Dowager Duchess Joan

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Dowager Grand Duchess Joan Hendrake-Helgram, Warmistress

Joan is the widow of Grand Duke Graham the Younger. She was born into House Hendrake, and was brought up within that House, learning the military skills which would be appropriate to one of her status: she is Aunt to the current Hendrake Grand Duchess, Belissa Minobee. Her marriage to Graham was initially a political one, although husband and wife grew very fond of each other, and when the previous Helgram Warleader died, Joan was willing to take over the position.

Children of Graham and Joan

The Helgram Aunts (which also include Duchess Matilda and Duchess Eleanor, in the previous generation) are a formidable lot. Definitely they who shall be obeyed. They have a habit of fighting with their daughters as rivals, and tend to favour their sons. However, they won’t hesitate to block unsuitable marriages for any of their children, if they don’t like who gets brought home for approval, sometimes going to great lengths (including land seizures and kidnappings) to stop a marriage they don’t approve of going ahead. They also prefer their sons to have short-lived marriages or none at all.

Duchess Clarissa

As she is the mother of the former Grand Duke, and grand-mother of the current once, Clarissa is considered to be a member of the Ducal Line.

Duchess Rosemary

Rosemary is very much the kind of person who works behind the scenes to make sure that the laziness she sees elsewhere in the House doesn’t mean that things grind to a halt. She works in the Helgram bureaucracy and is highly effective in keeping people organised and getting the job done…whatever the job may be. She has almost as many contacts in Thelbane as a whole as her Aunt Eleanor. She is known to be a Trump artist, as well as a sorceress specialising in teleporting and communications magics.

She works closely with her daughter, Isabel, who recently joined her office in the Long House.

Duchess Florence

Despite her gossipy exterior, Duchess Florence is very highly educated, and is one of the legal powerhouses of House Helgram. She was formerly a Judge within the House. She is also very involved in House politics. Her most notable feature is her striking robin’s-egg blue eyes. She occasionally guest lectures at the Academy, on House and Thelbane governance and jurisprudence.

Florence has two pairs of twin sons, with her late husband Douglas. Thus far, none of the assorted girlfriends they have brought to home to meet her have passed muster, so they remain bachelors.

Duchess Athena, Headmistress of the Helgram Academy

Duchess Athena runs the Helgram Academy, where many of the younger Helgrams study if they don’t end up being sent into Shadow. She is a no-nonsense Head Mistress, with a rather stern exterior, but underneath she is honest and fair but also very pragmatic. She stays out of family politics but stays up to date on it as a sensible step.

Duchess Marguerita

Margueriata, like her Aunt Matilda, is one of the more prouder, aristocratic Helgram aunts, and has a lot of friends and contacts throughout the House and Thelbane as a whole. She is also less inclined to meddle in the affairs of her children than some of the others. She can be kind and considerate, but is a very bad person to get on the wrong side of, and can have a very sharp tongue if angry. She is also a strong believer in knowledge and is often sought for her influence and advice. She has a reputation as a strong ritualist, and often lectures at the Helgram Academy.

She loves cats in all their forms, from Tiddles to tigers. She is usually seen with a long silver cigarette holder and enjoys her personal brand of cigarettes that she has had made for her.

Duchess Juanita

Juanita is an honourable lady, but very stiff backed and traditional. She is also very proud, and is a tough matriarch, who is very capable of taking on those who displease her. She is of the pro-Chaos party, believing that Chaos can be reformed and brought back to its old days of a strong king, countered by a conservative parliament blocking unnecessary changes sponsored by mischief making would be tyrants, and has little time for those who believe the Grand Duchies should be independent.

She has two daughters, Alexandra and Joyce. Joyce married Vilhelm FitzChannicut, a natural son of a brother of Tubble Channicut, with whom she had four children: the blond twins Gottfried and Manfred, a daughter named Amelia, and a younger son called Thaddeus.

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