The most beautiful desert flowers are always the most dangerous.
-Rek’yr to Brea
Brea was a Gelfling princess of the Vapra Clan and the youngest daughter of All-Maudra Mayrin.
Joining the resistance
The third daughter of Mayrin and an unidentified father, possibly Kam’lu. When skekLach the Collector and skekOk the Scroll-Keeper arrived in Ha’rar for the tithing ceremony, Brea’s older sister Tavramanaged to get her included in the ceremony, much to her delight, asking only that Brea not embarrass her or ask the Skeksis questions. Heedless, Brea sought them out anyway, and ended up sprawling in front of their carriage as she pushed through a crowd. SkekOk however was surprisingly merciful, and insisted on her accompanying him in his carriage, where he shared his passion for books with her. Brea later hugged skekOk for interceding with her mother, the All-Maudra Mayrin, but began to question the Skeksis when they manipulated poor farmers into giving up precious heirlooms. When she examined the legal texts of tithing and found it immoral, her Librarian tried to take away her books, so she fought until some magical light began to stream from the book. Although she tried to tell her mother what happened, she became disgusted to see that she wore the farmer’s amulet, as the Skeksis gave it to her after taking it, and stubbornly argued with her mother that they should even give all of their wealth and privileges to others.
Brea sought more answers, using the Librarian’s reluctantly-given advice to seek out the Sifa for knowledge about the symbol she saw. However, Elder Cadia attempted to give her powdered nulroot, something Brea knew to induce amnesia. Dropping her money as a distraction, Brea swapped the drinks so that Cadia would drink it. Eventually he became enraged when she revealed this, until Onicaknocked him out with a bowl and offered to help Brea if she would get Mayrin’s brightest jewel for her. However, Mayrin ordered Brea sent to the Order of Lesser Service in payment for her crime against the Sifans, on Seladon’s suggestion.
Consigned to the service, Brea was made to wear a clown’s hat and to wash filthy Podlings who resisted all the while, her indenture intended to be an entire trine in length. Although Duadran ordered her to run after a fleeing Podling, she decided to flee the service due to the urgency, tossing her hat away. Although she was caught by her sister Tavra, Tavra let her go, reassuring her and saying that the ”bonds of sisterhood” could not be broken. Brea continued to Ha’rar, through the library, and flew from the top of it to the palace so that she could recover the ”brightest jewel” in her mother Mayrin’s chambers, hanging from the ceiling. Brea then went to meet Onica, thinking the jewel to be payment, but Onica chastised her and sung to the jewel; it is in fact a chrysalis, a container for an imperial unamoth, which began to move. Brea spoke her desire to know the truth to the moth, which then emerged from the chrysalis and flew toward the Ha’rar throne room. Brea flew behind it, and when they arrived in the throne room, the moth activated a hidden