|The Song of the Nightshade Fairy
My name is Nightshade, also Bittersweet:
Ah, little folk, be wise!
Hide you your hands behind you when we meet,
Turn you away your eyes.
My flowers you shall not pick, nor berries eat,
For in them poison lies.
|The Song of the Nightshade Berry Fairy
"You see my berries, how they gleam and glow,
Clear ruby-red, and green, and orange-yellow;
Do they not tempt you, fairies, dangling so?"
The fairies shake their heads and answer "No!
You are a crafty fellow!"
"What, won't you try them? There is naught to pay!
Why should you think my berries poisoned things?
You fairies may look scared and fly away -The children will believe me when I say
My fruit is fruit for kings!
"But all good fairies cry in anxious haste,
"O children, do not taste!"
A curtain of night black hair drapes above the shoulders of a wraithlike form. The smell of her hair is reminiscent of loam; a deep odor that is part of both death and life. Dark gray eyes look out from a pale face. Her skin is an almost colorless, phosphorescent white, like the flesh of the blind creatures that live in the darkest caves or the deepest part of the ocean.
Her voile reminds most people of the Highlands of Scottland. She wears a linen garment more like a shirt than a dress that reaches her bare feet. Its sleeves are full, sweeping wing-like triangles. It is dyed the same shade of gray as her eyes. The short dark green wool jacket is decorated with red and gray Celtic knots and spirals. The sleeves are open at the bottom seam to accommodate the enormous sleeves of the shirt and tie at the wrist. Over this she wears a long plaid cloak fastened at the neck with a brooch and belted at the waist to form a floor length kilt. The cloak is a dark plaid of green and black checks with red and white pinstripes.
Shii is based on my friend's daughter. At the age of one she already new how to put disks into the computer and her parents used a broken keyboard as a toy to pacify her. I told my friend (a pc pro/hacker) that she would be breaking into the pentagon by the time she is 12.
Born Katherine Sloan Hunter on 11/1/1988, Shii is currently 11 years old. Her parents call her Kat or Sloani. Her parents are still together after 17 years of marriage. Her father (Andrew) is the manager for the Technical Customer Service Help Desk for an online banking software company. Her mother (Linda) teaches yoga. She has one brother, Sean. He is 17. Sean likes to write especially horror. When Shii was little he used to give her nightmares. For her 10th birthday she got a new computer, with all the trimmings. IR port, USB port, lots of memory, fast modem, excellent video card.
When Shii entered onset she started seeing things out of the corner of her eye. When she tried to look at them they were gone. She also started to hear things. The worse part was how much light made her eyes hurt and how loud everything seemed. Her parents took her to the family doctor, who said nothing was wrong. Latter that night Samantha Austin, the doctor's receptionist called her. Samantha explained that they needed to talk about what Shii was going through. Shii agreed to meet her at Central Park. Samantha helped Shii through her Chrysalis, explaining many things, Kiths, Arts, Realms, Freeholds, etc. Samantha is a Boggan Grump. This tutelage came to an abrupt halt when Samantha discovered that Shii was picking pockets and 'guessing' pin numbers (with the aid of a Soothsay Cantrip). In fact she bought a top of the line Handheld PC with her spoils. Shii has not spoken to Samantha since.
Kat/Shii is a bright student in the 6th grade. She is the new kid at school and one of the smallest, finding herself the target of teasing often. She has some contacts on line in the world of hacking. People with creative names that hide their secrets with a passion that almost rivals their passion to push the barriers of what they can do. Shii loves to hack into systems just because she can. She also likes to spread viruses because it is fun to watch people freak out. Shii is known by many names on the net: a guy named Skorpion, a kid call kAńs_kid, and nightshade. She is currently a run-away.
Her motto is a quote from the movie "Hackers" "There is no right and wrong. There's only fun and boring." Regret and remorse are foreign concepts to her. Small and quiet it is easy to over look her. Physically she poses no threat, it is her mind that is dangerous.
Since her falling out with Samantha Shii has been on the outskirts of things, looking for a place to fit in. She will do anything for fun: hack a bank account, create a computer virus, help pookas play pranks, you name it. What does the name 'Shii' mean? Nothing, she just picked it at random.