Caterina d'Alessandro Franceschi da Firenze was born in Florence in 1547 to the merchant Alessandro Franceschi. She was married at age 15, but her first husband died under mysterious circumstances, leaving a series of bad debts behind him in Florence. Fleeing his creditors, Caterina found herself in England at the court of Elizabeth I.
Caterina has since remarried Sir John Etcetera, a Baronet with a small estate in Herefordshire, and spends most of her time administering to the estate, which Sir John is unable to do due to his indifferent health.
Caterina employs a pageboy named Pier Francesco da Montefiore, whose main claim to fame is that he was born in the worst inn in the Italian Peninsula. Pier Francesco is currently seeking a post on a voyage to the New World, where he hopes to make his fortune.
Shannon K. Ward holds a B.A. with Distinction from the University of Calgary. The faculty she graduated from, General Studies, has since been renamed Communications and Culture, and she wishes they could have renamed it earlier, so she wouldn't have to constantly answer the question, "So what can you do with a degree in General Studies anyway?"
The answer to that question is, "Go to Law School." Shannon has been studying Law at the University of Victoria
since September 2001. In her abundant spare time she enjoys Elizabethan
costuming, drinking beer, drinking coffee, and being opinionated.