Herilissa “Lissa” Seillean (heh-rih-LISS-ah SHEH-len) was born into a family of farmers in the Kingdom of Norland. She was an only child, as her mother previously had difficulty conceiving and nearly died in childbirth. She never minded being alone, since she was busy helping around her family's farm the moment she could walk on her own. Her father's family had been working their land for generations, and she was groomed to take it over when it was her time. Her mother was originally from Hanseti-Ruska, but rarely spoke of her home. Nothing about her upbringing was particularly exciting, as it consisted mostly of chores and lessons on how to keep their animals and crops. Young Lissa, however, longed for adventure. She spent any spare time she had playing with the other local children and reading the copy of "The Lands Beyond" her father gifted to her, imagining how thrilling her life would be if she were to go on an epic journey like in her book.
When she was nine, Lissa was playing with some other children in the woods, pretending to be one of the heroes of their little adventure. One of the older children climbed a tall tree, acting as the great dragon they were meant to slay. It only took one wrong move for the boy to slip from his branch and fall to his death in front of their little group. The experience left Lissa traumatized, terrified to leave the safety of her family's farm. She gave up her dreams of adventure and instead focused on the farm and her ordinary life.
When Lissa was 17 her mother died after falling mysteriously ill, and at 20 her father was killed in a farming accident. This left Lissa to run the farm on her own, with only a few neighbors helping when they could. She rarely makes trips outside of her home, but will on occasion to acquire supplies or new livestock. Lissa is also currently trying to figure out a way to efficiently cultivate Tippens Root, hoping to create a steady supply for local healers, apothecaries, and alchemists.
Lissa could feel herself relax the moment her foot touched the docks. After spending so long on a boat, solid ground felt like heaven. The blonde adjusted her satchel and looked around at the port. She'd be lying if she said this wasn't even slightly thrilling. Here she was, little Lissa Seillean, on an adventure across the sea! She took her first step toward the bustling bazaar, ready to begin her meager quest, when a man blocked her path. Her hands gripped the strap of her satchel, cautiously eyeing the well-dressed gentleman up and down. He didn't seem too bad. A little nosy, sure, but not maliciously so. Perhaps he could even help her.
Mustering up her friendliest smile, Lissa looked up at the man. "Thank you, I'm thrilled to be here," she replied, her voice soft and almost melodic. The young woman reached into her bag and rifled around, eventually producing a small piece of parchment. "Oh, no, nothing quite as exciting. I'm actually looking for a particular stall. Maybe you could point me in the right direction?" Lissa held out the note, which read "Sid's Seeds, Soil, and Saplings" as well as the name of the city.