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Description: Priestess. Opal to Red. Played by DragonGirl

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Petra Constantin
« on: Dec 08, 17, 10:36:44 PM »
The Basics


Character Name:  Petra Constantin
Nicknames: Pet, but only Garen can get away with it
Age and Birth Year:   31, born 162
Race:   Short Lived
Caste: Priestess 
Birth Territory:  Dena Nehele
Home Territory: Dena Nehele

Birthright Jewel: Uncut Opal
Offering Jewel:   Cut Red


Role:  Ex-Slave
Faction:  Garen L’Voide


Appearance


Play By:  Eliza Dushku
Distinguishing Features: Eyes that say: mess with me and die a slow and painful death. She wears the collar around her neck as if it were a fine piece of jewelry, never embarrassed or regretful of the choices she had to make. She is practical in her wardrobe, preferring boots and pants to dresses and frill, but loves wearing items of good craftsmanship that exhibit wealth.


Personality


Personality: Petra is all sharp edges. She embraces the power of her Red to fuel her emotions, just as one must fuel the body with food. Her life has been hard, and her choices harder, but she does not live in the past. No, it is the future that calls her name, and a burning ambition to be better and live a life that is of more worth than the one she was born into.

To get to that life, she is willing to do almost anything. While Petra does not necessarily enjoy the sight of blood or screams of pain, she does enjoy how good she has become at extracting both. She likes the challenge of manipulation, the power of causing fear, and the way people look at her Red Jewel with respect bordering on terror.

Her connection to the Darkness is the one thing that keeps her calm and centered. Only in the Abyss do her sharp edges soften, a smile instead of a sneer curling her lips. But her desire to serve others with that oh-so-sacred task is something she abides at best. She doesn't like sharing, not even her gifts, at least not without some profit for herself. Garen funded and ensured that her Priestess training was completed to the highest standard. She enjoyed every minute of meditation she was allowed and takes joy in marking the occasions of life. Birthright and Offering ceremonies fill her with hope, and there is a beauty in marking the return of a soul to the Darkness. The only right she is loathed to perform is weddings. Love is foolish and pointless and will only end in misery.

Petra has always craved intensity, both in her Craft and in her life. Her study of Blood Magic was a way to pull the very most out of her Red, to sink as deep into the Craft that makes her a Priestess as she has found a way to go. It is a form of control: a tool that can be used to heal or one that can be used to cause elegant suffering. Unlike Communion, it is a chance to show others the beauty of the Red, and to let them hear the song of the Darkness that inspires so much awe in Petra.

The only place where her self-serving and ambitious nature does not flourish is with small children. This is particularly true of her siblings who she has given everything to protect. Children aren’t responsible for the situation they were born into, and she helps them wherever she can. As they grow, she gets sharper and sharper with them, expecting them to act their age and take responsibility for their actions. Babies and toddlers, on the other hand, she treats with a silly adoration...not that she would let anyone see it!


Likes:

  • Efficiency: Petra grew up dealing with a small army of brothers and sisters. She does not waste time and does not like when others do. She hates wasted time and effort, and will always take the most efficient path to a goal if presented with options.
  • Family: This excludes her parents, who she thinks of as fools, but her siblings mean everything to Petra, and always will. She doesn’t always show this love with kindness, but it’s there, underlying everything she does.
  • Her Jewels: Deprived of them for much of her adult life, Petra has treasured each touch she has been allowed of her Opal and Red. She loves the feeling of power that floods her when she holds them in her hands and adored how deep she can sink into the Abyss with the aid of her Red.
Dislikes:

  • Weak willed people: She has endured a lot, and doesn’t like people who can’t shut up and deal with their lot in life. Those who endlessly whine and complain without doing anything about it piss her off, as do those who take their fortunes for granted.
  • Garen’s Arrogance and Superiority Complex: There are a lot of things she loves and admires about her master, but his arrogance is not one of them. He thinks he’s the hottest thing to ever grace the planet because he has gathered power to him, but often his self-importance grates at Petra’s nerves. He seems to forget sometimes that Petra chose him, not the other way around, and that just as she has served him, he has also served her and her family.
  • Her Parents: They were idiots, and if they stopped loving each other, or at least had the sense to stop having children, Petra might never have had to sell herself to Garen L’Voide. Her mother is already dead, but she has watched with quiet delight as her father has grown older in the slums of Bidea, alone and abandoned by his family. One day, when she is free, she will extract the full price of her slavery on his flesh, but not until she has the tally of her sufferings completed.
Fears:

