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Author Topic: Katrien Raske  (Read 7865 times)

Description: Queen. Rose to Opal. Played by Jamie.

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Katrien Raske
« on: Jan 10, 17, 04:41:52 PM »
The Basics

Character Name: Katrien Raske
Nicknames: Kat
Age and Birth Year: Born 162 AP (32) 
Race:  Rihland, Short Lived
Caste:  Queen
Birth Territory: Askavi, Kaeleer
Home Territory: Rihland

Birthright Jewel: cut Rose
Offering Jewel:  cut Opal

Role: Queen of Markoth Province
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Appearance

Play By: Felicity Jones
Distinguishing Features:

Personality



Personality:
While under the Eyrien's rule Katrien had presented the personality of a meak woman willing to follow their commands. The perfect little Queen with a strength in providing the Queen's Gift. Her short lived status meant that she would serve out her usefulness beneath their ruling and in return she was given limited comfort, but security not only for herself but also ther males. Katrien had never known another life but she sensed that the status quo was unnatural in many ways. She longed to understand more about her people, the Rihlanders, but didn't dare raise any suspicions among those who kept a watchful eye on the Queen.

In the wake of the Eyrien's demise in Rihland a new Queen emerged from within Katrien. There was a sense of freedom within her reach and she recognized it was not only for her, but her males, and the forgotten Rihlanders. Katrien and a group of males overthrew the Court of Markoth, where she had only be a figurehead. After spilling the blood of dozens of Eyriens who had controlled her life for decades she embraced a side of her personality which had remained dormant.

Katrien is a determined woman and powerfully focused on any task at hand. Confidence is something she has lacked for her entire life and she often second guesses herself and her decisions. Often times she'll rely on those around her to provide support that lends her the temporary confidence in her decision making. She has struggled to find her feet as a ruling Queen since the rise of Rihland, but is careful not to show such weaknesses to those outside of her First Circle. Certainly she has found confidence in that which she knows, but when dealing with issues outside of her comfort zone she can appear weak or unprepared. She has grown frustrated by the knowledge that she lacks and her obvious inexperience with actual leadership.

The pursuit of knowledge pertaining to the Rihlander culture has become an obsession for Katrien. She is intent to build a large personal library of the information she collects.

Katrien over commits herself to projects and easily gets frustrated by her own limitations; and equally at her males when they remind her that even Queens have to rest. She had a special bond with those males who survived the overthrowing of the Markoth Court, and deeply mourns the men whose lives were lost during their coup. Katrien hates to be told "no" and the men in her life have become creative in finding new ways to say it without engaging with the stubborn streak the Queen possesses.

Loyalty is a powerful motivator for Katrien. Above all else she feels loyalty to the Rihlanders, her Court, and has discovered a kindred spirit in Kalvar in many ways. The liberation he has provided, intentionally or otherwise, to the Rihlander people has earned him Katrien's loyalty.

Likes:
  • Farming and Land Management: Considering that she had been forced to Gift the land endlessly beneath the stewardship of the Eyriens, Katrien had every right to despise the land. Yet as a Queen she understands the true value of farmable land and what it means to the future success of Rihland. She has taken all that she learned beneath the Eyriens and applied it to understanding the best approach to land management, farming, and even drainage.
  • History and Tradition: Katrien has become nearly obsessed with learning everything she can about the Rihland culture and history. Much knowledge had been suppressed by the Eyriens during their occupation of Katrien's homeland. She's made it her mission to pull together as much as she can gather in hopes of redistributing said knowledge and reinstating their traditions.
  • Painting: It was one of the few hobbies she was allowed while under Eyrien stewardship as landscape watercolors were deemed harmless enough. Now that Katrien has found her freedom so has her artwork, and she's expanded her horizons with each brush stroke. For a time her work was dark and gritty, a reflection of her own internal struggles, but as time passes she is finding her voice through art.

