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Author Topic: Octavia Dalca  (Read 96 times)

Description: Healer. Tiger Eye to Rose. Played by Phedre.

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Octavia Dalca
« on: Nov 11, 17, 11:56:23 PM »
The Basics

Character Name: Octavia Dalca
Nicknames: Tavi
Age: 21, born in 171 PP
Race: Short Lived
Caste: Healer
Birth Territory: Common Blood Village in Dena Nehele (is 1/4 Landen)
Home Territory: Dena Nehele

Birthright Jewel: Cut Tiger Eye
Offering Jewel:  Uncut Rose

Role: Court Healer
Faction: The Court of Flowers

Appearance


Play By: Jodelle Ferland
Distinguishing Features: Octavia's wavy auburn hair is extremely long. When straightened, it nearly reaches her knees. Her hands are covered with small scars and her right arm has a decent size burn scar.

Personality



Personality:  Octavia listens to her instincts above all else. Logic is rarely a part of why she chooses to do something. If it feels right to her gut, she does it. Intuitive, creative, and unpredictable, people never know quite what to expect from her. This leaves the people she interacts with cautious, something that is difficult for her to understand. Maturing into a young women has not stopped her from coming home with twigs and leaves snagged in her hair, her skirts torn, and her knees bloody from some private adventure.

She throws herself into healing with reckless abandon, an abandon that has left her injured or drained on more than one occasion. What she lacks in training, she makes up for in raw talent. The difficulty of course is that there is no one to hold the reins and tell her when enough is enough. It doesn't really matter. She would be unlikely to listen to them if they did. 

There is something wild about her, something that says she isn't meant for tame places or civil conversations. Her eyes reflect a strength and knowledge unexpected for a girl of 15. That being said, she is completely naive to the ways of a court, innocent of the knowledge of intrigue and politics. A multitude of small scars on her hands tell the stories of trees climbed, hurt animals fought in order to heal a broken bone, or careless mistakes in the kitchen with a sharp knife while helping her mother. But her heart is soft and unmarred and her eyes are star bright with possibility.   


Likes:
  • 1 Windstorms.

When Octavia feels the wind whip through her long hair, it tastes like freedom. She has always been more comfortable outside where she can see the sky and feel the earth beneath her feet. She wonders what it would have been like to be born with wings.
  • 2 Running through the woods.

Her mother told her that she never really walked, she just went from crawling to running. It seems an appropriate description of the entirety of her young life.
  • 3 Climbing trees.

Octavia is an excellent climber. Up in a tree, it's quiet, peaceful. She can shut out the world and just be.

Dislikes:
  • 1 Rules.

They are so confining. Why can't she just live her life, heal people in need, and be left alone?
  • 2 Confining clothing.

She needs to be able to run, to move, to dance, to climb. Being in clothing that feels too confining feels like suffocation. It takes very little time before she starts clawing at the collar of an uncomfortable dress. 
  • 3 People who touch her hair without permission.

Yes, it's long. Yes, it's unusual just how long it is. No, you do not have permission to come and pet it.

Fears:
  • 1 Small spaces.

I mean, it's not like Octavia will start screaming if you shove her into a small space...well, at least not immediately.
  • 2 Disappointing her family.

They have so much of their dreams wrapped up in her and her abilities. What if she lets them down?
  • 3 Failing someone she is healing.

Sometimes her Craft isn't as focused as it should be. What if she makes a mistake and someone dies because of it? What if the Healer could have been saved if she had been better, more experienced?

Craft Strengths:
  • 1 Innate ability

Most of her ability in Craft has been self taught. She understands how things work on an instinctive level.
  • 2 Healing Craft

Even without training, her Healing craft is extremely strong and will likely increase in ability when she does gain proper training

Craft Weaknesses:
  • 1 Control.

Without having had a proper teacher, her power is unfocused. At best, this means it is sometimes merely ineffective. At worst, it can result in unexpected and often ill fated consequences.
  • 2 Social Craft.

