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Scelt is a Territory in turmoil and peace is tenuously held together by the Sceltic Queens. Rivalry between the Clans errupted into horror for the Territory that resulted in many dead, on both sides, and culimated in Clan Sheane being outlawed in the Territory. Further troubles plague the Territory in a variety of manners - Landen villages are raided, Courts are attacked, and no one seems to be safe.
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Author Topic: Taryn Kerry  (Read 3905 times)

Description: Yellow to Summer Sky Queen. Played by Jamie

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Taryn Kerry
« on: Apr 05, 13, 03:25:19 PM »
The Basics

Character Name: Taryn Kerry
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Age:  34 (born 169)
Race:  Short Lived
Caste:  Queen
Birth Territory:  Scelt
Home Territory: Scelt

Birthright Jewel: Yellow
Offering Jewel:  Summer Sky

Appearance


Play By: Hayley Atwell
(formerlly Lucy Griffiths)
Distinguishing Features:

Personality



Personality:
The Kerry Clan breeds strong warriors but stronger women. They are best known for their strength of common sense and ability to be calm under pressure. It is a unique quality of a Sceltic Clan, when most others are eager to lock horns or clash swords against shields. As a product of her environment and Clan, Taryn is an exceptionally pragmatic individual.


As the youngest of her generation of siblings and cousins Taryn has learned from her elders, everything from lessons to patience, and certainly stamina. While a young toddler she had desperately wanted to be included with her male cousins anytime they played rough war games. Over time they began to include her but their goal was to make her tough and strong of heart and spirit. Taryn never quite learned the answer to their favorite question “why are you hitting yourself?” but she did learn a simple life lesson: sit and take it with aplomb if no one was around to help, but scream to the sea and back if someone was in shouting distance.


Honesty is a value that Taryn respects and embraces. Though she believes in morals, and the concepts of right and wrong, she understands better than most that right and wrong are based on perspectives, and infrequently based on morals. She is not shy to share her opinion, even when it is unpopular, but her Clan has come to count on her to be able to speak the difficult truths when necessary, even when no one else can.


Taryn might have become a spoiled woman if she had not been blessed with brothers and cousins who ensured that she remained well grounded. As the only Queen born in her generation, and the youngest of that generation, she represented a small salvation for the Kerry Clan, so that they would maintain control of their District. As such Taryn was viewed highly by the clan and given near anything she wanted; but holding onto those special treats and items were often difficult with so many bullying cousins around. Through those experiences Taryn has learned to remain grounded, focused, and aware of her place in the ranking of Sceltic Queens.



Likes:
  • Horses: Though it is not uncommon for those born in Scelt to love horses Taryn’s appreciation for them goes beyond the simple joys of riding or the unique companionship that can be cultured. For Taryn her horses represent a reprieve from her duties and the Court and allows her the necessary moments in the day where she can simply relax, destress and be herself. In the horses she finds strength and guidance that she attempts to emulate, from their beauty, poise, grace and spirit. She sees that her stables are well stocked, and Taryn has made the effort to groom each horse on a rotating basis to remain close with all those within her care.
  • Archery: Scelt Queens are trained and raised to be tough and ready for any conflict that might arise. Most are not trained to the level of being deemed a warrior Queen, but most know defensive shielding if nothing more. Scelt is a Territory that is frequently on the edge of some feud, dispute or even war. In Taryn’s case she was deemed useless when it came to bladed weapons and her aunt’s Master of the Guard threw up his hands declaring that she could not be trained. Instead it was one of her brothers who discovered her innate knack for archery and helped cultivate it over the years. With a bow in hand Taryn feels remarkably at peace, a step away from the world, and in control. She is an incredibly deadly shot but has only ever needed to test her skills against the various animals who live in Athol, and never a human. Though Taryn loves the bow she remains unsure if she could ever direct it at another member of the Blood, or a Landen, even if her life depended on it.
  • Stability & Control: Though others may not see these elements as going necessarily hand in hand over the years Taryn has learned that through control she can influence stability in her District. It is not necessarily power she seeks, but control and influence. Over the years she has watched as Scelt has been quietly torn asunder and she has remained powerless to stop it. Athol remained under her protection and through her exerted influence she managed to maintain a shaky peace in that District, though the influences of Denford and the Sheanes permeated every inch of the glens, bens and lochs within her District. Taryn always wondered what kind of influence she could exude if she someday ruled a Province, but it was a fruitless desire knowing that each Province was secured by a large Clan and a bevvy of supporters.

