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Archduchess Belladonna Pravus

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Social Rank: 2
Concept: Dangerously Charming Noble
Fealty: Pravus
Family: Pravus
Gender: female
Marital Status: widowed
Age: 28
Birthday: 08/13
Religion: Pantheon
Vocation: Noble
Height: average height
Hair Color: golden wheat
Eye Color: sapphire
Skintone: tan

Titles: Chainbreaker of the Saffron, Archduchess of Setarco, Highlord of the Saffron Chain

Description: Undeniably beautiful, with her long flaxen locks, intensely sapphire eyes, and sharply gorgeous features, Belladonna combines her striking looks and sultry sensuality with a vibrant life in her to devastating effect. Her winsome features are those that will seem young, even when her hair has greyed, lightened by the challenging fire and daring sparkle that infests her eyes. Her lush lips are quick to smile, both in sympathy and understanding, and in a smirk of satisfaction that only seeing her enemies crushed before her can evoke. Her form is lithe and sinuous, slight of frame, but her infectious laugh and vibrancy makes her seem larger than she is. Many noblewomen tend toward fair skin, of those too important to endure the harsh suns, but Belladonna's richly tanned, smokey skin, common in the city-state of Setarco, sets her apart and lends her an exotic air.

Personality: Belladonna knows how easily it would be for her to be a truly wicked woman. Many of the city-states in the Lyceum tend toward cruel and insidious plots, sacrificing anything and everything for power. Belladonna is every bit as capable to play the same cutthroat games, and play them well, but has come to fear just how much she enjoys them. She loved her father, and his good heart very much, even as she saw how it destroyed him. It makes her determined, shrewd, and extremely capable of manipulative intrigue but she is well aware that ruthless maneuvers undermines her father's legacy and the hopes he cherished that she would follow him as an honorable, kindhearted ruler. For her enemies, she represents a contradiction of a dangerously charming woman that can be a deadly, conniving adversary yet remains capable of confounding acts of generosity and compassion that leaves opponents bemused on what could possibly be her hidden motive. It's more simple than that, really. She wants to be a good woman, strong and powerful, but she will stop at nothing to avoid the mistakes of her father.

Background: The Lyceum has a reputation as a den of machiavellian scheming at best of times, but Belladonna is well aware that in her home city-state of Setarco it is more deserved than most. Her family House Pravus, has ruled Setarco, the city famous for its influence over the silk trade, since the time of the Reckoning nearly a thousand years ago. And yet it seemed that in the past generation that nearly everything they have held dear was lost. Belladonna's famous uncle Duke Niccolo was the one groomed to rule and lead House Pravus to glory once more, but passed on the burden of rulership so he might follow his heart and marry his future liege, the Duchess Carlotta Velenosa. This very unfortunately forced the mantle of Duke of Setarco onto Piero, Niccolo's younger brother and Belladonna's father.

Belladonna's father was a kind, generous man, soft-hearted and wishing more than anything simply to be loved. Belladonna now knows that few personalities are as ill-suited to rule the snakepit of competiting Lyceum families as one such as he father's. She watched as her father tolerated much and more, small slights as other lesser vassals tested her lord father to see precisely how much they could get away with, outright ignoring orders and making House Pravus a laughingstock. What's worse, her father never saw the danger in this. Instead of winning their love, it emboldened the most ambitious and won only scorn and contempt for her father's weakness. And as her father's eldest daughter, she was caught right in the middle of the plots of the vassals who had lost all respect for her lord father.

She tried at first to be good, she really did. She warned her father, she tried reason to make it clear how much his good heart was costing House Pravus, how none of these men were in any way his friends and that trying to win their love was only destroying her family. He just wouldn't listen, it was simply too easy to turn a blind eye to the men and women walking all over the Duke of Setarco. But as her lord father ignored slight after slight, and she watched arrogant vassals 'jest' they would marry her and take Setarco away from House Pravus for good and all to make things right again, she knew she could wait no longer. She quickly discovered that most of the arrogant men trying to undermine her father were not half as clever as they thought they were, and the proper word into the perfect ear, the right amount of charm to the right person, and a bit of sly manipulation could be wielded to a more devastating effect than all the soldiers under her father's control.

Her enemies never quite guessed how much guile lurked behind the eyes of the very young noblewoman, as she used grace, beauty and charm to set her enemies against one another. Her one regret was she waited so late to act, since she had no idea that one of her father's most powerful vassals had already decided it was time to lead an uprising and replace him. She discovered the plot in time to crush the rebellion in its infancy, House Pravus soldiers catching the ringleaders in a meeting that resulted in more than a few executions for treason... but she did not know about the plot to assassinate her father, and returned home to Setarco to find the city in mourning and her as the newest Duchess of Setarco and head of House Pravus.

