Catríona has always been a bit of a tomboy. She's always kept her hair short despite of her mother's complains and pleadings. She learned the art of sword fighting very young as she insisted going to lessons with her younger brother. She also had a tendency in getting in trouble a lot, being so impulsive and curious. She had always wanted to see the world, but little did she know the way she would be doing that. Her parents had decided she should settle down and be a proper lady. So they had found her a suitor willing to wed her. Catríona wouldn't hear of that and she ran away, taking only her sword and some food with her.
She traveled from village to village and from town to town. She quickly realised someone was following her, but despite her efforts she couldn't get that person caught. It turned out she didn't need to, as that person approached her, telling how he had noticed abilities to take care of herself and travel long distancies. That is how Catríona found her mentor and how she became a Varigal. Not a day goes by she wouldn't remember Lachlann fondly. After all, he taught her everything she knows today.