  • Poverty: Not the absence of riches. She likes money but knows how little is needed to live on. No, what Petra is afraid of is the all-consuming hunger of starvation. She never again wants to feel the terror of a thunderstorm with no roof above her head or the bitter cold of bare feet on winter days when shoes are too expensive. She will never go back to that, and neither will her siblings.
  • Garen’s Word: She bet everything on Garen, and so far it has mostly paid off. While her life with him has been challenging, to say the least, she has always wondered, deep down, if he actually intends to release her when her contract is up, or if he will hold the wellbeing of her brothers and sisters over her head to try to extend her contract.
  • Freedom: With her enslavement two-thirds of the way over, Petra has started to fear what life after Garen will be like. He has become the cornerstone of her world and has shaped her to his will. Even as she is terrified of staying she is equally scared of going.
Craft Strengths:

  • Connecting with the Darkness: Not having had her own Jewels for most of her adult life, Petra became adept at sensing those around her, and feeling the currents of power in use. She is also prone to spending a lot of time in meditation and personal communion, finding, in the Darkness, some small relief form the unnatural feeling of not having her Red with her at all times.
  • Blood Magic: Petra has always known the importance of blood. It’s what connects her to her family and where the power of her Jewels comes from. This has drawn her towards studying this aspect of Priestess Craft above any other, enjoying how it casts light on the very essence of what makes the Blood what they are.
Craft Weaknesses:

  • Communion Craft: Her lack of empathy with others, cause mostly by the way she has bricked off her heart, has made Petra less skilled than a Priestess of her caliber should be in aiding others with Communion with the Darkness. What she can do for herself she cannot do nearly as well for those who come to her, especially those with Light Jewels as she prefers to be deep in the Abyss when able to be at all.
  • Jewel Management: Garen took her Jewels when she sold herself to him. While he allowed her the use of them when he needed her to use the full range of her power, she simply did not have enough time with the Red after receiving it to get an instinctive grasp of it’s potential. Because of this she often mismanages how much power she is using and how much she still has in reserve, never quite knowing when she will reach the limit of her power. This makes her very scared of ever unleashing completely, lest she end up with a broken Jewel or destruction far greater than intended.
Life Story


Family:

Mother:Mariya Constantin, deceasedSummer Sky - Purple Dusk
Father: Petr Constantin, 51, born 141 Summer Sky - Purple Dusk
Siblings:
Hanna Constantin, 30, born 163 Yellow - Summer Sky Healer
Valeria Constantin, 29 born 164, Blood Female
Maxim Constantin 28, born 165Summer Sky - Blood Opal Warlord Prince
Jonah Constantin, 26, born 167, Blood Male
Arissa Constantin, 24, born 169 White - Rose witch
Alexandra Constantin, 21, born 172, Blood Female
Anahit Constantin, 21, born 172, Blood Female
Samvel Constantin, 19, born 174 Tiger Eye - Purple Dusk Warlord



History:


Petra was born angry.

She screamed at the light, at the cold, and the dirty rags she was wrapped in.

Growing up in the slums of Bidea, the fact that she had two living parents and wasn’t just one more street rat would have been a blessing had her parents had half the sense of a pebble. Madly in love and not too bright, they did not have the resources or drive to use a contraceptive brew, so child after child was born to their family. Petra was the oldest, and it fell to her to deal with the increasing number of younger siblings when their mother needed help. She spent her childhood hauling younger children around, stirring pots and changing soiled nappies.

Her father was a Jack and got steady work, but never quite enough to feed his growing family. They had a roof over their head most of the time, but never more than porridge to eat, and never more than hand-me-down rags to be clothed in. Petra watched her dresses be worn into dust by sister after sister, and hated her parents for their lack of responsibility and foresight.

