Doctor Rowan Roux
Rowan Roux was born in a small unnamed farming village near the southeastern border of Casaréi. Her parents, were simple farmers but wanted the best for their daughter and worked hard to save up enough money to educate her. Roux would receive a good education in her youth, the best that her family could afford, and the best available in their community. She was one of the few young children who could read and write with confidence and accuracy in the village.
Biography of Younger Years
Roux was a rambunctious child who often disappeared off on her own adventures. Rushing through the long rows of crops and even sneaking into the neighbour's wine vineyards. Which often got her in trouble, but her parents didn't mind and often encouraged her adventurous nature. Which Roux would oblige happily, constantly getting into trouble with neighbours and sometimes even getting lost in nearby fields and forests. Though her adventurous streak never affected her ability to learn and continue her education, which her parents were happy for. When Roux was ten, her family decided to pack up their belongings and leave Casaréi behind.
Once the family officially arrived in Whaeler's Wharf, the still young Roux would begin to hear many tales about the excitement and lure of the jungle. And she ached to visit it almost as soon as she arrived in the town. But despite her parent’s more free-wheeling nature, would not allow her to travel to the jungle for any reason due to the dangers that lurked inside. As such Roux would stay close to her new home for the better part of three years, learning its many docks and fishing spots, meeting and befriending its colourful cast of characters, and getting a better education as the family was able to enroll her in a much larger and better-equipped school.
Begrudgingly, she left her newfound home for Heldrin, alone, only accompanied by a chaperone who travelled with her for her safety. Once she arrived in Sumner Roux would spend the next four years studying history, the arts, language, and more. But she did not return home once her time at this academy was finished, instead, she stayed in Sumner after an offer came to enroll at the most prestigious academic college in the city. The Royal Willheim Erneis College. Here she would study for an additional four years and would graduate in the top echelon of her class, exiting the college with an official doctorate in Archaeology with a minor in Elven Studies.
Expeditions in the Jungles of Mijhail
While Dr. Roux has had many exciting expeditions in the Jungles of Mijhail, two, in particular, come to mind as her most important to date.
Expedition to the Mijhail-Thysduin BorderWhile Dr. Roux had already been on several expeditions at this point in her career, this expedition would lead to her first major find in relation to the Elves of Thysduin and the Lost Village of Esfynor. At this point, Dr. Roux had already been studying the Esfynor Cypher for a number of years and had not been able to make any progress. Her goal for this expedition was to pick up on any clues that may have been left near the borders of the Jungles of Mijhail and the Ruined Plateau of Thysduin. She along with several other junior researchers took a boat along the Murky River, before landing at the crossroads that lead north to the Thysduin border. The border while technically not restricted can pose a threat to any that goes there, so access to Thysduin is guarded and monitored by a small barracks comprised of representatives of the Jungles of Mijhail and the neighbouring Republic of Ithosia.
The pathway that leads towards The Ruined Plateau of Thysduin at the borders of the Jungles of Mijhail
The crew arrived at their destination, the small patch of land where the jungle begins to thin and the dusty red rock of modern-day Thysduin begins. Several weeks past with no findings, but on the day before they were meant to pack up Dr. Roux stumbled upon something that would help her partially crack the code for the Esfynor Cypher. Underneath a thick layer of vine about two kilometres from their basecamp, in the direction of the jungle, Dr. Roux found a short few lines of engravings carved into the top of several large flat stones. These engravings looked elven in language but were accompanied by other more runic symbols that she did not recognize at first.
The Discovery of the Elven Rooted OverlookFive years after the expedition to the Mijhail-Thysduin borders, Dr. Roux would lead another expedition of importance. Still focusing on the elves' relation to the Jungles of Mijhail she would delve into the northeastern jungle.
Where she would seek clues in relation to the Lost Village of Esfynor, or additional artifacts that could potentially translate more of the Esfynor Cypher. The latter which Dr. Roux believes holds the secrets of the location of the village. Instead, Dr. Roux would find the first known evidence of a permanent elven structure found in the Jungles of Mijhail. The discovery would be the Elven Rooted Overlook, a small vine structure embedded into the side of a large jungle tree. Providing a platform that was theorized to look over the top of the jungle canopy, though it has now become overgrown.
A researcher, historian, and archaeologist of well-renown in the Jungles of Mijhail. She is the top expert in her field and specializes in the Elves of Thysduin and their footprint in the Jungles of Mijhail. She has been searching for the Lost Village of Esfynor for twenty-five years but has yet to discover its location. Though she has had several large breakthroughs including the discovery of the Elven Rooted Outlook, and the partial deciphering of the Esynor Cypher. The latter of which has reignited a race to find Esfynor for both historians and adventurers alike.
An portrait of Dr. Roux at fifty years-old
Dr. Roux is currently on a long-term expedition in the northern Jungles of Mijhail. Continuing her search for the Lost Village of Esfynor. Her base camp sits a few kilometres from the northeastern bend of the Murky River.