Lady Arcadia Leary
There's a whole wide world of possibilities, and I'm going to try every single one! The only question is where to begin.
Description: In form, Arcadia 'Cady' Leary is a slight-framed girl, a slender blonde with short, tousled hair and eyes of a bluish gray; but without the dynamism of motion, she leaves little impression. In life, she leaps eagerly from branch to branch; even in stillness, her weight balances on her toes, ready to spring into action at any moment. The flash of her dimpled smile, the quick gleam of her bright kohl-lined eyes, the infectiousness of her ready enthusiasm: these are the sparks that make her memorable.
Personality: It's not that Arcadia isn't smart, exactly. She likes learning new things just fine; so long as they're new and exciting skills, rather than boring and useless facts. The list of things Cady would like to try includes but is not limited to: swordfighting, sailing, drinking too much, traveling to far away lands, meeting interesting people, exploring dangerous places, falling in love, falling out of love, and punching things.
With a strong sense of adventure, and an eagerness to expand her horizons, Arcadia is up for anything. Bright and bubbly, she is willing to try anything once (or twice!) and delighted to meet new people from all different walks of life. She enjoys parties, as long as they aren't dull ones where everyone talks in low voices about the latest scientific study on weather patterns. Parties with drinking: good. Parties with dancing: better. Parties with masks AND drinking AND dancing: ideal.
Finally in Arx, after years of dreaming of such freedom and opportunity, she is ready to meet any possibility with open arms. The world is her oyster! Speaking of which, is anyone available for oyster harvesting lessons?
Background: Arcadia, Cady to her family, had the misfortune of being born into an incredibly loving family who had the bad grace to be uniformly bookish and scholarly. Where her family enjoyed lengthy dinner discussions about the newest research one of her siblings was engaged in, Arcadia thought she would much rather stab herself with a fork repeatedly; at least it would be more exciting. She had the best of tutors, so long as the tutoring was in history or science or theology. Instead, she longed for tutors of her own choosing: swordmasters, adventurers, hunters, sailors, knights!
Over the years (and often with the help of formal presentations created by her sister Elloise), Arcadia would lobby her well-meaning parents to allow her one of these. Any of these! Just pick one! And they finally relented. A bit. Arcadia was allowed to train once a week under one of Leaholdt's hunters. Off with him in the woods, a bow in her hand, stealthy and on the hunt - that's where Arcadia spent her happiest childhood years. But still, she longed for more. More to do! More to see! More to try!
As Cady got older, Elloise started recruiting her for help with her scientific experiments. Cady didn't particularly care about the experiments or their results, but she was all too happy to run off to hunt down whatever rare ingredients her sister might need for them. An adventure! Or as much adventure as one can get in Leaholdt, anyway. And when Elly started petitioning their parents to send her to Arx, Arcadia threw herself in with her. "It will be fine!" she promised. "Elly and Fairen will make sure I stay out of trouble!"
Arcadia knows it's only because of Elloise and Fairen that she's being allowed to go, but who cares! She's on her way! An endless world of possibilities await her, and a city full of people to teach her things!
|Adora||Small. Talks and drinks too much. I don't like her.|
|Alarissa||Veyr at odds with what I've heard and by far perhaps the most interesting Leary. I shall have to drag her along for tea or some such. See if she likes the Caraval.|
|Astraea||She's so very sweet and gentle but she wants to be trained in the martial ways of a knight it seems. Or perhaps she just wants to be very good at using a bow, but either way she has zest and a very loveable quality to her. I really really want to see her again soon because her Light is so bright.|
|Bliss||She seems like she has some in common with me, but she has a long way to go yet. Still, pleasant enough!|
|Brigida||She may be touched. Or she may be mad.|
|Cedric||A hyper woman. I am not certain she has all her wits in order, but was pleasant enough at the tea service.|
|Cullen||One of my absolute favorite people in Arx. Possessed of amazing agility, a bright charm and insatiable curiosity and sharp intellect that is used in a more unorthodox manner than other Learys, whenever I happen to see her is always one of the best times I have. I never fail to be thoroughly amused by her vivacity and wit.|
|Delilah||She's very much her own person, and a Leary through and through. Wicked smart, with a sharp tongue to match, but what sounds like a keen awareness for the social differences in the city. That sensitivity is rare in this world.|
|Denica||Met a follow archer in the training center. Seems prone to the fun kind of trouble, so looking forward to seeing where that all leads.|
|Harlex||A nice girl. Hopes and dreams in her heart, wide-eyed, and I am a fool for it. I do not know if they come to me as moths or as the flame.|
|Harper||Lil Miss Adventure. She seems real determined to get in trouble. Wonder if she's a runaway? Maybe I oughta do some checking. Either way, I'll try and keep an eye on her for her sake. She seems like a good sort all in all, so I hate to see her get in over her head.|
|Ingrid||A young woman from House Leary whom I met outside of the bank one morning. After a trick gone wrong, I can only assume, one of her silver pieces landed upon a page of my open book. She possesses a restless spirit, from what I could sense from her, with the need to move constantly. Still, she seems a decent sort if just a touch frazzled.|
|Jyri||Wants that perfect shot. She aims high, gotta give her that.|
|Magnus||Ahhh, now she's an interesting one. Fearless, it would seem and willing to take on a challenge. It will be interesting to learn more of her, and see what she is about.|
|Malesh||Good gods who doesn't like reading? And going into the forest?! You could lose an eye out there!|
|Melody||The kind who adores trouble. Someone who would just as easily get lost in it as I would, and normally? I'd be egging her on -- It just had to be about the Gray Forest. Her "second home".|
|Miranda||WOW! This girl has some serious skills! Her vanishing act is AMAZING! And she's so sweet, too!|
|Norwood||She seems both... knowledgeable in the ability to hang in the forest and also completely naive. I'm afraid that will not last long in the city.|
|Reese||She is a Lady of Grayson who seems quite charming and is amazing with her bow.|
|Reigna||A curious lady of Leary. She seems to have her head somewhere a good distance off the ground. She does not seem to care for Fairen much. Cannot say I blame her there.|
|Sabella||She seems very lively and animated! We have only ever interacted but a few times, but she always seems to be bouncing from one place to the next--or climbing! She has such a sunny disposition she is hard to miss, however, and I should like to get to know her better for I feel we could be kindred spirits in that respect!|
|Seth||An interesting girl, this one. So full of energy and life. She seems very interested in the war dogs and perhaps I shall allow her to see the kennel some day... that is, if she doesn't attempt to tame all of the hounds in it.|
|Talen||Sheltered and naieve, yet with aspirations, and perhaps even talent. The world should stop protecting boys and girls like her before they get them killed through ignorance. Still, she reminds me of the Velenosan royals I had to keep out of trouble when I was younger, and not all of them are even dead yet. Perhaps there's hope.|
|Thesarin||Eager as anything, and twice as reckless from what I hear. And so damned young.|
|Tomwell||How does so much energy fit in such a tiny package? No wonder it always sort of seems like she's about to vibrate out of her skin; her spirit simply can't be contained by mere flesh.|
|Tynan||A petite Lady who doesn't like ladylike things. The boredom of nobility isn't for everybody, I suppose, although usually a hobby or two does the trick before trying to become a pirate. I'll have to find out more about her before it's too late.|
|Vayne||A remarkably curious woman. Not just inquisitive, but seems to be a tangle of contradictions and surprises. I wonder if she has the discipline to learn the answers she's seeking.|