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Author Topic: Kostya Bessmertny  (Read 1831 times)

Description: Queen, Tiger Eye to Summer Sky. Played by Reid.

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Kostya Bessmertny
« on: Feb 02, 17, 10:08:46 PM »
The Basics

Character Name: Konstanca Bessmertny
Her family name is a holdover from a matrilineal ancestor who immigrated from Rihland. Her first name is traditionally Glacian, but generally she goes by her nickname Kostya just due to a preference for a less grandmotherly name (and a love for a book of Askavi folklore she read as a child).
Nicknames: Kostya
Age and Birth Year: 30 (164AP)
Race: Glacian
Caste: Queen
Birth Territory: Glacia, Kaeleer
Home Territory: Glacia, Kaeleer

Birthright Jewel: Tiger Eye
Offering Jewel: Summer Sky

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Appearance

Play By: Kaya Scodelario
Distinguishing Features: Kostya has dark hair, a long face, and a pointy chin. Her hair has a slight curl to it, not that you can always tell because she keeps it pulled out of her face for Reasons. Her legs go on for a while. Not like, an excessive while, but a while. (She was a gawky kid.) She favors black and white clothing.

Personality



Personality:
When you're faced with an impossible task, you want someone around like Kostya. Adaptable, dedicated, and passionate, she takes obstacles as challenges and every challenge can be overcome. She gives one hundred percent of herself to her goals, and expects just as much from everyone else around her. Given that she spent much of her childhood with her face buried in a book, she's imaginative and uses this to come up with new and different approaches to standard problems. If approach A doesn't work, that's fine; she's got a binder with approaches B and C lined up. (A real Hermione Granger, is what I'm getting at here.)

However, she's largely untested in actual real-world applications. As a Light Jeweled Queen, born and raised in Glacia, she's used to her every decision being made for her. She can make suggestions, but doesn't particularly expect those Darker than her in Jewel strength to listen to them. So while she's good at coming up with different approaches, she often doesn't know what to do when one of them fails in a way that doesn't put her back at her starting point. She's very much used to being a supporter and a follower.

As you might have guessed, Kostya is a devout adherent of the Dark Religion. She has been raised in an unorthodox version of it where attaining a Jewel at all was celebrated, but she knows her Light Jewel means she must work much harder than her Jewelless family to earn Mother Night's favor. She is very aware of the ease with which she might fall into corruption and ruin, as signaled by her Tiger Eye. This doesn't really slow her down, and in fact drives her to improve and to keep a close watch on herself. That she has power that can be used to improve the lives around her means it must be used to improve those lives; she has a duty.

Likes:
  • Books - Kostya has a Very Active fantasy life. She fills time between her duties as a Light-Jeweled Queen (mostly gifting her power to the land) with books and writing. While her personal collection of books isn't large, she takes full advantage of Glacia's many public libraries to keep up to date on the most recent releases.
  • Parties - Kostya is a very open, personable person, who views parties as a good way to meet and get to know people. She likes dinner parties especially, as food is a pretty amazing icebreaker if you think about it. Everyone has opinions on dessert, after all!
  • The Jewelless - Kostya grew up surrounded by landens and the non-Jeweled Blood. While she's not necessarily unused to spending time with people wearing Darker Jewels than she is, she doesn't really prefer it to spending time with Mother Night's less psychically gifted children.
Dislikes:
  • Smugglers - Kostya does not like the whole Light-Jeweled smuggling thing. Not because she thinks the Light Jeweled need to stay and get ground under the heels of the oppressors (which she thinks is bullshit anyway) but because she thinks it's her fellows yielding to the weakness inherent in their souls. They're better than quitting! There's so much they can contribute!
  • Winsol - Kostya likes parties, but there's such a thing as too many. She can't dance all night and get up the next day to do her work like the Dark Jeweled can. She has a damn hangover. Leave her alone.
  • Alcohol - For that matter, Kostya is just an incredible lightweight. A glass of wine with dinner is fine. But like, a sparing glass. And don't even try to expose her to whisky because she once got so hungover she couldn't even move. Just the smell of it makes her woozy.
Fears:
  • Her siblings having Jeweled children - Kostya loves her Jewels, but wouldn't wish Light Jewels even on her worst enemy. Her nieces and nephews, when they come, should be as free as their parents. She isn't confident in her ability to guide young Light Jewels on the same path she walks, for all she knows she must. Her specific fear for her sister's children is just the most obvious manifestation of her worry that she isn't fit to lead.
  • Being sent to Nharkava - It would be an honor to walk in the footsteps of Elisif Brenden's parents. Except for the fact that Elisif Brenden's parents fucking died. Nharkava is the place where people go to get murdered by landens for the crime of just being there. No thank you. She would rather chew off her own arm.
  • Never redeeming herself to Mother Night - Kostya doesn't believe that she's doomed to failure forever for her Light Jewels. Kostya is beloved; her Jewels are a challenge to prove that she is worthy of better Jewels in her next life. She lives in constant fear that she will fail not her family but herself, and that she will be tried and found wanting.

