Niles Leland -- He has ruddy skin, brown eyes, and short brown hair. He is tall and lanky. Athletic and independent, Niles lives in a cabin near Rutledge, Vermont where he works as a ski instructor and guide. He uses his knowledge of nature to ensure safe and fun trips for his clients. He dislikes most technology, though, preferring skis to cars and notebooks to computers.
Qualities: Good (+2) Athletic, Good (+2) Conversation, Good (+2) Independent, Good (+2) Naturalistic Intelligence, Good (+2) Ski Instructor
Poor (-2) Technology
Betsy Wallace -- She has pale skin, brown eyes, and long straight brown hair just starting to go gray. She is short and chunky, but under the layer of padding she has strong muscles from hauling things around. Her heritage is American; she speaks English. She is 46 years old in 2015. Betsy lives in Rutledge, Vermont where she makes and sells maple syrup. She also grows houseplants and garden plants for sale. Her business does well enough, but struggles with a shortage of employees, which hinders growth. Betsy refuses to give up, though, and enjoys chatting up people in hopes of making connections.
Qualities: Good (+2) Extrovert, Good (+2) Naturalistic Intelligence, Good (+2) Optimist, Good (+2) Stronger Than She Looks, Good (+2) Small Business Owner
Poor (-2) Never Enough Help
Acer Sawyer -- He has fair skin, gray eyes, and short ash-brown hair with a beard just starting to go gray. He has a scraggly mustache and beard. He is 30 years old. He speaks English and French. Acer is the son of Hawthorn, nephew of Bay, cousin of Addie Landon, older brother of Gaultheria "Terri" (27, registered nurse), Leif (25, teacher), Firth (21, studying to become an accountant), Claytonia "Toni" (19, studying to become a secretary), Dicentra (16), and Hollis (13). So far, all of the siblings have stayed nearby, which is rare in Vermont. He is also the husband of Ella and father of Alyssa (1). They live in Rutledge, Vermont. Acer works as a sugarman and also enjoys teaching people about the marvels of maple syrup. His cheerful personality makes him popular. While he will happily hike through snowy forests or bend over boiling sap all day, he despises desk work and leaves the bookkeeping to his wife.
Qualities: Good (+2) Cheerful, Good (+2) Constitution, Good (+2) Naturalistic Intelligence, Good (+2) Sugarman, Good (+2) Teacher
Poor (-2) Desk Work
Ella Sawyer -- She has tinted skin, brown eyes, and wavy blonde hair just past her shoulders. Her heritage is American; she speaks English. She is 28 years old in 2015. She is the daughter-in-law of Hawthorn, sister-in-law of Gaultheria "Terri" (27, registered nurse), Leif (25, teacher), Firth (21, studying to become an accountant), Claytonia "Toni" (19, studying to become a secretary), Dicentra (16), and Hollis (13), mother of Alyssa (1). They live in Rutledge, Vermont. Ella teaches at the local grade school. She loves chatting with her students, and often passes on what they share with her -- without always stopping to consider whether the kids should have said it in the first place.
Qualities: Good (+2) Athletic, Good (+2) Cheerful, Good (+2) Interpersonal Intelligence, Good (+2) Mother, Good (+2) Teacher
Poor (-2) Gossipy
Alyssa Sawyer -- She has tinted skin, brown eyes, and short wavy ash-blonde hair. She is 1 year old in 2015. She is the granddaughter of Hawthorn, daughter of Acer and Ella, niece of Gaultheria "Terri" (27, registered nurse), Leif (25, teacher), Firth (21, studying to become an accountant), Claytonia "Toni" (19, studying to become a secretary), Dicentra (16), and Hollis (13). Alyssa is a curious baby, always reaching out to explore things. She is not good at staying in one place, though.
