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Solace Tanithil
« on: Oct 13, 15, 09:21:38 PM »

The Basics

Character Name: Solace Tanithil
Nicknames: Lacey, from her birth family; Spidy to irritate her.
Age & Birthyear:  82 as of 192 AP, born 110 AP
Race:  Dea al Mon
Caste:  Black Widow
Birth Territory: Dea al Mon
Home Territory: Dea al Mon

Birthright Jewel: uncut Tiger Eye
Offering Jewel: cut Purple Dusk

Role: Wife to the Territory Steward, Cypress Tanithil. She is a politician's wife, and stay at home mom.
Faction: Gale Gonaleth, the Territory Queen.


Appearance


Play By: Jaime Murray but with the hair from
 http://iamtamara.com/2014/12/02/metallic-body-art-flashiest-way-accessorize/
(This model is a computer construct, according to google. I just want to have the image for her true-silver hair.)

Distinguishing Features:
Scars. Despite her wealth, there is a scar on her finger that she will not have removed. It is a reminder of all that happened when her mother and oldest sister were lost. She also carries a scar on her right thigh from the Warlord Prince she had been involved with in her youth, another lesson she refuses to forget.
Best feature: Her unusually colored eyes, wide and long lashed, with all the mystery of a black widow hidden in their depths. A faint lifting of a perfectly arched eyebrow.
Worst feature: Her hair is unmanageable without constant care. During her sleep it tangles into webs, moving on its own as it blows in the invisible psychic winds. When using Craft, her hair's movements reflect her spell. Someone who knows her well or watches her work could deduce what she has been working on based on the movements and condition of her hair. Her lady's maid, Crystal, arranges her hair before each meal and before greeting guests.

 the perfect sculpture of a Dea al Mon noblewoman, cooly perfect face, mysteriously unreadable eyes.

Marbled features, like a perfect statue save for the anguished eyes, glided forward for the gentlest, faintest brush of a kiss across her daughter's forehead.

So she waited, a perfect sculpture made of crystal, attempting to comfort a man who was little more than a phantom in her life.



Spoiler: Detailed description (click to show/hide)
Personality


Personality:
Solace is the third of four daughters. Her mother was especially thrilled with such a blessing. The girls received the best of everything, and they were indulged from birth. This was balanced by a deeply spiritual upbringing, and a constant awareness of their responsibility as scions of one of the oldest families in Dea al Mon. Solace has always been a pampered and wealthy Lady, a favored daughter of an ancient and noble bloodline, but this has made her softer, not harder. She never knew want or fear as a child. She is confident of her position, relaxed and comfortable with being close to power, without craving that power for herself

She has the passionate nature of a Black Widow, though the sensual and mystical side is stronger in her than the famous Widow temper. Once she turned thirteen and manifested her Caste, she had to learn self-control. She is afraid of strong emotions, in herself or others, and dislikes temperamental or angry people.

Solace admires serenity, faithfulness, and restraint. Being good to someone consistently, over time, is much harder than a few months of wild passion followed by meaningless vows of love forgotten the moment status, power or a Queen calls.

She is a complicated lady from a dangerous Caste, but has always had friends, family and servants that can read her like an open book. As such she failed to ever learn how to discuss her own feelings, or how to clearly articulate her needs. (Other than ordering a really superb dinner.) While she does not expect to be loved by everyone in her life, she does have family, friends and servants that do love her. This gives her a balanced strength that enables her to deal with Queen Gale's predominance in the lives of her husband and son.

Likes:
  • 1 Domestic Tranquility. An orderly, harmonious home is important to her. Solace's favorite event is a family dinner, enlivened by one or two friends. Or at least they used to be, before her step daughters became ill and her own children became so distant.
  • 2 Complex Craft work. She loves a really challenging task to accomplish with her Craft. She loves the Twisted Kingdom, and any excuse to travel to its shores is welcome. She finds release from her overly ordered and restricted life there, and conversely when she returns she values her life all the more for precisely those reasons.
  • 3 Collecting Books. Solace loves to read, and has founded and maintains a considerable library in her home. She loves old things, and is willing to pay quite a lot of marks for even damaged and incomplete texts. Her personal favorites are old, romantic yet true tales of the Aristocrats and ruling Queens. She tries to hide that by reading quite a lot of histories and personal journals. She has extensive contacts in the book collecting world: pawn shops, fences, smugglers as well as more acceptable people (book stores, libraries, schools, estate brokers). While she will (eventually) return stolen property to its owner, she waits to get it copied first. Since her girls were born she included myths, legends and children's stories. Once her son was born, she added war, geography, and philosophy to her collection. The philosophy is because while she likes to read about Queens and Warlord Princes she really doesn't want anything to do with them.
  • 4 The Night. She also loves to walk in the moonlight, seeing the silvered leaves dance and tremble in the wind; she finds visions vouchsafed to her under such conditions much stronger and more reliable than otherwise. She walks almost every night.

