The Jade Regent
An aged explorer and experienced healer.
Old Female Human Cleric
Faith: Desna (Selune)
Until she passed away from natural causes just a few months ago, Madame Niska Mvashti was the oldest person in Sandpoint. No one quite knows exactly how old the Varisian seer actually was when she died (she was already old when Sandpoint was founded over 40 years ago)—but the fact that her only daughter Koya is herself an old woman is a telling fact.
Koya has spent a fair amount of her life traveling Varisia with a number of caravans, serving as a healer when she was younger and more recently as a fortune-teller. For the past several years, she’s been traveling with her adopted son Sandru Vhiski on a regular caravan route that travels between Riddleport, Magnimar, and Korvosa two or three times a year. The caravan spends most of
its time relatively close to Sandpoint, though, and that has suited Koya fine, since it gave her more time to care for her aged mother.
Since old Niska’s death, however, Koya’s initial mourning has transitioned into a sort of morose melancholy. A life-long worshiper of Desna, she has come to realize that while she has traveled extensively through the Varisian lowlands, she’s never been beyond the region’s borders. Tales of other Desnan explorers have long delighted Koya—even her own mother reputedly took part in several extensive caravans that traveled north to the Lands of the Linnorm Kings and even as far as Qadira.
Koya’s having something of a late-life crisis as a result—a growing sense of disappointment that she’s never made a long caravan trek. With her mother dead, Koya has little reason to stay in Varisia, and she’s been pressuring Sandru to take a long journey soon: “The sooner the better, ’cause I won’t be around for long!” Koya’s in remarkably good shape, physically, for a woman well over 60 years of age—obviously, longevity runs in her family—but with each year that passes, the chance of her having the chance to experience a truly epic journey like the ones in her favorite stories grows slimmer.
Preferred Gifts: Detailed Maps
Hated Insults: Crass comments about her advanced age
Sandru: Sandru is her adopted son and she loves him dearly. She has raised him since he was 10 along with his younger brother. The loss of the younger boy weighs heavy on her still and she dotes a lot on Shandru. She is very proud of his success as a merchant and that he could have very easily fallen in with the Sczarni and become a (wealthy) criminal. She just wishes he would find a nice girl as he a kind and gentle boy who deserves to be happy.
Ameiko: Koya secretly wishes that Ameiko would be that “nice girl” mentioned above. She finds Ameiko to be a lovely and sweet young woman who is fiercely independent and is well grounded. The young lady often brings her fresh food and checks in on her when Shandru is away. Koya actually thinks there may have been something between the two when they were adventuring together but she has never pried and they have never spoken of it.
Shalelu: Koya always goes to see the elf when she has returned to Sandpoint to ask many questions about her trip and experiences. While she maintains a serious look during these talks, Shalelu secretly doesn’t mind even it does freak her out a little that this old human follows her around town and that Shalelu has to pick up her speed to keep up.