Physical Description[edit | edit source]
As a Gardnerian, Elloren has long black hair, forest green eyes, and pale skin with an iridescent green shimmer. She has the identical features of her grandmother, Carnissa Gardner. This makes her recognizable everywhere she goes. Elloren is tall and slender and her face is made of sharp, severe angles with a thin nose. She usually wears her hair in a messy bun. While she originally believed looking like her grandmother was a huge compliment, she comes to resent the way she looks like her grandmother.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Elloren has a bit of a quiet, bookish nature. She loves gardening and making medicines. She has a natural talent for making and playing violins. She has always been drawn to wood and is soothed by it. Elloren inherited her gift for apothecary from her mother, Tessla Harrow, and wants to learn the apothecary trade like her mother did.
Others frequently describe Elloren as naive and gullible. She is kind and well-intentioned, but ignorant because of her sheltered childhood. She easily believes what people tell her and is often confused by the way other races treat Gardnerians.
As Elloren learn more about the history of the Western Realm, and the cruelty of the Gardnerians, she develops a rebellious streak. She is faced with the realization of the things her people have done to get and maintain power and is horrified by it. She is challenged by her experience at Verpax University, and becomes broken down. But she fixes herself into a stronger, more determined young woman. She becomes someone who is stubborn, especially in finding out the truth. Elloren can be unsure of herself at times, possibly as a result of the Gardnerian culture that is highly patriarchal, and from spending almost her entire life thinking she lacked any magical ability. After she completes her intensive training, she gains confidence in herself and her newfound abilities.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early History[edit | edit source]
When Elloren was three years old, her parents were killed the Realm War by Kelts. She and her brothers, Rafe and Trystan, went to live with their uncle, Edwin Gardner. They grew up in a cottage in Halfix.
Magical Abilities[edit | edit source]
Elloren grew up believing she had no magical ability. Her uncle covered up her magic to try and protect her. She realizes that she can indeed access her magic after she accidentally sets a forest on fire. According to the Prophecy, the next Black Witch will be even stronger than the first Black Witch. The extent of her powers is predicted to be diverse. The Elfhollen have described the next Black Witch as someone who is “potentially the greatest weapon in the Western Realm.”
When she is training with Lukas Gray, she learns that she is in fact far more powerful than her grandmother, Carnissa Gardner, ever was. Using only a wand that is “a step up from a branch,” meaning a very weak wand, she is able to create a fire inferno that obliterates everything in its path. Furthermore, the fire spell she uses is the weakest one, being the candle-lighting spell. Thus, Elloren is one of the most, if not the most, dangerous person on Erthia.
Elloren has very strong fire and earth affinity lines. However, she also has affinity lines for water, air, and light. She describes her wind affinity as “a rush of wind” and her water affinity as “a slim trace of water.”
Elloren learns how to do rune sorcery from Lukas and Valasca. She becomes quite adept at it. She can also “read” the source tree of wooden objects. If she touches anything made of wood, she can get a full sense of its source tree. She can see, hear, smell, and feel the tree’s birthplace. She can tell if the tree was healthy or not. She grew up believing this ability to be a “strange nature fixation” her uncle warned her never to speak of. As the possessor of the White Wand, Elloren develops newfound combat powers. For example, she has deadly accurate aim despite never throwing weapons before. Lukas and Valasca help her develop skills in weaponry.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
Elloren’s aunt, Vyvian Damon, is obsessed with Elloren wandfasting to Lukas. Upon meeting him, Elloren is immediately attracted to him, and he seems interested in her. As they spend more time together, Elloren is concerned by how easily he draws her in. She is both awed and troubled by how ruthlessly and efficiently Lukas wields his power over others. For example, when he threatens Bleddyn, Iris, and Fernyllia. Lukas can be disgusted by Elloren’s softness, something he views as a weakness. For example, when he violently kills Ariel’s chicken, Elloren finds it disturbing and too much. Lukas is disgusted by her reaction.
Lukas tells Elloren that he wants to wandfast to her because it would give him the ability to draw from her power even if she herself can’t access it. Lukas is aware of Elloren’s rebellious leanings, but still wants her, even though he “does not believe in love.” He makes some remarks that indicate he may be sympathetic to the Resistance, but that Elloren is acting rather rashly and being obvious about what she is doing. He implies that she needs to be smarter and learn to play the game.
Elloren discovers that since they both share strong affinity lines for earth, they are unable to lie to each other. She continues to struggle with wanting to be closer to him and wanting to be farther away from him at the same time.
Aunt Vyvian forces Elloren to wandfast to Lukas against her will. Lukas claims he is trying to protect her because if he did not fast to her, Vyvian would pick someone worse. Elloren swears she will hate him forever for fasting to her without her consent. Later, she learns that Lukas was indeed correct about her aunt’s intentions. If he had not wandfasted to her, her aunt would have fasted her to Damion Bane.
As they spend time together training, they fall in love and Elloren decides to fully commit to Lukas. She agrees to do the Sealing ceremony with him, which bonds them together as fastmates, and which neither one can break.
Yvan originally hates Elloren upon meeting her. As time goes on, and Yvan gets to know Elloren he realizes how different she is from other Gardnerians. They know a relationship is forbidden, but struggle to resist their pull toward each other.
Elloren is desperate for Vyvian's approval and attention at first. She had been hungry for a mother figure her whole life and wanted female guidance. Vyvian treats Elloren terribly, particularly after Elloren finds out just how cruel her aunt really is.