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Description: Black Widow Healer. White to Tiger Eye. Played by Reid

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Aleksy Grey
« on: Jan 24, 17, 11:43:19 PM »
The Basics

Character Name: Aleksa Grey
Nicknames: Aleksy
Age: 31 (163)
Race: Half Long-Lived (Dena Nehele/Hayll)
Caste: Black Widow Healer
Birth Territory: Dena Nehele
Home Territory: Little Terreille

Role:
Faction:

Birthright Jewel: White
Offering Jewel: Tiger Eye
Appearance


Play By: Grace Hartzel
Distinguishing Features:
Aleksy Grey has a talent for appearing bruised, no matter how healthy she is. She also has a talent for appearing small and wilting, despite standing at six feet and one inch tall. Her third skill, appearance wise, is appearing dumb, dreamy, and bovine, when in fact she is not. She bears little of her Hayllian father's attributes, taking most heavily after her mother, though her mother was fair of hair and Aleksy's is black as pitch, seeming to absorb light rather than reflect it. Her eyes are a pale green-gray and her lashes are quite thick; she is incredibly pale, and her skin scars easily. Thusly she bears many scars from childhood mishaps and abuse.

You will never find a Black Widow who seems less aware of her body's sexual power. Aleksy dresses in clothes deliberately chosen to hide her figure while preserving her freedom of movement, which is extremely average and easy to conceal. She tends towards oversized sweaters and tight-cut pants, never wears makeup, and if she's ever heard the words manicure or pedicure it doesn't show; her fingernails are a ragged, bitten mess, just like her lips are overly chapped. Her hair is never neat, usually pulled into some half-assed braid with flyaways and cowlicks galore.

The overall effect being, of course, that she is a trifle, not worth bothering.

Personality



Personality:
When the people of Dena Nehele discuss "shrinking violets", they mean people like Aleksy. It isn't that Aleksy isn't smart; she is. It isn't that she doesn't like people; she does. But Aleksy's instincts have been so brutalized that she isn't sure how to act around anyone but the most obvious and open-book of the people around her, which causes her considerable distress and means she spends most of her time on her own, hiding from people she knows. She tells herself she enjoys being by herself, because it gives her free time with her thoughts to pursue her own hobbies, but in truth she has always felt cut off from the people around her.

Her sense of being an eternal observer is a direct contributing factor to Aleksy being morbid as hell. She enjoys eschatology as a concept; she is weirdly focused on death, judgment, and the end of all things. Though in no way does Aleksy want massive death and war, she can't deny there's a part of her (a very major part of her) that is voyeuristically obsessed with the idea of everything just stopping. She is very knowledgable about the circumstances regarding the Great War and the Purge, accordingly, although her understanding of the whole thing is very strongly colored by her father's opinions. Due to her Healer caste, Aleksy has always been obsessed with the inner workings of bodies, how the loss of an internal organ can cause the entire system to malfunction and shut down, and especially by pregnancy--as she is obsessed with death, she is equally concerned with the myriad little tickings of life. She tends to be found around Healers and sometimes Priestesses and, more often, taxidermists.

She is also a common sight at funerals.

That said, Aleksy is not a fan of pain or suffering, at all. Her heartstrings are easily plucked, although she almost never acts on her feelings for others; she prefers to stay out of "real life", finding it painful and hard to directly confront. Aleksy easily dissociates from what's going on around her, zoning out and staring at some middle point while her mind is far, far away. It's easy to trigger this dissociative state, because displays of emotion or attempts at physical contact scare the crap out of her, but it can be difficult to pull her out of it. She practically embodies the belief "if I ignore it, it will go away".

Her voyeurism extends to the sexual realm as well. Aleksy is a Black Widow, and like any Black Widow, she experiences intense desires. Unlike the vast majority of other Black Widows, Aleksy cannot stand being touched by another person--man or woman or any variant thereof. She displays an intense and inappropriate interest in the sex lives of others, especially if they might be considered 'deviant' by most of society. Rather than desiring to participate herself, Aleksy prefers to hear about the experiences of others. (Calling her perverted is an understatement.)

