Anya Sandstrider

Anya is a fish out of water among the colonists (though less so than literally, say, gillmen). She is a Shoanti hunter and a former member of the Lyrune-Quah (the Moon Clan), exiled from the Cinderlands after she broke tradition and interfered with an honor duel that would have taken the life of her younger brother. She has roamed the Inner Sea region since, seeking a new place to make her home. When a trader read her an advertisement for colonists, she applied. Anya was initially rejected due to her lack of citizenship, but she undertook a series of challenges designed to gauge her skill as a hunter and naturalist and impressed the investors.

Anya comes across as coarse and blunt, but this belies her kind and nurturing instincts. She tries to see the best in people and enjoys a newfound popularity in Talmandor’s Bounty. No one cares that she is a “barbarian” when she has a boar slung over her shoulders to provide the colony with fresh meat. She seems to delight in taking care of her new “soft people tribe,” some of whom she looks upon as children. Culturally, she is not that far removed from the Cinderlands; she speaks in a heavy Shoanti accent and frequently trades for shifts of soldier duty and extra hunting patrols to avoid farming.

Anya is also a part of a strange love triangle. She is fascinated by Harcourt, whom she finds to be “pretty” and someone she would like to “break like a stallion.” Unknown to her, Luetin Calewick, the blacksmith, has determined that the fierce barbarian woman is just the sort of island bride he needs for companionship. Unfortunately for him, the smith repels Anya because he smells like smoke and has bad teeth.

Anya Sandstrider

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