The King is Dead: Bestiary - Lady's Maid
Lady’s maids occupy an unusual and awkward position in the household. They clean their ladies’ rooms, mend their dresses, and help to dress them and do their hair. Lady’s maids are outside of the hierarchy of household servants and are accorded much free time when not performing their duties; however, they must be prepared to assist their ladies at any time of the day or night and so must keep late hours (especially when in the city). Like butlers and valets, lady's maids are referred to by their last names. Lady’s maids are often rewarded with their ladies’ cast-off clothes; they are allowed to wear the plainer ones and may sell or donate the rest. Ladies’ maids are often assumed to be their mistresses’ confidants, but the truth is that most aristocrats see them as being as disposable as any servant. Due to her access to a lady’s chamber and separation from the rest of the household staff, having a lady’s maid as your ally can prove very advantageous when arranging a rendezvous, burglary, or assassination.
Attributes: Agility d8, Smarts d8, Spirit d8, Strength d6, Vigor d6.
Harkness is the lady's maid to Grafin Millarca zu Wolfenbach von Rickard, a minor noblewoman whose husband prefers hunting on his estates and leaves her to spend her life enjoying society in Hammerstadt. Grafin Millarca is callous and whimsical; she alternates between treating Harkness as a cherished pet and beating her like a dog. Harkness has recently begun reading the scandalous "thrilling novels" published by the Sorority of Belquis' Minerva Press; their tales of vampire-slaying madwomen and charismatic anarchists have sparked a simmering fire of resentment in Harkness' mind.
- Grafin Millarca has started an affair with a vampire officer or politician that the player characters are pursuing; befriending Harkness may allow them access to assassinate or poison the vampire.
- Harkness has submitted a manuscript to Minerva Press; the work is a thinly-veiled roman à clef about her employer's affairs. Publishing the novel may provoke an advantageous scandal, but it may also expose the lady's maid to danger.