Isabela: info from World of Thedas Vol 2
ISABELA, THE RAIDER QUEEN
Isabela, a notorious radier and selfproclaimed ‘Queen of the Eastern Seas’ began her life in Rivain in the shadow of her mother, herself a noted thief and a charlatan. Isabela never knew her father, though her mother once, while drunk, is said to have described him as large, hairy and good with his hands. […] Early in on her so-called “career”, Isabela’s mother infamously posed as a Rivaini seer to help a village in the Rivaini interior with their troubles - in exchange for coin, of course. It was there she took the name Madam Hari, after what the locals called elf-root. […] And then Hari simply stopped trying to persuade her daughter. Isabela thought she won, that she had finally convinced her mother to stop allowing the Qun to train her into accepting slavery. She was wrong. Not two days later, a man came to the door of their little shack with a small entourage. He wore brocade and perfumed silk […] His nails were clean and smooth. “Just take her”, Hari told the man, without looking at her daughter. The man, who was called Luis, was to be Isabela’s new husband. It would be the last time the mother and daughter would ever see each other. Isabela often says that her mother sold her for a handful of gold and a goat. Occasionally the goat is a cow, or twelve chickens.[…] Luis took Isabela to Antiva City, where he had made his fortune as a merchant. There, in Ltaisls grand manor, Isabela was groomed for high society. Gowns and jewelry were comminissioned specially for her. Only the best was good enough for Luis’s new prize, and he made sure Isabela was paraded in front of him for his approval every time her maids dressed her.
[…] said a woM directly to her, but everyone looked her up and down, nodding, and praised Luis for the acquisition of his exotic plaything. We kept her goblet filled with spiced wine. I assume it made the ordeal easier to bear. Isabela couldn’t help enjoying the first months of her life with Luis. Servants attented to her needs. Her every desire was met, even exceeded […] Boredom came first. It was quickly replaced by irritation, then anger. When she had been in Rivain, she could do as she wished, go where she wished. Now, maids and guards followed her everywhere, “for her protection”, they said. She could do anything she liked, as long as it befitted the lady oldie house. […] He began to lose interest in her. At first Isabela was pleased, thinking that he would soon let her go, but Luis continued to keep her in his manor. Isabela’s anger grew. It was around this time that Isabela met the young Antivan Crow Zevran Arainai while on an excursion in the town. […] They got along well and started up an affair, based more on physical attraction and Isabela’s desire to test her boundaries with Luis than actual love. It was Zevran who taught Isabela the basics of knife combat. Later on, in her raiding days, she would expand upon his teachings to create a style all her own. While carrying on her relationship with Zevran, Isabela cone tinned her campaign of defiance against her husband. […] What is known is that before Zevran killed Luis, the assassin spoke to Isabela and told her of the plan. It was she who gave him the location of the key to Luis’s room, allowing Zevran to enter undetected. When Luis’s death was discovered in the morning, Isabela was already gone. Buzzards often cede the poores gthlitletS Ot Wong, […]
[…] The Siren’s Call. Some weeks prior to Luis’s death, he and Isabela attended the launch of his new ship, the Siren’s Call, which was to be the fastest in his merchant fleet. Isabela was enchanted by the vessel and its billowing white sails. […] When Zevran told her that Luis was to die, her first thought was of the ship and how she could ride it to freedom. As Zevran was killing her husband, Isabela left the manor, crawling out a window, with nothing but the clothes on her back, two daggers that Zevran gave her (out of the seven he carried), and a sack full of her jewelry. She used the jewerly to bribe some sailors into helping her command the Siren’s Call and sail it to Rivain. The ship docked in Llomerryn, a notorious den of raiders and thieves. […] A day later, Isabela found herself using her untested knife skills in a duel with a man she has only referred to as the Jackdaw, someone with contacts in the Felicissima Armada. She made a bet: if she could best the Jackdaw in single combat, he would help her find a crew and a job. […] Isabela won the bet, and to this day she is unsure if the Jackdaw lost to her intentionally, out of pity. Whatever the case, Isabela soon found herself with a new crew and a new captain for the Siren’s Call. She knew she would be unable to captain her own ship and wanted to learn under someone who could. […] And so she began her life as a raider on her own ship with another man at the helm. Isabela later killed the captain over an insult and took back control of the Siren’s Call. As for the Jackdaw, there are rumors that he and Isabela began a passionate love affair after that first duel.