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The Corby Tribe

Kel Mansdottir

Kel is a young woman who can't seem to make her mind up whether she wants to be a witch or a musician. She is married, ahem, to Jodoque, and has a child with him, Fay. Since Tamlin's departure from the gang, she has had to take up a large part of the responsibilities that come with running the estate. She finds this exhausting, but it's still better than things were a few years ago, when she was the lowest-ranking member in a gang that dwelled in various pits and tree huts in the forest.

Kel is good at nearly everything she does although the art of fighting seems to be a weak spot for her. By birth and by training, she's an able witch with a natural if somewhat limited shape-shifting talent, but she is also good at playing musical instruments. She manages well at management, surprisingly enough, and although she has taken a lot of risks with her small child, this does not seem to bother the child much, so that's quite OK.

Kel often finds herself wearing a silly hat. She puts on a silly hat at every opportunity that presents itself, and is often unaware that she has in fact got a silly hat on her head. Jodoque quite appreciates seeing Kel in a silly hat, so that worked well for her as well.

Kel reckons she was born around the year 975. Her father was a human musician, her mother a tree-dwelling faerie.

When Kel first joined the gang, they considered her an undersized, clumsy, wanton and flighty girl who climbed into trees a lot. Initially, they tolerated rather than accepted her, because she wasn't, on the whole, much use to them. Eventually, she found her place, and after a short visit to the land of the Gnomes, where she discovered her shapeshifting ability, the witch Atra started trying to train this strange half-elven girl with the powerful natural magic.

The next year, in 997, she met Jodoque, King Groy's court jester. The king had fallen on hard times, but after he was returned to his rightful position, Jodoque stuck around with the gang. They now consider themselves married although the arrangement is somewhat rural. Kel gave birth to her daughter Fay in late 1000. This has not stopped her from getting into more trouble at every opportunity.

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Originally serialized as part of Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan between December 7, 2001 and September 13, 2002.

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