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A name in the archaic Fontanese tongue Ciarghuala is a pun which can variously mean either "friend shouldered" or "dark (hair and eyes) shouldered". When Ciarghuala was born she had a shock of fine black hair, and during her infancy she was fostered by family friends in the then independent citadel of Via.


Ciarghuala is the daughter of Lady Moira Dubhaine, former Supreme Justice of Fontan and latterly an adventurer of Western Dwilight and Northern Beluaterra. Born in the free city of Via and raised on the borders of the Zuma Coalition, some have speculated that her father may himself have been a Lord of the Zuma, though such fanciful tales have little place in modern genealogy they're popular with the bards who sing of her many accomplishments.

She began her military career as a knight of Niselur and fought with the First Edreun when the monster menace became manifest. It was during this time that she discovered the Forgotten Crown of the Austere Star. When Niselur was abandoned by the other SA realms and reduced to a coastal rump, Ciarghuala led the bodyguard of King Fulco as he travelled to exile in Luria and personally presented the Crown to Emperor Seamus before returning north to coordinate the last desperate attempt to save Gelene.

Later she would lead the last defence of Golden Farrow as the final haven on the Western Continent fell, seeking asylum in Luria Boreal. A period of retirement followed before the fall of Shinnen prompted her to take up arms again, fighting hard to defend the people of Luria Nova.


Lady Ciarghuala inherits her mother's powerful, sinewy frame which combined with her raven tresses and the smoky cast framing her midnight blue eyes give her an unsettling, primal beauty which remains untouched by age, ripe in the first bloom of womanhood. First and foremost a warrior, she rarely adopts the finery her rank allows and is most often seen in the green drab brigandine doublet and grey kidskin britches and boots of her Free Fontanese Guard. The basket hilt and scabbarded blade of Shieldbane slaps against her left hip, the silver clasp of her worn leather baldric chased with the famed Dubhaine armorial, a heavy-bladed seax running flat across her back, the flintlock pistols barker and spitfire thrust through her belt.

Ciarghuala is a renowned archer and huntress, closely associated in popular folk tales with her distinctive longbow Whisperer. According to the bards Whisperer's slender bow-stave is cut from a single length of ancient yew harvested at midnight from a grove in the Zuma-cursed forest of Gonophor, treated with tallow rendered from an Ogre chieftain's flesh, and strung with silk from the spider-pits of the Volcano Nightscree. Setting aside its fanciful backstory, what's certain is that its draw-weight is unmatched and only those trained since early childhood to lay their body into the bow could hope to bend it. Whisperer is accompanied by a grey drawstring bag containing long-shafted bodkins and a slender poignard.

At court she usually wears dress uniform, a maroon broadcloth tunic, white kidskin britches, and oxblood leather baldric and boots.



Raised in the wilderness of Western Dwilight in the borderlands between the dread Zuma and the free city of Via, Ciarghuala is tough and self-reliant even by the standards of the Dubhaine matriarchs. Whilst she shares her mother's deep-seated hatred of injustice and tyranny, it more often finds expression in compassion for the poor unfortunates who toil under its yoke than in the punishment of those who perpetrate it. A well-read and thoughtful woman, she's as comfortable planning against a harsh winter as wielding bow and blade in battle.

In her youth Ciarghuala was more at ease in the wilderness than she ever was in the densely-packed cities of the Inner Sea, however the devastation of recent years has forced her to reassess her views on civilisation and its importance to the human condition. Though still far from courtly in her inclinations she's come to appreciate the company of her fellow nobles - at least those of Luria - and in the right company can seem positively gregarious. However her private life is closely guarded and few outside her immediate military circle know anything of Ciarghuala's loves and passions.


The following scores are based on anecdotal evidence.

Age Class Honour Prestige Swordfighting Jousting Leadership Spellcasting
55 W/C 414 52 36 8 94 11
Reputation 21
Prestige 56
Honour 21
Notoriety 2
Reaver 8
Skills 27
Swordfighting 32
Jousting 12
Leadership 71
Trading 99
Bureaucracy 5
Oratory 5
Infiltration 6
Adventuring 5
Spellcasting 10
Legacy 23
Rulership 4
Dukedom 23
Lordship 41
Knighthood 24
Wealth 51
Possessions 1
Trader 100


