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It is natural for a Long-Lived Territory to remember the past, but it is equally essential to for them step into the future, and Dhemlan’s future is Democracy. With a proud tradition of representative government already in place, post-war Dhemlan has chosen to let the people decide their path forward. With drought and starvation looming, no one knows who the next ruler will be, but they do know this: the fate of Dhemlan Terreille will be decided not on the battlefield, but at the polls.
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Author Topic: Joana Palomo  (Read 895 times)

Description: Queen. White to Rose. Played by DragonGirl.

Offline Joana Palomo

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Joana Palomo
« on: Aug 07, 18, 08:25:34 PM »
The Basics

Character Name: Joana Letizia Sofia Njama Palomo
Nicknames: Jo, Jojo, Ana, Sofia
Age and Birth Year: 593 born 400BP
Race:  Long-Lived
Caste:  Queen
Birth Territory: Dhemlan, T
Home Territory: Dhemlan, T

Birthright Jewel: Uncut White
Offering Jewel:  Cut Rose

Role: Ruling Queen
Faction: Ilbeda Province

Appearance

Play By: Karen David
Distinguishing Features: Joana has wavy hair instead of straight as is normal for Dhemlanese natives. This hints that perhaps her bloodline might not be entirely pure. Since her parents both have the typical straight hair, though, it is considered a throwback feature and polite company does not bring it up. Her hands are also fairly calloused, something she is actually quite self-conscious of.

Personality



Personality:

Joana is first and foremost Dhemlanese. Though she was raised on the ocean and not on land, her patriotism knows no bounds. The people of Dhemlan, in her mind, are the most civilized, the most intelligent, and the most capable of greatness. It also means that things that affect the Territory and particularly her home Province affect her personally. An attack on Dhemlan is an attack on Joana and she will never take it lying down.

To better serve her motherland, Joana has worked hard to be the best she can be. She is disciplined, motivated, careful and precise. Her natural charisma has been bolstered by years of learning and playing the political game and by intensive study in Protocol and Landen manners. She might be called to run along the tide line with hair flying free and bare feet, but she has the self-control to always appear well put-together. Polite, firm, and passionate, Jo is comfortable in almost every situation and that ease translates well to the job of managing her Court.

While other Queens might try to micromanage and hold a tight leash, Jo truly believes that the Darkness has brought her each trusted member of her Court and staff for a reason and that if she can find the right cause or project for them that all she need do is oversee. She is a master of cognisant and careful delegation and has learned to trust her colleagues, including the ones whose passion is making sure none of the others is betraying her.

Her release valve for the stronger emotions and frustrations she feels is fencing. While the ocean brings her peace, having a rapier in her hand lets her have some fun and imagine whichever politician is annoying her that day as her enemy. It also helps to keep her strategic mind sharp and when she is unable to fence she enjoys games of strategy such as chess. This love of strategy means the political life is genuinely fun for Joana, something she does out of love as much as necessity.

In no-way insecure other than in her ability to Gift the Land, Jo's only real sore spot is her Consort, who while she cares for doesn't know that she only originally approached because his Dark Jewel would be a boon to her rise to power. Other than that secret, she is well adjusted, having avoided many of the traumas of the War and Occupation. Her only real regret is that she was not able to do more, but uses this as a motivator, not something to languish in.



