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Princess Lou Grayson

The best thing about being an explorer is getting confirmation that all your nagging fears about terrible horrors lurking in the world are completely justified!

Social Rank: 3
Concept: Pragmatic Explorer
Fealty: Grayson
Family: Grayson
Gender: female
Age: 26
Religion: Pantheon
Vocation: Explorer
Height: 5'6"
Hair Color: rich brown
Eye Color: blue gray
Skintone: tanned

Description: Her brown waves and curls are rarely tamed or coiffed, lightened at the ends from sun exposure. Her fair skin, likewise, has been thoroughly loved by the sun and it gives her complexion a permanent cocoa hue. Her sky-pale eyes are a stark standout - a flash of crystal in a warm, sun soaked visage. She's on the lean and rangy side; sleek feminine contours often hidden and usually ignored. Her grins are wide and wonderful on her heart-shaped face, revealing the most fetching dimples.

Personality: Most people would call Loucia 'no-nonsense', and while that's not inaccurate, the truth is (usually) more complicated. She tolerates - and even enjoys - all sorts of nonsense. She just has little patience for the nonsense one often encounters at court. Her sense of humor is both sharp and dry, and she says what she thinks or nothing at all. Like many, she struggles internally with the question of what makes a good person, and whether or not she conforms. "Lou knows what to do" is another phrase one might hear from her friends, and she usually does. She just isn't always sure what to feel.

Background: Few of the royal blood could claim to be as pragmatic and down-to-earth as Lou. Lou, who tends to glare at anyone who calls her by her hated pretentious fullname and title of her highness Princess Loucia Grayson, has always been drawn to what, in her opinion, truly makes House Grayson the greatest. When Lou was a child, she read about the boldness of her ancestors, the dauntless courage of Graysons who continually set out to make sure every inch of Arvum was safe for their people, and how many Graysons were among the greatest explorers and pathfinders of all the great houses. Since the carnage and decay of the Crownbreaker Wars, so much of the land of Arvum has grown wild and been ceded to the Abandoned clans that recognize no lord. Lou has observed to her great annoyance many nobles that bemoan the plight of the common people and the state of Arvum, declare that something simply must be done, and then promptly go right back to their salons. The princess that hates being called a princess isn't really capable of the same self-delusion, and follows the proud Grayson tradition of being an adventurer on behalf of her house. Lou rolls up her sleeves and is determined to get it done, exploring old lands so it can be reclaimed by the Compact.

Not that she has to do it alone. While she might internally wince at annoyance whenever anyone calls her Princess Loucia Grayson, and she isn't fond of giant honor guards, she thinks only an idiot would slap away hands trying to offer help or fail to take advantage of the embarrassing good fortune of her high birth. So it was one of her first adventures in the Gray Forest, trying to remap the lands for one of the more minor vassals for House Grayson, when she first met her constant traveling companion Mason who just happened to be running screaming and literally fell into her camp and brought a dozen also-screaming shavs with him. She knows Mason isn't really how he pronounces his name, but she figures saving someone's life gives her the ability to mispronounce his name as much as she damn well pleases, and they've been fast, close friends ever since. Along the way, the fearless pair (well, full of an incredible amount of healthy fear truth be told, but everyone says they are fearless) has established quite a reputation as stalwart Grayson adventurers, in the finest traditions of Grayson courage. More than one bard has sung about 'the beautiful and bold Princess Loucia Grayson.'

Lou, of course, is mortified.

Relationship Summary


Sibling:
  • Reese - Best Sister Ever!, General of Grayson Army
  • Sabella - Sister, Socialite, Actress, Playwright

  • Spouse:
  • Mason - Husband, Loyal Support, Companion, Love of My Life

  • Friend:
  • Cadenza - Friend and Fellow Explorer
  • Viktarkim - Adventuring Companion
  • Aislin - Best Friend, Missing Pathfinder of the Explorers

