The character I played on Shadow over Kamchatka MUCK from December 1998 to July 1999.
Now the Corvidae observe all things as they go, black and darting on the darkest shores, watching and waiting and gossiping their news over great distances and down the vales of time
— The Stonor Eagles by William Horwood
Sassenach is a Raven. Although only recently arrived in these cold lands, she already knows her role: as observer and information gatherer, and as information source for others. At the moment, "friends" and "sources of information" are interchangeable for her. Among those are Rathenn, a male Tiger; Kamau, a male Tiger; and WildFire, an adolescent Tigress.
Name: Sassenach, pronounced [ Sass-ih-nack ], more or less--the final, somewhat gutteral sound is like the ending of the Scottish 'loch'--is a Scottish Gaelic word, meaning 'stranger' or 'outlander'. The spelling, which is highly varied from source to source, was taken from Diana Gabaldon's novel Outlander. Sassenach's personality and self-appointed role is very loosely based on the Corvidae, and most especially the Raven of Storr, in William Horwood's novel The Stonor Eagles.
Sassenach is a young female Raven, who is, at twenty-odd inches or so in length, the normal size of her kind. Her well kept feathers are a glossy black, overlaid with a sheen of deep blue-purple where the light strikes them. These feathers become smaller where they fringe her ankles, providing a softer contrast to the thin, scaled legs that are slate grey in color. Her heavy beak, obviously that of a hunter and scavanger, is the same dark color, and set back from it are a pair of watchful black eyes. She has the ever-shifting attitude of an interested observer as well.
A drawing of Sassenach by me. [24 K]
Medium: Pencil crayon
Date: December 31, 1998
Last updated September 2009.