The Shadow Wood
Temple Archives- Ellie
Birth Name: Unknown
Nicknames: Nellie “Ellie” Cindersnoot
Race: Half Elf
Age Sixteen. In between the years of a child and an adult for her lineage.
Identifying Marks: The symbol of the Dawnbringer is tattoo’d on the back of Ellie’s left hand. While she is not a cleric, she chose this form of devotion to remind her that it is not only nature she serves.
Temple Duty(s): Grounds Keeper, Gardener, Cook, Leatherworker, Seamstress
Favored Weapon(s): Scimitar, Longbow
Pet(s): A male Elk called Patrician Staid. Pat for short.
Disposition: Silly, Childish, Maternal, Mischievous, Cheerful, Empathetic, Kind, Pragmatic, Hard-Working, Fair
Characteristics: Petite, Short, Athletic, Fair Skinned, Blue Eyed, Red Hair, Young
World View: If the hungry can be fed, they should be fed. This is the essence of Ellie’s world view. There is no denying the wolf hunts the deer, as the deer dines on the grass. The world is not always fair, and nature can be a cruel balance. That said, those born with the power to improve the world should endeavor to do so. Additionally she believes most everyone deserves a chance for atonement, since mortals make mistakes. Redemption and charity are her two favorite doctrines of Sarenrae’s.
Social Views: It is amazing how alive the world is if you unbind yourself from culture every now and again. Ellie believes in hard work, a kind heart, and a firm resolve. While she can be stubborn at times, she is anything from stoic. She approaches the world like a whirlwind, expressing her emotions as they come. She makes no apologies for this, and often feel like other people could benefit from taking themselves a little less seriously. While she can function in social settings, she did not have a concept of etiquette until she began studying at the temple. Ellie’s early life in the wild provides a lot of the context for her personality.
Political Views: The laws of a civilization is the glue that keeps order. It is no different than pack orders for wolves, and laws should be followed as long as they are just. Laws that are not fair and just are a perversion. An unjust government is like a rabid pack of wolves, an unnatural sickness that weakens the whole.
Wilorin “Wil” Tarmikos: Wil is good for a laugh and a good time, and both him and Ellie are similarly liberal in many of their views. That said, his constant attempts to pilfer a tart from the kitchens keeps dinner time on edge. Ellie has on a few occasions escaped the confines of the temple with Wil. While she loves to socialize, the often hectic atmosphere of the local taverns was not her scene. She never made escaping the temple a habit, but she has on many occasions remained a loyal sounding board to Wil’s occasional frustrated complaints.
Elora BrightDawn: Ellie gets along well with Elora, though their separate gifts often lead them into varied studies. When Elora first found out that Ellie had no knowledge of her elvish cultural heritage, she took it on herself to pour over the rich culture of the elves with the young girl. Ellie was so grateful that she took it upon herself to reenact the dominance rituals of the common moose, as well as the hoarding habits of squirrels. It is possible the fact that Ellie chose to teach this theatrically was a poor choice, but they both shared a good laugh. They have been friends ever since.
- Nellie “Ellie” Cindersnoot is the name given to her by a young farmboy named Barinth outside of Cassomir (rather, a small farming village outside of). He came up with such a silly name after his parents convinced him the “magic woodland girl” was just a part of his imagination. It was only after the desolate crops began growing that the town suspected the boy might have had the truth of it. By then the name had stuck, as Ellie was determined to remain the “best imaginary friend ever”. All attempts to convince Ellie to adopt a more appropriate name have thus far failed.
- Ellie was recruited at that very farm village (outside of Cassomir), at what is estimated to be eight years of age. While the priests remain uncertain, their best estimate is that the child lived unsupervised just outside of society for anywhere between a year and a half to two years.
- Recruiters for the temple spent six months following the trail of the girl, working off of town rumors and modern folklore. The first tip they received was from a trader moving goods from Kyonin to the towns around the Verduran Forest via a connecting river. He reported having a stow away on his boat that gave him good luck. It is assumed from this (and her elven heritage) that Ellie likely originally comes from somewhere in Kyonin.
- From there the priests tracked rumors from Woodsedge, Bellis, Carpenden, and ending outside of Cassomir. Folklore included wolf attacks on flocks ceasing, crop improvements, sick animals miraculously becoming healthy, and blighted vinyards returning to high yields. In each case something would end up missing. In most cases it was local bakers missing bread, or local seamstresses missing small articles of clothing. Most towns assumed they were blessed by a fey.
- Ellie’s childhood story has been adapted into a nursery rhyme by the minstrel Trevistan Erewood. While it is not widely popular, it is not uncommon to hear it spoken to children in the poorer farm towns around the Verduran Forest.
- A year after her recruitment to the temple, all research into who Ellie’s parents were, how she survived in the wilds, why she has no memories of her life before the wilds, and the nature of her gifts was removed from these archives. If you feel like you should have access to such information, please visit either the high priest or the arch druid.
- Ellie has been an acolyte for eight years.
- Despite being upfront with the young girl, when recruited Ellie was convinced she was being offered training as a grounds keeper. It did not initially occur to her that anyone couldn’t do what she did.
- Ellie is hard working in all her temple duties, and oddly even tends to enjoy the toil. In regards to animals and nature studies, she tends to excel without trying. Learning through pure memorization is not her strong suit, and tends to grasp new concepts only when she has an understanding of “why” a thing works, or why it matters. Studies like language (including druidic) were difficult for her until her tutors understood how she learned.
- While Ellie is generally responsible, she can also be highly emotional, rebellious, petulant, socially awkward, or any other number of normal attributes . Like nature, you can be assured what she will be like most of the time. Also like nature, that does not mean she can be reliably predicted on every day of the year.
- Ellie has had a number of crushes since she has been at the temple. Such childhood romances seem to be independent of race or gender.