  • Family:
  • Luca - Reese's Husband, Target Practice
  • Name Summary
    Aiden My cousin is someone that I can idolize and learn from. She has plenty of experience with adventures and shared me some information about her journies. I appreciate what she can show me and know she's definitely a leader in the Grayson family.
    Aislin It's good to see Lou in the city again, to have her back at the Society. I have so few true kindred spirits, especially ones I can rely on as much as I can on her. I look forward to catching up with her about everything that's happened in recent months.
    Alarissa One of my favourite cousins.
    Aleksei Mason's other half! She's pretty awesome, too.
    Apollis The Princess is the leader of the Society of Explorers. She seems so very nice and I look forward to getting to know her better. She is very beautiful too.
    Ariella The Pathfinder of the Society. As professional and knowledgeable as one would expect from that position.
    Armand Lou, as Her Highness seems to dislike the title, proved to be a patient, experienced and straight-forward Explorer, and I hope to learn more about her in the upcoming days. Someone I wouldn't mind at my side if stuck in the middle of nowhere, certainly!
    Astraea She's adventurous and cool like Aislin but there is a wariness that the Ashford's don't oft possess. I think she's a natural Pathfinder and with bright hopes I look forward to getting to know her and the other Explorers better. Now if only I could ask her about what her thoughts are on swordsmanship versus archery.
    Aurora We met at a duel between Rook and Princess Alarissa. She wished to be called by her given name without titles, which as the owner of the title I assume she can do? She seemed friendly enough and full of stories.
    Bethany She's much more adventurous than I think I would want to be, even if there's so much out there to see.
    Cadenza I'm so happy to see her here. I've missed this woman and I love her dearly. Maybe we'll catch up but she's the new Pathfinder so she might be busy.
    Calaudrin Esoka strongly suggested that I touch the princess some archery. When I finally met her, I'd just failed /out/ of an archery tournament, which was sad! But she was very gracious about it and seems to have heard good things. I look forward to teaching her some tricks one on one.
    Caspian The princess was very helpful and informative about The Society of Explorers and got me exicted about the prospect of joining.
    Cristoph Lou Grayson seems to be a lovely woman! She mentioned being in the Society of Explorers and being out in the field, so I imagine she has a rather strong interest in exploration. I hope to be able to have her and her husband over sometime soon.
    Cullen Seems very much the intense and dashing sort, exactly who you'd want to lead a group like the Explorers. I am very grateful for her taking me to Stormwall, as this is a personal mission I must do for peace with myself - and she understands it.
    Cybele Is a princess but you're not supposed to tell her. She is like Aislin in some ways, I think. At home when not at home. I like her.
    Echo Princess Lou Grayson offered a bright smile and warm discussion in an somewhat uneasy and difficult place. The shark couch was pretty neat. She offered answers to my various questions and tried to keep me up to speed. I really appreciate such kindness.
    Eleanor She seems very nice! Not many princesses tell you to use their first name. She was a willing learner. And she cheered for my knights!
    Emily I am not familiar with anyone that is more versed in sailing than the Pathfinder. I look forward to learning from her and to proving my capabilities in the face of adversity.
    Giulio Oh, how aaabsolutely wonderful. Intelligent, competent, lovely and a talented teacher. I do believe I will like this Grayson princess.
    Ingrid I was surprised to learn that she was a Princess. Nevertheless, the Pathfinder of the Explorers is a fascinating one who has experienced far more things than I believe I ever will.
    Insaya A good sport, even in the midst of a lost bet!
    Isidora We met randomly at The Spirits and Princess Lou is lovely. We discussed an upcoming expedition for Stormwall. It sounds like an adventure!
    Jacque Princess Lou Grayson. She likes to be addressed as Lou, so that's how I'll call her. I like the way she tells stories - it gets you involved in them, and she's leading the Explorers' Society. I'd like to become a close associate and maybe chronicle her adventures, though that's a departure from my aspirations to become a battle chronicler.
    Jael The elusive Grayson explorer Princess. It's good to see her back in the city, and she seems like a lovely non-fussy sort of person.
    Jeffeth Her Louness, brave leader of the explorers! I don't know much about her yet, but she's the type of princess that wishes everyone would forget she's a princess. Unfortunately, this is very hard for me to do.
    Jordan My patron! I hope I can be of great help to her adventures in the future. She dispenses with titles and prefers that people address her by her first name, which is appreciated.
    Katarina I've heard a great many good things about this Grayson princess. I'm happy I was able to finally meet her in person. She hates the use of her own titles just as much as I do, which is always pleasantly surprising.
