Caranya is an altmer necromancer and is a member of the council of the Mages Guild in the Imperial City.
Although Archmage Traven has banned necromancy Caranya still secretly practices it. When sent to retrieve the necromancer’s amulet from her at Fort Ontus she mistakenly thinks you’ve come to join them, revealing her illegal practice:
"Well, well. This is quite a surprise. I thought you were Traven's lapdog, doing whatever he said, and yet here you are. Good that you've finally seen the light. The cause will benefit from your assistance."