Forty ( though she appears to be around Twenty - Five / Twenty - Six )
Lanius' Personal Guard / Assassin
Ryska was born in the North but her family did not stay there long. Her father had acquired a debt that could not be paid. In order to protect his daughter, he fled with her and his wife to Taethil. They were some of the few elves in Taethil. Ryska grew up as a blacksmith's daughter. She learned of weaponry at a young age but decided not to follow in her father's footsteps. Instead, she took to training herself with the weapons he made. She found herself adept with a sword and decided to join the Legion. This happened around the same time that Lanius was forced into the Legion by his father. The two went through their training and all that together and became close friends. Ryska was his right hand girl when he decided to take the throne from his brother. The two of them are never seen without the other but there are no romantic feelings between them. Ryska stays out of a sense of honor and friendship only.
The Elven female is just as cold and calculating as her King. She is vicious in battle and has proven her worth over and over again. There is a softer side to Ryska but it hardly ever shows. Some say she is willing to kill anyone if it keeps Lanius safe, even if that meant killing one of her own kin. Most underestimate her since she is a lithe, female Elf and seems to have no muscle behind her. It really is too bad those who underestimate her either wind up dead or badly injured. Ryska is not pleased to see the other Elves coming from the North. Most might see her as a traitor of some sort without really knowing her story.
* Notes :: Her age may change. I just assume the Elves live longer than humans and age slower so she could be fifty and only look as if she is thirty or so. Let me know if this is not true and I'll fix it.