Aegisse comes from a long line of witches, wizards, warlocks and wise women reaching back to before the Colleges were even founded. While a number of male relatives have been able to manifest magical powers, it is mainly the women in the family that have shown magical aptitude. Aegisse grandmother fought in the last great invasion of the Northmen and is credited with the destruction of 24 ships and the victory at the Ambush at Gulberg Cliff, at which two hundred and fourty one Nordlanders attacked and wiped out a significant force of marauders.
Aegisse grew up as eldest of six siblings (two twin brothers and three other girls). Her father was a gruff fisherman who drank too much and bickered a lot with his wife. He was a generally unpleasant man, and still is, but never abusive. He might’ve been a fool and a drunk, but he knew better than to ever to lift a finger to his estranged wife whose family is riddled with witches and mages. Though Aegisses mother never manifested the gift, the bond between her and her sisters and nieces remains ever strong. Mother would often take Aegisse and her sisters to their aunts and spend days at their places.
That is, if she could find Aegisse, who daily disappeared from her chores to watch the clouds and the sea from the beach or the cliffs. Many say it was though she was drawn there by something and as if the wind spoke to her from on top that rocky coastline. The wind did speak to her, whispering words of things to come, often cryptic, but very clear nonetheless.
Obviously her family took notice eventually and send her (to her grievance) to Altdorf to study at the Celestial College, as every mage in their bloodline had done ever since the College had been founded.
The young witch did not take kindly to those in power, nor to those who scorned her for being a woman. Many who graduated from or taught at the College are well familiar with the bloody noses and busted teeth on those who had tested Aegisse’s patience and had found it rather short.
As she grew older, her patience grew with her, though her tolerance to nonsense was as little as ever. Frequently she got arrested by the city guards, not for using magic without a proper license, as are most mages that get arrested, but mostly for barfights and this one time because she broke the hand of a man who made a lewd comment on her appearance. Or was it his foot? No, wait, that was another incident.
Now she is the apprentice to an elderly wizard whose main concern is looking at the stars. As a result of his obsession with the stars, Aegisse is mostly free to go where she wants.