Baroness Calla Vaevici
In battle, and life, wins she who seizes the beautiful moment. A true warrior prepares her whole life for it, through discipline and piety. She can never be sure of her success, and the only fear she is permitted to feel is of having allowed her chance to pass by unnoticed.
Description: A saffron waterfall of sun-glazed locks spill in luminous, fiery hues past Calla Vaevici's shoulders, the palette of crimson hues extremely rare among the scions of House Vaevici and the Countess' pride and joy. Expressive amber eyes reprise some of the colors from her hair but glint with mischief of a woman who always has something to say, even if she might not share. Calla's fair skin is unmarked by the sun, the rose in her cheeks reflecting the pattern of her summer palette. Her pale, pink mouth rests in a natural pout, but rouses easily to the full spectrum of smiles. Willowy in build, she lacks any sign of a laborious life other than the minimal amount of muscle tone that comes with daily morning exercise, the contours of her figure the very character of elegance.
Personality: Love your family. Love your country. Love your people. There is no room in the Code for one's self, and Calla wishes she was better than she is, for even though she has memorized the lessons, she still is not comfortable with the eyes she gets from the woman in her mirror. Granted, she was never the best Vaevici, that honor reserved to literally ever other kinsmen of hers. The catch is that now they are dead, and Calla is the leader of those who remain, responsible for carrying her family's legacy.
Even though her people are happy, Calla cannot convince herself. The Code demands perfection, and Calla has locked in her head her own worst judge. Sometimes the reprimands take the voice of her mother, sometimes her father's or siblings', but they always find something to use against her.
Although she is personable, dignified and insightful to most, quite capable of hiding her own insecurities, truth is she might have lost her chance at sleeping soundly at night. This is her burden to bear, for her family, for her country and for her people.
Background: Little known in the Compact, the remote region of the Caldera in the southwest of the Saffron Chain is a war-torn country where entire generations have come and gone without ever knowing peace in their constant wars with other Abandoned. Although conflict intensity has fluctuated over the centuries with scarce recognition by the Compact, most regional Abandoned historians tier their rise to the dominance of House Vaevici, the rulers of the city-state of Sangris, a remote city that Lycene experts on the Saffron Chain thought to be myth. Firm adherents to their Code, an indexed series of principles and stratagems that rule their lives, the so-called Warmongers are more than simple warriors: to them the battlefield is a temple and victory is the only prayer. True victory in life can only be achieved in battle against one's fellow mortals, and for almost a thousand years this attitude kept them feared in the Caldera, but now their power has waned, and their ancient enemies prepare to destroy them, unless a young and unlikely ruler can stop it.
Calla Vaevici is the third child of Novos Vaevici, behind Argos and Valla Vaevici, which precluded her from inheriting anything of any significance. The girl never complained about such an arrangement, however, eager for a life without as many responsibilities as her siblings. Instead of being stuck with tutors at all time, Calla was often out and about in Sangris, meeting her extended family, commoners and foreigners with avid fascination. At home she showed amazing potential for the little she studied, but Calla was set on enjoying a carefree life, much to her father's chagrin.
Calla's nature would make her a savvy diplomat over the years, opening up peaceful solutions to conflict with other Abandoned that her father promptly shut down. Although those decisions would provoke constant arguments between the two, it was Calla, not either of her siblings, who would be called to accompany Novos when he was granted an audience with the last living augurs during the great festival of Carnala. To be in the same room as an augur was the journey of a lifetime, and so she accepted the proposal, embarking on a trip that would end in the death of Novos, his heart giving up on the ride back. The subject matter of their meeting would be Calla's secret to keep.
Not long after Argos took the reins of the Vaevici he would start a war with the neighboring city-state of Serrano. Always hateful towards their neighbors, Argos was also predictable, and he would not survive four months before his brashness got him ambushed and murdered. Valla would fare better, but not by much: her demise would take place in the battlefield, leading the Vaevici forces against the Serrano in the war she did not start, but was in no position to end. She took the day, and vengeance on House Serrano's oldest son, but perished nonetheless. After her death, the Caldera was engulfed in war. Under these circumstances Calla Vaevici became Magistrix, a position she never wanted, her House crippled in debt and disarray. In Sangris, only Calla's noble allies kept the mobs from rioting against the most recent war, and outside their crimson walls enemies howled, ready to excise the Warmongers from the Caldera forever. The only way out, for Calla, was to take a path her predecessors would have not: kneeling to the Great House of Pravus, the stunning new arrivals to the Saffron and the first sign of the Compact many of her people had ever known, and kneel to their might that of the warriors who had just bested the Eurusi of Skal'daja.
