Marinaya Liastacia was born the youngest of
her mother's children, born five years after the death of her husband.
There had been many whispers in the quiet elven village when it had become
clear she was with child, but after Rina's birth, the whispers were
Her silvery scales answered all questions and silenced the petty whispering.
This was not only the daughter of the temple's guardian, but also the daughter of Khorlaschakh, the great silver dragon who lived in the snowy peaks overlooking the valley where the elves made their home. Khorlaschakh arrived in the village shortly after Rina's birth, holding the tiny infant gently in his claws. It is said that she smiled at him then, knowing that he was her father.
Rina's childhood was spent moving between her mother's village and her father's mountaintop lair. She was taught the way of the sword by her elven brothers, the way of diplomacy by her elven sister, and the ways of the dragon by her father. She spoke the languages of both her parents as well as the unpleasant and unemotional human tongue.
Shortly after her one hundredth birthday, Khorlaschakh came to the village to take her to his mountain lair. On the way, he told her that he needed her help. She had, he said, a new infant brother that needed care. Because Khorlaschakh could not be in the lair constantly, and there was a possibility that her infant brother might not be as easily accepted as she had been, he needed her to stay in the lair and help look after him.
She could not imagine that her father's son might not be looked upon fondly, but she agreed, in spite of her confusion, to stay atop the mountain and help raise the boy.
Love for her father and for her infant brother blinded her heart to the differences between them, but her mind whispered for most of a year that the tiny silver minotaur would be a problem... that he would cause a danger for those around him... that he would be a danger... But she was convinced, like her father, that the boy, Ga'Arth, could be raised to overcome the evils of his mother's blood.
She assisted her father in the raising of her brother, both teaching and learning as he grew into maturity.
Like most young men, Ga'Arath grew into a great need to explore his world. Although Rina was not one much for the idea of travel and exploration, she refused to let him leave the secluded mountaintop alone. His heritage, as strange as if may have seemed, was as clear as hers... and many times more dangerous if those he met chose to act before they learned anything of him. She was not about to let her infant brother, which is how she still thought of him, out into the madness of the world without someone to care for him.
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