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Author Topic: Dare Comstock  (Read 2006 times)

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Dare Comstock
« on: May 28, 17, 02:33:14 PM »
The Basics

Character Name: Darienn Comstock
Nicknames: Dare
Age and Birth Year: 26 (168)
Race: Short-lived
Caste: Queen
Birth Territory: Dharo
Home Territory: Dharo

Birthright Jewel: Uncut Tiger Eye
Offering Jewel: Uncut Summer Sky

Role: Queen
Faction: Northwood District

Appearance

Play By: Isilmarille
Distinguishing Features: Dare has a sharp jaw, a sharp nose, and an olive undertone to her skin. Her eyes are dark. In the light, they're clearly a cool brown, but in the dark they just look black. She's 5'9" and wiry, and instead of the gentle curves of womanhood looks like a bunch of triangles got in a wreck. She is made of pipe cleaners and gum, is what I'm getting at here.

Personality



Personality: Dare is bright, clever, and ambitious. Naturally introspective, she has a strong sense of who she is and what her capabilities are. Despite her youth, she believes herself to be a lot smarter than most people she comes into contact with. This has proven to be true, more often than not, but even where she runs into a greater intellect or a more experienced hand, she cedes gracefully. Her worldview has room for people who are wiser than she is, and she loves learning.

What her worldview doesn't have room for is for people who are aware of her own personal shortcomings. Dare is arrogant and knows it. She has an overblown view of her own importance, in part because of her incredibly cloistered upbringing. She tends to be a pedant and gets really irritated when people get small details wrong. Dare hyper-focuses on details, even when they're irrelevant to the situation at hand and even if they're unhelpful at the exact moment. She knows she does this but in the moment, it gets away from her.

Dare's secretive, sneaky nature suits her interests. She likes to solve puzzles and is quite clever at even the most complicated logic puzzles; she puts this to use as an information aggregator for the Territory Court's spymaster. Because of her introspective, sneaky nature, she has managed to keep her work secret even from her best friend and father. She picks up codes quickly and can adapt them on the fly.

Because she knows herself well, Dare is incredibly hard on herself, and often projects this hardness onto the people around her. She doesn't tell people about her chronic illness because she thinks they'll think less of her, because she thinks less of herself. Her asthma is a major part of her life, and she keeps that entire side of herself closed off to a select few people. She believes that if she were a stronger person, her asthma wouldn't bother her so much, and might even go away entirely. Rather than viewing it as a physical malady that must be worked with, she sees it as a personal failing and a punishment.

