"Sir" Alanna of Trebond and Olau from The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce. At the tender age of 11 she switched places with her twin brother Thom and posed as a boy in order to go to the palace and train as a knight. The only ones who knew she was really a girl were her two best friends, Prince Jonathan and George Cooper, the King of the Thieves. This picture is best placed between the third and fourth books, when Alanna is in her early twenties. She is travelling with her friend and servant, Coram, to the country of Maren on an errand for her adoptive father. The sword she carries is a magical hybrid of two swords - the first her faithful "Lightning" that she found in an ancient ruin in the Barony of Olau and a sword taken from a desert bandit that was made by her nemesis Duke Roger of Conte. The red jewel she wears is an ember given to her by the Great Mother Goddess. It warns her of danger and shows her when magic is being used. I put in her purple to match her fabled violet eyes and to reflect the color of her own magic.