"There is always something new to learn."
Feyahni Lan'thel is a sin'dorei shadowstalker.
Feyahni exemplifies many signature features of her race. Long, blond locks are almost always pulled up into a high ponytail or bun. A youthful visage is accented by blemish-free skin and usually devoid of heavy cosmetics except during special occasions. Her full bust is evident but well-bound even in her more revealing leathers. A slim, fit midriff gives way to shapely, feminine hips; and the muscles of her arms and legs are lean and toned. At a glance she appears to have led a life of intense physical training in speed, endurance and agility. Her body is largely unmodified except for three piercings: two small gold rings in the cartilage of her left ear and one in her right.
Feyahni is unusually kind and humble for a blood elf. While many of her people look down their noses at other races and bask in their imagined superiority, she is kind and accepting, never elevating herself above others. She is almost always friendly and easy to approach even when fully armored and seemingly ready to fight. At times she can be quite softspoken and timid.
However, her humility masks her true skill. Finding herself naturally drawn to questionable Shadow magic, Feyahni has been training in the ways of the shadowstalker for many years and has more than proven her ability on multiple occasions. When agitated, she quickly shifts from kind and cheery to snappy and serious; and her extensive training tends to totally take over in a fight. She has her own moral compass and does not fight blindly or for profit. Instead she chooses to devote her abilities to causes she deems righteous and is drawn to helping others whenever she can.
Feyahni has a close connection with Shadow magic. However, she does not channel it into spells as a warlock or shadow priest would. Instead she uses it to enhance herself physically in combat and to hide from sight when stealth is in order. She does this by maintaining a strict discipline and understanding of the Void and what it is, ever aware that giving herself over to it too much would mean becoming too vulnerable to the the malevolent beings that dominate it, thereby losing herself in the process. Instead she chooses to use this force as a weapon, weilding it delicately to minimize the risk for self harm.
With her mastery of the Shadow, she is able to bend light around her form, concealing herself in plain sight. Trained to fight with quickness and agility, she is immensely skilled at weilding two daggers simultaneously. Though proficient with larger one-handed melee weapons, she prefers the speed and concealability of smaller blades. She is also skilled in the use of thrown weapons and often carries a few shuriken or throwing knives in her armor. Other capabilities include the ability to wrap Shadow energy so tightly around herself that other magical effects are totally consumed; the ability to strike out with Shadow energy, passing that devouring force into the very bodies of her enemies; and the ability to appear to teleport short distances. The last ability works by creating an intense burst of Void energy in front of herself, effectively devouring the matter there and creating a vacuum in that space. As the air behind her rushes to fill the space, it propels her forward at blinding speed.
She also has a basic understanding of poisons and their creation and crafts her own deadly concoctions with which to coat her blades.
Feyahni was born during a time of relative peace in the kingdom of Quel'thalas. She was raised as the only daughter of Vesryn and Cenrise Lan'thel, the former a farstrider and the latter an accomplished magister. In an attempt to ascertain her magical and physical proficiencies, her parents both tried to cultivate her interests along the lines of what they were each familiar with. However, Feyahni seemed to have no innate grasp of the Arcane and was not very in tune with the woodsy, survival elements of the farstriders despite her love of outdoor physical activity. Vesryn and Cenrise did, however, discover that their daughter seemed to have a certain affinity for Shadow magic, the young elf sometimes inadvertently calling upon Void energy in unintended and volatile ways. There was more than one occasion where Feyahni accidentally manifested Shadow energy on her skin, causing herself minor burn-like injuries. Realizing this, her parents discouraged her from pursuing the Shadow any further, warning her that such dark energies often led others to evil and madness. Instead, they encouraged her to live the mostly normal life of a civilian merchant and paid for her to take an apprenticeship as an engineer. Feyahni carried on this way for many years of her early life, channeling her physicality and curiosity into the creation of useful devices for the citizens of Quel'thalas.
