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Topics - Modina Palomo

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Dhemlan / the game plan
« on: Apr 17, 19, 05:44:39 PM »
194 Winter, Ilbeda Province Court


Modina strode through the palace like she ruled the place. She didn’t, but it was usually easier to deal with Joana’s people when she didn’t need to explain herself. The soft click-click-click of her heels on the marble floors was matched only by the sound of Miguel’s, her brother’s, boots on the same while he kept pace at her side. She wore black slacks and a white sweater that kept the worst of winter’s chill off her skin. The scar on her right calf was a dull ache, one that always presented itself this time of year.

She kept her face impassive as she carried the folder and the bundles of handwritten notes tucked close at her side. She wanted Joana to see everything for herself, but she also wanted this election to be over. When he cousin had first suggested the idea, Modina stared at her in her shock. Then she laughed because it sounded like the kind of jest that Joana would make. Queens suffered from a need to be loved, to be craved the way that they craved the touch of their Bonded and the land beneath their feet. But when she realized that Joana was serious, she stopped laughing.

She truly wanted to do this. Fine.

Modina would ensure that she won.

Are you sure about this, Dina? Jojo has a strong sense of forthrightness. She may not agree with what you have in mind.” Miguel said as he knocked on the door to Joana’s office.

She may not, brother mine. I’m going to make the suggestion at least. You know how much she loves the game. And if she doesn’t love my ideas on their face...I won’t tell her how many of them I’ve already implemented if you don’t.” Modina said, flashing him a mischievous grin.

Miguel’s expression was grim. “Ay, Dina...what did you do?

Nothing that can’t be forgiven in...two or three centuries.

Miguel’s retort was cut off when Joana’s Steward opened the door. Modina marched right in, Miguel trailing behind.

It was time to get this show on the road.

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Dhemlan / Modina Palomo
« on: Feb 26, 19, 04:25:57 PM »
The Basics
Character Name: Modina Crisanta Palomo
Nicknames: Dina,  Ay, Dina! (mostly by Miguel when she has an idea)
Age & Birthyear: 991 (797 BP)
Race: Long-Lived (Dhemlanese)
Caste: Priestess
Birth Territory: Dhemlan, Terreille
Home Territory:  Dhemlan, Terreille

Birthright Jewel: uncut Tiger Eye
Offering Jewel: uncut Purple Dusk

Role:
Faction:

Appearance

Play By: Barbara Mori
Distinguishing Features:

Straight black hair and golden eyes. Prefers dresses that cover her long legs to conceal a sword slash that covers that back of her right calf. There is a small tattoo on the underside of her right wrist that she shares with her three closest friends from Onyx Company.

Personality


Personality:


Sleep doesn’t come easily, if at all, for Modina. Centuries of warfare and fighting for her life have left her with scars a mile wide and deep enough to color her outlook on life. Askavi’s onslaught shattered her worldview, turning her from a fun-loving young woman who enjoyed the pursuit of knowledge on its own merits into a vicious woman eager to spill blood and inflict maximum damage on her enemies in defense of her people. The war ended two centuries ago, but Modina still approaches interactions with most people as an opportunity to glean new and important information from them while subtly misdirecting them into spreading false information on her behalf. She struggles to release that mindset even in the presence of family, but she’s been fighting longer than she’s been alive.

Opening up to others is difficult unless she’s talking to a fellow Priest or Priestess. Modina finds comfort and understanding the members of her caste and Onyx Company that survived the war, more than she finds it with family or the friends she’s collected. Centuries of coordinated effort with people who fought beside her makes them an extended family. Prayer and reflection are extremely important to her as she seeks the will of the Darkness to guide her actions and reshape her life. She was responsible for the deaths of thousands, directly or indirectly, and she can’t simply pack it into a corner of her mind and say that it was war. The level of viciousness that the Eyriens brought out of her scares her because she knows that she could return to being that person at any time.

Her cousin, Joana, reminds her Modina of the person that she was centuries ago, the one that wanted nothing more than to be left with her books and scrolls, who would rather fill her days with learning and her nights with Birthright and Offering Ceremonies. Joana’s vision for Dhemlan has captured Modina’s attention and given her something to strive for. Fulfilling that vision excites and inspires Modina enough to be willing to bend or break every rule possible to bring Joana’s vision to life.

If she can help Joana become ruler of Dhemlan, then maybe she can repair her relationship with her estranged daughter. Modina's greatest regret is not being there for the first part of her daughter's life and missing all the moments that have shaped Sorinna Roman into the woman that she is today. She can't get that time back, but if she can prove that she's spent these last years making herself better, she can prove to her daughter (and herself) that she's worthy of a second chance.





