Their romance was storybook. Larien was the daughter of a noble lord who meant for her to marry another elven lord. She was prepared to go along with this, knowing that it was her duty to marry so as to strengthen her father's claims. Then she met William. Will was somewhat of a free spirit, young, handsome, and with the carefree lifestyle that comes with the short lives of humans. Both families fought against the marriage, but they were in love and eventually eloped. After a few years, Larien's father welcomed them back to the sanctuary of his home, though his disapproved of their half-breed son, who they had named Gaelyn. The family lived in a tense peace with the elves. William was always shunned and his child was raised behind the walls of their keep. Knowing that with his heritage, the best he could hope for was to become a priest or a soldier, Will trained young Gaelyn both in the glory of Myria and in the ways of battle. Several years later, Larien became pregnant once more, bringing little Vella into the world. Gaelyn took a liking to his little sister as soon as he laid eyes on her. He would run to her crib when she cried a, coddling her even when their mother was around to nurse. Under his watchful eye, Vella grew to become a playful child, though there were no others their own age to play with, leaving the siblings with only each other for company. Neither had been beyond the walls of their home in over a dozen years. Though his little sister was oblivious, Gaelyn overheard the conversations. He heard his grandfather refer to 'the little abominations' and how they had brought dishonor upon his mother's family. He knew that when they left their home, they were never going to return, that their existence had been hidden from the other lords and townsfolk to protect his mother's family. Skilled with a sword, he and his father fought side by side where necessary to defend themselves and little Vella. As three, they traveled until one night a brigand managed to snag the girl away from them and used her as a hostage to steal their gold. Frightened by the incident, they decided to house Vella in a local inn while they hired themselves as mercenaries to pay both for her room and board, but also for their own food and livelihood. A few years after they started their ignoble careers, father and son were marching down the road, protecting a rich merchant when they were set upon by bandits. These bandits had more than swords at their command, however, soon raining ice and fire upon the group. William fled. After the battle, Gaelyn was one of the few survivors, though he could not find his father's body. He waited for several days then returned to the inn where Vella was staying. <br><br>It was too dangerous to stay. Despite his sister's fears, they left together, for a new land and a new life in Thera.