The lovely young woman has been hardened by events, and possesses a wisdom far exceeding her years in the ruthless politics of the Lyceum. With wit, charm and ruthless determination she fully intends to restore House Pravus to its glory and will harbor few regrets about using any means necessary to accomplish her goals.

Relationship Summary

  • Mirari - Maybe someday we won't be strangers anymore.
  • Leila - Creepy little girl. Shoo!
  • Selene - Delicious company. The way she talks will stay with you long after she leaves, like the touch of a good lover.

  • Family:
  • Sebastian - It is not that I like my cousin's presence. Sometimes I think I need it.
  • Arianna - My first Knight, my deadly flower of Setarco. Beware the Maiden.
  • Viviana - Viviana has been by my side for a long time. She has my trust.
  • Sudara - A mother hen if I ever saw one. Always looking after us.
  • Vanora - She always did things her way. It is kind of why I like her!
  • Renata - You are not blood, but you are my family. Never forget that.
  • Lucrezia - You are a weird one, but weird in all the best ways. Your father would be so proud!
  • Valentina - She makes me wish I could change the past.
  • Gabriella - Fierce and protective, she holds a storm within that only our enemies ever get to see.
  • Amaranth - It is easy to mistake who we think we are, with who we should be. Be truthful to your soul, cousin.
  • Sabrina - Scars map our souls, but they are not who we are. You are ours, and we are yours.
  • Tyche - Is there anything that could stop you when you set your mind to something, my dear? I think not.

  • Rival:
  • Elonso - If only I could have been there for you before the end. If only I could have taught you what I know.
  • Celeste - Celeste is unyielding and iron-willed. She reminds me of Duchess Lucia at times. That is a good thing, by the by.

  • Frenemy:
  • Jaenelle - The Archduchess is deranged and classy, perfect company for a glass of wine or the torturing of common enemies.

  • Deceased:
  • Valkieri - Goodbye, friend.
  • Alrec - A cautionary tale given form.
  • Donato - Wrong place, wrong time.
  • Piero - You made me dream I could be someone I'm not. Thank you, dad.
  • Lucia - I hated your judgy eyes, until you were gone. I miss you, mom.

  • Friend:
  • Aida - I pay you so I don't need to get my hands dirty, not the other way around!
  • Ennio - The most beautiful and loyal Pravus! Yes he is! Yes he is!
  • Sophie - The Mother Mercy is a rare one. Not a fool, but hopeful. She makes you aspire for more.

  • Spouse:
  • Cassius - We never saw each other as we should have. Perhaps we never could.

  • Ally:
  • Duarte - A man of much style, and much wits.
  • Ari - Ari is a very dedicated and loyal, good for his family. I respect that, quite a lot.
  • Mara - A gem of Ischia, this one. Her eyes tell very interesting stories.
  • Mirella - Mirella is a fun one. And a great ally in the market wars.
  • Calypso - My cousin and friend. We have been through much together, but the best is always yet to come.

