Princess Astraea Redrain
"Everyone wants to be a beast, until it's time to do what beasts do."
Description: Astraea, like her mother and twin sister, is mostly without pigment of the flesh or hair. With skin as pale as freshly fallen snow, rosy cherubic cheeks and heart shaped lips these distinctive features are often some of the first things passerby might notice. The silken white tresses that frame her face and flow around her airily adds an unearthly quality to her person. Astraea stands at middling height, average in that regard but somehow her presence is almost that of someone twice her size even if she is trying to avoid scrutiny. She is delicate of limb but possessing a well toned frame that belies her athleticism and her arms and legs terminate into delicate appendages. Her nails are often manicured and colored according to whatever whimsical fancy she desires. Subtle curves are still padded with baby fat, her voluptuous figure otherwise filled out in delightfully alluring proportions and being that her cerulean blue eyes are flecked with golds and yellows it's easy to see how someone might call her exotic.
Personality: Coquettish to a fault and debonair even when she shouldn't be. Astraea has impeccable manners and doesn't believe in rudeness of any kind, even upon the battlefield. Though some might describe her as pragmatic this chevalier is highly principled and carries herself with the moral fiber of someone who keeps themselves accountable for their own actions. While her moods tend to vary like her sister's she is most usually in high spirits, but never quite bubbly. Even suggesting such a thing is enough to earn a scoff and maybe a derisive chuckle or two. It's normally assumed that soldiers, knights and warriors of her caliber tend to be highly disciplined but this Lycene born princess is quite lazy. Never when it counts, but enough that if she can delegate or sidestep a minor responsibility she will. This attitude lends to her Tehom-may-care demeanor and compliments her sometimes too serious moments quite well. A woman of contrasts indeed.
Background: Astraea was born mere minutes before her twin sister but the two might often go back and forth on who was actually the first brought into this world. Though she may be identical in looks to her sister they are quite different in some ways. Astraea is the more thrill-seeking, physical type who enjoyed tussling with the boys and getting dirty. Unafraid of a little danger, she always managed to find herself getting into trouble. Her mother was afraid of losing her daughter to the wiles of her whimsy and did her best to reign her in. There was no way in hell that Astraea would ever enjoy embroidery or needlepoint. Knowing her daughter well, the Igniseri noblewoman managed to procure the services of a well known sellsword from a foreign land. Due to her natural inclination toward athleticism she was an excellent student and picked up swordplay quickly. This only bolstered her eagerness to partake in dangerous ventures for that rush of adrenaline. Storm-chasing, rock-climbing, extreme sports, diving, exploring, and just about anything that risks life and limb was on her checklist. Astraea managed to undertake many exciting adventures but her career as a daredevil came to an end when she got married. It was politically motivated and she had never met her intended before they were engaged. As she got to know him it seemed alright and the Igniseri girl felt like perhaps she might even grow to love him.
It was with a heavy heart that she left her family and home in the Southern isles to go and live in the icy north. Life can be good, but it isn't always happy endings and for Astraea this was quite the case. Her husband died three years into their marital bliss, his body was found terribly mangled and the cause of death was never discovered. In the weeks following the investigation into the Redrain Prince's death the grisly details were kept from his widow. After the news was delivered to her, Astraea sunk into depression and mourning, thus shattering the hopes and dreams of the southern-but-northern princess who had expected to live a long life with her Prince Charming.
Many long months have gone by since then and once again Astraea has fallen prey to her wanderlust and taste for a good fight. Ever a devotee of Gloria, this princess is highly devout and her love of the Gods is second to none. It's no secret that she walks with the Sentinel and has a special place in her heart for the Queen of Endings but she carries a flame of passion in her heart and soul for each member of the Pantheon; finding their combined philosophies and teachings the most beneficial to the soul. Strangely enough she is not actually a member of any single discipleship but the Redrain princess frequents the shrine and the Cathedral.
