Caranya is an Altmer necromancer. Since she has the rank of Master-Wizard, she is part of the Council of Mages along with Hannibal Traven, Raminus Polus, and Irlav Jarol. However, she has not renounced her necromantic affiliation, despite Archmage Traven's ban on necromancy within the guild. She resided at the Arcane University until taking the Necromancer's Amulet to Fort Ontus.
She spends most of the day wandering in the Arch-Mage's Lobby; although starting at 8pm she wanders the University's grounds for two hours. She then retires to sleep in the Mage's Quarters from around 10pm until 7am of the next day. During the Light the Dragonfires quest, she and all other Imperial City citizens are confined to their homes.
As soon as the Necromancer's Amulet quest starts, she instantly relocates to Fort Ontus and becomes a member of the Fort Ontus Mages Guild. She then wanders around in the final room of Fort Ontus Understreets, neither eating nor sleeping until the Hero makes their appearance.
After word is received that Mannimarco has returned to Cyrodiil to reap revenge on the Mages Guild, Caranya flees to Fort Ontus with the Necromancer's Amulet, despite Traven's reluctance. She claims that separating the amulet from the university spreads out Mannimarco's forces, weakening their unity and ability to do much damage. Traven remarks that he is concerned for her and wants the Hero of Kvatch to recover the Necromancer's Amulet and return it the university.
Upon arriving at Fort Ontus, Caranya reveals her identity as a servant of Mannimarco:
"Well, well. This is quite a surprise. I thought you were Traven's lapdog, doing whatever he said, and yet here you are. Good that you've finally seen the light. The cause will benefit from your assistance."
When asked to hand over the amulet she says, with a mix of surprise, sadness, and anger:
"What? You're here to take it back to Traven? Oh, my dear. I'm afraid you're in over your head. I don't answer to Traven. I heed only the word of Mannimarco. When he has the amulet, his power will be increased, and Traven will be helpless to stand in his way. You, I'm afraid, won't be standing at all. I promise I'll make this quick. I'd like to have you mostly intact, so Mannimarco can suck the marrow from your bones"
She renounces her affiliations with the Mages Guild and attacks the hero. She serves as the fifth lieutenant of Mannimarco.
She wears an upper-class blue velvet outfit and blue suede shoes and carries leveled amount of . She doesn't wield any weapons, relying instead on a set of leveled necromancer spells and a summon Faded Wraith spell for her attacks.
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (First appearance)