(19th December 2006 - 8th May 2007)
She is small boned with fine features, 5' 8" feet tall and weighs 133
pounds. Her hair is dark brown, short and curly, her skin smooth and tanned,
and her eyes are green.
Born in Githmardon, in the far northern marches of the Elenorian forest,
Aravan's early life was spent in spartan and dangerous conditions. Only
a step away from the dreadful wastes of Athalius, their little homestead
was an island of warmth, backing on to the limitless trees of the great
Her parents were of the lowest class of Elenorian society, little better
than serfs, and her upbringing was set against a background of constant
want. Nonetheless, she was brought up in a solid Elenian faith, perhaps
because of their descent traced from a cousin of the legendary Merlynar,
regarded by some as the first priest of Elena.
Their subsistence was derived from herding the hardy goats that were
about all that could survive so far north, as tenant farmers under the
local lord, Isadrien. As Aravan grew up strong, hardy and valiant, the
lord's sergeant Beliad marked her out for military service, and began
her training a little after her hundredth birthday. Although her removal
from the farm would greatly increase her family's hardship, she took to
the warfare training with relish, and was placed under the tutelage of
Silmanduil, a blademaster with the short sword.
Disaster struck, however, in the year of the war between Rosen and the
Drenai. She and her brother Lómárith captured a Rosen spy scouting the
northern border, and she was sent to summon the lord's soldiers to take
him away. When she returned with them, however, they found her parents
and her brother disappeared, and the spy gone.
Isadrien accused her and her family of conspiring to free the spy, and
would have had her arrested, but she fled with nothing but her clothes,
horse and weapons, working around the eastern border of the Forest and
down eventually into Myrid, where she met Danat Perez and her story really
Unbeknownst to her, back in Githmardon, her brother and parents still
live; Lómárith eventually captured the spy and returned him to prove her
innocence and she was cleared. Aravan, however, still believes she is
a fugitive, and will not return to Elenoria if she can help it.
She was one of three companions to meet the fleeing Danat Perez after
the rescue of Raven from Vrostar, and together with Amblay the Marraq
one of the two survivors of the final battle with him.
After Damat's death and the slaying of Vrostar's men-at-arms, she and
Amblay took the decison to get as far away from the wars in the north
as possible. Aravan, of course, had other reasons for distancing herself
from Elenoria, and the pair headed south through the agency of Amblay's
Fly spells, finally arriving in the lost land of Tiros Tilean,
outside the ruins of the city of Hurlis.
Joined by new companions - the Nadir assassin Axe, the Jandraki
thief Graz Tak and the Darim agitator Dagoran Sunspear, they persistently
ignored the good advice to avoid the haunted ruins of Tiros Tilean and
set out to explore Hurlis. There, they met, fought and slew the vampire
Dathar, before falling through a time portal into the past - fifty years
previously, and the eve of the final siege of Hurlis by the Darim.
Aravan and Drathor, just before Axe strikes from behind!
Dagoran was both a benefit and a hazard here, because his Darim features
allowed them to blend in with the attackers, but also brought them under
suspicion from the defenders. Each were able to contibute useful skills,
however, and all were needed.
While exploring this loop of past history - and wondering whether to
contact Aravan and Amblay's past selves, alive somewhere in this past
world - they encountered a man calling himself Muzael, acting as
the Darim King's chancellor, but apparently well aware of where they themselves
had originated. Deeply suspicious, the group had nothing to do with him,
and went on to discover means of returning forward to their own present.
This gave them ideas, and they hatched the plan to return to the past,
loot the falling city, hide the proceeds, and dig them up once returned
to the future. This started well as they witnessed the killing of the
last King of Tiros Tilean, Kular Rockspawn, by his Chancellor Julran and
looted his corpse, but spiralled out of control once they got trapped
in the cellars, enmeshed in a peculiar set of encounters with dopplegangers
of the dead royalty of Hurlis (also dead), and fought a mysterious lizardman
who seemed to be in charge of some of the Darim soldiers, before being
flung back to their present by the impossibility of Graz Tak being killed
On their return, they discovered a mysterious black tower had appeared
in the ruins; although it hadn't been there before, it had always been
there now. Something fundamental had been changed.
The tower turned out to be the outpost of Darim soldiers, hunting a monster.
A monster created by the party - Khular's queen, now a mighty vampire
and holding imprisoned the last King, Khular Rockspawn, now an old man.
Slaying her, the group decided to escort Khular to Aldegarde, where he
could possibly start his comeback. On route, however, in the mining town
of Shaaft, a chance encounter changed their fate forever.
A man named Malnigar, fleeing south, clearly having stolen something,
and pursuing him Jinar, a Darklander sword master. A chase that had been
going on for decades, but was ended by an arrow from Axe. Malnigar slain,
the destiny that had sustained Jinar was lost and he too died, leaving
the last product of Aran Rinshai, the greatest Darkland swordsmith in
history, in Axe's hands.
