Yes, for all of my characters actually, I am still deciding who to use.
Vincent, the warlock I mentioned, Her grandparents could have taken care of him after his death and resurrection. Perhaps he got to know of her then?
Talan, a swordsman
And my sorcerer character, like vincent, but no struggle for control over his good and evil sides, or sudden demonic outbursts.
Hm... the first one would be a bit weird, but might work quite well. She'd probably be simultaneously disturbed by the profundity of his 'unnatural' aspects, but would probably be riveted to his side based on the memory of his vulnerability at that time. As for the swordsmen and sorcerer? I guess more information would help me get a grasp of how they could connect... she'd probably make a good damper for a character prone to outbursts of evil behavior, because she'd be fixated on trying to 'fix' him (yeah, doesn't that sound like people we've known all our lives? *laugh*). Of course, that kind of personal quest almost always ends in disaster. Problematically (or maybe rather plot-generatingly...) a character struggling to retain a conscience, partnered up with someone who flies into indignant rages-- leading to barfights, ludicrous tasks, much apologizing and amend-making (all from a pixie-like blond who looks like a wispy girl in her late teens).
So, we could have prior background and might actually start our 'branch' of this adventuring party with the hope of locating Aravol-->
Well, seems our group just keeps growing @_@
@Ixy; In the case of such a character, it's likely Aravol would know about her parents, perhaps having read about them or maybe even having seen their journals personally. Looking up to such adventurers, it's likely he not only knows more about them, he'll be more than willing to help gather information on them, eventually reconstructing the final quest on which they vanished. Add in the possibility that these parents aren't dead...
Indeed, having grown up in the equivalent of a rural medieval or renaissance town, my character would have HEARD of vast libraries, but her only experience with them is probably constituted of the four-tiered bookshelf at the closest town's "upscale" inn or her uncle's collection of tawdry penny-perkers that she found in the attic. While I'm sure it doesn't have to be the sole focus of this small-town crew's mission, it would make sense that, if they set out for a quest of some kind that neared your character's home, she'd follow the tales to try to find him. AND, as you said, that might be a good place to start-- reconstructing a quest that ended in the mysterious disappearance of the party 15 years ago. Maybe some scrap of her parents' belongings proves to be the key to unlocking the starting point of their quest that other adventurers have speculated about existing..? A code or cypher-device, perhaps? GOD this is sounding cliched, but it's also sounding REALLY damn fun *GRIN*
OK, anybody else that might link up? Maybe a guide-for-hire or wandering adventurer in Aravol's home town, or someone else from the rural village where my character makes a start?
PS: I plan to start this character with very, very little romantic history, but would like to see that unfold as the plot develops... be it mingled interests, a love triangle, harmless flirting or a brazen sexual discovery or seven, I'm looking forward to imagining this character's development of an intimate identity... up to this point in the plot, she's been very quiet about such things, but curious, and for characters with background links that we decide to work out, I can give you a couple examples of back-story that might add a little flavor to the inter-character relationship(s).