Thieves & Kings
Lady Ivis Blackshield
Mistress of Thornkeep
“Sometimes you’ve got to do what you think is right, and damn the consequences.”
Lady Ivis Blackshield is the wife of the former Baron Tervin Blackshield, and was the quiet, somber counter-point to his vibrant, visceral reactions to events. She is always examining the long-range aspects of matters, particularly the rise of new Blades, and the threat they represent to her daughter’s rule. In the end, she is determined to see her children succeed to power, and will allow nothing to stand in her way.
Lady Ivis has black wavy hair which sometimes appears to be dark brown in a certain light, preferring to wear it caught up by silver jewellery. She has grey-green eyes and pale skin. She has a wide variety of different gowns, all of which reflect her personality; some days they’re bright and make her appear ravishing; other days they’re dark and brooding, hinting at her dark mood. They are always elaborately embroidered and of the latest designs from Mornhaven.
She is accompanied most times by either her young halfling maid Larista Farburrow, or her older maid Veruka Sunsbright. Larista is a capable young thing, bearing a hidden short sword and padded armor beneath her skirts, and serves as both her mistress’ maid and bodyguard. Veruka has been her mistress’ maid all her life, and also taught the children of history, etiquette and writing. Veruka also serves Lady Ivis’ personal secretary. She considers all the members of the household her family, and despite appearing imperious, loves them all deeply, and would never betray them. Both came with the family from the City-State of Crebain.
She spends much of her day overseeing many of the household duties as head of the household, mostly since her husband had little interest in the matter, and now to allow her daughter to concentrate on other matters of state and concern to the realm. She also works closely with Ser Kranstin Shearwater on matters of the castle’s supplies and defenses. She has rarely spent time considering the personal activities of her children, although their appearance at court is always a concern. When given private time, she reads from the castle’s substantial library, studies her spells and practices her self-defense skills with dagger, sword and quarterstaff, typically out of sight of the castle staff and guards. She does practice various forms of private meditation, and is a noted and fervent follower of the Gray Voyager.
Lady Ivis is spirited, quick-witted and compassionate in nature, and many in the realm think her very beautiful. She is also very capable; her fiery and independent spirit means she did not hesitate to stand up to her husband, taking issue with his callous and cruel actions regarding local cottagers under his power, believing that his punishments were unfair and unfitting. When necessary, she also displayed her courage and ability as a mage, always intervening to stand up for what she feels is right.
Despite portraying a fierce but just and independent personality at the court, on the inside Lady Ivis is feeling great fear, depression and loneliness at court in Thornkeep. Her husband was something of a great boor, and despite their early dalliances, he hadn’t so much as touched her in years, particularly ever since they arrived in the realm. That she had never taken a lover, displays her lawful feelings about oaths, but also betrays her unforgiving personality; once she learned of one of her husband’s lovers, they were rarely long for this world.
Despite her vindictive and unforgiving personality, however, Ivis remains a powerful, arrogant, intelligent, overconfident, and ferociously determined individual. Her darker characteristics are largely the product of external influences while her truer nature is portrayed as one of immense compassion; for her children, and the people under her “protection”.
In mid-Uktar, TR 1049, she had found herself more and more taking over the rulership of the realm. Her husband’s increasing malaise, and the information that her Bailiff headed a number of followers of the Cult of Rot, and his subsequent death, came as a complete surprise to her and her usually capable intelligence network. The knowledge regarding Blackmaw the Night Hag’s interest in her realm, revealed by the adventurers, was the final catalyst to her making a more permanent change in the realm.
Events of the evening moot on the 30th of Uktar, now known among the locals as the “Night of Teeth” or the “Night of Claws”, revealed her husband to be a powerful werewolf, with many of his chief officers also being werewolves, calling themselves the “Stonewalkers”. She herself, was revealed to be a fairly powerful arcanist of some sort, though she uses shadow magic that seems unknown to most spell-casters of the Dominions. The Baron’s abandonment of the realm, has meant that their daughter Neria inherited the realm at the high moot of the 15th of Echos, TR 1049, bringing one of her long-standing wishes, the passing of the crown to her daughter, to final fruition.
With the cessation of a possible war led by King Hargulka, Lady Blackshield has begun concentrating on bringing prosperity back to the realm, though she is plagued by an empty treasury, a lack of trustworthy guardsmen, and a faltering economy with a very small population. She is also very busy dealing with a questionable situation for the barony as part of the Realm of the MapN’Dor and seemingly has enemies around every corner.