Never let your head hang down.
Description: With a distant gaze softened by a well-arranged, amiable smile, Bethany is a strikingly pretty girl. A well-proportioned and willowy figure, carried with a practiced grace. A flawless complexion. She's the kind of young woman who is the product of a well-bred, well-lived life in the merchant class. Befitting that class, her clothing is of fine quality, but reserved -- she dresses older than she is -- and her tawny blonde hair is of indeterminate length, worn in a complicated coiled updo secured by a few fancy pins. Even though her demeanor is welcoming, there's always a sense that she holds something in reserve; her steel blue eyes are those of a woman whose soul is not easily touched.
Personality:     Bethany has a mind like a steel trap, capable of understanding a situation before it fully unfolds. Being curious is her first nature, so this is partly a defense mechanism she's developed to avoid getting in trouble. Her skills in planning and accounting are noteworthy, which makes her a good fit for her career path, and trusted by her merchant father when it comes to managing her finances.
While on the surface she is affable, Bethany tends to establish emotional boundaries between herself and her friends and acquaintances. She fears being hurt and feels safe only when she has control of the relationship.
Background: Bethany is the youngest child and only daughter of Adlai Mercier, a Grayson wine merchant of increasing wealth and repute. While most in the Borough scrape by, Bethany and her siblings enjoyed a childhood within the comfort of a large mansion in the Upper Borough.
A great part of her early education came from her mother, who consulted Archscholar Aldwin Aurum for advice and hired a skilled Scholar of Vellichor to regularly tutor her children. In these studies she excelled: by the age of nine, Bethany could read and write three languages. Though he was often away from home, Master Adlai doted on his daughter and frequently boasted about her intellect to his social betters. Through her close relationship with her knightly brother, Bethany has even acquired knowledge of the basics of swordplay, though she lacks the physical strength needed to wield blades larger than a rapier.
As a teenager, Bethany attended a noble wedding and impressed Lady Alarys Grayson with a performance on the piano. Upon being informed of Bethany's many talents and her father's desire to see her in high places in society, Alarys secured a position for Bethany within the royal household, if only as a servant. She was initially lukewarm towards the idea - though serving the Graysons was an honor, it hardly seemed to make use of her talents - until she met the young king in the Palace, and his Majesty Alaric Grayson IV seemed so shockingly indifferent to matters of economic policy that he actually asked the brand new young servant's opinion out of the blue on a matter of finance for the entire court. She quickly learned that most important matters were handled by his ministers and particularly the Voice of House Grayson, Lady Dawn, and that provided all the motivation she needed to know that even as a minor servant, her voice and talent could be meaningful at court.
|Agatha||That curtsey - that's the sort of thing she's practiced. You ever see someone and know they've put in hours to get everything JUST SO, who puts work into getting the things they do right? I'd guess she's someone like that.|
|Alaric||Composed, reliable, and well, businesslike. No wonder I end up buying all my tea from her.|
|Barric||Quiet. Informative. Probably shy as all get out. Will have to work on getting her to open up.|
|Cullen||Knows her business and the needs of her customers well. Quite attentive. Didn't shove me at all, mostly. Her tea and biscuits were quite excellent.|
|Gareth||A fine animal. The dog, I mean, not the woman. A tragic thing about her past, she should not have been treated that way, and I do hope brighter days for her. She deserves them. Again, the dog, not the person, I suppose the woman is fine.|
|Iseulet||We share the same sense of humor, to which I am thankful for. (Perhaps the first person in a long while that may have come close to hearing my rather undignified snort while giggling).|
|Jeffeth||Mistress Mercier has a very lovely shop and a very lovely countenance, she is always willing to serve with a smile, and she is a wonderful person to keep you company while you drink tea. Or ale. Or whiskey. Or rum. She could keep lovely company with a lot of drinks, ok.|
|Jordan||As always, Bethany Mercier is ambitious, pretty, and businesslike. She's got a keen mind and gods willing, we'll be business partners in the very long run.|
|Kenna||My dearest cousin Bethany! I know I'm perhaps a little too exuberant for her, but she took my hug in such grace. Her resolve is to be admired.|
|Lou||An inquisitive sort, who wanted to learn a bit about investigating things. Hope I didn't scare her away too badly with the font of knowledge I have!|
|Lys||Lovely tea shop girl. She seems to have a passion for tea, but doesn't speak very much.|
|Mabelle||A kind, thoughful, and well-versed woman. An absolutely excellent tea-maker. Visiting her shop, I have an idea will become a staple and a pleasure.|
|Marian||She's rather a rather talented musician. I like her choices in music even if it hints that her life has not been easy. I recognize that look...the smile that doesn't reach one's eyes. I have worn that same look myself at times.|
|Mirari||A shy looking blonde who will drink with strangers. That in itself can be a bad thing, but she looks so darling that I wonder at the kind of person who would slip poison into her drink.|
|Norwood||I have the utmost respect for a business woman who is determined to make her own way in life.|
|Petal||A comfortable and polite and please hostest who likes tea!|
|Reese||She is very warm and makes great tea and has a way about that is easy to be around.|
|Reigna||She has a keen mind, but there is a sense that when she smiles it is but an affectation. She does so because that is what you are supposed to do, not because she means it. I think the closest I got to genuine emotion was when I said something that actually interested her.|
|Rook||The Mercier family are nothing if not entrepeneurial. It's when they bring humility and class together that one sees women like Bethany Mercier, and as the new Mercier head of household, I'm going to look forward to any and all interaction or observation of said family under her careful hand.|
|Sabella||Bethany is just as sweet as her cousin, Tabitha! I have not gotten to know her very well, but I should like to correct that as I believe we could be kindred spirits and good friends!|
|Sorrel||A very polite young woman who clearly isn't used to my level of enthusiasm.|
|Talen||The servants tell me she plays a flute to entice rabbits to settle in her lap. Unfortunately others try to snatch and kill those bunnies. It could be a sad story for the Archives.|
|Theo||She moves with a sense of composed grace, and listens more than she speaks. Intriguing.|
|Tynan||The Keeper of the tea shop. She seems like a pleasant aquaintance to make.|
|Vayne||Thought-provoking, and willing to challenge the establishment. My kind of person. Someone I believe I'll be speaking with again in the near future.|
|Wylla||She seems polite. Very polite. So polite she tried to help me out of embarrassment. I'm not sure if it worked, and I'm not sure why she did it, but at least she did it. We'll see if she can play piano.|