Dislikes:
  • Open Spaces: Open Spaces provide a good view of the sky and it's a constant reminder of the Eyriens and Jhinka who had both provided endless pain for the native Rihlanders in the former Territory of Askavi. Katrien can't help but associate those skies with the pain she'd felt as one of their captives. It represents the oppression she, and her people, had suffered through.
  • Being told what to do: Katrien is a Queen who accepts counsel and advice from those she trusts (and of whom there are few), but having achieved her freedom from the Eyriens she is not about to accept command over her decisions. She's intent to ensure every decision she makes is on her own volition and not as part of any command or expectation handed down to her by a superior. She intends to be the Queen that the Rihlanders in  Markoth need and believes it is an independent Queen who answers to none but herself and her people.
  • Kaeleer's Territories: The rest of Kaeleer watched for many lifetimes as the Rihlanders were oppressed in their native Territory by the conquering Eyriens. There were none who had bothered to stand up for the short lived Rihlander race, and it is something that Katrien holds against each and every one. Katrien believes that if the rest of the Kaeleer natives had bonded together to drive the Eyriens away, especially after the death of the Black, Rihland could have been liberated generations ago.

Fears:
  • Eyriens: Everything has changed but the fear Katrien holds against the Eyriens remains strong. This is a race who controlled every facet of her life since her Birthright, and who ruled over her people with an iron fist. Even though they've been removed from power for nearly two years in Rihland Katrien still finds herself glancing over her shoulder in fear that they might return to reclaim Rihland, her Court, and the land she has bled so much power into.
  • Retribution: The drastic nature of Kalvar's attack against the Eyriens had potential to open the flood gates for retribution, and it would be generations more of fighting before the Rihlanders could fully embrace their newfound freedoms. Though the Gates have long since been shut Katrien fears an Eyrien army being sent from Askavi in Terreille to aid the surviving Eyriens in Kaeleer; though she would be happiest just to deport those Eyriens back to Terreille.
  • Her inexperience: Though Katrien has technically served in the role of Queen for many years it was truly in a limited, and controlled, capacity. Now that she has actual control over the Province of Markoth she fears her inexperience will damn the Province and what little legacy she might possess. Though she is a confident Queen there is a soft voice of doubt that torments Katrien for each decision she makes. Though ruling feels natural to Katrien she has no experience on which to set a benchmark on how she is doing, and if the decisions she makes are the correct ones.

Craft Strengths:
  • Queen's Gift: The successes that Katrien achieved beneath the Eyrien stewardship was solely due to her strength in delivering the Queen's Gift. The potency of her Gift had always been strong, since she'd received her Birthright Rose, and had contributed to her achievements within Askavi. She's come in danger of giving too much on occasion but with the changes in Rihland she now has caring and protecting males who finally have direct access to their Queen and her protection.
  • Delving: Katrien showed at a young age a unique talent with the ability to delve the earth to gauge and understanding of it's health. This allowed her to target areas that needed help with the Queen's Gift, and ensure that the land was well tended to beneath her care. If not for this skill she would have been an unlikely choice for the Eyriens to use as a puppet Queen for the District. Within her latest role as the Province Queen she had used this skill to make herself indispensable to Kalvar and the newly reformed Territory.


Craft Weaknesses:
  • Shielding Craft:; Katrien has only been taught the most basic of shielding craft in her lessons. The Eyriens who had overseen her Craft lessons had ensured that she was heavily trained in the Queenly arts, but minimally trained in Craft in general. There was no need for her to learn more than basic Shielding as a Queen who would always have escorts present. During the years since she’s found freedom she’s been unable to increase her skill in Shield craft in any capacity - leaving her with basic knowledge only of physical shields, sight shields, psychic shields or aural shields.
  • Queen’s Touch: While Queen’s Touch might come naturally as second nature to most Queens in the Realm it is something that is void from Katrien’s skill sets all together. In the years she spent “ruling” under the Eyrien stewardship there were very few men she was allowed contact with who belonged to her, and there was no opportunity to practice or perfect such craft. In the time since she had shown no aptitude for this element of Queen’s Craft that is so vital.


Life Story

Family:
Mother: Hanne Raske, Tiger Eye - Rose witch (deceased)
Father: Joost Raske, Yellow - Rose Prince (deceased)
Sister: Liselott Raske, Yellow - Summer Sky Healer
Cousin: Arend Raske, Blood Opal - Sapphire Warlord (deceased)
(All family Jewels were rolled.)

