Lady Vespernys du Lac’s parents are the Duke Girard and Duchess Eliane du Lac. They are the rulers of the local area. The family earned their title through force of arms, conquering and defending this area in the name of the southern kingdom, though those connections have long since grown tenuous as the south pulls back more and more from its frontier, leaving the Duke and Duchess to more or less independent governance, though they technically still owe nominal allegiance to the south. But that allegiance cannot any longer be trusted upon to produce the normal feudal obligations a lord owes to his vassals, and only occasionally does a courier come to the village from the south. As times have grown more lean, the Duke retains the taxes he should send south in country. No one has yet to complain.
This strength of arms has long been feted as a family trait, and indeed, Girard du Lac and his younger brother Cormac are strong warriors. But the rock of the family lineage is threatened by the fact that the duke has yet to produce a proper male heir, and with the recent disappearance of the presumptive heir, Cormac, this leaves Vespernys as the next in line for the ducal throne, for which she is woefully underprepared, as military and political lessons were not part of her upbringing, though she has secretly mastered them herself, and currently sits on the high seat in the ducal court.
The family initially lived in a proper stone keep (to the north of the map, across the bridge and the river, on a lake bordering the woods/Weald). This year, due to the increased upkeep costs on the keep, they have moved into the steward’s manor on the northwest side of the village. Because the manor is located right in the village, and the locals don’t have to trudge a mile up to the keep, Vespernys finds that instead of handling their problems locally, the villagers are much more keen to bring their legal squabbles to court.
One of the ways Vespernys likes to rebel, besides playing with the bow, is going to the Smiling Jack Tavern and getting Kaya to teach her those sultry “foreign” dances she does, to her mother’s shock and horror. She always goes in disguise, both to the tavern or out with her bow, and she thinks know one knows, but I think it’s an amusing village “secret” that everyone is in on. But while such antics may be amusing in a young woman, they are becoming less so now that Vespernys is sitting on the high seat in the absence of her father, and there are rumblings that the woman should “know her place”.