Milena was born last to Alejo de Trallibes and his wife Taresa, a pair of freed slaves struggling to survive in southern Zingara. Five siblings preceded her in the family. The eldest four: Shantala, Vittoria, Jovina and Nisio worked hard from a young age to help their parents with the family business. Alejo had been trained in the use of herbs and medicines as a slave. He had served as a house healer for many years before earning his freedom and that of his wife. He now used those talents to create deadly poisons, a commodity of great demand in the noble courts of Zingara. His children went to gather the herbs and his wife worked on cleaning, drying and grinding the herbs. Alejo concentrated on forming more deadly and precise poisons than his competition.
The two youngest children, Fausto and Milena were born far too late to be of much use in the business. Fausto was barely of an age to walk and Milena was still carried around by her mother’s arms when the family was utterly destroyed by scandal. Alejo was captured and imprisioned by a noble man, Quilo de Kordava, who claimed that Alejo’s poisons were the cause of his eldest son’s death. Milena was executed for her part in the endevour – she had been the one who had sold the poisons to a rival family. Shantala, the eldest daughter, committed suicide rather than surrender. Vittoria, Jovina and Nisio were claimed as slaves by Quilo. The two young children were spared, in a rare case of mercy. Quilo’s sister had never been able to bear children on her own. Thus Fausto and Milena were sent as gifts to Estrella de Kordava to be raised as her own. Milena and Fausto were raised in a life of much luxury as noble children. The two grew quite close and maintain contact, even to this day. Continue reading Lady Milena – Noble Working Lady