Dislikes:
  • Ocean: As an island Territory Scelt is surrounded by oceans but Taryn has learned to dislike them and their unpredictable nature. Though the Navy claims that it wields a level of control over the seas and winds there are still any number of shipwrecks in a given year, proving that the ocean continues to win the battle against the Blood.
  • Arrogance: Taryn despises the sense of self importance and overbearing pride that is shown by many within Scelt. In particular she sees this as the future downfall for Queens like Loreniel Killan or Eirne Sheane who feel that they have the unmitigated right to impose their control over a Territory that seems comfortable to survive in it’s own right. Taryn remains blind in seeing that she, herself, often appears as arrogant to others when she is leveraging her own sense of control to enforce stability upon her District.
  • Mercenaries: Taryn rarely seeks the support of Mercenaries unless it cannot be avoided otherwise. She founds them intrusive, dangerous and incompetent. The guards who have been trained for her Court follow a Protocol set forth by the Master of the Guard, and the Mercenaries appear incapable of adhering to Blood Protocol or Court Protocol in the pursuit of a given goal.

Fears:
  • State of Scelt: Taryn fears the troubles spiraling further out of control. The Territory has suffered greatly throughout the agenda of the imposed Civil War by the Sheanes and Killans. The Kerrys supported the Sheanes for as long as her family could remember and Taryn had lost a number of Guards to the various skirmishes in Scelt. Most recently she had lost a cousin when the Killans had attacked the Sheane Court. The escalation of violence would only bring further violence and bloodshed, and that is what terrifies Taryn.
  • Crumbling Alliances: The Kerry Clan had worked to create many alliances through marriages and various unions throughout the years. However, over time those alliances begin to bleed value and become weaker and thinner as time and generations have impact against the closeness of the alliances.
  • Mistakes that Cost Lives: The biggest mistake of Taryn’s life has haunted her for the past eight years. The death of a Laird and nearly his entire Clan weighs on her shoulders and it is not something that she remembers lightly, or without sorrow. That single event has defined Taryn’s career as a District Queen and each decision she mays is weighed heavily, and she will only consider hard evidence, rather than hearsay.

Craft Strengths:
  • Queen’s Touch: Taryn has a unique talent in soothing those around her and bringing calm to her Court when needed. It was a talent she learned to perfect several years into her role as a Queen. It was something she was not trained to, as her Aunt was incapable of this particular Queenly trait, but she came across the unique trait while dealing with distressed Court members.
  • Item Enhancement: After Taryn’s failure in learning bladed weapons, and her success in picking up the bow and arrow, she was trained once more by the Master of the Guard to learn the particular talent of Item Enhancement. She showed an early promising talent in controlling this particular bit of craft but only in relation to her bow and arrow. It allowed her greater accuracy by minimal amounts in addition to allowing her arrows to be stronger and more powerful. Over time she learned to master this particular bit of craft as it pertained to archery.

Craft Weaknesses:
  • Queen’s Gift: It is a true weakness for a Queen to be unable to gift the land and bring live to desolation. Taryn views this as one of her greatest faults as a Queen in Scelt. For the early years of her rule her Aunt continued to gift the land quietly and without taking credit. After the massacre of Clan Hughe Taryn could no longer stand to allow someone else to cover for her inadequacy, it was then that she acknowledged her aunt’s continued contribution to the District following her retirement. No matter how much blood Taryn spilt it never seemed to grow so much as a weed.
  • Combat Craft: Though Combat Craft is not a common strength or trait to be found within the Queen’s caste, Taryn did partake in training for it from a young age with her aunt’s Master of the Guard. Despite the years of training she was eventually deemed unsuitable for such craft, or bladed weapons, and was relieved from having to participate in any further training. It is not unusual for a Queen to prove unable to learn the combat craft elements, despite receiving the best of training; it was something that could weaken a Queen in Scelt as they were always at risk and always on the brink of a battle or war. Specifically Taryn struggled with offensive combat craft, but particularly sustained attacks and power bolts.


