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Dame Thena Grayhope

No, I don't want to take the edge off. The edge is all I have.

Social Rank: 7
Concept: Eccentric Guardswoman
Fealty: Crownsworn
Family: Grayhope
Gender: female
Age: 24
Religion: Pantheon
Vocation: Soldier
Height: 5'7"
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: dark brown
Skintone: Dusky

Titles: Acting Commander of the Knights of Solace

Description: Thena is of middling height and possesses a rangy build made up of mostly lean muscle, graced with very little in the way of curves. She has a heart-shaped face that can, on occasion, bestow on her an air of sweetness, though far more often her expression defaults to vacant and slightly sullen. Her hair falls in dark shining waves when unbound and there are buried glints of red in direct sunlight; her eyes are nearly black and her complexion is dusky. Thena is generally a woman of few words and moves with the precise nimbleness of an alley cat, tending towards silence even when she's not deliberately trying to be stealthy. She often has an air of alert wariness about her.

(Her hair has been cut to chin length and looks a little bit scorched in places.)

Personality: Thena is inquisitive and sharp, often far too sharp, with a snarky devil-may-care facade that hides the ravages of personal loss and a less than stellar upbringing. She can be well-mannered if she chooses to, but usually whether she chooses to is often entirely based on the direct benefit to herself. She can be incredibly determined when she's on the hunt for something, which is usually information, and quite mercenary about dumping one source in favor of another one that has a better yield. Thena is deeply religious and believes that she was genuinely called to the Faith, though she also deliberately uses her Godsworn status to keep a barrier between herself and anyone who might want to venture too close. Still, she has strong convictions, feels that it is her gods-given duty to fight the oncoming darkness until she can't, and, acutely aware of her own shortcomings, strives constantly to better herself and to pay off some nonspecific debt she feels she owes to the world. Hunted and haunted, it might be too much to say she has a heart of gold, but she has a bright-burning spirit underneath all the attitude that she reveals but rarely.

Background: Born to a life of moderate poverty in a large family with Grayhope connections, Thena showed early aptitude for sneaking about and relieving people of their possessions and was fostered out to some other Grayhope cousins who 'encouraged' this aptitude and a few others (stabbing) that might help her help them with the family business. Petty theft as a child and pre-teen led to more lucrative and dangerous operations, and it was during one such that she was betrayed by her partner and left to die in the gutters of the Lower Burroughs, where an elderly disciple of Lagoma named Petrae found her. The woman, a talented healer, patched her back together and eventually convinced her that she was meant for more than a short drop and sudden stop, so eventually Thena left 'home' to stay with Petrae in a cottage in the Gray Forest, a few miles outside of Arx. Petrae taught her healing arts and some rudiments of the Faith, especially worship of Lagoma, and, having never known real safety or parental care before, Thena finally started to thrive. When Brand and his army began to make their way toward Arx, Thena left her oasis to seek help from someone in the city. She became trapped there by the Siege, and, unsure of the reception she might receive from the Grayhopes in the city, signed up with the Iron Guard as a means to keep herself sheltered and fed. When the Siege lifted, she made her way back to the cottage in the company of a couple of heavily armed friends, only to find that Petrae had been tortured and murdered. Devastated and bereft, Thena sought consolation in the Faith and eventually took vows to become Godsworn. She currently serves in the Knights of Solace and finds some comfort in carrying out her duties, specifically those duties that involve slaughtering anyone and anything remotely linked to her mentor's death.

Relationship Summary


Friend:
Deceased:
  • Petrae - priestess of Lagoma. Mentor and guide, found dead in the Gray Forest after the Siege.

