Full Name: Ellisan Arturia Leonhardt
Title: The Shield of Divine Hope
Namesdate: 7th Sun of the First Umbral Moon, Year 1559 of the Sixth Astral Era
Hometown: Limsa Lominsa
Deity: Halone, the Fury
Ethnicity: Au Ra Raen
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Grey-Blue
Height: 5' 2"
- Wife: Amsel Leonhardt
- Mother: Cyerynn Le'ore
- Father: Artinnia Beoulve
- Godmother: Lizbeth Yatsurugi
- Step-Sister: Laurana Yatsurugi
Occupation: Storm Captain, Adventurer, Scion of the Seventh Dawn
Nicknames: Elli (and variations of such)
Affiliation: Scions of the Seventh Dawn, Maelstrom
Current residence: #__, Ward __ Adamantoise Subdivision, Empyreum, Ishgard
Likes: Protecting friends, Taking huge hits with ease, Chocolate
Dislikes: Feeling unwanted, Annoying shits who think they're so much better than anyone else, Broccoli
Elli, or Ellisan Arturia Leonhardt, was born to Artinnia Beoulve, an Au Ra Ishgardian merchant and craftsman, and Cyerynn Le'ore, a Viera of the Skatay Range. Her mother, banished from her home and fearing rasing a child in the wilds, tasked her long-time friend Lisbeth Yatsurugi to care for and raise Ellisan in her stead. Elli spent her childhood at the Yatsurugi residence in Limsa Lominsa, training in martial and arcane arts with her step-sister, Laurana.
When she was 16 years of age, Ellisan began traveling with her stepmom, visiting all over Eorzea as an assistant to Lisbeth's traveling mercantile business. On one such trips to the Silver Bazaar in the Thanalan desert, the Yatsurugi caravan was attacked by Amal'ja, separating Elli from the group. The last image she saw was her family's wagon ablaze before she slipped out of consciousness, her near lifeless body dragged along the desert sand. A throbbing headache greeted her when she woke, uncertain of where she was or what happened to her; she only knew that she seemed to be in a sort of flame-charred ritual circle. What seemed to be the leader of these lizard-like beasts initiated some form of ceremony, the torch pillars surrounding growing hotter and brighter, until a flame erupted in the air near the center of the ring. This flame grew and began taking shape, until one of Elli's worst nightmares stood before her: the primal of fire, Ifrit. She knew what kind of threat the primals were, and that no one ever faced a primal and lived to tell; as such, hope was fading fast. A peculiar voice spoke in Elli's head "hear... feel," and in a flash of blinding light a fearless Roegadyn paladin towered in front of her, shield at the ready. As the flame god readied to spew a ball of flame, the Paladin slammed his shield into the ground, creating an enormous steel wall to surround them, however, the surrounding aether was too much for Ellisan to handle as she promptly fainted.
As she slept, she had a dream involving a crystal and defeating a dark entity, waking suddenly to the motion of a trade wagon. The other passengers were an older gentleman, a Hyur highlander to be precise, and 2 seemingly twin adolescent Elezen, although the latter did not speak on the journey. As the wagon approached Ul'dah, they were stopped by a company of brass blades, tasked with inspecting cargo entering and leaving the city, but the inspection came to a crashing halt, as an amalj'aa arrow flew straight into the deck, and the cart proceeded to the city with haste. With no real idea where she was or how she would find her family, only that she had a dream of one day protecting someone like that paladin, Ellisan took to the one place she knew she could make a place for herself: The Adventurer's Guild.
Ellisan, in her travels, has since been reunited with her biological mother and father, as well as her godmother and stepsister. She has surpassed Solkzagyl as a Free Paladin, unlocking the potential of the sword Oathkeeper, and continues to protect and serve her friends and Eorzea with shield in hand. Her tales are ever continuing, and are chronicled in An Eorzean Dream: The Stalwart Aegis.