Qualities: Good (+2) Curious
Poor (-2) Sitting Still
Rutledge Children in Maple Lesson
Monique Obomsawin -- She has copper skin, brown eyes, and straight black hair to her waist. She is tall and sturdy. Her heritage is Abenaki. She speaks Abenaki, English, and French. Monique has the skill of Odzeksemenô, which includes tending sacred fires, making maple syrup, smoke-curing hides or food, and other shamanic activities relating to fire. She gets a lot of respect from her tribe, and some in Rutledge where people know her. Beyond that, her dark coloring stands out among the very white population of Vermont, which attracts negative attention that she handles badly. So she rarely travels outside the county.
Qualities: Good (+2) Crafts, Good (+2) Existential Intelligence, Good (+2) Odzeksemenô, Good (+2) Strength, Good (+2) Trustworthy
Poor (-2) Dealing with Racism
Obomsawin fire-tender (family name)
odzeksemenô they burned it
Mentha Burbank -- She has fair skin, gray eyes, and long brown hair with just a little wave. She is the aunt of Luthien Webster and Malva Headstrong Wallace. Mentha runs Athelas Herbarium in Rutledge, Vermont. She enjoys hiking and crafts as hobbies. People tend to trust her, even when they don't know her. Mentha has a tendency to take on too much, though, and sacrifice herself for others more than is prudent.
Qualities: Good (+2) Crafts, Good (+2) Herbalist, Good (+2) Hiker, Good (+2) Naturalistic Intelligence, Good (+2) Trustworthy
Poor (-2) Martyr
Maple Syrup (Adette Baumhauer) -- She has fair skin, amber eyes, and shoulder-length blonde hair. She is short and curvy. She is 25 years old in 2015. Adette barely scraped by in high school, with especially poor grades in math, but she does much better with people and managed to find a job that suits her. Maple Syrup is the official superhera of Montpelier, with a Key to the City. She also travels around to maple-themed events in other towns. She is enormously popular. As a hobby, she enjoys cooking.
Origin: As a teen, she went on a field trip and got stranded in the woods. She relied on maple trees for food, fire, and shelter. After that, she developed superpowers.
Uniform: On duty, she wears a loose bodysuit of burnt orange with a turtleneck that pulls up to hide her face, and tortoiseshell glasses over that. Off duty, she wears comfortable women's clothes, mostly in autumn colors.
Qualities: Good (+2) Constitution, Good (+2) Cook, Good (+2) Everyone Loves Maple Syrup, Good (+2) Montpelier Superhera, Good (+2) Naturalistic Intelligence
Poor (-2) Logical-Mathematical Intelligence
Powers: Good (+2) Maple Powers
Maple Powers include Super-Strength and Super-Endurance. She can banish evil spirits. Maple also bestows sweetness and tolerance, allowing her to boost mood and soothe conflicts.
Motivation: To spread the sweetness of maple syrup and protect the sugarbush.
Hanah Soliman -- She has tinted skin, brown eyes, and long wavy brown hair. Her heritage is Syrian. She speaks Arabic, English, and Latin. She is 19 years old in 2015. Hanah grew up in Aleppo, then later fled to Rutledge, Vermont. Her education was disrupted by the uprisings in 2011, and she only reached America in 2014, so she missed much of high school. Still, she hopes to attend Landmark College in the fall, as she wants to become an Emotional First Aide. Hanah is Catholic. Graceful and kind, she makes friends easily. She is crowed Maple Queen during the Maple Everything festival in 2015.
Qualities: Good (+2) Emotional Intelligence, Good (+2) Graceful, Good (+2) Kindness, Good (+2) Popular
Poor (-2) Interrupted Education
Christians in Syria constitute around 10% of the population, most belonging to the Eastern Orthodox Church of Antioch. A majority of them live in Aleppo.
After Pope Gregory released his list of seven deadly sins in 590 AD, the seven virtues became identified as chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, and humility. Practicing them is said to protect one against temptation from the seven deadly sins.
Landmark College in Putney, Vermont
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