Likes:
  • Healers - Dare has known a lot of them. She thinks the world of Healers, and is respectful to each one that she meets. They have a lot of power, and in general they have lovely, giving personalities. They generally hold good conversation and have a sense of decorum. Dare hasn't met a single Healer she hasn't liked, from the old crotchety ones with no bedside manner to her best friend Vinia, who is young and crochety and has no bedside manner.
  • Puzzles - Dare spent a lot of time as a child doing books and books of puzzles, once her asthma kicked in. They kept her mind sharp and active between assignments from the Spymaster and letters from her many friends. Even as the Queen of Northwood, she often has a number puzzle to hand to play with in her downtime.
  • Letters - Dare thinks the letter is the ultimate communication tool. It's an automatic record of everything that was said, and it perfectly encapsulates the attitude of the person who wrote it. She believes you can tell a lot about someone by the letters they write, things you might not necessarily notice from a face-to-face meeting. Someone who is shy and awkward can still present themselves well in a letter, where social situations are much crueler. She likes that a lot.
Dislikes:
  • Her full name - Darienn is a boy's name with an extra N tacked on. Like, did Nestor run out of ink before putting the E on? She uses it for formal situations because that's what's Proper and her father is very insistent that she be proper, but she really likes the fun sort of fantasy-ish vibe of being called Dare. Also, it jives well with her personal motto: She who dares, wins. How can she do anything but Dare?
  • Animals - They like to climb on Dare. She thinks they can sense her dislike for them. They are messy, and their fur sheds and that often triggers an asthma attack. They're loud, which startles her. They're just not fun to be around. She rides horses because it's sort of socially expected, but she isn't happy about it and passes it off as being afraid of horses rather than physically tired by riding them, which pisses Vinia off, so it's just a really bad time.
  • Traveling - Dare has a lot of stuff. Just like, so much stuff. She has books that she can't be without and letters that are incredibly personal and that she would be very embarrassed to know someone else had read. Being away from her own spaces makes her antsy and anxious and she just doesn't like it. Dare is really a homebody at heart.
Fears:
  • Smothering - Dare has a difficult time breathing--much more often than she'll comfortably admit--and it has given her a paralytic fear of suffocation. She can't stand to cover her face with any kind of fabric. Even the sensation of something covering her mouth and nose sends her spiraling into an asthma attack, and she refuses to do things if she thinks there's a chance she'll have an attack because of them.
  • The recurrence of her disease - Dare has an affliction of the lungs that kept her homebound for seven years. It developed suddenly when she was twelve, and brought about an abrupt end to her life as she knew it. With Lavinia's help, her illness is controlled, but she fears that it may someday punch through the strength of her Healer's Craft to take everything from her once more.
  • Discovery - Dare works for the Territory Spymaster. She doesn't know who the Spymaster is or why they'd pick her to aggregate and interpret information, and she's incredibly careful to keep this work under her hat. As far as she knows, no one but her male Williard--not even her closest friend Vinia--knows that she's a... well, not precisely a spy, but... She has a lot of information that could seriously cripple the Queen's spy network, and while she does want to someday be Queen of Dharo she doesn't want to do it by burning the entire network of spies in Dharo. Being discovered would be an absolutely awful thing.
Craft Strengths:
  • Imitation Craft - Dare can create duplicates of almost any item given enough time to study it and to acquire basic materials. Given paper of similar quality, it is the work of a few minutes for her to infuse an item with her Craft and copy it exactly to her second sheet of paper.
  • Vanishing and Conjuring - Dare almost never physically carries things. She always vanishes it and then conjures it back later. While her physical body is frail, her ability to sock things away in her psychic cabinet is prodigious. She can store much more than others at her Jewel rank, and can conjure items up to specific places, not just into her hands or onto a surface she can reach.
Craft Weaknesses:
  • Item Enhancement - While Dare can create near-perfect physical copies of things, these items don't have the same traits as their original forms. Dare is constantly thwarted in her attempts to learn to enchant things, despite her best efforts. Her enchantments and enhancements function for a few minutes, but then... don't. Rather suddenly. There is sometimes, but not always, unintentional fire.
  • Telekinetic Craft - Dare's physical weakness is reflected in her Craft. She has a difficult time with any telekinetic Craft. When she's not shooting a book into the ceiling on accident, she's struggling to lift it off the shelf it's on using her Jewels. It's much easier for her to vanish something and then conjure it nearby.
Life Story

Family:
Father: Nestor Comstock, Yellow to Summer-Sky Warlord, 81
Personal Healer: Lavinia Fortinbras, Blood Opal to Red Healer, ??
Bonded Male/Spy Contact: Williard Goodwin, Tiger-Eye to Summer-Sky Warlord, 50

History:
Darienn was born to a Coventry street rat too young to raise her. Had her caste not manifested at birth, the story would have ended there. But the little Queen was born wailing into the arms of a male whose leash she already held, and that bonded male adopted her when she was scarcely six hours old. Nestor Comstock named the baby Darienn--gift--and paid her mother to never speak of her again.

Nestor was an old man of moderate means but much reputation. His name had been made in Coventry society as an advocate, a man so knowledgeable in Protocol that he was capable of arguing a case before a Queen and often swaying her to his side in an argument. When the mighty were in trouble and could see no way out, it was often Nestor to whom they turned to speak on their behalf. This was his career, and so he was paid for it, but it was often a pittance compared to what he saved his clients. Nestor's main takeaway from his work was something much more important to a Dharoan warlord: he was paid in access, in secrets, in knowledge. She grew up between Coventry and her father's native Thorcaster, moving with the seasons.

None of this mattered to Dare when she was small. Her father was a kindly man, though sometimes he was busy. He would leave his daughter-Queen to the care of a neighbor woman while he tended his cases. Dare grew up one among many in the day, despite her Caste, but at night she was her father's treasured only child. From a young age, she was ensconced in books and literature. Though she began to speak very late--her first words came when she was five--she began to read (or at least reasonably fake it) when she was three. By the time of her Birthright ceremony, she was reading books that men and women making their Offerings struggled with.