Likes:
  • The Ocean: Joana grew up on boats and diving down to coral reefs to Gift them. She knows the ocean so much better than the land and all her fondest memories are tied to it, as are her hopes for the future of Dhemlan. Joana knows the distinctive look of every fish off the Dhemlan coast and can haul nets, repair sails, and climb riggings like the best of sailors and has great skill sailing small, single person sailboats. Beyond the practical though, Joana simply loves the smell of the sea and the way the wind off it whispers whale song and mystery.
  • Politics: Joana loves the political game and is good at it. She likes that it’s never what it seems, shifting like the tide, and like the current of the ocean, she likes to predict which way things will go and steer a safe course through the storm. It fills her with delight to outwit an opponent or have someone change sides due to one of her carefully prepared argument.
  • Fencing: It was part of her childhood, something her father taught her on deck during long, sunny afternoons. Now it’s something she enjoys as a way to let loose and get some exercise during long days of meetings. Joana is not a warrior, She’s never fought with a sharp and uncapped blade, but on the lists, she is a fierce competitor and the fact that it is not ladylike has never stopped her.
Dislikes:
  • Busy cities: growing up with only a few faces around her then ruling a small, working-class district, it took Joana a few decades after the Purge to first step foot in a big city. It isn’t that she didn’t like the architecture or even the crowds, it’s the smell. It doesn’t smell of nature or the ocean. Even in parks there is always that sense of fakeness. Joana enjoys something a bit more genuine and wild, but the halls of power reside in the cities, so to the cities she will go.
  • Her own ambition: aware of her own faults, Joana has never liked the part of herself that constantly pushes her towards more power. She has done her best to temper this by surrounding herself with people who will challenge her ideas and make sure they are ethical and sound, but a large part of her proposal to institute a democratic election was out of worry that if that did not happen and someone other than herself rose to power, that her own ambition would drive her to oppose them for that reason alone.
  • High Tide: Now that she is allowed on the mainland Joana loves the beach and is always genuinely saddened to see it covered up. Even though she enjoys the waves it is the sandy beaches full of clam holes that fascinate her and seeing them covered up is enough to ruin an otherwise good day.
Fears:
  • Storms: her father was lost to a storm when she was forming her first Court and the pain has been with her ever since. Each time a storm brews on the horizon Joana’s heart aches with fear and she always insists on all boats in her Province coming in from the sea early for them. On those nights she curls up in bed with her Consort and trembles as lightning and thunder strike. It doesn’t just remind her of mundane storms. It reminds her of the Storm.
  • Dhemlan wasting away: it is her home, her people, her motherland. Joana would do anything and everything, moral or not to save Dhemlan. Still, she genuinely fears that it will be too little too late, or that the elections she proposed and is backing will see someone unfit rise to power, and her Territory will suffer for it. This idea keeps her up at night and colors every single step she takes and argument that passes her lips. It is also the reason she can’t stand the fools that would rather debate for years than act, for in inaction lies the sure eventual collapse of her Territory.
  • Bees: she is deathly allergic to the flying pests and even though she understands the vital role they play in crops she still screams like a banshee every time one gets too close. Any time she gifts the land she had to do it with a shield around herself to keep the buzzing demons off for it seems like they love her almost as much as her Bonded males do.
Craft Strengths:
  • Ocean Sense: As a Queen who grew up largely at sea, Joana developed an innate and intense sense of the ocean. Through the water, she can sense the land far below and feel the warm and cold currents and even the shadow of fish. This has allowed her to have a reputation for almost supernatural instincts about where to drop nets and when to go out onto the sea.
  • Queen's Gift (Ocean): With the waters she knows and loves around her, Joana can make the sea flourish. She often dives down and presses her power and blood into the ocean floor, using telekinetic Craft to keep it there until it sinks in (with a guard to keep sharks away). Even when it is not a full ritual Gifting, she often just lets her power sink into the water, feeling the deep sense of rightness and connection there.
Craft Weaknesses:
  • Queen's Gift (Land): While she can make the ocean flourish with her Craft the same cannot be said for fields. The Ocean is wild, the forests are wild, but fields and farming are man-made and Jo has no ability to understand what the Land needs from her. Even when she is told explicitly what to do, it is as if her Craft refuses to behave. While able to give her blessing to a truffle wood or other natural phenomena, Joana is incapable of even the most basic of assistance towards agricultural efforts.
  • Thermal Craft: Jo is incapable of heating or cooling anything, let alone herself, with Craft. This means no staying warm in cool waters, no cooling off in the hot sun, no heating a cup of tea or cooling a glass of lemonade. Nothing that involves thermal control has ever been within her grasp and it irks her. It shouldn't, there are bigger things in life, but the mere fact she can't do it makes her keep trying... and failing.
Life Story