When she isn't pursuing a life of piety, Astraea pursues her interests quietly and tends to avoid the politicking of Arx. Her sister, Aurelia, and her spend a great deal of time together and tend to be synchronous with their moods. This doesn't always mean the pair of them are in agreement but even in their discordance they manage to echo one another's thoughts and feelings as if they share a soul or at the very least a mind. There are no limits on her love for family and the people, all people. Some might see this as naivete or weakness but Astraea has always seen the best in humanity and has an amazing capacity for love. She enjoys meeting people with warmth and open arms, and though she may not always see eye to eye with someone she does her best to keep an open mind. How she arrived in the city is a bit of a mystery, but the why is something she hasn't been quite forthcoming about either but she has set about throwing all of her efforts into maintaining the peace and bringing down the Compact's foes.
|Aerandir||An elegant, humorous noble I met in the Ambassador's Salon, perhaps the most likeable of all the princesses I have thus far come across. Not overly formal, nor informal; a perfect balance of being personable and polite.|
|Aiden||A woman capable of holding her own. She ran like the wind and didn't give up the chase, which is highly respectable. There's much more to her, this I can see, but what I saw of her was enough to want to know more. Besides, she has beautiful hair.|
|Alarissa||A face that I have not seen in some time but it was good to see her again. A bright spot in a time of turmoil. She makes me think about how best to woo her from Redrain.|
|Amarantha||My darling sister! I love her yet she refuses to the see the truth, no matter how often I remind her.|
|Ann||Are all of Apollis' sisters so wildly different, talented and beautiful? A good, level head on her shoulders and a mind for war I wouldn't mind picking later.|
|Avary||A strong woman, one who doesn't just want to hear platitudes and entreaties. One who values action and truth. I like her a lot. I feel she will be a good person to work closely with.|
|Barric||The best fighter I have ever had the pleasure of sparring with. She may even give my cousins Reese and Luca a run for their money. Of course, she is charming and truly magnificent. I hope we have more opportunities to speak.|
|Bianca||A stunning woman and her curious nature is refreshing. A look forward to future encounters.|
|Calaudrin||I hadn't met the princess before, but she seems to be a friendly sort. Watched the sparring with me, exchanged some words and seemed genuinely interested in other people. Not too bad. I'd watch a fight with her again.|
|Caspian||Surprising tough for such a little princess!|
|Cirroch||The sweet, charming Redrain Princess I have know for a few years now. She is a good friend and a trusted confidante. If I need counsel I know I can always turn to her. I have no shortage of affection for her.|
|Cirroch||Always a delight to be around. Brings a smile and joy to every room she is in.|
|Daemon||A most rarefied delight from the North. A Princess and a knight, who sorely kicked my rear while having a lovely one of her own. I can only hope to impress her as much as she has me in this brief meeting.|
|Darren||A right honorable woman and a damn good warrior too. You will serve the Godsworn well, we'll miss you around the house, but you are always welcome in the North.|
|Darrow||A princess looking for a fight. I imagine that soon she will find one.|
|Denica||Vivacious and raucous and easily able to bring a smile to my face. She seems like a lot of fun, though I hope it wasn't just the drink talking.|
|Dominique||Wow. This woman can fight.|
|Drea||She's grown since I last saw her. She seems certain in her opinions, confident in herself, friendly. A credit to us and to herself. I want to get to know her now as the full adult that she is.|
|Echo||Astraea is the brightest star of them all. While others may dull and fade, she only grows brighter by the day. My older sister, my guardian, my mentor, and my motivation. The best friend anyone could wish for. It's no secret that I aspire to be everything she is.|
|Ectorion||It had been years since I had last seen Astraea in person, and oh my has she changed. There is still that shy innocence, but it is now mingled with a confidence that is befitting of a woman such as her. A skilled fighter and knowledgeable counselor, I value her wisdom and strength as much as her beauty, kindness and care. To say that I enjoy her company would be an understatement, at the very least.|