Petra got some training and education after her Birthright, having come away with an Opal and therefore garnering quite some bit of attention from the Priestesses of Dena Nehele, but her time to study was always limited by the near-endless number of siblings she had. Her anger simmered under the surface, tempered only by the fact that despite how irritating they often were, she loved her brothers and sisters with a ferocity that hinted at the passions of the woman she was turning into.

Her mother’s death came, as everyone had been predicting for years now, in childbirth. Petra held her youngest brother as the ragged blanket was pulled over her mother’s face and did not shed a single tear. Her father was heartbroken, but Petra ignored him, much too focused on getting her siblings through each successive day. Her studies lapsed, her frustration with their situation grew hotter and hotter, and her Offering approached at a steady pace.

The Red. She wanted the Red. She needed the Red. People would pay good money for the services of a Red Jeweled Priestess.

Petra grew used to always having bags under her eyes. After a year adjusting to her mother’s death, she went back to the temple to study at night, reading outside in the cold so her ball of witchlight wouldn’t wake the children.

At nineteen she underwent her Virgin Night with an Opal Jeweled Prince found by one of the Priestesses at the Temple she had been training at. It was a practical affair, with little passion but many questions asked and answered. 

Her power secure, her mind set, she faced the Darkness once more, as early as she could and came away victorious! Her Red Jewel glittered around her neck and she knew she had the power to see this torment of poverty end. It had cost her her mother. It had cost her two sisters and a brother, died to cold and disease. It had cost her a childhood, and she wasn’t doing it anymore.

She could follow her father and work in a Guild, but she wanted nothing to do with the pathetic excuse for a man. Petra had no connections, none of the oh-so-important networks of contacts needed to find work in a Court...and even then. Courts paid quarterly. Her family couldn’t be without her and the small income she had managed to bring in over the years of doing odd jobs for three whole months.

Whispers on the street told her of a man, Garen L’Voide, who had money pouring out his ass and was always looking for treasures to add to his collection. Petra wore the Red. She figured that had to be worth something.

Contacting him was easier than expected, and the deal they struck fulfilled her needs nicely. She would give him fifteen years of her life. In return, he would provide an income for her nine surviving sibling, a house, clothing, schooling, even jobs in Garen’s businesses when they came of age. When the contract ended, Petra would be released with a not insignificant sum of her own, and with a referral from Prince L’Voide. Her contract was due to end just at the age when her youngest brother would have his Offering. She would be allowed to see them, to watch them grow up to a life she had never dreamed of for them.

Less than a month after descending to the Red, she signed over her life.

It was a risk, and the collar he placed around her neck wasn’t something she enjoyed, but Petra had ever been the practical sort. Fifteen years might seem a lot to her now, but she would only be in her thirties when released. She would have a life, and her siblings would have a life. The price was fair, and whatever it was that her new master wanted, she would do it. She believed the only thing that mattered was her family.

She was hopelessly wrong.

But Petra learned. She learned to endure, to obey, to put her morals aside at the orders of a monster, a monster she hated and loved in equal measure.

No, her family was not the only thing that mattered. She found that pain mattered a great deal, that humiliation made her angry and turned her on, that hurting others filled her with bitterness. But her brothers and sister were what mattered most. As the years slowly passed, her devotion to Garen did as well. She was among the small group of his slaves that he treasured and treated well (although, after many years witnessing his cruelty, her definition of good and bad treatment was skewed beyond belief).

Several of her siblings grew to hate her for her decision to be Garen’s slave and plaything, and this pissed Petra off. She had sacrificed her youth and her freedom to see them not have to whore themselves for coin or end up chained to the cycle of poverty. Their lack of gratitude were a personal offense...but her rage never lasted long, not even when one of her younger sisters left and never came back. They had a point, one that Garen had been making since day one: Petra was a Red Jeweled Priestess. If she had wanted money and power, she should have just taken it. She considered turning on Garen a few times, almost did once, but each time turned back before she did, until she admitted to herself that she couldn’t kill him.

