Good Lookin' Head Turnin' Man
Nalin, is a tall individual, standing 6 foot 3 inches, weighing in at a whopping 200 pounds, he has a stature that makes you think that he might be a trained individual. He is broad shouldered, but lean muscled, and has many feminine looking features, including his face.
In keeping with family tradition, Nalin keeps is silky silver blonde hair long. He finds it to be a calming part of his routine to take care of his hair. His hair just barely reaches the bottom of his back and is very straight. He has not seen a wave in his hair since he was a child.
His face, one of his most feminine features, with soft, round cheeks, a rounded chin, no beard, plump lips and a round nose. His eyes are a sharp and piercing blue. Though it does change with the light sometimes to a soft grey, his eyes are typically a piercing icey blue.
His skin is quite pale and he actually burns quite easily in the sun if he's out in it too long. He does have a skin disease called Ink Bloom that has just recently in the past couple of year started spreading on his body. For those unlucky(or lucky depending on your point of view) enough to see him shirtless, one will see the sick flesh on his chest just above where his heart would be. It's only about 6 inches in diameter in Cylus of 718 but it is certain that it will continue to grow.
If you know Nalin's background, it's actually kind of amazing that he turned out the way he has. Having quite a bit of a sister complex, most everything he does revolves around helping her. Therefor to talk about Nalin, we must also talk about Lavender.
Nalin's love for his sister knows no bounds, and he will do anything and everything he can to keep her safe. He would rather die than to see her get hurt, which to be honest, is surprising that he hasn't gotten hurt worse before this. His love for his sister fuels almost every single one of his actions, every job he got was for her, so that he could support her. Running away from home, with her in toe, was for her. His learning Common Sign over normal Common as a child, was for her.
He took pain for her, protected her from their abusive father, and loved her in his place. Because she was his light and as she's told him, he was hers.
After time, it was amazing that he didn't just hate the world, constantly getting told no, over and over because he didn't have the right schooling, or that he wasn't big enough, or the most common for a time was that he wasn't old enough. Another common thing was that people wanted him for his looks, and for the longest time he resisted this.
No, in fact he doesn't hate the world, but has hope for it. Hope that other might open up to him, listen to his wishes, and maybe one day get him to where he wishes to be. Sure he might need to try and get some schooling, in fact he enjoyed that idea thoroughly, the main problem was that he wasn't the type to hoard his money, seeing as he loved and doted on his sister so often. Giving her an allowance for every season so that she can buy whatever she wished.
Over all, Nalin is a kind man, gentle of heart, sometimes skeptical of things he sees but he always tries to be of help to those in need because of his deep believe in Xiur and Ethelynda. Constantly keeping both these Immortals in his prayers. Mainly to help himself keep strong in the face of adversity and to be able to continue to protect and care for his sister. For her to keep hoping that things will get better.
He doesn't even mind that he has a disease that might be killing him. Because he has hope that he will be one of the lucky ones. If that doesn't end up being the case, then that is okay, but for now, he wants to focus on the present, not the future.
He has few worries, one of them being the missing father, who killed his mother and two military officials just to keep himself safe and stay out of prison or worse, stay away from a death sentence, but he hasn't been seen or heard from in years, and Nalin suspects that unless something changes in the near future, he won't be seeing or hearing from the delusional man. He never wants to see his face again, as long as that stays that way, and as long as his sister doesn't see him either, then he's okay on that front.
There are a few things that one might find.... wrong with him. He's one that like to enjoy the company of women, be it his sister or other women he doesn't care. He like to feel them, make them feel like queens, dance with them, woo them and just generally give them a good time. But he can't seem to commit to a single woman. Like something is holding him back from doing so. He has also expressed that he would be interested in trying to enjoy men as well, though most men he's come upon don't well, tickle his fancy?