All of these things build up into a common conception of Aleksy as a sort of Blood ambulance chaser: not all that bright, kind of morbid, but harmless on the overall. This is untrue.

Aleksy has no social graces (despite attempts to teach some to her) but what she does have is an impressive amount of knowledge as far as creating new spells. Her Widow's Tooth manifested when she was twelve, and within three years she had enough of a grasp of Craft to create her own little variation on the web which allows a Black Widow to draw stories out of stone. She is an avid student of history and anatomy, and possesses a near-eidetic memory. While Aleksy will never pass a standardized test and probably never ascend past the journeymaid Black Widow stage, she is a formidable opponent even for those wearing Darker Jewels than hers simply because she can pull out things that, to be frank, they have never seen. The inside of her head is a veritable black book of sexual blackmail and she is not to be underestimated on the political stage because she knows what you did last summer and isn't afraid to tell everyone about it.

You know. Provided no one scares her.

Likes:
  • Flower language - As a Black Widow, Aleksy has been immersed in symbols since she was young. As a Healer, Aleksy knows the use of flowers and herbs to heal. The idea of using flowers (common! boring! feminine!) to communicate has always been a source of fascination to her, and her go-to method of communication with people she likes is with specially encoded bouquets of flowers--which she has usually picked from other people's gardens or out in the wilds.
  • Inalia - Aleksy and Inalia see a great many things differently, but when Aleksy looks at her older half-sister she sees a woman who seems to have it all figured out. Inalia was Aleksy's primary caretaker growing up: Mother, sister, and best friend all rolled into one. To say that Aleksy idolizes her big sister is a MASSIVE understatement. She believes that Inalia is an amazing Black Widow and exactly the kind of child her family wanted, and she wishes she could be more like her. A lot of things prevent that, though--her White Jewel, her hatred and fear of being touched. Nevertheless, Aleksy cannot help but hope to one day earn Inalia's unqualified approval.
  • Music - Specifically, singing. Aleksy doesn't have a good performer's voice. Her range is very limited, but within that range she is easy enough on the ears. It's not uncommon to find her singing some autumnal dirge to herself as she weaves a Widow's web or does some Court chore.
Dislikes:
  • Loudness & Crowds - Aleksy doesn't handle noise well. It distresses her in ways that cannot be overstated. While she doesn't precisely fear being caught in a crowd, she will do everything she can to avoid leaving her safe spaces during times when she knows there will be high traffic on her way whenever she's going.
  • Vladislav - He says he loves Inalia, but it doesn't look that way to Aleksy. She was twelve when Sheyla was kidnapped, and she remembers the brutal rage that was inflicted on her big sister. She remembers tending to her sister's bruises and hurts and wishing she could do more. She doesn't like Vladislav, she doesn't trust Vladislav, and she thinks if she had one thirty-secondth of a heartbeat alone with him she'd reach into his chest and rip out his fucking heart. (Probably.) Unfortunately, he's also her Healer's escort, so she has to spend a lot of time with him. Most of her time is spent staring into the middle distance and thinking of something else.
  • Sheyla - While Aleksy feels a certain kinship with her Queen sister due to their shared Jewels and shared disappointments, Inalia's hatred for her has certainly bled into Aleksy's view of the Queen that Demetrius had looked so long and hard for. She doesn't resent the attention Sheyla garnered because Aleksy never really knew that kind of love from Demetrius; what she resents is the way Sheyla, and thinking of Sheyla, and being around Sheyla, makes Inalia so desperately unhappy.
Fears:
  • Garrison - Her elder brother has never done anything to hurt her. The problem is that Garrison holds all the power in the family and did nothing to stop Demetrius and Vladislav from hurting Inalia. What he says, goes, and though Garrison actually did much to prevent her father from hurting her she is unable to read any sort of familial affection into the act. She is waiting for him to reveal his "true face" as a monster, just like her father was.
  • Sex - If asked, Aleksy wouldn't be able to articulate why this terrifies her so completely. So instead of trying, she simply avoids it happening to her with everything she has. Her intense curiosity about the sexual act and everything that goes into it simply feeds into her fear; everything she knows about sex is violent and awful and she doesn't expect anything different.
  • Demetrius - Everyone says he's dead, but Aleksy doesn't really believe it. She may have seen the body, may have been the one to confirm that all life had bled out of the man, but she doesn't think that it's real. That kind of evil (the kind of evil that hurts Inalia and Aleksy) doesn't die out; it just keeps building and building and building. Even after his death, Aleksy would not be surprised to wake up and find Demetrius standing at the foot of her bed. Waiting.

