Marquessa Cassiopeia Proscipi
You cannot be great without first recognizing what greatness is. It can be said that greatness is not a destination that one arrives to, it is a journey that one undertakes which never ends. Even then a woman is not great because of the things she has done, but because of the opposition and obstacles she has overcome despite the odds arrayed against her.
Social Rank: 4
Concept: Atavist Heiress
Marital Status: single
Religion: Faith of the Pantheon
Hair Color: golden blonde
Eye Color: azure
Description: Many wise women say that a beautiful woman feels beautiful within, from the love she gives to her ideas and the creative ways in which she expresses her soul to those who love her and those who need love most. Cassiopeia is classically Proscipi in apperance with high cheekbones, angular, symetrical features, smooth golden tinted skin and bright azure colored eyes. She lacks the auburn that her cousins have and favors her father in coloring. On the island she would be considered average height for a woman but in the city of Arx she is easily one of the tallest women around but her lisson figure makes her seem delicate. She does not often wear makeup but when she does she tends towards a darker palette with rich cardinal shades of red for her heart shaped lips.
Personality: Being on the level of local legends and myths despite your own reservations can lead one to develop a most interesting assortment of traits. Ambivalent to the ways of the nobility and her own reputation, Cassiopeia has done her best to redeem herself in the eyes of her peers as a wanderer with no sense of responsibility. Her intellect is hard to rival and many times she walks circles around those who try verbally sparring with her or otherwise attempting to impress or overawe. She is sensible and gracious despite her initial reluctance to engage in social environments. Her balance of humor, wit, charisma, approachability and attentiveness all seem quite counter to the expected shallowness that most come to expect of a woman so renowned which lead many to describe her as magnetic.
Background: Cassiopeia of Tremorus, said to be the most beautiful woman in the far Southern city-state hidden away in the Saffron Chain. A woman who has inspired bards to sing of her allure and whom great artists of her time beg to portray her with their craft, as she is frequently spoken of as the personification of ideal human beauty. Paintings of her sell for quite a lot of money and motifs are jealously guarded but in truth, the woman who has sparked the myth is no more attractive than her sister Andromeda nor her cousins. She possesses a special quality, a presence, that many have a difficult time reconciling with gravitas and while their father enjoys the reputation his eldest daughter has begotten, Cassiopeia finds it somewhat exhausting.
Ever since she was a young girl it was as if her only lot in life was to be something sought after and obtained but never appreciated for who she truly is - an indelible truth she couldn't shake no matter how hard she tried. This led to years in which she would constantly find herself going from one adventure to another in order to escape the reality of feeling put upon a pedestal and gawked at. Oftentimes this was counter productive for when she was discovered to be /the/ Cassiopeia the ship's crew or some random sellword accompanying her at the time would become fixated to the point of obsessed and she'd need to abandon ship, quite literally, and find some new bout of adventure aboard another vessel.
While she traveled the Saffron Chains she learned many useful skills and her experiences tempered her into a very capable woman but no matter how far she ran, Cassiopeia simply could not escape her woes. Since she could not escape her reality she chose instead to do the next best thing and sequester herself away from it all -- retreating into solitude and privacy within the walls of the Sky Palace. Year after year her 'Pa-Pa' would receive countless offers of marriage from a myriad of places and while most of them were trash, some were immense opportunities in his eyes. Even though his daughter would sometimes give him the vapors somehow she was, politically, worth a great deal. He never forced her to marry however and so she did not. After some months squirreled away in the city-state she began to grow restless. Hearing that her siblings had gone to the capital of the Compact, she decided it was time to follow. If not to get away from all the clingers on, then at least to explore this new city. With the reclusive young Lady's recent reemergence into the forefront of politics and goings on in Tremorus there is a bustle of excitement and hushed whispers about why she has -really- chosen to rejoin society proper after being gone for almost a decade.
She didn't really expect as much to change as it did, however. Following the destruction of the palace in Tremorus, the deaths of much of her extended family, the fall of her liege, and the ennoblement of Giorgio and naming him as Ezmeralda's successor, Cassiopeia wasn't seen for weeks afterwards. When she finally was, it was announced she had formally joined very distant family in the city-state of Sangris, House Vaevici, and would not be returning to Tremorus- not now, and possibly not ever, which has caused a great deal of gossip among the peerage as to her reasons.