    Dislikes:
  • 1 Scenes. Solace hates emotional displays. Temper tantrums, "Nobles don't whine, they get even." Yelling, "Ladies never raise their voices or cry in public." Drama, "A true aristocrat should only be a spectacle three times in their lives. When they are born, when they have children, and when they die." She finds these things ill-bred, useless and time consuming.
  • 2 Waste. She despises wastefulness, from time to opportunities. In her own home, food from her elaborate meals and parties is preserved and either given to the Guard or those in need. Clothes, curtains and old items are donated, sold or traded (for books, usually). She despises people who write others off because of Caste or social position. Everyone should be trained, valued and busy. Most of all she hates privileged or powerful people who break and destroy things, from Warlord Princes who won't control their temper to Queens that provoke violence just because they can.
  • 3 Lazy Widows. She detests Widows who misuse their craft, most especially those who weave a tangled web and incite others to reckless actions before the Widow is truly certain of the vision. The knowledge that the Darkness chooses to share with a Widow is both sacred and dangerous, the urge to act before it is too late can be almost uncontrollable, but it is the duty of the Widow to be as sure and clear as possible.
     
    Fears:
  • 1 Isolation. Her children never coming to know or like her. She could live without their love, if they chose to withhold it, but not without their understanding. She has never discussed what happened to her mother and oldest sister with anyone. Valor would know only the end, when he and his father rescued her. (It is up to his player if he chooses to keep his mother's confidence.) But the attack keeps her subtlety opposed to her daughters in that she is dead set against them leaving the area for any reason, and tries to discourage them from studying The Waste.
  • 2 Loosing her library. She fears that one of her most successful book traders is a spy for another Court. She is afraid that if she tells Cypress he will intervene. While ordinarily a husband cannot tell a wife what to do, he IS the Steward. He could take away her library, restrict her access to book collectors, even decide she was at risk and attempt to curtail her freedom. Loosing her freedom again, for any reason, is something she deeply fears. Between her youthful affair with a never-to-be sufficiently dammed Warlord Prince and her capture/torture by the Brood, even a hint of restriction is too much. Taking Cypress Tanithil's name, acknowledging his superior social position, had been the hardest part of her marriage contract; what if after all of this time he exercised his power over her?
  • 3 Claustrophobia. She will not remain in a room without a large open window or an open door. This is subtlety played out, never loud or rude. She almost never travels anymore, another subtle, unremarkable thing. Her only surviving sister moved in with her, and Cypress' duties keep him at court, allowing this fear to go unremarked by her family. She has never discussed this fear, knowing her nearest and dearest would only loose respect for her lack of control.


    Craft Strengths:
  • 1 Preserving the written word. Having served in a Court only when she was young, and now being a wealthy woman whose responsibilities surround her home and family, she has had the privilege of studying precisely what she wishes. She has perfected her ability to preserve and translate her precious books. While in part it means learning old dialects and runes, it also meant learning Item Enhancement. She can preserve, clean and restore the written medium or pictures. Probably the two most common media for this would be paper (woods) or vellum (thin animal skin). (If in Dea al Mon it is silk instead of vellum I would choose that one.) She uses her Widow's Craft to spin webs that allow her to find or duplicate missing pages or pictures, although this is a very slow process. (Imagine using a crystal ball to find the missing two paragraphs of your character sheet, only the ball would show brief glimpses of everything from what you thought of writing, to all of your drafts, to the real thing, in no particular order. This should keep it from becoming a plot-destroyer, but let her restore rare books!) The side effect of this skill is that she is now very good at detecting forgeries, and aura matching texts, to determine if they were written by the same person.
  • 2 Shielding. Since her ill-fated romance with the Warlord Prince, she has intensely studied Shielding Craft. After the birth of her son, regrettably of that most destructive of Castes, she has studied Protection Spells almost obsessively. This is why she survived the Brood attack.



    Craft Weaknesses:
  • 1 Craft Violence. Attack spells have never been something she gained more than the briefest interest in. By birth, sex, and Caste physical defense has always been in someone else's hands. Only during the Brood attack has she seen true battle. She finds breaking Jewels utterly abhorrent, never learned the way of it. "It is wasteful, cruel, and likely to get an ally killed while you are showing off your raw power." Even during the Brood attack she never destroyed a Jewel. They are sacred and beautiful, gifts from Mother Night herself. NOTE: Her time in the Red Cloaks was not typical. It is explained in the history section.
  • 2 Labor Craft The Tactile Craft only received cursory attention from her. While she learned to keep comfortable with the warming/cooling skills ("How else can you always wear the latest fashion?") and certainly mastered Fine Telekinetic Craft ("For oh so many reasons!"), she never even read the lessons on Labor Craft, having always had Laborers for such things, and her skill at LargeTelekinetic Craft means it certainly could be used as a weapon, so long as you don't care what or who she is throwing around or where it is aimed. She has quietly despaired of ever correcting this deficiency. NOTE: Imagine rolling randomly for every person or thing in the room to determine what is grabbed, and again for where it heads. Her lack of control gives it an extra kick, enough to be funny and embarrassing, rather than useful.


    Life Story

    * an asterisk means the jewels are from a family roll.

    Birth Family:
    Mother: Laurel Delsaran, Opal to Sapphire Healer, died in Brood attack 185 AP.
    Father: Shadow Delsaran, White to Tiger Eye Warlord, died in mercenary attack.
    Siblings:
  • *Felicity, Yellow to Summer Sky Priestess, was born 103 AP, captured by the Brood 185 AP, still missing.
  • Honor, Priestess Caste, was born 107 AP, died in attack before her Birthright.
  • Solace is born in 110 AP.
  • *Consolation, White to Tiger Eye witch, was born 115 AP, lived with Solace, died in Brood attack on Black Castle in 191.

