The Aasaurian Chronicles: Forbidden City
Born to Lord Theodore of the Faelands and his Lady wife, Esmeline of the High Reach in their early forties, she was an unexpected but welcome blessing to the family still haunted by the loss of their last child in the [Daemon War] (as the Gallãdians had named the Fall of Aasauria), and as such was rarely denied her desires. As the Heir to the Faelands, Tess was given a proper education in the fields necessary for a noblewoman to succeed in Gallãd—dancing, embroidery, diplomacy, history and axe-based combat, to name a few. She excelled in most fields, though her aptitude for history seemed to be restricted to the [Dragon Crusades] and the Fall of Aasauria, much to her tutors’ dismay. Out of kindness or fear, her parents were never told, and the subject did not come up of its own accord; for while otherwise outspoken in praise for the Gallãdian King, the Daemon War was not mentioned except for rarely. What little Tessia knows of her brother comes from her Tutors reports on his bravery in the face of the Daemon king of Aasauria and his noble sacrifice for the greater good of Gallãd, and from her Mother when she was a child and told why she must never remove the locket she was given that contained his portrait.
In her fifteenth year, she debuted at the Court of the King of Gallãd and revealed to her parents that, after much deliberation, she wished to become a Dragon Knight and become a true warrior. A year later she was betrothed to Ferdinand Whitestrake, the son of Lord Felinos Whitestrake, Count of Clearwater, and a known pro-patriot. Rather than wed him, she slipped from her ancestral home in the dark of night, taking with her a halberd, and proceeded to the nearest port, where she caught a ship to [Lodone], fully intending to return in time for the Wedding… She spent two years in that foreign country, doing odd jobs, learning the language and customs and in general not going home. She is here when the Campaign begins.