The Poetess

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The Poetess, known as Nikola Askew, was born in Khanjivoram. Her father was the first architypographus, or director of printing, for the collegium of the holy isle, giving her access to a wealth of current literature throughout her life. She began writing at a very young age, publishing children’s poems at first, but eventually writing extensive satires and lampoons, specifically to the detriment of the hypocrisies of the collegium and the Ascendant Church. Her writing became increasingly bawdy and, according to some priestly orders, libelous and inappropriate for a woman to be writing. Once, to avoid a particularly nasty libel charge, she traveled to Lipra Haveno, and there continued writing for five years before returning to her father when he took to his death bed. She died just a year later from ague, and her ascendance was witnessed by a lifelong friend who had continued to see her work printed in Nikola’s absence.

By the end of her career, her works, both dramatic and poetic, were the most performed and read writings in Vulgate. Her writing exposed corruption within the church, leading to the Grand Cleric to say that it was her play, The Bumpkin, that led him to send Inquisitors to uncover abuses of the priestly orders in rural communities of Lypra Haveno. Though most popular in her time for her comic works, she is now mostly remembered for her philosophically complex poetry and deeply tragic plays.

The Poetess

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