    Old Family Servants who stayed with Solace
  • Butler: Firelace M98 as of 192 AP, b. 94 AP, Summer Sky to Purple Dusk Warlord. Very protective of the whole family, especially the two girls. Utterly discrete and loyal. A combat butler, he is qualified to escort as well as defend the house against attack. He regularly trains the male staff in physical defense as well as Psychic. He subtlety discourages the female staff from pursuits that might lead them into harm's way.
  • Lady's Maid: Crystal, F94 as of 192 AP, b. 98 AP, White to Yellow witch. Artistic and a touch temperamental, she loves to be busy and is forever offering to assist the girls as well as Solace. She creates hats, gloves and hair pieces in her free time. Hates to sew, but competent at it. Usually coaxes Solace into hiring a seamstress. Will dress and style anyone who wanders into her vicinity. People are her art.
  • *House Keeper: Nightthorn, F157 as of 192 AP, b. 35 AP, Summer Sky to Opal Hearth-Witch. She has a happy, pleasant personality and a keen mind. She loves managing the staff (especially the butler), and entertaining. She is VERY proud of Orchid, and offers her tutoring and any aid she might need. She also happily relinquishes the running of the household to Orchid, only stepping in for large entertainments and those tasks Orchid finds distasteful.
  • Chef: Mulberry, M176 as of 12  AP, b. 23 AP, Jewel-less Blood. This man is an artist, a natural cook who has received the finest training. His instinct and flare for presentation mean that many people have tried to hire him away from Solace, but his family has served hers for generations. He loves being the Territory Steward's chef! His kitchen lacks for nothing, and he serves an amazingly varied set of meals to a delightfully unpredictable group of guests.
Wedded Family:
Husband: Cypress Tanithil ❧ Prince❧ Yellow to Rose, 125 as of 192 AP, b. 67 AP

Cypress and Queen Gale's Children, Solace's Step Children:
  • Serene, Summer Sky to Purple Dusk Healer, b 99 AP), Afflicted by the Waste, died in 191.
  • Amber,  Opal to Sapphire Queen, (b 102 AP), Afflicted by the Waste, dead winter of 191.

    Cypress and Solace's children:
  • Orchid Tanithil (44 as of 192 AP, born in 158 AP),  Summer Sky to Green Hearth Witch
  • Sorrow Tanithil, (34 as of 192 AP, born in 148), ❧ Black Widow ❧ Purple Dusk to Sapphire
  • Valor Tanithil, Purple Dusk to Green Warlord Prince, b. 165 AP.
    (Jewels as they appeared on Cypress' character sheet.)

    Newly Acquired Family Servants:
  • *Head Librarian Hazel, Tiger Eye to Broken Summer Sky, Hearth-Witch, F219 as of 192 AP, b. -25 BP Hazel is an old friend of Solaces. They met while Solace was trying (and failing) to become a Priestess. The Hearth-Witch could not contain her glee that Solace's daughter was a Heart-Witch, too! She loves her Caste and her job. She apologizes to no one for who she is, and has been known to chase even Warlord-Princes out of her library if they won't behave. This amazing lady was alive during the Purge, and her memoirs are in the Tanithil library. Although her Descent Jewel was broken, it did not crush her will and spirit.
  • *Dancing Master Crane, Purple Dusk to Opal Warlord, b. 128 AP, DECEASED in Brood attack on Black Castle in 191. Crane's first love is music, and the sponsorship off the Territory Steward has allowed him to indulge in it fully. He has studied composing as well as dance, but usually hires it out as his true brilliance is in the movement arts. He runs a dance troupe out of his dance studio, and the hardest night of his life was when his star pupil told him she was going to leave for five years. He has been teaching, choreographing and designing for Sorrow for so long that he feels as if they barely need words to communicate. Because he is the sole escort of the young Black Widow, Butler Firelace has tutored him extensively in the combat arts. He is a fully qualified bodyguard, and independently wealthy. Musical brilliance is related to mathematics, and he has wisely husbanded his salary (made easier by having no living expenses.)

            

    History:
    Spoiler: Timeline (click to show/hide)


    One of Solace's three sisters was killed as a child, and the surviving siblings clung to each other. The family became quite close, and this has never changed, even when Solace married.

    Her older sister Felicity was the perfect child. A natural Priestess Caste gave her a grounded personality and generous spirit. She was a joy to Solace, always patient with the younger girls. Felicity's Birthright Ceremony was a happy and public affair, complete with a pony. She went immediately into Priestess training.

    Solace did not develop a Caste before her Birthright, so she was given a thorough and broad basic training. She would be expected to choose to learn Healer, Widow or Priestess after her Birthright Ceremony.

    Solace's Birthright Ceremony was a somber, extremely private affair for fear she would not receive a Jewel. She was quite nervous at her Birthright ceremony, and was so relieved to receive any Jewel at all that the rank simply didn't matter; what mattered was that the Darkness loved her. In gratitude for her Tiger Eye, and to be close to her sister, she asked to train to be a Priestess. Despite her temperament being less than ideal, her parents agreed. It was, after all, the highest status Caste that could be trained.

    Solace's baby sister Consolation also did not develop a natural Caste. She was a passionate and rebellious child, who refused the lessons required to learn a Caste.

