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Description: Priestess, Sapphire to Gray. Played by Jamie.

Offline Kiandra Mondragon

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Kiandra Mondragon
« on: Dec 12, 10, 12:02:10 AM »
The Basics
Character Name: Kiandra “Shade” Mondragon
Nicknames: Kia to a very select group of friends; Shade is her Myos name
Age:  163 AP (29 years old)
Race:  Short, Dena Nehele
Caste:  Priestess
Birth Territory: Dena Nehele
Home Territory: Dena Nehele

Birthright Jewel: Sapphire
Offering Jewel:  Gray
Appearance

Play By: Claire Danes
Distinguishing Features:
Poems, songs and ballads have been composed in honor of Kiandra’s beauty. It has become legendary in Dena Nehele and from a young age her father had been plotting on how to use that beauty to his advantage. Kiandra’s childhood was spent being her father’s precious daughter, a bauble that he chose to parade to his friends and acquaintances. Expectations of Kiandra’s beauty were high when she finally stepped into her Province Court.

Kiandra’s sun touched, golden spun hair is unmatched in its luminous coloring to anyone in Dena Nehele. Her hair was shades darker than a Chaillotian so she stands apart from her mother’s genes as well. Kiandra has learned how to fashion and coil her hair in the most artful styles with light and bouncy curls. Her pale skin was luminescent and without a blemish. Arched eyebrows were ideal with little plucking, and she had blue eyes that weren’t remarkable except that they were set in a face with exquisite features and were, perhaps, a shade too bright against her pale skin.

Natural beauty needed little to bring out perfection in a woman like Kiandra so she rarely wore cosmetics and relied on her own inner beauty to shine through. Even so Kiandra could never deny herself the pleasure of a fine and stylish wardrobe. It was her passion to follow the changing fashions and Kiandra insisted to be a trend setter so she visited all the elite boutiques in Terreille as well as keeping one of the most talented seamstresses on her father’s payroll.

It comes as a surprise that someone who’s life is as complete, advantageous and perfect as Kiandra’s is that she would be a kind and generous soul. There’s a look of boredom and meanness that Kiandra has erected over the years, her very own shield to the world that would worship her beauty but forget that the women beneath the golden locks has a mind and, more importantly, a heart.

Personality


Personality:
For all intents and purposes Kiandra is not a kind person. There is a lot to be desired of Kiandra’s personality and she’s been deemed lacking in the department of caring or of possessing a heart.

Kiandra’s outlook on life seems to have placed her in the center of the Realm. She expects everything to revolve around her. Kiandra is a selfish, self-centered, rumor monger who thrives on attention and having an audience. She sees nothing wrong with her ways and thinks it’s a lark to be considered the ‘queen’ of gossip. Kiandra has always found holding society in the palm of her hand invigorating. For years she had possessed a jaded and selfish outlook on life. Kiandra is aware that her popularity is only due to her beauty and the Gray she wears as an Offering. Her friends flock to her because they seek to leech from her popularity. Armed with this knowledge Kiandra had worked hard to maintain her thick defenses and never had allowed anyone to get too close to herself. Those defenses also work to guard an even darker secret and work in her favor to protect her true profession.

Kiandra is considered to be a shrew, rude and mean spirited. Beneath all of her coldness and inability to care for anyone besides herself there is a human, a soul, which lurks in her conscience. When she cares enough to lower her shields to show a hint of who she really is she is surprisingly witty and is able to hold intelligent conversations on more than just fashion and gossip. It’s a rare moment when she allows those shields to drop enough to share that kind of openness with someone.

Those shields, represented by her reputation in society, guard more than just a tender soul. Even that level that represents the tender aspect of Kiandra guards something even more precious. In any other Territory a secret identity would be a concept reserved only for fictional novels. But in Dena Nehele secret identities were reserved for the Guilds and the Myos were particularly adept at keeping their numbers and members hidden. That was Kiandra’s greatest secret for she was the leader of the Myos Guild and the Territory’s premiere assassin. She is a cunning individual with a taste for blood and a wicked sense of justice. She is not without compassion, as was displayed by the breaking, rather than murder, of her own uncle. Her tactics and her strategies are often found outside of the box but that is what has made her a great and powerful Myos leader; her ingenuity, creativity and strength form the mind, soul and heart of the Myos Guild.