Octavia grew up in a common Blood village with no exposure to the intricacies of the more complex social interactions of the Blood. She does not know how to manipulate people, nor would she recognize being manipulated.


Life Story

Family:
Mother: Mihriel Dalca No Jewel to White Jeweled Hearth Witch
Father: Anton Albescu 1/2 landen, 1/2 Blood male, no Jewel. Not acknowledged at the Birthright Ceremony
Siblings: None
Uncle : Marku Dalca White to Yellow Jeweled Warlord and Octavia's protector
Great-Great-Great-Grandmother : Stella Dalca Tiger Eye to Rose Healer

History: There was a great deal of surprise from the village and her family both when they realized Octavia had been born a Healer. There was even more surprise when she walked away from her Birthright Ceremony wearing a Tiger Eye Jewel, the darkest Birthright Jewel of anyone in the village. And with that surprise was laced something Octavia would grow to ache seeing in her mother's eyes: hope.

Of her parents, only her mother's power was strong enough to need the reservoir of a Jewel. Receiving no Jewel at her Birthright Ceremony, she made the Offering at her brother's urging and came away with the White. Being as Octavia's biological father was half landen and unable to master more than basic craft, her Uncle Marku, a Yellow Jeweled Warlord, stepped in as her protector, a role he had taken on before she was even born.

He was, after all, the only reason she was alive. Her mother miscarried seven children before becoming pregnant with Octavia. Jeweled females need their jewels drained during their pregnancy so that their power has somewhere to go and will not try to fill the unborn child. Octavia's father was a proud man bearing the shame of being half landen. This shame was driven home to him when he couldn't assist his wife maintain a pregnancy. He forbid her from seeking help until it was too late and the babies died, one after the other. But when she became pregnant with Octavia, Mihriel defied her husband and fled to her brother. He served as the one to drain her Jewel and helped her while she was not strong enough to use her own Jeweled strength. And he protected her from her husband when Anton came in search of his wife. From then on, Mihriel lived with her brother and Octavia was raised under Marku's protective guidance.     

Her Uncle did the best he could to teach her basic Craft and the use of her Jewels, but there was no one around to reach her at the depth of Tiger Eye and guide her progress. Her early exploration ranged from wildly successful to massively destructive. Octavia was unsure if her Uncle would ever fully forgive her for nearly burning his house down when she was 12. The village Healer, and her mentor, was extremely ill and she was so focused on creating every healing brew she could think of that she didn't pay attention to the pile of oily rags left too close to the stove.

She sustained some burns in the process of putting out the fire and in the end, it was all for naught. The Healer died anyway. She was old. It was her time to return to the Darkness. Octavia was so caught up in her grief that she didn't bandage her burned arm appropriately and a scar has stretched across her right forearm ever since. Octavia was left without a mentor and the village looked to her to pick up where the other Healer had left off, despite her lack of training and her young age. They were just a common Blood village, surrounded by landen villages. Intermarriage had been common, more common than they wanted to let on. Her own grandmother was a landen. The village was afraid of a new Healer coming in and turned down the offer when it was made. Of course resources were tight. Once the offer was turned down, it was not offered again.

The village's faith in her wasn't simply based on her raw ability, but on the stories of Stella that were still passed down. Her great-great-great-grandmother Stella had received Birthright Tiger Eye and descended to Rose. She was the last Healer the family had produced until Octavia. But then, she was born and made her Offering before the Purge. The family thought that power was lost when the Black Jeweled Queen unleashed her fury. Now there was a chance to regain some of the status and power the family had once had. And it all rested on Octavia's slender shoulders. Stella was a formidable Healer and spent her life among the people of this village. It was thought that power was knocked out by the Purge. But here it was, five generations later in Octavia. Octavia loved hearing stories of her, but she wasn't her. How could she possibly follow in her footsteps? 

