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| Danielle "Dani" April Olsson
Companions, Connections, and Contacts
| The following lists are people Dani have met since escaping the Hedge on 31 December 2020 (with links to the first scene that she met them during).
Members of the Freehold
| Even when she first exited the Hedge, Dani was in possession of items special to her. Here you can read about any persons (NPCs), places or things that fall into that category.
While on loan to another member of the Gentry, Dani was given a uniform. Part of this uniform are these Hedgespun boots which are called the "Boots of the Well-Balanced Armsman." Their mien are a pair of black suede boots with thick but still soft soles; they lace up the inside of the leg. Their mask makes them appear like a pair of age-worn Doc Martins.Stats: Armor 1/1, Str 1, Def 0, Spd 0; +1 to Initiative (activated); +1 to Balance-related Athletics rolls (activated)
While on loan to another member of the Gentry Dani was given a uniform. Part of this uniform is an armored Hedgespun coat called the Egis of the Crafty Commando. Its mien is a long sleeved jacket which buckles up the front with a button on panel of further reinforced leather which stretches from the level of the collar bones to waist and completely conceals the buckles behind it. Its mask is actually fairly similar looking, having an appearance reminiscent of a black colored version of the jacket from the 1991 movie The Rocketeer; main differences are that the leather looks distressed in the mask and the buckles look like simple clasps. (It looks like but black instead of brown.)Stats: Armor 4/3 (Bulletproof), Str 1, Def 0, Spd 0, +2 to Stealth (activated)
As a Hunterheart, Dani's armed even without a weapon. That said, she earned a Hedgespun combat knife called "Midnight's Edge" during her Durance. In its mien, the dagger has an almost seven-inch long, blackened, double edge spear point blade with sparkles with captured starlight as if it was forged from the metal of a moonless sky; when not drawn it resides in a leather scabbard that is such a dark charcoal gray to visually be more of an "off-black", the weapon's hilt is composed of textured ebony scales. Its mask is extremely similar looking, minus the stellar sparkles and the scales appear to be composed of some synthetic material rather than the Arcadian wood that they actually are; the scabbard's mask is a simple looking, distressed black leather sheath.Stats: 3L, Size 1, Str 1, Def +1; 9-again attack quality (activated)
Crafted By:: Richard Ravenwood (decided on OOCly by both players)
During her Durance, Dani acquired a set of matched Hedgespun throwing knives which are collectively called Steadfast Steel Skewers. In its mien, the set consists of 6 six-inch long, blackened metal knives that possess a three and a half inch long, double edged leaf blade and a hilt wrapped in suede-like vines eternally warm to the touch; additionally, the knives come with a set of 6 black leather scabbards mounted on a leather and lace garter that she wears buckled to her right thigh. The set's mask a nylon leg sheath with knives which, for the most part, match their mien but the vines appear as nylon cord.Stats: 2L, Size 1 Str 1, Thrown Aerodynamic Range; 9-again attack quality (activated), Return ability (activated)
Crafted By:: Richard Ravenwood (decided on OOCly by both players)
Other Magical Things
| The following is a summary of Dani's background as well as links to logs of her scenes.
Her Mortal Existence
Family History and Birth (Born on 1 April 1940)
Danielle April Olsson was born in Fallcoast at St. John's Hospital on the first of April in the last year of the fourth decade of the 20th century. Her mother, Annika, was a native born scion of the Wagner family best remembered by the family for her green thumb with which she nurtured a combination vegetable and sitting garden with a prominent shade tree that still stands on a property owned by the family. Her father, Dominik Olsson, came to America from Iceland with his widower father, Oli Bertramsen, where they were accepted by their American cousins; Annika's family specifically providing them a place to live amongst their apple orchards.
Being relatively close in age as children (conceived less than a year and a half apart, Dom almost immediately in the wake of the First World War), Dominik and Ann became close in feelings as well during high school. Dom took a job as a fisherman after graduating and waited for Annika to graduate as well; having sought permission from her father a weeks before she graduated high school together, Dom proposed to Dani's mother at the family gathering to celebrate the graduation of a handful of Wagner-kin. They married on the 22nd of June 1939 (the day of the Summer Solstice that year). Within a week Ann was pregnant and less than three months later came the news of Germany's invasion of Poland, sparking the First World War.
Childhood (12 June 1944 to circa 1953)
Dani has no true memories of her father because she was less than two when he joined the Marines after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; however, she has clear memories of the day when she was four and two men in matching green uniforms came to their home to tell her mother, who was holding her little brother (Dominik Junior, who had been conceived the night before her father shipped out from leave after completing basic training) in her arms when she opened the door to greet them, that her father had died on a beach on Normandy during the D-Day Invasion. Following this loss, Dani and her brother were raised by their mother and their extended family. While she had friends her age, her closest friends were her grandparents: "Afi Oli" and her maternal grandmother (Diana Wagner or "Dinana" as Dani called her). Her grandfather would regal her with tales of the hidden folk and trolls of Iceland as well as other staples of Scandinavian folklore and her Dinana taught her needlework; sometimes these activities would occur at the same time even.