    Craft Strengths:
  • Spell creation - Aleksy invented her first spell when she was seventeen--a modified version of the web which allows Black Widows to draw memory out of wood and stone. She doesn't think of Craft in the "normal" way and it is this constant questioning which leads her to create new spells with regularity. This is an asset for her Healing ability--she's quick on the fly to make minor edits to spells to do exactly what she needs them to do to heal a difficult wound.
  • Psychometry - This is the modified version of the web that allows Black Widows to draw memory out of wood and stone. Aleksy knows this spell inside and out; it allows her to draw memories and emotions out of fabric, glass, steel, and even flesh. She can imprint it onto fabric, creating 'enchanted' gloves that allow even non-Black Widows to do this same thing. However, the reach of this Craft is limited by her Tiger Eye; it can only provide memory as long as the time spent in contact with the object. A Darker Jewel powering the web could produce something more, though…
Craft Weaknesses:
  • Mind healing - Aleksy doesn't trust easily, and it requires trust to go into someone else's mind and try to help them. Where her sister is amazing at this--truly amazing--Aleksy tends to trip and fall, because she's unwilling to confront the traumas of others and she's frankly unable to let others into her mind that way.
  • Empathic Craft - Aleksy doesn't quite follow most emotions. She doesn't "get" them. While she enjoys watching people go through their lives, she feels like none of it quite touches her, and she can't figure out how to make others experience what she wants them to through her Craft because of differences in the way she understands emotion.
Life Story

Family:
Mother:

Father: Demetrius Quartus Cinerus (Opal to Broken Sapphire Prince)** Hayllian, Deceased

(Half) Siblings:
Garrison Grey (Opal to Red Warlord Prince) (As per rolled on his sheet)
Vladislav Grey (Purple Dusk to Sapphire Warlord Prince)*
Inalia Grey (Rose to Purple Dusk Black Widow)
Sheyla Grey (White to Tiger Eye Queen)*
Terian Grey (Tiger Eye to Summer Sky Prince)*
Yelena Grey (Summer Sky to Green Healer)**
Dorothea Grey (Rose to Opal Priestess)**

*These jewels were rolled on Sheyla's sheet; **These jewels were assigned on Sheyla's sheet and not rolled.

History:
Aleksa Grey was born in the breeding camps of Demetrius Grey, and when her Healer caste surfaced at the age of six days, removed from them. The rarity of the Healer caste in Dena Nehele meant that even if she wore the lightest of possible Jewels she could take a place in the Court of the Territory Queen as a Healer; as much as a Yellow would be worthy of that place. Demetrius doted upon the girl until she was three, because that was when Aleksa's younger sister Sheyla was born: a Queen. Aleksa could aspire to heavy influence upon a Queen, but Sheyla--Sheyla could blatantly rule.

