The Prompt: Are there any blood relatives that your character is particularly close with, besides the immediate ones? Cousins, Uncles, Grandfathers, Aunts, et cetera. Are there any others that your character practically considers a blood relative?
Of all her blood relatives, Toriah’s closest to her maternal grandmother. There’s a lengthy story full of drama and pettiness that’s made her distance herself from the majority of her father’s side of the family.
Toriah grew up hearing stories of her grandmother’s younger days— abandoned by her husband, defending her home against invading forces big and small, raising three little ones on her own, and working hard every single day to keep food on the table. She’s the very model of quiet, contemplative strength. Grandmama is fiery and quirky, even now in her advanced years. Toriah’s never seen the woman take gruff from anyone, not even her own doctors who chide her on her health.
Of course, the downside to “fiery and quirky” is that Grandmama has gotten in trouble for her outspoken tendencies. Rumor had it that she once gave King Anasterian Sunstrider a piece of her mind and was only saved from outraged guards by the monarch’s uncontrollable laughter.
Outside of her family, Toriah is slow to fully take anyone into her confidence. Even those closest to her are kept at arm’s length, though she’s doesn’t always mean to do it. We all know she and Orion are inseparable. Little Yue-Ming, has endeared herself to Toriah, as we’ve seen, and the elf is more than willing to lay down her life for the little Pandaren girl.