Taryn and Azri are the "Inamorata" or sub-wives of Imperial Archon Valos Ebonshore
. The people of Blackhold practiced acts of slavery and raiding in the ancient past and maintain the tradition of claiming Inamorata as trophies from lands beyond the Imperium and it's allies. While many look down on the practice as barbaric, there are centuries of rules and traditions regarding the practice that included treating one's wives well and with the love they would show a full spouse.
It is considered a mark of weakness and impotence to mistreat one's Inamorata and a sign of dishonorable greed to take one wives one cannot afford or support. As such, the practice is largely only existent among the highest ranked of Blackhold's noble houses.
Taryn is the daughter of Wilder chieftain from the Broken Wilds in the territory of Skonn. Valos' crew, alongside his true wife, Dessa Ebonshore
, conquered Taryn's village, leading her father to offer the hand of Taryn's younger sister to Valos, as Taryn was born to a concubine. Taryn, fearing for her sister, challenged Valos to a duel, and only lost after a long and hard fought battle during which Valos decided he wanted Taryn instead. She was nervous and reclusive at first but quickly befriended Dessa, coming to enjoy the life of adventure and respect she would have never had before. She eventually gave birth to a daughter, Sielle, and later a son, Jerik.
Azri came about after the death of Dessa when Valos was visiting a Zahir Merchant Prince pledged to the service of Thalia Shirazi. Valos cared little for politicking with minor noble and instead, still grieving the loss of Dessa, seduced the young slave girl working as an attendant to the Prince. When they were caught, Valos purchased Azri instead of allowing the Prince to punish her. Taryn took Azri under her wing back at Blackhold and the two became friends before Azri gave birth to a daughter, Mirana.
Both women are also close to Valos' niece, Zaige Ebonshore
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