With the arrival of Sheyla, Aleksa fell by the wayside and into the care of her elder sister Inalia. Mama Lili, as Aleksa (whose name was quickly shortened to Aleksy) called her, quickly became Aleksy's whole world. The young Healer followed Inalia everywhere she could, even to places where it was not quite proper for her to be. In a household full of people who were so closely knit, Aleksy was not known so much as her own person as the quiet little hanger-on belonging to Inalia. She grew adept at watching and observing, but never quite felt it was her place to interrupt or request attention. While she was intelligent enough and hit all of her milestones on time, her quiet nature meant that hardly anyone ever paid attention to her--especially not with Sheyla in the household. Aleksy's White birthright went unremarked upon, though Inalia seemed frustrated and disappointed for a time, though Aleksy only noticed because she spent so much time around her older sister.

After her Birthright, Aleksy began taking Healer lessons with the woman who tended the breeding camps, though she was never shown the camps themselves and indeed didn't even know they existed. Vladislav and Garrison, her elder brothers, took turns escorting her to the woman's home in Moesia's capital city; she was not allowed to stop and dally, which was good, because those excursions and exposure to that many people was hard for Aleksy. She didn't like being crowded, and didn't particularly enjoy having to deal with living people during her Healing lessons. Still, such was her duty, and she learned.

Sheyla gained her Birthright White when Aleksy was eleven. This dramatically altered the pattern of Aleksy's life, mostly because of its effect on Inalia. Inalia, who Aleksy thought of as a perfect daughter to their father and longed to emulate, became subject to brutal attacks. Aleksy, as a Healer, could not help but notice the bruises and scrapes, and she became curious as to their cause--because Inalia certainly wouldn't tell her, other than that she deserved them. More than once, after being put to bed, she would sit awake in her bed and wait for Inalia to come back to her, so Aleksy could make sure she was alright--and sometimes she would even creep to Inalia's room, sit outside in the hall and listen. In that way, creeping around the family home after dark, Aleksy became more and more familiar with her family's little tics and idiosyncrasies. Perhaps alone of every child from that house, Aleksy knew what went on with whom and how long it had been ongoing. It made her hero worship of Inalia change shape into a desire to protect her big sister--although a child certainly could not do much. She began to take it upon herself to heal Inalia's minor injuries as best she could, though with a White Birthright and her level of inexperience, she could only do so much.

Sheyla was kidnapped when Aleksy was twelve, around the time that Aleksy's psychic scent began to change and her Widow's Tooth developed. Her lessons were given by Inalia, her elder sister having already been trained and being considered safe by Demetrius and Garrison both. She enjoyed this time with her elder sister, whom--as always--she idolized beyond reason. But having more time with Inalia, she became ever more aware of the things that were being done to her sister, and it began to build a hatred in her heart for Vladislav and Demetrius both--the two men who were causing her sister such pain.

Had Inalia been able to conceive, Aleksy may have begun to feel more positively towards her father and her brother. But Inalia continued to miscarry any pregnancy she managed, despite Aleksy's best efforts, and Aleksy began to blame how rough Demetrius and Vladislav both were with her. After one of them, she took it upon herself to tell her father her suspicions. Aleksy gathered up her courage and, after dinner one night but before he went to Inalia's room, she told him that he ought to stop hurting Inalia so much.

Being told by his failure of a Healer daughter that he ought to stop trying to conceive the Queen he wanted was enough to trigger Demetrius's hair-trigger temper. He forced himself upon her in the empty dining room, and if anyone heard Aleksy crying, they did nothing. Demetrius was not kind, not considerate--but he was careful enough to surround Aleksy's White web with his Opal power. If he hadn't, she would have shattered herself, easily.

After, it was Garrison who found her--Inalia being occupied with Vladislav. To say that he was incandescently furious was an understatement. Aleksy was, in the absence of Sheyla, their best chance for any kind of power. The social cache of the Greys could launch even a Yellow-Jeweled Black Widow to leadership of the Coven, or Court Healer; the current woman tending to the Territory Queen, after all, wore only Tiger Eye. To have risked Aleksy's mental health--and no one could argue that while her inner webs were fine, her Chalice had taken a heavy hit--and Jewels on temporary rage was abhorrent to him. Garrison sat with Aleksy until the morning, when he handed her over to Inalia.

