A budding darkness
The Timeless Edge, All-Knowing in Wait, Unknown Walker, Of the Naught, Outside the Shade, these are all names which have been given to the secret-thief Mirdyn. Before her imprisonment, Mirdyn was the most skilled avenger among the ranks of the Order of the Branching. Punishing those who would use and steal forbidden knowledge, Mirdyn and her sisters fulfilled the will of the goddess Ioun. Their order was tasked with ensuring that the Tree of Time branched to its proper ends, each generation protecting events within their time, and affecting the course of history for the mortal races when needed. However, through her years of struggle, Mirdyn became proud and vain, and refused to believe that her service and control over history should be limited to her own small life. She attempted to steal the knowledge of the timeways, thereby allowing her to more quickly shape the Branching throughout time. For this, she was imprisoned in a pendant, and all memory of her childhood, her family, her friends and her sisters was taken by Ioun. She resides outside of the Shade which is cast by the Tree of Time, compressed in an endless void until she is needed by Ioun. Her only hope of release is to destroy the pendant in the heart of the Temple of the Branching, though she has forgotten where it is, and has no knowledge of what time she has emerged into. Her appearance does suggest one thing however: events are unfolding that will corrupt the Branching, and she must do what she can to correct the course of time.