ETHELYN, DUCHESS OF SHALE
THE KING’S SISTER, Duchess Ethelyn of Shale was a commoner before earning her title in the Third Yerasol War. She dislikes industry and leads a coalition of powerful individuals with strong ties to the Unseen Court. She wears extravagant diamond cluster earrings—representing the stars of the night sky—to show her allegiance to the old ways. Accounts tell of her possessing many different types of magic, though many of these could be exaggerated.
Ethelyn headed a plot to sabotage the RNS Coaltongue during it’s maiden voyage. Had her plans succeeded, she would have blown up the vessel and all aboard would have perished, including her brother Aodhan. Shortly before commencing the plot, Ethelyn confided to the elven druidess and RHC constable Lethe Greenbark that she was unhappy with the steamship and her brother’s vision of an industrialized Risur.
Just after sending her agents, including her handmaiden Sokana Rell, to carry out her scheme, Ethelyn jumped ship and was taken under the waves by the marine arch-fey Beshala. Though branded a traitor to the crown, the Duchess is presumed to have retreated to her stronghold in Shale, where she enjoys a degree of political and military support.