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The principality of Calvera is the very definition of rustic Rasenna. Gently rolling hills are punctuated here and there with the occasional mountain, river or tangled bit of wood. It’s wine country, and horse country – the best steeds in Rasenna are raised on Calveran ranches. And of course, it’s barely urban at all, mostly large towns and only one truly large city, the Prince’s seat of Canteria.

The villa of Master Andelac Borsari sits out in the middle of all this provincial splendor (a phrase that may be pronounced honestly or sarcastically, depending on who you ask). The Borsaris are a well-respected local family, not of any one Great House but not in the bad graces of any, either. Master Borsari is a red-faced, barrel-chested rustic somewhat reminiscent of a snorting boar. His wife Rachessa is more cultured, an urbane and striking woman who adds a touch of nobility to the estate. They have four children, the oldest of which, Ivella, is a very fetching 18-year-old whose father watches her very carefully. The Borsari lands are rather expansive, with grain fields, vineyards, and a rather dense patch of wood that is kept as a hunting preserve. Apart from the Borsaris themselves, the most significant figure at the estate is Ramilante the Russet, a blademaster who retired from active knife-work some time ago, marrying Rachessa Borsari’s sister.

Opilio has known the Borsaris the longest, having worked a particularly stubborn patch of land for them for many years, as well as dealing with certain troubles for Master Borsari as they arise. Everyone else has been their guests for varying amounts of time. Ettorio Iluni arrived a year ago; his distant cousin Mistress Borsari was glad to welcome the young half-elf with only the occasional stern hint that her eldest daughter is off-limits. That year has been more than enough time to devour all the interesting books out of Master Borsari’s not quite lavish library, and to spend no small amount of time training with Ramilante. The alchemist Roberto has rented a small cottage on the edge of Borsari lands, a place where he can practice his arts in private. Finally, the family had prepared for a visit from two necromancers of House Sespech recently, and only one has just now arrived (Vesper Sespech). The other – an old colleague of Ramilante’s from the “dangerous days” – had fallen under mysterious circumstances.

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