  • Family:
  • Bertolem - Father. Don't remember him.
  • Matild - Foster-mother. Would rather not remember her.
  • Imelda - Mother. Don't remember her.
  • Name Summary
    Aislin More subdued than some I've traveled with, but I've seen this Knight of Solace move like the wind with those daggers, striking at dark forces with such speed as to make me wonder if she might not be gifted by the gods.
    Aleksei A bit more respectable than the rest of her family. Alas! That can't be that much fun.
    Asher My cousin. Not blood related of course... But still! She's a fine guard and I love to bother her with things. And tease. Like real family!
    Calaudrin Then used to steal all of my smokes. Now she has her own case that I filled with them so she doesn't. Except she's eventually going to run out and start to steal from me again. It's fine I guess. I like her.
    Cristoph Dame Thena Grayhope is a remarkable young woman! I'm impressed by everything she's done for the Knights of Solace. This art showing she put together was spectacular. I think she has a fine future ahead of her.
    Daemon A sister and a lovely speaker at that, glad to have met her.
    Esoka Seems like a smart girl. Finds solutions to problems that don't involve property damage. Good head around roaches. Also, did not poison me with her casserole.
    Fatima Slightly intimidating guardswoman who seems a bit standoffish. Understandably so. I sense a story here, perhaps some day I will find out.
    Ferrando She's a rebel! Although she ended up in the kind of family where you rebel by doing stuff like 'being a responsible person' and 'joining the Iron Guard', so arguably she's not a very typical rebel. She seems out to make things better, though, so that's commendable.
    Fortunato Strong, reserved cousin, focused to the point of intensity. The Faith's a good place for her and I know she's already impressed folk in power with her dedication. As for me, enjoy her company, her seriousness, and the dry wit under the serious.
    Gisele She seems intelligent, and capable of bearing up under the weight which has been placed on her shoulders without invitation. The Grayhopes are going to get a reputation!
    Isolde Good under pressure. Wish I could wield daggers like she does.
    Joscelin Enthusiastic, as tactless as I can be when I'm excited about something. She was a joy to meet again, to stuff with scones and pester with a million questions. I am happy to help her.
    Killian Another Grayhope, I imagine she will be as fine an exemplar of that lineage as all of the others I have known. She seems formidable of will, and fearless of spirit, not to mention more than passingly adorable.
    Leola She is fine, and brave. She is devout, and far more a natural Knight than I. I can only respect her for this, and envy her her natural affinity for action
    Magpie Though Thena and Magpie have known each other for years, they never had much interaction until recently. He sees her as a valuable member of the family -- not because she could be useful for inside info in the Iron Guard (she's not), but because she's strong and stands by her convictions. She's also loyal.
    Mason Mason had heard a bit about Thena before ever meeting her, and while he knew she had recently been through hard times, it didn't really drive home until he spoke to her. He's very concerned about Thena based on their conversation and isn't sure if her zeal is passion founded of altruism or vengeance.
    Merek %bMerek first met Thena at a meeting in the Iron Guard Barracks. She seems to like knives, and also generally seems like a nice woman and dutiful to the Guard.
    Petal She seems nice. I don't know her well and I don't thing that I get all he jokes and comments. Maybe I will one day understand her better.
    Reese She seems quite wise and is pleasant company. She is a leader who has inner strength without being arrogant or annoying.
    Saedrus Though I first met Sister Thena at a small gathering of friends, I saw a great deal more of her at the Tournament of Roses. She has an iron kind of composure that differs greatly from my own, a very level-headed young woman who I look forward to working with on future endeavours.
    Samael I think I saw them at the Prayers of the Sentinel. They must care about justice.
    Sameera Seems less judgemental and has a good ear. Might not be objectional to chat with her about more personal matters at a later date.
    Silas A Grayhope guard! Silas didn't think he'd see the day. That said, Thena's spunk and medical expertise has helped the Iron Guard immensely in the past war against Tolamar Bran, and Silas finds he likes the woman quite a bit. He hopes she finds her way in whatever path she chooses.
    Skapti A Grayhope cat burglar who became an Iron Guard and a Knight of Solace? Now I really have seen everything. Still, I guess if she's staying at the Murder she ain't exactly forgotten her roots, now has she?
    Stefano I don't know her well still but she seems a capable and effective commander for the Silver Order. Very active and on top of things.
    Tallius A Knight of Solace, no wonder she's so nice to a bumbling delivery fellow in the wrong place and interrupting. They truly are the best of the church.
    Torian They were at the Merchant West fire and The Compact owes them a debt of gratitude!