Ranis Athrys is a high ranking Dunmer nightblade, Wizard, and the Guild Steward for the Balmora Guild of Mages. A natural leader, Ranis commands respect from those who come under her authority. Due to this, some lesser mages like Ajira dislike her as a leader. She is a medium trainer in Mysticism, and a minor trainer in Alteration and Illusion.
Ranis seems to naturally distrust mages not from the guild possibly due to the fact her parents were killed by a previous archmagister of House Telvanni, as mentioned by Llathyno Hlaalu. Most quests given by Ranis involve the affairs of other mages; meaning the conversion or destruction of mages outside the Guild.