    Solace struggled through three painful years of Priestess training, which culminated in being allowed to assist in her sister's Felicity's Offering to the Darkness. Unfortunately for all involved, Solace's Black Widow Caste was just manifesting, and she could not control her temper or her visions.

    The Ceremony was a disaster, her sister barely survived. Solace was immediately sent to an isolated Coven for training. The mood swings, temper and sensual passion of a Black Widow are at constant war with her serene, spiritual upbringing. She managed to channel most of that psychic energy into sensuality. At first, with sex forbidden to her until her Virgin Night, this manifested in a love of fine food, exquisite drink, and excellent clothes. She adores baths, satin sheets and walks in the wood; she did not give up any of these vices when she added passionate men to the list of things she liked.

    Her Virgin Night was uneventful if a trifle dull.

    Solace's Offering to the Darkness was beautiful and comforting, with her own sister Felicity presiding. Solace was gifted with a Purple Dusk descent. Her family purchased a military waiver for her, but Solace found she could not control herself at home. She needed more discipline.

    Solace chose to join the Red Cloaks, expecting to learn discipline. But being a Black-Widow with control issues, she was sent to special forces. She found herself in "information services," a polite name for the darkest and most heinous use of her gifts. She probed minds, manipulated and erased memories, wove the darkest of Widow's webs. She found these acts horrific, and badly damaging to her own spirit, mind and Chalice. Her time here was both painful and exhilarating; she learned new and often forbidden aspects of the Black Widow's Art. By the end, however, she found herself tarnished, standing in a very dark moral place. By the time she completed her five years, there were whole aspects of her Widow's Craft she could not bear to use. She turned to Tangled Webs and the Twisted Kingdom instead.

    A few successfully navigated romances during her time in the military left her with a new appreciation of passion, and the false notion that she could handle any male.

    She mustered out to her family home just in time for Consolation's Offering. The week-long party was grand, social, and not at all what the parents had in mind. It took Solace a full month to recover enough to report for her Court duties in the Bad Wildungen District Court. No-one of consequence lives, plays or even is from there. Once, in his youth, Blade Amdir visited, and it is still talked about.

    While there, she fell hard for a Warlord-Prince. He courted her intently, but was not very well controlled. He was prone to violent rages and quite destructive. He left her with several scars, one of which yet remains. She was with him until he Bonded a Queen. He assumed (like they all assume) that a Heart Bond means a romantic relationship with their Queen. Solace then fled home, needing time for her heart, mind and body to heal. He left her allergic to tempers and wild passions, but he also taught her incredible self-control, and the truth about Heart Bonded men. He left Solace scarred: physically, emotionally and mentally. She has had most of the physical scars removed, but has allowed no-one to touch her mental trauma.

    Solace was soon able to escape Court service and fled to her loving family. Her mother let her rest for a while, then set about looking for a good match, now that Solace had had that romantic love nonsense knocked out of her head. Literally.

    Her mother knew Cypress' mother, and the two suggested the match. Cypress approached Solace, and they discovered that they shared passion and a love of order. Cypress was very honest as to his goal being children, and equally honest about his unyielding loyalty to and romantic love for his Queen. At the time, with two beautiful and accomplished sisters (well, one accomplished but the other was very popular) it didn't seem such a hardship to change her name and agree to exclusivity.

    Cypress and Solace were formally engaged for the traditional year. This confirmed that they are a good match sexually, temperamentally and in how they like their home to be run.

    Cypress and Gale's two daughters are age-mates with Solace. This allowed the three to get along quite well, since Solace wasn't trying to mother them. Solace never attempted to compete with Gale. She already knew that the Queen and Cypress' royal daughters would come first, and has never expected that to be different. Her husband and sons would belong to Gale; her hope was that her daughters would belong to her.

    Solace established the Tanithil Library shortly after her marriage. She hired Hazel, an accomplished Hearth-Witch Librarian. Hazel is ancient, having lived through the Purge, and is writing her memoirs.

    Rather to her mother's consternation, Solace's first daughter, Orchid, manifested a Hearth-Witch Caste early on. Orchid resisted every effort to interest her in the (more respected) teachable Castes. Nonetheless Orchid received a thorough and well-rounded basic Craft education from her mother.

    Solaces's second daughter was named Sorrow because it was on the eve of her birth that the family was informed that Cypress' two royal daughters, Serene and Amber, had contracted The Waste. Sorrow was a difficult infant, unable to handle large groups of people, or anyone who was in emotional distress. As soon as Sorrow could walk freely, she was much happier and followed her sister Orchid everywhere. Crowds seemed to stop bothering her as much, leaving Solace to wonder if Orchid instinctively shielded the toddler.

    Solace insisted on a well-rounded, aristocratic education for all of her children. Sorrow was the most difficult, having refused many tutors, even those Orchid enjoyed. This fussiness ended with the discovery of a Dancing Master the child adored. Music seemed to bring Solace's little daughter Sorrow to life, allowing Sorrow the free expression of emotion so frowned upon by both of her parents. Seeing the joy on Sorrow's face when she danced, Solace immediately hired the man to be exclusively employed by her family and commissioned a proper dance studio to be added to their town house, even though it meant purchasing the neighbor's property, and joining the houses with a breezeway. The Dancing Master still offered group lessons and recitals, but potential students were carefully screened to be good company for Sorrow.

