The Mists of Pantea
High Elf Rogue/Fighter
Syllin Naïlo was born in the small elven village Anareithel, along with her twin sister, Lia. Both children were born with Lunarglyphs, and would’ve been considered Lunarblessed… had they been born in a different village. The people of Anareithel considered those with Lunarglyphs cursed, and saw them as people that brought tragedy and misfortune. With the birth of Syllin and Lia, the Naïlo family was driven into the forests surrounding the village, cutting them off from society.
The four lived in the family’s hunting lodge for several years, until Syllin’s father died to unknown causes on a hunting trip. With his death, Syllin’s mother fully abandoned her children the following winter, leading them into the forest and leaving them to the elements. The two sisters wandered the forest, searching desperately for their mother. Instead, they found an elven hunter, who helped them and guided them to the nearest city, Arvandor.
There, they lived in the streets, learning unsavory skills that helped them survive. Syllin would lurk in the shadows, stealing gold and valuables directly off of people. Lia, however, took a more direct approach, using her words and beauty to charm people into giving her what she wanted. Though they worked in the shadows, their actions did not go unnoticed.
Around their thirtieth birthdays, Syllin’s and Lia’s paths diverged. Syllin was taken under the wing of a thieves guild, The Black Rose, where she honed her stealth skills and weapons training. Lia, utilizing her natural beauty, took up work with a brothel that worked closely with the Black Rose, the Honey Bee. Despite their different vocations, the two remained close, and would occasionally do jobs together.
The guild master, Theren, took a special interest in the young Syllin, and personally mentored her. He very quickly became a replacement for Syllin’s late father, and the two became close, to the distaste of Theren’s second-in-command, Everan.
Around the time she joined, Syllin met Anderis, a young male around her age. The two quickly became close and often took jobs together.When she turned fifty, the two got engaged, and planned to marry and leave the guild on Syllin’s one-hundredth birthday.
Forty years passed with little incident, until Syllin – along with Anderis – had taken a job to steal a chunk of valuable selunium from a noble family in the city. However, as they neared their goal, Syllin made a fatal error, and the pair got captured. They were thrown into prison, and their expect rescue never showed up. Syllin and Anderis attempted to remain together and stay alive, but to no avail. Anderis died a few weeks after their capture, and Syllin was scheduled to be executed a few years later.
Two weeks before her execution, however, she managed to escape, and fled for her life -but not before returning to the Black Rose and taking her belongings, as well as some of the guild’s funds. She was never able to recover hers or Anderis’s engagement rings, despite a return trip to the prison.
Outcasted from Elven society, she found herself living among humans. Just like as a child, she stole from the rich, taking as she pleased. Just after her hundredth birthday, Syllin finally managed to make contact with her old village, and learned devastating news. Her old guild was after her, hoping to drag her back into their fold. Even worse, when the leaders of Avandor had leaned of her escape, they had gone after Lia, and executed her in Syllin’s stead. After learning this, Syllin declared adulthood, giving herself the name Andraste, hoping to cut all ties with her past.