Princess Elgana Redrain
If I ever flirt, it is for mutual amusement. If I am ever coy, it is only because there is delight in the lure of the unknown. And if I am ever serious ... perish the thought!
Description: Willowy height and long, lissome limbs are not the sole source of Elgana's easy grace; much of it comes in her controlled motion and her attention to fashion. Yet grace is hers to command in almost any situation. Loose, her hair falls to mid-back in a gleaming cascade of rich mahogany; up it piles in twists, swept back from her high cheekbones and cool, creamy skin. Her lips are full and soft, inclined to a natural, wistful pout that she can only ameliorate with deliberate smiles. Her eyes are dark and magnetic, easy to get lost in up until the point where she winks.
Personality: No two snowflakes are alike, and so no two conversations with Elgana will ever be exactly the same. She delights in being unexpected. Airy, breezy and flirtatious, Elgana is rarely direct when she can act the coquette. She loves to dance with her feet almost as much as she loves to dance with her words. She loves parties and can derive great joy from intimate social gatherings as much as from roaring schmoozes. She'd rather be a lover than a fighter and she'd rather avoid conflicts than start them; if she can derail one by making an oddball joke, starting a dance, or giving a bouquet of flowers, she will be all over that. But she has an uncanny knack for observing and understanding social situations; she isn't ever weird for no reason, but always, always to a purpose.
Background: The younger daughter of a lesser line of a royal House has obligations, different obligations than those closer to the hot seat of the actual Prince(ss) of the Northlands, but obligations nonetheless. Elgana was trained to be a proper lady, but as a young girl found ways to approach at a gentle skew; not so far askew as her older sister, a human battering ram and spear warrior, nor so dedicated as some of her family who seemed to take to heart that it was duty and to the matter born.
Yet if you are supposed to learn to dance, why not learn to make your own choroegraphy? If you are supposed to learn needlework, why not stitch up a banner that looks like it is oozing blood from every corner? If you have to learn history, why not write parody filks of ancient ballads and leave them lying around in ambush for your instructors? If you need to learn to ride, why not insist on sleeping overnight in the stable with your pony and treating it like your best friend? If you are supposed to learn to fight ... well, there wasn't much she could do about that aside from demonstrate very little natural aptitude and a tendency to whine and make sad faces about the bruises.
As she blossomed into a lovely young woman, Elgana learned new ways of making her own way and having it her way. While her sister ramrodded through obstacles, Elgana danced and flirted and laughed her way around them: a much easier, friendlier, and better angled kind of life. Though she never entirely lost her ability to tilt issues at a slight skew from the ordinary, she learned to temper and sheath this inside the bounds of etiquette, and apply imagination to life as her personal arsenal, along with a careful hand at fashion and the ability to make her eyes really sparkle with eye makeup. She already owns Farhaven as adorably as possible and now it is time to apply that sparkle to the rest of the Compact!
|Aleksei||Charming girl, fun to talk to. Before she was abducted! Not so dramatic. Before she ran off with her friend.|
|Alessandro||Not afraid to call my brother out. Good for her.|
|Barric||Excellent company and she has the most adorable puppy. It was amusing watching Simon play with Synder. She seems to have quite the mischievious streak behind that polished demeanor.|
|Bliss||The Princess Redrain is a beautiful woman of impeccable class. It possibly helps that she expressed interest in hearing stories about my duels. Possibly. She is on my list of people to meet and chat with over a glass of wine, should she be willing.|
|Caith||Oh, she is /delightful/! She is a unique flower within her family -- just like me! I feel like we are two peas in a pod and could be very good friends: she is friendly and happy and very easy to be around. I like her already!|
|Coraline||She is just like Caith, will have to ask sis about her.|
|Cullen||Charming, pretty, rather hilarious, and a taste for adventure. I am going to hate to admit to Margret that she was right, but....she was right. I look forward to a lot more rum and discovery.|
|Dante||A delight. Pure and simple. Well, the delight is pure and simple. The woman may well be devilishly arcane and wond'rously wrought of complex creativity. It's certainly the latter. My world is a world ruled by beautiful roses bearing the names of Princesses.|
|Edelma||Friendly and outgoing. Blushes like crazy when she kisses (not me). It's kinda cute.|
|Faye||Initially gives the impression of a flighty young noble more interested in fashion and parties than serious work. I'm willing to let her prove me wrong, though.|
|Ignacio||A charming Redrain Princess, truly befitting of the title she bares. She seems to be a good and fun person that I would like to get to know better.|
|Iliana||Delightful woman. I have a great fondness for the Northern Families, they've always been so kind to the Laurents and now the Leary's.|
|Lorenzo||A cheerful and delightful woman. I see completely why her cousin says she would burn a city for her. Also, clearly I need to be on my toes, because if I overstep, I think Elgana will be burning me and sparing the city.|
|Margerie||I think the Princess might be a young woman who delights in being challenged, in being made to think and react. There are great pleasures to be had in such a life.|
|Otakar||A very kindly cousin who seems to have a love for the sea and blushing. Seems to be quite the nice sort, and gave me a warm welcome despite our unfamiliarity with one another - seems smart, too.|
|Salvatore||At first I thought she disdained alcohol, which made me suspect her of being a secret Oathlander - but liking rum solely is no personality deficit! Amusing wit and seems quite interesting to know, I'll have to find out more sometime.|
|Saoirse||Princess of Redrain who seemed bright enough to understand a joke. Thank GOD.|
|Tabitha||So graceful and pleasant.|
|Triton||A redrain princess, seems like she ended up here like I did, out of service. Seems like a woman with a good head on her shoulders, wouldn't mind calling her a friend someday.|
|Vercyn||A Princess of House Redrain, whom I met when she was young. All grown up now to be a beautiful and engaging conversationist.|
|Viktor||She is sweet, nice, and beautiful. I am not sure what she means with some of what she says, I am sure it must be my imagination. I think.|
|Vitalis||A very graceful and beautiful Princess with an interesting reading habit, seems rather the friendly sort and perfectly content to (possibly) listen to tales of exploration and adventure. A friend of Count Duarte's, so she has to be intriguing in some way.|