Irina“I will not, and you cannot force me to. I decide...“
As a child Irina fell in with her rough-and-tumble half-brother, Sandor, and learned swordplay instead of courtly manners. They trained with the Orc Kraal, Duke Slava's Master-of-Arms, and caused gleeful havoc in the castle.
Betrothed to the lustful Duke Gerhart of the Wolf duchy, Irina was attacked on their wedding night. Reacting more like a warrior than a maiden, she wounded him severely and was thrown into his dungeons. Out of pride she would have died there, had Sandor not come to her rescue.
The two of them fled south toward the islands of the Jade Sea, where Irina found herself once more embroiled in politics. But this time she could raise her own army and look north -- to where Gerhart still lived, awaiting her vengeance...