Magdalena has become heir to and Lady of the Stronghold of Isild Rock through, um, false pretenses. The people of her House were exiled from the North to the Desert some four centuries ago, and have spent the entire duration of their time there plotting ways to reclaim 'their land'. After 400 years of waiting, their oppurtunity arrives. Smooth-as-you-like, they poison Drammir (it's rightful Lord), abduct his wife and son, and then kill them. Magdalena, because of her status among the house and Northern appearence, is sent to the keep, claiming to be Drammir's neice whose conspicuous Desert-lands accent oh-so-neatly came from being fostered in the good and gracious High King's foothold in the Desert. Because of the vast distance from the desert, and the indifference of Isild Rock's vassals, nobody bothers to question claim, and some even say that the girl has Drammir's brow and mouth.