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Author Topic: Magdalena Sydan  (Read 1311 times)

Description: Healer. Rose to Purple Dusk. Played by Halyonix.

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Magdalena Sydan
« on: Dec 14, 16, 09:23:35 PM »
The Basics
Character Name: Magdalena Sydan
Nicknames: Mags, Magda
Age and Birth Year:  36 (169 AP)
Race: short-lived
Caste: Healer
Birth Territory: Glacia
Home Territory: Tornio Province, Glacia

Birthright Jewel: cut Rose
Offering Jewel: cut Purple Dusk

Role: Healer
Faction: Tornio Province

Play By: Elisha Cuthbert
Distinguishing Features: Identical twin to Maarika.


Personality: Magdalena is welcoming and warm, gentle, almost irritatingly cheerful to most upon meeting them, and quietly content when around those who are familiar with her. Hers is a life to be spent in the merry service of others. She is not, however, a bubbly, extroverted sort of person. She is unassuming and quiet, preferring not get in the way of others or inconvenience them. Above all of her desires, she aims to see her sister elevated and successful. Magdalena believes that we all advance together through helping each other get over our hurdles. If she holds grudges or views someone negatively, she never voices it. In fact, most of the time, she aims to stay clear of all negativity as best as she can. To many in Glacia, especially those engulfed in the Dark Religion, Magdalena comes across as weak, easy, and naive.

But make no mistake about Magda. For all of those simple, unassuming, transparent qualities, there is a resilient, unyielding strength within her, and a spirit that knows there is evil all around her. Her smiles exhibit a serenity that comes with a hard realism, not the bright, naive ones of idealism. She sees herself, in all things, as a star that should shine against the darkness rather than curse it for being there. This inner light is what gives Magdalena her strength and what attracts others unconsciously to her. She does the best she can with the cards she’s been given and never wails for what she doesn’t have.

And when doing the best that she can involves personal sacrifice, Magdalena does not retain the bitterness a lot of people would. She made her choice, she is to blame for that, and she accepts it and moves on. Since most of these sort of choices have revolved around her beloved sister Maarika, Madga is wouldn’t think twice about being bitter or a hindrance. In her eyes, Maarika must succeed, in more ways than just as a Queen. Madgalena, though she rarely voices this to anyone, sees herself as Maarika’s mirror -- reminding her to be a good person in this world. Should Maarika succumb to the darkness that is permeating Glacia, Magdalena will shine that much brighter in an effort to save her twin.

The few times when doubt engulfs Magdalena are rare and kept to herself. She is a fairly quiet person, for all of her practicality and seemingly outgoing nature, and like most introverts, she has a lot going on her head that she doesn’t voice. Sometimes, she wonders why so many people seem to flock to her, but she likens it to flowers growing in the sun -- they just need that light, and if that light is her, so be it.

