I’m Queen Treya of Twyl, and I like people. I watch them. Listen to them. Consider their behavior. You could say I’m a student of the human race, but other races interest me as well. From that description, you might think I worship Mitra, but that is not the case. I have pledged myself to Sheba, the goddess of honor, as have most of my family.
I come from a family of warriors, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t solve problems without a sword. The sword is a good tool to have in your arsenal, but it’s still only one tool and honor often demands others…like diplomacy. And in order to work with people you have to understand them, so I keep both my eyes open.
I’m married to King Terrence, who’s a hero to many. He’s charismatic, larger than life, and sometimes oblivious to the obvious realities around him. He tends to be a blunt force when dealing with problems, and my job is to temper him. Keep him thinking. Give him options when he would rather approach every situation in the most direct way possible. Terrence is endearingly naive at times, but he’s a good man, and he believes in many of the things I believe in. I didn’t choose to marry him, our marriage was arranged when I was still young, but I don’t see how I could have chosen someone more compatible on my own. I am aware of how lucky I have been.
Our son Eric is still young, but already I can see much of his father in him. I’ve been trying to instill some of me into him too, and I believe I have succeeded in this. In the end, I believe he’ll be a better ruler than either one of us. Seeing him grow and take form has been one of the greatest joys of my life. This balances out hard times that inevitably fall into every life. I’ve had my share of those too, but not lately.
I know this run of fortune we’ve had can’t last, and I’m fearful that all we have will be shattered in the years ahead, but I can’t think about that. I can only feel lucky and thank the goddess that the good times have lasted this long. When the hard times come again, and I assure you they will, I’ll do what I always do. I’ll endure, and help as many people as I can through them. Because I have been blessed as few others have, it’s the least I can do. I would be this way even if Sheba didn’t demand it of me.