The Phoenix of Llael
Patrizio Mago Matys is a noble of Rhydden. His daughter, Matylda, disappeared returning from a visit with the Mancario family to seal a betrothal to their son, Byrk. Mago began a desperate searched for her when her entire traveling party vanished.
With the breaking of the Aleksi Code, the Llaelese resistance was able to discover that a mercenary group, known as the Decklan Riders, had captured Matylda, and was trying to renegotiate their fees with the Khadorans in exchange for her. But since the letter had been intercepted, no Khadoran response was immediately forthcoming.
Gayle Vandyse was tasked with taking on the persona of a Khadoran agent, Ilyana Rachlavsky. Carefully establishing herself with people who would be known to the group of mercenaries, she set up a meeting to arrange terms, and leading eventually to an exchange for compensation. But as the mercenaries arrived, they were instead met by a Llaelese resistance cell. Most of the mercenaries were killed or captured, except for a rogue named Gilfyn Dunford.
Matys was grateful for his daughter’s safe return, and has become even more supportive of the resistance in turn. But Gayle’s role has been kept from him to maintain her cover. Still, Matys would one day like to learn who the man (or woman?) was that was responsible for his daughter’s rescue.