|Elgana||Cousin! It feels like so long since I've been with any of my family like this. You are as strong as you are lovely. I am so happy to be reunited with you and hope we can catch up on everything sooner than later.|
|Emilia||Astraea is very skilled with the blade. Her style of combat is very entertaining and inspiring to watch. I dare say she's among the best I've ever seen. Her nature outside of combat is kind and warm, she is a soothing presence to the tired soul.|
|Jeffeth||Possibly one of my favorite Princesses thus far. A holy warrior. I sense a kindred spirit.|
|Killian||A strange woman and not at all what I expected from the Northlands. I'm still not sure just what it was she was asking, somehow it seems as though we each had different conversations from one another. I am glad though to have met her, and hope that we will have the opportunity to come to know one another in the future.|
|Marcas||A princess. Not Echo. Looks like her. Astraea, of course. Still, the resemblance is striking. She seems pretty friendly, though. Trained in fighting, as all good Redrain princesses should be. I ought to talk to her more.|
|Margerie||What gusto. It is clear she has a hunger for the world, not just the impressive meal she set herself. Her warmth with the staff, her comfort in approaching and meeting strangers. Such delicate features, but such a strong spirit with the armor to protect both!|
|Marian||She is kind, sweet like her sister. Her presence by my bed is giving me comfort. Her efforts to help are sincere.|
|Merek||I find her nice and seeming chivalrous, though she seems to not know too much about certain cultural aspects of the place. Still she means well and is quite nice, and she is quite devoted to the Pantheon!|
|Mirari||Reminds me a lot of her sister, she seems to be as confident and fun. It would be nice to get to know her in a slightly less crazy setting.|
|Nierzen||Exactly what I expect from a princess. Not one shade different.|
|Orazio||Young, but good-hearted, Orazio thinks. She seems to be earnest in her studies, particularly for a Northerner, and he enjoyed meeting her.|
|Petal||She seems very nice and is thoughtful and aware of those around her.|
|Quenia||I must admit that I did not recall who Astraea was at first, I had to have Lucita remind me. And when she did it came back to me. She was the adventurous one, who went otu to find new things to get into. She and Vincere and Pietro would have gotten along well. Ariella is sure to get along with her great. I hope I'll have time to get to know her while she's here, and now that I'm in Arx for good.|
|Reese||She seems very friendly and quite passionate about things. I never seen her fight, but I think she has a great potential and would love to see her fight one day. Maybe we will be in battles together in the coming days.|
|Romulius||Not what I expected when hearing her name. She is small, but strong and fast, very skilled. Elgana should learn to fight from her, not from Agatha... I have never been so soundly trounced as when we sparred.|
|Samael||I'm afraid I started out my first interaction with Astraea by disappointing her as she was hoping to find Michael and Lailah. I was delighted to be able to recover and have a pleasant chat with the snow haired beauty. She wants to be doing more, and that is a fine trait. Wanting to do more is the first step toward doing more. I hope to get to know her better.|
|Sasha||A wonderly pleasant Redrain princess who I am curious to know more about.|
|Serafine||Young. Was I ever that young? And sweet, kin to Pietro and Vincere which makes me painfully biased.|
|Skye||Scholarly, like me. Great company to watch a spar with even if it's not either or our strengths. I do hope to talk about research later. When I'm not trying to learn how to fight.|
|Sorrel||This princess is also a lady knight! And she's excited about Gloria and about Sorrel also being a lady knight. Sorrel definitely hopes they can spend time in one another's company in the future.|
|Sparte||She seems very friendly. Striking hair, but good striking instead of 'are you a burn victim' like I get. Wonder how she'll take to the city.|
|Thesarin||Bright, and young, and eager. All fine things in their place. Skilled enough with her blade. More'n any of that, Esoka says she's worth trusting.|
|Turo||A Princess who can drink and fight. I'd like to know more.|
|Victus||Northern girl with locks of snowy hair. She fights like hell and she's curvy too, a rare sort of combination. I ain't see her much but I like her. Maybe Astrid does too, if they keep staring at each other like that.|