Glenice learned at an early age that the world is a harsh place. Her parents never had much money to care for their growing family, but they did everything they could to put food on the table and clothes on their childrens' backs. That may not have been wholly true, but Glenice tries not to think ill of the dead.
Her parents taught their six children that survival depended on coin, and there was one sure way to obtain it: thievery. The children learned a variety of skills to further the family trade, but they rarely stayed in one place for long -- it was simply too risky -- though the road itself was far from safe. The family competed with other thieves and bandits, slinked by soldiers, and huddled near the fire for protection against the weather, animals, and other legends that roamed the woods. And they were not always successful -- by Glenice's 16th birthday, she had witnessed the deaths of her mother, a sister, and two brothers...but this life was all she knew.
It isn't surprising that Glenice fell in love with a scoundrel, nor is it a surprise it happened at such a young age. Unlike her family, Ieaun preferred the city life -- and, for a time, Glenice did too. With her father's blessing, she stayed in Gorm Cladh, and her family moved on. She would see them only twice more, once in passing on their way through Gorm Cladh and once in the Forest of Whisper.
After six years together, Glenice and Ieaun finally felt the need to move on from Gorm Cladh. Glenice hoped to meet her family on the road -- it had been some time since they had visited, and she hoped to encounter them...
They came across them in the forest not far from the road. The heavy foliage kept the sun from reaching them, and so Glenice and Ieaun were almost upon them before they recognized what they were seeing: a dozen individuals hanging from the tree limbs above. They were taken aback by the sight and would have fled had Glenice not recognized the faces of her father and siblings. She dropped her meager belongings, shook off Ieaun's concerned hand, and darted towards them. As she ran, she felt a rope tighten around her throat, and then she was airborne...
The man who saved her told her that she had only the One-God to thank. Her husband had not been so lucky, but she took the message to heart and vowed to change, to become something better with the second chance she had been given.
That was nearly five years ago. Today, Glenice keeps her past a secret. She works as a maid in a tavern -- cooking, cleaning, serving -- and often entertaining guests with her flute. Though content, she often wonders about that place in the woods...and if this is truly the life she was meant to be living.