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Fey-like beauty gives Katarzyna a youthful appearance. Her long dark hair falls just beneath her shoulder blades and is often collected in a braid to help keep its thick volume under control. What's striking about her appearance upon a very first glance are her light grey eyes, a shade that can be compared to winter ice, although there is nothing cold about them. They glint with bright curiosity and complement her cheery smile by crinkling ever slightly at their corners. Her facial features are defined by a feminine nose, soft cheekbones, and a smooth jawline that delves into a sweetheart chin. She may be average in height, but there is no lack of strength in her slender frame.
A light-hearted, breezy disposition marks Katarzyna as someone that is not easily settled in one place for very long. She is amiable and engaging yet there is a keen layer beneath the surface that cuts whenever she is provoked. Her sense of survival and independence keeps her from relying on those around her, and she is quite skilled at figuring out solutions on her own. There are times when she would rather suffer in silence than ask for help, which means there is a very stubborn and persistent side of her personality that rears its ugly head whenever she is frustrated or upset. She doesn't necessarily lash out when she is in a bad head space, but she does choose to be alone to avoid conflict. Whenever she is feeling nervous or anxious, she is nowhere to be found. Deep inside is a soul that yearns to be outdoors and on the road, and she feels most alive when she is not tethered to people or places.
Born into a commoner family that has a long history of serving House Valardin, Katarzyna (pronounced: kah-tah-SZIH-nah) (which is often too difficult for people to pronounce, so she also goes by Kat or Kitty) had a decent upbringing as the youngest in a brood of four children. She grew up as the only daughter in her immediate family which meant that her brothers' footsteps were quite large for her to follow. Living close to aunts and uncles also meant that Katarzyna had the chance to grow up alongside her cousins where she learned an array of skills thanks to their passions and interests. It's also how she discovered that her place was to be in the medical field. Her brothers always had need of bandages or medicinal tinctures, and more than once she had to help apply salve to her cousin Holden's bruises, or clean Aleksei's knicks from a blade, or concoct a remedy for Briseis's headaches, or help ease the stomach pains of those that ingested some of Warrick's confections. It was a calling, her mother said. Katarzyna was meant to help people.
She apprenticed with physicians as soon as she turned the proper age to begin medical studies. As an apprentice, she excelled and showed promise with her attention to detail and calm demeanor under pressure. Physicians often called upon her to assist with procedures when they felt that she was ready to do more than observe, which was more often than not. She was always eager to do rather than watch. When she became a full fledged physician, Katarzyna was sent to a southern duchy to work alongside a local Mercy. The pair ended up traveling to surrounding counties and baronies to visit those that had need of medical attention and treatment. Katarzyna learned the ways of the road as she traveled and embraced with gratitude her ability to practice medicine while seeing the diverse regions of Arvum. She did this for a handful of years until the battle at Stormwall drew her north where she served as a medic and then served again when crisis struck the Lodge of Petrichor.
Having since returned to a 'quiet' life on the road, recent news led her back to the city of Arx where she now hopes to find purpose helping those in need.