About Anastasia Rasdovain
Personality and Appearance: Standing a willowy 5’7, all but the most imperceptive can tell the attractive blonde-haired, blue-eyed woman comes from a noble background. She speaks clearly and elegantly, and something about her communication can persuade even the most reluctant to give her opinions consideration. She displays her holy symbol of Abadar proudly, and will go on at length about the philosophy of her god for all that give her the slightest opening. While not overtly arrogant, she does often take a paternalistic view of commoners and displays open pity for those living outside cities or well-managed farms. Years of living and operating around political intrigues have honed her social perceptiveness and though likable and admirable for her desire to improve (at least in her view) the lot of others, she is not above verbally lashing those who cross her. Where possible she prefers to wear fine cloths and jewelry, but understands that such is often not practical for adventuring.
Full Name: Demibaronness Prelate Anastasia Rasdovain
By her 23rd birthday, Anastasia had completed priestly training, but was informed by her family that she would receive no independent land holdings or title to go along with her new career. Unprepared for this crushing news, the girl begged her parents for a more prominent role in the House’s political organization. In this plea her parents saw an opportunity to reverse a more recent set-back. Royal historians had traced House Rasdovain’s lineage to a distance connection with the much-reviled Queen of Korvosa. Such a connection was problematic for a House desperate to redeem itself in Thrune’s eyes. By way of artistic patronage in Brevoy, House Rasdovain was gifted by the Aldori Swordlords a writ to bring order to the Stolen Lands south of that country. After all, who better to bring (perhaps ruthless) order than the Chelaxians? In this writ, the Lord and Lady of Rasdovain saw an opportunity to kill several birds with one stone: appease Queen Abrogail and further demonstrate House Rasdovain’s loyalty to the crown by increasing Chelaxian holdings, gain an at-least temporary ally in Brevoy by pacifying their southern flank, and providing their grasping youngest child a route to quench her desire for landed-holdings of her own. To ensure their head-strong daughter would willingly participate in being sent far from home they agreed to grant her the title of Demibaroness of Upper Westcrown, a minor landless indication no one in the House had assumed for three generations.
Handed the Writ, Anastasia jumped at the chance to spread the harmonizing and enhancing influences of Civilization to an area that not known such for a very long time. If she became landed nobility and expanded her noble title in the process, all the better. Her parents and her mentors in the church provided her a modicum of training for handling the rigors of exploration and combat, but neither was ever to be a forte. What is a strength is gathering allies, and Anastasia immediately went to work garnering others to join her on the trek to the Stolen Lands.