The Sun rises over the lively streets of Helena, a fresh morning bringing light to a new day. The city was bustling with people, each preparing for war. Smiths were sharpening their blades, innkeepers and tavern workers preparing meats and bread for the Legionnaires. Wives and children giving their husbands and fathers hugs and well wishes before they set off for battle, but on this day, a brother would be forced to say an eternal goodbye to his sister.
Her body was found resting against a wall in the courtyard. Her skin greying and pale. A visible wound could be seen, a piercing through her abdomen that had been left open and untreated. Her plum colored dress stained a bright crimson, still damp with blood. The woman who was once known for her joy is now just an empty frame.
On a day that was intended for victory and pride, Ser Rodrik Kortrevich would find himself having to part ways with his beloved sister, Lady Lilliana Kortrevich. Taking her into his arms, somberly carrying her through the heart of Helena to his manor. This would be the last embrace he would ever give her. Once he entered into the comfort of his home, he found the strength to examine the letter that had been discovered alongside her. The missive sealed with her own family sigil, the Baruch Crest. Breaking the wax, he would unfold the parchment and find the following message,
“Traitors of family are the worst kind. This is the fate in which meets all traitors of kin & those who destroy their families for power and greed.
Sigmar Joren Baruch. Count of Ayr. Slayer of Traitors.”
In her last years Lily was known as a traitor to the people of Reza and to her family. She knew the consequences that accompanied her choices, regardless she chose to pledge her loyalty to His Imperial Majesty Godfrey III of House Horen. This decision was made out of love for her family and the hope that they might be safe once this war had ceased. Every moment without them was agony, but that pain was pale in comparison to the thought of her children being casualties in this unceasing bloodshed.
To Lilliana, her family meant the world; For her children, she would give her everything. Ultimately it was her life that was ended by the children whom she had cherished the most. Even so, her love for them will remain unending. Watching over them from the Seven Skies, awaiting the day she may hold them again.
Lilliana Baruch-Kortrevich 1678-1719
She is survived by her 3 children, Sigmar Joren, Eirik Sigismund & Kamilla Julya Baruch, as well as her brothers, Ser Rodrik Kortrevich and Duncan Kortrevich.