__"If the path to salvation leads through the halls of purgatory, then so be it."
B I O G R A P H Y
Ana is a bastard child born out of wedlock to a minor noble on Serenno. She was never acknowledged as a child of the D'Amico house, and thus her name meant nothing, her family’s reputation meant nothing, and what fortune they had was sealed away tight by her dreadful miser of a father. Her mere existence was a stain on the family’s honor, and what little respect she might have had would be squandered on antiquated notions of family prestige. However great a shame she was, her father could not bear to put the child up for adoption or have her whisked away in the dark to regions unknown, and so he devised a plan to keep the child’s birthright unknown to her throughout her life and keep her close by as a scullery maid.
For most of her life, she was ignored by all but her father, who had her educated in private, but never acknowledged that he was her father in order to save face. To cover his tracks, he believed that posing as if he wanted an "affair" with the girl would provide sufficient justification for his keen interest in her upbringing. Though her father's wife did not know of the “affair,” she still viewed the girl with disdain, seeing her as nothing more than a reminder of her husband’s infidelity, though she, too, kept her identity a secret.
Ana was schooled in secret in areas of classical antiquity, though the information did not spread beyond the lore of the planet. She was also tutored in stringed instruments, though her passion rested in painting and art. To satisfy his bastard daughter, her father provided her with an easel and paint with which to practice in private. She never knew that his love for her extended beyond some strange fascination with her, but it would have killed the father to see his first child removed from his life.
As her life went on, Ana’s desire to know more intensified, and soon her studies included things of a more esoteric nature. Her father had an extensive library on matters of the occult, and would occasionally allow her access, if only for a moment or two of privacy with her as she poured over forbidden lore. The more she delved into the arcane, the more her obsession with it grew. Her sleep was plagued with nightmares and dark visions of matters man was not meant to know, and, though she was a mere scullery maid, she pressured the man who employed her into allowing greater access to the library, an attempt which was met with stern refusal. Unbeknownst to her, this pull to the occult was influenced by her family’s natural ties to the Dark Side of the Force – for theirs was a foul history that had been struck from history books some generations back – and it began to manifest as she became a young woman.
Her life, as small and insignificant as it was, would be changed when the Muun Melkor arrived at her family’s humble estate. A man possessed with an insatiable lust for all things profane and esoteric, he requested access to her father’s library in the hopes of finding out a key piece of information on a relic he had been chasing. As fate would have it, Ana found herself having snuck into the library to digest more information when the host and his guest entered. This violation of his sanctum enraged her father, who moved to handle the matter violently. Before her father could do any lasting harm to her, Melkor, who sensed the girl’s inclination towards the Force, intervened. In exchange for taking the girl away with him, he would allow her father to both live and keep his paltry collection of dusty tomes. The man reluctantly agreed, and, with tears of both rage and love in his eyes, watched his first, bastard daughter be taken away from his life. Though she never officially had a surname, she ended up adopting her family’s surname as her own, still blissfully unaware of her birth.
Melkor of clan Damask, as he made himself known to her, offered Ana salvation and knowledge the likes of which she would never have known on Serenno, if she only accepted his offer of tutelage. Eager to delve into the mysteries of the greater galaxy, she eagerly accepted. What quickly followed was her induction into the Sith Eternal as a Guardian, with Melkor as her cruel instructor. While ignorant to the great big galaxy she inhabited, Ana now follows her mentor and strikes out on her own, hunting down artifacts and knowledge of the Dark Side with the fervor of one who has been given the opportunity of a lifetime by a callous seducer of the Dark Side.
P E R S O N A L I T Y
Now a free woman, Ana conducts herself with the poise and elegance one might expect a noble would, not a scullery maid. She was surrounded by higher society her entire life and was given a noble’s education in private, and thus she has broken the chains of her previous life and acts like the noble she always dreamt of being. She is, generally, a polite and convivial individual, since she has yet to fully succumb to the allure of the Dark Side. Still, a streak of obsequious behavior makes itself present whenever around her master, for she fears the man and wishes to remain in his good graces, what few there may yet be.
She knows little of the Dark Side, but her desire to learn about the things better off unknown drives her actions. She has an insatiable lust for knowledge that is met only by her love for art, and the two often find themselves intertwined in her work.
Beneath the veneer of conviviality and elegance lies a pervasive uncertainty in her thoughts and behavior. She's unsure of herself, of what she's capable of or what she's meant for, and this is readily apparent to anyone who can see the subtle cues in her actions or read her surface thoughts.
A P P E A R A N C E
Ana is a fairly small woman. Lithe, sinewy muscle frames her body and her skin is generally blemish-free, betraying her younger age. Sharp, angular facial features define her face, and two venom-green irises sit deep within their hollow sockets, standing in stark contrast with her pale skin. Further accentuating her snow-white skin is her raven-black hair which is often loosely fastened in a bun or ponytail of some kind.
She trends towards darker clothing, often of more elegant make, and has no outward signs of any marked Dark Side corruption, though whatever paleness might arise from such could easily be dismissed as her natural complexion and lack of sleep from long nights studying tomes.
P O W E R S_ A N D_ A B I L I T I E S
Where other members of the Sith Eternal might rely on their prowess in martial combat, Ana instead focuses on matters of the mind and the Force. Though her grasp of her powers is still tenuous at best, she is far more comfortable manipulating the invisible energy around her to achieve her own ends instead of clashing blade-to-blade with the enemy. Her interests lie more in Sith alchemy and magic, and she hopes to unlock the profane powers that both would grant. In her time under the tutelage of Melkor, she has gained a mild proficiency in a number of Force powers with such a list growing daily.
While she may be more mentally inclined, she has not neglected her martial training and has learned to fight with a single bladed lightsaber, just like many other members of the Sith Eternal. The advantages her small stature grant her in battle are myriad, but it also requires her to get closer to enemies with a greater reach than she had, so she has worked on becoming more agile and quick, rather than relying on brute force or armor to defend herself. Like her master, she reserves her lightsaber as a last resort in battle, hoping that, through the Force, she can submit her foes before they get close enough to engage.
Her other skills are less remarkable. She has a love of the arts and regularly paints and plays stringed instruments. She is also, in her opinion, a rather fine cook, and often spends time gardening or otherwise finding the freshest ingredients for her food. Her ship was even outfitted with a small hydroponics tray with which she grows various plants. As far as flying is concerned, her skills are fairly abysmal, given that she never left her home world until Melkor took her, and she relies on the assistance of her droid co-pilot to do maneuvers more advanced than going from point A to point B. Additionally, her secret education has taught her the skills necessary to decipher ancient languages, and her collection of esoteric literature grows with each visit to a new planet.