Likes:
  • Rumors/Gossip: In the social arena of Court rumors and gossip are the most powerful currency. Kiandra makes it her business to know the business of everyone in the social circles. In turn she is able to monitor all this information to keep tabs on the other Guilds and on assuring that the identities of the Myos members remain anonymous.
  • Being the center of attention: Kiandra was raised to seek attention and to demand attention wherever she goes; and it works to her benefit as Shade as well given that the attention to her antics as Kiandra help to dissuade anyone from making the connection to Shade. Afterall, why would the head of the Myos crave the limelight?
  • Fashion: Kiandra makes it her business to know the ins and outs of fashion in every Territory that she can receive the fashion plates from and even keeps a seamstress on her payroll to ensure that she is always elegantly outfitted. It helps that she also makes each outfit easy to change out of for her Myos duties.
  • Thrill of the Kill: There is a certain satisfaction that comes after one has sent a target on a one way path to return to the Darkness.
Dislikes:
  • Politics: Despite being the head of the Myos Guild Kiandra is not someone who has an appreciation for politics. She is very vocal against it as Kiandra and as Shade she sees politics as a necessary evil and a source of work and funds.
  • Losing Face: Social clout is something that Kiandra takes great stock in so when she loses face in front of anyone she sees it as a defeat.
  • Being Underestimated: Kiandra expects to be underestaimated in the world of courts and politics due to her own promoted disinterest but when it comes to the Myos and her professional life she has put a lot of effort into building a name for herself as the Shade but she is often underestimated due to her age.
Fears:
  • Being seen for who she truly is; either as the truly kind and caring person that lurks beneath her social exterior or being uncovered as the Myos Guild Leader.
  • Losing Status; Kiandra is a woman who is on top of both her worlds- the social world and the Myos Guild- for her to lose her status in either location would devastate her and it is one of her greatest fears. For one someone is at the top the only place they have to go is down.
  • Commitment/Relationships; Kiandra has been so focused on claiming the top positions in both her parallel worlds that she has never had time to develop relationships beyond those that are automatically built into her life due to familial ties. Especially she has not had time to develop any romantic entanglements and as such is seen often as an ice priestess. In truth Kiandra has a tremendous fear of commitment and relationships that tie in with her need for privacy.
Craft Strengths:
  • Advanced Death Spells; Kiandra’s greatest strength when it comes to her craft knowledge is her skill with death spells and death craft. She has been training since a young age to become her uncle’s successor in the Myos Guild and he trained her efficiently and thoroughly.
  • Stealth; The second part of being a strong Myos member involves a stealth ability that allows all their members to blend into the shadows. The stealth craft also extended to covering their psychic scents and trails and erasing any hint of their presence at the scene of their crimes.
  • Advanced Masking Psychic Scent: Kiandra was trained at a young age to master the art of masking her psychic scent and specifically hiding her caste. It was part of her training as a Myos to ensure that she could maintain her cover - after all a Gray Priestess was a distinct Caste and Jewel combination. Over the years she focused her energy on perfecting the skill and using it to her advantage within the Myos guild.
     
Craft Weaknesses:
  • Seduction; This has had no place in her life and nor has she found use for it as a Myos so Kiandra has never bothered to be tutored or to study privately the art of seduction. Others in the Myos Guild might have found use in such craft to make their target vulnerable, but Kia showed no aptitude whatsoever in this field of work.
  • Emphatic Craft; There are those who feed off the emotions of others and learn to read people using the craft and the sense of physic scents but Kiandra has always struggled when it comes to dealing with her own emotions never mind those of a stranger. Though Empathic craft was something that Myos learned Kiandra struggled and never could grasp it properly.
     
Life Story

Family:
Mother: Emalie Borella Mondragon; Rose to Opal Priestess (deceased)
Father: Costin Mondragon; Rose to Opal Prince
Uncle: Fane Mondragon; Summer Sky to Green Prince


History:

 
Blood lines, titles and money seemed most important to Costin Mondragon when he was a man searching for a bride. A pompous man who thought too much of himself and his station in Dena Nehele he had given up in wooing the women of his Territory, especially since he owed money to most of their fathers. Instead he branched out his interests to another Territory and he discovered a young aristocratic heiress in Chaillot that would suit his purposes well enough. Costin Mondragon was quickly married to Emalie Borella, a little known Chaillotian heiress with a biddable nature and a quiet beauty.

From quite a young age it was apparent that Kiandra would possess a rare and unusual beauty. It was enough to sate her father’s anger when it came to her mother’s inability to produce him more children. A Priestess wasn’t enough for him and he’d desperately wanted a Queen daughter that he could use in Dena Nehele’s political waters. That was the first point of contention between Emalie and Costin and more points were added over the years of their poor marriage. Still Kiandra was the light of her mother’s life and the pawn of her father’s schemes.

It wasn’t until Kiandra received the Sapphire as her Birthright that her uncle began to take notice in the young Priestess. He was a distant man who had kept Emalie, Costin and Kiandra at arm’s length for most of her childhood. But when she came away with the Sapphire he turned into a doting and adoring uncle for the young girl. When Kiandra was no more than ten her father would show her off, as if she were a fancy bauble, to his friends and even his enemies. He made a point of sharing her beauty with the world and that she wore the Sapphire as her Birthright was nothing to scoff at either. Costin loved to comment that his daughter had both beauty and power. The unspoken part of the back handed comment always was ‘but she’s only a Priestess’. Uncle Fane, on the other hand, treated her more like an equal instead of a pawn and she came to cherish every minute they spent together.

