Daughter of János Gosteli
“Green dresses, crimson, black or purple,
were never worn by ladies,
nor flowing hair tied in a fair braid,
as beautifully as she who robs me
of my will, and takes away the path
of my liberty, so I cannot even
tolerate a lighter yoke.”
- Adrian of Trietz, 1092, on Maria
“Maria… first appeared to my eyes in the year 1091, on the first day of January, near the church of St Clare in Denzegk, at Newyears matins; and secondly upon the eighth day of February, at the dock market around midday…needless to say, I spoke well of the Gosteli past that point, whilst not even having the courage to broach conversation with them.”
-Robert o’ Harrogate, Travel Logs from a Mistlander
Maria is quite clearly János’ favorite child, and generally the favorite child of János to most others. She is notable for her unusual education in the Zerollean citadel.
Ethnicity: Lowlander (Zhketan) Svalek
Myranush Janoshvili Qozteluri (am: Maria Gosteli) was born at the family estate in Haslau in February 1073, the second and last child of Catalina Visconti and János Gosteli. She was educated at Haslau by her father, and subsequently at the Citadel, where in addition to the classical subjects, she was tutored in literature and history. She abandoned her studies due to the Marshlander Civil War.
During the war, she stayed in Petzchau, but the family was interred during a skirmish with dragonmen there, and she along with János, Anna and Bertrand Canossa were taken prisoner. It was decided to transport the Gosteli to the Riverlands for execution, but János managed to escape on his own. Anna, Canossa and Maria evaded capture by crossing the Pale Maiden, but Maria along with Canossa were captured eventually, and Maria was ransomed to a Gosteli ally, Duke Nepos, at the orders of Cristofano Lugus, who was later tried for treason for this action.
Betrothed to Koba Laira at a young age, who died shortly before the marriage could be held. Later, proclaimed the mayqueen in Denzegk, and is rumored to be the first choice in marriage to Duke Peter of Denzegk.