Feyahni remained ignorant of much of what went on in the world outside of Quel'thalas, learning only what little she knew through books and word of mouth. She and the rest of her people had little interest in the dealings of other races. During the Second War, she and her family took up refuge within Silvermoon City while the Horde crashed against its magical barrier. But once the greater majority of Horde forces abandoned the assault and the Amani were pushed back, life somewhat returned to normal. Then everything changed during the Third War when the forces of the Scourge nearly wiped out the entire population of Quel'thalas. Realizing the futility of the defense effort, Vesryn and Cenrise decided that survival was more important than dying for a lost cause. They took their daughter and fled to one of the far corners of the kingdom, away from the path the Scourge took on its way to the Sunwell. When the Sunwell was destroyed, Feyahni and her family turned to sources of Fel magic, along with what remained of their people, to ease their Arcane withdrawals. They struggled to rebuild their lives and became known as blood elves, their eyes turning green as their bodies were saturated with Fel energy. It was at that time that Feyahni decided that being a simple merchant of shiny baubles wasn't good enough. She felt that she needed to do more for her people -- to be able to stand and fight for what was left instead of being a helpless civilian. Vesryn and Cenrise realized that it was time they allowed their daughter to explore her affinity for the Shadow. They had already turned to the Fel to survive their Arcane withdrawals as it was. Ultimately, Feyahni chose to use the Shadow to augment the athleticism she had acquired in her time spent training with her father. So her parents hired the help of a master shadowstalker named Jareth Flameshadow to teach her.
For the next few years, Feyahni spent her time learning to fight and to control her use of Void energy. Flameshadow forced her to master many different one-handed weapons but encouraged her to focus mostly on the use of smaller daggers. He taught her how to throw small pointed stars and throwing knives with deadly precision and how to quicken her reflexes so that she could avoid similar attacks. Lastly and most importantly, he imparted his knowledge of the Shadow onto her, teaching her how to harness it properly so that it did not harm her and reigning her in when it threatened to encroach upon her very sanity. In time, Feyahni learned all that Flameshadow had to teach; and so he put her through a final test. He trapped her and another of his students in a cellar, barring the door and forcing them to fight to the death. Feyahni won the fight, though not without difficulty; and her opponent's life was saved by a priest Flameshadow had hired for the occasion.
Her training complete, Flameshadow sent her out into the world to put her skills into practice. But before she had the chance to do so, she met a hunter-turned-priestess named Velalanna Morningstrider. The two hit it off quickly and bonded over shared stories of their life experiences. It wasn't long before they became best friends. Soon after, Feyahni began her attempts to strike out on her own. She began by learning some of what Velalanna and her mate, Lothmoar Fir'serra, had to teach her. Fey sparred with both of them and learned the true limits of her abilities before heading off to the real battlefield of Ashran on Draenor. Her first forays away from the camp of Warspear were nerve-racking, but she kept taking small steps, each outing becoming more daring and dangerous than the last. She also spent some time in the medical tents, doing what she could to help the healers and medics tend to wounded Horde soldiers.
First Kill and Striking Out
Her ever more daring outings culminated one day in a plan to follow another Horde soldier onto the field of battle while remaining hidden by the Shadow. Spotting a fierce-looking orc warrior leaving the camp, she tailed him from a safe distance until the two were deep into the war zone. It was then that a kaldorei sentinel sprang upon Feyahni's unsuspecting comrade. The orc fought valiantly but was eventually knocked to the ground. As the sentinel prepared her killing blow, Feyahni lept from the shadows and plunged her daggers through the kaldorei's back, saving the orc's life. While the orc was grateful, the experience left its mark on Feyahni. For the first time she began to question if the path of the shadowstalker was truly right for her. Her next few nights were filled with the after effects of shock and a lingering sense of doubt.
Over time she came to accept what had happened more and more. She continued venturing out into Ashran, killing a human shadowstalker in an ambush during one of her scouting missions. This kill, however, was in self defense; and it made her feel more at ease and justified in her actions. Her final foray onto the battlefield of Ashran was with Velalanna. During this scouting mission Fey and Vela were set upon by a mated pair of druids. In defense of her best friend, Fey slit the female druid's throat as Vela fended of its attack with the Light. Fey and Vela allowed the male to take his defeated mate and leave the battlefield alive. However, things were never the same between Fey and Vela after that. The two were clearly growing apart, Fey moving more toward a life of adventure, duty, and even killing while Vela was moving more toward one of love, family, and peace. In time, the two drifted completely apart, Vela settling down with her lover Lothmoar and their family and Fey continuing on without her best friend any longer at her side.