  • Protege:
  • Raven - I will be there the day you finally spread your wings, my Blackheart.
  • Camilla - Look at you, my cousin. Spinning webs of your own. I am oh-so-very proud.
  • Drusila - For all her beauty, wit and power, I cannot help but feel I must protect her, always.
  • Name Summary
    Agostino A gracious hostess, whose beauty outstrips every story I'd heard of it.
    Alrec It is hard to breath and focus when standing next to this woman, for her stare is enough to cut a man down.
    Althea Stunning, evocative, intoxicating, and absolute poison. If I knew then what I know now, I would drink twice as deep of her company.
    Amaranth She is a force to be reckoned with. Stand against her if you seek oblivion, but do not expect simple fealty to save you, either.
    Amerigo I would follow her anywhere.
    Amund Interesting opinions and amusing conversation. Predatory but sensual.
    Andry She seems a woman who enjoys building others up. I look forward to seeing more of her work.
    Arianna Mother seemed to like Bella and I never knew why but now that I'm older and wiser I can see it. She truly is the best of us.
    Athaur A beautiful duchess, outgoing and gregarious. A pleasure to sit across the table from.
    Aurelia My estranged cousin was as haughty as horrifying. She hasn't killed me yet, so perhaps time has tamed her. I pray that her predatory gaze stays affixed on others far, far away from me.
    Beatrice She is, in her way, the most honest of Lycene. Luxurious, captivating brutality and pragmatism. She is everything she promises to be - and even that unlikely trait can be the basis on which to build a relationship.
    Bianca It is no secret the admiration I hold for the Duchess Belladonna Pravus. I have watched her carry the burdens of her position, the weight of loss and the hope of the future with grace and poise. She is an exceptional woman.
    Cadenza It's been a while since I've seen her...and she's still as Pravus as ever.
    Calla Fierce, fabulous, and full of Setarcan fire. She is an incredible matriarch who has lead her people to the ends of the world, and somehow managed to keep them from falling off the precipice.
    Cambria The rumors do not do the Duchess of House Pravus justice.
    Camilla I owe Belladonna everything for giving me my start. I fear that her ongoing generosity masks an ulterior motive, but I won't let that stand in the way of our relationship.
    Celeste Father taught us family comes first; others may have helped fill in the gaps of our family history. One thing I know will always be true: my sisters I will defend to the death. Belladonna taught me that. And seeing her again in Arx reminded me of all the reasons I love her so fiercely.
    Dianna What a /grand/, grand woman. And loves my sister. I can quite accept this.
    Domonico She definately knows how to make an entrance and get eyes onto her. A true Lycene it seems with no shame in her naked form.
    Donato The Duchess is all I recall, a presence both beautiful and commanding, but more than that. There's a core of iron will that cannot be brooked nor tamed, and it is wrapped in velvet. She is the ally Caina needed, and a rare person I can admire for her intelligence, leadership, and drive. We will thrive, Caina and Setarco.
    Dora The lovely duchess was a happenstance meeting in Reflection Square. She is every bit as lovely and charming as they say. But I saw fire in her eyes and maybe I'll bump into her at the ambassador and we can speak about fires and reflections.
    Drusila The Duchess has sponsored and made possible my arrival in Arx, lifting me from my dubious past in Luciva and places beyond. For this I owe her tremendous gratitude and loyal service. It does not escape notice, of course, that she has lifted me into a place no less mired in mystery, yet I feel the Setarcan mistress of secrets is as good a guide as one could desire for such a journey.
    Duarte Still as alluring as ever. I think her time away brought some good. She seems recovered from some of the notions that had recently dominated her thinking.
    Esme The Duchess is how I expected. I did expect more steelsilk and dragonweep on her.
    Evelynn As beautiful, charming and engaging as they say.
    Fatima What is she my... cousin-in-law? Well who knows! In any case, the Duchess is lovely and formidable, but most importantly, it seems she's getting on with my siblings over there. With that, we should all be like family, and I imagine we will accomplish a great deal.
    Gabriella I have known Belladonna since we were children. We have achieved together, and we have lost precious things together. Without her, I know not where I would be, but I know I would be lesser for the lack of her presence. I will see her to great places -- no matter what.
    Galen If House Pravus is the pride, then she is the lioness and I have a feeling that woe to the one who messes with the lioness's cubs.
    Gaston A hint of darkness. A winning smile. I have heard much about Pravus, but I see for myself only what impresses me.
    Giorgio The Archduchess is far more formidable than I had given her credit for in my first days hearing of the Compact. It is not every day that you see the head of a fealty leading the charge in defense of a ward.
    Giuliano My cousin, my Duchess! As much as we loved Piero, she is the strength we needed for Setarco. Also, she's a good and proper wine enthusiast and...enthusiast of the good a real Pravus! I am always proud of her, and shall always support dear cousin Bella to the utmost. She has all of my respect for what she has done.
    Grazia Sharp, a knife hidden by the finest fabric, ready to cut. Beautiful too, and an ally to be courted. I appreciate her Lycene ruthlessness.
    Graziella I hope someday to be as poised and strong as her. She has saved so many. I want to know I can do the same.
    Harlex Ocean-vast wisdom in the eyes and a beauty that, I suspect, will outlive us all.