    Craft Strengths:
  • Land Sense - Kostya is incredibly in-tune with the earth. She grew up in a farming village, one where the land was being actively worked, and her earliest lessons were about learning the rhythms of that land. She was instinctively good at this as a child, but in gemstone-rich Virratt this talent has been nurtured to continue to bring wealth to the Province.
  • Queen's Gift - Kostya is talented at the Gift mostly through hard work. This didn't come as naturally to her as her affinity for sensing the land; she has had to spend a great deal of time on it. However, it's the main purpose she serves in Virratt's Court, backing up the other Queens and helping to keep the land fertile. So she got better at it mostly because she had to.
Craft Weaknesses:
  • Compulsions - To be frank, Kostya has never been told this Craft exists and wouldn't know what to do with it if it hit her in the face. Even if she did know what it was, she wouldn't be any good at it; Kostya prefers to think of herself as a persuader, not a commander.
  • Warming spells - Kostya is actually just shit with any kind of temperature spells. They tend to go haywire, swinging too hot or too cold depending on her mood and the temperature around her. If she wants something cold, she might as well put it on ice.
Life Story

Family:
Mother: Marya Bessmertny, 63, Blood female
Father: Damijan Nikiforov, 69, Blood male
Siblings: Janina Bessmertny, 33, Blood female
Lassi Nikiforov, 28, Blood male

History:
Konstanca was born a Queen into a family of Jewelless Blood. This set her out as different from the beginning: a Jewelless Queen was, as far as anyone knew, impossible. Kostya's Caste didn't buy her much more attention than her Jewelless siblings. She grew up with the exact same tutors as her siblings, the exact same chores. The fact that she would one day wear a Jewel didn't make her better than her siblings; it made her responsible for them.

One difference in upbringing her caste and basically-guaranteed Jewel gave her was a Jeweled mentor. Her mother's employer was a Light-Jeweled Queen named Oona, who had been given control of her family's library. The whole thing was open to the public, but Marya brought her child to Oona's attention early. Kostya was often given books to read in order to deepen her understanding of the world. While her siblings were reading fantasy stories, Kostya was reading biographies and tracts about the Dark Religion.

At the age of eight, as usual, Kostya had her Birthright Ceremony. She came away with the Tiger Eye, which guaranteed her a Light Jewel on Offering. Her parents, had they been different people, might have been disappointed. They weren't. Their child had received a Jewel; it wasn't a promise of failure, it was a sign of a challenge! And they were good at overcoming challenges. They held a party to celebrate that lasted until the sun began to rise, attended by all of their friends. Kostya would rise up in the world, become a leader in her own right, even if she never held a Court of her own or ruled. Queens were the heart of the land, even if they held no land of their own.

In such a small town, the truly Dark Jeweled were as rare as a winter season without snow. The District Queen wasn't often around; more commonly, they saw her males come to collect tithe, but even that wasn't common. Most of the Jeweled people that Kostya often had occasion to interact with were as light as she was, or even lighter. A podunk little village of mostly landen and Jewelless Blood was less concerning than the larger towns inside their Queen's District. Kostya's mentor Oona, for all she didn't rule anything more impactful than her family's library, was the only Queen who could continue to teach Kostya what she would need to know as a Queen, and so she continued to study. When she reached her majority, she would have a place in a Dark-Jeweled Queen's Court, to use her powers for the good of Glacia.

For all Oona paid lip service to the Dark Religion, she didn't believe in it with her whole heart as Kostya and her family did. In fact, she was secretly saving her personal income to escape the Territory, to go somewhere safe where Dark Jewels didn't have such a stranglehold on their people. Oona never intended for Kostya to discover her plans, but Kostya did. A missive that hadn't yet been destroyed, left out on Oona's desk beneath Kostya's lesson plans, laid the whole plan to light.

