Signs and portents
Emma of Dunir
Daughter of a wine merchant
Born in 698, she is a beautiful young woman with a very keen mind. Determined to prove her worth, she is more aware of her uncle’s dealings than he believes her possible. For the past five years, she’s taken care of his books and is aware that Roger drinks more of her uncle’s profit than is, perhaps, wise. She dislikes being left alone with Roger, who has always seen her only as a potential conquest rather than a bright and aspiring young woman.
She likes Aleath, but calls Dunir her home. She lives with Thomas of Dunir as her chaperone. She was born to an ailing mother and without a father somewhere south-west of Aleath. She spent her first four years being looked after by local Peonians, until Mary, Thomas’ wife, found her. She accepted responsibility and raised the child as her own. Mary, like Emma, was literate and helped Thomas run his business. When she passed from a sickness onboard ship, Emma was only 12, but old enough to take over her “aunt’s” duties. Thomas is very proud of Emma, and believes he has managed to hide his pride from her. She knows he also worries about her greatly.
At 16 she joined the mercantyler’s guild so that, hopefully, she could surpass her uncle in the existing hierarchy. Unfortunately, she has been unable to find a master. While she can legally become an Usurer, she prefers to become a master mercantyler; but without the apprenticeship she is forced to remain a merchant.
Emma believes the guild wants to see her married first, but in truth it is her father that has asked she stay with him. He is seeking an exception from the guild (and has not yet achieved one) to be Emma’s master during her journeymanship.
Emma took the death of her father in stride and returned to Dunir to continue working on her father’s estate. Whether the guild will allow her to continue to be a master merchant is something she needs to work out. Roger, her father’s laborer, was intending to follow her home, but ended up travelling a few months later. Roger was in love with Emma, but thanks to some helpful intervention, now understands that such a relationship was never to be.
When Master Thomas was killed in a political intrigue, it brought Emma right into the plot. She managed to keep the message safe and see it delivered to trustworthy folk, thus washing her hands of it. She intends to stick to selling wine and ignore all such political mechanization in the future. The fact that Sir Tristant Lazcaver of Vima made her realize she could still love (after just loosing her father) in a ploy to get the message she carried, has only succeeded in renewing her vow to be strong and independent.