Likes:

  • 1. Joana: Joana is the best person Modina knows. Her cousin is a natural leader with the drive and youth to guide Dhemlan through this difficult time in its history. She also helped to care for Modina during a dark period in her life and helped her heal emotionally and mentally. While she personally disagrees with the idea of an election to put Joana in charge of the Territory, she indulges her cousin because she believes in her vision. The proximity to power that her cousin’s station affords doesn’t hurt, either.

  • 2. Connecting with the Darkness: Modina spends time in meditation and connection with the Darkness each night. She enjoys touching the Abyss and letting its strength fill her. Even when she does not find the answers she seeks, the practice brings her clarity and renewed purpose that centers her and prepares her for the challenges ahead.

  • 3. Travel: Modina loves being on the move and not knowing where she’ll be days, or even weeks, from now. While the Occupation was a horrible time in Dhemlan’s history, Modina loved her work with Onyx Company because it never allowed her to get too comfortable or complacent in a single location. When Joana needs someone cajoled or spoken to on her behalf, Modina’s volunteers because the open road and the Winds call to her.

    Dislikes:

  • 1. Sleeping Draughts: Dhemlan has been free for almost two centuries, but whenever Modina closes her eyes she recalls the terrible things she did and saw done during the war. She relies on sleeping draughts to get the rest that her body needs, but she hates taking them because they make her feel groggy upon waking.

  • 2. Eyriens: Few are born evil, but Modina knows that Eyrien souls are tainted without question. She will never forgive them for the person that they forced her to become, because their war ruined other aspects of her life that she may never fix. While she won’t attack one on sight, she’ll view anything that they say or do in the worst possible light.

  • 3. Large Meals: Modina spent centuries moving from place to place and eating small but dense meals to keep herself energized. She enjoys smaller snacks throughout the day but the idea or sight of large meals just feels wasteful to her. They are a rare enough sight in today’s Dhemlan, but she knows several aristos who like to flaunt their good fortune with a prodigious spread. She’s not likely to engage in said meal and will make an excuse to leave at the first opportunity.


    Fears:

  • 1. Her Taste for Blood: Modina justifies her most reprehensible acts during the war as the cost of keeping her people safe. But she didn’t hate all of it. Visiting justice on the raping, pillaging animals who killed people she knew and loved made her feel powerful and righteous in her rage. It’s too easy for her to return to that place in her mind, so she fills her day with helping others and channeling her bloodletting into Craft. Some days, it’s just not enough.

  • 2. Sorinna: She left her daughter in Dena Nehele years ago because she couldn’t care for her after her birth. Helping Joanna prepare for the election kept her from guiding Sorinna through her Offering as her own mother once did for her. The reasons don’t matter, though. She made a promise and then failed to deliver. Modina fears that she’s lost the chance to connect with her daughter and that she’ll never convince her to come home to Dhemlan, where she belongs.

  • 3. A Second Great War: The Great War exposed and embarrassed Dhemlan. No one remembers or cares that they turned aside the first Eyrien assault; they only remember that Dhemlan was forced into seven centuries of servitude. Hayll is on the rise while Dhemlan suffers. A war between Askavi and Hayll would find Dhemlan caught in the middle and possibly ruined for all time.


    Craft Strengths:

  • 1. Blood Magic - Blood assists in establishing a strong connection for a Priestess, and Modina is no different. Her blood magic is focused toward linking fellow Priests and Priestesses in cooperative rituals meant to protect holy sites. When connected through blood, Modina is able to draw upon the reservoirs of those around her to focus and fuel security effects, although this is harder to do with those who stand deeper in the Abyss than her (and nearly impossible with the darkest jewels).

  • 2. Security Wards: Centuries of Eyrien rampages and attacks have shown Modina the advantage in resistance rather than direct opposition. She's extended this focus to her wardcraft, weaving them to bend and bend without breaking to delay her adversaries. Her wards last longer than normal for someone of her jewel strength, forcing the expenditure of extra energy to break through them completely.


    Craft Weaknesses:

  • 1. Telekinetic Craft (All): Modina can’t move or manipulate objects with Craft. Modina is quietly embarrassed that much of her immediate family is skilled in this Craft while she can’t force a pebble to move on her best day in the perfect conditions.

  • 2. Emotion Manipulation: Modina's spent the last two decades trying to lock down her own emotions and they are hard for her to process on the best days. When she uses this Craft, she often passes on what she is feeling rather than the emotional state she wants to invoke. Trying to calm someone while she's fearful or upset often passes those emotions to the other person, usually reinforcing their own issues.