It was first her father who began to teach his daughter that she was better than the other children she’d chosen to call friends; though those lessons were also received from her uncle as well. Many of those children were daughters and sons of the servants at Three Brooks Manor, where Kiandra had grown up on her father’s land. Kiandra had also called the local children her friends. At least until her father began teaching her of self importance. Costin began importing new friends for Kiandra, friends that would be better suited for an unparallel beauty and Sapphire Jeweled Priestess.

Except that they were not true friends and Kiandra came to that conclusion during her tenth birthday party. Kiandra had accidentally overheard an argument between her mother and father regarding the ‘friends’ that were present. Emalie didn’t like that Costin had bribed the children and their parents to attend Kiandra’s birthday party and she argued that it was good for Kiandra to befriend the local children instead of those with lofty connections, money and dark Jewels.

In one afternoon Kiandra learned the greatest lesson she would ever learn in her life; a lesson that jaded her for future friendships and against society as a whole. Kiandra continued to grow up in a disillusioned world where she acknowledged her beauty as a gift and a curse. After that incident at her birthday party never again did Kiandra place trust in the idea and concept of friendship. Uncle Fane had been the one to console Kiandra following those events. He explained to Kiandra many things about the lessons of life and explained that few people would ever understand her or see her for who she was. He told her that such an existence would be fraught with pain and amount to little but he could offer her an alternative. And following those events was when she started her private lessons with Uncle Fane; lessons that would indoctrinate her to the world of the Myos, Dena Nehele’s assassin’s guild.

Kiandra was sent to Court with her father at the young age of sixteen but her studies with the guild, and her quick acceleration through the ranks, continued despite the change of location. Costin was already preparing for an advantageous marriage and he had made it clear that Kiandra would have no choice in the matter. At sixteen she applied her jaded outlook to her perspective of Court and quickly learned about manipulation and turning social norms, particularly gossip and jealousy, to work in her favor.

Many offers were made for Kiandra before she’d even reached the age of majority. There was a good interest in the young beauty and she’d seemed to captivate the men of Dena Nehele’s Court even if the women seethed with a poorly hidden jealousy and hatred towards Kiandra. There were even several offers of marriage made from foreign courts, including her mother’s home of Chaillot. There were kinder offers made, though, offers to help see her through the Virgin Night but Kiandra’s father insisted that she should go to her husband untouched despite that not being the way of the Blood. This vulnerability created quite a bit of trouble in her chosen profession as a Myos. Even before Kiandra turned of age she and her father no longer saw eye to eye. She hated him and his treatment of her, as if she were a bauble to be sold to the highest bidder. And she had become empowered by the profession she sought with the aid of her Uncle Fane. They frequently were involved in screaming matches that left Kiandra horse for hours about her future and how she wanted a say in the matter. Even after Kiandra wore the Gray her father still provoked her into those matches with his high handedness.

At Court her standoffness and coldness enticed bolder men and her cold cruelty angered the women. Within the Myos she climbed through the ranks with the aid of her Uncle’s tutelage and the Sapphire strength as her backing. As her Court life began to spiral into a deep pit of loathing and disappointment Kiandra’s father arranged a marriage between the young beauty and a Warlord Prince that served in the First Circle for the Queen Darcia. At first Kiandra was alarmed by her father’s decision but agrees to meet with the Warlord Prince before she made up her mind. In their first meeting she managed to offend him. It took Costin and Kiandra another few months to have the Warlord Prince consider Kiandra again. But it was only his word to Costin that kept him interested in the shrewish Priestess and when Kiandra discovered he was in love with another she took the situation into her own hands, damning herself from ever achieving any semblance of happiness or peace from her father. The truth was that Kiandra’s decision was made for perfectly selfish reasons that would aid in protecting her identity as one of the rising Myos members and it would allow the Warlord Prince to seek his true love.

Kiandra, in what was perceived to be a selfless moment, ended their engagement and instead played matchmaker between the Warlord Prince and his Healer. Unknown to any of the parties involved Kiandra used her talents of manipulation for good and brought the two together and gave them the opportunity to discover the love between them. Kiandra was aware that no one recognized her good deed but she held it close to her heart, a reminder that Kiandra wasn’t everything the world thought of her.