|Andromeda||My sister is unlike me in many ways. Hers is the soft touch, the gentle word, the ease of leading someone to her side and path. She works miracles where I can but cut a path with bloodied steel. Even now, with a new family name, she is building bridges and creating a better future.|
|Apollo||Blessedly open with herself, all her hopes and concerns and understanding. She makes it so easy to communicate, to find a way forward. If everyone did that, we'd not be in this bloody mess in the first place.|
|Arman||A beautiful young woman, full of grace and tenacity. I see so much potential here.|
|Benedetto||Tall, proud, beautiful. But she's like one of those delicate birds; full of nervous energy and a delicacy to her. I think I would take the time to get to know her more.|
|Brady||Complex, bubbly, dangerous with the staff (though maybe not in the way I assumed), and she loves her sweets.|
|Calista||Marquessa of Tremorus, they have overcome so much in such a short amount of time and yet, like their leader, are radiant and truly noble on all regards. She is delightful company and one I am sure to make the acquaintance of again.|
|Cesare||What a delight to meet someone who sees expressiveness not as a burden but as the gift of a human soul. Sadness and struggle haven't tarnished this fine golden lady.|
|Deoiridh||A lively woman in more ways than one, giving life to words in a manner that I find to be reminiscent of the Sages of Cionaodha, as though weaving a tapestry before one's eyes; the mere sound of her voice forming the outlines, whilst the words chosen serve as her immaculate thread. Yet there is also something about her aura that brings to mind the spirits of the peaks - seeming vivacious in an uncanny, unnatural way, almost as though she does not belong among these people.|
|Domonico||A newcomer to the Compact and one that has pride in her family and home. I fully approve of that. I must agree I share some of her beliefs about how cold Arx can get too.|
|Drusila||Strong, level, and as sharp as a tack. To be compared to her must be the greatest compliment one could ever receive.|
|Ember||Keeps her wits about her in danger, even if her first impulse is to flee from it -- it's a start.|
|Evaristo||Delightful, her laughter is infectious. Seems to have no compunctions joining a random party, and dressed to kill, too!|
|Giada||I can ask nothing more of a person than that they ask questions. It's the building block of all wisdom and knowledge.|
|Giorgio||I am glad that she decided to return home. She is the rightful ruler for our people. I will gladly follow her, wherever she leads. And if she screws up, I will be there to remind her she did so.|
|Ilira||I am blessed to have found a sister in this beautiful, sorrowful, wondrous rarity of a soul.|
|Lenard||A shining soul, unbowed by tragedy and bearing the burden of responsibility with a grace and power one cannot help but be humbled by. I am pleased that we met on the road, given her passion for wandering, and pray the Gods grant me the opportunity to join her there again.|
|Mabelle||A sweet lady from the south, she seems to be afraid of winter. I look forward to showing her how lovely it is!|
|Maris||Ardent azure eyes lost among the flickering flames of a lonely hearth. She's here, but far away too. I wonder what weight she carries, and where her destination is.|
|Martino||Dangerous legs, dangerous snakes. Dangerous women who has a curious past to them. Good with children as well, attentive to their questions.|
|Medeia||The lady may come off as demure, or even fragile, but I have seen her take risks and wounds that would have put others on their knees.|
|Mikani||A woman that though she grew up worlds a way from me has so many similar interests. I hope we meet again. I think we could become friends.|
|Mirari||The Marquessa is unlike any Arvani ruler I've met. Very suspicious, and thrilling.|
|Monique||The best storyteller, the best dancer upon the sands; is there anything the Marquessa cannot do? I rather think not. Her passion and her drive are truly compelling.|
|Nina||A beautiful woman who is here learning from the Suspries. She'll have a lot to do here in Arx, though I'd also love to show her around Setarco some time! Her fashion sense is just marvelous and she'd stand out anywhere she went!|
|Orland||She truly is the peerless! She'll always be the Enchantress of Tremorus no matter what took place to make her Vaevici, one can hope she'll remain a friend!|
|Raimon||A chance meeting with Volya at the Black Fox let to an encounter with Andromeder's softer and more sedate sisterly counterpart. Tragedy wells up, from behind azure eyes. Bit of a whirlwind, to see them -both- here! Such different reactions. Stands to reason.|
|Raja||I swear she is a cat! She saved not one, but TWO of our group from certain doom!|
|Sabriel||The sunshine of Tremorus. She could warm the bleakest winter with that smile. There are worse options, as far as Marquessas are concerned.|
|Savio||This world belongs to her, my sweet cousin -- if the powers of darkness mistake her kindness for weakness, then they will break against that iron.|
|Sebastian||She has chosen to step forward into the bustle of Arx, despite many reasons not to want to. I both admire and feel for her. She has a hard road ahead of her, but she has demonstrated a determination and drive that I believe will benefit her... and all who come to know her.|
|Sira||She's a curious one, it seems, always looking around at everything. Which works in my favor as she looks around my shop. She's a delight to design for.|
|Tanith||Tall and a little stoic, she seems to want to smile more than she does, which I can't say I blame her, if the rumors of her House and its troubles are true.|
|Venturo||A new addition to the Compact, her open mind and warm spirit will be necessary for the mountain her people will need to climb. Yet, in conversation, I am reassured in knowing we will all be better for her addition.|
|Vitalis||New to the Explorers, new to Arx, new to Arvum, new to governance; the Marquessa seems to be handling many changes with grace.|