- 1 Etymology
- 2 Background
- 3 Appearance
- 4 Personality
- 5 Stats
- 6 Career
- 7 Household
- 8 Commands
- 9 Tournaments
- 10 Battles
- 11 Personal Journal
- 11.1 April 1014, The Long March Home
- 11.2 July 1017, All is Confusion
- 11.3 September 1017, The Siege of Luria Nova
- 11.4 December 1017, The Slumbering Giant Stirs
- 11.5 January 1018, The Slumbering Giant Stirs
- 11.6 February 1018, The Slumbering Giant Stirs
- 11.7 March 1018, The Slumbering Giant Stirs
- 11.8 April 1018, The Slumbering Giant Stirs
- 11.9 May 1018, The Northern Kingdom
- 11.10 June 1018, The Northern Kingdom
- 11.11 July 1018, When an Emperor Falls...
- 11.12 August 1018, ...an Emperor Rises
- 11.13 October 1018, The Glorious Summer of Luria
- 11.14 October 1018, Two Hearts Beating, One Beats the Other
- 11.15 November 1018, Two Hearts Beating, One Beats the Other
- 11.16 December 1018, Westward Ho!
- 11.17 January 1019, The North Aroused!
- 11.18 February 1019, The North Aroused!
- 11.19 March 1019, The North Aroused!
- 11.20 April 1019, Winter Blows Cold in the West!
- 11.21 May 1019, Who Does Death Serve?
- 11.22 June 1019, To Stand United?
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.
At court she usually wears dress uniform, a maroon broadcloth tunic, white kidskin britches, and oxblood leather baldric and boots.
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.
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.
|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|
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|
|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
|Free Fontanese Guard||The First Edreun of Niselur||Wolfgang
|Free Fontanese Guard||Golden Trout||Roderic
|Free Fontanese Guard||Erkenbrand
|Free Fontanese Guard||The Defenders of the Empire||Septinia
|Free Fontanese Marine Corps||The Novan Wrath||Septinia
|Free Fontanese Marines||The Novan Wrath||Aelfmona
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.
Monstrous hordes roam the east with impunity.
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.
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.