Importer and Guide Nadya Petska

Only 26 years old, Nadya Petska has already experienced
a lifetime’s worth of tragedy and hardship. Widowed 2
years ago when her husband Hjalnek fell to a greedy ice
troll in the Hoarwood Forest, Nadya harbors a grudge
against the White Witches of lrrisen and their monstrous
allies . Since her husband’s death, she has struggled to care
for their three children-a 7-year- old daughter, Thora,
and twin 5-year- old sons, Orm and Mjoli. The task is
made even more challenging, however, because Nadya
must provide for her family, which forces her to rely on
friends to look after her children while she travels. Shortly
after her husband’s death, Nadya took up his trade as a
food merchant and importer for the eastern reaches of
the Hoarwood, including her home village of Waldsby.
Hjalnek had taught her many things about survival and
travel in the wilds, allowing her to carry on his work and
succeed despite the challenges that she faces. As a result,
many people in Hoarwood rely on her business, including
the local Jadwiga aristocracy, who use Nadya’s provisions
to supplement the food they import for themselves from
Whitethrone and outside Irrisen.

About a year ago, Nadya established peaceful contact
with a friendly tribe of Kellids near Irrisen’s border
with the Realm of the Mammoth Lords, trading with
them for grain, raw meat, livestock, leather goods, and
furs. Nadya’s dogsleds make frequent, multi-week runs
through the forest and the tundra of eastern Hoarwood
so she can barter with the Kellids and restock the village
storehouses. Because of her boldness and the invaluable
service she provides, Nadya has become a trusted name
in Waldsby. Unfortunately, she still struggles to win
influence with the White Witch Nazhena Vasilliovna, who
rules the region from her Pale Tower. Nadya supplies the
Pale Tower in addition to Waldsby, but the witch’s guards
routinely commandeer Nadya’s shipments rather than
pay a fair price for them. In exchange, the peasants of
Waldsby receive a little less harassment when the soldiers
visit the village. Although she resents Nazhena’s sense of
entitlement, Nadya has come to view this arrangement as
a necessary food “tax” -one that earns her the continued
freedom to look after the well-being of her friends
and family.

Unfortunately, another tragedy has recently befallen
Nadya. While she was away on a trade run, Nazhena and
her guards visited Waldsby. Nadya’s daughter, Thora,
encountered Nazhena and inadvertently insulted the witch.
In a fit of pique, Nazhena had the girl hauled off to the
Pale Tower to punish her for her insolence. When Nadya
returned and learned of her daughter’s capture, she hurried
to the tower to plead for the girl’s return. Nazhena agreed
to release Thora only if Nadya could provide her with a
new shipment of food, larger than ever before-supplies
which Nazhena would need to provision her forces on the
other side of the winter portal Nadya hastened to fulfill
this bargain, trading almost everything she had to secure
enough food from the Mammoth Lords to meet Nazhena’s
price. Nadya has been informed that Nazhena has already killed Thora and used
her soul to create a guardian doll to watch Irrisen’s newly
extended border on the other side of the portal.

Nadya stands only 5-1/2 feet tall. She wears her vibrant
red hair in three braids, two short braids framing her pale
face, and a third, longer braid hanging down her back. Her slight build belies the inner strength with which,
she draws her favorite longbow and weathers the harsh
conditions of Irrisen’s wilds. Nadya usually dresses in
soft leathers laced tight and lined with fur to ward off the
cold. When traveling, she dons her armor for protection,
along with a white fur cloak and matching hat to make
herself less visible in the snow. Her quiver is always full,
and she carries a handaxe and pick to defend herself against
the many dangers of the wilderness.

Importer and Guide Nadya Petska

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