My father never told me much about my mother. We came to the village when I was still a baby. We used to live in a small house in a nearby forest, often wandering around. It was my father who taught me the basics of healing. He said I am a descendant of an old healer family and it would be shame for me to not know anything about it. Others from the village often said I'm rather too kind and blamed my father for spoiling me but he never took them seriously. When I asked him why, he told me: "I don't think that being a bit different is something wrong. You are like a flowing river my child. Always changing, always finding your way, always able to surprise. Others might slow you down but they won't be able to stop you. Your kindness might bring you greater destiny than you ever dreamed of."
One day I was playing near swamp when I saw something in the grass. When I came closer I found out it is a person. It looked like a girl but she was very tiny and somehow... Strange. (Later I found out she is dwarf.) I felt pity for her so I tried my rather poor healing skills to see if I could help her. To my greatest surprise she really did regained consciousness and although she was still weak, she was no longer on the brink of death.
Her name was Aimy and she was looking for something one of her ancestors hid somewhere around these parts. I knew it would have grave consequences if someone from the village found her here, yet I took her somewhere safer where she could recover. Aimy and I became friends and I helped her with her search.
Some time after she finally found what she was looking for and left dark elven territories, one of the village patrols came to our house. He said they found two sets of footprints in the forest, one belonging to me, one to some intruder. They wanted me to tell them anything I knew about it. I knew Aimy meant no harm for the village but no one would listen to a small child, so I decided to lie. When I said I was just wondering where those footprints lead but didn't found anyone, I doubt he trusted me. However, my father intervened and said that I'm just a child and there is no way I would be silent if I know about any threat to the village.
When he left, my father began to laugh. "I just tried to imagine how could that dwarven kid mean any menace to dark elves. If she would be fighting with a keltir, I would bet on that keltir's victory. Don't give me that look, of course I know about her, do you really think I would be letting you wander around alone without checking on you from time to time? Jizera, you are my only child.
However, now that I know you are old enough to keep a secret, it seems it's finally time for you to know the truth about your mother. Just give me few days, then I'll tell you everything... And you'll understand."
I was so excited that I'll finally know more about my mother that what happened the next day was even worse for me.
I woke up in the night hearing strange noise from my father's room. I came there and saw him fighting with a strange men... Losing. Few second later that strange men managed to stab my father to the heart. I was shocked. My father was dying right before my eyes yet I was not able to do anything. Eyes of the killer slowly turned to me. I was frozen on the place with fear. My only thought was and now I'm gonna die too. There was no way I could win if my father lost...
What happened next was too quick for me to comprehend. I've heard an unfamiliar female voice casting a fast spell from the front door. That strange man stopped as if he suddenly fall asleep. The newcomer, woman completely covered in a long cape, grabbed my hand and yelled to me: "Jizera, quickly, we must go, we don't have much time, that spell will only work for a while." She began to chant another spell and before I realized what was going on, I was standing right in the middle of the village. That woman was nowhere in the sight.
I ran to the temple, as it was the only building opened at that time, and told them what happened. They sent some guards to our house but they could only retrieve my father's body. Since that time, I remained in the temple. I continued to study to be a healer as my father always wished. Later they told me I was orphan from the very beginning and my father wanted to raise me because he was not able to save my mother. For some reason I can't believe it. After all, if he didn't knew anything about my mother as they told me, why would he tell me I'm from an old healer family when both his parents were merchants?
Now I'm adult. I plan to leave the village because there are so many questions for which they have no answers here in the temple. Who really was my mother? What was it my father wanted to tell me? Why was he killed and who killed him? And who was that mysterious woman who saved me? Could she be... Than why is she hiding?