From then on, the party were relentlessly hounded by a plethora of those
who lusted for the blade. Axe separated himself from the others and travelled
in deep disguise, and this kept the hunters away from the weapon for a
In the city of Agras, dominated as is all Kulland by the church of Jarik
Saal, Kozai, a Darkland swordmaster with a burned face, attacked Aravan,
Amblay and Graz, despite their repeated truthful assertions that they
did not have the sword. He was killed fairly easily by Aravan, but a priest
called Lohas tried to arrest her and Amblay. They were rescued by a priestess
of Elena named Jeela, but from that day Aravan bore a distrust and dislike
of the arrogant totailitarians she perceived Jarik's priests to be.
Jeela and Amblay became lovers around this time. Despite this, the unusual
bond between Amblay and Aravan also strengthened, and they formulated
their objective to end the hate between Marraq and Elenorian.
The Blade Waits
Also around this time the depredations of the thief Tstane Tschermak
began to seriously affect the party. Aravan knew he had stolen her Ring
of Protection, but bided her time for revenge until another piece
of thievery got Graz Tak arrested by the Silk Guard. He would have been
executed were it not for internal treachery within that company of wyvern-riding
telepathic guards of Aldegarde's Jarik temple. Aravan recruited the Jandraki
and together they plotted Tstane's death.
On reaching Aldegarde, the 'City of God', Aravan was introduced by Amblay
to a fellow Marraq, Amorhaz, the Silk Guard's telepathy trainer. A traditionalist,
he hated Elenorians, and reacted very badly to Aravan. She and
Amblay resolved to change his viewpoint, and succeeded to the point that
Aravan and Amorhaz became lovers and she concieved his child.
Khular Rockspawn appeared to have had second thoughts about a restoration,
and retired into the Temple of Jarik. A Darklander swordmaster named Irridai
threatened the group in a bar, and was compelled by Amblay's now mighty
mental powers to kill himself in the street. This went down very
badly with the churches of both Jarik and Elena, and Amblay was a marked
man after that.
Shortly after, Axe was killed by a mob of Darklander thugs, though the
Rinshai was rescued by Tstane. This convinced the others to flee Kulland,
aided by the cart of the Jandraki explorer Dax. Pursued by renegade Silk
Guard serving Saloth, fallen priest of Malkar, they were caught in the
Agras Pass and attacked. Amblay was slain, and Aravan swore vengeance,
for him and for their lost dream.
The Withered Branch
Continuing to try and flee out of Kulland, the party were assailed by
Saloth, who slew Tstane and stole his body. An epic battle saw him slain
and Amblay avenged, but at what cost? The wounds sustained in the fight
ended the life of Aravan's unborn, mutilated her beyond bearing others,
and darkened her spirit forever. The Rinshai blade, finally seen for the
cursed thing that it was, was buried with Tstane/Saloth. When Drenai spies
tried to drug Dax in pursuit of the weapon, Aravan butchered their leader
mercilessly, a contrast to her previous more reasoned approach.
Wounded, shocked, directionless and embittered, Aravan travelled on with
her companions, able to comfort the Eleneian pilgrim Yu after her facing
down of the Drenai killers, but increasingly subject to flashes of murderous
aggression when provoked.
Determined to evade the reach of both the Church of Jarik and the Drenai,
the company continued east and eventually took ship for Nyrn. Harried
by the inexplicable pursuit of Drenai and Malakaran agents, they were
finally wrecked on the north coast of Nyrn, and left to foot it south
with the ship's captain, Yu and Aimaris, a priestess of Elena.
After encountering some peculiar mutated elves, far more orcs than was
really comfortable, and a priestess of Elena disguised as a unicorn, a
warrior named Ymrick Talovich gave them a better picture of life in Nyrn.
Apparently, here, Malakar was revered as a god of good, and his church
had hitherto been a harmonious part of society. Lately, however, Malakar's
real nature had been emerging and the king - Gralnadar - was struggling
to retain control. A few loyalists - King's Men - of whom Ymric
was one, regarded this as a bad thing but most Nyrnians were Malakar fundamentalists
and blind to the looming disaster.
Parting from Talovich, the group next encountered an elf named Vestril,
who at first aided them, but gradually became more and more inflamatory,
arrogant, aggressive and unpleasant. Claiming to be a prince of Khulandir
questing for a talking sorcerer-horse named Varadas, he appeared to be
almost trying to get the party into fights. Finally, their suspicions
were confirmed by the apparent recognition of him by two Malakarn priests
(who seemed almost afraid of him). Dax challenged him, and he was fought
and slain. In the course of the fight, his illusiory form failed and he
was revealed as a horrible undead monster. Disdaining his tainted equipment,
the companions burned his body and pressed on.
More outlaws, loyal to the King but despising Malakar's infulence, were
encountered, and Aravan suggested that they ought to gather together as
a resistance; a suggestion that seemed beyond their grasp.
The next day a mighty elven warrior-lady met them, flanked by two bodyguards,
and claiming to be Queen Jirenna of Khulan. Worse, she claimed to be the
mother of the abomination calling itself Vestril! The others seemed gulled
by her soft words, but Dax and Aravan were deeply suspicious - and when
her guard was down Dax launched an attack. Aravan instantly joined him,
and the others were drawn into the fight willing or not.
A titanic struggle ensued, during which Aravan fought the Queen to within
an inch of her life, but fortune, no longer Aravan's friend, was not with
her that day. Her defences were just a touch too slow once, and once was
all that was required; Jirenna slew her with a single blow.