Avana Valenwood, my newest “do whatever I feel like” character. A Bosmer with Dunmer blood, born and raised in Valenwood (hence taking it for her last name), she lost her family to a Thalmor purge (due to their “mixed breeding”) that very nearly killed her as well (leaving the scars on her face). A natural archer, she left Valenwood a fugitive, and has spent several years making her way north through Cyrodil, surviving as a hunter in the wilds, until she arrived in Skyrim, where she happened to be camping near Helgen and saw it wiped out by a big black dragon. A staunch survivalist, she is not a fan of any political affiliation.
While I’ve done a number of “free exploring, live off the land, avoid major quests” characters in the past, what makes this one different is the addition of the The Choice Is Yours mod, which greatly reduces the number of “forced” quest beginnings and puts only what you want in your quest log. This is a fantastic mod for the wandering type of character.
Funny side story here: Passing through Riverwood, Avana met Sven who gave her the fake Faendal letter for Camilla. Not wanting to screw over a fellow Bosmer like that, Avana told Camilla the truth, which got Camilla to blow off Sven. However, Faendal is now traveling with Avana, and there’s romance brewing. So too bad for Sven; his competition is out of the way, but his dick move with the letter leaves him out in the cold anyway. Karma, dude.