Being born a part of the Lin clan came with its own host of privileges and problems. Aren, the eldest of two younger brothers, wasn't without plenty of family surrounding him. From cousins to immediate family, Aren had quite the number of people around him to fall back on should he make mistakes or get himself into any trouble.
And Aren? He tended to get himself into all kinds of trouble. Even from a young age, he was something of a troublemaker. Not only did he have a number of questions like his close cousin, Jesse, Aren also had a number of ideas to seek out the answers to those questions. Something of a snoop, Aren tended to listen into things he should have nothing to do with. Part of his troublemaking tendencies led him to meet one Ian, later called by the name Axel.
They were friends. They fell in love. And then... Axel disappeared. Off into the Outlands. Aren didn't know what became of him but he assumed that after a length of time without hearing from him or seeing him that he must have died. Although it broke his heart to think about it, Aren did his best to focus on the future and to move forward and live on without him.
Then one day it happened. "Isn't that your old friend, Aren?" And it was. It was Ian, only... he was on Death Row. It didn't matter how or why. Aren used his familial connections to put himself through handler training in order to bring Ian back to him. It didn't matter what he had to do in order to make it happen; he was stubborn to the core and he was going to make it happen regardless. Aren was adamant about it, too, even dealing with those who told him he must have been some kind of crazy. It didn't matter; this was Ian and Aren wasn't afraid or worried, although perhaps he should have been.
Eventually, Aren was given what he wanted, but only on the condition that he mentor under a high clearance handler, Jadyka.