    Solace was careful not to have her own daughters feel like they had to compete with Gale's children, and she was also diplomatic enough to go to no Court function unless her name was specifically on the invitation. No one at Court would want her there. She made every effort not to taint her own daughters in the eyes of the Court, although it could leave others with the wrong impression, and she was sometimes accused of not caring.

    Nonetheless, she discretely maintained her warm friendship with Cypress and Gale's daughters, despite their slow decline.

    Solace made a point of being a part of her daughters' lives, handling their basic Craft instruction, Protocol and deportment herself. However, they are both darker Jeweled than she, and their came a point early in their training where she had to relinquish them to tutors. This was a serious rift in their relationship.

    While Orchid's Hearth-Witch Caste baffled Solace, leading her to regularly offer Widow training, or to pay for Priestess / Healer training, her younger daughter Sorrow concerned her more. She knew how nerve wracking having no Caste could be, and didn't want her daughter following in her youngest sister, Consolation's, footsteps.

    Orchid's Birthright Ceremony was a nearly silent and somber affair, following the most difficult year of young Orchid's life. Since Solace could do no Craft while pregnant, she had had to hire tutors for the whole year. Then, even after Sorrow was born, Orchid's Birthright Summer Sky was only one rank below Solace's Purple Dusk, forcing Solace to keep the tutors. Orchid's royal sisters' long, terrifying descent into illness and madness was the darkest moment of this troubling year. Perhaps it was this year that made Orchid dislike tears, arguments and lies. Solace was left with little more than Protocol, common sense and good manners to teach to her distressed Hearth-Witch daughter.

    This caused a farther gap, as both children felt they were insufficient, an interpretation of their mother's actions often elaborated upon by Court denizens.

    And then there was the birth of Solace's only son, Valor. A Warlord-Prince with a volatile temper. He turned the household on its head, his dangerous nature making him necessarily the focus of the household, and leaving the girls to drift that much farther away, leaving more room for vicious whispers and unkind interpretations.

    Due to Cypress wishing to attend and the pressing schedule of his Court duties, Sorrow's Birthright Ceremony was at eight, instead of the traditional ten. Sorrow had manifested no Caste, like her mother and Aunt, and so had been tutored by her mother in a broad basic Craft education, and raised with the expectation that she choose a learned Caste after her Birthright Ceremony. Sorrow's Birthright Purple Dusk was her mother's full Offering Strength.

    Only days later, before a decision on Caste was made, Sorrow's Black Widow Caste emerged naturally. It did so gracefully, with a little bleeding finger, not a vision so overwhelming it almost killed someone. Solace was deeply grateful that this was so, even though she was astonished at how early her daughter manifested the Caste. (From Sorrow's CS )

    Solace had enjoyed these early years, despite the struggle to be close to her effervescent child, but she was already at the limits of her Jewel Strength, and had not used the full range of Widow's Webs since her sojourn in the Red Cloaks! Even more than Orchid, Sorrow needed tutors from the moment she received her Jewel, but Solace was determined not to loose her daughter altogether. She arranged for Sorrow to both spend time with a Coven, for the more dangerous arts, and time at home with her sister, baby brother, and Dancing Master.

    Solace also began a highly secret, fast paced regimen of re-training. Sorrow would need her mother's skills, understanding, and help as she adjusted to the demands of the Black Widow Caste. The Darkness surely knew what it was doing, but shouldn't so sensitive a child become a Healer? Despite the challenges, Solace took great delight in being able to share this profoundly intimate and even frightening training with her daughter. Rusty in the use of many aspects of her Widow's Webs, she faced down her own fears and pain to re-learn what she had once known, trying to stay one step ahead of her talented, fearless and brilliant daughter.

    This backfired; with no-one in the family aware of how her Craft had been miss-used in the Red Cloaks, all Sorrow knew was that her mother was weaker than her, vastly more cautious of the Tangled Webs, and seemingly reckless when it came to the Twisted Kingdom. Solace couldn't explain about needing to refresh her own skills (after all, the why is still classified).

    Solace's Black Widow daughter was born to a passionately angry Caste, and holding onto Sorrow was like holding water in her hands, so Solace once again surrendered her to Tutors and other highly recommended, well-paid strangers. What she did not do was to allow either daughter to be forced from their home. The bloody Coven could come to Sorrow, given what she was paying them.

    Craft teaching denied her, Solace turned to other avenues to prepare her beloved daughters for Court. While poor Valor was taken for training to the Court at a young age, he still lived at home and was also a part of her non-Craft training techniques, as much as was safe. All three children studied music, art and dance along with elocution, history and philosophy.

    For Orchid, the training was subtlety different. Her Caste meant that she would be viewed as a servant unless she learned how to make the nobles at Court respect her. Therefore, the large parties, balls and dinners were events she could attend, but only with effort and determination. She may have felt like Cinderella, but how else would she learn how to handle Court? She couldn't avoid it, given who her father was.

    For Sorrow, the trials involved her required attendance at each event. She is an accomplished dancer and Solace missed no opportunity to have her dance for and with the guests. As Solace knew firsthand, a young, wealthy and beautiful Widow would be intently, exhaustingly courted; just as Orchid had to learn diplomatic and clever ways to attend the events she wished to, so Sorrow had to learn diplomatic and clever ways to avoid the ones she didn't wish to attend.

