Realized I haven’t done proper introductions of this cast (Iron Crown) - let’s fix that!
Starting off with our lead, Diane Weiss. Stubborn, suspicious, temperamental, two-faced, and stubborn again - she’s a gryffindor heart deep (very, very deep) in a slytherin mind.
Diane’s painfully aware of the spotlight on her as the daughter of the Butcher, and mistrusts strangers due to everyone and their pet hamster attempting to curry favors from a seemingly less intimidating personality. (they learn.) She also gets a bad habit of using other people as tools without a shred of doubt - that and his paranoia are two in a long list of similarities they share.
On the other hand, her one redeeming side is she’s a sucker for backing the underdog or fixing an unjustice that crosses her path (someone else being misused, for example) (the hypocrisy is strong in this one) - and has zero problem throwing a considerable amount of sheer willpower in solving it, even if it means declaring war on an empire without a scrap of bread to her name.
(Which she, of course, does. Because why not.)
After her homeland’s in flames due to her father being a shithead, and she’s on the run - mercenary Commander Isandar takes her under the wing and is a much better fit for Diane, authority issues and all. Those two (plus a certain … ah, smarmy demon … ) end up quite the power-trio through the story.