Olive grew up in a nice home, with a nice family. She was sent to the academy at the age of 15. She ate, she slept, she dreamed. As a child she spent many hours in the library reading about the world. Eventually she withdrew into herself, her aspirations. All her thoughts were consumed with the idea of leaving. While her family was always loving, she felt out of place. Boys often tried to get her attention, but she felt it was stupid. Romance is for the weak of heart, it is a distraction. She grew up with no siblings, momma always supportive but never really listening. Her parents fought, eventually she stopped caring. Her mother's crying was just background noise. Her thoughts kept her company, along with local wildlife.
Olive discovered her natural talent with animals when she joined the academy. Animals could talk to her, and their company was much preferred to people. Her father warned her of spending too much time in sky.. mumbling words of magic and danger. All Olive ever heard was "exciting."