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First AppearanceDomes of Fire

Melidere was a blonde haired, blue eyed baroness who accompanied Queen Ehlana in the visit to Matherion. She appeared to be wide eyed and dim witted but that was only a ploy that she had constructed to protect herself and was in fact a very intelligent and determined young woman.

Her father was not born a Baron but was in fact a simple blacksmith until he became rich after inventing tools that skimmed gold off gold coins and hired them out. It was stated that no gold coin in Eosia was its correct weight thanks to him. With her inheritance Melidere paid an old Baroness to step aside for her, she also used her father's invention to blackmail Stragen into a relationship with her by offering him the boundless riches that could be gained through the Daresian continent's untouched coins.