No one knows what she is - they can't know. Ashelin isn't quite what she seems, and, living in a superstitious and traditional world, that can be dangerous. Take the Mimics, for example; not human, but not animal either, and shunned by society for being different. This mindset never sat well with Ash, and so when her life and the lives of those she cares about are put at risk because of it, she decides she has to do something.
...She just never imagined what it would take...