When Gift and their companions found Lavani she was bound to a magic circle on the second floor in the Mayor's House in Monsilt. She could not leave the circle, it was regularly healing her. She had been ripped from her tree and could no longer sustain herself. Her tree had then been corrupted and was destroyed. The healing circle was keeping her intact but this was torturous existance. If she left the circle for more than a few minutes she would die.
She had been extracted by an exorcism and brought here as a tool. Her magical essence was being used to create magical items. Several items were sitting on the table when Gift and the others found her. The Dryad was immediately entranced by the group's connection with the natural world, hope returned to her essence. These were her champions and could free her from this torture. She handed Gift an acorn she had saved from her original tree.
The spirit won over the support (and in some cases the worship) of the people of the town. She gave herself the name Lavani and there was a great party, Festival of Gifts, that went late into the night. It was again Gift that elevated Lavani later that night, Gift called for Lavani to be the replacement mayor. Gift and the other champions left the next day to find children that had been kidnapped. Leaving the town, they knew they had broken some boundaries and unleashed something new upon the world. She certainly wasn't just a nature spirit anymore. Lavani emenated a feeling of belonging and calmness but they did wonder what consequences would emerge from bringing a powerful creature like her into the world.
Lavani's goal has grown from protecting her small part of the forest that was several miles East of Monsilt to protecting the entire forest and towns in the region. Her influence can be felt throughout the forest and has caught the attention of just about everyone in the region. It is unclear what all her goals are but she has been gathering allies and supporting her new community.
What is she doing now?
She has been accepted at the Mayor of Montsilt and Protector of the Anhult Woodlands. Her champions have seen her taking time to share stories with children (Mountain), directing the growth of her people (Music), and walking in the fields with farmers. She is training new champions (Oath and Belief) and has welcomed diplomats from Etonia.
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She is entertained and mesmerized by people's emotions. She asks for stories from everyone she meets. The wizard Antum said "You can see her studying everyone."
She fears fire and is dealing with painful memories of being ripped from her tree.
Lavani has an incredible desire to belong and to let others belong. Ardelis and Gift's immediate, willing, and unconditional support left an impact on her. Dryad's, while generally good meaning, are very self centered and only concerned with their happiness and their small part of the forest. Lavani has a much wider perspective and compassionate love of the world now.