  • 1 - Light. Whether it be starlight, sunlight, or witchlight, Madga has this thing about light. Her quarters are kept well and warm lit. She loves looking at the stars. Sunrise is her favorite time of day.
  • 2 - Art. When not Healing, she is almost always involved in creating art of some kind: sculpting, painting, drawing, etc. She gets great enjoyment out of it. It is a catharsis, a rejuvenation, a re-dedication.
  • 3 = Her rooms. This is her sanctuary, though not her solitary confinement. Magda sees this space as a haven, a place to create, or to heal (in more ways than one).
  • 1 - Drawing attention to herself. The spotlight doesn’t suit Magdalena like it does Maarika. There is danger in the spotlight, the risk of ruining Maarika’s advancement because of Magdalena’s lighter Jewel or whatever nefarious reason others in Glacia can come up.
  • 2 - Complaining. This is something she struggles with herself internally at times and when others do it, Magda is reminded threefold of how she wishes to change this. The only thing complaining seems to do is breed negativity, and Mags doesn’t want that. 
  • 3 - Giving into fear. Another struggle with Magdalena is what she sees in the world around her: people giving into their fears. She sees this as the reason why so many evil things happen and she does her best to banish those fears whenever she can.
  • 1 - Losing her siblings. Whether it be physically or emotionally, this weighs on Magdalena’s heart the most. There is already a rift between them because of their Jewels that Magda cannot mend. To see what remains of her family drift apart for whatever reason worries her.
  • 2 - The truth of her mother’s death. If she doesn’t know the truth, then she can’t acknowledge the darkness that lies within her twin. And if she doesn’t know the truth, then she won’t have to face the hard facts that someone loves her enough to kill someone else.
  • 3 - Dying without saying goodbye. Magdalena know she will die some day but she fears she will never get to tell her twin goodbye before it happens. She doesn’t want to seem like she is being morbid or sappy while still alive, so she keeps those heartfelt words to herself in the hopes that she will get them out in time before the Darkness claims her forever.
Craft Strengths:
  • 1 - Empathic Craft. Magda attributes this skill to being a natural Healer but most people don’t consider reading emotions as part of natural Healer Craft. Some people would drown in this sort of constant bombardment, this sensory overload at times, but Magda handles it with grace and a natural inclination, though she may need peace and quiet for a few days to recharge.
  • 2 - Preservation Craft. Magda considers this almost a whimsy sort of Craft, since she uses it to keep her paints lasting longer and her colors remaining brighter But she also uses it to keep her Healer supplies (like herbs) fresh and potent.
Craft Weaknesses:
  • 1 - Sensing Craft Use. While she can make logical assumptions that Craft is being used around her, Magda seems mostly oblivious to it. This may also be because Magda doesn’t want to believe that anyone would use Craft to manipulate her, though she knows it is quite possible and probably led to one of the worst events in her life -- the death of her mother.
  • 2 - Seduction Craft. To Magda, the romantic, this seems like cheating to get sex or lying to get love. She would never use this to get what she wants, though others around her have no qualms about it.
Life Story

Mother: Loviisa Sydan (nee Aalto), Rose to Opal Witch (deceased)
Father: Akseli Sydan, Purple Dusk to Green Warlord (deceased)
Siblings: sister Maarika Sydan-Harmaa, Rose to Opal Queen, 36 (identical twin); brother Jari, 25.

Magdalena has never been a fan of the ambition and effort that her mother put into her creation, though she is eternally grateful for the fact that it also made her twin. As a child though, she ate up the doting, blind faith that their mother poured into them, practically glowing every day at the the praise and progress they made together. Because of her twin, Magdalena learned that others’ successes could also, in some way, be her own, especially if she helped somehow by encouraging them onwards. But Magdalena was only content in securing the attention of her mother and twin. Her childhood friends were few, and none could match the bond she felt with her sister. Plus, not many of them liked to paint or draw like Magdalena did, which probably perversely contributed a lot to her artistic tendencies.

Magdalena will say that she was content to be as she was, feeling no need to change herself greatly to fit the world around her. Few adults would say, even then, that she was like a little star, twinkling in her own quiet way, bringing light to those who needed it more than she.

The twins were gifted with the same Rose Birthright, which served to bond them closer together as they learned how to use this new power. Even though their studies as Healer or Queen took them on different educational paths, they still shared all of the knowledge they could with each other so that the other was not left behind, though Magdalena probably shared more because that was her giving nature.

This idyllic world began breaking the day the twins made their Offering. Maarika descended into her Opal strength, a sign to their mother that her gamble and investment had been worth the risk. Maarika was blessed by the Darkness, as decreed by the Dark Religion.

Magdalena, though she gratefully held her Purple Dusk in personal accomplishment, was not blessed.

At first, it seemed like her mother’s anger would vanish and that things would return to normal. Magdalena might have broken under this terrible time if not for Maarika, who treated her no differently. That alone averted Magdalena’s life from ending too soon out of depression. But since that moment never came, Magdalena wasn’t aware of what could have happened.

What did happen was that Loviisa’s anger and hatred became more pronounced, more apparent, and left behind longer and deeper wounds. Maarika and Jari stepped in to protect Magdalena, who was horrified that they were hurt on her behalf. She begged them to stop. She could take the pain on her own, and when her siblings continued to attempt to protect her -- with Maarika going so far as to command Loviisa to stop -- Magda attempted to change the dynamic so that her siblings didn’t know when there was a problem.

This, along with Loviisa’s now deep-seated hatred of Magdalena, only worsened the issue. Instead of resorting to outright fighting and blows, Loviisa used other means to humiliate and insult Magdalena, trying to tear down her daughter in any way she could that wouldn’t draw Maarika’s attention.

