Cenessa was Dalgan Riftwind's first love, a commoner from Beltair. During the height of their relationship, bandits kidnapped Cenessa late one night at a small town market, and demanded ransom. Dalgan paid the ransom and retrieved her in what appeared to be relatively good condition. A few days later, Cenessa broke down and revealed to Dalgan that the bandits had brutally raped her repeatedly, and left scars all over her body from blade wounds, fists, and the like. In a fit of rage, Dalgan hunted down each bandit and brutalized them with his aeromancy. Then, when his rage was spent, he threw each one into the void until they all hung suspended, just within sight of land and air. There they suffocated to death over hours as Dalgan used his aeromancy to prolong their executions.
Dalgan returned from his revenge only to find that Cenessa had comitted suicide.