Character Name: Fédora
Current Year: 1223 (at gauntlet)
Age: 22(b. 1201)
Birth Name: Anastasia Nikolaevna
Birth Place: Kiev
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 147 lbs. (67 kg)
Hair: Strawberry blonde
Well-Traveled (free from Redcap)
Affinity with Ride
Dependent: son (Major, Story)
Ambitious (Major, Personality)
Lost Love (minor, Personality)
Ability Block: Martial
Animal Handling i[/i] 4
Area Lore: Kiev 2
Area Lore: Novgorod Tribunal 5
Artes Liberales 2 (literate in Latin and Cyrillic scripts)
Art of Memory i[/i] 4
Athletics i[/i] 3
Code of Hermes 2
Faerie Lore 2
Folk Ken 3
Music i[/i] 2
Order of Hermes Lore 3
Russian i[/i] 5
Anastasia Nikolaevna was born in the royal court of Kiev, purportedly the daughter of Knyaz Nikolai and his wife, Knyaginya Katerina. Unbeknownst to anyone at court but the Knyaginya, her daughter was not Nikolai's, but was the result of an affair with a member of the strange order of wizards (although he never displayed any powers himself), a man named Gregori Mercere who often passed through Kiev on his way to the far corners of Europe.
Several years passed, with Anya blissfully ignorant of her mother's deceptions, until a woman named Susan of Wicklow arrived and confronted Katerina. Susan informed Katerina that Gregori was a descendent of Mercere, and that under Hermetic tradition, all descendants of Mercere were to become members of the Order and join the House that he founded. Katerina was told that, if she did not allow Susan to take her daughter as an apprentice, she would expose the truth and let Katerina deal with the consequences. Katerina reluctantly agreed, and allowed Susan (and the couple of magi that had accompanied her) to stage Anya's death so that Susan could take her unmolested.
Anastasia spent the next fifteen years studying at the feet of Susan of Wicklow, the chief Redcap of the Novgorod Tribunal, at Three Lakes Covenant. Anastasia proved to be a talented student, with a gift for remembering things. Her beauty and charm, combined with her noble upbringing, helped her integrate with both mundane and hermetic society, and her knack for riding made it easier for her to travel long distances without the use of magic.
Two years before her gauntlet, Anastasia stumbled into a faerie regio and met Saam, King Frost. She immediately fell in love, and he returned her affections. She soon started to spend every spare moment with her love, but was careful not to let her love for King Frost impede her studies.
On the eve of her Gauntlet, Anastasia discovered that she was with child, and informed Susan of that. Susan was torn between pride that Anastasia would soon provide another future Redcap (if not Magus Mercere) and outrage that she had let herself be taken advantage by a Faerie king. She told Anastasia that she must never see Saam again, and that under no circumstances would she ever let him know that he had a child by her, lest he come and take it away. She then took some sodales to confront Saam and force him to swear an oath to relinquish Anya.
Upon completing her Gauntlet, Anastasia was sent to the Normandy Tribunal (about as far as one can get from Novgorod and still be in civilization). When she learned that, after her gauntlet, she would be sent to of Cunfin, a Mercere house that shares facilities with a monastery, Anastasia took the Hermetic name Fédora – a Russian name that means "Gift from God," and which she thought ironic considering her new surroundings. She would give birth shortly after her arrival at Cunfin.
Note that I have not yet picked her 50 levels of Magical Stuff that she gets at Gauntlet, nor have I advanced her to the present; I will be doing that in one cycle, once I've looked over the current Redcap Mustering stuff.
The 50 levels, I'm pretty sure, will at least include a device for The Wizard's Mount (although she won't have room for much else after that).