Let's face it: the relationship is not going well.
"In that fire-lit glade, beautiful Ariel found herself drawn to the Lord Orion. He was the bravest and most handsome of his folk as Ariel was the wisest and fairest of hers. Whilst the council debated how best to oppose the Dwarfs, Ariel and Orion were deep in a conversation of their own, seemingly oblivious to the great matters that were discussed around them. Finally, they slipped away, unnoticed and unremarked."
They met a long time ago. She was instantly smitten, because he was "brave and most handsome". This is not exactly grounds for a great relationship, and it shows.
"On occasion, a chosen one will falter in his purpose, and in those years Orion’s boundless power is held by a splintered and fractious mind. (...) At various times, both the Elves of Ulthuan and Naggaroth have sought to interfere in Orion’s rebirth, each party hoping to steer the Wood Elves in a direction to their liking. Nor, alas, are the folk of Athel Loren themselves entirely immune to the lure of interference. Despite the sacrifice that the act of Orion’s rebirth calls for, many a noble family would be only too glad to see a member of their kin elevated to the position of Ariel’s consort, though it be only for a year."
So she gets a new guy every year. The old one is burned at a stake. Plus he sometimes spends a year essentially insane. And he's the subject of vast political machinations. So each year, new fad - and then there's the affairs.
"It is not just mortal intrigue that must be guarded against, for there are many gods who would delight to meddle in the act of Orion’s rebirth. Chief amongst these is Anath Raema, the Savage Huntress. She long ago coveted Kurnous’ affections, and has ever since made no distinction between the godly being for whom she once lusted, and the form he now assumes when striding the mortal world. On many occasions, Anath Raema has sought to force the selection of a prince more attuned to her charms than Ariel’s. Most of the time, her efforts meet with failure, but not always. The Wood Elves speak seldom of those seasons when Orion’s heart is divided; they simply refer to them as the ‘dark years’ and pledge anew never to let such times occur again."
Seriously, the guy is coveted by a Goddess. Like a literal Goddess. That's a bit of competition. Plus she's an old flame, and he's not over her either. So, flings lasting entire seasons. Uh, did I mention this relationship is not healthy?
"Upon their return to Athel Loren, Ariel and Orion quarrelled greatly about the deal that had been struck. Legends tell how their arguments raged for days without meeting resolution, and of how that year the normally glorious autumn months were marred by icy cold. Next spring, the unthinkable happened — Orion was not reborn. The Wild Riders brought their supplicant to the Oak of Ages, but Ariel sent them away without explanation. (...) Decades passed. Still Ariel refused to allow Orion to be reborn"
A fight! And one ending in him not getting ressed. For decades. I've known some people who hold grudges, but this is pretty extreme. Then again,
"Ariel’s final act before sealing herself away was to return Orion to the world. (...) In all, Ariel spent more than three centuries hidden from the world."
Ok, so she fell under Chaos a bit. Happens to every one of us. No biggie. But three centuries? How does this couple even have anything in common after that? Well, except the forest.
Powers that be, let them go their separate ways. Anath Raema can get it on with Orion while Ariel finds some nice country boy somewhere. One that works, stays out of politics and maybe doesn't do the stake-thing. Maybe someone who heals and harvests plants? They'd have it so much better.
Araby - Fatandira
Beastmen - Beastwoman Lord & clan of Beastwomen
Chaos - Dechala the Denied One & The Masque of Slaanesh
Dwarfs - Queen Helgar Longplaits
Dark Elves - Anethra Helbane, the ruler of the city of Clar Karond
High Elves - Eldyra, the Princess of the Kingdom of Tiranoc
Wood Elves - Naieth the Prophetess & Ariel as a Lord
- Elspeth von Draken, Dark Lady of Nuln and the Magisterix of the Amethyst Order
- Emmanuelle von Liebwitz, Elector Countess of the Grand Barony of Wissenland
Kislev - Baba Yaga
Lahmians - Neferata & Ulrika Magdova Straghov
Norsca - a woman Jarl & valkyries of Skeggi & fimir Mearghs Mòna Mimn and Rakka
Skaven - Clan Sniek
Tilea - Lucrezzia Belladonna