Savior of Archana and founding mother of the Lionhart family
Lady Amice Lionhart (a.k.a. The Lionheart)
''I'm always hearing about how Lady Amice was a hero, saved Archana and started a legacy like no other. It must be really hard to carry the burden of living up to that legend...''
Lady Amice is a historic and national symbol for Archana. Enduring the harsh rule of Artalgne on her own skin, she grew up with the dream to see her homeland free, and by the age of 15 she was already working to see that dream come true. Leading The Resistance with other notable figures by her side, she weakened Artalgne's grasp, killed Duke Messenio Tacitus, and finally drove them out of the land, founding the Kingdom of Archana. She is also well known to be the founder of the Lionharts, an important family for the kingdom until this day.
Due to her role in the rebellion and her outstanding attributes, she earned a place in the Circle of Heroes as a Hero of Archana.
Known as "The Lionheart" in the Circle, Amice was recognized by her unwavering devotion to her cause, liberating Archana from servitude to Artalgne. Prayers to the Lionheart often ask for strength to withstand hardships and face impossible odds, to lend her resolve and dedication to those who seek it.
As a result of this, Amice's parents died by the guardsmen's hands, but not before the girl was instructed to run towards the north. Which she did, collapsing of fatigue and stress not far away from Hrastgar. She woke up under the care of a local cleric, who ended up adopting the orphan when she learned of the girl's story. They quickly grew closer, and there were many lessons that the cleric taught the girl.
Still, the cleric was old and died a few years later, leaving Amice all alone once again. But now she was much tougher and determined to take her life in her own hands, and she set out to conquer her destiny. She started offering her services around the city, from housework to repairs and anything she could do. Her eagerness to be work and be independent made her name quickly spread through the mouths of the Hrastfolk. And during those years, she got to discover and develop her skills with magic.
Then, she met the Maines. She was hired to tend to the family's mother while her husband was out working, and this gave them enough time to know each other. As the bond grew between them and her, the Maines offered Amice to join the family, a proposal which she readily refused at first. But after some insistence and persuasion, Amice agreed to stay, but that house would only be a roof to stay under, she would still have to work for her share.
Alongside all the work, the following years were an introspective search for a greater goal for Amice. Watching the suffering of her people go unattended, she decided to make something about it. She started secretly gathering people who were brave to stand against the Empire, and also dragged her brother Charles into the mix. The Resistance, as they named it, was a revolutionary group dedicated to bringing the Empire down, eventually. They would train and plan their steps every day, performing smaller actions of defiance, trying to bring the attention of the townsfolk to their cause. From a girl who would face her destiny head-on to make a living, Amice became a leader who was tracing her destiny, while bringing everyone together to reach that goal.
Vilennor, heavily guarded, Amice led an attack herself against Tacitus. As expected, the Duke's guard successfully thwarted the attack and took the rebels as prisoners. Since Amice was finally her captive, Tacitus wanted to make sure she would serve as an example, and declared that she was to be executed by fire in public. But as the event was taking place, the rest of the Resistance was preparing to strike.
Amice found herself tied to a pole over a pyre. As the fire started and rose, it did not touch her skin, nor did it burn her. In a mixture of frustration and anger, Tacitus cursed the young woman for being a witch. She quickly retaliated my using magic to control the fire, free herself, and knock many of the surrounding guards down. There was the sign the rebels were waiting for. As they attacked and took the enemy by surprise, Tacitus tried to flee, but the assassins of the Resistance were waiting, quickly putting him down.
King. Amice, instead, decided to use the political (and literal) power she earned to finally get the quiet and calm life she sought to start the family of her dreams. There aren't many accounts of her life in that period, and she was secretly buried behind the Springdrop Sanctuary's water, a place she grew to love.
For her deeds, she earned the nickname of "Lionheart", which was used as her family's surname, and was immortalized in the Circle of Heroes
Accomplishments & Achievements
Another important deed, while not a feat by itself, was the family she formed. The Lionharts would then become a famous lineage of heroes, counselors, and all-around well-doers.
LegacyWhen Lady Amice was knighted, she was given a circlet as a symbol of her deeds. She grew ever more fond of the item, claiming it reminded her of the friends she earned and lost. It is said that the Lion's Resolve contains the will and passion of her youth and the patience of her adulthood. It was buried with her in Springdrop Sanctuary.
Lionhart Family (descendants)
Douglas Devin (friend and partner)
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