The current batch of Feldanes are the result of a union between Basil Dare, now Duke, and Irene Feldane, who was only heiress by necessity. Irene's grandfather picked his wife up off the side of the road - literally. Smitten, he took her home and married her, only to discover afterwards that his common wife had insanity in her bloodline. This exacerbated the natural Feldane disposition to go mad due to their magic.They had five children - a son and four girls. The son married and became Duke, but refused to have children to whom he would pass the dangerous affliction. The middle three daughters all went various states of mad. The last girl had an affair with a man she would not name and became pregnant out of wedlock. She was sent to the convent to bear her child, who was Irene Feldane. Irene was raised in the convent to be marriage bait for a proper Duke who would, hopefully, overlook the family's affliction and be tempted by a convent educated bride with a Duchy for a dowry.

Basil Dare was willing to accept that bargain. He wanted the Duchy. Irene thought he wanted a wife. This made their early marriage rocky and has, in their maturity, created a certain dispassion between them. They have had three sons - Stuart, Errol and Addison - and one daughter, Taleyn.

Basil is an effective Duke by any measure - Feldane has prospered and grown under him. His is the reputation for duelling that the Duchy has taken on as its own, and his reserved, logical approach has led to careful, smart business decisions. Irene is cold and angry about many things, but in the ruling of the Duchy, Basil has earned her wholehearted support.

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