Then, just like that, her term was halfway over, and time just seemed to speed up, each year, each order, bringing her closer to the day where the collar she wore with the elegance of a Queen’s jewels would be removed at last. Yet as the day grew ever closer and the youngest of her brothers approached his Offering, the house they had lived in growing empty, dread began to mount in Petra.

How was she supposed to live without Garen’s guidance? She had not made a single major life choice for herself since nineteen and wasn’t sure she would be able to. Filled with fear, confusion and excitement, she is counting down the days until one life ends and another begins, while at the same time knowing that the imprint of Garen’s will is branded on her soul and Petra might never be rid of it.


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Petra Constantin stood up straight as she waited outside the door for the man who would determine her fate. She hadn’t pegged everything on this meeting. That would be foolish, but out of the few reasonable options, Prince L’Voide was the one that offered both the greatest risk and the greatest possible reward. Petra had never had the money to gamble, but now she had something even better.

She fingered the Red Jewel that hung nestled between her breasts, stark against the pale skin. She had worn a tight-fitting black blouse and slacks today, the only nice clothes she owned, if a little snug on her now that she had matured past girlhood. All the better, really. She was here to sell herself, body and Jewels to the man, and she had no illusions about what that meant. She had shared a wall with a whore her whole life, and there was nothing shameful in the sale of flesh, if the marks were good enough or the need dire.

As she waited she let her eyes drift shut, floating down within herself into the Abyss, finding comfort in the quiet darkness there. This was why she knew she could endure whatever it took to see this through. If he accepted her terms and she knew her family would no longer have to suffer, Petra wouldn’t give a fuck about what came after. She could always retreat here, in the dark, down below almost anyone else in this Territory. It was her peace and her solace, the ace up her sleeve and the breath in her lungs.

Her eyes snapped open as she heard footsteps approach. She shifted, ready, waiting to gaze upon the face of the man on whom all her hopes rested. Petra steeled herself. She was not going to end up like her parents -poor, idiotic, filled with baseless hope and optimism in a cruel world. No, she was going to rise higher than they could ever have dreamed, and she would grant her brothers and sisters the chance to do the same, as long as they were willing to take it and work hard. This path might not be the one most chose out of the slums, but it was the one Petra wanted to be on.

She knew her worth.

She was a fully qualified Priestess, she wore the Red, and she was ready to do whatever it took to impress.



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Re: Petra Constantin
« Reply #1 on: Dec 08, 17, 10:37:17 PM »
Could I have a random roll and five family rolls?

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Re: Petra Constantin
« Reply #2 on: Dec 08, 17, 10:43:45 PM »
As per request for a general roll and 5 family rolls.

Weighed by Mother Night...

You've risen from the Darkness twice blessed with an uncut Opal Birthright Jewel, and were gifted with an uncut Red Jewel at your Offering.

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Re: Petra Constantin
« Reply #3 on: Dec 08, 17, 10:49:44 PM »
Banking this roll, bought and paid for here http://www.bloodrites.net/points-scheme/(december)-points-transactions-12273/msg104414/#msg104414

Could I have a reroll? Thank you!!
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« Reply #4 on: Dec 08, 17, 10:58:04 PM »
As per banked roll, the Phe Curse strikes.

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« Reply #5 on: Dec 22, 17, 08:10:41 AM »

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Re: Petra Constantin
« Reply #6 on: Dec 22, 17, 11:26:50 AM »
Keeping!!!
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Re: Petra Constantin
« Reply #7 on: Dec 28, 17, 08:38:00 PM »
preemptively keeping if there is a sweep between now and January 13th when I get back to the country.
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Re: Petra Constantin
« Reply #8 on: Jan 13, 18, 01:39:20 PM »
Ready For Review, pending Dash's stamp and my Landen app which is also up for review going through, to give me the needed Dark Jewl slot
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Re: Petra Constantin
« Reply #9 on: Jan 15, 18, 03:51:36 PM »
Ready!
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« Reply #10 on: Jan 19, 18, 02:13:13 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: Jan 19, 18, 02:36:42 PM »
ready for round 2
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