Family:
Mother: Jiakarta Palomo, Tiger Eye - Summer Sky* witch (age: 1237, born: 1044BP)
Father: Julio Palomo, White - Tiger Eye* Warlord (age: 1154, born: 961BP)
Granfather:Juan Louis, White - Tiger Eye* Warlord (age: 3745, born: 3552BP)
Granmother:Sophia, Purple Dusk to Blood Opal Black Widow (age: 2978, born: 2785BP)
Aunts and Uncles:
Enrique Palomo, Yellow - Rose* Warlord Prince (age: 1101, born: 908BP)
Catalonia Palomo, Blood Female (age: 1093, born: 900BP)
Natalia Palomo, Tiger Eye - Rose*
Ricardo Palomo, Blood Male (age: 1072, born: 879BP)
Letizia Palomo, Yellow to Summer Sky, Healer (age: 1007, born: 814BP)
Cousins:
Gomez Palomo, Blood Male (age: 543, born: 350BP)
Daria Palomo, White to Rose Prince (age: 689, born: 496BP)
Modina Palomo, Opal to Green Priestess (age: 615, born: 422BP)
Lucia Palomo, Summer Sky to Purple Dusk Black Widow (age: 47, born: 146AP)
Isabella Palomo, Tiger Eye to Summer Sky Hearth
 Witch (age: 36, born: 157AP)
Mariana Palomo, Blood Female, (age: 19, born: 174AP)


History:

Joana was born at sea. Her mother and father were out on their fishing boat when Jiakarta went into early labor. Unable to get to shore alone and with a calm sea and gentle breeze, Julio was the one to help his wife through her labor and deliver a small but healthy baby girl into the world. The Territory might have been under Eyrien occupation and the Realm crumbling, but that mattered little on that day, as the two tired parents cradled their firstborn and laughed at the faces she made as she had her first meal.

It was nearly an hour later when the sun was high in the sky and Julio was preparing his wife a snack to help her recover from the ordeal of giving birth that little Joana first started smelling of Queen. Both parents were more scared than thrilled at the discovery and they decided to stay out on the sea that night until they could figure out what to do. It was no secret that Queens in Eyrien-occupied Dhemlan would be snatched up as soon as they could be. The Palomos didn’t want that happening to Joana. Fortune had favored them with a beautiful little girl that no one knew about, not even a midwife so perhaps that was the Darkness’s way of keeping their daughter safe.

They made for shore the next day, but Jiakarta did not leave the boat. Julio went alone to his father’s home and behind and aural shield told him of their fortune and fears. The old man cried tears of joy in hearing that he was the grandfather of a Queen but shared his son’s concerns. The head of a large fishing empire and with dozens of brothers, cousins, nieces and nephews, the old man promised Julio that Joana would be safe and instructed him to board the largest ship in his fleet with his wife and daughter and stay put.

That night, under the cover of darkness, Jiakarta walked onto shore and a hundred feet to the left to board a different boat.

That was the one and only time Joana was on the mainland until the day after the Witchstorm.

Her grandfather arranged things simply, but well. Joana and her parents would live aboard the Esperanza, which would stay at sea off the coast of Dhemlan. Once every week or two, one of the other ships of the fleet would come up alongside it to drop off provisions and news. Only the fewest possible parties knew why and these were sworn to silence by Joana’s grandmother, a Black Widow of no little skill.

The arrangement worked. Joana became a toddler, then a child aboard the Esperanza. By the time she was eight she knew every rigging and plank of her home and was as comfortable in the warm ocean waters of Dhemlan as on deck. When they anchored close to the reefs, Joana would spend her days diving down for pearls, sometimes pressing her palms to the ocean floor to feel the pulse of the land and sea wash over her.

Her Birthright was conducted on a small, uninhabited island that had an abandoned sanctuary. A cousin, recently through training as a Priestess was the one to walk Joana out with her White and the family celebrated by roasting fish on the beach and giving the little Queen her first Craft lesson.

Those lessons, and other more mundane ones colored most of her days. Joana’s grandfather sent family members one after the other to each teach her what they knew. She learned reading and writing from her mother’s sister who was an author, mathematics from the accountant in the family, history from her great-grandmother, and so on.

When she was not studying or learning how to fish and sail, Julio began to teach his daughter how to fence on the deck of their ship. It was exciting and fun and while never about actual combat helped keep the girl's energy in check and taught her discipline and strategy. Her mother often complained that it was not ladylike and her father pointed out that getting Joana to even put on clothes that were not suitable to swim in and brush her hair was a chore, and that they were going to have to resign themselves to who and what their daughter was.