With her Tiger-Eye obtained, Nestor put his connections to use and acquired a scholarship for her to attend a prestigious private school in Wartonshire. By necessity, she boarded with one of the teachers, and continued to prove herself an able student. But even though she excelled mentally, something wasn't all there physically. Dare, despite having been an active little girl, acquired a chronic cough which no simple Healing could cure. Basic exertions left her short of breath. The physical hobbies she adored, dancing and horseback riding and playing ball games, were cut off to her as suddenly as if a door had been slammed in her face. Rather than accepting that nothing could be done, Nestor pulled Dare from the school and brought her home to Thorcaster. She was thirteen.

What followed were several years of forced convalescence as Nestor attempted to find a cure for Dare's ailment. Rather than accepting her lot and waiting passively for her father to find a healer who could fix her, Dare took up corresponding with people by letter. Her father recognized that this was an excellent way for a young Queen to continue to create the connections which would serve her well past her Offering. As he continued to work, Nestor searched for influential personages who could assist in Dare's education and give her a brighter future. One of them was Rhiannon Devine.

Their fathers were friends, of course, because Nestor was friends with everyone. And there's no doubt that originally the correspondence was little more than a talented woman humoring a younger one. Dare quickly proved herself to be intelligent, however, and more than just that: she had a keen mind for spy games, and her father's incredible talent for sussing out facts from few hints. Despite being housebound, Dare used her father's resources to glean information and share her conclusions with her pen pal. While sometimes the information she shared with Rhiannon was little more than local gossip, some of it was quite timely information.

When she was sixteen, not even old enough for her Offering, Dare had a visitor: a male carrying an offer from the mysterious Queen's Spymaster. The first surprise was that he belonged to her in the same way Nestor did. The second surprise was that the spymaster was offering the frail Queenling a job. The spymaster, the missive said, was impressed by Dare's intellect, and wanted the Queen to work for them as a sort of clearinghouse of information. They knew, because they were the spymaster, that Dare was no field agent. Her condition precluded any such antics. But they knew of Dare's ability to link disparate information together to create a larger picture, and that was a skill she needed.

Bored, and out of things to do, Dare accepted. There was more than a little bit of a thrill aspect to it as well; it was something she couldn't speak about, even to her father. Having had few secrets growing up, and certainly none as important as this, Dare found this the sort of intellectual thrill she had craved. Besides that, her bonded male would only be able to see her if she accepted the offer, and she wanted to be around him just as much as she wanted to be around her father.

Two years later, there was a breakthrough with regards to her medical situation. Her father found a healer, a woman named Lavinia Fortinbras, who wore the Red and who had some experience with maladies of the chest. Nestor was willing to pay quite a bit for her expertise, but Lavinia refused to do anything experimental without the consent of her patient. In addition, the techniques that Lavinia intended to use worked best with a full set of Jewels to draw upon. Initially, Dare and Vinia's relationship was inspired by nothing more than Vinia's intent to test her Craft on the most resistant case of asthma she'd ever seen. But Dare impressed Vinia with her intelligence, and Vinia impressed Dare with her fierce heart. They weren't fast friends, but their differences only strengthened them. When Dare made her Descent and came away with the Summer Sky, they were well and truly friends.

This was an asset: Vinia's experimental treatment didn't take. It could control the worst of it, give Dare her life back to some extent, but even a Red-Jeweled Healer couldn't overcome the defect in Dare's biology. For Dare to have a life out of the tightly-controlled environment of her father's home, she would need to return to Vinia often. Often enough that Nestor was willing to bankrupt himself to keep Vinia at Dare's side. Their friendship made that unnecessary, but it put her father and his considerable influence in Vinia's pocket as well as Dare's own.

With more control over her life, Dare made a slow and considered re-entry to society. A Queen with no bonded males besides her father, as influential as he was, ought to have posed no threat to anyone in the District. But she was smart, and she had had years of work with the spies of Dharo. She knew who to make friends with and who to shun. In time, she would've made her first jump to a village queenship... except for the influence of Margaret Webster.

The Queen of Northwood District had decided to step aside for an opportunity in another Province closer to her home. Margaret needed someone to step up. The obvious choice was her daughter Gwenyn, the village Queen of Arinthorpe. But Margaret had no desire to give her daughter a promotion that was unearned. Instead, she turned her attention to a different Queen, one perhaps less familiar to Northwood, but one whose favor was nonetheless important. Nestor Comstock held a great deal of influence, and doing a kindness for his daughter was doing a kindness for him as well.

