Rona Vielo
Portrayed by Morena Baccarin

Name: Rona Vielo
Alias: The Lady Bravo
Faction: House Costayne
Fealty: The Reach
Status Rank: Foreigner
Occupation: Bravo
Wealth: Poor

Swift as a deerQuiet as shadowQuick as a snake
Calm as still waterStrong as a bearFierce as a wolverine
Fear cuts deeper than swordsThe man who fears losing has already lost


This exotic creature moves with an unmistakable swagger, and nearly always looks others directly in the eye. Her butterscotch skin is the clearest evidence of her foreign blood, the picture completed by her distinctive Braavosi accent and manner of speech. Her dark brown eyes have an elfish tilt, complimented by a high button nose and dimpled smile. Silky curls of deep brunette hair frame the soft features of her face. Her long, swan-like neck compliments her deceptively slender form. She may seem dainty at first, but she bears the lithe musculature of a dancer.



Rona is every bit as much a bravo as any male. She has lived by the sword for her entire life and is highly confident in her own abilities. She walks about with a swagger in her hips, and always looks others directly in the eye. She is generally cool and collected, but insults are met with swift retribution.

Despite her cocksure attitude, she isn't lacking in a woman's charm, either. Though she may wear pants, she uses her clothing and style to accentuate her feminine beauty. She speaks in dulcet, sensuous tones, flirting with every man she speaks to, be he friend or enemy.


House Costayne

Furio Vielo was one of the deadliest swordsmen in Braavos. When his blade was drawn, his foes fell in a blinding flash of blood and steel. Maiden's Kiss, it was called; a blade supposedly so fine and sharp that its cut felt as soft and gentle as the caress of a woman's lips.

Vielo had no shortage of rivals in Braavos — men he had offended, young bravos seeking to make their name, and so on — and prudently often found himself aboard ships sailing for other lands. He frequently found his land legs in Westerosi port towns. During one such stint in Oldtown, he saved the life of a young nobleman named Killian Costayne from a gang of drunken sailors and found a steadfast friend for life.

The master Water Dancer, Furio Vielo

A Forbidden Love

Furio and Killian became as brothers. But when the dashing bravo met Killian's sister, he looked at her as anything but a sibling. Lady Clara was a stunning beauty with a heart of gold. Furio had always loved easily but never before had he loved so deeply.

Furio made no secret of his affection for her…a fact that annoyed her husband greatly. Trenton Bulwer was known as a dire and dangerous man, and he prized his lovely bride greatly. He suspected a dalliance between Furio and Clara, but his wife convinced him that she felt nothing for the Braavosi duelist. He believed her, in spite of his misgivings, at least until the birth of what he thought to be their youngest child.

Maiden's Kiss

Rona's great-great-grandfather was a bravo named Padren Tarvosi. He was challenged to a duel by the great knight, Ser Draegar Targaryen — wielder of the Valyrian steel blade, Heartfire. Ser Draegar was in love with Padren's bride-to-be and wished to claim her hand with his victory. Padren agreed, but on the condition that if he won, Heartfire would become his.Maidens_Kiss.jpgBoth men were masters of the blade, and the duel seemed endless. Some say they fought for days. All that is certain is that as the sun set on their duel, with each man cut, exhausted, and possibly breathing their last breaths, Padren's blade found Ser Draegar's heart. There he left it, and as the knight fell, Padren claimed Heartfire. Even before he saw a healer for his wounds, the bravo took the sword to the most skilled swordsmith in Braavos, who reforged it into the now legendary Braavosi blade, Maiden's Kiss.

The baby girl clearly resembled the foreigner, and in the face of Trenton's vicious accusations, Clara admitted the affair defiantly. In his rage, Trenton beat her savagely and vowed to send the child to the Silent Sisters. Clara fled with her daughter to Oldtown, hoping for safe haven in her brother's home. When Furio saw her bruised and bloodied face, his Braavosi passion flared into anger. Trenton arrived in Oldtown the following day and found himself facing a wrathful Furio Vielo in the town center. The city looked on as Furio demanded justice, drawing Maiden's Kiss and challenging Trenton to a duel to the death. The lordling obliged the bravo, and the two men clashed, one for his dignity, the other for love.

A Worthy Ending

Love triumphed that day, but it was a hollow victory. As Trenton Bulwer's blood stained the cobbles of Oldtown, Furio Vielo was bound in fetters and removed to the gaol. Killian was beside himself. His dearest friend had just killed his brother-in-law, and there seemed no way the law would side in favor of a foreign man who had slain a Westerosi lord.

To make matters worse, Trenton's brother, Ser Harrian Bulwer, soon arrived in town, demanding that Vielo be turned over to him for justice. Ser Harrian was an honorable knight, but a severe man that held to an old code, and would not rest until blood paid for blood.