Wild, smart, and curious, Jo's adolescence was filled with wonderful sights, fresh food, and a loving family (as well as some excellent romance novels a cousin snuck in for her). The only thing that marred her days was the way her family taught her to always have one eye on the sky, and if she saw one of the winged monsters to hide under water until they passed, using a bubble of air to keep from needing to surface.

It wasn't until she was twenty and had her Offering that she ever got the full story of what was happening to Dhemlan. On that day, when she was finally an adult, she requested that the veil of fun and comfort that had protected her childhood be lifted, and in the company of her parents and grandparents the Queen sat and listened to the story of her people.

And she wept.

Thanking them for giving her the chance of a happy upbringing despite the War and occupation, Joana stated her desire to join the fight. The family considered, argued, strategized, and finally decided that it was too risky for Joana to join the fight for Dhemlan on the mainland, but that her grandfather would attempt to bring the rebellion to her.

So began Joana's life as part of the resistance of Dhemlan. While she still never set foot on the mainland and staying mobile on the ocean meant only a very few ever knew how to find her, Jo became a center for rehabilitation for the males and females of the Companies that needed to get out of dodge or who had trauma that needed the care only a Queen could give. She spent her days writing to the leaders of the resistance and sometimes meeting with them, and her nights with her arms around those who could not get through the dark hours alone.

Many, over the centuries, felt her Touch and her comfort and while she developed an excellent mask to wear around them, her hatred to Askavi and for those who had surrendered to them grew and grew. A hundred years before the Purge, Joana formed her first Court, made up of the men and women who had been drawn to serve her over the years, including many members of her extensive family. They maintained their presence at sea, holding off shipments of supplies to the Eyrien occupiers and smuggling in food, weapons, and medicine for the resistance. While the Eyriens were aware of Dhemlanese 'pirates' off the Coast and did try to stop them on several occasions, Joana and her Court were never found. This was in part thanks to her Court Priestess and Seer, who worked tirelessly to mask all signs of their passage with both Craft and clever science and seamanship.

Rumors of her 'Ghost Court' spread in Dhemlan, whispering of hope and vengeance. Jo worked through intermediaries to push these rumors further, using them as a recruitment tool into the resistance, and by the time the end was almost upon them (unsuspecting as they were) there were few souls in Dhemlan who did not know of them by reputation and many were the songs and tales - mostly fanciful but with some core of truth - about the way they valiantly and cleverly laughed in the face of the Eyrien occupiers while working to free Dhemlan.

Joana was just about ready to start really pushing back, organizing the disparate Companies into a single force, when Witch did the job of freeing Dhemlan for her. While many others grieved for the devastation, Joana, who had been asleep when it happened, did not. Oh, the Queen mourned for those who lost their lives and Jewels, but on the day she made shore on the mainland for the first time since her birth to see the piles of Eyrien carcasses...

She determined the price worth it.

For the next fifty years, Joana, now in the open as the Ghost Queen of the Resistance, helped Ilbeda recover. She spent some of that time at one of the universities, learning the lessons she had missed growing up such as political science and agriculture, but mostly she just worked. Seventy years after the Purge she was elected to the Legislative branch of the government as a representative for her District. There, her natural skill for politics began to flourish and her work in helping the Territory pull itself back together did not go unnoticed.

In the spring of 147, her District requested that she step in as their Queen despite her continued inability to Gift the fields and orchards there. She did well enough that five years later, the Warlord Prince who had governed the Province in the absence of a Queen begged her to step in. Still new to rule but ambitious and ready to get things done, Joana accepted, forming a strong Court around herself, offering the Consort's ring to the Gray Warlord Prince who she had been growing close to for the past fifty years.

Around this time, her father was tragically lost to the sea during a storm. Her mother, unable to be consoled, returned herself to the ocean, going back to her roots as a fisherwoman but staying in close contact with her only daughter.

