Aranyani was born to a human woman named Kayte Kirkwood. However, she was not a full human as Peg, the midwife, could see when she delivered the whimpering lass from her mother’s womb. Aranyani was a half-elf which shocked the small outlander village where they lived. Kayte was a humble young orphan girl herself at the age of only 17 and was a
quiet, hard worker who mostly kept to herself. She refused to speak of who or where the father was or of how she came to be pregnant, but blissfully awaited the birth of her child with eager anticipation. She shared with the midwife the name she wished to bestow upon her child if it were a lass – Aranyani, not wanting to give her a name that blended in with everyone
else, instead stating that she would be a world changer. Peg realized just how different the child would be when she delivered her that spring morning. Sadly, as Aranyani entered the world, her mother’s spirit crossed the veil into the afterlife. Peg raised Aranyani herself, feeling an obligation to young Kayte, however she never really fit in with the other children in the small
village and was often treated as an outcast. Though half human, she knew that she was very different from the others in her village and she identified far more with her wood elf heritage. She grew faster than the other children, was swifter than them and could out-do them in any game. They all hated her for these talents and taunted her for her appearance and pointy ears.
But rather than becoming bitter or hating them back, she merely pitied the humans and their limitations and vowed to find her place in the world. She learned quickly how to take care of herself, gaining what skills she could from those who would teach her at the village. In her mother’s belongings she found a sigil of the wood elves – a mighty oak tree with antlers growing out of the trunk and extending around to surround the tree in the center. Aranyani knew this was her father’s sigil and vowed to find him some day and reunite with her true family.
At the age of 13, Aranyani decided it was time for her to leave the village of her birth and seek her destiny. She gathered her few precious belongings along with some meager supplies and left her remote village heading into the vastness of the forest alone with a pure heart and a willing spirit. After several weeks living in the forest alone, the goddess Elohanna noticed her pure spirit and love and care of the animals and sent a unicorn which led her to a hidden meadow in the center of the woods. Upon seeing the goddess Elohanna, Aranyani fell at her feet and vowed to serve her and all the creatures of the land. She made a solemn vow to respect her wood elf heritage always and stated that she would neverkill any animal for food,
but would instead live off the land and would only kill a creature of the forest if it were in defense of herself or others when absolutely necessary. She vowed never to kill for sport and would hunt down those who did and exact Elohanna’s vengeance. Elohanna granted Aranyani the ability to call upon her powers and access a great wealth of spells for healing and defense as well as an arsenal of powerful spells for fighting when Aranyani would need to enforce justice on those who would dare to spoil the sacred lands of the forest. She received a token of green stone with Elohanna’s unicorn stamped upon it which she would use to focus her spells and access the power granted to her.
Aranyani spent the next several years seeking peace among all creatures and learning how to develop the power that was granted to her for good. She believed that most people were good at heart and had respect for the land around them, only killing when needed in order to eat. However, every once in a while, she would come across those who would just kill for enjoyment, purposely harming the land or attacking the innocent. And in those moments, Aranyani would bravely step forward and destroy them with a righteous fury. She left every altercation knowing in her heart that justice had been done. She
held a special place in her heart for animals and creatures, believing that they are often just misunderstood by people, but knowing that they are all truly pure spirits deserving of patience and kindness. Whenever a creature was killed, she knelt down by its side and said a solemn prayer for it to enter the afterlife in peace. She became extremely skilled at knowing her
way through the woods, at communing with nature and animals, and at finding sustenance in the plants, berries and roots of the forest around her. She found injured animals and creatures and would use her powers to heal them as well as any travelers who needed assistance in the woods. Through all these years of service, she always had the desire to seek out her father and fully claim her place among the wood elves where she truly belonged. At the age of 17, the same age when her own mother had given birth to her, Elohanna granted her wish and she finally set out on her journey to find her father and her destiny. She knew that the journey ahead would be filled with challenges and that she would have to interact with different people and cultures, enduring much different values than her own, however she vowed to keep her heart pure and stand by her vows to her patron Elohanna through it all.