Even at the young age of fifteen, Kostya knew what she had to do. There was no reason for Oona, who had never acted against the will of Mother Night, to desire to leave except for a fear of her own flaws. With a heavy heart, Kostya reported Oona to the District Queen's representative the next time he came through the village. This began a cascade of arrests as Oona knew much more than she ought about the smuggling, about Blood disappearing from the District. The corruption had spread far and deep, and eventually the Province Queen took notice of it. This brought Kostya to her attention as well.

Of course, Kostya expected and received no reward. It was her duty to ensure that the will of Mother Night was carried out, no matter how much it hurt her personally. If the Dark Jeweled felt that it was in the best interests of their Light Jeweled brethren to remain within Glacia, then that was the will of the Darkness and Kostya had a duty to bring it to reality. For her pains, Kostya found herself tutored by a new Queen, with whom she was never quite as close.

She underwent her Virgin Night and Offering at the age of twenty, as was standard. Expecting little, she was surprised when she arose from the Darkness with an uncut Summer Sky. It was still a Light Jewel, but any Jewel at all was a blessing no matter what the general understanding of the Dark Religion was. She still had the ability to lead her fellow Light Jewels by example. And her parents had a rocking party for her, their blessed, Jeweled child.

Kostya took a spot in Kenna Anderson's Third Circle, and served for several years as a Light Jeweled Queen, contributing her power to the land but not particularly leading any of it. It enabled her to learn and to serve the Darkness, and that was what she had always wanted to do. So she was happy, there, and even after the advent of the Raejian slave collars she was happy; why should she ever resent actions taken to help her serve the Darkness?


Show Us What You've Got

Character in Play:
Kostya wouldn't walk away from this wearing a Dark Jewel. She wouldn't even come close. That wouldn't stop her from making the best of her Descent and taking the Jewel chosen for her by Mother Night with both hands, whichever one that happened to be. Rose, Summer Sky, Purple Dusk: It amused her that her options were almost all of the two-word Jewels. Oh, she hoped for the Purple Dusk, but if she achieved nothing more than the Rose she'd be happy. That was still more power to give to the land, more power to ensure the health and happiness of those around her.

From her earliest memories, her parents had impressed upon her the duty of her Caste, the duty which those who wore Jewels of any color and depth accepted by the virtue of wearing the precious stones. To protect and serve, they'd told her. She'd been given books on history, on politics, on the great leaders of Glacia's past, all of them meant to build a strong Queen. There was no way to tell that a child had no chance of obtaining even the Rose as a birthright; if there had been, she wondered if she would have been given fewer educational tomes and more stories of fantasy.

In the end, it didn't matter. Her Tiger-Eye, uncut and beautiful, was meant for her, the same as her duties were meant to be carried out by her. Her power was a gift for the land. Her strength, her intelligence, her verve would be gifts for those she served, no matter what she walked out of the altar with.

She drank from the goblet of blood and wine that the Light-Jeweled Priestess before her held out in offering, and closed her eyes.

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Re: Kostya Bessmertny
« Reply #1 on: Feb 03, 17, 02:25:48 AM »
Please may I have one family roll? Light jewels only for that one plz <3

(I just wanna see what a general random pops up <3 i miss u and love u roller!!)





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Re: Kostya Bessmertny
« Reply #2 on: Feb 03, 17, 04:16:34 AM »
Per request for General Random..

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



Per request for 1 LJ Family Roll...

1. Summer Sky - Purple Dusk










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Re: Kostya Bessmertny
« Reply #3 on: Feb 03, 17, 04:34:06 AM »
EXHALES

THANK GOD IT WASN'T A Y-R





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Re: Kostya Bessmertny
« Reply #4 on: Feb 10, 17, 08:18:20 PM »
Dislikes, fears, weaknesses, and in play sample to go... @__@





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Re: Kostya Bessmertny
« Reply #5 on: Feb 11, 17, 02:31:51 AM »
Ready for review. Can I get an OK from Nicole first please? :>





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Re: Kostya Bessmertny
« Reply #6 on: Feb 16, 17, 01:26:40 PM »
Thanks for your patience, Reid!


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Re: Kostya Bessmertny
« Reply #7 on: Feb 21, 17, 06:44:10 PM »
Fixed. Round 2?

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Re: Kostya Bessmertny
« Reply #8 on: Feb 21, 17, 07:50:20 PM »












 

 

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