Ayla was born to Keiran and Sharlene Thatcher in the Fifth Umbral Moon, a little over two decades ago. Sharlene, unfortunately, died while giving birth to Ayla, leaving Keiran to raise her and juggle his position in the Order of the Twin Adder. She grew up in Gridania with older sister Valencia and older brothers Anselm and Drake, and never had a shortage of people there for her. As she grew up, she helped out around the farm and met several other children. She eventually befriended several other kids in the city, but her best friends included a little, punch-happy girl named Avery Weaver, and one little boy about 3 years older than her, named Stefan Arkwright.
Ayla began training as an archer as soon as she was able to hold a bow. She was Keiran's pride and joy, and he hoped as she grew older she would continue her archery study. With every passing year, Ayla's voice developed and her interest in music grew - her mother Sharlene's influence working on her even in death. It seemed the girl was born with a great potential to be a bard, judging from her easy grasp on melody and harmony at such a young age. At first, she resisted it - she didn't want to sit in Gridania singing for people. When she learned what it really meant to be a bard, and that her mother was one of the best in the city, she took her talents to heart.
Ayla continued running around with Avery, unintentionally leaving havoc in their wake. Though she was great friends with the girl, she didn't quite know who her family was. Avery helped Ayla learn how to fight without weapons, using her fists and feet to defend herself should she get into trouble wandering around Bentbranch Meadows alone - which Keiran didn't allow her to do specifically for safety reasons.
The girl's friendship with Stefan slowly turned into something deeper in their teens. Neither really knew what those feelings were, or when they crossed from friendship to love, but the two decided that they couldn't quite live without each other. The two struck out on adventures together in the Black Shroud - a lancer and an archer solving minor issues in the little villages around Gridania. When they were of age, they joined the Order of the Twin Adder together.
Calamity to Present Day
When Eorzea's Grand Companies came together to fight at Carteneau, the battle called Ayla's father and Stefan away. Ayla had been completely prepared to go along - she was an Adder after all. However, Keiran begged her to stay home. She wasn't ready. There was no need for her to go out and risk her life. Ayla begged Stefan to stay as well, but that was a lost cause as his mother Célestine pledged to help fight and he wasn't going to let her go alone. But unbeknownst to the three, Ayla had tailed them with bow equipped. The fledgling archer managed to fight her way through the stragglers to a spot where she could watch from a distance. She watched as her father was mowed down by Garlean forces, and she lost sight of Stefan. She could easily see Célestine's well-practiced lancing from where she hid. It was then that Ayla decided she needed to help her father out; the moon was glowing a brighter, ominous red with every second that passed. Célestine had intercepted Ayla, and the two helped Keiran out of thick of it. As Ayla escaped on the family draught chocobo with Keiran in tow, Célestine went back to find Stefan. Neither were seen afterward - and Célestine wasn't seen again until five years later. Only days after the battle, when survivors were finally accounted for, did Ayla and Keiran realize they left Célestine and Stefan behind to die.
Life immediately after the Calamity was rough on every Thatcher at the farm. Keiran could barely walk, still recovering from near-fatal injuries from the fighting. All of the children took taking care of the farm into their own hands and, though it was failing, they tried their best. Ayla suffered from not knowing Stefan's fate for five years, thinking him dead, until Célestine came back. The Arkwright matriarch finally let Ayla know for sure that the love of her young life had perished - burned to death by fire before the remaining adventurers were sent forward in time, and before his mother could reach him. To this day, Ayla still tears herself up over not finding him and saving him.
With Keiran still recovering from his injuries even five years later, the Thatchers made money the best they could. Valencia's talent in botany helped the family farm, but not by much. Anselm began work in the auction house and Drake decided to go adventuring, in the hopes that his talent for identifying ore would help keep the family afloat. Ayla decided she would accompany her older brother on his adventures, until she ran into Khyra Luriihn and Talon Weaver. Once she befriended them, and through them was able to join The Adventure League of Eorzea, she left her brother to his ore expeditions. Drake later found a place with Amaljina and Sons, mining ore. Anselm, and later her father when he felt recovered enough to work again, became Ayla's retainers.
Ayla's time spent in TALE and accompanying Talon and Khyra on their adventures helped her grow as an archer and bard, and prepared her for the fighting to come in Coerthas. She fought alongside other adventurers and militiamen in the weeks leading up to Ishgard opening its gates to the world. The bard continued to help keep the city and surrounding areas safe - as well as found time to explore and meet new people.
Stances on RP: I would prefer RP with a focus on mutual character development - an even give and take. I don’t mind mature or light-hearted RP. Long lasting plots and relationships are also welcome. I am looking for compelling and epic stories to help me build and grow my character!
Character Romance: I will not police the way you RP your character! My character is still hurting from a past love - and is fairly non-sexual. You are free to flirt or otherwise (I don't mind, and it makes for some great comedic moments with Ayla), but please understand that nothing may come of it. I am not open to any forced romance or intimacy. Any character wishing to start a romantic relationship with Ayla must already have a good friendship with her, and the player must be open to communication and collaboration with me. Due to past bad experiences, I have to be very picky and make sure I trust the other player well before romance RP is an option.
Character Injuries: I am typically open to character injury, but I usually like to be either able to decide the extent of such or agree upon the severity prior - I am usually okay with injuries and have a tendency to push the envelope a bit, however. Anything super disabling will need to be discussed. I will not participate in any event that will permanently damage my character or results in her death without my consent.
IC Frequency: I am, more often than not, OOC. If it seems like I'm OOC, shoot me a /tell to get my attention! If I'm not busy at the moment, we'll RP! If I am busy, I will make time for you! Though I don't usually like walk-up RP, I will probably respond if I'm not super OOC or on a class that isn't IC. The best, surefire way to tell if I am IC is to see if I'm wearing the RP tag. If I am, I'm IC and you should come RP with me!
Miscellaneous: The information provided in this wiki (excluding rumors) is not considered public knowledge. Please do not approach me assuming you know things about my character that have been found here without actually obtaining information legitimately through RP. If there is something you'd like to possibly have heard of or read somewhere, please contact me and ask for permission prior. Depending on what it is, I may work with you to create hooks!
Important! If anything that my character does or says unsettles you in an OOC manner, or if suddenly you are not okay with something in my RP, please let me know right away! Communication is key!
Server and Timezone
Player Info: US player, CST. Usually around for a few hours later in the evening, and even later on the weekends.