Life Story

Family:
- Mother: Neve Kerry, Tiger Eye to Rose witch
- Father: Cathair Kerry, Tiger Eye to Summer Sky Prince, (Maternal Grand-Mother was of the Sheane Clan)
- Brother: Lorcan Kerry, Rose to Blood Opal Warlord
- Sister: Saraid Kerry, White to Yellow witch
- Brother: Dermot Kerry, White to Rose Prince
- Aunt, by Marriage to Osin: Ayla Kerry, White to Tiger Eye Queen
- Maternal Uncle: Osin Kerry, Summer Sky to Purple Dusk Prince
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History:
Clan Kerry had begun to lose hope that they would produce a Queen in the present generation. It was not uncommon for the large Sceltic clan to lack a Queen in certain generations but with the record number of children born to the present generation the odds were in favor to gift Clan Kerry with a Queen. The last child born to the present generation of Kerry children was Taryn Kerry, and at last the Clan had its Queen. Later the elder clanswomen would say that it was no surprise that Neve and Cathair produced a Queen, after all their combined lineage represented both Clan Kerry and Clan Sheane, though distantly. On her mother’s side of the family she was related to the present Kerry Queen, Lady Ayla Kerry, through the Queen’s marriage to her mother’s brother. And on her father’s side she was related, as a second cousin, to a respected member of the Sheane Clan.


In other Clans the Queens might have been pampered and spoiled, but that was not the way of Clan Kerry. She was raised closely alongside her three siblings, two brothers and a single sister. Taryn received the same training as the other Clan children and she received the same punishments when she placed mice in her teacher’s desk. Those punishments seemed to be dealt far more frequently to Taryn than any other student, perhaps because she was far more mischievous than her contemporaries. Sceltic women were not pampered, she had been told, and were considered to be stronger and tougher than their male counterparts. It was Taryn’s brothers who ensured that she learned that particular lesson well. They were the first to pick on her in the morning and the last to tease her at night, but they never tolerated any others participating in their unusual brand of fun. Lorcan and Dermot had long ago decided that they were the only ones who could pick on Taryn, and any others who dared would be dealt with accordingly. They made her tough, tougher than other witches who were her contemporaries; if there was no one within screaming distance Taryn would quietly take their tormenting but the moment someone could hear she would scream her head off and they would find themselves in trouble. It was, perhaps, one of the most valuable lessons that Taryn learned to benefit her reign as a Queen.


Following Taryn’s Birthright, and the gift of her Yellow Jewel, her days of freedom and frolicking with her brothers changed drastically. She continued to be trained in Craft with her contemporaries but was forced to partake in an extra hour of lessons a day with her Aunt; who, at that time, was the Queen of Denford. Another hour of lessons was scheduled for Taryn with the Queen’s Master of the Guard. As a Sceltic Queen it was decided that Taryn should receive basic training with weapons as a precaution and sense of pride for her heritage. By starting those lessons at a young age they would become second nature over time, or at least that was the goal. In both her lessons with the Queen and the Master of the Guard Taryn struggled, and was often the source of great disappointment for her Aunt.


After several years of attempting to train the young Queen, the Master of the Guard declared her incapable of learning bladed weapons and he shifted his focus into training her defensive skills. Despite displaying an obvious weakness for being able to produce a Queen’s Gift to the land, her Aunt continued desperately to train her in that much required talent. Scelt was not a fertile land and they had survived on the desolate rock of an island only due to the Queen’s Gifts given over the years. Denford, but especially her family’s home Province of Athol, struggled particularly with its barren land and inability to grow and sustain the variety of crops needed for the denizens of the District, and Province.


