The New(er) Encyclopedia Realmgardica: The Sisters Darkstone

Our heroines, ladies and gentleman

To further hype up tomorrow’s revisiting of Fryte’s Gold, here’s your chance to get (re)acquainted with Dunstana and Kat, the heroines of the story.

Dunstana Darkstone

“Normal little girls don’t pretend to be reasonably successful pirates. But, then, strictly speaking, neither does Dunstana. She is a reasonably successful pirate.”

Art of Dunstana Darkstone by Cole McMullin.
Art by Cole McMullin. Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit.
Age: 10
Occupation: pirate
Likes: adventure, treasure, Princess Moonflower
Dislikes: boredom, quiet, doubters
Father: Admiral Dorian Darkstone (retd.)
Mother: Estelle Darkstone (née Winfield)
Sister: Katherine H. Darkstone

Hat: nice
Princess Moonflower Collection: plentiful
Here to: collect Princess Moonflowers and kick shins. And she just completed her collection.

Captain Dunstana Felicity Darkstone is the young scion of a long line of pirates and the most recent successor to the legacy of the famous Guillaume d’Arquestone.

Thanks to the piratical influence of her father in her earliest, Dunstana’s chosen career was likely inevitable from the very beginning. That she won her very own ship during Porthaven’s annual Foundation Day raffles was merely a formality, though it stands as the clearest sign of Dunstana’s long-running streak of uncanny good luck.

Armed with her trusty wooden sword, cork gun, and big sister and seemingly blessed with inexhaustible good luck, Dunstana has made herself a fixture of Porthaven’s Dock District and has earned at least the grudging respect of most of the city’s other pirates.

However, Realmgard’s pirates are a proud and contentious lot, and some particularly stubborn, old-fashioned pirates are reluctant to acknowledge a ten-year-old girl as a legitimate member of the profession. Dunstana is, of course, resolved to prove these doubters and naysayers wrong.

Or at least settle for kicking them all in the shins in the interim…

Dunstana will be the first to admit that she couldn’t have accomplished all she has by herself — even with her uncommonly good luck. She has a secret weapon. A secret weapon named Kat Darkstone. With the aid of her big (both age-wise and height-wise) sister, there is no obstacle that cannot be overcome, nor tall shelf that cannot be reached down from.

In addition to being a pirate captain of note, Dunstana is also the self-professed greatest fan of magical transforming heroine Princess Moonflower, and the treasure she found thus far in her career is surpassed only by her collection of Princess Moonflower dolls — which, as far as Dunstana is concerned, is the real treasure.

Kat Darkstone

That’s what big sisters are for, after all. The little sister does something crazy, and the big one makes sure she comes back home in one piece.

Art of Kat Darkstone by Cole McMullin.
Art by Cole McMullin. Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit.
Age: 15
Occupation: Freelance adventurer, part-time sales associate, full-time big sister
Likes: pudding, sleep, couches, small animals
Dislikes: hassle, her middle name, mortal peril, low doorframes

Father: Admiral Dorian Darkstone (retd.)
Mother: Estelle Darkstone (née Winfield)
Sister: Captain Dunstana Darkstone

Self-conscious about: eyebrows
Tall: very
Second helpings of dinner: yes, please

By birth the eldest daughter of a famous pirate from a family of pirates, Katherine Hortensia Darkstone did not inherit her ancestors’ affinity for the sea. What she did inherit, however, is the Darkstone family’s typically prominent eyebrows.

In a perfect world, Kat would spend most of her days lounging in peace on her beloved plaid couch. In the actual world, Kat faces the reality of having a little sister pirate and a nightmare of a middle name. Nevertheless, Kat lives her life with an unshakeable sense of cautious optimism: she can only find herself facing certain doom so many times before her luck starts to turn around.

Gifted with physical prowess and towering stature from a young age, Kat has recently qualified for an Adventuring Licence from the Guild Authority of Porthaven. Currently, Kat is working as an unaffiliated freelance adventurer in and around Porthaven.

While between jobs, Kat helps out at her grandparents’ store, the Winfield and Sons Emporium, one of the most venerable establishments in Porthaven’s Outfitting District.

Much to her chagrin, Kat often finds herself being a reluctant pirate in all but name. As the big sister of one of Porthaven’s most noteworthy up-and-coming (ten-year-old) pirates, Kat often has no choice but to chase after Dunstana as she plunges headlong towards adventure trying to make a name for herself as a pirate.

Although outwardly taciturn and gruff, and fond of leisure by nature, Kat is steadfastly loyal to her friends and family and can be trusted to do the right thing, albeit while usually (and loudly) making known her objections to exertion and mortal danger. Kat also has a long-standing affection for small, cute animals, though she is not usually quick to admit this.

She is, of course, a cat person.

Come by tomorrow to see Kat and Dunstana in action in the first chapter of Fryte’s Gold. Check out my other Realmgard stories here, and my email and social media here:

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