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Ariuna Goro is an Au Ra of the Xaela clan, and a member of the nomadic Goro tribe. Having developed fewer scales or obviously-Xaela features than most of her tribe, other Auri often projected onto her a dream of fitting into Eorzean society, being almost able to pass for Hyur. These Auri inadvertently filled her head with dreams about the world beyond Azim Steppe.
In her fourteenth summer, she set off alone with her newlywed husband Batu (a horse, as is tradition for the Goro clan, who view horses as perfect beings), wanting to see the world beyond the Steppe. She spent four years working as a stablehand and a hired sword in Othard, before traveling to Eorzea. On first arriving in Eorzea, Ariuna came to Ul'dah. She fought as a Gladiator for coin and reputation, hoping to find work as an adventurer, a profession that would fulfill her wish of seeing the world. She's used what she learned in the Gladiator's Guild to defend others.
Eorzea has not been as good to her as she had been led to believe, with many seeing her as a savage tribeswoman, reacting especially poorly to finding out she is wed to her steed. But she finds she meets kinder folks as an adventurer. Over the course of her adventures, her commitment to protecting her beloved and strangers alike was noticed, and eventually saw her recommended to the Free Paladin initiative.
Always acting as a shield, however, had begun taking a toll on her small body. Ariuna decided she needed to learn a second discipline. Her fearlessness in the face of danger resulted in a recruitment to the Lancer's Guild of Gridania. Her small size finally became an asset, moving so nimbly with the spear, many mistake her for a Dragoon of the Holy See.
At 4'9" (146 cm), Ariuna cuts a small figure even by Auri standards. She has long brown hair, and brown eyes. Despite being a Gladiator, her build is on the softer side, struggling to put on much in the way of muscle. She's quite curvy for an Auri girl, being about as top-heavy as her kind get. Her Xaela traits are somewhat subtle, having fewer scales than many of her breatheren, as well as Hyur-like eyes and complexion. The fashion of the city-states is still a bit of a mystery for her, coming from the more utilitarian nomadic culture of the Goro tribe, and is still somewhat prone to misunderstanding what is considered appropriate or attractive casualwear.
Ariuna can be a touch dense. She can also be more blunt than Eorzeans like, though is nearly always cheery about it. It surprises some to see that she's got a more serious side when she's working. Despite currently traveling apart from her tribe, she's still a firm believer in their beliefs and ways, and can speak of strange or taboo things with an unexpected and disarming innocence expect. But Ariuna is quickly learning that most in Eorzea react negatively to her tribe's practices and beliefs, and so can be a bit hesitant to discuss them with strangers.
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