Claudia is an orphan from the city of Brindol. As a young orphan, she frolicked the streets with her peers and fellow orphans, she was ever the quiet one, yet brave as the rest of them.
One day, she was playing by an abandoned building, a long time haunt of ours. One of the other children dared her to climb the side of the stone wall and into a window they espied was cracked open.She climbed that wall as skillfully as a spider, and her small body fit right into the window. It was then she fell. She landed on some awkward, yet not unsoft piles and discovered later they were books.
It was a library, abandoned years ago. She had picked up a bit of reading on the streets, and with sheer talent and intellect, expanded her ability to read simply by picking up a book and teaching herself. She read almost the entire collection by the time she was 16 (her discovery of the library happened when she was 6).
The other children would chide her every now and then for giving the musty old books any time at all. But while she still adventured with her young companions, she found the books began to occupy her time more and more. When she finally finished the repertoire, she took to exploring more of the building.
While most of it was the library she knew, she discovered a few hidden rooms and not a few troves of magical objects.
Using what she learned from the books, and sheer talent once more, she mastered their use. With magic on her side, she picked up an entertainment business on street corners, dazzling the crowds with displays of magic for a few coins. she even went on a few jobs where she was hired as a “mage”. Some were perfectly legal, others not.
She found that while her talent with the magical objects was great, it was truly her performance that sold the act.