Brilliant but sheltered White Mage Arcanist
Sparkle and Adam were born in Katheer, to a Katheerian scholar by the name of Granite, who’s area of expertise was alchemy, and his wife, who sadly died shortly after the difficult childbirth of twins. It was rumored that the mother’s side had some Half-Elvish blood, but there was never any hard evidence of this. The couple had named her Sparkle in hopes it would foreshadow ravishing beauty and beguiling charm, while they named their son Adamantium in hopes of incredible strength and endurance. Before birth the couple had dedicated the souls of their unborn children to the goddess Sarenrae, patron deity of the family. The children were both born with a birthmark over their hearts that strangely resembled Sunlord Thalachos, Herald of Sarenrae.
Those initial years were difficult for Granite, thankfully there was extended family to help with the twins. However, Granite jumped at the offer to spend some time teaching and researching as a guest of Absalom at the Library of Kortos. When the twins were only eight years, they set sail for Absalom with their father, in hopes of better fortunes for the family.
Granite had been able to make arrangements to get his son enrolled in the Arcanamirium, located in the Wise District of Absalom. Granite was set to earn a decent living, and his connections had got him a tuition discount for his son. He would make up the balance of the tuition with the teaching work at Forae Logos and sale of alchemical creations on the side.
Upon arriving at Absalom, due to some quarrelling over the cost of the Absalom seaman who was to guide the ship through Absalom’s harbor of wreckage, Granite needed to take his son directly to the Arcanamirim thanks to the delay. The ship’s captain made for Beldrin’s Bluff. Sparkle was quite disappointed that she needed to stay on the ship, but Granite knew that two children, so very playful when together, would slow down travel through the new city.
Before Granite and Adamantium had made it to the wise district, they were approached by a strange cloaked man in one of the foot passageways off of the main streets. Some sort of argument ensued, regarding Adam. In the fight that followed, Granite fell immediately ill to some sort of necromantic malady. Adam was charmed by the stranger into forgetting his family and the life he left behind in Katheer. We don’t know who the stranger was, possibly someone working for the College of Mysteries, or possibly a member of the Harbingers…? Nevertheless, Adam carried his mother’s longsword, a family heirloom with a hilt that resembled Sarenrae’s Ankh, in his bags, something that, oddly, his captors did not take from him.
Granite was able to make it back to the ship and determine that his malady was not natural. To keep Sparkle from worrying, he told her that Adam had been successfully enrolled and dormed into the school, and that it would be some time before they could visit. Granite was convinced that the captain had the connections to provide help for the necromantic malady. Unfortunately, before the return of the captain, Absalom and everyone on the ship experienced a quick series of massive earthquakes. The ship was badly damaged, practically beyond repair without the aid of fortune, and was beached in the Puddles District. With no ship and no captain, the surviving sailors split off looking for other opportunities. The library of Kortos assumed that Granite was lost to the earthquake.
Granite spent his remaining days instructing Sparkle on how to build his funeral pyre, petrified that he might come back as undead and kill his own daughter. Upon his death, Sparkle set him on the wooden planks, lit the pyre, and pushed it off into the water. At the tender of age of eight and not knowing what to do with herself, she began arranging the books in his cabin study using the library system she had been taught in Katheer for organizing their home library.
Sparkle knew that she would run out of food soon, and at eight years old, thought she could open her father’s quarters as a library. On occasion a lost tourist would end up her ship looking for the Library of Kortos. Sparkle would charge a few copper for her library, before the visitor realized that they were in the wrong place. However, soon after her father’s death, Sparkle gained the regular patronage of a particular woman (unknown to Sparkle it was actually the Green Strumpet Witch), who would give a few coins once a month, share some bread & tea, and spend a few hours reading through the deceased father’s tomes. This is how Sparkle was able to survive as a “Librarian” in the Puddles for twelve years. And yes, one time, when it had been storming hard for several weeks and she grown despondent with little food and no sight of her best friends Nigel and Largus (who are like brothers to her), she was visited by a man claiming to be a sailor but who did not entirely look the part. Sparkle broke down into tears as they started talking, and he ended staying the night with her, soothing her worries (and ultimately impregnating her). He felt bad for her and gave her five silver pieces, which she stretched for long while.
Before he died, Sparkle’s father gave her a masterwork necklace/amulet, and said that it was heirloom passed through her mother’s side, a work originally of Elven origin. Unbeknownst to Sparkle at the time, both the necklace and his quarters had been imbued with abjurations that have long faded in the years since his death. It is these abjurations that have kept the books intact and Sparkle (mostly) out of harm’s way during her childhood.
As for Adam, he woke up in the care of some magistrates at the College of Mysteries in the Petal district, with no memory. He was taken in by the school and cared for, being told that he was an orphan afflicted with an illness that stole his memory. They told him his name was Adam, that he was special, and began training him at the school.