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Lady Anastasia Volkov was greatly loved by her people. Having grown among them she rose to prominence when she caught the attention of a young rising lord by the name of Demetri. The two were an inspiration to the people as he brought her from modest origins to join the royal court and eventually became Duchess to the local lands. Of course that was not enough to anmore her people, it was her constant work to make their lives better that brought her to prominence. Encouraging Demetri to create policies that considered the people of the land as well as the aristocracy. She brought food to the hungry and used funds from tournaments she held to build housing for the homeless. For the first time the people felt that they were getting something back from their Lord and willingly paid into the taxes and obligations to the feifdom.

Demetri however had his own pursuers. A handsome lord of prestigious name and standing many a lady from a noble family had sought his hand before the appearance of Anastasia. Although most considered his marriage fortunate there was one in particular who held it as a slight against her. Reyna Izmennik considered herself the only one worthy enough for Demetri's hand and found even more contempt int all of Anastasia's charitable deeds. She despised the fact that the people loved the woman who had came from common roots and considered her blood unworthy of the court. The lady of the court was as clever as she was vain and soon concocted a plan to take the lord for herself. It began with first hiding any true displeasure with Anastasia and welcoming her to the court with open arms. Befriending her nemesis Demetri was at first caught off guard having known Reyna for so long, but eventually considered it a fortunate change of events as the two bonded. Working her way into the good graces of both Demetri and Anastasia she then put her plot into motion when she least expected it.

Lady Anastasia's first love was not Demetri, she in fact had been very succesful in the rituals of courtship drawing men in with her exotic beauty and warm demneour. She had kept her grace up until her marriage to Demetri, but there was a trail of past courters that she had left behind. One by one each and every one of them were found dead. Pinned to an arcane sigil and bled out in some horrific dark ritual, or so it seemed. The Dutchess was mortified by the string of deaths and it was immediately identified as a risk to the kingdom. Demetri lead an investigation into them personally following a string of clues left at each scene. When the fabric from one of Anastasia's dresses was found at the most rescent murder scene it brought the investigation to her chambers where the same dress was found in a chest covered in blood with a chest full of Infernal artifacts including a ritualistic dagger.

Demetri's heart broke and he shut his ears to Anastasia's pleas of innocense. She knew she had leant the dress to Reyna, but all her cried fell on deaf ears. Reyna quickly moved in to comfort Demetri from the witch who had seduced him and by the the fortnight Anastasia was stripped of her titles and burnt at the stake. Her cries to her husband wailed through the town as Reyna looked on in gleeful exhilartion. Her plan had come to fruition and she quickly moved in to take Anastasia's place. All the kindness the former duchess had visited on the people was soon rescinded as taxes were hiked and food was given priority to the nobles once again. The funds for the shelters stopped and they were repurposed for barracks for an military contigent that now occupied the town punishing any word that was spoken against the new dutchess. The cries of the people could be heard from the grave.

It was there that Lady Anastasia dressed in the Scarlet dress in which she had been burned stood before Orcus. He promised her vengeance if she served in his army of the dead. He promised to grant her the very power that all of those who had tormented her feared she had. When she hesitated he showed her the screams of hunger and anguish Reyna had visited on her people. Anastasia knew she had no choice and took up servitude under Orcus' banner.

The Scarlet Lady, Lich of Sorrow was born.

The change had tainted her, made her as merciless as she had been kind. The Scarlet Lady hungered no longer for her husbands love, just for the vengeance of the wicked souls that had betrayed her. Both her best friend Reyna and her husband. Visiting their marriage bed she found both of them in one place. The screams of horror from the castle that night are things of legend. It is said however somehow the Lady Reyna made it out alive and that the Scarlet Lady still hunts her only letting the will if Orcus come between her and her final vengeance.
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