Mikka Posted May 27, 2011 Report Share Posted May 27, 2011 So. Kay and Ceyn. No matter what they might have thought, they both were a bit of spoiled brats, even if both would demure (Kay would say she's not a brat, and Ceyn would complain he's not spoiled). It seems like the obvious route would be to then step away from that and make a nice, well adjusted child who didn't have a well-cared for upbringing, but I haven't finished exploring that concept yet: so here, we have the lovely Renate Schoonraad, beloved by her widowed mother and gifted with everything she desired (including, to step around the common cliche, love). Still, although Renate was well cared for and given opportunity to see the world through her duties at court, she would spend at least two months a year with just her mother and the servants in a lonely villa far up the side of a mountain- a long ride down to the village below, where the other children would look at her with awe and occasionally fear. The lack of true friends has left Renate with one overwhelming goal for her days at Academagia: make friends with everyone. The rich, the poor, the kind, the mean, the lovely and the ugly- it matters not. Renate came to make friends, and that's exactly what she's going to do. (Her clique, of course, may only be filled with the richest and most popular, but, well, we'll see how that goes, now won't we?) (I freely imagine she's going to run in with Silke, Catherine, and Emilia P (especially her!) eventually, but hopefully her interactions with them will be different enough from Kay's and Ceyn's that it will be interesting all the same.) Renate will be taking Glamour, Grammar, Rhetoric, Music, Botany, Calligraphy, and will be supported by her beautiful familiar, Dianthia. Renate is not the most skilled at the physical activities, lacking both muscle and agility (Str and Fin 1), and her luck is ridiculously bad (Luck 1, bad luck magnet). Her constitution and capability for deep thinking are only average (Fit and Int 2), but she does have wisdom and charisma (Ins and Cha 3). Her skills are scattered, but she already has a grasp of both Arts and Asthetics, a command of Etiquette and the Theory of Negation, and she's well prepared for both Glamour and Music. She can already cast a spell upon arrival: Saving Face. It seems that both Tabin and Sheary got a double-hit from the traitors background, starting at -4, but she'll just have to speak to them and all will work out, I'm sure. Right? A conversation between two maidservants, overheard: “Oh, my. Look at that little girl. Isn’t she just as pretty as a picture? And those blue flowers, too! How unusual!” “Aye, she’s pretty, but only while she’s still. She can’t seem to walk twelve steps without falling on her own feet. Good thing they keep her as a page, not a maid.” “Surely you’re exag- oh. Ah. Ha-” “Don’t let her see you laughing! She’ll tell her mother, and only the Hope-Star could say what will come of that, though I’m sure it won’t be pretty! “Don’t tell me that- oh, no. Don’t tell me. She’s Pietronella’s daughter?” “Lady Schoonraad’s daughter, and you know what they say happened to her husband.” “I can’t imagine that the rumors are true. They were so in love… remember the courtship? All those letters, the flowers, the baking, the dancing…” “It wouldn’t be the first time the Schoonraad’s have chosen money over love, and I’m certain it won’t be the last. At least the girl seems to take more after her father then that harpy-” “Shh! Don’t warn me and then speak like that; she’s looking! …It even seems like her flowers are looking! She does have a presence, I’ll say that.” “Hmph. Well, at least she’ll be gone soon enough. They’re carting her off to the Academagia as soon as the school year starts.” “The Academagia? I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. Nothing but the best for a Schoonraad. I’m sure her mother saw to that.” “Enough bribes to line the whole of the school in gelded plates, I imagine.” “Would she have gotten in otherwise?” “Oh, they say she can cast spells; supposedly, she spent a year at the Blackheath.” “The Blackheath?! Pietronella sent her daughter to the Blackheath? I can’t believe that!” “Supposedly, it was at the girls own insistence.” “Hah, so she has Pietronella wrapped around her pinky? I suppose she is like her father.” “Aye, and I have no doubt she’ll meet the same fate: drowned in the river as soon as she’s old enough to inherit. The Lady might spoil her now, but they say the girl’s quick with her mind, for all that she crashes on her feet. She’ll disappear soon enough.” “Oh, nonsense. I know what happened three decades ago as well as you do, but I’m sure Pietronella had nothing to do with her poor hus-“ “Shh! You’re too loud. Just know this: for all that she’s so pretty and well-behaved, that girl was born Unwelcome: the islands shook at her birth. If her mother doesn’t get rid of her, I’m sure she’ll be just like that horrible woman before long.” “The Wanderers? I don’t… well… let’s move to the other room, shall we? I believe we’re done in here. No reason to stick around.” “I could not agree more.” (This is my first time not choosing the comet, the forge-finesse, and the Mordivus bitter hatred backgrounds since they were put in the game. Makes me a bit nervous, actually.) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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