Art of War: In Love and Tears
By the age of 20, Ellisan was invited to join the Free Company Art of War. It was a larger company with over 30 members, yet it prided itself on being a close-knit group of friends above all else. During her time with the company, Elli met many wonderful people in the company and became fast friends with a fair number of them, sharing adventures across the world as their shield. Her friends grew to be her family over the years, guiding her to become an ever stronger Paladin, ready to face even the rage of Bahamut without flinching. Within months of getting to know her new family, she was deployed as an active duty officer of The Maelstrom, and stationed in Coerthas to serve as a liaison between her grand company and the Temple Knights in an ongoing investigation into the ruins of Mhach, but not much was known at that point. As such, she often had free time within the city and surrounding area, and would take an odd job here and there, calling upon her friends whenever the need arose. After a few weeks, she was alerted of new intel on Mhach, and was assigned to an expedition into the ruins for further investigation. She waited at the local inn, The Forgotten Knight, for her party, asking the innkeep if he had heard any rumors about the location. The "Weeping City," as a few patrons came to know it, was speculated to host an advanced magic security system, the likes of which haven't been seen in an age. Just after finishing his tale, an adventurer walked up to the desk with a "Help Wanted" flyer for the expedition. She was an Au Ra Raen, the same as Ellisan, with strikingly beautiful features, piercing red eyes, and jet black hair in a long, messy ponytail. The Au Ra demanded to be a part of the expedition, claiming she was well capable of holding her own in a fight. Ellisan turned towards the spear-wielding adventurer, introducing herself as a Paladin and member of the guard for the research team, and requested both the adventurer's name and a sparring match to test her strength. The dragoon complied, saying her name is Amsel Leonhardt, and offered to meet just outside Falcon's Nest. Before turning away, Amsel commented on how the two Auri could almost be twins and how cute that was, yet she would not hold back because of it. A while later, Elli met the lancer by the entrance to Falcon's Nest. A crowd had already started gathering, some of whom Elli recognized as members of the expedition. The match started, and in the instant Amsel's striking beauty turned to a wicked storm. The dragoon danced elegantly and violently around the paladin, her spear always a blur as she swung it. Ellisan had hardly any time to defend, much less attack, however, none of her enemy's attacks got through her shield. Amsel withdrew for an attack, a concentration of draconic energy thrust as a giant lance, capable of incapacitating multiple enemies at once. The knight knew this was her chance, and slid to her side, launching her shield at the lancer before dashing in with a thrust. As the dust settled, Ellisan's sword was found deflected by Amsel's spear, narrowly missing the dragoon's horn by an ilm, while the tip of Amsel's lance grazed the paladin's tunic, a hair lower than her ribcage. With no clear winner of the duel decided, Ellisan withdrew, declaring Amsel to be a fine addition to the guard team, going so far as to request she join the Paladin as her adventuring partner for the foreseeable future. After the expedition into Mhach, Amsel accepted Elli's invitation, and eventually became part of the Free Company. Time passed, and Elli and Amsel grew closer as they shared adventures, even teaching the other their combat style. Neither really realized when exactly they truly became a couple, but during the Second Umbral Moon of the 3rd year of the Seventh Astral Era, Ellisan asked Amsel's hand in marriage, and they wed on the 9th day of the Third Astral Moon of the same year.
Half a year passed. Folk in the company were growing quiet; not many of them participating in adventures like they used to. Many had left after a falling out with the leaders. There came a time where the "family" felt like a distant memory; of those still active or former members who would stick around as friends, there grew an animosity. Some people saw the leaders as friends and comrades, while others saw them as unfit to lead, and wouldn't be contempt with seeking out another company. A week or so after tensions started brewing, one of the more silent members - whom Elli did not know - publicly attacked the leader, Abby Causs, sending almost the entire company into all-out war with each other. Ellisan and Amsel fought alongside their leaders and friends, serving as shield and spear on the front line. The battle ended in a blood-soaked and burnt field, with many a friend, brother, or sister lying wounded. In the center, surrounded by weapons and fallen allies, was Abby and her former friend, each pierced by the other's weapon. Realizing what she had been forced to do, she left the battlefield, distraught at what had become of her home and her friends, and was never seen by Elli or Amsel again. By the next dawn, half of the company was gone. A week later, Elli returned to her apartment in the company house, only to be reminded of what happened that day and feel like she was partly to blame. A letter came for her later that day from Abby, wishing to keep communications even after everything that took place. Ellisan's spirit had been lifted, and eventually joined her wife and friends in leaving the ruins of her company and finding her own adventure once more.
Ellisan is a quiet, collected woman, with a serious but courteous demeanor. Elli is viewed by her peers as the model of a perfect soldier; strictly disciplined and extremely rational, she rarely relaxes when on the job and is usually tasked with keeping her colleagues on track. Though from the outside she might seem strict, rigid, and even a little mean, Elli is not as cold and distant as she may appear. Those close to her know that there is more to her than her no-nonsense attitude; beneath her professional aura is a kind soul who understands the difficulty of carrying a heavy burden.
Ellisan's softer side tends to make itself known through her interactions with younger characters, such as her younger step-sister Laurana, and it isn't unusual to see her behaving sweetly toward her pet cat, Taiga, while in private. On more informal occasions, such as when she spends the day with Amsel, Elli also shows hints of a dry, acerbic sense of humor. Very disciplined, she takes her work seriously and is almost never seen “dropping formalities,” even with those who are most intimate to her. She’s not prone to public displays of affection, preferring to show her feelings through more subtle ways. Ellisan seems the personification of "tough love," demanding excellence from those she respects or considers important. Her interactions with Taiga can be seen as a metaphor for all of her significant personal relationships—a stern hand and demanding nature tempered with genuine and deep affection.