    Life Story

    Family:

    Mother: Florinda Palomo, Broken Yellow to Broken Tiger Eye Priestess, (Age 2829, b. 2635 BP)
    Father: Esai Alvarez, Rose to Purple Dusk Warlord Prince (d. 687 BP)


    Brother: Miguel Palomo - Purple Dusk to Broken Green Prince (Age 1194 b. 1000 BP)

    Daughter: Sorinna Roman, White to Rose Queen (age 21, b 173 AP)


    Members of Onyx Company:

    Jacinta Cabrera - White to Yellow Black Widow (b. 620 BP)

    Domenico De Leon - Rose to Opal Warlord Prince (b. 1150 BP)





    History:


    Modina is the younger of two children born to Florinda Palomo and Esai Alvarez a century before Askavi returned to subjugate Dhemlan. Her mother was a noted member of the Priestesshood, and her father had been one of her mother’s escorts for over three centuries before they consummated their relationship. Modina’s older brother, Miguel, was also a guiding influence in her life. Modina was guided through her Birthright Ceremony by her mother, making the uncut Tiger Eye that she received all the more special because it felt like Mother Night had granted her one jewel in common with her mother.

    Modina’s training in the Priestesshood began in the Ilbeda Archive shortly after. She learned to care for an altar and prepare for use and watched her mother perform a number of rituals and ceremonies that enthralled Modina with their complexity. She grew to become her mother’s constant shadow, helping where she could and observing where she couldn’t. In these years, rumors of warfare to the west existed but Dhemlan held no fear of the Eyrien onslaught. They’d turned back the Eyriens almost two centuries prior, secure in the knowledge that Mother Night would not let Dhemlan fall to a race of warmongers. Like most Dhemlanese, Modina considered her homeland safe from the Eyriens and moved on with her life.

    Modina was soon working with her mother at the Archive after receiving her Purple Dusk at her Offering. She loved having unfettered access to the records and history of their people and studied every chance that she received. Her ability to recall seemingly trivial information on command, such as the date of a speech or a particular decree from a High Priestess from a millenia ago, endeared her to other members of the Conclave, who invited her to work with them on more complex rituals and maintaining the records that kept Dhemlan’s bloodlines pure. Modina spent the next eighty years assisting her fellow Priestesses in cataloging and preserving valuable artifacts, scrolls, and books that catalogued the earliest days of Dhemlan’s history. The preservation of her people’s histories and triumphs gave her a sense of purpose and bound her closer to the Conclave.

    The second attack on Dhemlan came during her 110th year. Her father was slain by the Eyriens in an initial skirmish, forcing Modina and Miguel to escape Illbeda for Sarque, where the Resistance took shape. Modina was swept quickly into Onyx Company, working with other Priestesses to confuse the Eyriens’ intelligence and reconnaissance, leading them into deadly ambushes or distracting them in order to secure valuable items and personnel.

    The birth of her cousin Joana was one of the few bright times during the darkness of those years. She performed her Birthright Ceremony as Florinda did for her. A short time later, she would also perform Joana’s Offering Ceremony, the event binding them as close as sisters despite the age difference between them.

    Nearly three more centuries would pass before Dhemlan was freed from Askavi’s tyranny. Modina’s unit rested after a skirmish with the Eyriens on the day of the Purge. She felt the dark power rising through the Abyss and rode the wave, narrowly avoiding the loss of her Purple Dusk. Several members of her unit weren’t as fortunate. The only positive was that the Eyriens had also been hit by the attack and were retreating. For the first time since her youth, Dhemlan was free. Unfortunately, Dhemlan lay in ruins from the loss of so many people, many of them Dark Jeweled. She was relieved to learn that Joana was whole and alive, but the same wasn’t true of her fellow members of Onyx Company or her sister Priestesses. When word arrived that the Eyriens would pay reparations for their unjust war, Modina considered it just the start of the ways that they should pay for ruining her homeland.

    The next five decades were spent surveying the full extent of the Purge’s damage and tending to her people. The loss of powerful Queens and other Dark Jeweled Blood to Eyrien attacks was a problem even before the Purge. The lack of Queens had a damaging effect on food supplies and production inside Dhemlan. Modina worked hard to make sure the children who came to her altar for education received their one meal each day, even if it meant lessening her own portions to see it done.

    Seventy years after the Purge, Modina was selected to travel Terreille and bring back information on the state of other Territories in the years since that cataclysmic event. Her travels took her into Raej and Hayll, but Dena Nehele caught her interest. During her stay, a short-lived Prince named Gheorge Roman caught her attention. Prince Roman was intelligent and charming, but Modina knew that he held secrets. For a time, she considered not returning to Dhemlan and trying to make a life with a man she loved. When she found herself with child, Modina decided that it was the right choice and settled in to inform the Conclave and Joana that she wasn’t coming home.

    Things changed after she gave birth to her daughter.

    Despite all the plans and dreams she’d whispered to her swollen belly, when little witch arrived, Modina couldn’t bring herself to look at her. Eating was a chore. When she slept, her dreams were filled with the Eyrien monsters that killed her people and she awoke to find herself and her child screaming.