Bound Males:
Tonivar Zuradin, Rose - Opal, Warlord Prince (deceased)


History:
The very early years of her life, before her Birthright ceremony, had been lived in relative normality. They were still governed and controlled by the Eyrien's rule of Askavi, but during those formative years she was surrounded by loving family. Her parents were close at hand to raise both Liselott and Katrien. Shortly after Liselott's Birthright ceremony, when she walked away with the Yellow, she was sent away to train as a Healer beneath the Eyrien's rule. Katrien saw her infrequently after that day and she approached her own Birthright with a sense of fear.

That fear was echoed within her parents who anticipated, with dread, her Birthright ceremony. Katrien was a Queen and if she showed any promise to wear a Dark Jewel one day the Eyriens would certainly be interested in the young Rihlander. Rihlander Queens were a commodity that the Eyriens traded in to help maintain the fertility of the lands, especially in Markoth where Katrien was from. Only a few days after she received her Rose Birthright the Eyriens came to take her away from her parents with promises of training and mentoring.

The Eyriens began training Katrien but it was focused on what she could produce for the land, such as the Queen's gift, and lacked the mentoring necessary to learn about ruling a Province. The paperwork, the mediation techniques, the general rulership were all lacking in the training handed down by the Eyriens. But over time Katrien's strength towards the nourishment of the land captured their attention. The older Yellow Jewelled Eyrien Queen that she served took full advantage of this skill.

Katrien resented being away from her family but quickly discovered that the Eyriens had no tolerance for coddling the young Queenling. There was no sympathetic ear during those early nights when she cried herself to sleep. Her parents had sent her away with a stuffed black bear, and by the time she had reached her teenage years the animal had become well worn and was missing an eye. The Eyriens allowed her occasional visits with her parents, and even her sister, but it was never enough for Katrien.

Katrien was not a child with rebellious tendencies, but the Eyriens tried her patience and pushed her limits. Though she learned quickly that life was far more comfortable when she did well in her schooling and training, and followed the rules. Frankly, Katrien liked her desserts and the few luxuries she was allowed.

At barely 18 Katrien found her first Bonded male when an Eyrien hunting party chose to stay overnight in the Yellow Queen's Court. The Eyrien Warlord Prince positively terrified Katrien, who had led a highly sheltered life. Though she was surrounded by Eyriens most of her interactions were with the elder Yellow Queen or her older, less intimidating, Court. The Yellow Queen was the one to take notice of the Bond and invited the Warlord Prince to stay and become one of Katrien's personal guards.

In time a friendship blossomed between Katrien and Tonivar Stona. He became the natural choice to see her through the Virgin Night, and afterwards he stood vigil at her Offering Ceremony. Not long after her Offering Katrien acquired a second Bonded male; a middle aged guard from a small Rihalnder village named Hans. His family had been slaughtered by a Jhinka raid and seemed as surprised by the Darkness's choice of Queen as she was.

With two Bonded males, an Opal Jewel, and an exhibited talent for the Queen's gift she had far exceeded the plans the Eyriens had originally made for her. They set her up to rule a District, beneath the mentorship of the Yellow Queen, and an entirely Eyrien Triangle. The majority of her First Circle, with the exceptions of her Bonded males and cousin, was also Eyrien and selected by the Yellow Queen. After a few years she was allowed to promote Tonivar to First Escort.

Katrien was practically kept as an enslaved gardener and never truly ruled her District despite the Eyriens leading her around like a show pony in Scelt. Katrien took comfort in knowing that she gave back to the land the best she could, even if the benefit was received by the Eyriens more so than the Rihlanders. At least she was giving the Rihlanders something with her efforts. Over several years Katrien brought more Bonded males into her court, totally a staggering 5 by the time she had turned 28. The final 3 to join her First Circle were all Rihlander men, and Tonivar still remained the only Eyrien bound to Katrien. And only those men who were bound to her, or blood relations, were allowed to serve in whatever Courts she formed.

In her late 20s, when the Yellow Queen decided to retire, Katrien was given the role of Province Queen for Markoth. Instead of the Yellow Queen's mentorship she was now given supervision from an Eyrien Prince who took the role of Steward in her farce of a Court. Though Katrien played the role of figured head the decisions and actual rulership belonged to the appointed Prince. It was clear to Katrien that she would only ever rule in name, but the position she held ensured that her family and men were well cared for.

