Lady Lailah Bisland
My family has long been guardians of House Grayson and the Compact. My path in becoming a scholar is not so different, really. While their swordarms guard us all, a scholar guards something equally precious. The scholars of Vellichor guard our stories and guard our knowledge, and without those the Compact ceases to have a soul.
Social Rank: 4
Concept: Introverted Scholar
Marital Status: single
Height: average height
Hair Color: warm black
Eye Color: coffee
Skintone: deep brown
Description: Lovely but serious and studious, Lailah has the scholarly visage of an academic. Slight of build, without the honed muscles of a trained combatant, she nonetheless has inherited her parents' natural grace and winsome attractiveness. Her youthful face rarely boasts the brilliant smile she offers to those closest to her, and her serious expressions are enhanced by the old soul reflected in her deep brown eyes. Her ebony hair is often kept shorter than fashionable, in a practical cut, showing off the lovely curve and dark skin of her neck. While she downplays her beauty, she can never hide the enchantment of her heavenly voice. Even in speaking, or whisper, her voice captivates- making it all the more disappointing she rarely uses it.
Personality: On the surface, Lailah seems nothing like her charming and outgoing family. Rarely speaking in large groups, and unconcerned with the opinions of the court, Lailah's strengths shine in subtler ways. Her passion for the truth, and the sharp blade of her intellect can cut as deep as her family's swords. Her words are few, but tend to be as effective as they are succinct. She prefers the company of one or two at a time, never feeling quite at ease in addressing a crowd despite a winsome voice and appearance. Her intellect rules her, rather than her emotions, but she still feels them deeply and intensely. She has a great deal of confidence outside of social settings, trusting in herself and in her work, but she simply feels no need to force feed it upon anyone. The truth is its own power, its own strength, and she simply makes the truth as clear as she can to others.
Background: House Bisland has a proud tradition of being the most steadfast vassals of House Grayson, staunchly supporting them in war and peace. While certainly not every noble follows martial pursuits, Lailah still stunned her parents when she made quietly clear she intended to embrace the Faith of the Pantheon and not just as a priestess, but one of the scholars of Vellichor. While the clergy, including the scholars, is considered a well respected and honorable profession, House Bisland has never been known for its great religious devotion, and her parents clearly expected the charming young woman to follow her mother's footsteps in dealing with courtly politics and diplomacy. Lailah was a gifted singer, after all, but they didn't realize that her appreciation for bardic songs was a deep interest in the history of the Realm and an introvert's fascination for well-crafted stories.
As far as Lailah is concerned, becoming a scholar is by no means neglecting her responsibilities as a noblewoman. Quite the opposite, in fact. She loves a good song more than most, but she never failed to notice the subtle creep of hyperbole and fiction infesting supposedly historical pieces, and she firmly believes that safeguarding the truth for future generations is every bit as vital to the safety and security of the Realm. She is a woman that firmly believes in pursuing the truth for its own sake and harbors more than a passing suspicion that in a snake-pit of deception such as Arx, that is by no means a safe or mild occupation.