Many years ago, when Outlander Aelasar Soryn was a young bride, she found the transition from her Earthly life to a Novian one to be very difficult. Her loving husband, Alron, purchased Aelasar's Forest and gifted it to his young bride, hoping it would ease her homesickness. Through the years, it became Aelasar's secret haven from the insanity of the Court life of the True Elves (as they came to call themselves), and provided a measure of the peaceful Druidic life she'd left behind. No one, outside of Aelasar and Alron (and the locals, of course), knew of The Forest's existence. And years later, as her son, Lindir, fell more and more under the influence of the dark Elves of Novia, Aelasar found it more of a refuge than she ever dreamed.
Today, Aelasar's Forest is owned by Aelasar's granddaughter, Cianna.
Cianna is half human on her Mother's side (her Mother, Valandra, was a Druid Priestess from old Earth) and half Elven on her father's side. Her father, Lindir Soryn, was born in Novia, however his parents were themselves Outlanders and from old Earth. The Soryn family has, over time, become one of the highest ranking families in the community of Earthen Elves who banded together after finding themselves living in a strange new world. This community has its own rankings and nobility that is outside of, and separate from, the world they now inhabit. They call themselves "True Elves" to differentiate from Novia's unnatural Dark Elves.
Cianna is generally a kind and sensitive soul, more Bard than Warrior. Indeed, she would rather write than fight, and she runs a bookseller's shop in the town of Aelasar's Forest called "The Lady Writer's Bookseller". However, a harrowing betrayal by her father and the resulting death of her mother, have hardened her and made her a warrior out of necessity: she is avowed to avenge her mother's death. She's an accomplished swords woman, and a somewhat mediocre archer. She renounced the Soryn name she was born with and instead chose one from the stories her mother used to tell her of the Tuatha De Danann in a place on Earth called Ireland. Cianna loved those stories as a child. Indeed they are partly what spurred her imagination and led her to becoming the writer now known as Cianna Danann.
Aelasar’s Forest, nested in the rural outskirts of Brittany, was given to Cianna by her paternal grandmother, Aelasar Soryn, after the apparent death of Cianna’s mother. Aelasar knew of the treachery carried out by her son and wished to give Cianna a safe place to live. It is Cianna’s refuge and haven, and the base from which she steps out into the night to carry out her plans of revenge.
Aelasar's Forest is a haven for True Elves and other Novian misfits who long to live in peace in this new world. It is a sleepy Elven village crossroads and unlikely to grow any larger. The community considers every resident as family and they work to help each other grow and prosper. Cianna strives to provide what she can to help the residents live full, enriched lives. Her "other" life of vengeful pursuits is unknown to all but a select few in the town.
As the daughter of an Outlander, one of the first things Cianna did when she took over the town was to provide free, temporary housing to other Outlanders so they could get on their feet and adjust to their new lives. When they are ready to own their own housing, they are welcome to make their homes in the Forest or to move on to new adventures with the town's best wishes going with them. Cianna is aided in her efforts by Nick Cold, a rogue bard she met in her travels. They have a complicated relationship, but it is based on mutual affection.
Some members of the AF community have banded together into a guild, The Order of the Forest Dwellers, which is focused on providing help and assistance to the town and its residents. (Residents are not required to join the Guild, however.) Nick oversees the long term goals of the Guild, which, given his love of shiny things, places a heavier emphasis on acquiring wealth than Cianna sometimes thinks is wise. As stated above, they have a complicated relationship.