Inalia, too, was righteously enraged, but with Aleksy near catatonic in shock, with Aleksy's chalice in a sensational number of pieces, healing her sister's mind took precedent. It took a matter of weeks, even with Inalia's skill at mind healing, and as sanity came back to her piecemeal Aleksy tried her hardest to cling to Inalia, to prevent her sister from leaving her. Unbeknownst to her, Garrison and Inalia both were doing everything in their power to keep Demetrius's attentions from falling on Aleksy again--Garrison out of respect for the opportunity she represented, and Inalia out of love. Three months passed and Aleksy's stomach began to swell, but by then Aleksy's mind was back together enough for her to react to this with horror. She rejected the pregnancy--and any chance of carrying a child in the future--in the way any witch could, and hid the evidence under the belladonna in her Black Widow's garden. If anyone had noticed, only Inalia thought to approach her about it--in fact, Inalia helped her bury the fetus.

The effects of her Chalice being pieced back together changed something in Aleksy's understanding of her Craft. Though she'd always been quick at picking up Craft, the time she spent in the Twisted Kingdom after her rape never quite left her; she knew how to follow her gut in ways she hadn't before. She began to follow her intuition when she wove, and though her webs almost never functioned the way she imagined in the beginning, eventually she began to get somewhere. Over two years, she refined her modification of one specific spell, the one spell that she knew could be improved. The real breakthrough came when, instead of using a frame as Inalia had taught her, she simply wove her webs between her fingers in the manner of the cat's-cradle game Inalia had taught her as a child. Working off the structure of the spell to draw memories from stone, Aleksy was able to read a memory off one of her books--nothing big or even especially clear, but a foggy memory of contentment.

It was enough. Aleksy continued to attend her Healer's lessons, but during her Black Widow lessons Inalia would do her own thing nearby and let Aleksy do her work on the modifications of her spells--perhaps understanding how steadying Aleksy found the rote repetition of her work, how calm she felt when the spider-silk stretched between her fingers.

Aleksy rarely spoke any more, choosing instead to show affection by doing little things for Inalia--weaving Healing webs for her sister that could stay anchored to jewelry or clothing and be powered by Inalia's Rose, for instance. And she began to be more comfortable with being alone, often walking outside the family home (but still on the estate) and observing the small things that changed day-to-day. If she found something particularly interesting, it wasn't uncommon for Aleksy to spend her day intensely focused upon it. 'It' could be the corpse of a dead bird, the nest of a bird, or the dead flowers in the summer garden. If her siblings began to think her strange, then that was as it was.

Like her sister, a gesture was made towards a Virgin Night. Unlike Inalia, Aleksy reacted by screaming, crying, and generally begging the young man in question to not touch her, to leave her alone--even the standard 'night of fire' brew did little except aggravate her fear. It was Inalia who stepped in and made the young man leave. Aleksy's Chalice was fragile enough to be threatened by the occurrence, and to say she clung to her sister that evening was to put it lightly.

Aleksy made her Offering at eighteen and descended to the Tiger Eye, a fact that was frankly staggering considering how strongly she had reacted to the attempt at a 'Virgin Night'. Aleksy herself wouldn't comment on the topic, saying--rather mysteriously--that it was what it would be. She spent her time afterwards weaving spells, learning to sink the webs she woven into fabric, healing people--and, more commonly, tending to the dead. She found that it was so much easier to care for the dead than the living, because the dead could no longer hurt her, and her psychometric Craft allowed her to see the person's cause of death with little effort required. Her lessons continued until she was twenty, and continued afterwards--she worked for the Healer who had been her mentor to improve her skills at Garrison's behest.