    Helena Quite charming and very commanding, even if our team lost. Quick witted and a good strategist of games -- she just had the poor luck to have me for a teammate.
    Jaenelle There is many things one could say about the newly elevated Archduchess. She attempts to hide herself behind silken words and sin, but she is much more than that and those she considers a true enemy should worry. We might not see eye to eye on all things, but there is never a question about the admiration I hold for her determination and strength.
    Jasher The duchess of Setarco. Not what is usually expected of a duchess, but she is a Lycene, so it was a given.
    Juliana Beautiful, gracious and every bit as dangerous as she needs to be. Welcome home.
    Karadoc The Duchess Pravus always has a way of drawing the focus every time she arrives and exits a place. They call that presence.
    Leola Oh, she's a Duchess of the Lyceum all right. She uses her favor as a Templar would a sword. Or, in this case, a mercenary of the Crimson Blade
    Lianne Once more the bright star I looked up to for so long.
    Llewella I have met few people in Arx for whom I feel my art would fail to capture adequately our first meeting. Then I met the Duchess Pravus.
    Lucrezia She may speak with honeyed words but there is a savage determination to this duchess always lying beneath the surface. I believe there is no prize she will not go after if it catches her fancy and there are no limits to how far she will reach to win them. As the ruler of Setarco I would expect nothing less.
    Mabelle Beautiful and fierce. I'm not sure if to fall inlove or fear for my life.
    Mailys The Duchess of Setarco is a force to be reckoned with.
    Martino A breathtaking woman who, truly, radiates in any room - including the bank. Happy to take time aside and catch-up which is, truly, an excellent quality to have.
    Miella The Archduchess shows she still cares about my sister and cousin despite the separation. I think father and I did make the right descion to stay with Pravus.
    Mirari A pragmatic woman in every sense of the word and worthy of her reputation.
    Mirella She's exactly what you'd expect on first sight. Very fabulous.
    Monique An open book, my arse. If I didn't already know a good deal, I STILL wouldn't believe that line. There's far too much mystery to this particular Duchess and plucking at the strands of it would be like picking at a feral mountain lion. Beware the claws.
    Nina The Archduchess! She is awe-inspiring. She knows what she wants and has no time for nonsense.
    Orland I saw her leading her people, rallying their confidence, encouraging them, fighting against those who would swarm into the Pravus ward. It was the only time I've seen the Archduchess and what a moment that was.
    Pharamond He may be the Sword of Ashford and a loyal Grayson, but a man would go to war for a woman such as this.
    Prisila She's quite something in person. The kind of woman whom can understand the true elegance of wit and cunning. Delicious.
    Raven My Duchess. She is an inspiring leader, a maker of great things, and I have a lot to learn from her. Fortunately, I'll get the chance.
    Reese She is very warm, friendly and welcoming. I like her way. She seems quite smart as well.
    Renata Arx has sharpened you, but I understand why. I'm glad now that you asked me to join you, and can only hope that I meet with your expectations.
    Rosalind This Duchess is--strong! She appeared and while others sneered at her for being obviously an outsider, she held her head up and continued. And--I sense there is more to her than what meets the eye. I met a new friend!
    Sebastian It is good to see my dear cousin back in the city, and so eager to improve the Pravus name. We've had our ups and downs, but things seem to be going wonderfully between us this time, and I'm glad to be here to support her.
    Selene She lives up to her name and reputation, then exceeds them by the distance to the full moon. One for the ages.
    Sigurd Duchess Pravus. Beautiful of course. Lycene to the core. Could kill with a smile I bet if she tried hard enough.
    Stygia Who can complain bout a good head on a lovely lady's shoulders? I surely ain't. Fit as a fiddle and a great conversationalist.
    Sudara Whether ruling at home or attending a royal court, my young cousin is something of a force of nature. Though I mourn her father as a friend and inspiration, I look forward with hope to his daughter's reign over our House.
    Teagan The Duchess is a fascinating woman. While quite taken with display and production, it is all part of what makes her who she is and causes for an engaging, enjoyable experience. Once you get beyond the pomp, she has a sharp wit and a deep intellect.
    Valdemar Confident, as her recent successes suggest she should be. She should be a potent ally in the struggles ahead.
    Valentina A former friend whose inheritance I tried to steal. Must that reeeeeally come between us? Honestly. There's no reason to be beastly about it!
    Verity Like the touch of a dagger well honed, the Duchess is delightfully sharp. My first encounter with her was at Reflection Square and it may have been a perfect backdrop for the meeting. I will have to find reason to meet with her again.
    Vincenzo Spidersilk and Dawnstone. There is something so fragile seeming about this Pravus Duchess. Seeming, being the operative word. Despite that appearance of fragility lays a strength greater than steel. What she accomplished with House Pravus breathed new life into the Duchy, the night stained with the death of her father, she is the dawn that heralds the morning sun.
    Vitalis If stories are believed, meeting the Duchess only gives me proof that the line between dream and nightmare is thinner than the surface of reflecting water.
    Viviana Bella is sharper than even the keen blade of Twilight's Edge, something that is far too easy to forget until it's too late.
    Willow Apparently a relative! Her dress is gorgeous and her outgoing confidence is enviable.