, tears, frayed edges, or loose stitches on garments. She can also make very simple items, such as pouches or skirts.
Skill (Apprentice): MONEYMONEYMONEYMONEY
$waggy skills (YEET): Good JAYZUS
Strengths and Weaknesses
Navigating: Once she'd escaped captivity and gotten her bearings, Kyler developed a solid sense of direction. She is pretty good at constructing mental maps of her surroundings and understanding the natural markers of direction (like the sun and stars). This really helps with her map-making project.
Drawing: Although her writing skills are basic and her hands unsteady, Kyler has shown some artistic skill. She could turn into quite the little artist with some practice and instruction!
Anxiety: Kyler really has very little chill. It's likely that she suffers from an anxiety disorder. She's usually on-edge around others and is only truly calm when she's working on her map or drawing.
Close combat: Kyler's uncomfortable enough right now with anyone getting near her, so unarmed combat or combat in close-quarters is nearly impossible for her. It could be enough to trigger an anxiety attack, which could get her severely hurt or even killed.
Kyler travels lightly but is always willing to consider trades!
Offering: Healing herbs, healing services, garment repair services, rope, baubles, reading/writing lessons to the illiterate
Accepting: lessons in basically anything, food, hunting tools, needles, thread
Born the only living offspring resulting from an adulterous tryst between a traveling entertainer and the mate of a crime lord, Kyler started life with the odds against her. With pale fur and dog-dominant features, she bore little resemblance to the shadow-pelted crime lord or any of his other children. Her mother's pleading prevented Kyler's immediate slaughter at the hands of the gangster king, but it did not save her from suffering.
The pretty young girl was sold to slavers shortly after she was weaned from her mother's milk. Still too young to shift and be of use, Kyler was put in the care of the other slaves, who saw to it that she learned what secrets and skills they could teach. The slaves were the only family she knew or remembered, yet they were constantly being taken from her, sold off to new masters. With each lost companion, a little part of her hardened, and soon the girl closed herself off, refusing to deal with more heartbreak.
And then her twelfth month arrived. She was grown, finally ready to be sold. The process was demeaning and frightening. Purchased to be the servant and plaything of a brutal Alpha, Kyler endured branding followed by months of servitude, use and abuse, both at the hands of her master and his subordinates. She had lost the will to fight, even the will to feel. They quite nearly broke her, body and soul.
Eight months after Kyler was purchased, a rival pack laid siege on her own. She fled amidst the carnage and terror but soon found herself unsure of what to do or how to live as a free woman. She barely had an idea of where she was, and the only place she knew of beside her master's pack was a distant coastal area some of the pack members and slaves spoke of—Nova Scotia. Faced with the choice between an uncertain new land and continued bondage, Kyler departed, wanting nothing more than to start anew and distance herself from the torment of her past.