Dame Ida Ferron
Social Rank: 7
Concept: Knightly Weaponsmith
Marital Status: Widowed
Hair Color: Dark blonde
Eye Color: brown
Description: While not a beauty of the ages, Ida has a way about her that commands attention. It could be her tall, strong, statuesque bearing, muscled and toned like a true warrior. It could be her brilliant, beautiful smile that lights up her chiseled face. Her rich dirty blonde hair often is pulled back in a practical tail, keeping her face free. Her quiet brown eyes sparkle with life when she works in the forge or the fight ring, giving her a youthful countenance. Her laugh rings, deep from the belly, warming the heart. As a whole, she is beyond more than the sum of her parts, a striking woman, in every sense of the word.
Personality: Ida is a simple woman, with simple pleasures in life. She doesn't have much time for fancy things, and doesn't envy the nobility their political games. She loves the feel of moving her body, using her strength to create arms and armor, or any forged thing. She loves the feel of fighting, of hitting and being hit, though never out of cruelty or anger. She's very aware of herself, and the potential harm she could cause, and it gives her a gentle spirit in a lot of ways. She's rowdy and raucous, but has no taste for using her power to bring others harm, and she certainly does not tolerate those that do. People are too much fun to mistreat, and there's no satisfaction in an unworthy competitor.
Background: Ida Ferron is a skilled blacksmith, hailing from a small hamlet not far from Sanctum, and had spent as much time making and fixing arms and armor as she had repairing plows and horse shoes. She married young and had children young. Two boys and a girl. Her husband was a soldier in the Valardin army, and though theirs was no great love, he was good to her and honored her and she has no regrets. That their marriage was very cordial and polite, made his death in combat five years after they wed easier to bear.
At a glance the strong woman is the very image of a hardworking, polite, plain spoken Valardin commoner. Her profession was not her true love though. Ida was the premier Pugilist of the West Marches. A student of what the Valardin like to call 'the sweet science' she was recognized as one of the very best bare-knuckle boxers in the West. After dusk there were many a night where she would fight all comers by flickering lamp light, and while her record was by no means perfect, if you were to ask someone to name a fighter that's beat her twice, they probably could not give you a name. Even now, she is notable for not only her raw power, gained from working steel between hammer and anvil, but also for her technical precision, and for having a sense of showmanship that does not come at the cost of fair play and sportsmanship. In short, she is the perfect fighter to appeal to Valardin sensibilities.
She was much loved because of it and basked in the attention, which lead to great success as a smith because there are quite a few knights and lords that want to say their sword was crafted by a champion. Even Prince Edain was an ardent fan in those seemingly simpler times. Her children grew old enough to become apprenticed and moved on to live with their respective masters, and with little desire to remarry, she decided it was time to live a little and see how good she could really be before age could catch up to her and younger fighters passed her by.
In 1003, she accepted a job to be one of the Valardin smiths in the City of Arx, and planned to work hard, play harder, and prove she was one of the best fighters in the land. Despite the dark times that were just beginning to dawn on the horizon, Ida couldn't help but smile and look forward to the adventures she would find.
The years in Arx have treated her well. Knighted by Prince Edain, now Highlord of the Oathlands, in May of 1005, he named her the Hammer of the West. Her shop prospered early on and she has made great strides in perfecting her craft. She still fights, but her times in the ring aren't what they had been several years ago. Ida is more often seen teaching others the sweet science than going toe-to-toe with them. That isn't to say she wouldn't get into the ring, by any means; it's more that the course of her life has changed. Between being knighted and the requests for weapons from some of the city's greatest citizens, the time for late night brawls by lamp light has grown slim. She has served as an Assistant Guildmaster for the Crafter's Guild, forged House weapons, and become a Knight of the Templar Order. Her cast iron integrity and passionate devotions to both Jayus and Gloria seem to be leading her ever onward. There is still much work to be done, but then Ida is no stranger to hard work.