    Valor's Warlord-Prince Caste manifested at three years of age. While the Court and his father reacted with great joy, Solace understood the immediate need to reorganize the family. The young Prince would have his own floor, well away from guests, outsiders, and sisters. Order and Protocol would have to be strictly maintained even within the family unit. Only three things controlled a Warlord Prince: Honor - he was too young for self restraint and honor. A Queen - there were no Queens in the household, and neither parent wished to give him away. Protocol - Protocol is based on the raw instincts of the Blood, and work even on aggressive toddlers. More personally, Solace could allow no more pregnancies until the boy was grown.

    For the young Warlord-Prince, the only one of Sorrow's children to rank with Gale's, the trouble lay in protecting his two wildly different sisters. He made the agonizing choice, almost daily, of where his duty lay. Should he escort Orchid to the market, where she should never go alone, attend the musical with Sorrow because a Prince from a neighboring Court will be there, or go with his father to Court and work on his training?

    For all three children, the constant exposure to art, music and especially ballroom dance was to help them learn a truth about Craft that could be experienced but not taught. Complex Craft is like a ballroom full of dancers. While there is a rhythm and beat that ties them together, there are a dozen wills and choices that add chaos. It is in finding the hidden patterns and bringing harmony to chaos that all great Craft is born.

    This is doubly true for a Widow; learning to master ballroom dance is often considered practice for visiting the Twisted Kingdom.

    Orchid's Offering to the Darkness blessed her with a Green descent, in a tasteful, musical and beautiful ceremony that paid full homage to her Hearth-Witch Caste. Her parents purchased her a military exemption, and left the choice to their strong willed daughter.

    Valor's Birthright Ceremony was neither small, nor private. While both Orchid and Solace worked very hard to maintain a quiet and peaceful setting, having Cypress' socially ambitious mother spend hours with The Queen of all Dea al Mon was bad enough. Worse was having so many of the Royal daughters looking daggers at Solace, and whispering bitter things to Orchid and Sorrow. Queen Gale was regal and patient, no more offended at Cypress and Solace's marriage now than she had been twenty-nine years before. The Queen had made but one demand: that Cypress still share her bed at her command. It was in the Marriage Contract, anyway, because Cypress had insisted. He loved Gale and no other; Solace was to provide children, be good in bed, host his Political parties, and keep an orderly home.

    Gale and Solace had no enmity between them, and it was at the Queen's express request that Solace attended what few Court functions she was permitted. Other people, like jealous War-lord-Princes and angst filled adolescents, were not so fair minded. In all, it was a much more grueling affair for the family than for Valor or the Queen. Well, the High Priestess no doubt felt the strain as well.  When it ended, Solace's only son received a Purple Dusk, like his sister. Solace mastered her dread at what this meant for her beloved son, and accepted the inevitability that from now on he would belong to the Queen. He was a young Warlord Prince with a guaranteed Dark Descent at his future Offering ... he would not be trained at home by his mother anymore. He'd scarcely be at home anymore. She firmly squelched a selfish wish that her next child receive a White birthright, and a nice safe Caste like Healer.

    As Cypress' older daughters became more and more isolated, being moved to a Sanatorium, Solace lost their quiet voice of reason on her behalf. She did not abandon her friends, and made discrete visits weekly until the Winter of 190 AP, when she was forbidden to see them due to the advanced devolution the Waste caused. Those at Court who opposed Cypress worked harder to alienate her three children. Solace was loosing two good friends who had supported her throughout her marriage, finding her children drifting farther and farther away, and watching her husband quietly grieve in his solitary way.

    Sorrow's Offering to the Darkness resulted in a Sapphire descent. This was a happier occasion than her birth or her Birthright Ceremony. It was untarnished by any negative event, and was even attended by her father. To Solace's secret dismay, her youngest daughter eagerly began her five year term in the military and would not sit still long enough for an explanation of why, perhaps, she should accept a waiver. Of course, all that occurred during Solace's years therein must still remain secret, so what could she really have said?

    When Orchid's beloved friend and mentor passed away, Solace attempted to reach out to her and comfort her. She redoubled her efforts to support and reconnect with her daughter.

    Sorrow returned home from the military a very different young woman. The Brood had grown in strength and become an overwhelming military threat during her service. While Sorrow had always held herself apart from her mother, now she was truly elusive, filled with secrets. Solace knew well how military service could change you, so she did not press for details. Sorrow had clearly learned the control she needed, and that is what truly mattered. The only information Sorrow volunteered was the names of her friends, Cadence and Joyous.

    Valor's Offering was even more of a Court event than his Birthright. Both grandmothers were there. Cypress' mother for social advantage, Solace's mother for much-needed moral support. This time it was twelve grueling hours in the depths of a Temple, surrounded in equal measure by those who wished the young Prince and his family well and those who did not. Perhaps because of his time at Court, Valor was more understanding of Solace's position this time, and was a great comfort to her. If nothing else, she knew he had mastered self-control. Valor was blessed with a Green descent.

    On one of Solace's yearly visits to her ancestral estates Solace, her mother and both sisters went on a trip to a forested lake. On their return, they were assaulted by the Brood. Her mother died in the initial attack, but the three girls were taken. The youngest sister, Consolation, escaped early on, and called Solace's husband for help. Cypress and Valor rescued Solace, but her Priestess sister, Felicity, was not with her when they arrived.

