Year 1710 : Born the daughter of poor serfs, Nelsi led a relatively ordinary lower-class life growing up alongside her five-years older brother Matti, who was training as a scholar and whom she absolutely adored. They were very close and her clever brother helped her learn to love reading and writing in spite of their simple station.
Year 1724 : Unfortunately, Nell’s mother died of illness when Nell was a teenager, and that seemed to mark the start of hard times. Not long after Sheedan become more and more of a battlefield with the Nazcan raids. Her brother and father soon had no choice but to take up arms and enlist. What could they do? They were just serfs and had Nell to think of.
Year 1726 : Her father died a few years later and her beloved Matti disappeared soon after. Nell has no idea if he died, is wandering about the provinces or what. The stories she heard secondhand and sometimes firsthand from the few frightened, battered survivors of rape at Nazcan hands imprinted Nelsi with a deep-seated but private fear of rape which lends fire to her rage at unwanted advances on either herself or other girls.
Year 1803 : Though she is glad to be working at the Fox and Gander and cares for her friends, she is ever on the lookout for Matti, hoping that one day she’ll find them.
Year 1812: Matti shows back up in Nelsi's life, but with a new look and a new name: Quincy. He had dishonorably fled the horrors of war and changed his name to spar her shame and himself reprisal. He was working as a mercenary.
Year 1813 : A wild tryst with a mercenary from the Guild of the Dawn lands Nelsi with a child. Given how often she had such trysts she can't even pin down the father and instead opts to happily raise her daughter Kathleen without worrying over it.
Year 1822: Kathleen shows an interest in being a knight. Nelsi finds the prospect terrifying and protests but never STOPS her daughter.
Year 1823 - Year 1824: Meeting Marina was a happy twist of fate for Nelsi. The wild sailor woman was full of crazy stories and sass - just how Nelsi loved her. The two started out as casual lovers, and soon became more than that. Eventually Marina even moved in with Nelsi at the Fox & Gander, bringing with her two kids she'd adopted from the previous war: Binks (a young spunky girl) and Joachim (a devious rogue of a young man).
However, by the end of 1824 the dream would end. Both Binks and Joachim lost their lives to the plague that swept through the nation with the Loss of Magic. There was nothing that coud be done and watching them waste away in beds was heartbreaking for both women.
Shortly after things between them just fell apart. Marina carries the larger portion of the blame, too frustrated and depressed to not pick fights and drink too much. Ultimately she walked away, rather then drag her lover down with her, and returned to Veridian.
Year 1834: Matti (or Quincy, whichever he wanted to be called at this point) turns up dead in the streets. It was obvious foul play was involved, but he was living his life as a mercenary and no one is shocked - much less motivated enough to find his killer.
Year 1842: While Nelsi's own romance had failed, her daughter's did not. A long running relationship with a young inventor, Timothy, pays off when Kathleen gets married that year.
Year 1854: A mysterious letter from a young lady named Larisa shows up to Kathleen and Nelsi. It turns out that Matti had a child before his death, this gentle neice wished to come stay with them in Shade's Run - which they were all too happy to accept.