After her failed engagement Kiandra began to focus once again on her Myos training. Following her Offering she completed the final test that made her a full member of the Myos Guild. She ignored the disappointment of her father and the whispers of the Court members that labeled her the “Ice Priestess”. The focus on her Myos existence helped to motivate her to ignore the banality of that life. When her Uncle Fane fell in love with a younger woman no one expected that he would become soft and forsake the Myos to embrace a quiet and happy life. He had been the heart and soul of the Guild for nearly twenty years and it came as a shock to all when the confirmed bachelor and Leader of the Myos married and sought to settle down. Few who had been indoctrinated to the Myos over the years had ever successfully left of their own accord. The surprise abandonment by Fane Mondragon left a vacancy and void in the leadership of the Myos that Kiandra sought. To prove her loyalty to the Guild she took it upon herself to break her Uncle from his Offering and Birthright Jewels to leave him defenseless; Kiandra had neutralized the former Guild Leader for the Myos and in turn stepped into his role.


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Another year and another birthday party that Kiandra didn’t, couldn’t and wouldn’t appreciate. It was all the same sad old tale since she’d turned ten and her father had started seeing her worth as some kind of political pawn. Kiandra had never shown an interest in any politics much to her father’s delight; at least none that he would approve of. Her interest lie in shadows and along the edge of a knife blade; her interests lay with the Myos Guild. She had openly shown interest in the frivolities of life and Costin knew there were plenty who would appreciate that in a woman; especially a woman who came with lofty connections, an inheritance and a Red as her Birthright.

But for years Kiandra and Costin had been at odds over her future and his involvement in it. She’d wanted a free life where she could do as she pleased without being paraded around as a potential bride for some lofty gentleman who wouldn’t see beyond her beauty, her Jewel and her connections. Costin had always been a social climber and Kiandra was resenting him for that fact alone. And she wanted the freedom to move as she would without fear of being uncovered as a member of one of the Territory’s most secretive guilds.

Kiandra’s animosity towards her farther was enough to make her want to miss the birthday party. She was turning twenty and all kinds of people would be attending. This year there were no bribes necessary from Costin Mondragon since Kiandra had been captivating the Court of Dena Nehele for several years. Men flocked to her because of her beauty and women flocked because of her popularity with the men. If Kiandra had her way she wouldn’t have celebrated at all.

As a Priestess Kiandra could think of one way to get out of the celebration. It was true that the feeling had come on only days ago despite her not yet reaching her majority. A Priestess was trained to understand that insatiable desire for the Offering and Kiandra could think of no better night to make it than on the eve of her birthday while her father tried to explain to a room for lofty and annoying guests why Kiandra couldn’t be bothered to make an appearance at her own party.

Darkness take my soul and shelter me. She thought standing before the Dark Altar of Dena Nehele. Another Priestess was present but seemed to understand her role would simply be minimal at best. Kiandra was capable of performing the ceremony on her own and with there already being enough intervention in her life she suspected she could never want anymore.

It started off as it would for any other ceremony. The room was in a haze of warmth and life. Kiandra’s Sapphire glowed with purpose against the stark black marble of the Altar. A chalice had already been drained of its tangy wine and blood mix that Kiandra was still trying to stomach. Many times she’d watched someone drink that mix and never had she understood the looks of revulsion that had crossed many of those faces.

The Darkness didn’t leave Kiandra much time to linger on that thought as it plunged her deep into the abyss. At first the sensation was wicked, sharp and delightful all at once. Kiandra didn’t correct her free fall until she’d felt the power of Rose against her mind, tingling against her skin with recognition.

A part of Kiandra’s mind correct herself into a graceful dive through the layers of power as her mind tried to come to terms with making the Offering. As she passed through the Opal she began to feel a serenity unlike any she had ever experienced. The Sapphire greeted her with a gentle touch and Kiandra wanted to melt into its familiar embrace.

The warmth of the Red enveloped and caressed her. She could feel it slipping away as she passed onward to the Gray. In that moment she realized the Gray was meant to be her own and it was an enlightening moment for her as a Priestess as she embraced the sense of destiny that lingered within the webs of power controlled by the Gray.


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Re: Kiandra Mondragon
« Reply #1 on: Dec 12, 10, 01:02:02 AM »
Weighed by Mother Night...

You've risen from the Darkness twice blessed with a cut Sapphire birthright Jewel, and were gifted with an uncut Gray Jewel at your offering.

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Congratulations



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Offline Kiandra Mondragon

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Re: Kiandra Mondragon
« Reply #2 on: Dec 12, 10, 10:59:15 PM »
Kiandra is read for review, please and thank you.








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Re: Kiandra Mondragon
« Reply #3 on: Dec 19, 10, 01:24:12 PM »



Kiandra is accepted.....



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Re: Kiandra Mondragon
« Reply #4 on: Dec 12, 16, 03:56:03 PM »
Congratulations!


Kiandra has been blessed with Advanced Death Spells.

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