She lives in the Stilts, a muddy village where houses are built on stilts. The people who live in places like that are called Reds, people who do not have super powers.
She is not apprenticed and will face conscription, unlike her sister Gisa, who has a job.
Mare Barrow is a seventeen year girl who provides for her family by pickpocketing.
Chapter 1: "The Feats"
Silvers use their powers as they compete against each other in "the Feats," which are competitions held in arenas. These demonstrations of the Silvers' powers puts fear into the Reds because of how savage they are.
Chapter 2: Conscription
"My master has died. I am no longer apprenticed and will be conscripted."
Chapter 3: Meeting with the Scarlet Guard
"My friend and I seek protection from Silvers."
"The Scarlet Guard accepts. Full payment of two thousand crowns, or the equivalent is expected."
Chapter 4: Summerton
In Summerton, Gisa attempted to steal for Mare, so that she may be able to pay the two thousand crowns. She was caught, and her sewing hand was smashed with the end of a gun.
Chapter 5 of Red Queen: Silver Crowns and Strangers
While outside the bar, Mare stole from the people who came out. Finally, a young gentlemen named Cal caught her, but after listening to her story, he gave her two silver crowns.
Mare learned of the Scarlet Guard and agrees to a deal in order to try to secure protection from Silvers for her and Kilorn.