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Helena Merandus was the wife of King Julias Calore III and Queen of Norta.


Helena was a member of House Merandus. Julias III bypassed the rite of Queenstrial, despite his father's warning, in order to marry Helena. Historian open wonder if the young prince was swayed by her ability, as she was a whisper, rather than the match truly being a romantic one. They had two children: Prince Julias Calore and Marcas Calore.

After Julias III was coronated, his son and heir, Julias, embarked on a tour of Norta. While visiting the border at Maiden Falls, the convoy was set upon by Red bandits, and Prince Julias was killed.

In retaliation, King Julias III decreed that the Red towns around the border would be razed and cleared to make way for a fortress city. He commanded the Reds to build Corvium and then conscripted most of them into the Nortan military. The remaining Reds were deported to tech cities throughout the kingdom to bolster worker population. No Calore ever named a child Julias again, as it was considered a bad-luck name.

Upon becoming king, Marcas delegated his duties to his mother and his wife, Elisabeta. The two queens undertook a campaign to improve the Nortan infrastructure and economy. Dowager Queen Helena focused her attention on expanding the Nortan electrical grid from border to border, reaching even remote Red communities. When her son died in a drunken fall, the two queens continued their work in conjunction with his heir and only child, Aerion Calore. Helena and Elisabeta were able to influence King Aerion to decree that the line of succession would depend on ability, not gender.