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Princess Gwenna Redrain

I guess if I have to pick a theme song, mine might be ... you know the smacking sound your palm makes when you hit yourself in the forehead?

Social Rank: 3
Concept: Snowflower
Fealty: Redrain
Family: Redrain
Gender: female
Age: 22
Religion: Open to Persuasion
Vocation: Noble
Height: 5'7"
Hair Color: buttered toast
Eye Color: warm brown
Skintone: fair

Titles: Minister of Income for House Redrain

Description: Gwenna has the laughing-eyed allure of dynamic expressiveness to go with her dimpled cheeks, a pleasant whimsy frequently lighting that warm brown gaze beneath her saucy eyebrows. The dewy softness of her bowed mouth beneath her snub nose is full enough and shaped with a downward pull enough to suggest a resting pout, but the moment she smiles, her dimples manifest in the apples of her cheeks. Her hair is a shade between gold and brown, splitting the difference between the two and falling like a cascade to the midst of her back when it's down, but more often than not it rings and loops her head in intricate braiding with a few escaped strands to curl around her cleanly angled jaw and slightly prominent rounded ears.

Personality: In a world of extremes, Gwenna prefers to avoid them. Averse to butting heads but not to friendly debate, she approaches life in a slightly wry way, and she has learned to tilt and skew and weave her way around many clashes of strong personalities, declawing nastiness before it gets too sharp. She'd rather a chilled white wine than a whiskey and she'd prefer a book and a hot cocoa to a bar fight. Some roar and swing an axe, or sing out loud with passion and verve; Gwenna would like to crack jokes by the fire while she does a little light tapestry and shares local gossip. Warm, compassionate, pleasant, affectionate, tolerantly appalled by political disaster: she is a quietly clever woman with a warm smile, a muting foil to the brash and the bombastic. Open-hearted and open-minded, she is interested in the world around her, open to the Faith of the Pantheon and to shamanism, to mystery and to legend -- not a staunch believer, but a suspecter, willing to entertain most possibilities.

Background: The North breeds hardy stock, and there are ways that Gwenna's life was no exception to this. A child in Farhaven, running in the snows, building snow forts, climbing trees, scraping her knees, failing dismally with spear and shield only to get up again and try again with grim determination in the set of her young jaw, nothing about these things made of Gwenna something unique among her brothers, sisters, cousins. But the lure of finer things and her mother's brewing hobby and knitting and crochet drew her back indoors for a loving seat by a crackling fire among their enormous dogs more often than not. Her strongest memories are of learning the needle, of matching bright colors and coming up with silly rhymes with her mother. She was never a wilting flower, but she always loved aesthetics, and art, and preferred the homely warmth of indoors to out, and of listening to song and story rather than trying to invent them herself.

Gwenna learned an open heart and an open mind from her family. She listened to the stories of the spirits from a laughing shaman and the stories of the Faith from a smiling seraph. She learned the strength of diplomacy and subtlety from her mother and the stories of war and conquest and wildness from her father. While her older brother was close to her in age and heart, a wild hellion running madly about the woods and stones, she learned drawing and sewing and drank home-brewed ale from her mother's casks and wondered about a future where she might be the center of her own beautiful domestic picture.

Politics are the doom of many a northener and it was her mother's machinations that sent her softer hands south, believing in her potential to aid Redrain, in all, maybe even to apprentice with Princess Donella and learn from her the lessons of the Southlands. It was with wide open eyes that she set out.