Perhaps it is because her mother and uncle have so much of their hopes and dreams tied up in her that Octavia strains against them and everyone else in a place of authority over her. Or perhaps it is just in her nature to be contrary. She has never been able to sit still in a classroom. She has never been able to absorb her hearth witch mother's teachings. The only area she has really excelled in is healing. Well, that and running. And climbing. And connecting with the wild animals in the woods near her home. But those don't tend to count in adult eyes as worthwhile pastimes.



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Writing Sample:

Octavia swore under her breath as she stripped back the blankets of the young boy's bed and saw for the first time the extent of the damage. The smell of putrid flesh filled the room. The boy's mother leaned over and vomited. She turned on the only full Blood male in the room, a White Jeweled Warlord named Cornel. Whatever the members of the half Blood, half landen family saw on her face silenced their protests instantly.

"Why didn't you tell me the boy wasn't suffering from fever? Why didn't you tell me the boy had been bitten? Why didn't you tell me that his leg has been slowly rotting off while I have been off racing around helping all the Blood with a stomach bug?!" She spit the last words at him through gritted teeth. It was taking all her control not to launch herself at his throat, but she needed her strength to take care of the boy, so she tempered her instincts and settled for screaming at him instead.

"But... but, he's just a landen! There are Blood who are sick! How can you put him above them?"

"Listen to me, you son of a whoring pig, this boy is going to die if I don't tend to him right now. I should have tended to him when the bite occurred. If I have been informed that he had been bitten instead of having the same stomach illness everyone else has, he would have been my first priority. Now, now I don't know if I can save him." On  hearing her last words, Octavia heard the boy's mother throw up again.

"You're being unreasonable! If you spend all of your strength saving this boy, you won't be able to help the rest of us!"

"None of you are going to die!" She screamed at him. She turned her back on him and settled next to the child. His leg was badly damaged. It was beyond her ability to save his leg, but it wasn't beyond her ability to save his life. It would push her to her absolute limit, especially considering she had been working day and night making healing brews for all of the sick and had started coming down with symptoms herself. By all rights, she should be home in bed resting. She thought back to the fight she had with her Uncle Marku that morning about her leaving to check on a young boy who wasn't recovering properly from the stomach illness. She was glad she had followed her instincts, but now she needed his help. She hoped he wasn't too angry with her to oblige.

*Lord Marku! I need you!* she sent on a Yellow psychic thread, knowing full well the use of his title would get his attention.

*What's wrong? Are you hurt?* he replied immediately. He had been her protector her whole life. The fear of her being hurt was always the first thing that came to him.

*No, but this boy will die if I don't get help. He was bitten. He's been slowly dying and no one bothered to tell me about it. Go to Bidea. Find a healer. Now.*

*I'll be back as soon as I can,* he replied and severed the connection. 

Octavia settled next to the bed. This was going to be a difficult healing and the bile was already starting to rise in her throat. She choked it down and scanned the people in the room. The mother was out. The father was furious. The Warlord would be more than useless. But there was a sister and she stood strong with her shoulders squared. "What's your name?" Octavia asked.

"Dorina," she replied, her voice clear. She didn't wear a Jewel, but then neither had her mother until her Offering. Octavia knew better than to judge someone's strength simply on whether a Jewel hung around her neck.

"Dorina, I need your help. I'm going to need water, clean rags, and the herbs from my bag." Octavia called in her large herb bag stuffed full to overflowing and handed it to Dorina. "My hands are going to be full. Do you think you can help me and hand me the things I ask for?"

Dorina nodded and ran to gather water from a pitcher on the side table.

"Good," Octavia said, keeping her voice steady. The last thing she needed was to spook the girl who was her only chance of getting through this healing. "The rest of you, get out."

The family fled from the room. The Warlord held his ground. Without looking away from the work she had already begun on the boy's leg, she said over her shoulder, "Get. Out."

There was a moment's hesitation, but he started toward the door. The anger of being bossed around by a 15 year old evident in his heavy stomps.

