Ndele Picture

Another Bex OC (the stories are coming soon I promise) this one is one of the recurring villains. Her name is Ndele
“My name is Ndele. I was taken from my homeland in the Threefold Kingdom as a child by pirates who intended to sell me into slavery. I was found by the sisters and given a purpose"
That purpose is to secretly influence the lord of Bex's hometown,the port city of Myre. He made the choice to offer her the job of house priestess He has a taste for the exotic and her "skin a striking dark brown" and "hair as black as coal" caught his attention.

(That's right she's black. one of only two black characters I've created. Time to stray outside of white European ancestry like I've done a lot of)
The sisters she refers to are the followers of one of the Pantheon invented by Bex's creator. the goddess of love named Jael.
current leader the high priestess Mera Dimosis has corrupted it using it only as a tool to gain power over noblemen and men wealthy enought to fund her operations. These women are trained in lies and deceit but will(often) use their bodies as tools to get what they want and all the current preistesses are fiercely loyal to Dimosis

The true nature of the goddess they once faithfully served by overseeing matchmaking weddings childbirths and such is not like that.
"She still showed a little skin, but despite the fact that she was known as a shameless flirt and hopeless romantic she was the goddess of true love, marriage and childbirth that came from those loves All other things, the intimate pleasures of the flesh if given and taken outside of true love, she ignored."
Jael is married to Balak god of war. It fits, Jael herself tells Adriana Bex. "All is balance"

The candle she holds is a major plot point so look for it when I get "Princess of Shadows" up.

The world of Adriana Bex is darker than its creator perhaps intended. This is a dark world of corruption and violence where mercenaries thrive. In a world where there are clear lines of black and white they need not exist. There is black in the evil of the Goblins and the high priestess Mera Dimosis but all else is shades of gray.
The Kingdom of Nusia, and with it her hometown Myre did not win the Blackmoon wars but merely survived them. The Price was high and among those things lost was the basic moral code of Nusian society. The nation has been rotting for 28 years and it has been growing steadily worse. Where morality does not exist chaos thrives. With the destruction of morality and order the lowest forms of behavior exist. Bex stands distant from it she is the daughter of a powerful criminal, a powerful dangerous man, but not an evil one.
She does not approve of some of it and I, the caretaker and custodian of another’s mythology have made these things a part of the story though I do not approve of any of it. The pervasive darkness corruption and evil are simply visible symptoms of the societal rot that plague the world of the story. These things exist in war and the constant threat of war and there too, exists the mercenary.
Adriana Bex and her allies are a lighter shade of gray than some but the fact remains they stand against a system that is utterly broken and corrupt, and she is more moral than some, less moral than others. She does what she must to survive. She is more antihero than heroine. The hard edged warrior in a world once again new to her, the teenage girl forced to be strong by circumstance. The inexperienced mercenary who too often loses bouts with nostalgia. She is the Princess of Shadows, heir to broken empire.
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