    At the end of his wits, Gheorghe reached out to Miguel, who took Modina back to Dhemlan.

    Modina intended to return for her daughter, but the damage to her chalice required extensive help to mend and a long recovery afterward. Joana’s support and friendship was integral during this time, allowing Modina to recover enough to join her cousin’s Court. But nearly ten years had passed since leaving Dena Nehele and shame at leaving her daughter behind kept her from reaching out.

    News of Gheorghe’s death saddened her and she made plans to recover Sorinna and bring her home. Unfortunately, Dhemlan faced a new issue when Savion Euskara took charge of Dhemlan. He’d “rescued” a young Queen from Dena Nehele, of all places, intending to use her to restore the land and feed their people. This helped him secure Parliament's support for his rule. For a time, it seemed that Euskara’s role as Warlord Prince of Dhemlan was secure against all challengers.

    When Gabriella Robles disappeared, Parliament gave him a year and a day to locate her. Modina viewed the Warlord Prince’s mishap as a chance for Joana to ascend. Using many of the same tactics that the Onyx Company used to stymie and trick the Eyriens, Modina put false leads and trails wherever she could, determined to make the Warlord Prince’s agents create poor relations between the Territory Court and the District Courts. When the allotted time passed and Savion had not located Gabriella, his Court was dissolved and he was stripped of his power by Parliament. When his chief rival, Isadora Diamente, was also revealed to be enslaving members of her Court, Modina saw that the time was right to put forth a better Queen: Joana.

    But then Joana got in her own way by suggesting an election to decide the next ruler of Dhemlan.

    Modina decided immediately that she would work for her cousin’s campaign. If she must go through the trouble of voting for who she wants to win, she will ensure that Joana wins. When she wins, the seat of Ilbeda will be vacant and in need of a Queen who can rule.

    Then Modina can work on bringing Sorinna back home, where she belongs.






    Show Us What You've Got

    Character in Play:

    Modina found time amidst her duties to write another letter she’d never send.


    Dear Sorinna,


    She paused. She hated the butchering of her firstborn’s name. It lacked the passion and fire that the girl possessed on the day of her birth. She didn’t have the scent of a Queen that day, but it never surprised Modina that her daughter was a Queen. She’d ruled her father’s heart from her first breath.

    And Modina’s as well.

    I have many apologies to make, even if you do not accept them. I have been untruthful with you regarding my name and my life. I asked Lady Nieto to join you and, in the process, separated her from her family. I apologize for these things because you deserve better. You deserve more than what I have given you. You deserve to live among people who are like you, who understand the unique position you are in as one with long-lived blood. I fear that the people of Dena Nehele, as familiar to you as they’ve become, cannot and will not ever truly accept you.

    Modina paused. Had Sorinna already sensed it? Did she know that a life among the short-lived would never satisfy her? She should have reclaimed her daughter years ago, the day after she leaned of Gheorghe’s death. Dena Nehele was known for its killers, spies, and thieves. They were known for breaking and killing their Queens for sport. Leaving her among then had been a dangerous gamble, but Sorinna found herself in the company of a Queen who fought on her behalf. A Queen who had welcomed her and taught her in ways that Modina and Joana should have.

    A Queen that Sorinna recognized as her mother.

    That last part cut the deepest. Her daughter called another woman mother.


    I wanted to preside over your Offering as your grandmother, my mother, did for me. As I did for your cousin, Joana, also a Queen and soon to be ruler of all Dhemlan. I said I would be there. I was not. I apologize for getting your hopes up just to dash them. It was never my intent. Someday, I hope that you’ll forgive me for that, among other things.

    The knock on the door stilled her hand once more.

    Her brother, Miguel, opened the door to her study.

    Dina, it’s time. Joana’s ready to meet with the canvassing team to discuss the next stage of the campaign.

    Thank you, Miguel. I’ll be along shortly.

    Someday, I hope that we will have a chance to speak so that you can ask the questions you must ask in order to gain peace. I have answers. I want to provide them when you are most comfortable. Whether now, or a thousand years from now, the Darkness will bring us together. That is the advantage that we have over our short-lived cousins. Time is on our side. Until we meet, I remain,


    Sincerely yours,

    Modina Palomo
    Priestess of the Dhemlan Archive

    She down her pen, folded the letter, and summoned an envelope. She set the letter inside and sealed it, then stood and walked over to the loose brick in the southwest corner of the wall. Disabling the ward she'd placed over it, Modina removed the brick and set the letter inside the space to join its thousands of unsent cousins. She replaced the brick and rose, letting the ward resume its function. The she left her office to join the strategy meeting.

    First, she would put Joana on Dhemlan's throne.

    Then she would put her daughter on Ilbeda's.


    Petitions (if any): N/A



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