Valka is a colorful and elegant huntress who makes a living by trapping and hunting animals. She is of normal height, has long brown hair kept in braids and blue eyes. She wears a long padded jacket, two long leather boots and a dark green cloak. She has two trained dogs who help her track and chase prey. Valka is quick to assess a hunting situation and often has a solid plan in advance. Her trapping methods are elaborate and often cover a large area of forest. At home she uses wooden racks to dry the animal skins. She also has a small cabin to salt the meat and leave it to dry.
The family of Valka consists of 5 members. Her husband Málgeir is part of the village watch and works for the local jarl. Níels and Palmar help her mother with preparing the animal skins. Her daughter Páldís has a talent for making great things out of hides. Meat and hides are sold at the local markets this is often done by Páldís too. They live in a wooden house at the edge of the forest. Many of the houses in the village are scattered, only the houses close to the market area are huddled together.
Valka grew up as an orphan in a river town. She was taken care of by a friendly woman who ran an inn. Valka was offered boarding and food in exchange for work. Most of the time only two or three orphans were taken in to help at the inn. She met her future husband Málgeir here. He was a young huskarl warrior traveling around looking for a new allegiance. Valka and Málgeir decided to marry as soon as could be arranged. Their new home was constructed when Valka was still pregnant. A small but sturdy wooden house was constructed, build for the larger part by Málgeir's family members. After they had gathered decent furniture and other goods for the interior, they moved into their new home.
At the moment Valka has joined the yearly village hunting party. She is coordinating the villagers in a series of battues. Wild boar and other small game are being hunted. After the hunt there will be a large feast which will be attended by all villagers. A banquet will be held on a long table set up in the market area. Two dug in campfires will be created to roast the meat. It's the mid autumn feast and this marks the first day for the preparation of the coming winter. Soon houses and other buildings will be strengthened and openings in the wood will be closed with loam, moss or other materials.
Valka has good skills in hunting and stealth, her secondary skill is tracking. She owns a house and two dogs. Valka uses a bow, an axe and seax. She wears a light chainmail and sometimes brings a shield. She owns 3 silver and has an income of 4 silver a month.
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