Editors note: Before I begin with the sub, let me give credit where it is due. The idea for this submission came from Cheka Man asking me if I could think of a few characters for his 30 Tavern Wenches. Inspiration struck and I came up with two decent ones. This is one of them. So thank you Cheka for re-starting my imagination :)
Hurrying along the dark path, hood drawn close around her face, she dragged her brother behind her. Telling him to keep moving. The lights of the town they had been forced to vacate already dimming behind them.
With a petite frame, standing at a little over 5'4". Alexandra stands out, and she makes every effort to put her good looks and allure to use. Her hair is a flowing river of blonde, slightly wavy and scented with rose water.
Her eyes are her most beautiful feature, if one can stop staring at her ample cleavage for long enough, a thing she know will distract them. When playing her lute she makes sure to jiggle about a bit, knowing that this will further excite the patrons and distract them for those precious few seconds.
When working she intentionally dresses up a little, a tight corset, a short skirt made of leather, and a pair of snug fur boots.
Her everyday/travel attire is simpler and somewhat more modest. Warm leggings, a pale green tunic and a pair of well worn, yet sturdy boots. She also owns a dark green, slightly grubby cloak which she will only wear when she travels.
Her parents rejoiced when their first child and daughter was born, on the eve of Wlastem Njar. A very small baby, the village midwife was sure she wouldn't survive the harsh winter they had all been forced to endure thus far. Luckily the little girl made it, thanks to much care, love and prayer, and perhaps the eve of her birth.
A mischievous girl as a child with a gift for languages, something her mother was very proud of and did everything she could to support her daughters passion.
As a teenager things got difficult for the Stacja family. Alexandra's mother fell ill to the plague. The Stacja family were quickly shunned by the village in which they lived, and it was all her father could do to care for the mother and support their three children: Alexandra and her two younger brothers. But then further tragedy occurred- Alexandra's father fell ill, and both her parents became bed-bound.
Her father, knowing that if Alexandra continued to care for him would fall prey to the same disease, sent her away on her own. Alexandra was told to take care of her brothers, given all the family's possessions, and told to head towards the nearest city. He then, to end both his and his wife's suffering, killed his wife and commit suicide himself.
Alexandra soon found herself, teenaged and in charge of two children, in the middle of an unfamiliar city. The only blessing they received was that it was summer, and so they had no need for a blanket when they slept on the streets.
A gang found them there. One of the gang had mercy on the miserable, hungry trio, partly because Alexandra's beauty was all ready appearing. The gang raised them, and taught them. Alexandra found that she wasn't that good a thief, but found that she was good playing the lute, while her brothers learned the art of theft.
Alexandra's gang and their rival fought. The rival gang won, and the Stacjas were once again forced to leave their home for another.
It took them another year to reach the next city. They took their time, practicing their theft skills as they went. They'd milk the town or village for a bit, and left before it noticed. By the time they'd reached the next city, Alexandra had become the beauty that she is today.
Rarely will Alexandra and her brothers simply go out and pickpocket people. They will usually reserve this for when they really need to. Typically, Alexandra will play on the lute at a bar to distract the clientele while her brothers farm the crowd. She plays her femininity and her beauty up to further distract the people. She might stoop even further down the road of seduction if a person might catch one of her brothers surreptitiously rifling through some pocket or bag.
During the day, when the crowds at a bar are not filled enough to warrant her presence, Alexandra will play the lute as street theater, and let generous passerby fill her bowl, as well as let her brothers fill the bowl with stingy passerby's money.