While many, including the Master of the Guard, had given up instructing Taryn with an offensive weapon it was her brother Lorcan who refused to admit defeat. Lorcan, and Dermot, were perhaps the most influential people in shaping Taryn as a Queen despite her close relationship with her Aunt and the influences of her Aunt’s Court. It was no surprise then that Lorcan discovered Taryn’s unique talent with a bow and arrow. After she had shown no capabilities of managing a bladed weapon he thought to test her with a ranged weapon, the bow that their father had given to him following his Birthright Ceremony. He trained her in private for a time to determine that her skills were not luck and not a fluke. For years Lorcan trained her in privacy and without involving the Master of the Guard who had failed so badly in training Taryn, eventually though it came to the Queen’s attention that her ward had some seasoned talent with a bow and arrow, and she arranged for Taryn’s training to continue under the tutelage of the Clan’s Game Keeper, a member of the Queen’s second Circle.



Shortly following Taryn’s Offering she was placed as the Queen of Athol, taking her Aunt’s former position as the District Queen, while her Aunt remained the Queen of Denford. The first few months of her rule were peaceful and quiet as Taryn focused on each task at hand rather than being overwhelmed by her new position, achieved at such a young age. She would have happily continued on that particular path if not for the emergence of Loreniel Killan who had been destined to reclaim the seat of Territory power from Eirne Sheane. The latter Queen returned to her former seat of power as the Queen of Denford, displacing Ayla Kerry from that particular role. Taryn waited with baited breath for the fate of her own position to be announced, as she was certain she was be relegated to ruling a village instead of her District. However it had been Ayla’s decision to seek retirement from her role as Queen and to offer, instead, her support to maintaining Taryn’s reign of Athol. Taryn’s first Consort was a member of the Sheane Clan, a distant cousin to the Queen but of a prominent distinction within the Clan. He had courted Taryn quite aggressively, which proved to be a winning tactic as their courtship was quite short before she offered him the Consort’s ring.


However Taryn’s continued good fortune and success as a promising Queen in Scelt was short lived. Nearly a year after the monumental shift of power within Scelt occurred Taryn made the greatest blunder, nay mistake of her life, which nearly cost her Athol if not for the continued support of the Sheane Clan.


Two ancient Clans in the Athol District, small but old and distinguished, had been on the cusp of war for generations. Clan Kerry had remained a neutral party standing between the two to enforce peace upon the Clans. The tension between the Clans escalated when the boundary between their lands was challenged and livestock taken. Information had filtered its way to Tarn through seemingly reliable sources indicating that the Laird of Clan McHugh was intending to pre-emptively attack Clan Blarney to retrieve their livestock, and end the feud by killing the Clan’s men.


Unknown to Taryn the information had originated with Eirne Sheane, and although the livestock had been stolen it had been by raiders wearing the Blarney tartan in order to start a war. The Queen of Denford had arranged for the incident to occur, and for Taryn to receive the information, to ensure that Clan Kerry would remain in her pocket for the foreseeable future. Eirne wanted to ensure that she would guide the young Queen going forward, and it padded her pockets of power and influence with the ensured aid and support from Clan Kerry and their Queen.


Based on the information that Taryn had available she intervened, stepping between the Clans to declare the Laird of Clan Blarney guilty for poaching the livestock. She caved to the demands of the Laird of Clan McHugh to break the Laird of Clan Blarney, to be seen as a fitting punishment for his transgressions. Taryn ordered the breaking and it was carried out by her own Master of the Guard. After Taryn returned to Clan Kerry she made the naïve mistake of considering the feud doused for some time; and while her back was turned on McHugh and Blarney all hell broke loose. A few weeks later Clan McHugh mobilized to attack, destroy and decimate Clan Blarney; for without the power of their Laird’s Jewels they stood little chance against the most powerful Clan McHugh.


Upon receiving information of Clan Blarney’s destruction Taryn was incredibly distraught given her role in the Clan’s destruction. It was a trying time for Taryn, and Clan Kerry, as they struggled to stand against the assault of the Clans in their District. It was the support of Clan Sheane, and only that support, which allowed Taryn to remain in power ruling over the Athol District. Though that resolved one thing that plagued Taryn there was nothing that could be done to soothe her soul or diminish the knowledge the role she had played in the massacre of Clan Blarney.


It was years before Taryn found stable ground in Athol once more. She struggled to step away from the dark ominous cloud of her failure that hung over her head and tormented her even on the bright, sunny days of her ruling Athol. Overtime she managed to reclaim her own confidence but it had been a shaky start. Eventually her rule began to bring stability to the District as she actively sought out feuding Clans in an effort to broker and resolve a number of disputes over the years. Each good deed was a mark in her favor with those in the District but Taryn saw them as her endless attempts to right the wrongs of her naïve past.


