The Wounded World
Regret and Remorse for the Fallen
Serena lived in a small house that was close to Stelios, her mother and father refused to move away with the rest of the other villagers and decided to stay and live off of the land. This ultimately led to their tragic deaths in front of Serena when she was six. While Serena and her parents were having supper, the sound of voices was heard from the forest. Her parents quickly grabbed her and placed her under the floorboards where they kept their dry vegetable (potatoes, carrots and onions). Before they closed the hatch they gave Serena a crystal pendent. Though a small knot hole in the wood, she watched as her father was killed and her mother was violently raped and murdered. Serena felt a violent surge of energy within her, her emotions out of control from the sudden shock of her parents’ deaths. A voice in her head told her to let go.
Serena later woke up in the forest, covered in a thick red liquid. Lost and afraid, she wandered the forest alone. After a day and a half of constant travel she ran into some soldiers who would take her to an orphanage in Prokopis. There she kept to herself and discovered her ability to use magic. At night she felt hands around her neck and would wake up screaming. During the day she heard a women’s gentle voice in the back of her head that constantly told her to kill the other children.
On the day before Serena’s 11th birthday, a sage came to the orphanage. He had been near the town and sensed a strong presence of magic nearby. The sage, Revelton Gormery, was curious and investigated the source. He discovered it coming from Serena and a pile of child corpses. He adopted her as his apprentice so he could teach her how to control her magic properly and keep an eye on her.
During their many journeys throughout the continent, Revelton became aware that Serena was very talented with her teachings, but the way she cast spells was like a sorcerer. So he gave up and decided to let her learn on her own.
Revelton became interested in the dark line and started to spend more time by the soldiers fighting there. During these investigations with Serena, they were attacked. Although Serena was able to defend herself against them, Revelton was not so lucky and was torn apart.
At the age of 20, Serena decided to go The School of the Rising Sun in Emidio. With a contact that her old guardian left she was able to find a smuggler in Lazzar. From there, she went to the local thieves’ guild to obtain a set of false documents for herself. With this, she was able to successfully able to enter the university. After three years of research about the land to the south of the republic, she came up with very little information about what lies there.
Serena returned back to the Old Rolando Republic, where she met a group that called itself The Ravens. This was a group of those who lost those to The Dark Line and decided to fight against it with their own power. There she met her husband Arturias Lebalté, who was one of the squad leaders in this company. Here Serena learned about the survival rate of those in this department. During her time here, she had a daughter by the name of Leonora Lebalté.
After many years of constant life and death situations in this company, Serena recognizes one of the new recruits in another squad as one of the bandits that killed her parents. The voice in her head whispers “Kill him, kill him”. Her vision fades out, only to wake up with most of the company dead and her husband holding and calling her name. With most of The Ravens wiped out, she disbands from the group as everyone else did. With the visions clear in her head of what she did, she heads out to try and find redemption for herself and what she has done.