Wil's Love Interest
Maria Pontmercy is a young woman who worked to overthrow King Chamoun IV of Vitalio. Born to common laborers in Bonifant, Maria grew up witnessing the injustices endured by the working class. As the king became increasingly paranoid, these abuses mounted. As a result, Maria began advocating treason against the crown. These speeches caught the attention of General Leon Cornet, who suggested an alliance. And so, Maria and her small group of followers joined Cornet’s resistance. Maria’s enthusiasm, charisma, and daring quickly made her one of the resistance’s principal leaders, although she still did not see eye to eye with General Cornet on many issues. The General urged a cautious, slow approach, and envisioned a military coup. Maria did not want to wait, wished for a people’s revolt, and did not share Cornet’s strict code of honor.
Maria is a passionate, idealistic woman, who is determined to secure a better future for all of Vitalio’s people. She tends to see the world in terms of black and white, and is reluctant to compromise, even in the face of overwhelming odds. She firmly believes that good wil triumph, and that no power can withstand the united will of the everyday men and women of Vitalio.
Recently, after Chancellor Adriana Prevot’s assassination, the drow monk Dryug convinced Maria that the time was right to begin a revolt. With General Cornet absent, Maria stirred up a mob, and marched on the king’s castle. This would likely have ended in disaster if not for a group of adventurers that engaged the castle guard. With help from Maria and the mob, the adventurers were victorious, and the rebels withdrew to plan their next assault on the king’s keep.
After General Cornet’s death, and Wil’s ascension to the throne of Vitalio, Maria assisted Captain Gaul Kahn in preparing Bonifant for a siege by the royal army. Kahn recognized her talent, and appointed her commander of the citizen’s militia. In this role, she mustered the people of Bonifant to defend their homes, while honing her own fighting skills. She is now one of the most skilled skirmishers in the Vitalian army, using the rapier and the hand crossbow to deadly effect. The common folk of Bonifant see her as an example of what even those born in the humblest of circumstances can achieve.
Recently, Maria found that she had been harboring a growing attraction for Wil. Even before Wil became king, she had come into contact with those adventurers and had been fighting alongside them in order to overthrow the former royalty. What had first caught her attention was his slender, fragile physique and pale, and freckled face, and she had summarily dismissed him from her mind. However, Wil’s outward appearance gave her no indication of the strong resolve underneath the exterior until she saw him in battle and with his subjects. She felt herself thinking that she was not usually attracted to men like this.
Indeed, Wil’s adept handling of arcane spells belied a powerful strength, yet the intent behind his actions was that of kindness. Most of his reckless adventurer companions were violent and horrifyingly terrible, such as that barbarian Rekas, but Wil had an upright set of morals, justice, and compassion that drove his actions even towards the least of citizens and enemies. His actions, strong and courageous, tempered by such kindness and goodness often made her lose her sense of time when thinking about him. The fact that it was discovered that he had royal blood was just icing on the proverbial cake.
She yearned for his attention… but would he reciprocate? She hoped, beyond all measure, that the kind and gracious king would feel the same way about her… but the future was so uncertain with the approach of the southern army. The future grew darker when the army broke through the walls, and Wil did not return to the castle. Upon the walls of the royal fortress, she anxiously awaited any sign of his periwinkle robes. Her heart leapt when she saw him approach the ancient walls. Still, she could not imagine the euphoria that awaited as the king took her in his arms and kissed her. Beautiful violin music filled the air as they embraced, perfecting the moment. Well, the kiss could have been a little better, but that was a small annoyance on such a magical night.