So that opening in Northwood in 192 that should have gone to Gwenyn went instead to Dare, a Queen with no ruling experience but a great deal of behind the scenes knowledge. Margaret expects that she's made a friend, a woman who wouldn't betray her for her kindness. Nestor is glad that Dare has a Court to rule, that she's stepping up to be the Queen he knew she could be from that day in Coventry when he first held her. Lavinia sees Dare's position as an opportunity to secure the future of Cymrea... But Dare has her own plans. None of them involve remaining in Northwood for long. 


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Rhiannon had helped Dare with her wardrobe. Well, it had been part of her job as the dressmaker hired to make Dare's wardrobe, but it had also been because they were friends, Dare liked to think. She looked up to Rhiannon far more than she looked up to Margaret Webster, for all the woman was a much more concrete benefactor than Rhiannon was. It took a lot of strength to move on after having one's Descent shattered, Dare imagined. Such a thing could never happen to Dare. She took very good care of herself, protected herself from everything she could, except...

Except Margaret wanted Dare to come out on a ride. On a horse. Once, Dare had loved animals, but now simply being around the beasts irritated the monster that lived in Dare's chest. She checked inside her coat pocket for the healing brews Vin had made for her, pulled out the small pouch to count how many she had left. Lavinia controlled these potions like a miser with their penny-marks. Too many of them would be toxic, but Dare just needed them to get through this one last ride. Lavinia had acquiesced, angrily.

This ride wouldn't change her new position in Wartonshire. Dare would be Queen of Northwood in a few short weeks, once the old Queen's contract ended, whether she went or not. But image was important in Dharo, was almost everything if one discounted knowledge and connections.  Dare couldn't risk someone looking into why she didn't go riding at the request of her benefactor. She couldn't risk Margaret looking into her, either. She was fairly sure that her condition was as hidden as it could be (with Lavinia and Nestor's begrudging help) but in a Territory where the foundations of the Courts were built on spies, she wouldn't expose herself like that. She'd been a sickly child, but that was over now. That was all anyone had to know.

She pulled her riding coat away from her side and tucked the pouch back into its pocket. It didn't leave even a crease in her form. Maybe it made her breasts look smaller, but Dare didn't mind that. She turned to a three-quarter view in the mirror, gathered her hair and twisted it into her customary high bun. Rhiannon really did amazing work, she thought, pinning her hat against her hair. It was at least one less miserable part of this whole business.

On her way out the door, Dare vanished a book for later.

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Re: Dare Comstock
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 17, 02:33:33 PM »
Could I get a general roll and 2 ally rolls?





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Re: Dare Comstock
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 17, 04:34:20 PM »
Your General Random roll...

Weighed by Mother Night...

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

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Congratulations!


And your two Family Rolls...

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Re: Dare Comstock
« Reply #3 on: Jun 15, 17, 11:10:01 AM »

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Re: Dare Comstock
« Reply #4 on: Jun 16, 17, 11:15:22 PM »
Keepsies!





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« Reply #6 on: Jul 07, 17, 01:02:27 AM »
keepsies





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« Reply #8 on: Jul 30, 17, 11:55:34 PM »
Keeping :3





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Re: Dare Comstock
« Reply #10 on: Aug 22, 17, 03:16:58 PM »
Keepsies





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Re: Dare Comstock
« Reply #11 on: Sep 05, 17, 04:53:35 AM »
Could I have one more family roll? Sorry, a third guy popped into her history and he needs Jewels. :>

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« Reply #12 on: Sep 05, 17, 08:20:43 AM »
Uno mas!
1. Tiger Eye - Summer Sky
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Re: Dare Comstock
« Reply #13 on: Sep 07, 17, 02:11:33 AM »
I find this young woman most acceptable to the needs of Wartonshire and approve her appointment as Queen of Northwood.


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Re: Dare Comstock
« Reply #14 on: Sep 07, 17, 02:37:47 AM »
Looks lovely for references to Rhiannon and the spies!



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Re: Dare Comstock
« Reply #15 on: Sep 07, 17, 02:41:45 AM »
Dare is ready for review!!





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Re: Dare Comstock
« Reply #16 on: Sep 07, 17, 03:03:20 AM »
Dare is signed off for play in Dharo :)
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« Reply #17 on: Sep 07, 17, 08:13:46 AM »
Added to the queue.
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