Princess Celine Valardin
The dragon's warmth burns only the wicked! You have nothing to fear, I am sure!
Description: Celine is a young woman with exagerated but not unattractive features. Big and bright eyes, an ever-smiling and wide mouth, the young woman oozes personality and vibrancy with her every gesture. Slim and slightly shorter than most Oathlanders, the Valardin does not cut a commanding figure, her demeanor that of someone who wins hearts with a hearty laughter or genuine smiles. Despite her sometimes goofy demeanor, Celine's appearance is extremely well-groomed to the point of obsession, her pale locks of blonde hair combed until every thread flows perfectly with the whole.
Personality: Celine is a woman in command of a beautiful voice and endearing demeanor, always brimming with sincerity even when that might otherwise be to the detriment of her goals: she is one to laugh heartily if told a joke midway through a funeral, and her smiles can thaw hearts with frightening ease. With every conversation, Celine is one to maneuver and make others the focus of it, always interested in people and helping them as she can. There is something almost overbearing about the way this young woman makes it obvious she cares, and how much energy she has for all those who seek her. When it comes to her parents, that shine is lost, somewhat, and she does seem to take issue with Audrey and what the woman has done. Not one to show resentment, Celine still very much hurts over losing her parents, and it shows whenever the subject comes up.
Background: The tale is well-known by those in the Oathlands: Princess Marianne Valardin was an infectiously charismatic daughter of Sanctum, someone different from most her fellow White Dragons. She was unafraid of pushing social boundaries to the very extremes, always mingling with the Commonfolk and defying her family whenever she felt was right. Next to her the Valardin were seen as stuffy, and Princess Marianne as someone who put in full display just how pleasant a White Dragon could be. So wild was the Princess that she clashed against expectations and challenged tradition to marry for love, her husband a Lycene merchant named Marcello, a simple commoner. The crowds erupted in jubilation at wedding and the chaos in the White City that day was legendary, and it was to this legacy that Celine, the second of four children, was born.
Celine and Marcello were close, and with him she learned to be a watchful woman, to think before acting and how to engratiate herself to others. She travelled much with her father and met many Oathlanders, displaying talent for making friends whenever she went. Unbeknownst to Celine, the bonds of friendship she forged would feel punishing as the Tragedy befell Sanctum and many of her acquaintances were butchered. People she had dined with, shared dances and whose laughter she would never forget. After the Tragedy, Celine withdrew into her shell more and more, to the point her father, when he decided to ride out to join the othe rValardin in avenging the Tragedy, had to say his farewells through the closed doors of her chambers. A survivor of the Tragedy she might had been but the sickness of grief had taken hold deeply within Celine's young heart.
The unfortunate turning point for the young Valardin came weeks later, when her mother's life was claimed in the dead of night by Audrey, her older sister. All at once, Marienne's death seemed to snap Celine into a state of awarenesss that the house servants described as baleful, something none had ever seen in the young Princess. Celine stood by her dead mother laying in a pool of her own blood as her older sister was taken away, and until the Valardin came to take Marienne's corpse, that is where she stood, now responsible for her two younger siblings, Lenard and Stephanie.
The years since have seen the life return to Celine Valardin, and although she has never been quite the same, most Oathlanders agree that there is a charm and levity to the White Dragon that is hard to find. Since taking the reins of her family, Celine made sure that Lenard found a proper Oathlander knight to squire to, and Stephanie had everything she needed after regaining her mobility after most physicians had written the girl off as an invalid. Many in the halls of the White City look at Celine as a lesson in rebuilding from the ashes, a symbol of what the Oathlander people made of: the Tragedy broke many, but like her House, Celine refused to go gently into the night. These days Celine, Lenard and Stephanie live in Arx. Many say it is due to the woman's need to be surrounded by people of all sorts, but some posit that walking around the White City, where the commonfolk bemoan the loss of her mother daily, was more torture than the girl could stand. A warm flame at the heart of the Valardin, the young woman nonetheless thrives in Arx, serving the White Dragons of Sanctum.