Cassandra liked to fight. Just ask her brothers. She regularly beat them in wrestling matches over who got the last piece of pie or whose turn it was to play with a toy. Being the youngest of 6, and all the others boys, she had no choice but to be strong and strong she was.
At the age of 8, Cassandra beat her 14 year old brother Jake in a mile run. She lifted her dad's anvil once after each of the brothers had given it a try and failed. Her favorite joke was to put on lids so tight that her brothers would have to ask her to open the container.
She was the apple of her father's eye. Her father was the town smith and it was from her father that her strength had been passed down. She loved to help him make things. For hours on end she would swing the hammer in time with her father's taps. Together they did good work and she saw her life's work as carrying on her father's profession.
The only female blacksmith in the county, it was only a matter of time before the military noticed her and her strength. Her arm was also good at swinging and with practice and lessons, she became a first rate swordsman.