Highschool (Fall of 1953 to the Spring of 1958)
Dani came to the attention of The Cait Sith on the winter solstice (Dec 21st, 1957) when she knocked on a tree on Fallcoast High's campus that school legend stated housed protective spirits and begged them to protect her boyfriend, Alex (who she'd met the summer before her senior year), after mixed ancestry came out and racist members of the student body had begun bullying and assaulting him on a daily basis. When this behavior suddenly stopped, Alex attributed it to his becoming a star member of the school's basketball team but Dani knew it was because of her promise made the night of the school's "Snow Ball."
Being Taken (Spring Equinox of 1958, March 20th)
The night of the Spring Equinox started like any other night. The next day, Friday, was going to end the school week before Spring Break and it was the night of the new moon. Dani had gone to bed and gotten some sleep before a noise in the otherwise quite house woke her. The glow of her clock hands showed that it was just before midnight and she saw faintly glowing eyes which were gathering the starlight from outside the window.
The Cait Sith, a member of the Other who had taken interest in with it heard and answered her request at the Winter Solstice. She was overwhelmed by the sense of being prey to a powerful predator and then it spoke, saying "It is time for you to serrrve, promise maker." A moment later the being, in the form of a great cat, stood over her bed with its feet at the corners of her mattress. It picked her up in its maw and tossed her though the wall of her room as if the wall as if it wasn't really there.The being in Dani's room was
The absolute last memory Dani has of the real world is laying on the ground in her yard as the Gentry approached her. She noticed another presence near her and the Old God cut off some of her hair and handed it and the nightgown it stripped off her form to that figure saying "You saw where to go. Be and forget," to it before picking Dani up in its maw again and stepping out of the real world into Arcadia.
Her Fetch's Life in the Mortal World
The night The Cait Sith took Dani it left a Fetch behind. It was a pre-made blank made from twigs and twine with cobwebs and cattail fibers with a repurposed chimpanzee skull at the top and grave moss for stuffing. Before leaving it he took a lock of Dani's hair for the blank to integrate into itself so which, with the nightgown stripped off the original, transformed it into a near-perfect facsimile of Danielle Olsson. It also promptly forgot it wasn't who it looked to be, acting on the last order it ever received from its maker: "Be and forget."
There were no real problems, but certain members of the ever superstitious Wagners were beginning to express discomfort around the Fetch within a couple of months. In the fall of 1958 she left Fallcoast to attend college in the South after which she returned to marry Alex (in the summer of 1962) after which they moved to Seattle and, after a few years, they began adopting children ("Danielle" was found to be sterile by medical science).
The Fetch and Alex never stayed away from Fallcoast too long but she also never stayed too long either (unconsciously this was to help it assuage the concerns of the generally wary Wagner family); more than three thousand miles cross country distance makes for a lot of distance for the growth of fondness. Her adopted children gave her grand children and onto further generations.
When Alex died in 2005, the Fetch's grown children helped her move "home" to Fallcoast. Senility settled in quickly so the family didn't interact with her much, nor was she a concern for the more apprehensive members. She died about three years later on the Autumnal Equinox in 2008 and was buried next to her husband in a local graveyard.
Her stay in Arcadia's time twisting grasp made 62 years, 9 months, and 11 days go by during a period of nearly 5 years and 1 month subjectively.
Dani fulfilled many roles for her Keeper, The Cait Sith. Primarily she was involved in hunts as prey or hunting companion, on an almost equal spilt. She was also sometimes loaned to other Fae, usually to those who participated in war games that The Cait Sith personally forsook for use as a stealth commando.
Attack, concealment, evasion, furtiveness, pouncing, stalking, these are the impressions that almost always color Dani's memories of her durance when they come to her.
Her Escape from Arcadia
The Cait Sith encourages cunning and dare in those it has taken which creates greater risk of escape attempts. That said, it treats the security of its stables as paramount. Dani, once remembrance began thoughts of escaping, capitalized on a loan situation to make her move. Taunting a squad of canine-like dogs to their breaking point she engineered a situation where her squad (all felines) were attacked by allies and thus scattered. Hoping for a "blame the dogs" situation she fled the battle field and hid. She was alone for what seemed time unmeasurable but ended up stepping out of the Hedge into a world that seems almost as alien itself.
Ongoing Story (RP Logs)