Olisa stands just a shade under six feet in height, slender with a very muscular, athletic build. Long dark red hair tumbles over her shoulders or occasionally over her hazel eyes. Not without a sense of humor she is gregarious and quick to laugh.
In her youth she was far more likely to play the rough and tumble games the boys did, when she began to display more feminine features she cut her hair short to try and fit in, with limited success. She doesn't delight in great finery, simple gowns are more than enough for her and though her family had the means she has never really owned any fine clothing. All too often what she did own would get abused in her tomboyish play
At her fathers bidding, When she was old enough. She joined the Monastery of Gorethar, located on the same grounds as the great temple. During her time there she read a great deal in the library, she learned of Gorethar and of a previous student of the monastery, Vichan Lyonsen. Vichan studied there prior to moving over to the martial schooling of Gorethars Holy Warriors, this young man went on to lead the highly regarded, Order of Gorethar, headquartered in the south.
Inspired by her fathers past life, he told many a story, perhaps glossing over the harsher bits, as well as the story of Vichan she decided she would take time out to travel south. An itinerant warrior monk of Gorethar.
At first her parents resisted Olisa's desire to adventure as her father had done before her, once it became clear to him that his eldest daughter was intent to travel south and try her hand at adventuring. He sought out the renowned artificer Joran of Redgate and had robes and a pair of boots fashioned for his daughter so that she would be better prepared for the life she was undertaking.
Greysteel is the name given to Olisa's greatsword by its previous owner Edmund Ellendar, Olisa's father. The blade was taken from an Ogre Magi hoard by Edmund some 40 years ago during his adventuring days. How the Ogre acquired the blade Edmund doesn't know, the creature wasn't in the talking mood when they met, and the history of the blade is unknown to him.
He used the blade throughout the remainder of his adventuring days before hanging it up above the family mantelpiece where for years it was a curiosity for visitors to ogle. When Olisa announced her plans to go south, after her father relented and said he would permit it, Edmund took the sword down from the mantle, returned it to its sheath and gave it Olisa.
Council of Good
The Council of Good, a collection of young adventurers under the tutelage of Paladin Amarc Leclerq and his wife Avenger Suzanna Greenleaf. The council defeated a bandit king and was able to recover an artifact being sought by an evil priestess. This artifact, called the Chalice of blood, was destroyed by the Azur blacksmith at Derrigton keep with the council's aid.
The Council hasn't met since the completion of that original goal, however it was through the council that Olisa met Maikel Trueaxe, a dwarven master of weapons, that set her feet on the path of weapon mastery.
Olisa began travelling and adventuring with the Golden Legacy about the time of the return of In Nabbeh Ser, or the Gentleman has he was referred to in past incarnations, she kept on adventuring with this group through the attack of the Legion of Chains on M'chek. Upon final defeat of the legion at a wrap up meeting in Mikona the Golden Legacy invited her to become a charter holding member of their group.
It was with the aid of the Golden Legacy that Olisa was able to complete the rituals necessary to discover the location of Heavendor. Somewhere on the surface of the moon Levena. The Golden Legacy found a way to convert a small pirate vessel to a spelljammer and they travelled to Levena, where Heavendor was summoned.
After this, the church of Gorethar levied charges of Heresy against Olisa, the charge based on the incorrect notion that only a dwarf should carry the holy relic. The trial ended when it was discovered that Archpaladin Amnbean Staidfist had fallen from grace and orchestrated the whole affair.
The Herald of Gorethar Llissa descended from the heavens, declared Olisa worthy to wield the relic and named her the "Sword Saint of Gorethar"
Order of Gorethar
Before her departure to the south, her father gave her some advice. "Be loyal of hands and mouth my daughter, and serve each as best you may. Seek the fellowship of good men; hearken to their words and remember them. Be humble and courteous wherever thou go, boasting not nor talking overmuch, neither thou be dumb altogether."
She sought out then the Order of Gorethar, for where else she thought would she find a "fellowship of good men". The Order had long been in decline, members having departed for corners of Negaria where the Order doesnt have property, doing gorethars work. Rodrick Goodman, an initiate of the Order at the time, actually took her in and named her adherant in the absence of the Orders actual Leadership. This was of course ratified by the real leadership later.
Olisa is now a High Ordained member of the Order of Gorethar, though she held the offices of Seneschal and Battlemaster of the Order for awhile she has since handed the role of Battlemaster to the newly Ordained Paladin, Brian DeVille.
Olisa's Family still resides in Redgate, her father running his sucessful shipping empire and her siblings.
She is the eldest of four siblings, born to Edmund and Elena Ellendar of Redgate. Her father is a well off merchant owner of a modest sized shipping combine dealing primarily in General goods and grains, early in his life he was an adventurer, but upon meeting his future wife Elena he hung up his sword and invested a not insignificant amount of gold acquired over several years of adventuring and settled down in Redgate.
Olisa like her father and siblings, one brother and two sisters, worship Gorethar. Of the children, only Olisa can recall living outside the Palatial District of Redgate. She recalls playing along the southern edge of the Divalok as it runs through town. Due to the varied nature of the races in Redgate, she has an outlook towards many races not often seen outside Redgate. She has known and called friend or acquaintance, Orcs, Half Orcs, Goblins and Half Ogres as well as Dwarves, Elves and Halflings.
Olisa's youngest sister Eloise has since had a little girl which she named Olivia as a nod to her older sister. Aunty 'O' dotes on her little niece.
Ki and the way of the Blade - Book on relationship of Ki between Weapon Masters and Monks: http://wiki.avlis.org/Ki_and_The_Way_of_The_Blade