Furio was resigned to his fate. He knew he was to die, but he believed he was dying for something worthy. When Clara came to his cell, he believed she had come to say goodbye. When the guards left them alone, thanks to a bribe from Killian, he believed that goodbye would be particularly pleasant. What he did not expect was the sleeping baby pressed into his arms. Clara told him of a ship sailing for the Free Cities that very night and begged him to leave with their little Rona. He pleaded with her to join him, but she would not leave her other children behind. So after she left, father and daughter fled to the docks and set sail for Braavos.

The Lady Bravo

Furio raised his little Rona the best way he knew how. He was a bravo, a fighting man. He knew that one day Ser Harrian might come looking for blood, and he wanted her to always be protected. So he taught Rona the Water Dance. Though Furio knew plenty of women that helped to raise the girl, her primary education was with the sword.

So it was that Rona Vielo grew up among bravos, courtesans, fishmongers, and traders. Being a female bravo earned her scorn from some, and admiration from others. But her skills were indisputable. She had been trained by one of the greatest Water Dancers in Braavos, and inherited his formidable talent. By the age of thirteen, she had won her first duel. By sixteen she was regularly fending off both the swords and hands of men, for just as her father had passed on his gift for the blade, her mother had given her beauty.


Rona shared her father's lust for life. She thrilled at the challenges each night would bring, and swaggered through the wharves and alleys of Braavos with all the assurance and daring of any male bravo. If anything, she felt she had that much more to prove because of her gender.

A Legend Falls

Even Furio Vielo was not invincible. He had a long-standing rivalry with Arvos Sevil, and in a final duel between the two, it was Furio that tasted Arvos's steel.

Rona's grief consumed her. For five days, she did not emerge from her home and welcomed no visitors. When she finally appeared, she was wearing her father's sword. She sought out Sevil and challenged him. The older bravo was a demon with the blade, but Rona had learned her lessons well. Though devastated by the loss of her father, she channeled her pain into a quiet rage, letting her emotions flow through her. Their duel lasted hours, but in the end, Maiden's Kiss broke another heart.

Arvos Sevil was a cousin of the Sealord, and though the duel was legal, Rona was not so foolish as to believe there would be no repercussion for what she had done. Her father was the only family she had in Braavos, but she knew that Westerosi blood also ran in her veins. By the following morning, Rona Vielo was shipboard and bound for Oldtown, determined to find her mother and make a new life for herself.


Furio Vielo

Furio Vielo


Furio was the only family Rona ever knew before coming to Westeros. His death devastated her, and though she has recovered from her depression, his passing left a hole in her heart that can never be filled.

Septa Clara

Septa Clara


Rona doesn't know her mother well, though she knows the stories her father told her. The septa she met doesn't quite match the mental image she had, and it is taking her some time to accept, but she desperately wants to feel that mother-daughter bond.

Lord Killian Costayne

Lord Killian Costayne


Rona is quite fond of her uncle, knowing full well that if not for his compassion, she would not have lived beyond infancy.

Yacio Cruz

Yacio Cruz


Yacio was the man that smuggled Rona out of Braavos after she killed Arvos Sevil. She feels she still owes him, and would gladly put her sword to his defense.

Harrian Bulwer

Harrian Bulwer


Though she does not know it, Ser Harrian wants Rona's blood. His is an old and strict code of honor, and demands her life in payment for his brother's.


  • Hot-Blooded: Like many Braavosi, Rona's is a passionate woman. She is as quick with her feelings as she is with her blade.
  • Prodigal: Money is made to be spent! Rona is a spendthrift, rarely able to save more than she needs to survive the next week or so.
  • Exotic Beauty: Rona's mixed heritage and natural elegance turn many heads when she saunters by.

Roleplaying Hooks

  • Bastard Born: Though her bastardy isn't yet well known, those that were around Oldtown in the year 95 may remember the famous duel fought due to the birth of the bastard, half-Braavosi girl.
  • Foreigner: Braavosi: Though half-Westerosi, her foreign blood is obvious in the color of her skin, her brash ways, and distinctive Braavosi accent.
  • Bravo: Rona is one of the colorful duelists of Braavos. She is proud, utterly devoted to her art, and quick to rise to a challenge. (Usage note: A Braavosi is a person from the Free City of Braavos, and a bravo is a member of the dueling tradition of that city.)
  • Family History: The duel between Rona's father, Furio Vielo, and Trenton Bulwer happened quite publicly in the middle of Oldtown twenty-five years ago. Though the event has passed out of recent memory, the reasons for it being even more obscure, there are still plenty around who were there when it happened, and the Vielo name may jog the memory.
    • There is one that has certainly not forgotten that fateful day: Ser Harrian Bulwer has wanted to spill Vielo blood ever since he learned of his brother's death.



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