|“||Listen, I have lived through changes in command, I have survived war. I've survived famine. I've outlived my enemies. Men come and go, but I mind my business and I survive!||”|
Elinor Chadwick, better known as The Mistress, was the innkeeper at The Nightshade Inn. She also dealt colipsum to the inhabitants of the outpost. Upon striking a deal with Gwynn, Elinor became her royal advisor with the promise of becoming the royal treasurer of the realms upon Gwynn's coronation. She was also the adoptive mother of Munt, Bill Chadwick, and Janzo.
Elinor was murdered by Prime Order soldiers while protecting Janzo during the raid on Gallwood Outpost. Her dying words, which was the location of the underground tunnels, helped save the Queen and allow the Coalition to best the Prime Order. Her memory lives on at The Nightshade Inn, where her portrait hangs over the bar.
When Elinor was ten, her mother was ill and dying. The woman begged for Gertrusha and Elinor sent messages asking her sister to come but Gertrusha never came. Elinor had to bury her mother by herself shortly after.
As the owner of The Nightshade Inn, Elinor met all kinds of people. One of them was her young barmaid who unexpectedly came pregnant. The barmaid gave birth but died two weeks later. Elinor noticed Janzo and took him in as she thought a son could be useful. However, she sold Naya to the slavers under the pretenses that she couldn't afford to keep both children. She raised him alongside Munt and Bill Chadwick, her other adoptive sons.
"I don't want the map, I want the whole damn world! Or at least a really good part of it."
Elinor was a power-hungry woman who believed selling Colipsum was the path to her success. She adopted three sons just for the free work and sold Janzo's sister to the slavers. Elinor was a toxic narcissist. Her abrasive ways made her a decent romantic partner for Marshal Wythers.
"I'm a very powerful woman. Hard as nails, take what I want, look after my friends, crush my enemies. I'm very well-respected in this town and Hell, I even know her majesty the Queen herself."
Elinor enjoyed forcing Munt to play out her "dark deeds" despite his protests. She used her position as his only maternal figure to sway his choices. She became giddy during Worm's beheading and even enjoyed it. She was ruthless in the colipsum trade and would do anything to take over the world. Her intellect made her a sharp enemy, however, she held no real power outside of the Nightshade Inn unless she used her relationship with Wythers to achieve a goal.
Despite this, Mistress was brave and wasn't afraid to speak up against those in higher positions than her, such as Everit Dred and even Marshal Higgs. She was self-sufficient, scrappy, and witty to a fault. Her nonchalant attitude tended to get her in trouble, but her business-savvy mind often got her out of it.
Elinor was an older woman with wild blonde hair, blue eyes, and a curvy physique. Mistress had the most chaotic sense of style compared to her peers. She would wear abstract-shaped pieces with unique cuts one day, and a neutral-toned dress the next. She usually wore tops that showed off her breasts. Her impulsive nature was evident in her style. She was always seen wearing several accessories, such as rings, earrings, and necklaces, at once. This was most likely to compensate for her lack of social standing outside certain circles. Elinor wore brown boots that showed her working nature and smoked from a thin pipe. She always wore heavy makeup such as blush and bright lipstick. Elinor also wore heavy cloaks when outside of the inn.
She never sat or lounged in a way that would be considered "ladylike" compared to Gwynn. Elinor would often put one leg on a table or spreading her legs apart instead of crossing them when sitting, even in a professional capacity. Her confidence to act against social normativity was apparent in her daily stature. Upon joining Gwynn's side, the Mistress wore fancier and heavier gowns, cloaks, and jewels. She favored dark blue or brown dresses with gold accents. Elinor continued to wear large groups of accessories, even at one time, and boots.
- Munt Munt is Elinor's eldest adoptive son. He cared deeply for the woman and called her mom. He helped her on multiple occasions and often did her "dark deeds" without question. His lack of intellect often bothered her, and she belittled him often, which he didn't always understand. Mistress cared for him but didn't show him, maternal love. Instead, she treated him more as a servant than a son. He was happy to obey her orders and do whatever it was she asked of him. He adored her and believed everything she told him. When he witnessed her death, he was overcome with emotion and took his anger out on the Prime Order soldiers that were responsible for her death. Even after her death, he works to preserve her memory in the people around him.
- Janzo: As Janzo's adoptive mother, Mistress cared for him, but didn't show him, maternal love. Instead, she treated him more as a servant than a child. He was happy to obey her orders and do whatever it was she asked of him. When she did show pride in him he was overjoyed and very childlike which aggravated her. After her death he is shown to be very sadden by it. The only way he can move on from it is to take care of his brother and run The Nightshade Inn the way she would do it if she were alive.
- Gertrusha Gertrusha is Elinor's older half-sister, though they were separated at a young age following Gertrusha exiting their village.
- Gwynn Calkussar: The relationship between these two ladies was unusual and often unpredictable. When Gwynn was still pretending to be the daughter of the Base Commander, she would visit The Nightshade Inn to play Octor. Elinor noticed Gwynn but didn't pay her any mind, only interested in Gwynn's money. After The Coalition pushed the Prime Order of Gallwood, Gwynn took control of the outpost as Queen. When Elinor felt threatened by her sister's status, she offered to help Romsund with the Outpost's financial crisis in exchange for becoming the Royal Advisor to the Queen. While Rosmund didn't fully trust Elinor, she had no choice but to accept on the condition that there Elinor cease involvement in Colipsum. The two women would continue to feud over Elinor's connections to criminal activity until things reached a boiling point in Gallwood. The plaugeling epidemic was at a high despite colipsum being illegal, leaving Janzo to come forward about his mother's involvement. After curing Elinor, Rosmund placed her under arrest. Rosmund later released her after hearing a heartfelt plea from Janzo and remembering how much Elinor sacrificed to be an advisor. Elinor and Rosmund would continue to fight the Prime order until Elinor's death at the hands of a Prime Order agent. Rosmund honored Elinor by keeping her Royal Advisor rank vacant until the perfect replacement was found.
- Marshal Wythers: Wythers was Elinor's lover. He discussed the situation at the Outpost and received advice from her. He occasionally did her favors. For instance, he executed a colipsum dealer per her request. However, the said colipsum dealer killed one of the Mistresses' sons, so Marshal was also upholding his duty when he executed Worm, so he wasn't breaking his code of duty and justice. When Wythers was sentenced to serve time in the mines, Elinor used one of her many contacts to ensure Wythers would be safe. The last time they saw each other was when Wythers rode out to find Garret's body.
Notes and Trivia
- Elinor is the second main character and the first female main character, to be bitten by a Plagueling, following Garret Spears.