Name: Cassya Ashdowne
"Afterlife" [since the life she takes with the weapon then finds a place to rest within it]
• Apart from a dark/black core, the shard is almost translucent in colour. Light blue streaks are shimmering in it as if it is alive.
• The weapon is made of numerous small elements of lightweight metal, conjoined to an about 3-meter long silver whip. The shard is split into two pieces that are attached to the opposite ends of the whip: a small, sharp part is merged with the tip of the cracker, the rest is embedded into the handle.
• The wounds dealt by the whip heal much slower than normal (takes about twice as long).
• The shard absorbs the life force of the wounded target; the more severe the injury, the more life force is stolen.
• That life force can then be stored in the other part of the shard or released immediately into Cassya's body if she makes contact with the whip. Thus the released power can be used to heal and strengthen her, but she can also forward it to other people by touch.
Due to constant training and discipline, the young woman has a very athletic figure. She appears confident and strong at all times, often with an arrogant or critical look in her eyes.
The shade of her dark blue, almost black hair changes with the light. She wears it a little longer than shoulder length and mostly down with a few strands tied back or in a tight ponytail.
Cassya was born into the upper class as the daughter of a Vanguard Knight and his well-respected wife, who always valued their social status.
She grew up in the shadow of her older brother, Nicholas—the golden boy. From a young age, she was raised to be perfect and well-behaved, a poster child to support her families reputation and her brothers future. The siblings were taught the virtues of the knights and the importance of devotion to the right cause.
All her life the girl wanted nothing more than to become an Outrider just as her brother would be and then step into her father's shoes. She trained and studied hard, and even harder when she felt like giving up. Still, she got nothing else but indifferent nods from her parents or non-degrading looks from their acquaintances.
When Nicholas quit his process after a serious injury, she saw her chance to shine, to show that she was more than a little sister. She volunteered as a recruit.
Soon the Dreamyard lay before her, promising her the steppingstone to her goals and to gain the pride of her people. Cassya didn't hesitate a second. It was fairly easy to connect with the pulsating shard—easier than she expected—so she grabbed it, determined to finally make the world realize her worth.