Since then, she has been ruling Ilbeda with a single-minded focus, trying everything and anything new to better the lives of her people. In those early years, she noticed that people were much more passionate and willing to work for a cause when they felt they had ownership of it. Instead of micromanaging, Joana became an expert at delegating projects to people who cared and getting her citizens motivated by asking their opinions on matters that would affect them. Local elections put people in charge of villages, towns, and Districts that might never have risen otherwise in a world where Caste and Jewel mattered so much, and this success led her to propose a democratic election to Parliament after the fall of Savion.

Now that it has been accepted, Joana faces a new challenge: how to run for Territory Rulers without breaking the system she, herself, designed.

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Character in Play:

Joana took a deep breath and yet still couldn't move.

"Jo?" Her father asked, a hand on her back. Only then did the Queen realize she was shaking. In just a few short steps, she would be on mainland soil for the first time since the day of her birth. It shouldn't scare her. She had faced storms, Eyrien squadrons, the nightmares of men and women who had lost everything. This should be easy. Hell, she had gone to short on the islands plenty of times so it wasn't even the unmoving ground that scared her...

"What if-"

"Sweetheart, they're gone. Dhemlan isn't under occupation anymore. Nothing will hurt you."

"That's not what I'm scared of," Joana said, then, like jumping into the water, she pulled air into her lungs, held it, and walked off the Esperanza. The rough wood of the pier creaked and rocked under her sandals. not allowing herself to look nervous anymore because she could see the crowd waiting on the shore, Jo straightened her back and march forward. When she reached the end of the dock she stopped and looked to the men and women gathered there, not a pair of wings among them.

"My name is Joana Palomo. I was born to citizens of Ilbeda and have been working for the good of this Province and Territory since I came of age. You may have heard of me as the Ghost Queen of these waters: a rumor, a myth, and hopefully as a curse on the tongues of the invaders. Today, I am just a daughter of Ilbeda coming home. How can I help?"


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Re: Joana Palomo
« Reply #1 on: Aug 07, 18, 08:26:51 PM »
I'd like to request White to Rose Jewels for this lovely lady. Do I need to purchase a full descent to do that?

Thank you!

Also could I get 5 ally rolls?

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Re: Joana Palomo
« Reply #2 on: Aug 07, 18, 08:31:12 PM »
You can request a General Random roll first. It may spawn a tri-descent naturally. If it doesn't, you can always purchase a full descent afterwards.
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Re: Joana Palomo
« Reply #3 on: Aug 07, 18, 08:34:02 PM »
Could I get a general random and 5 ally rolls, please? Thanks!

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Re: Joana Palomo
« Reply #4 on: Aug 07, 18, 08:42:10 PM »
Weighed by Mother Night...

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.

&

Congratulations!



1. Tiger Eye - Rose
2. White - Tiger Eye
3. White - Tiger Eye
4. Yellow - Rose
5. Tiger Eye - Summer Sky
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Re: Joana Palomo
« Reply #5 on: Aug 07, 18, 08:54:44 PM »
could I reduce that to White to Rose please and thanks!

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Re: Joana Palomo
« Reply #6 on: Aug 07, 18, 09:31:42 PM »
Weighed by Mother Night...

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

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Congratulations!

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Re: Joana Palomo
« Reply #7 on: Aug 31, 18, 03:02:56 PM »

Registry Cleanup Notice

This character sheet has been inactive within the Keep's Registry for over 2 weeks. If you wish to keep this character sheet (including the Jewels rolled) you will need to reply to this thread within 2 weeks or else you will forfeit the character and the Jewels.
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Re: Joana Palomo
« Reply #8 on: Aug 31, 18, 03:09:01 PM »
keeping!
Home is behind, the world ahead, And there are many paths to tread
Through shadows to the edge of night, Until the stars are all alight.
Then world behind and home ahead, We'll wander back to home and bed.







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Re: Joana Palomo
« Reply #9 on: Sep 01, 18, 11:42:23 PM »
Ready for Review!
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Through shadows to the edge of night, Until the stars are all alight.
Then world behind and home ahead, We'll wander back to home and bed.







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Re: Joana Palomo
« Reply #10 on: Sep 02, 18, 12:01:12 AM »
Added to the queue.
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Re: Joana Palomo
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