Mairwyn Nic Asgaill
Arthael Mairwyn Nic Asgail
General Physical Condition
Relatively tall, with a lithe build and silvery white hair reaching no further than her shoulders, Mairwyn does not match the common Cimborian beauty ideals, and when paired with her pallid skin and cold, grey eyes, it is not too difficult to see where descriptions of the woman as an 'Elven witch' come from.
Mairwyn Nic Asgaill was born in the small town of Arbeth to a hunter and his wife, deep within the vast forestscape of the Knochenwald. Picked out for what was apparently a keen mind at a young age, she was from an early age on trained by Arbeth's local Bandura, Dealla, to one day follow her up. While certainly not anything even remotely close to a formal education, she was taught of herbs and medicine, of the ancestors, their worship, and their rituals, and the ways of the hunt and of combat - all things a true priestess of the woodland Elves of the Knochenwald are expected to know of and be competent at. Born with an unusually pale skin and with silvery white-grey hair, and often secluded from the others due to her lessons, Mairwyn was an outsider among the local youth and was little-liked by them, having trouble to socialise and fit in with them - some of them being fearful of her thanks to her appearance, and most steering clear of her. This changed somewhat as they all grew older and more mature, and perhaps with the realization that she would one day be one of the most important people within Arbeth that they could very well need the aid of one day. Still, she remained somewhat isolated from her peers for most of her life. Her tutor, Dealla, had long since recognized the small spots on the woman's lower back, indicating her to potentially be the Arthael reincarnated, and when word came that the Knochenwald's ruler had departed, the druidess had her spirited sent off for the capital, to compete with others born with similar markings, to see whom would become the next Arthael and ruler of the Knochenwald. Entirely unaware of any of this for most of her life, this came as a great surprise to Mairwyn, although on the journey towards Penmach she became more and more convinced that it should be she rather than any others that should become the next ruler - even if she did not particularly feel like a reincarnation of a long-dead monarch. While the trials put in front of the aspirants are a well-guarded secret and remain a mystery to most, Mairwyn was the only one of the candidates to emerge victorious from them due to a combination of resilience, cunning, and most likely no small amount of trickery and backstabbing. Following this, she was coronated in 1498.
Mairwyn received education from one of the Bandurae, the Knochenwald's priesthood-caste, and as such has been educated in manners regarding herbs and medicine, the ancestors and the worship of the ancestors, the ancient rituals of the Elven people (or at least the variant shown within the Knochenwald's borders), the hunt, and to an extent, combat. Upon her ascension to Arthael and, by extent, Imperial Duchess, she received education on matters regarding diplomacy and statecraft by senior officials and advisers of her predecessor.
Accomplishments & Achievements
The most important of Mairwyn's accomplishments thus far are political and military in nature. Politically, she has managed to improve relationships with the rest of the Cimborian Empire, at least in part, through a less rebellious and hostile approach to non-Elven dignitaries and statesmen, and she enjoys great popularity among the Empire's Elven populace, even more so outside of the Knochenwald itself than within its borders, with many of the local nobility finding themselves to possess more overtly rebellious streaks, still. When it comes to the military, she has made continued steps towards modernizing the duchy's military under her own banner, both to provide for a better defense against outside threats, and to be able to better deal with any internal strife.
Hobbies & Pets
Mairwyn Nic Asgaill is known to be fond of hunting, and is often accompanied by large, vicious dogs bred for the hunt. Rumor has it that these beasts have been taught to hunt and devour humans, but such claims, persistent as they are, are as of yet entirely unsubstantiated and are decried as slander and propaganda by political enemies.
Towards Mairwyn Nic Asgaill
Towards Grand Duke Gysbert van Noye
Political in nature, the two became acquainted upon the Elf's ascension to the throne of her homeland two years ago. Roughly similar in their political approaches, to an extent, and with little reason for outright hostility, relations appear to be on friendly terms.
Commonalities & Shared Interests
Both consider stability within the Empire and Vreya as a whole as something of great importance and, as such, share common interests in this. Likewise, both share recreational interests such as hunting.
Various political figures throughout the Cimborian Empire.
Towards Mairwyn Nic Asgaill
Towards Lennaert van Noye
Although the two do not known each other intimately (something Lennaert is keen on changing in his quest to bed the Elven noblewoman), the two have met each other a decent number of times due to many of the political and social functions arranged by the Imperial court.
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