|Aethan||Very pleasant to talk to, no nonsense.|
|Alexis||Dame Ida Ferron, High Lord Edain's Protege and a fine smith. Like myself, she offers both arms and armour. And according to Edain she's a grand pugilist too. It's a bit intimidating to actually meet her. I hope we'll be friends!|
|Amari||I was delighted to finally meet her, she's everything I imagined she would be and more. She's as amazing as her craftwork is masterful.|
|Andry||It's an honor to have met Dame Ida in her shop and clearly in her element. She is a talented weaponsmith with an equal amount of artistic flair, a combination that I truly admire.|
|Apollo||She's serious and firm and tough, all sorts of things I don't really know how to be. I recognize the crafter in her, though, which might save me from being /completely/ intimidated.|
|Arn||She hammers metal and seems to be good at it. That's all I care about even if she might be a drunk I guess.|
|Austen||My sister. She made me hot chocolate. Well. She made the servant make me hot chocolate. It was excellent. Like my sister.|
|Baldessare||A Dame, A Smith, and an award winning pugilist. A meeting with Dame Ida is more than expected and I found it to be a pleasant one. She was professional, courteous, and intriguing. What more could I want?|
|Bhandn||The Hammer of the West has most certainly earned her title. I very much enjoyed our conversation and the pieces she had on display, and learned something new as well.|
|Cristoph||This woman is something, alright. Surrounded by enemies, she helped keep her companion safe long enough for support to arrive. And took down who knows how many enemies in the process! Next time I'm bleeding, I hope she's nearby to stop someone from finishing the job.|
|Delilah||Spellbinding creativity is certainly the hallmark of her reputation in Arx. I personally consider the works of her hands and mind among my house's treasures, but the woman behind the artistry is no less keen, vibrant, and unyielding, tempered by experience and strength.|
|Domonico||A capable fistfighter. That was apparent even though she was hammering a inanimate training dummy.|
|Esme||The smith of legendary knowledge and a large heart to go with us. We are going to be best friends, and not only because she can make hairpins.|
|Evaristo||An old friend of the Arterius family, and it's always nice to see her again. Generous, kind and with a focus of steel, she is truly magnificent.|
|Faye||A talented weaponsmith. She seems smart and well-connected, as well as a savvy businesswoman. I certainly would not hesitate going to her if I needed assistance.|
|Fecundo||Smith and a pugilist. Someone to talk to about weapons in the future...and I didn't bite.|
|Gaston||A no nonsense sort, it seems, with her mind on her business, but amicable. She seems passionate about her work, and to truly enjoy it, and that I think speaks well of her. Looking about her shop, it's little wonder Edain asked her to Arx.|
|Helena||A charming walking irony of bellicosity and artistry, Dame Ida Ferron is a lovely and warm hostess and conversationalist when she isn't creating works of beauty and destruction.|
|Isidora||I always appreciate honesty and hot cocoa. Not sure which I appreciate more right now.|
|Joscelin||I've known the woman for years, since back when I was a journeyman and newly appointed to my shop. She's sass but takes no dishonesty, supportive of those she cares for, more apt to negotiate than punch it out. I fully intend to grow old with this woman, but in a purely platonic way.|
|Lorenzo||An exceedingly skilled weaponssmith I have admired the work of for some time. I was delighted to finally meet her, and I look forward to speaking with her again in the future.|
|Lottie||Ida is just the greatest. She's kind and talented and responsible! AND FAMOUS! I don't think she realizes how famous she is, or she's just really humble. Either way it makes me like her all the more!|
|Magnus||A knightood for her skill should be indicative enough, but I found more than ability when I met her. Pleasant and true company, I didn't notice the passing of time during our conversation. I'll have to spend more time in her shop, both for her abilities with the forge and for my personal enjoyment.|
|Margerie||I went to Ida to do a bit of business and found a new friend, I believe. Earthy, forthright, clever, and FUN. While I don't expect to earn a rocking chair after a single meeting, I may have a goal to aspire to.|
|Merek||A respectable Knight from the Oathlands. Merek thinks of her as one of the greatest examples of weapon craftsmen ever.|
|Meriah||Not that I find weaponsmiths awful. She seems very nice. I just--find it a bit obscene.|
|Monique||This woman. I think I'm at least a little bit in love. She's the perfect combination of good cheer, steadiness, and wicked humor.|
|Norwood||Dame Ida is an exceptionally talented woman who deserves all of the acclaim she receives for her talents. To bear a sword made by her hand is an honor.|
|Piccola||A woman of the highest respect: she knows her strength; she knows her weaknesses; and she is willing to wield a hammer to show you her mettle.|
|Raymesin||So this is the smith who's my not-exactly-sister-in-law. She's as sharp as the weapons she makes, and someone I definitely don't want to be on the wrong side of. All duty and honour, like you'd expect, but there's warmth and humour there as well. And she likes Tanith's cakes, too, which is always a bonus!|
|Reigna||The single best weaponsmith in all of Arvum as far as I am concerned. Her puts her heart and soul into each piece. Her vision and skill create works of art. Beyond her talent as a smith, there is the fact that she is kind, loyal and one of the most honorable people I know.|
|Seren||Dame Ida is a wonder. She's a marvel that I've heard of from the Crafter's Guild, and when I met her for myself I was absolutely enthralled. She makes you feel at ease like few others can.|
|Thorley||She is the epitome of Valardin. Tall. Proud. Strong. Her gaze sent away the most foolhearty of messengers, however, her fondness for sweets and her care of Joscelin still showed. I hope to see her again in the future - something I do not doubt considering her closeness to the Guildmaster.|
|Tovell||Grounded and businesslike, but warm, and with a knack for quickly drawing out the reality and shape of a thing which might only be cloudy in my mind. I look forward to meeting her again.|
|Wash||She seems right at home with nobility which takes confidence. Wonder where all that enthusiasm comes from.|
|Wylla||Is it even possible to not like Dame Ida? I don't think it is. She's both wonderfully creative and kind.|