Her political situation is still frail, many of the nobles of Sangris despise Calla while her enemies now pause and strategize on how to deal with Sangris' new allies and take their victory, but she has changed the landscape and silence the cries for blood. Whatever she does now, the Chain will be watching with baited breath, witnessing what might be the last days of the Vaevici.
|Adrienne||I met Baronness Calla at her estate in Arx. Our Saffron-born vassals are as diverse and wondrous as the treasures they bring with them. Baroness Calla has a grace and bearing indistinguishable from the best noblewomen of the Compact and marries it with a ready and curious mind. Her people are fortunate, and so are we.|
|Alessia||Intriguing to meet a Saffron native. I wish her luck in growing her house.|
|Aswin||A Baroness that I've not come across before. She seems to be nice enough. She certainly seemed willing enough to lend her help on scholarly pursuits. I will keep an eye on her to learn more.|
|Cassandra||The Saffron Chain has sent one of her treasures to the Compact. She is very daring, but I can see how the city and court may overwhelm. I am glad to hear that there are others to help and assist and that my door will be available for any questions she may have.|
|Dio||Warm, exotic and beautiful as the setting sun over the endless horizon.|
|Domonico||Not entirely helpless as other nobles I have known. She definitely doesn't just hang back to let others do everything for her.|
|Drake||A charming and polite woman... and quite lovely. A pleasure to encounter her on the road. I am not terribly familiar with her house, but she seems to be friends with the Malvici family, so it is likely we may be traveling together again.|
|Ember||Baroness Calla sees her House as embarking upon a new age. In this, we share kinship. To be part of 'something bigger' is what drives on the urge to fight. I hope to see her keep it up.|
|Esme||She's so blushy! We are sure to be wonderful friends with wine and gossip. Surely.|
|Gaspard||She comes from a unique background, which allows her a different point of view. Still, she's eager to learn about the Compact and I can see some similar points of interest between us.|
|Gerrick||she likes my drink, will have to remember what went into it and then share it|
|Giorgio||The Baroness of Sangris. The first person I have met since arriving in the city. She seems quite kind and inclined to do business. I hope to learn more of her and her people.|
|Haakon||Saffron Prodigal. Too fucking practical for this city, by far. Knows the worth of a good boneyard.|
|Jaufrey||Honestly? She seems a little bit stuck up. I'm not sure I'm a huge fan. Prodigals looking down on compact traditions isn't really a great look.|
|Mabelle||A sweet Baroness of flaming red hair. She is a beauty. I hope she quickly adjusts to life in the city. She has the clothes right!|
|Macario||She briefly described herself as harmless. I laughed and laughed. She is many things, but not harmless.|
|Martino||Capturing of my attention and, with that, the attention of the bar with such a fine stride. Invites people to share their stories, even if they are utterly traumatic and likely to encourage more trouble. Good.|
|Medeia||The Baroness is quickly becoming one of my favorite people to bump into unexpectedly. I should make the effort to bump into expectedly.|
|Miraj||Her spirit is as warm as her hair. Absolutely wonderful woman, and I hope she finds an absolutely wonderful man to compliment her. I just hope she doesn't hold it against me that I took a joke a little too far.|
|Narcissa||A kind, bright-eyed and newly minted addition to the Compact. I do hope she does not get eaten alive where she has been placed.|
|Niklas||She seems to be a capable leader of a brand new house.|
|Nina||A newcomer to the compact from the Saffron Chain! I bet she has so many exciting stories to tell about her homeland! She seems very gracious and friendly, too.|
|Orland||She was the first to approach me and introduce herself in a large crowd. I meant what I said, I would've remembered her had I met her before. That danger brings an excitement to her eyes, is why.|
|Orvyn||Another noble forced into leadership of a house through tragedy. She shows an interest in learning, and an ear for wisdom. Perhaps the transition shall not be as hard on her as her words suggest.|
|Pasquale||She was a little overwhelmed when i first met her in the Fox surrounded by Dio, Dimitri, Mabelle and Thea at their most boisterous.|
|Petal||A lovely baroness of lilies, even she doesn't yet know she is of Lilies, clearly her name is not just chance, but fate! she seems friendly and has a nice way about her.|
|Piccola||She seems new to this, so she bears watching that others don't leap upon her.|
|Rane||Having spent so much of my life in the forest, I still find myself awestruck by foreigners, particularly when they speak and look like her. She's beautiful, no doubt and a fine conversationalist. I very much look forward to our future meetings.|
|Rylan||Bold and forthright, yet also uncertain. An interesting personality, with her own share of troubles to face.|
|Sabella||I find the Baroness absolutely lovely and just like me when I first arrived in Arx! Hopefully we become very good friends for I would so love her company when exploring the city!|
|Sebastian||While I share her homesickness, I cannot imagine how she must feel when simple customs I take for granted seem so odd. Still, her strength and tenacity is a testament to her people, and her pride for them is obvious, speaking well of both her and them. I hope in future to make her begin to feel more at ease in this foreign city.|
|Sudara||Intelligent, dutiful, and hard-working... with an appreciation for the merits of study amidst quiet beauty. She seems to be thoroughly worthy of support and assistance.|
|Thea||Free with her answers. I'm sure do well in the city.|
|Valdemar||Her curiosity about the Compact is a credit to her house. She seems sharp, with a good grasp of politics considering her recent introduction to Arvani society.|
|Vitalis||It's not often I meet someone not from our shores. A good conversationalist. But what the devil is a Magistrix?|
|Vittorio||The warmest amber eyes you'll ever see. The Baroness is a contrast of colors like a bright flame in an autumn's evening.|