|Full name||Blackrain Arcane of the House of Spades|
|Born in||Spade Barony, Queendom of Hearts|
"The Baroness was in the habit of drawing a conspicuous air of mystery about her like a sequined cloak that brought attention to the fact that something was being obscured."
Baroness Blackrain is the queen of goths. She devotes no small amount of her wealth to pursuing the aesthetic. Pitch blackness is her trademark; she is fond of wearing the combination of black and blue, the colours of her house, going so far as to dye her skin bluish grey, and her hair black sometimes. She takes pains not to be seen among the public, dressing all the places she frequents in deepest black and having all her houses built without windows.
Indeed black seems to be the colour enshrouding her entire life, shielding all her activities from the gazes of those whom she distrusts—namely, everyone who isn't her wife and advisor Mellistella.
Blackrain is almost as mad as the matriarchs of the rest of the houses. Out of sight, out of mind is a principle around which she organises her life; her preferred method of dealing with those she dislikes is to exile them to the Third World—a veiled death sentence, seeing as almost none of the exiles survive longer than a week there.
In the past, Blackrain proved less adept than her fellow matriarchs at putting aside her personal life in the name of her house—a fact that has been exploited by others better at playing the political game. She has an ironic, sardonic sense of humour, and is the master of backhanded compliments and veiled insults.
Blackrain was born the second child and only heiress of the House of Spades, her older brother Murkvane ineligible for the matrilineal position of Baroness. She grew up in a household full of secrets, as many Queendom matriarchs do, learning that she could not trust even her parents despite wanting to.
Those parents eventually married Murkvane off to the then-Duchess of Diamonds, Adamanta, believing what they got in exchange to be a worthy bargain for their house. Instead it only resulted in the birth of the heiress Orobelle, who had clearly been conceived with belligerent aims.
Blackrain has come to distrust the House of Diamonds more than any other faction and to plant agents there in the hopes of sowing unrest against their rule.
|Murkvane (brother)||Blackrain often played the heiress card in her disputes with Murkvane, and her parents constantly favoured her. As a result, he developed a complex about being sidelined and disfavoured, becoming ill-tempered and demanding to have nothing to do with their system. This dynamic played a central part in shaping his hatred for the family and the house, and although Blackrain came to her senses and their rivalry cooled by the time they were adults, he could never love them again.|
|Mellistella (wife)||Blackrain married Mellistella even knowing the risks it bore for the future of her house; Melli, a professor of the theological sciences, won Blackrain over so completely with her brilliance and vision that she refused to be with anyone else. When a matriarch marries someone with whom she cannot have blood offspring, she typically has one by a consort, or names an heir from among the noble families, but such heirs are often disliked by the people. She doesn't particularly care, not when she has her beloved professor.|
|Adamanta||Before they became enemies who wanted nothing but each other's downfall, they sometimes talked in theory about freeing their houses and people from the draconian system in which they lived. Adamanta soon withdrew completely from those ideals and became consumed by the political game that she had been born to play, and their acquaintancehood became estranged, before morphing into outright enmity.|
|Honourless||While Blackrain has sentenced countless individuals to exile, the case of Honourless—barely eleven at the time—and the manner in which her crime was committed, was so bizarre and outstanding to her that she has been haunted by the memory ever since.|
- Blackrain likes engaging in all the useless ceremonies and practices common in the Queendom: leisurely tea-drinking, croquet with her subjects, and the collection and storage of trinkets and souvenirs recalling distant places.
- She got into ancient literature because of her wife and they now spend a great amount of time reading books of past ages from around the world.
- Neither black hair nor blue-grey skin is natural; her hair is naturally white and her skin is olive. She had her skin coloured through the available body modificationtechnology, and alternates between black and white hair colours to suit her mood.