The Most Honorable Lady Maria Katarina d’Berkshire, Duchess of Mallora
The Most Honorable Lady Maria Katarina d’Berkshire, Duchess of Mallora, is the ruler of the Great Duchy of Mallora, one of the northern Ibridies. A cunning and headstrong young woman, she was born for greatness; courtly intrigue is her art, and she is both skilled and talented at all aspects of her art.
Background: Her father, Lord Alejandro Cortez d’Berkshire, was Duke of Leom in his youth, before losing his title in a high-stakes game of charades; his duchy gone, he fell back on his mother’s father’s title, that of Viscount of Ragon in Mallora. There, he met Lady Katarina Austinero d’Maddingly, and the two fell in love. The combination of his bravado and her agile mind made the two a force to be reckoned with in the court, and it was not long before their schemes and alliances made them Duke and Duchess of Mallora. They had a son (Josef Alejandro) and a daughter (Maria Katarina), and the family lived several happy years in Mallora Palace. When Josef was seventeen, and Maria only twelve, Lady Katarina died of an incurable disease. Lord Alejandro mourned for five years, his health declined, and he died, leaving the duchy to Josefat only twenty-two. Josef ruled justly and well, improving conditions for his people and cracking down on the secret organized crime syndicate that covered the Ibridies, which he had discovered in his youth. Only ten years into his rule, Lord Josef was exiled from Mallora for a shocking scandal. In order to save his family’s name and his sister’s station, the exile publicly distanced himself from his beloved sister and only living relation.