Mali is the illegitimate daughter of a wood-elf lord. You can tell her ancestery by the pointier ears, green eyes and longer, more gracile neck. She was sent to the Ice Temple to be a maid when she was six to stop her being an embarrassment. By the age of thirteen her talent with a sword had caught the eye of the swordmistress Jossri and now she's training to be a Temple Warrior, which is no mean feat with attacks by Ice Raiders and the freezing conditions!'Saessareen'just means a (female) learner dedicated to the Ice Goddess Saessarook ( the male equivalent is a Saessaron), while a Saessareen-ti is a teacher of the same faith.