Taryn had lost her first Consort following the Clan massacre, a sign that there was shaky support from within her own Court. She eventually replaced him with a Clansman from one of Athol’s prominent Clans, which provided her with strong support she required while she focused on bringing peace to the Territory. Backed, as she was, by both Kerry and her Consort’s Clan she carried a great deal of weight and few Clans dared to oppose that. Given her Consort’s need for power and influence it should have come as no surprise to Taryn when he chose to leave her service in order to pursue a place within the Sheane Court only a few years ago. Since then Taryn had been far happier with having a First Escort than pursuing another Consort, though she had heard counsel from many of her trusted friends and advisors that she would do well to find another Consort from a powerful Clan to ensure support to her Court.

 
 


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The deer seemed poised to run, its ears had twitched when Taryn had drawn her bow, though the sound had been virtually silent. The Queen studied her prey with a trained eye, knowing that any noise unnatural to the forest could spook the beautiful beast into fleeing. It was the first deer she had seen that season and the larders of her Court had grown bare of fresh meat over the last month. Though Denford did not seem to struggle as deeply as the other Sceltic Provinces they were all affected by the poor harvest season and the continued raids and assaults on the villages.


This deer represented food her entire Court in the form of venison stew, a particular Court favorite whenever their Queen escaped the confines of her Court to enjoy the hunt. It was the promise of a warm meal in the belly of those who served her and Taryn intended to provide for them.


A twig snapped somewhere behind Taryn and the deer bolted with her arrow flying harmlessly through the air where it had been, ending embedded in an ancient tree. It would be hours, if not days, longer before Taryn could find another stately creature to grace her Clan’s dining tables.


”What is it?” She snapped, turning to find a guard from her Third Circle hovering a dozen yards away with a sheepish look upon his face. There was no doubt that he had snapped the twig on his approach to the Queen and already he seemed to realize what that had cost them. If she was anything but a District Queen he would never have served as high as the Third Circle, for he was not the most graceful of creatures and seemed to struggle with even the most basic of Court Protocol. But he was from a strong Clan and Taryn needed all the support that she could muster.


”I’m sorry, Lady Taryn,” He began as he stepped forward to the Queen. “I have a letter from your Steward, he insisted it was urgent and that you would need to see it immediately.” He offered the letter to the Queen, though he remained feet away from where she stood.


With a long suffering sigh she grasped the letter with craft and had broken the seal before it even reached her hands. It was a waste of her precious reservoir of Jewel strength but she could not be bothered to move from the perfect perch she had found for her hunting purposes.


The words were clearly written in her Steward’s clear handwriting, there was no misinterpreting or misreading them: ”The Queen of Denford is confirmed dead at the hands of the Queen of Scelt. Return to Court immediately.”


”Mother Night and May the Darkness be Merciful.” Taryn said, a short prayer to the Darkness. It seemed impossible to imagine that Eirne Sheane, the powerful and formidable Queen of Denford, could be dead. Quickly Taryn assembled the guards who had accompanied her to the woods, several holding whatever prey she had captured that morning, and they quickly returned to Castle Kerry. Scelt had changed in an instant and Taryn no longer knew her place in this new landscape.
 



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Re: Taryn Kerry
« Reply #1 on: Apr 05, 13, 04:06:43 PM »
Weighed by Mother Night...

You've risen from the Darkness twice blessed with an uncut Rose birthright Jewel, and were gifted with an uncut Blood Opal Jewel at your offering.

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« Reply #2 on: Apr 05, 13, 04:15:26 PM »
While a charming combination I think they're a bit overpowered for Taryn. Can you please demote to Yellow - Summer Sky?










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« Reply #3 on: Apr 05, 13, 04:18:02 PM »
As per player request:
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 14, 13, 06:04:55 PM »
Taryn is ready for review, please and thank you.










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« Reply #5 on: Apr 15, 13, 12:24:44 PM »
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I've made the requested changes and Taryn is ready for a re-review, please and thank you.










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