    Solace lost her Widow's tooth and the Venom sack during her captivity, but sees a healer every month to be certain that she isn't building up toxins which she can no longer purge. The capture, torment and rescue has never been discussed by Solace. Consolation came home with Solace after the attack, and lives with them still, despite being heir to the Delsaran estate. Consolation lives in a high tower rather than in the family floor.

    Solace yet retains a deep and ugly scar on her finger. For Court events, she hides the scar on her finger with jewelry, though at home she is more likely to cover it in intricate webs of paint, the color reflecting her mood. Since acquiring the scar, she has been working on creating set spells with the body paint, trying to find an ink that will store some of her power.

    Though Orchid runs the household with surprising ease, Solace maintains her full staff. Orchid is not a servant, but a cherished daughter, and therefore not required to perform any task she finds distasteful, nor does her inheritance rest upon her service. Sorrow is likewise treated with grace and respect, not like the child she had been before her time in the Guard. Valor is still close to his mother, and very protective. He now insists that she and her sister never leave the house without an escort.


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    Solace was tired, but it was a good tired. Her silvery hair was loose, blowing in the invisible psychic Winds that crisis-crossed her ancestral home. It made traveling the lighter Winds quite dangerous, and the darker ones tricky. The gently rocking carriage was soothing and familiar, as was her sleeping mother's head on her shoulder.

    The trip out to the sacred grove had been particularly healing this year, Felicity's sermon both heartfelt and inspiring. Even Constance had settled enough to listen respectfully; it would be too much to imply that Connie had enjoyed the lecture. But she had enjoyed the deep communion between sisters, mother, and the Darkness. It pained Solace that her own daughters would never see the sacred grove where the first Delsaran matriarch had given birth to her Queen daughter. But they were both Tanithil's, and unlikely ever to wish to take the Delsaran name.

    It had been a good trip, reminding Solace of her roots, of the love of her family, and renewing her spirits. And they had needed renewing. Cypress was extremely tense, Sorrow in the midst of battle, and Orchid a virtual stranger. Valor was monopolized by Court, and her dearest friends lay dying.

    Solace reached across her sleeping mother to poke Connie in the ribs, tickling her. "Constance, you danced beautifully this year. Perhaps when Sorrow comes home ..."

    Horses screamed and the carriage swerved sharply, tumbling onto its side. Timber groaned in protest then shrieked as the very wood of the carriage was shattered. Solace reached desperately for her Birthright Tiger Eye and forced an abbreviated Shield over the jagged hole in the top of the carriage as she tumbled onto her mother.

    None of the four Delsaran ladies had even personal shields up; all shields were surrendered during Communion, and everyone but Connie had fully drained their strength just to prolong the experience.

    Wood splintered and the hideous sounds of rending flesh came from outside, yet to Solace it was oddly quiet. No voices spoke. No prayers or oaths, not even grunts of effort came from their two temple Guards. Whatever attacked them wasn't human, and had already slaughtered their protectors, or she would hear something human outside.

    A sudden, impossible blow of Opal power shattered her Shield, but Solace had not trained with the most vicious and brutal of her Caste for nothing, and hidden behind the flimsy Shield was a subtle and nearly undetectable Purple Dusk compulsion. The Opal wielding monster that had once been Dea al Mon turned on its nearest companion in a bloody, gory fury.

    The creature's extreme violence and continued aggression to its pack-mates gave Solace time, but it wasn't due to her web; the creature already hated itself, and the rest of its kind. Tears crept out of hiding, and slithered down her face. Mother Night and Darkness Preserve us, I think I know ... Knew ... Who that was. She couldn't speak for the dryness in her throat and desperately wove more shields with the final, flickering strength of her Purple Dusk. Constance first, her baby sister. Constance nodded as she felt the snug, skin-tight Shield augmenting her own newly crafted one, then turned her strength towards the floor of the carriage, intent on escape.

    Solace's next Shield encompassed Felicity, who had not even the strength for personal shields. A bloody lip and splinters decorated her ashen face, and the Priestess held her arm awkwardly, as if it had been broken. It was the last image Solace ever had of her quiet, dutiful sister. Felicity didn't cry out as the monstrous thing that had once been human grabbed her by the throat and hauled her out of the Carriage.

    Not thinking, acting on instinct, Solace rocketed forward and grabbed her sister's flailing limbs. She was pulled out of the carriage with Felicity, a terrified glance behind her showing Connie frantically blasting an exit, and the still, almost serene form of her mother, unmoving.

    The creatures were tall, the hind legs awkward and too long, forelimbs elongated and far too distorted to be arms, almost as if trying to become tree branches. Their bodies were craggy, skin roughened as if stone had grown upon them. They were eerily inhuman, terrifyingly violent, and a sickening preview of the fate all who suffered from the Waste must endure.

    And some amongst them had Jewels.

    If the Temple Guards had given warning, if there had been more of them, if the ladies had been at their full strength, if their mother were awake to help them, it might have been different. There were so many ifs, and they would haunt Solace to her dying day.

    Still, Solace and Felicity matched their strength, opening to each other and closing out the world. They moved in perfect harmony, knowing each other's intent. Felicity lashing out with a well-placed kick, Solace timing a cruel stomp to what ought to be the groin of the creature holding Felicity; they bought release, and a few minutes' reprieve.