Relationship Summary


Sibling:
  • Artur - Dearest brother!
  • Name Summary
    Aerandir A considerate woman, remarkably so for one of her station. Her concern is endearing, though I think she might worry overly for strangers. In spite of this, she appears an immensely pleasant woman, and most certainly is good company; I am eager to see more of Her Highness.
    Aethan Not afraid of getting beaten. I like that.
    Agatha If I am going to be the roar of the Redrains, Gwenna makes a very good voice for us. She's so much better at the talking thing, and the people thing. So glad to have her in the family, her warmth.
    Aiden A lovely woman, who took the time out to personally invite me to her dinner and make me feel an honored and most privileged guest. She handled the conversations at the table with the speed of a swordsman, swift, to the point. This is my first time meeting her and I am very impressed.
    Alarie Valued client.
    Alessandro A lovely Redrain princess, and one whom my brother seems quite taken with. Anyone who can make my brother buckle down and get to work has my eternal respect.
    Alexis Princess Gwenna. She's vibrant and wonderful, and every time I talk with her I just want to turn around and... Be bright and wonderful myself. I don't know how she does it, but it very much feels like she draws out the best in everyone.
    Arik The Redrain Princess is wise. She uses many more words than I do, but, she is smart, it is clear. I should learn more of words from her.
    Ashkyr A nice and playful woman. Seems willing to help in anyway she can during the upcoming conflict, which is certainly worthy of respect in my eyes.
    Barric She is quite good at playing the royal princess as compared to some of her House, I would like to get her back into sparring though. It's good for the body and helps focus the mind too. Not that she needs it, but... I like to spar.
    Berenice A delightful Northern snowflower. I think I'd like to keep this one.
    Bliss I do not know if I have ever managed to have a proper conversation with the Princess Gwenna beyond just a few greetings, but that is something that is to my detriment. She emanates the grace, poise, and fierce pride of the North, and there is wisdom and wit behind every word that escapes from her lips. Truly lovely.
    Caith There was some sadness weighing on her when we met but she would light up when she laughed -- I could tell there was great mirth and whimsy there! I look forward to knowing her better because I feel there there is a kindred spirit there. I mean: POCKETS. <3
    Caspian She seems like a charming and upbeat princess. Very talkative, but not a bad thing! A good thing, in fact.
    Cirroch By far one of my favorite princesses. Not the top, that spot is already taken by the woman who stole my heart. But my house is fortunate to have such an ally as her.
    Cirroch The Redrain princesses come in many flavors, but they are all great in their own way. Gwenna included, I enjoy her company to no end.
    Cristoph It's been /years/ since I've seen my cousin. But I'm glad to have another member of the family in Arx again! She's as warm and friendly as I remember her being. And it's about time that we catch up. I look forward to having her over for dinner so that she can meet Nicia.
    Cullen Despite the conspiring of the fates, we managed to speak face to face after many letters. And there was an instantaneous connection, one of...a shared bond, perhaps, like a thread that led backwards through the Nortlands and over to the Oathlands. A brilliant conversationalist with an easy charm and shining wit, one could speak to her for many hours without being aware any time had passed. Cider and the gardens are a brilliant enticement, and I shall look forward to more time with her.
    Cullen A kind and good person in every sense of both words, generous and beautiful, classy and respectable. If only our timing wasn't so poor...but if nothing else, I have a fast friend, should we be able to get past the awkwardness. One day, hopefully.
    Darren It is /so/ wonderful to have you in the city. I can't tell you what a relief it is to know I have another Redrain in the city who I can count on to help me maintain the social norms of a ruling family in the city. Sometimes the houses of the South don't get us, but I know you will help bridge that gap.
    Darren My cousin Gwenna is the perfect Voice. Always dutiful and mindful, I can count on her to handle the mundane details while I focus on the bigger picture. She is indispensable to me.
    Delilah The High Lord sure loves giving her trouble! And she's an incredibly good sport for it, too!
    Echo The type to spoil you with compliments and make you feel incredibly good about yourself when you barely know them! A cousin-in-law who I'm far too lucky to have.
    Eilonwy Finally met the famous Gwenna. I can see why Duke Asger talks about her. She's fascinating, for a silk.
    Elgana My cousin Gwenna is an absolute treasure. She has never turned me away when I've needed an advice, or a hug, and has always been a beacon to not only me, but our House, our family. She has a heart that is far too large and giving to exist in one person, but there it is. I would do anything for her and woe to any who harm her.
    Etienne Generous and insightful this Princess well understands the principles of Gild and her spirit of generosity will undoubtedly be rewarded.
    Gareth Princess Redrain. Does her utmost to be positive and friendly as royalty should. She seems a very dear friend to many and provides a warm space for strangers. If you're in to that sort of thing.
