Melisynthe ~ (of the Elves) Feb 19, 2009 0:34:06 GMT -5
Post by Lady Whimsy on Feb 19, 2009 0:34:06 GMT -5
Name: Melisynthe (last name coming)
Age mid/late twenties
Melisynthe is the eldest child of the Kingdom’s Head of State and his ailing queen. She is considered next in line to the thrown, though her younger brother would be a contender as well. Despite being typically cool and self-indulgent, she is keenly intelligent and open-minded, and is probably Kalidore’s best chance at seeking renewed alliance with the elven nation.
Physical Appearance & Apparel:
With her fine elven features set off by jet black hair and deep cobalt eyes, Melisynthe is quite striking and very much the vision of idealized elven beauty. Her looks are also something she puts a great deal of stock into, and spends a lot of time perfecting; Mel appearing even half-primped for on occasion is simply something that wouldn’t happen, up to and probably including death. Given that, her manner of dress is something that follows suit – no matter what it is, it’s going to be finely tailored and exquisitely tasteful; for all her finery, Melisynthe doesn’t flaunt – she is elegance defined. And naturally, appearing the super model on a daily basis requires a bit of help, so Mel always has a small entourage in toe to see to just that
Like all elves, Melisynthe has some innate magic, but she’s not really into the practice. While she would have knowledge of basic spells and scrolls (as it would have been part of her education), she is again content to leave the working of it up to the designated professionals; in a pinch she could probably whip something up, but certainly wouldn’t go out of her way to use it.
What powers she does have probably manifest under the category of Elven charisma and charm - it’s pretty hard to resist her when she sets her sights on you!
Skills & Abilities:
As the daughter of the Head-of-State, and next in the royal lineage, Mel’s education lacked nothing. She is fiercely intelligent and sees knowledge as power – the more she knows about everything and everyone, the better a position she sees herself in, and strives to remain well informed and on top of things. For that matter, she probably knows more about the elven kingdom and beyond then her father the king; she is also a progressive thinker and is not afraid to challenge someone with her wit. At the same time, she is also a cunning diplomat, and understands the importance of maintaining good relations with neighboring nations.
While not necessarily musically inclined, Mel is also trained on a variety of musical interments, is a graceful and knows how to handle a sword. She applies herself to awuire each new skill and is a fast learner. She also adores a good game of Elven chess, and usually wins.
Strengths & Weakness:
Mel’s strength comes from her own personal reserve and her ability to consider what she’s learned and to draw her own conclusions, something that can be a challenge for the stoic and stuffy race of elves. She is open to new ideas and new experiences, and is quite fearless in the pursuit. She is also intensely independent and determined, which can also be considered a fault, especially when her stubbornness overrules and undermines her ability to consider input from others; Mel is used to being right, and occasionally needs to realize that other people are at least half as smart as she is.
Melisynthe is also quite spoiled, and used to getting her own way. She can be very demanding, and often acts without immediate empathy for those around her. It’s not so much that she’s cruel – she herself would consider it practicality. She’s used to being right, and so tends to act quickly (but not impulsively; Mel is nothing if not calculating). She might also be described as passively manipulative, but that’s hard to say whether her intentions are objectively controlling or just a byproduct of her cunning charm. She demands respect, but expects others to earn her own.
Charming, elegant, and with utmost grace, Melisynthe is what one expects to find in the fantasy encyclopedia under the definition of “elf”. She’s enchanting and playful, entertaining and a gracious host, but calculated, conniving, and shrewd… also terribly spoiled, and very used to having her way. Yes, she’s probably best described as a bitch. But she is, however, not without her redeeming qualities: she is a forward-thinker, intelligent and articulate, unafraid to question tradition and stand up for what she believes, or to take a chance on something new.
While elves are said to be of the element of earth, the earthen element to best describe Melisynthe is probably stone – a hard, bright, and sharply hued stone that catches and refracts every element of light. She is mesmerizing, compelling, and beautiful to behold, drawing you in with every facet more alluring then the last, but be mindful – each shard is flawlessly sharp and tempered, willing even, to cut deep and to the bone on a moment’s whim. She is not intentionally cruel, but like stone she is careless – often unaware and unmoved by the way her actions might affect those around her.
She does… have a sweet side. She takes very good care of her people. And she likes humans; at least, she thinks they are kind of cute… So, as long as one doesn’t mind the indulgence or being considered somewhat of a plaything to her, they will probably get along rather well.
When the queen took ill and retreated to her chambers, the royal children were put exclusively into the care of nannies. Their poor father was both grieving this loss and busy with his duties as Head-of-State and felt unsuited to the job of child-rearing, leaving it in the hands of capable professionals; at the same time he felt horribly for what happened, and compensated by spoiling his children thoroughly. Every want or whim was granted, if he could, and they were allowed full run of the kingdom, if they chose. No expense was spared on behalf of their education or training; by the time they were adults they had traveled broadly and experienced more then many an elf had in the coarse of the past century. This had the effect of two things; one, it created a sense of the universe that revolved almost entirely around them, and two, offered a broader perspective on that universe then any elf of the old order had had before them.
Melisynthe doesn’t claim to have enjoyed childhood (or anything associated with children for that matter) and developed early her sense of independence and drive; she is very self-reliant as a result. At the same time this upbringing honed a love of luxury and indulged the tendency to being somewhat high maintenance.