    If they had been Warlord-Princes, if Solace had seen actual combat during her service, if Felicity had military training at all, it might have been different. If.

    But the Opal wielding monster was still alive, and it turned diseased, hate filled eyes on the two sisters. A smothering, blinding weight of Opal power pressed into Solace's lungs, and she surrendered to all the Rage of the Blood, and the cunning violence of a Black Widow.

    If she had been stronger, he might have Broken her Jewels, instead of toying with her. If she hadn't fought so hard, he might have been gentler, instead of shattering each bone in her legs. If she hadn't called so insistently for Felicity, he may not have broken her jaw. If she hadn't killed so many, he may not have ripped out her Widow's Tooth.

    If.

    At first, she had heard Felicity fighting back, too. The sounds gave her courage, spurred her rage. So she made noise, though they punished her for it, and she fought, though they forced her into a tiny, dark cage where she could neither sit, nor lay down, but only huddle.

    She didn't know how long she was there, drifting in and out of consciousness. They would chew on her fingers or toes, on any part of her body that escaped the cage. The sounds of her sister grew quieter, fainter and then stopped.

    By the time the cage was opened, Solace hadn't the strength to listen anymore, could barely register that the Opal Shield keeping her prisoner was gone. Strong arms lifted her out of the tiny three foot square cage she had been kept in, and she savored the smell of her husband and son.



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Re: Solace Tanithil
« Reply #1 on: Oct 13, 15, 10:29:15 PM »
Hello everyone!

I need plot approval from Kellee (Cypress Tanithil).

I would like approval from Astarte (Orchid Tanithil), Araiana, (Sorrow Tanithil) and Hart (Valor Tanithil).

For Valor, I had to make some things up so please tell me what I need to change.

Solace is a pretty long character sheet, but the critical information is in the Time Line and History.

I would also like Five family rolls, one broken, thank you!!

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Re: Solace Tanithil
« Reply #2 on: Oct 14, 15, 02:27:52 AM »
From Orchid's standpoint it is all fine.

I did see a mention of the Queen of Scelt and I am not sure it will be allowed as Gale has only opened the borders REALLY recently. Just as a heads up.
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Re: Solace Tanithil
« Reply #3 on: Oct 14, 15, 01:54:25 PM »
From Orchid's standpoint it is all fine.

I did see a mention of the Queen of Scelt and I am not sure it will be allowed as Gale has only opened the borders REALLY recently. Just as a heads up.

Thank you so much Astarte!!

I am making two Scelt characters, so it was just a typo!! Also, if you wanted Orchid's freind to be either of the Hearth-Witches, we can kill the, off for you!

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Re: Solace Tanithil
« Reply #4 on: Oct 14, 15, 02:04:21 PM »
It has my approval as well. Also if you're going to scelt... Astarte and I could use some more friendly activity. ;)


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Re: Solace Tanithil
« Reply #5 on: Oct 14, 15, 02:34:46 PM »
Hmmmmm...what kinds of friendly activity??  *muse looks intrigued*







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Re: Solace Tanithil
« Reply #6 on: Oct 14, 15, 02:36:13 PM »
We definitely need Lene in Scelt!!







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Re: Solace Tanithil
« Reply #7 on: Oct 14, 15, 07:37:27 PM »
She looks great from my standpoint! I'm excited to see her in play :)



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Re: Solace Tanithil
« Reply #8 on: Oct 19, 15, 10:43:46 PM »
Hello!

May I have five family rolls, one Broken, please?

Kellee has given me permission not to wait on Hart's approval.

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Re: Solace Tanithil
« Reply #9 on: Oct 26, 15, 08:31:12 AM »
Family rolls.. I'll leave the broken ones up to you :)

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Re: Solace Tanithil
« Reply #10 on: Oct 26, 15, 04:28:40 PM »
Hello!

Solace is ready for review.

I do apologize for how long she is, but I had a lot of things to account for. I can cut her down more if you require.

She has been approved by Kellee, Astarte and Ariana.

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Re: Solace Tanithil
« Reply #11 on: Oct 28, 15, 09:59:25 PM »
May I please have a descent roll, and cut/uncut roll for Solace

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Re: Solace Tanithil
« Reply #12 on: Nov 06, 15, 06:15:44 AM »
Hi darling, quick question.. I can see TE/PD on her Sheet. Is this is what is being requested? Is that why you need a Descent and Cut/Uncut? If you let me know I can make the roll. Cheers!










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Re: Solace Tanithil
« Reply #13 on: Nov 08, 15, 02:27:48 PM »
I am sorry for being unclear! Yes, we thought her Jewels were rolled, but they were picked! I can choose tiger eye but I still need the descent and cut/uncut rolls, she might not make it to Puroke Dusk!

I just didn't want to pull it all out until it's rolled!

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Re: Solace Tanithil
« Reply #14 on: Nov 14, 15, 06:12:56 PM »
Thanks for the clarification.

Per the request for a Tiger Eye Birthright...

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You've risen from the Darkness twice blessed with an uncut Tiger Eye birthright Jewel, and were gifted with a cut Purple Dusk Jewel at your offering.

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Re: Solace Tanithil
« Reply #15 on: Nov 14, 15, 06:45:46 PM »
Yay! I love you roller! I don't have to re write it!!!







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