Magdalena’s refuge was her art, and even that Loviisa tried to tear from her. It became harder and harder for Mags to maintain a positive attitude. She found herself becoming clumsy and not realizing why. She was constantly tripping and breaking items, then, out of embarrassment for her actions, she would quietly replace them with money she had saved up. Sometimes, she destroyed pieces of art that she intended to sell or gift, and could not remember why she had done it. Somehow, even though Magdalena tried to hide all of this from Maarika, who was coming into her own as Queen in her training, her twin knew there was something amiss. The more Magda tried to justify it or excuse it away, the more Maarika seemed to know something was wrong.

The final blow came when Maarika was away for almost a week. Loviisa used this time to barrage Magdalena with nearly every mental spell she knew to get the woman to break, forcing her to drain her Jewels in an effort to clean up all of the messes she had caused because of Loviisa’s manipulation. Magdalena believed she had caused all of it -- all of the broken dishes, all of the stains on the rugs -- because she simply could not sense the manipulation Craft being used on her.

Maarika found this out. And they never saw their mother again.

The story told was that Loviisa had injured landens and her daughter, the Queen, had seen to her confession. What became of their mother after that was never told to Magdalena, and she never asked. This end to her suffering should have come as a relief to Magdalena but didn’t. Their brother Jari, who had stepped in to protect Magdalena so many times, now turned his back on Maarika. It was this rift that led Magda to believe that Maarika had killed their mother, and it broke her heart in so many ways.

She managed to pick up the pieces of herself, to find enjoyment in her artwork again. She managed to make a small, content life, but it was never the same, and the lies and the darkness she saw growing, both in the world around her and within her sister, became something she could no longer ignore. Loviisa’s assault had done one good thing: it had bolstered the unyielding spirit within Magdalena, forging her into an even brighter shining light. Magdalena was glad to see her sister marry, hoping for marital happiness and love to edge away any of the darkness that might have crept in on the years. She did not wish the same for herself, preferring to remain single so as to be at Maarika’s side whenever she was needed.   

Of course, recent events have made her mission all that more difficult. She accepted the collar that was controlled by her sister Maarika with grace and a smile, thankful to have someone she trusted holding that leash. But now that Maarika has been sent to Nharkava, that collar is now in the hands of the most powerful woman in Glacia, the dreadful darkness incarnate herself, Queen Elisif Brenden.

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With a contented smile on her face, Magdalena gently set down the brush she had been using on the canvas before her, and stepped back to admire her work. For this piece, she had chosen a large canvas, one half again taller than her and wider than any man’s shoulders could be. To the unappreciative, the painting was a splattering of pink, purple, and pale turquoise. It appeared as though Magdalena had merely thrown whatever color she desired at the white space, declaring it art in some paltry attempt to justify its existence.

But the symbolism was lost on those types of people, and always would be.

The pink was no ordinary pink, and the same could be said about the other three colors as well. Within the rosy smatterings, there were hues reminiscent of the blush of dawn and the petal softness of a dancer’s slipper. There were strokes that reminded the viewer of a juicy watermelon on a hot summer’s day. There were also a daring few spots of a color so bright that Magdalena could only remember that it had come from an equally bright bird.

The pale turquoise hue was no less lacking in variety. It was the closest color Magdalena could come to opal and she had spread its hues widely. There were strokes like the waves of the tropics. There were clouds like a jade-colored mist. There was the frozen color of glacier ice on the water.

Even in the white, there could be seen a color close to cream, as well as a the palest mixtures of the other three colors within its almost covered expanse.

And then there was the purple. This was, by far, the most expressive of the colors, dominating the canvas like the night sky. The Rose and the Opal became little galaxies in the Purple Dusk universe, twinkling their merry little color against the rest of the Darkness. Lavender sprinkles, wisteria bunches, and amethyst chips brought a vibrancy to the darkest of the hues that balanced the lightness of the others. Iris, orchid, plum, lilac, grape...Magdalena had spent the most time mixing every color in that spectrum to her expectations.

She smiled. Her twin sister was going to love it. And she, above all people, would get its symbolism without Magdalena having to say a word.

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Re: Magdalena Sydan
« Reply #1 on: Dec 14, 16, 09:24:28 PM »
ready for review please!
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Re: Magdalena Sydan
« Reply #2 on: Dec 14, 16, 10:38:22 PM »
I am excited for this app.

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Re: Magdalena Sydan
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