"Oh, and Cornel? For your sake, you had better hope this child doesn't die. Because if he does, the blood debt will be on your hands."

"There is no blood debt! That boy is part landen!"

Octavia turned and looked at him. Her hands were covered in blood and pus from the infected leg, her Tiger Eye Jewel glowed fiercely. "So am I. And you would do best to remember that." He ran from the room.

Dorina was swift and helpful. They worked side by side for many hours. Octavia could feel herself faltering. The reserve in her Jewel was getting weak. Her fever had risen alarmingly fast. Healers run hot when they work, right? That's normal, isn't it? She had pushed herself before, but this felt different. How sick was she? She set the thought aside and went back to the boy. He was only a child. She would have Cornel's balls if the boy didn't survive. It may not be in a Healer's nature to fight, but it was certainly in their nature to defend those who weren't strong enough to defend themselves. He knew about this child, knew how bad it was, and had said nothing. He would have let a child die rather than have the full Blood of the area inconvenienced by the flu. The realization made her fight back another wave of nausea. 
   
She knew why he had finally backed off. There wasn't a single man in this village who would challenge her other than her Uncle, and he was in Bidea searching for a Healer. It wasn't her Jewels and it wasn't her status as Healer that scared them all away. It was the feral look in her eyes when she was doing a particularly difficult healing. She couldn't blame them. But everything has a price. All the while that she worked in that small room, fighting to save the boy's life, pouring more and more energy into him, she grew more ill. And there was no one there to notice how dull her Tiger Eye Jewel looked, no one there to protect her from herself.

*Octavia, I'm here with the Healer,* Marku sent on a Yellow psychic thread.

No reply.

*Octavia?*

Silence.

*Octavia! Tavi!*

Petitions (if any):  Reactivation Petition

Why did this character became inactive?
IC, Darcia left the Court and Octavia went with her.
OOC, My life got crazed.

What will you do to prevent this character from becoming inactive again?
WRITE ALL THE WORDS WITH BLUE AND REID.

What are your plans for this character?
Tavi has been with Darcia since she left Court with Emil/Artur. During that time, she has really come into her own as a Healer, and is now serving Darcia as the Healer for the Court of Flowers. Sometimes Darcia gets sick of having a Court form around her and wishes she could just be a Healer. On these days, Tavi declares herself Queen and tries to interfere with everyone needing things from Darcia so her friend (and yes, QUEEN) can rest and focus on her Healing work. Emil finds this cute, but wrong. Tavi persists regardless. 

Number of previous Reactivations: 0

Changes Made to Application for Reactivation Process (if any) :
Age Updated
Playby Updated.
Jewels Updated. Octavia has now had both her Virgin Night (handled kindly by Artur Woden) and her Offering to the Darkness. Therefore she is now Tiger Eye to Rose.

Player Name: Phedre

Octavia has been blessed with the ability to cure poisons and disease.



Offline Octavia Dalca

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Re: Octavia Dalca
« Reply #1 on: Nov 11, 17, 11:57:42 PM »
As Octavia has now performed her Offering to the Darkness, could I please have her Cut/Uncut roll for her Rose Jewel and a +10 for her single descent? Thank you!



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Re: Octavia Dalca
« Reply #2 on: Nov 12, 17, 08:47:30 AM »
Added +10 to the Offering...

Weighed by Mother Night...

You've risen from the Darkness twice blessed with a cut Tiger Eye Birthright Jewel, and were gifted with an uncut Rose Jewel at your Offering.

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Congratulations!

Offline Octavia Dalca

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Re: Octavia Dalca
« Reply #3 on: Nov 12, 17, 03:57:03 PM »
Tavi is ready for review, please! Thank you!



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Re: Octavia Dalca
« Reply #4 on: Nov 12, 17, 07:19:26 PM »
Added to the queue.

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Re: Octavia Dalca
« Reply #5 on: Nov 13, 17, 06:39:49 PM »
gmail: tiboctavian@bloodrites.net    aim: rakalsigurd 

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