Cassandra Lyon is an aged woman of poise, beauty, and ferocity. Originally betrothed to a handsome young knight of Lyon who perished shortly after their marriage, she has since inherited the seat of Sarcelfen and become an exemplar of her family’s stubborn refusal to submit to disgrace and obscurity. Cassandra has done all she can to uphold her family’s prestige and repair the damage done to it long ago. Having found moderate success in her efforts by forging better trade agreements with the rest of Mirwood and combating the crippling superstition that inhibits relations with the Mage Circle, she is celebrated by her people as a leader and matriarchal figure. Outside Sarcelfen, however, she suffers the same scorn as other Lyons. As her own many years begin to wear on her once fiery personality and boundless ambition, one last challenge sits before her. One last task that has troubled her since her childhood. Each morning, she stands on the highest balcony of her manor… her eyes fixed on the Withering Wood.