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I’d tutored Lord Karstedt since he was a little boy, and then I was Lord Sylvester’s wet nurse … I’ve known Lord Ferdinand since he was a young boy too, going all the way back to when he was first brought to the castle.
Rihyarda to Rozemyne in Part 3 Volume 1, Chapter 9: The Archduke’s Castle

Rihyarda (リヒャルダ Rihyaruda) is an archnoble attendant who serves the archducal family of Ehrenfest. Currently, she serves as Rozemyne’s head attendant at the archduke’s castle and the Royal Academy. She is the mother of Justus and the grandmother of Traugott.

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Rihyarda has light gray hair and eyes that are almost black[1]. At age 60, she is a “truly old-looking woman” whom Rozemyne describes as looking like “a physical manifestation of the word ‘granny’”[2]. Nevertheless, she is physically strong and can easily pick up and carry Rozemyne when needed.

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After serving as a nanny for Ehrenfest’s most powerful nobles for generations, Rihyarda has an iron will and is not easily cowed. She is one of the only people who can tell Ferdinand what to do.

Rihyarda has a strong sense of propriety and is quick to chastise Rozemyne when she does something unladylike. She also has no patience for bad behavior, and is outraged at Wilfried’s retainers when she learns that they have failed to discipline him. When her own grandson, Traugott, fails to live up to his duties as a retainer, Rihyarda is the first to ask Rozemyne to dismiss him, even though it will leave a black mark on her family’s reputation[3].

However, she is fond of children and has a motherly nature, taking pride in the growth of all the young people she helped to raise.

Spoiler from Royal Academy Stories - First Year
Despite being closely affiliated with a variety of nobles over the years, she never considered herself to be part of any faction. In her eyes she is and has always been neutral and loyal solely to Ehrenfest as a whole[4].

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Rihyarda has served the archducal family of Ehrenfest for several generations. She knew Sylvester, Ferdinand and Karstedt when they were children. As Sylvester’s nanny, she often had to go chasing after him to drag him back to his studying and responsibilities as the son of the archduke.

At some point, Rihyarda started a family and had two children: her son, Justus, and her daughter, Gudrun. Gudrun later married one of Bonifatius’s sons, and together they had a son named Traugott.

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When given the opportunity to learn Rozemyne's mana compression method, Rihyarda declined[6].

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  • While it's usually hidden behind her noble façade, Rihyarda has a keen interest in fashion, even greater than that of most other noble ladies[7].

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  • Rihyarda and her son, Justus, are among the few characters in the series to use the terms “Milady” (hime-sama, literally “princess”) and “my boy” (bochama, a “young master” or a young man from a rich family). Most notably, Rihyarda calls Ferdinand “my boy” and intends to continue doing so until he gets married, despite his repeated insistence that she stop.
  • リヒャルダ is supposed to be Richarda (female form of Richard), but it is translated into Rihyarda to retain the same pronunciation among English readers.

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  1. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Fanbook. Character Design Sheets
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 3 Volume 1. Chapter 9: The Archduke's Castle
  3. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 2. Chapter 11: Rihyarda’s Wrath
  4. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Royal Academy Stories - First Year. Chapter 1: Cornelius - As a Guard Knight and a Brother"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 2. Chapter 3: I Want to Found the Library Committee
  6. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 3. Chapter 16: Philine's Family Circumstances
  7. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 4. Chapter 9: The Archduke Conference Approaches

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