Born to Ricard and Auelin Harte in the Miller's Glade province of Coerthas, Ahelissa is the oldest of 5 children. Ahelissa spent the better part of her childhood learning to grow crops and work the land even though she had dreams of becoming a Knight in the service of Ishgard. When Dalamud fell and changed the landscape, Ricard led his family to the gates of the Holy See as refugees. The family took up residence in the upper level of the Brume and have lived there since. As she came to age, Ahelissa and several of her friends enlisted in Ishgard's standing army. She sent her pay back to her family in the Brume, hoping to ease their life for as long as she could. It was during this time that she established herself a reputation as an excellent lancer.
Ahelissa was garrisoned at the Stone Vigil when the Dravanians attacked and broke it's defenses. Surrounded by Dravanians, defending several wounded soldiers and Knights, Ahelissa fought and killed the Elder Wyrm Chkra'sa however, she, was badly injured in the fight. Rescued from certain doom by a relief force of Dragoons and Knights Ahelissa and the other casualties of the Vigil were spirited away to the safety of the See to be healed and lauded as heroes. Ahelissa was soon after awarded the title of Knight Dragoon and went on to become one of Ishgard’s finest weapons against the Dravanain horde as a Dragoon. Once the truths of the Dragonsong war's beginnings were made public knowledge, Ahelissa resigned her title and left Ishgard proper for parts unknown. Later that same summer she turned up in Gridania working odd jobs at the various guilds there. Through no design of her own, she found herself involved with an incident with the guardian tree and Ixal that led her back to picking up the lance in the service of the Twin Adders and defense of her new home. Since then, she has done her level best to stand by the vows that she took when knighted, to defend those who cannot defend themselves foremost among those vows. Ahelissa has returned to Ishgard on several occasions to visit family and friends but it was only just recently that she came into the service of House Savaliere. It was through this service that Ahelissa met Hope Salaviere. Hope helped Ahelissa tap her potential as a Conjurer. Having no luck with Ishgardian Astrology when she was young, Ahelissa's exposure to magic up to that point had been on the receiving end of healing after the Stone Vigil. Once her eyes were opened to the possibilities however, she delved headlong into the study of any arcane arts she could. No one is quite certain just how proficient Ahelissa is with the Magic as she tends to only use what she has learned in times of great need. However, there is no doubt from anyone that has seen her in action that she is a very powerful and capable Mage.Recently, Ahelissa has begun to feel the pull of the deep woods and the spirits that lie yet undiscovered within the less traveled parts of the Black Shroud. Selling her house, saying goodbye to her family and friends, she was last seen by Kan-E-Senna disappearing into the woods, a smile on her face and a spring in her step. No one is sure if or when Ahelissa will return, and what changes and growth she'll have undergone in her time away from her home.
Ahelissa is short for a Highlander owing in part to her father's Midlander heritage. She has deep green eyes and black hair she tends to keep short, in a mostly natural "How it fell" style. She has a scar running downward from the right side of her forehead to her right cheek, her hair does a good job of covering it most of the time, glamours kept in place cover the fact that her right eye is a milky white and 'blind'.
She is well muscled from her service as a Dragoon, however few rarely see this.Her left forearm is horribly scarred from injuries received during the fall of the Stone Vigil, she no longer wears a wrap to cover the scars that stretch from wrist to slightly above the elbow. Both healed burns and the distinct tooth pattern of an elder dragon can be made out if one were to look close enough at the scar. No amount of magic or special brews will remove these scars, as the poison of the dragon lingered long enough in her system to make them permanent.
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An honorable woman if there ever was, Ahelissa lives every day for the sole purpose of enriching the lives of those she touches. She is a generally happy person but even more so when helping others, a smile and laughter often dances from her lips as she moves among the patients at clinics or the children in orphanages, even the injured on the battlefield are blessed with her comforting smile as they are tended. But she is also a fierce and determined warrior when the need arises. A soldier and eventually Dragoon during the Dragonsong wars, she is no stranger to the battlefield, often fighting with a ferocity that take those she knows aback.
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