The Chronicles of Ilcera
The Warrior Priestess
Long ago when the age of man was still new, the goddess Kal’asai was still free to visit the mortal realm as she pleased. At this point in time the people of the Solkir mountains were strict in their traditions. Only women were permitted to be priestesses, and only men could be warriors.
A young babe was born with the red hair that has always been said to be a sign of Kal’asai’s favor. Young Rayyan grew up with a fierce love for the goddess and knew it was her destiny to be a priestess, but others did not agree with her, only seeing her body and not her heart. Rayyan dedicated her life to the goddess in the only way she was allowed and trained for years to be one of the best warriors in Solkir. Secretly she would study the priestesses as they danced and copied their steps and movements until she knew them by heart. This training leaked into her fighting style, and none could keep up with Rayyan’s quick graceful combat skills.
After a particularly brutal battle against an invading orc force, Rayyan was able to defend a temple of Kal’asai’s single handedly. This caught the goddess’s attention and when she looked at the warrior she was able to see who she truly was. During a ceremony dedicated to honor Rayyan, Kal’asai took the form of one of her priestesses and bade Rayyan to reveal her greatest desire. Unable to lie in the presence of her goddess, even hidden as she was, Rayyan spoke the truth. “To serve my goddess as I was always meant to, as one of her priestesses.”
Kal’asai let her disguise drop and proclaimed Rayyan’s heart to be the most faithful of all. She kissed the warrior and revealed her to be the woman she was always meant to be.
Rayyan went on to be one of Kal’asai’s most favored priestess as well as her lover. She continued to practice with the sword and taught her style to her fellow holy women. Since then, the Kal’asian way of fighting is always one of deftness and grace, seeming to dance between their opponents.