1013 August Knight of Niselur
Countess of K'dira
1014 April Watchmaster of Niselur
Margravine of Golden Farrow
May Coffermaster of Niselur
Lawmaster of Niselur
Knight of Astrum
1015 July Knight of Luria Nova
December Margravine of Shinnen Purlieus
1016 January Judge of Luria Boreal
1017 June Knight of Shinnen
July Knight of Askileon
Grand Panetier of Luria Nova
August Countess of Poryatu
November Vice-Marshal of The Emperor's Will
1018 April Dean of Economics of University of Dwilight
August Queen of Earth's Hall
1019 November Suzerain Queen of Luria Nova


Lady Emily D'Arcy
Ciarghuala's mysterious lover
Synne The senior of Ciarghuala's Royal Esquires
Septinia Captain of the Free Fontanese MArine Corps
Audley Lieutenant of the 1st Poryatu Heavy Infantry Militia Company
Kimball Lieutenant of the Free Fontanese Guard Militia Company
Kristof A Sergeant of the Free Fontanese Guard Militia Company


Name Description Army Captain Men Type T R W A D M C CS Provisions Entertainment Designation Pay Service
The Silver Lancers The First Edreun of Niselur 0 + 1 C 31 49 49 6 84 30 0 60 14.08.1013
K'dira Rangers The First Edreun of Niselur Hildemund
40 MI 72 3 60 60 15 92 100 635 0 +Brewery 16.08.1013
Free Fontanese Guard The First Edreun of Niselur Wolfgang
29 SF 85 5 80 75 15 85 100 801 0 -Dance Hall 27.01.1014
Free Fontanese Guard Golden Trout Roderic
65 SF 81 4 95 85 24 84 81 1357 100 +rough quayside 22.07.1015
Free Fontanese Guard Erkenbrand
71 SF 96 4 95 85 13 91 100 1677 100 18.11.1015
Free Fontanese Guard The Defenders of the Empire Septinia
82 SF 99 5 100 100 0 96 50 2003 100 +rough quayside army 259 21.06.1017
Free Fontanese Marine Corps The Novan Wrath Septinia
60 SF 100 5 100 100 8 87 55 1522 100 +rough quayside army 161 28.04.1019
Free Fontanese Marines Novan Homeguard Aelfmona
48 + 12 SF 100 5 100 100 57 92 83 1087
100 -whores army 196 28.04.1019


Date Region Participants Fee Prizes Honour Prestige Rounds Sword Jousting


January February March April May June July August September October November December
1013 August

Personal Journal

April 1014, The Long March Home

With Niselur overwhelmed by monstrous hordes, Ciarghuala and her faithful Fontanese Guard escort King Falco to exile in Luria Nova at great personal cost before commencing the long journey home to defend their adopted people.

July 1017, All is Confusion

Monstrous hordes roam the east with impunity.

September 1017, The Siege of Luria Nova

December 1017, The Slumbering Giant Stirs

January 1018, The Slumbering Giant Stirs

February 1018, The Slumbering Giant Stirs

March 1018, The Slumbering Giant Stirs

April 1018, The Slumbering Giant Stirs

May 1018, The Northern Kingdom

June 1018, The Northern Kingdom

July 1018, When an Emperor Falls...

The unexpected disappearance of Suzerain Emperor Aldrakar leads to a struggle for the throne, complicated by the Lawful Rebellion clause of Luria's constitution. First Imperial Marshal Isabella Pavus seizes the throne in a bloodless coup, then as she is protested from office Lord Aylwin follows in her footsteps only to himself be protested from office.

August 1018, ...an Emperor Rises

Under the newly elected Emperor Nicholas Archival the long-planned division of Luria into northern Luria Nova and southern Luria Ferrata is finally enacted. Following the division King Matthew Coffey is taken ill and when it becomes apparent that he'll need a long convalescence the Crown of Earth's Hall is passed to Ciarghuala as his nominated successor.

October 1018, The Glorious Summer of Luria

October 1018, Two Hearts Beating, One Beats the Other

November 1018, Two Hearts Beating, One Beats the Other

December 1018, Westward Ho!

January 1019, The North Aroused!

February 1019, The North Aroused!

March 1019, The North Aroused!

April 1019, Winter Blows Cold in the West!

May 1019, Who Does Death Serve?

June 1019, To Stand United?

July 1019, To The West Once More

August 1019, The Golden Shores of Dusk

September 1019, Regulators and Collectors

October 1019, The Last Days of the Reign of King Bennet

November 1019, First Amongst Equals

Following his retirement Suzerain King Bennet is succeeded by Ciarghuala.

December 1019, First Amongst Equals

January 2020