    Killian I haven't had as much opportunity to meet Lou before, but she strikes me as shockingly similar to Aislin..though perhaps without the Ashford tendency to run afoul of every single bad thing that exists along any given path.
    Leola Another noble wanting to deny the title she was born with. I understand, I do - how could I not, when half the city calls me Paladin? - but I explained that it is not only herself we honor by the title, but her family and all. She'll understand, in time, I hope. A fine archer, clearly, and skilled with the land by the way she talks. I hope she will grow and find more than herself
    Liara An adventurous sort of cousin. There was a lot of bustle when we got to speak, so it wasn't a whole lot of talk, but she was very amiably disposed.
    Merek The one who handles the Explorers. She hosted a Gauntlet for people to do, and it was quite the experience.
    Mydas An explorer dedicated to her duties, the Crown and Compact. I expect Freja would be happy to see her so active as their Pathfinder.
    Niklas No less impressive than her sisters, each in their own way. An explorer, legend and, one hopes, raconteur.
    Niklas Sabella's older sister and the Pathfinder of the Society of Explorers. She's more serious than Sabella, but none can deny she's excellent at her job.
    Olivia Prince Mason's wife, and a good friend of Aislin, thus obviously a wonderful person! Beyond this, she seemed very kind and caring, working Olivia through her sometimes unreasonable fears while discussing dark things in the forest, as well as potential solutions. It's not surprising her sister keeps the company of people of such quality.
    Raja I've heard tales of the great adventurer. Finally got to meet her. It was at the tail end of some new years festivities and everyone was in good spirits. She showed charity towards me. At first, I thought to turn it down. I should have. But, hey.. it's new years.
    Reese I am glad to have my sister back in town. She seems to be doing well. I hope to visit with her more coming up. She is cheerful and positive and pleasant to be around.
    Sabella She's just a little stodgy and probably won't like the liberties I take with my historical accounts (alternative facts, anyone?) but she's strong and smart. And patient. Not that I need anyone's patience; I'm a delight.
    Sabella My amazing older sister who confirms things like unicorns exist in a sentence like its no big deal. She's the best!
    Sabella My favorite older sister (don't mind that she's my ONLY older sister) who is mother to my favorite niece (don't mind that I only have one as of right this moment!) who is so incredibly fearless and inspires me to maybe want to get my slippers dirty every once and awhile. I am in awe of everything she is able to juggle and accomplish!
    Saedrus Lou Grayson, as she seemed terribly against my calling her by title, is a unique young woman; so well-versed and pragmatic. I met her properly at the dinner I hosted for Princess Tikva -- she arrived in what looked to be explorer's leathers. Having spent more time with her, I do not think I will be surprised in future.
    Sergei Tough for a Princess, and I reckon she could see a fly fart on a mountain top. Perceptive as the abyss, but I can't say she's a real fan of wolves.
    Shard An archer. Grayson. An explorer too, apparently. She seems reasonable, no airs, no expectations--I'd not be able to pick her out as nobility from behavior alone. Can keep her head in a bad situation. I never saw a hint of panic.
    Skye She is who I want to be when I grow up. She's so self-assured, well-traveled and gone places that I have never even dreamed of. I really respect how she's managed the Society of Explorers. This is my second meeting that I've attended. Maybe someday I'll be a member too. I would love to work with her on an expedition.
    Sorrel The sister of Reese and Sabella, Lou is a fierce supporter of her sisters and her family. She's intelligent, kind, and pleasant, and she's got a real sense of adventure. I hope that I can become as good friends with her as I am with her sisters!
    Sparte A capable explorer, and my reason for trying to join the Society. I fall far short of her example, too short, but that doesn't make it any less valuable. Perhaps something I'm good at will rub off in turn, like not getting shot with arrows.
    Theron She likes to be called just 'Lou', not Princess or Your Highness. I appreciate that more than she knows, and she's willing to lend a ear and provide help she can to those that ask it of her. I enjoyed my first talk with Lou Grayson, and hope we have many more in the future.
    Turo What's not to like about this woman? She's adventurous and has to deal with paperwork more than I think she'd like. I can see why she's the Pathfinder, and I'm glad I don't have to be.
    Valarian Pathfinder Lou is one of those rare examples of someone who inspires through word and deed, and is clearly devoted to the Society. I have been quite pleased as a member of the Society, as she is very much hands on, well-learned and thoughtful.
    Venturo 'Mistress' Grayson is a wealth of stories. It is tempting to think of the evenings one might lose listening to them. I 'lllook forward to further pursuing interest in the Society.