What he didn't realize was that this change wasn't some accident, or a piece of luck with a beautiful child. By the age of seven, Cassandra had begun actively working to improve her family's rank. By the age of sixteen, she had almost surpassed her goal. And it all would have been fine if it wasn't for one grumpy old man. He was not charmed by her. He was not amazed by her. And, worse, he was the first person to see exactly what she was doing, and how planned and purposeful her invasion of high society had been.
When one of the Thrunes had an extravagant birthday party, this old man, Fernando Nicolardi, worked to get the Zamparellis off the invitation list. He even waited near the entrance to see their humiliation. And humiliated they were. Cassandra saw the old man chuckling to himself and knew what had happened.
The next day, Fernando's son found his father spread eagle on his bed with throat slit from ear to ear. No evidence pointed towards Cassandra, but the change in her did not go unnoticed. Her family name ruined by the gossip, Cassandra decided to leave stifling Cheliax with their ridiculous rules and join an organization that would really appreciate her gifts. The Pathfinders were all dreadfully dull and bookish. Aspis was just a bunch of dirty merchants deep down. But the Red Mantis Assassins? They were known and feared throughout Golarion. And she knew her particular skillset would make for a great assassin.
Cassandra is an incredibly striking 17 year old Chelish girl. Her cheekbones are high and angular and her hair black as the void. She stands tall at five foot nine inches, and has the figure of a woman in her twenties. Her light brown eyes take in much, and can smile almost as widely as her mouth.
Her personality might seem to switch around to outsiders. The truth is, she adjusts herself for her audience. Rare is the moment that goes by without her using her social skills and charm to manipulate those around her, and she does this partially by becoming the person others around her would most like her to be; or at least that's the plan. Deep down, she is smart, ambitious, and absolutely ruthless in the pursuit of her goals.