Sebastiana València Ferrer i Verduce de Gironès is the only child born to Belinda of Harco by her Catalonian lover, Arnau Carles Ferrer i Gaçol, a descendant of El Cid. Belinda, herself a descendant of Belin, was delighted to learn her daughter was Gifted, and turned the child over to Gavriel of Castile. The Magus Mercere trained the child as an initiate of the Cult of Heroes, but she turned out to be a singular disappointment. While she always showed great potential, Tiana inherently lacks the sort of character they cultivate. Gavriel's frustration grew with the girl, and when opening her Arts, her Gift was destroyed. He sent the girl back to her mother, who assigned the girl to study as a Redcap under Belinda's brother, in Arnau's native Catalonia.
Temperate and modest, with an often self-deprecating sense of humor and a complete inability to accept praise, Tia left the Cult of Heroes and continued her studies in the Society of Belin, studying under her uncle Etrego. Tia has just taken up assignment at the Mercer House in Andorra, and she is quite relieved to put distance between herself and her former parens.
Apprenticeship and travels
Part of Tiana's tutelage was under Gavriel of Castile; the rest of it was under her uncle Etrego. Her apprenticeship shows some influence from the Cult of Heroes, while the rest of it reflects those skills held dear by the Society of Belin. One of her duties in apprenticeship was to help her uncle gather vis from a herd of magical sheep, guarded by a small pack of magical sheepdogs. One time, they found that one of the dogs had whelped a litter of pups; Etrego allowed Tia to keep the runt of the litter as a pet.
Tiana spent three seasons of every year in service to her house. Message-carrying was the least of her duties, using the Boots of the Longstrider to deliver messages quickly and effortlessly. Most of her time was spent visiting Hermetic covenants and "studying" from their texts… using her peculiar skill to memorize priceless summae and reproduce them for Harco's secret library, under direction from magi of the Milvi Antiquiti.
7 years: 21 seasons spent working (7 seasons delivering messages, 7 seasons spent memorizing texts and 7 seasons spent reproducing them), 6 seasons of advancement, 1 season lost.)
Regular Redcap service: 14 benefit points accrued, +28p vis (all converted to build points).
7 Seasons of overtime: +14 exp towards reputation as an overachiever, +14 p vis (12 converted to build points).
Message delivery (7x5): +20 exp in Survival, +15 exp in Area Lore: Iberia
Text memorization (7x5): +15 in Magic Theory, +15 in Artes Liberales, +5 in Philosophiae
Reproducing texts (7x5): +15 in Profession: Scribe, +10 in Philosophiae, +10 in Latin
Advancement (6x10): +20 in Latin, +35 in Greek, +5 in Music
Tiana spends three seasons of these four years in service to her house.
Regular Redcap service: 8 benefit points accrued, +16p vis
4 seasons of overtime: +8 exp towards reputation as an overachiever, +8p vis
Message delivery (4x5): +15 exp in Area Lore: Provence, +5 exp in Code of Hermes
Text memorization (4x5): +20 in Artes Liberales
Reproducing texts (4x5): +20 in Profession: Scribe
Advancement (4 seasons): Code of Hermes +15, Code of Hermes +15, Concentration +15, Magic Lore +15