Alrighty then, how about this:
Tari grew up on the docks of Haven, working with her father on his fishing boat from an early age; after her mother died of an illness when Tari was only 5 years old.
When she was merely a lass of 15, the blonde haired beauty caught the eye of the son of a local merchant of no small water and after a surprisingly short courtship, married. But the young couple had an enemy in the younger brother of her husband and a plan was hatched before the sheet of the wedding bed was warmed. The next morning, her husband would be dead and she accused of the crime! Fearing for her life and the vengeful family, her fahter helped her escape to sea and after some effort, she found herself alone and with only the clothes on her back... no prospect and suredly a wealthy merchant family searching for her already. Falling back on her experience, she hired herself out as crew on a trading vessel and began to learn the art of defending herself.
After a couple of years, she had learned the art of the blade and her natural grace served her in good stead as she gained experience and a certain flamboyant attitude.
When her vessel was hired to take solomnic families away, she had the misfortune to be recognized on the dock by the same brother who had framed her for the crime. Now, she must find a way to get away again and arranged to go with a group of refugees when they made landfall; hoping to disappear again into the population.
It's rough, but I'll refine it as I work on the character. This gives her an interesting background, a potential sub-plot to play with and a reason to leave the sea.
Now... to find the details on character generation...