Elisandra, aka “Eli”
Halfling Female Gravewalker Witch Jinx with the Childlike feat.
Eli’s full name is Elisandra, and she is far from the innocent little girl
she appears to be. She isn’t even human.
Elisandra was born almost three decades ago in Cheliax to halfling parents
as a slave. While not particularly awful for a halfling, her initial
upbringing was not exactly a happy one either. Life as a slave rarely is.
Wanting a better life for their daughter, her parents took her and tried
to escape from their masters shortly before her coming of age ceremony,
after which she would otherwise have been eligible for sale. The attempt…
ended badly. Not knowing much about the outside world of Cheliax, they
were quickly found. Eli hid as her parents were executed on the spot for
their defiance. She would have been put down as well, if not for her
unusual circumstances. Unusually tall for a halfling and soft of feature
meant she looked a great deal like a human child instead of a halfling
adolescent, and though she didn’t understand why at the time, people around
her always seemed to have bad luck.
Living on the street, she learned to combine those traits together and
actively pretend to be a human child, spinning up stories about being lost
or afraid to meek out what little sympathy the people of demon infested
Cheliax had to offer. She spent several years lying and stealing from
whoever it took in order to survive, never staying in one place too long
out of fear that someone might see through her disguise. She was still a
halfling in Cheliax, and she was quite certain after what had happened to
her parents of what they would do to her if anyone ever found out what she
was. Sometimes they found out anyway, and well, she did what she had to
do to protect herself. Life on the streets of Cheliax isn’t easy, and
you don’t get through it without some blood on your hands. On the rare
occurrence of getting caught, the crocodile tears and stories about
“the bad man wanted to hurt me” fooled the authorities long enough for her
to slip away. Even in a place as cruel and dark hearted as Cheliax, few
people were awful enough to suspect a small child of being a murderer.
The turning point came one day while digging through garbage looking for
food when she found a stuffed doll. Her first thought was that it looked
to be in good enough shape that she could probably sell it for a few
coppers, but that changed as soon as she picked it up. No sooner had she
lifted the doll into the air then someone whispered her name behind her.
Dropping the doll and whirling around, no one was there. Unnerved, she
reached for the doll again, to grab it and run, and she heard the voice
again. It still sounded like it was coming from behind her, but she had
her back to a stone wall… It was then she realized that the whispers
were somehow coming from the stuffed toy, even if they didn’t actually
seem to originate from it directly.
She told it to be quiet until she could get back home, or at least back
to the vacant hole in a wall she was currently calling home, where she
felt she could talk without being overheard. The doll whispered things
to her, promises of power and a way off the streets. Elisandra was no
fool, she wouldn’t have gotten this far if she had been. When strange
glass eyed dolls start whispering to you in the back alleys of Cheliax,
something dark and evil is afoot. But… it was also an oppertunity.
If it could give her a way out of this almost literal hell, why not take
it? Of course it wanted to use her for something, but she wanted to use
it as well.
A deal was struck, and a new witch was born. The thing in the doll
never did tell her what it’s name was, but Mr. Bear as she came to call
it delivered on his end of the bargain. It augmented her jinx powers,
granted her magics beyond her kin, and helped perfect her persona of Eli,
the lost little girl. With Mr. Bear’s help, Eli managed to cross the
boarder out of Cheliax, and finally had her freedom. She could have
left Mr. Bear in a trash heap, but found that she had grown rather
accustomed to the power he provided, and though he often whispered for
her to do terrible things, he seemed powerless to actually compel her to
do anything she didn’t already want to do.
Her parents had done their jobs, Elisandra had a well installed moral
center, if only slightly warped by her time on the streets. While fully
willing to lie, cheat, and steal whatever it took to get by, she drew
the line at actually hurting anyone she considered innocent. She
remembered living a hard life with her parents as a child, the abusiveness
of her old masters, and wouldn’t want to wish that on anyone else. She
may convince them into giving her free room and board just to slip out
again before they realize what happened, but she wasn’t going to cause
them any actual pain or hardship, no matter what Mr. Bear whispered in her
However… not everyone is innocent. Those that would try to hurt her,
to steal from her, or worse… those she has no qualms about hurting back.
And Mr. Bear does have such… creative ideas about what to do with them.