Born of a Human
mother and Elven
father, Traenas Elrel grew up in the Elven Forest
, learning the ways of the Outlands
and the Rangers
that often called this area home. From a very early age, he was fascinated by the rugged peaks of the Spine of Kallex
, often painting and drawing their likenesses in the small journal that his father gave him. His early years were spent exploring the wilderness of the Elven Forest
, but his time there would not last.
The life of the Outlanders is not an easy one, filled with death and danger much like the lives of the Barbarians
of the Spine of Kallex
. His father died during a hunting trip, which led his mother to return to the safety of the Human Empire
and her people. This change was a culture shock for Traenas as he did not often fit in due to his Half-Elf
heritage, but it is in one of the libraries of the Human Empire
that the mind of a geographer was born.
My life has been full of adversity, dips and peaks of good and bad, much like the mountains. Maybe that is why I am drawn to them, drawn to the rugged peaks of the Spine.
Through study and a formal education at one of the many schools in the Human Empire
, Traenas grew his love for the mountains into a profession, learning about geography and mapmaking, as well as geology. His studies led him back to the Spine of Kallex
and the home he had once had. As his schooling drew to a close, he chose to return to the Elven Forest
and the Outlands
, the home of his father and the magnificent peaks that had once mesmerized him.
Very few dared to climb the peaks of the Spine of Kallex
as their ragged peaks and sharp drops were dangerous to even experienced climbers. Traenas saw that as a challenge, hoping to use his love for the mountains and his knowledge of geography to create a lasting impact. For five years after he returned to the Elven Forest
, he practiced his mountaineer on the smaller mountains on the edges of the Spine
. When he was ready, he would attempt the tallest peaks that had been named the Scales of Kallex