Moarae, pronounced /ˈmɔɪraɪ/, was a Force-sensitive Vahla cartomancer, part of a nomadic caravan that travelled the Outer Rim Territories bartering merchandise and entertainment for fuel and sustenance. A descendant of a Chosen of Vahla, Moarae's foremother renounced the search for their lost homeworld in favor of a more tranquil existence.
B I O G R A P H Y
Following her mother's death in childbirth, Moarae was cared for by her grandmother who tucked her in to stories of the great Vahl, born mortal only to ascend to divinity, and of the empire she raised to oppose the doctrinal tyranny of the then ruling order of her homeworld. Inspired, she vowed that she too would leave her mark on the galaxy.
Growing up part of a nomadic tribe of merchants and entertainers with no permanent home, Moarae's upbringing was unusual. Instead of attending a school like most planet-bound children, her education was centered around learning about the vastness of space and how to survive the most dangerous challenges it could present. By the age of nine or ten, she didn't know simple arithmetics but she could repair an unhinged coaxium regulator mid-flight, navigate a ship through the densest nebulae and speak several different languages most of which people from the Core Worlds would have probably never even heard of.
Not that it was always idyllic: life on as a merchant could be harsh. She and her grandmother struggled financially; her grandmother operated a small boutique that sold artisan goods that offered no stable source of income. Sometimes she would get good sales, but a lot of the time they were penniless, and at night Moarae was often left pondering whether her caretaker had gone without food all day, so her ward would get at least one proper meal.
When Moarae turned twelve, her life was forever changed as her connection to the Force first manifested itself. Sneaking into her guardian's atelier to find a little respite from the constant agitation of the spaceship they inhabited, she was inexplicably drawn to a small box made from aurodium and concealed underneath a loose floortile. As she unfastened the buckled that kept the box shut and reached inside with her ungloved hands, she was struck with a sharp pain that ramped up as it spread from the back of her head to the edges of her toes. On the verge of agony, she saw images from other times, from other places. Passing out from the shock, she was later discovered unconscious by her grandmother.
From then on, it was decided that a more rigorous approach would be taken to her education. Despite her ancestors having shunned their traditional way of life and forsaken their responsibilities among the Vahla, as the last farseer of her line, Moarae would train to master her newfound abilities until she could access them without feeling their debilitating side-effect. To facilitate her training, her services as a personal oracle were offered on the words they visited.
P E R S O N A L I T Y . & . T R A I T S
Moarae was a dark-skinned Vahla female with luminous brown eyes. Her lustrous shoulder-length midnight-black hair framed her delicately sculpted visage while simultaneously concealing the angular apex of her pointed ears. With her quick wits, alluring physique, and natural magnetism, she garnered much success as a wayfaring fortune-teller.
A hedonist, both cunning and deceptive, Moarae was capable of charming almost anyone out of their last credit. She enjoyed her freedom and was adverse to forming any kind of meaningful social entanglement.
P O W E R S . & . A B I L I T I E S
Despite her lack of understanding as to the nature and depth of that Force ability, Moarae was skilled in psychometry, an innate talent passed down through generations. Adhering to ancestral, albeit erroneous, teachings from her grandmother, she believed that her unique gift was a blessing from the goddess Vahl and that the echoes she perceived by touching certain objects were of the future, instead of the past. Although the ability initially induced severe headaches and blinding flashes of lights, her visions and impressions grew clearer as she got older and she learned to negate the paralyzing pain she first experienced when reaching for that dormant power.
Like her grandmother before her, Moarae employed a family heirloom, a deck of cards made up of repurposed seemingly innocuous tokens taken from various periods across history, to divine the destiny of impressionable clients. As such, Moarae's connection to the Force was empowered by her emotions or those of her querents.
Having spent a majority of her lifetime space-bound, Moarae's bone density was lower than is usual for humanoid species and she had also developed a slight radio-resistance. Though not a trained pilot, she learned how to adequately operate the WTK-85A Interstellar Transport she used as her personal mode of transportation.
E Q U I P M E N T
Moarae's most treasured possessions were the cards she inherited from her grandmother. Each unique, constituted from different different materials ranging from cortosis, quadanium steel, whuffa leather, beskar, and even Brylark wood, they resembled more intricate Sabacc cards to the uninitiated. They all had the propensity to induce echoes to those who presented a certain susceptibility to their imprint in the Force and together the Vahla believed that they could divine one's fate.
Individual cards were all etched with a unique design and named by one of Moarae's ancestors. Successive owners of the deck were imbued with the sacred mission to add to it by fashioning visions-inducing objects that they might come in contact with into cards to adapt to the realities of an ever-changing galaxy.