Demetrius died when she was twenty-five, early in the spring. She, being the nearest Healer on hand, was dispatched to see to the body--she had already proven through her work that she was most trustworthy. Aleksy took her father to pieces hesitantly, expecting at any moment his body would rear up and hurt her again. It never did, and when she had determined that he had died via blunt force trauma to the head, she put him back together and let him be buried. Rather than reassuring her, this only made her more certain that Demetrius was not quite dead--that there was something in him, something wrong that she couldn't see, which would cause him to come back.

Rather than joining her sister at the court of Moesia, she continued to work with her Healer mistress, but with Sheyla's return Aleksy has decided to follow her sister to the Court of Caecian.


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Character in Play:
Aleksy swung her feet through the air, the tips of her toes brushing through the neatly trimmed grass.

"I don't walk in the Twisted Kingdom," she said to Garrison. Her toes made sounds like the shuffling of thick papers as they brushed by the greenery. A few feet away, her shoes lay abandoned, one half-submerged in the pond. Wait, Garrison called it a water feature. Petulantly--because it was a pond--she continued: "I'm a good Black Widow. I'm a good Healer. I want to go with Lili. I'm not crazy." He bent down and picked up her little silk shoe, flipped it to dump out the clear water. Almost solicitously, he picked up both of her shoes and carried them over to her, sat next to her on the bench.

She couldn't tell if he was taking her seriously. That was her problem anymore, she never knew what was going on with him. Or Lili. Or any of her siblings. But she hoped that if she went with Lili, she'd find someone she could understand, or someone who didn't know everything wrong. Someone she could talk to about things. Theorize about the end with. Someone who wouldn't think her hobby of collecting the small dead birds that she found beneath the frozen snow was weird.

Next to her, Garrison sighed. "You're convinced Father is going to come back from a poker to the head," he said, gently. "You're afraid of the world ending while you're asleep. It's best for you to stay here, where Vladislav and I can protect you."

She tucked her chin in, straightened her arms against her side, and thought. "But if I stay here, I'm never going to be useful," she said. "When everything ends, I won't have been useful at all. I can be Sheyla's Court Healer. I'm a good Healer. I can do autopsy and re-break bones to set them. I'd be good. I wouldn't get in the way."

He looked at her and she couldn't tell if he was taking her seriously or not. After a moment, he lifted a hand and Aleksy flinched, bodily, so hard her muscles hurt. "I'll think about it," he said, letting the hand fall. "I can't promise anything else."

Petitions (if any):
Why did this character became inactive?
I became very stressed and wandered off into space to do things in space for a while.

What will you do to prevent this character from becoming inactive again?
Well... I'll write her, I guess! It wasn't for a dearth of plots or anything, I literally just couldn't handle things in my life before. Things are much better now.

What are your plans for this character?
I'm still exploring that, but as of right now Aleksy's going to Little Terreille with her sister Sheyla, where she will be doing SERVICE FAIR things, presumably. I'm talking to Dash, Dani, and Petri about LT stuff. Aleksy is going to come into her own some, and make some waves. :3

Player Name: Reid





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Re: Aleksy Grey
« Reply #1 on: Jan 24, 17, 11:51:49 PM »
Ready for review, i think! Gonna update her avatar after the end of Captain America TFA





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Re: Aleksy Grey
« Reply #2 on: Jan 25, 17, 01:01:44 AM »
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Re: Aleksy Grey
« Reply #3 on: Dec 08, 17, 11:47:13 PM »
Sorry for the bother, but Aleksy doesn't have any ally rolls (not even on her first sheet hereand I would like to change this for a future plot I am hoping to run with her. May I please have five of those?

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Re: Aleksy Grey
« Reply #4 on: Dec 09, 17, 12:43:23 AM »
1. White - Tiger Eye
2. Yellow - Rose
3. Yellow - Summer Sky
4. White - Yellow
5. Summer Sky - Purple Dusk
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