Character Notes For Niyati

Skills

Bench Jeweler

By trade, Niyati is what would be considered a bench jeweler. They tend to gain a wide skill set for the creation, care and restoration of jewelry and other complex decorative items. She is well versed in many styles of jewelry including necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets, anklets, brouches, hair-pins, and decorative combs. Much of what she learned takes techniques from her father's style, but also from the local scottish and British styles, usually learned through restoration and trial and error. As a bench jeweler, she has a wide variety of skill sets that come together with one purpose, and since she doesn't specialize in one, she would never be considered a master of any one form. Her magic helps cover up some of the flaws in her craftmanship. The various skills she applies to jewel crafting are listed below.

  • Goldsmithing / Metalwork: Goldsmithing is the ability to form precious metals into jewelry. This includes knowing how to file, solder, forge, and otherwise turn the metal into jewelry. Since some metals are too soft to make good jewelry, it also requires knowledge of mixing and preparing the metals. Often times her magic is used to compensate for the lack of machinery to make such a job easier when she's working with raw materials. She uses copper and silver wire often enough, in different forms, and knows how to manipulate shape it.
  • Lapidary: The ability to work with stones, minerals and gemstones. Often this would include organic gems, like amber, shell, coral, bone, etc, and Niyati can utilize her skills for such things, but she prefers to work with gemstones when they are available. Quartz and Agate tend to be the most abundant to find in the area. Skill in lapidary means she knows how to tumble-polish gems for settings, and can even make carvings out of them. The carvings tend to require magic to remove fractures and flaws when she's working with mineral gemstones.
  • Glass Beading: Also called lampworking. While Niyati doesn't know how to handle glass for most things, if she can find a glassmaker to purchase rods from, she knows how to turn those rods into glass beads for necklaces or other ornamentation. She knows how to add color and details, as well as how to string them. But in this case she needs the rods from a glassmaker to work with.
  • Wax Casting / Carving: Like goldsmithing, casting metals is an important step. It's how many complex pieces are made, such a broaches. She can carve the molds and knows how to pore and set.

Self-Defense

Living in a society that almost requires procreation meant that a woman uninterested in it had better know how to spurn advances. As a jeweler, she works with similar tools that a blacksmith would, though in smaller forms, general, but she knows how to punch, and learned how to use a short sword and shoot a bow and arrow. When her downplayed femininity fails, a wellplaced kick, stab or swing of a fist will hopefully be enough.

Languages

Raised to speak Hindi first and English as a trade language only, Niyati had to learn to speak English first and Hindi became a language she rarely speaks except in private, due to the lack of fellow speakers. Besides that, her mother, taught her a third language, what she considered their magic language, Sanskrit. This was because it was the language that their familiars both prefered, and the one her mage mother and taught her. Her magic that requires ritual mantras are said in Sanskrit.

As a child and teen, she could only write in Devanagari, which was used in the Hindi language. As she came to live primarily among the Blackmoore community, she learned English letters and reading and writing, though she finds the Devanagri more beautiful. She uses her name in those letters as her "makers mark".

Ceramics

When jewelry wasn't in great demand, ceramics became a side business of Niyati's. Specifically she learned earthenware ceramics. The molding of clay, quartz and other minerals into pots, plates, glasses, and other more common attire became a secondary skill that she learned, along with the baking of it in a kiln to hardness. She liked working with clays as much as metals, but she found the work not as fulfilling. She still makes these when other materials are in small supply, so as to always have something to trade.