World: TerishD's fantasy world of Antheel.
The Empress Straekin is known as the companion of Terish Dozzrine. She is actually a ruler of a separate world, Davelda whose inhabitants had learned the secret of eternal life. As a cure for boredom, a number turned to studying the arcane arts. To support her people, Straekin also dabbled in magic. When Terish appeared looking for clues to some quest, the empress called the man to an interview to discuss magic. Thus started a relationship that has presisted.
Straekin is presented as a capable ruler, but one that is bored with her position even as she feels trapped into it. The people of her world like her as a ruler, although her antagonism with the political leaders of her world constantly wears down her stamina. Her time with Terish is considered vacations by most, although chances to escape by others. The stories of Terish actually have as a subplot the relationship of Straekin and the people of her world.
While Straekin is from another world, she is a part of the world of Antheel by more than simply being the close female friend of Terish. It is her name that was used to rename the magical holiday on the world of Antheel to Straekia.
Note that Straekin appears in almost every tale of Terish Dozzrine. She regained her ability to bear children in "For the Sake of a Soul," although was already being recognized as his wife. She presently lives with Terish in Thiminy, as she considers her world too confining for the life she desires. She and Terish have had five children: Venicht, Endullae, Debbish, Chemiana, and Althery.
She is about five and a half feet tall. Straekin has violet eyes and extremely long amber hair. She usually wears very elegant clothes.
Straekin worships the Goddess Munulva. It is said that the deity is responsible for her committing to a life with Terish. The assumption is that Munulva saw Terish as an answer to Straekin's plea to return the challenges of life to those of Davelda in order to stop the number of suicides that was occurring.