Sergeant Usvira Longspell
Usvira Longspell is one of the Alliance’s many enlisted soldiers. She now serves her people as a warlock, but once served in the First and Second Wars as a mage.
Usvira looks, more than anything, subdued. By anyone's best guess she is in her adulthood. Her eyes are brown, hair shoulder-length and red and always worn down, and her skin is pale. She stands around five and a half feet tall, and has a lean build. At first glance, one might think that Usvira is a vagabond or perhaps a disgraced soldier with some spell ability. She dresses in dull, off-white travelling clothes, with a well-kept red cloak, and a tabard depicting the Crest of Stormwind.
“I was good with numbers, and with people, and with my pen… I was a counting house’s dream." -Usvira, on her teenage years
Usvira was born in Grand Hamlet to merchants around twenty years before the outbreak of the First War. While possessed of great mathematical genuis and remarkable penmanship, the merchant’s life would not be hers to live, for she was viewed with some favour by one of the conjurers of Stormwind and taken under her wing as a protégé. She performed above average in most aspects of the arcane arts, and seemed destined to live a quiet life as some noble’s prestidigitator. This was well enough by her, and well enough by her family.
Uncle Lothar Wants You!
“It’s not called cowardice, it’s called pragmatism! Now saddle up, girl!” -Usvira, admonishing a fellow mage in Sunnyglade
Fate had other things in store for Usvira, when reports of green-skinned brutes began to buzz about the kingdom. Usvira was one of many mages who fought the invaders, known as “orcs”, and eluded capture in Grand Hamlet, though she lost her family. She also eluded capture in Sunnyglade thanks to a swift horse and defensive riding. While she was able to hold her own against the more martially inclined orcs and their ogre allies just as well as any of her order, she found herself struggling to stay alive while fighting their spell casters. To the horror of her fellow magi, she was very outspoken about her envy of their warlocks in particular. Usvira found herself climbing to the rank of Sergeant, and was among the many surviving defenders who aided in the exodus to Lordaeron.
Usvira participated in the Battle of Hillsbrad Foothills, surviving again by the skin of her teeth against the might of the invaders, and despairing at the perceived inefficiency of arcane magic against fel magic. She spent the majority of the Second War in the Hillsbrad Foothills and Dalaran, aiding in skirmishes and defending against attackers. When at last the Horde was defeated, Usvira aided Lordaeron’s able-bodied people in hunting and subduing orcs, eventually returning to Stormwind to rebuild her life. With her went several tomes that were taken from the dead hands of orcish warlocks...
“Well, you see, I’m burning those bodies because there exist dark magi who can bring them to unholy life. You don't want that. And even if you did want that, I don't want that.” -Usvira, explaining why she is burning a pile of dead murlocs
Upon her return to Darkshire, formerly the Grand Hamlet of her birth, Usvira claimed to want to put warfare behind herself, making a living as a tailor. In truth, she used the remoteness of her old home as a place to study demonic magics more or less freely, and learned of more warlocks who congregated in Stormwind City. Naturally, she began to collaborate with these dark and ambitious folk, practicing her craft against the gnolls and murlocs that threatened the kingdom. Her fiery magics were disguised to look like those of any other mage, and her propensity for putting a torch to the bodies of those she slew was written off as a fear of their coming back to life. In the aftermath of the Third War, Usvira took to wandering the Eastern Kingdoms in search of power, eventually setting sail from Stormwind to Ratchet to learn from the warlocks that made their home there.
“Damned if I didn’t make sure every day that my tabard and cloak stayed in as good of condition as they were the day that I got them… I can’t say the same of my robes.” -Usvira, on her experience on a small island
Usvira learned much from her fellow warlocks in Ratchet, in time making ready to march on the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj with the Alliance and Horde. While en route to Steamwheedle Port, the merchant vessel she was on was attacked naga. Usvira was thrown overboard during the chaos, but had the presence of mind to fortify herself against drowning, and swam to the nearest landmass that she could find. This was unfortunately a small island in the southwestern Great Sea. There, she spent the next five years stranded and alone but for the company of her demons, every once in a while trying in vain to reach out to the world.
“They lost some of their crew to mutiny. The rest, to revolt.” -Usvira, explaining the crew-to-cargo ratio aboard a ship
Usvira’s salvation came in the form of a slaver vessel that weighed anchor near her camp, with the intention of stranding mutineers. Usvira bargained with the crew to be let aboard, offering her services as a mender of garments and flags, and, of course, as a warlock. The Captain (foolishly) accepted, taking her aboard. When at last they neared Gadgetzan, Usvira reneged on her promise and attacked the crew, frightening the Captain and driving him overboard, and freeing the slaves. The navigator and cook were allowed to live, but turned in as soon as everyone reached Gadgetzan.
For the Alliance!
”Mages.” -Usvira, when asked how she was able to participate in so many battles in so little time
Since returning to the world, Usvira has renewed her aid for the Alliance in its conflicts against the Horde. This began with her helping to fortify holdings in Feralas, and eventually contributing to efforts on Argus. While she was able to prove once and for all that she was very much against the Burning Legion by laying scores of demons to rest on the blighted world, she was also able to secure a talbuk and a ray for herself to take back to Azeroth…in addition to scores of tomes and scrolls rife with profane knowledge.
Shortly after her return she was called to help defend Teldrassil, first assisting in pushing back attackers, and then ushering its confused citizens to safety. When came her call to aid in efforts in the renewed war against the Horde, she willingly accepted.
“Did I stand against mighty Aggramar and Argus with the other heroes on Argus? No, but I did see Aggramar...and say a prayer for those who did stand against him.” -Usvira, when asked about her experiences on Argus
This character is played on the United States Earthen Ring server.
For purposes of roleplaying, consider Usvira Longspell to be Neutral Evil in alignment.