“In this part of the world they call us rākṣasa hatyārā, the light that keeps the darkness at bay. We come in two sorts; those that baulk at ending the demons with human faces, and those that don’t. I never knew on which side I would fall until I became one of those demons with a human face.”
Wolf Name: Star Dancer
Age: late twenties
Current Location: Moscow
Played By: Thal
Strong brows, prominent cheekbones and full lips. The gold of her eyes is darkened almost to black by contacts. She is tall and lean; strong-limbed, athletic, and favours dark, practical clothing, though is fond of embroidery. Tenzin collects good luck charms and wears them on leather thongs about her neck and wrists. Her hair is black and often braided in various styles. Weapons lay concealed on her person, as well as other essentials.
Duty and honour form the foundation of her personality. Though independent she enjoys the company of others; she is loyal, and places great importance on her social interactions. Meditation and exercise help temper her more wolfish instincts. Discipline has shaped her life and she is naturally tuned to respect hierarchy, erring towards the side of formality with strangers. But beneath lays a spirited woman, quick to smile and banter, and not unaccustomed to mischief. She is inquisitive and bold. Still a young pup, Silver would say; a trait apt to get her into trouble.
Tenzin’s ouroboros tattoo is buried amidst a plethora of others. What started as the colourful decoration of one arm has since expanded to much of her body. The work is bright, most of it inspired by Hindu and Buddhist myth. Although some images feature her wolf brethren, most are imaginings of the names of those kin most important to her. Included in this is a depiction of her own wolf name, Star Dancer, of a woman dancing into the kalari snake pose, surrounded by the celestial heavens.
Skills and Weapons
Tenzin is a practitioner of Kalaripayattu, a distinctive brand of acrobatic combat drawing heavily on yoga and ancient Indian knowledge of the human body, and which involves both hand-to-hand combat and the use of weapons. Translated literally, it means “art of the battlefield.” Its teaching includes the learning of ancient medicine and massage.
Students of kalari are taught a complex set of strenuous exercises designed to make their bodies strong and flexible. This involves kicks, jumps, animal postures, spins, step sequences and vigorous stretches – in increasingly long and complicated sequences.
Once set moves have been mastered, students are then introduced to combat with weapons: the sword, shield, dagger, spear, mace, and a long flexible sword (known as an urumi) .