The Darksun Coalition
It wasn't long before Fey was approached by an elf by the name of Raithios Darksun. Raithios was the leader of a mercenary band calling themselves the Seasons of Shadow. Lacking any specific direction or cause, Fey accepted the invitation. She found that the Seasons of Shadow suited her well. Though they were a mercenary group, they seemed to be aligned in a morally upstanding direction, associating with other large and well-known organizations such as the Dominion of the Sun. So she settled in with her new comrades and began the journey of carving out a place for herself. It wasn't long into her time with them, however, when Raithios disappeared. None of those closest to him seemed to know of his whereabouts or if he'd return; but Feyahni chose to remain with the Seasons, her loyalty overriding any sense of doubt she may have had.
With the return of the Burning Legion, Raithios suddenly reappeared. He decided to rename his order the Darksun Coalition, and it was to shift from a simple group of mercenaries into a collection of houses and individuals pledging loyalty to him and his cause. As an eager member of the Seasons of Shadow, Feyahni immediately pledged herself to this new order and set out to combat the Legion incursions that had begun popping up all around Azeroth.
The Broken Isles
Feyahni was among the first to travel to the Broken Isles to begin the assault on the Legion. She chose to offer her services first in Val'sharah alongside the druids and the kaldorei. She used this time as an opportunity to come to know the race of elves from which her own race had originated and developed a deep respect for them, seeing even further past the barriers of the Horde and Alliance that she had known for so long. She served in Val'sharah for a short time before moving on to the region of Suramar.
In Suramar, Feyahni was immediately captivated by the small sect of nightfallen who had proven friendly. She saw much of her own race in them, their addiction to mana and its withdrawal symptoms causing her to develop a feeling of kinship. Her services as a shadowstalker proved to be very valuable to her new friends, many of her missions requiring her to sneak into Suramar city itself. But in all this time, her connections in the Darksun Coalition had fallen silent. Where once there had been a resurgence of activity and membership before arriving in the Broken Isles, there was now nothing. Additionally, she began to feel that her order would hardly approve of how close she had become to both the kaldorei and the nightfallen. So in the interest of protecting both herself and her new acquaintances, she quietly abandoned her guild colors and communication crystal by sinking them with a stone in a river. She knew deep down that this separation was for the best and that the coalition would hardly know she was gone.
The Order of the Faded Sacrament
One night during some downtime in Silvermoon City, Feyahni was approached by Naz'theas Silversun and Zentca Ishamuhale. They represented the Order of the Faded Sacrament and explained to Feyahni that they were looking for more to join their ranks. They described their order as one that stood for the preservation of Azeroth against all threats and that in order to do that, they believed in totally open cooperation across all racial and faction barriers. Realizing that her values aligned with theirs, she decided to join them and end her time operating alone once again.
Through some stroke of fortune, she rose incredibly quickly to the rank of second-in-command of the Order. With her official title of Imperatrix, she was tasked primarily with maintaining diplomacy between members and leading all other archons while monitoring the order from the shadows should anything begin to go wrong. She carried on in that capacity for a few months, learning more about what it meant to be a leader and the challenges that accompanied it.
However, as time went on, Naz'theas became increasingly aloof and cruel. Feyahni began to suspect that the grandmaster had become corrupted by the touch of the Void itself when she discovered some form of shadowy plague that had begun to take hold of his body with its origins in his left arm. She also learned that he had been holding a prisoner within the keep. This prisoner was an ex member of the order who had turned to the Void in an attempt to bring the order itself down. Feyahni did all she could to help Naz'theas despite his cruel treatment and stubborn resistance. In the end, she gave him an ultimatum. She told him that he either stop treating her as lowly scum or she would leave and never look back. His response to that ultimatum was to blame her for everything and tell her that she deserved such treatment. That was the last night she ever saw or spoke with Naz'theas. She left the order and cut all ties with the former grandmaster. Luckily, there were many in the order who felt the same way she did. She and those others would go on to form their own organization.