    Giulio What an absolutely lovely, charming young woman. I do hope to see more of her. It seems Redrain raises individuals of distinction as a field does wheat.
    Ignacio Princess Gwenna, like many of the Redrains she seems to be pleasant to be around and have a good sense of humor. I do enjoy her company and I look forward to getting to know her better.
    Jeffeth Princess Gwenna Redrain is just a gosh darn delight. She is a treat, a gem, and a... Snowball! I had only known her from messages but had known her to be very kind and forgiving, meeting her in person was a pleasure and she held up to be just as lovely, if not more lovely in person! Redrain should be proud!
    Jordan Princess Gwenna has some very strong opinions about some matters but mostly she's genteel and pleasant to be around. I promised her to introduce her to a friend of mine.
    Katarina Princess Gwenna, a Voice of House Redrain, seems a genuine delight to be around. Conversation flows easily around her, whether it is polite pleasantries or teasing words exchanged in playful banter. Perhaps it is the natural consideration in which she pays to what others are saying, or the easiness in engaging others - family or acquaintance.
    Kenna The Princess was the first to welcome me, and proved herself to be warm and friendly. I'll have to think about this flask on belt thing...
    Lorenzo Met at the Jayus Gallery of Art, after being "set up" to meet by a mutual acquaintance. A beautiful woman, kind, easy to talk to. Her variety of skills and interests is impressive. How long until I can see her again?
    Magnus My first impression, though one born from the written word rather than the woman in the flesh, was one of welcoming warmth and open arms. Meeting Her Highness has confirmed, and deepened, such impressions to create a most enjoyable and valuable company. I look forward to other occasions to be spent with her.
    Marcas We are truly gifted to have so many down to earth and wondering Princesses, Gwenna being another example of this. Bright, charming, a true Northerner who makes one feel at home so far from it. I am pleased to be able to say I know her, and would fight alongside her any day it should be needed.
    Margerie Meeting her in person at the painting event at Jayus' temple is as warm as reading about her memories of dogs in her youth. She has a very welcoming quality that makes me feel at home very swiftly.
    Mercedes A Redrain princess with Oathlands heritage on her mother's side. Warm. Friendly. Welcoming. She seemed curious about my circumstances and she is someone I would like to get to know better.
    Norwood She was a bright star entering the Laurent gardens, and brought that light to all around her. She is clearly quick-witted and just as I have come to expect from all Laurent relatives.
    Orazio A budding diplomat from the North. She speaks with savvy and thought, and likely has a bright future ahead of her in diplomatic circles, particularly if she is allowed to grow and gain experience. Orazio enjoyed meeting her.
    Petal She seems quite friendly. I am flattered that she asked about my work.
    Reigna A friendly, kind and passionate Princess who is a fan of Keaton Hounds. How can I not like her? She and I have spoken about trade and I look forward to future encounters after this war.
    Riagnon It does a heart good to see so many familiar faces converging in one place. Gwenna is kind and empathetic... which bodes well for a house and fealty so likely to be influenced by her leadership.
    Rohran A Princess of House Redrain, if I am to believe the introductions. My first meeting with the woman was brief, perhaps too brief, but I can tell she is generous, humble, capable of holding her own in a conversation, and she sounded quite supportive concerning the endeavors of those around her. It is ever inspiring to meet someone who espouses such things, even for a brief moment. If I never met her another time, these are the things I would carry away with me, and I might carry them for quite some time, as well, for she is also a woman of arresting features and energy.
    Sigurd By far, the most sophisticated Princess of Redrain mine eyes have ever lain eyes upon. The way we move with fierceness in battle is the way she steps and socializes. Fire and fury and depth of strength is evident in her.
    Sparte A credit to House Redrain. They are so very fortunate to have such a friendly and inquisitive voice. I do think she'd be a great fit at The Salon.
    Theron A gentler, more domestic Princess of House Redrain. Even so, she still participated in no less than two contests. Seems to be a bit more serious than the rest of the northern Royals as well. Perhaps she'd enjoy a bottle of Ostrian brandy.
    Tila An utterly charming hostess and a clear source of strength and light for the North in dark times.
    Vanora Met at the 'Skirts and Gowns' ladies discussion, Gwenna seems warm and kind and quite comfortable meeting new people.
    Vercyn Ha! The princess is all grown now. Beautiful and graceful, with a fine sense of humor, and no lingering signs of her childhood face-smashing against the ground.
    Violet A Princess of Redrain that I've had the company of a few times. She has made great strides for Redrain and I admire her social accumen. There is the potential for a professional relationship between her and the Blades that I look forward to pursuing.
    Wylla How kind to greet me at the Redrain fire! Amidst all the bellowing and ale, she was a steady, welcoming presence. I know Jayus blesses her art!