After the Rihlanders were freed by the Black, a group of 13 males and Katrien turned against the Eyriens who occupied her Court. The males were led by Tonivar, and consisted of male relatives to either herself or those men whom she had Bonded over the years. The coup and overthrow of power in Markoth was bloody and took it's toll on Katrien's makeshift Court, but they won the Province seat back from the Eyriens. Katrien had promised that all those who had survived the uprising in Markoth were granted a place in Katrien's First Circle.

Three men died in the coup, and one was broken. Despite their success in reclaiming control of the Court of Markoth Katrien was devastated with the loss of life. Tonivar had sacrifcied everything to ensure she was given the Court - including his life. He had been her lover in secret since her Virgin Night and had been the only Eyrien she had ever trusted. Three other men had died, Hans, one of her Bonded men and her cousin Arend.

Since the overthrow of the Eyriens in Markoth, Katrien has kept her place as Province Queen, and was free at least to reign. One of her passions since granted her freedom has been to learn and collate as much as she could regarding the Rihlander's history. She's come to embrace the Culture that she's known next to nothing about since childhood.



Show Us What You've Got

Character in Play:
Golden eyes met hazel as the formal introductions were being made by the Court's Steward. "Prince Zuradin, may I introduce you to Lady Raske. She's apprentice to our Queen." The Steward was dismissive of Katrien's role within the Court but it had never bothered her. The Rose she wore, combined with the strength inherent in her Queen's Gift, provided great support to the farmland in their District. Katrien had some pride in what she offered, even if the Eyriens took it for granted.

The jolt she felt straight to the core of her Jewels and soul was alarming. The Queen had explained to her that such a feeling could occur with males that the Darkness had gifted to a Queen. It was rare and a Queen didn't often meet more than a few who belonged truly to her heart and soul. There were plenty who felt a pull from the Darkness to connect them to the Queen, but the true bond was soul deep.

This felt soul deep. And utterly alarming. And terrifying.

The Warlord Prince who stood before Katrien was a massive man - the width of his arm was wider than Katrien's waist. Katrien reached into the abyss and opened her psychic barriers to take everything about this Eyrien in; the caste was the heaviest scent upon the man. And it was so overwhelming she nearly missed the call of his Rose to her own. Yet he wore the Opal proudly at his chest, and it was a teasing promise of what Katrien could achieve in two years.

"A pleasure, my Queen." Prince Zuradin broke the silence after what seemed to be ages. The room seemed to be on tenterhooks to see if she would accept this Eyrien as a bound male. The Darkness had decreed it so and he seemed willing to accept a short lived, and underage, Queen.

*Mother Night.* She thought, praying to the Darkness for guidance. Could she accept an Eyrien? The Queen had explained that when she would be given a District to rule one day that it would be with a Court of the Eyrien's choice. The only exceptions would be close relatives, such as her cousin Arend, or bound males. Like Prince Zuradin. Would he be a friend in that environment? Or would his training and loyalty to the Eyriens and Askavi override any compassion he might show Katrien? *What do I say?* she shouted the question to the abyss.

There was no response.

"The pleasure is mine, my Prince." The words felt foreign, uncomfortable and cloying given the circumstances. Yet they also felt right as she stared deep into those ancient golden eyes.




Petitions (if any):  None.


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Re: Katrien Raske
« Reply #1 on: Jan 10, 17, 04:42:39 PM »










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Re: Katrien Raske
« Reply #2 on: Jan 10, 17, 04:47:46 PM »
As per Rose/SS/PD/Opal roll.
Weighed by Mother Night...

You've risen from the Darkness twice blessed with a cut Rose birthright Jewel, and were gifted with a cut Opal Jewel at your offering.

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« Reply #3 on: Feb 03, 17, 09:53:03 AM »
Can I please have 4 family rolls?

UPDATED: Personality outlined, Likes completed, Dislikes started, Fears started, Strengths Completed, Weaknesses Completed, History outline started.










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« Reply #4 on: Feb 03, 17, 10:14:54 AM »
Four family rolls:

1. Yellow - Rose
2. Yellow - Summer Sky
3. Blood Opal - Sapphire
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Re: Katrien Raske
« Reply #7 on: Feb 13, 17, 09:42:29 AM »
Ready for review, please and thank you.

Should also receive Dash's stamp of approval for Plot Leader in Rihland.

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