Knights of the Longbox
Lady Alice Redburn
Lady Alice Redburn is the youngest ruler Sommerset has ever seen but was elected by the guilds and aristocrats of the city with near unanimous support. Hailing from the Redburn clan, an influential family with their hands in property, mercenary companies and the city’s fur trade, Alice was connected to the aristocracy from birth and by 154, submitted herself to the electorate for the seat of power. Promising to use her family’s mercenary forces as well as conscripting adventurers to fight in the The Orc Wars rather than force conscription of the populace, she won the hearts of the city and overwhelming support from the skittish merchant and upper class.
With relatively few casualties as the result of the war, Lady Alice maintains solid support and was able to keep a healthy economy flourishing economy in Sommerset. Still, her family’s forces suffered a mighty blow because of the war and she’s increasingly been forced to offset military duties to unattached mercenary companies and adventuring groups. Her brother, Eobard, plays a pivotal role in guiding adventuring parties, issuing contracts and negotiating with mercenaries and the Sommerset Adventurers Guild. Alice is advised by Theo Alber, a mystic theruge and the city’s high priest of the Church of the Eternal Flame. She deals fairly and has a solid reputation for paying her debts although some guild leaders and aristocrats question the impact her dealings are having on the city’s coffers.