All things considered he's quite a free spirit other than his major sister complex. If he ever does meet someone that he feels he might be able to have some sort of commitment with, they definitely will meet Lavender. His curious brain leads him to learning things on his own, even without proper schooling he's been learning multiple languages to try and do his best to communicate with others. He wants to learn as much as he can with the good brain that he has on his shoulders while he can. That will take time, and he knows this, but he's willing to put in the work and the effort to learn all that he can, even if it isn't language, he knows he still has a lot to learn.
Nalin's history, is a bit violent, to say the least. No he hasn't participated in war, and no he hasn't tried to hunt down great beast to prove his strength. That just isn't the kind of man he is. He never was that man, he had an great example of that in his father, and he didn't want to be like him, ever.
From a young age he loved his little sister, helped his mother care for her when his father went out on fishing trips on the rigs with his fishing buds. He watched as he father would constantly get drunk and endanger himself while he left his kids and wife at home alone, constantly wondering if they'd get food for the table.
As soon as Nalin was truly able to help care for his sister, his mother took up weaving so that she could provide for her children and save some money on the side for them. For their education or whatever they wished to use it for. Little did she know she was saving it for their escape later down the road.
As Lavender got to the age where she was supposed to be able to talk, they started realizing something was up. She hadn't been really making noise her entire life. No crying noises, sure there was coughing, and sounds from things like vomiting, but no coo's no giggles. She would smile but no sound came out. When they brought a doctor in to see what the problem was, they found that she was mute after a series of tests.
Immediately Nalin responded by asking his mother to send him and his sister to learn Common Sign. His mother was actually touched by this and did as her young one requested. As a consequence though he didn't learn Common as quickly as he should have.
When his father learned about his daughter, it was like something inside him flipped a switch. He'd always been a drunkard, but something about this changed him. Like it was a final straw, at first he'd just yell at Lavender, at his wife about Lavender's disability. Asking why his wife was encouraging it. Why she wasn't trying to make their little girl speak plain common.
Nalin would always hold his sister when this happened, if he was there. But he was sent on more and more errands, had to go hunting more and more often to take care of his sister and mother so that they could eat since Tarrith was drinking almost all their money away and his mother couldn't work her fingers fast enough to sell enough fine rugs.
He hated coming home to find his sister covered in blood, tears in her eyes, confusion on her face. He hated every second of it. But he would always help her clean up, ever time. He'd help her, and even take hit's for her as his father spiraled further into his insanity.
Nalin never gave up. In fact sometimes, he'd ask his father why. He'd ask what was so wrong with his child being unable to speak. Well as best as he could. Which just emphasized that Nalin preferred Sign over spoken Common. He wanted to be able to communicate with his sister. She was his world. Shouldn't a man's daughter be their world? Apparently not this father. At least not in the right way.
Warning, Vulgarity past this point! Open at your own risk!
At the age of 15, Nalin allowed himself to be a victim of rape in place of his sister by his messed up father. (this had been edited down for the more faint of heart)
After this event, Savanny seemed to know she had to do something. Every chance she had, when the father wasn't around, she told her beautiful children that they weren't going to come to any more harm. She kept to her promise to. She continually stepped in when Tarrith seemed to be loosing control, taking the hits, the physical abuse, and Nalin wasn't sure but he thought a few nights that were oddly quiet, his mother was still allowing him to sleep with her.
The vile man haunted both his and Lavender's dreams, and Lavender would often come to Nalin in the middle of the night crying. He would scoot over in his bed and let her lay with him. Holding her to him so she could listen to the beating of his heart. He would sing (more hum as words still were hard for him) to her, rock her to sleep, let her know that she was safe with him.
It was not soon enough after this, almost an arc later that their mother helped them make their getaway. Tarrith was expected to be out on the rig for 2-3 cycles, if not more if they were unlucky. This was the time to go. She got them packed, gave them money and sent them on their way, telling them to not turn back and to never come back to Havardr until they knew it was safe, if never at all. To not contact her, to not tell her where they were. That was the only way they were going to stay safe.
Following her directions and after a few mishaps and a few strings of good luck, they made it to Almund where they've been living for 10 arcs. Together. As they should be.