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backstory: shael

backstory: shael
Shael was born to a fairly average Iosan family, with only a younger sister. She was a little strange, often restless and showing spontaneous fits of rage. She was physically and emotionally abusive towards her little sister and quickly learned that physical power could be used toward many gains. Even as a child she had a hatred towards humans, as did the other elves, and in school was taught that the humans were responsible for the loss of the elven gods. Around authority she was polite and respectful, but in situations where she was in a position of power she became cruel and sadistic. When she reached her teens, she developed a fascination with pain and began cutting herself, as well as torturing her little sister and threatening to kill her if she ran to their parents. Eventually her sister did tell, and Shael was sent to receive behavioral treatment when she turned sixteen.

The Retribution of Scyrah, seeing potential, took Shael in and began training her as a mage hunter. She grew to be one of their greatest assassins but eventually turned rogue and began working as a mercenary.

While working as a mage hunter, Shael assassinated several humans over the course of ten years before she was assigned to infiltrate a small Khadoran unit, to take out their mage. Assuming a false identity, she joined them as one of two snipers within the unit but made one crucial mistake: she got too close to the commander of the unit and ended up falling in love with him. His name was Kirion, and he was everything Shael was working against — not only was he a human, but he was also a paladin with a strong sense of justice. She knew that if she successfully eliminated her target, Kirion would soon be hot on her heels seeking revenge. She chose to abandon her mission and return to Ios. However, her feelings for Kirion remained and she found herself returning to Khador regularly to visit him.

Kirion tried several times to convince Shael to stay in Khador and make a life with him, but she refused. After a year, she realized she was pregnant. She went into hiding, disgusted with herself for carrying a half-human child. The night the child was born, Shael met with an old contact — an Infernalist who helped her to initiate an Infernalist pact, sacrificing the soul of the newborn child. The infernal towered over her, and as she handed the child over she made the mistake of looking the baby in the eyes. A sudden rush of feelings overwhelmed her and she hugged her daughter tightly and cried a hushed name before the infernal ripped the child from her arms and disappeared.

In exchange for the baby's soul, Shael's life was extended indefinitely. She returned to Kirion shortly after. He begged her once again to stay with him, and she became infuriated and told him she would never live among humans, let alone with a human. She then told him about her pregnancy and that she would rather die than have a half-human child. Horrified, he threw her out and told her never to return.

A few months later, Shael was camping during her travels when a small ethereal child appeared to her. It had pale translucent skin, long wispy hair, and its eyes squeezed tightly closed. It smiled with a sharp toothy grin and introduced itself as Thotae. Shael was shocked. Thotae, meaning "true beloved", was the name she had given her daughter as the infernal snatched her away. The being calling herself by her dead child's name continued to haunt Shael, and it quickly became apparent that Shael was the only one able to see and hear her. The two came to an agreement where Thotae used her abilities to give Shael a sort of extra sense. Being able to see everywhere at once gave her a major advantage as an assassin. Thotae began referring to Shael as her mother, so Shael began twisting Thotae's name, referring to her as Tato.

Shael and Tato worked together for the next four hundred years. Shael changed her identity several times, going back and forth between being in hiding and working as either an assassin or a spy for the Iosan government. Gradually her eyes began deteriorating, making it difficult for her to see. Through her link to Tato, she taught herself the ability to use Tato's eyes, giving herself the ability to still control her body while viewing her surroundings from Tato's body.