Archduchess Eleyna Velenosa
Affection can be lethal.
Description: Everything about Eleyna seems delicate; from the pale hue of her skin to the fragile pink of her soft lips. Yet, in her cold blue eyes there is an icy fierceness, a way of peering at the world and seeing the truth in it. Eleyna's voice is a startling contrast to her fragile appearance; being a surprisingly husky purr.
Personality: Few would ever make the error of calling Eleyna 'sweet' or 'kind'. Despite her doll-like appearance, this princess is made of ice. Composed, educated, and articulate, Eleyna exemplifies the virtues of House Velenosa. To outsiders, she offers only witty smiles and a sharp tongue. To her family and loved ones, cracks of warmth and humor break through the ice. Yet, beneath the frozen exterior, the occasional deep current of sadness can be faintly detected before it disappears once again beneath duty and devotion. Her keen intelligence and observation skills are used for the benefit of the family, always. She's proven her loyalty to her House many times and would do so again in a heartbeat.
Background: Eleyna's earliest memories are of a childhood spent with her beloved cousins. While she was not likely to rule, she was still given the same education, the same lessons in power and manipulation. A childhood spent together also fostered love and devotion in Eleyna, a willingness to do whatever was needed so that the Velenosa family would prosper.
Her first opportunity came just after her eighteenth birthday. A union was proposed with a wealthy vassal that would strengthen alliances between Houses. Eleyna accepted the match and was married soon after. Within six months, her husband found death with his nightly glass of wine. Not exactly uncommon in the Lyceum. A few months after that, Eleyna accepted another match, this with a handsome and hot-headed young Duke. After two years, Eleyna's second husband was dead as well in a duel that some vicious tongues whispered Eleyna had instigated herself through flirtations with her husband's own cousin.
After a year of mourning, Eleyna was married a third time. This time to an older lord with whom House Velenosa sought to cement loyalties. Her third husband appeared to spoil and pamper his young wife, making for what seemed to be a happy marriage. Tragedy struck when this husband met with a hunting accident that left him with an arrow through his neck and Eleyna as a widow, once again.
Now, Eleyna's reputation in the Lyceum is as the black widow of House Velenosa. It is whispered that her touch is as poisonous as an unattended wine glass at a dinner party. Unsurprisingly, no further offers of marriage have come for her. Tiring of the whispers and rumors despite her proven innocence, Eleyna has decided to join her cousins in Arx, convinced that she can be of more use there than as a topic of scandal in Lenosia.
|Alaric||Deliberate but not risk-averse, composed but not without fire, Eleyna seems above all else to be the sort that finds a way to do what needs to be done.|
|Alarissa||A dear friend that I would never have thought would be such. Much of our life mirrors one another. She only poisons the ones she loves or calls friend and thus I know myself to be called friend.|
|Aleksei||When I first met her, she seemed like a bit of an ice queen, but I'm very charming, so she shared her wine with me. She definitely likes me despite herself.|
|Arianna||The Archduchess seems a very cautious person but somehow also carries this flame of liberation that burns bright within her. It's inspiring and awe inducing simultaneously. So very much like a poisoned rose in her equal parts beauty and fabled lethality.|
|Astraea||She's got so much presence. It can be overwhelming, nerve-wracking even because I've never had the charms and wit that my peers do. I really like her smile and how genuine she seems, there's a certain...jaded sense of wisdom. Like she's been there done that, in far prettier words than I'd like. Her cousin was so nice to me and I can see the family resemblance.|
|Avaline||The Archduchess of the Lyceum looks every bit the role, and wears it as if she were born to wield it. She's somebody that I know that I could follow into the depths of any conflict, and trust to emerge on the other side.|
|Cadenza||It has been a long time since I was around family. I am so honored to call her my Archduchess, my cousin and in some ways....my protector now that I am in Arx.|
|Calista||The first time I met Eleyna, she was speaking with Blacktongue and there was just this cool, confident, intimidating way about her. I was immediately impressed by her. She is beautiful and deadly, in the best possible way. Truly there is no other woman who can tame Talen the way she has and I cannot wait to see her flourish in the Lyceum gardens.|
|Courage||Unparalleled generosity and beauty! You can't even tell she's a mother thrice over, oh no. Not a gray hair on her head. Not that it'd be easy to tell considering the color of her hair, but that is a very tiny detail unworthy of this unreasonably long explanation. The Lyceum is truly blessed by the Gods to have such a fantastic Archduchess. I like her even more than Esera, you know.|
|Donaldo||The Archduchess has been generous to me, offering a room in the family estate even though I have been running wild for so long. I think she even liked my Mutawah robe, I may have to wear it more often!|
|Ferrando||I like to think her fearsome reputation is largely driven by general jealousy by the fact that she's always right. Especially when the other party is Talen.|
|Grazia||My aunt is truly a brilliant mind and a witty leader. I trust in her command and her ability to assess any situation. She will do right by the Lyceum, and I will continue to support her.|
|Hana||A sharp mind, full of curiosity -- and determination, even moreso. Maybe a kindred spirit, though I suspect her interests cover a far more broad range than mine do.|
|Isolde||My pretty and poisonous cousin. I'm a bit worried about her.|
|Joscelin||They call her the Ice Princess, the Princess of Darkness, and I can see why. Not, of course, in the foul way many probably mean it, the snide comments of guarded nobles. No, she is cool like the glittering edge of honed crystal, carved diamond meant to sparkle with even the smallest bit of light. And everyone knows that the shadows hide secrets in their darkness; when is such a thing bad? Cool and collected, she doesn't skirt around with false praise. When she gives it, she means it, as sharp and as icy as an icicle blade. While others may shy away, I find her cool silence a balm when so many would just spout hot air.|
|Katarina||I\u2019ve never actually had the opportunity to speak with the Grand Duchess more than a few times. My most memorable moment of her was back during my brother\u2019s wedding, where she saved one of our own from death by some terrible poison. She\u2019s a bastion of strength and is to be admired for that.|
|Laric||Cool grace and a steady hand. If only every head of House were cut from similar cloth.|
|Magpie||First met at a birthday party and then again later for more conversation, Magpie finds he very much likes the Archduchess of the Lyceum. She's clever, funny, and to the point. Talking around in circles wastes everyone's time and this woman doesn't seem like the type that wastes time unless she wants to.|
|Margerie||Her Grace was at the tournament with her husband. Listening to bits and pieces of it, I remembered all the times I had to pinch my nose and hope Harlow wasn't about to cause Trouble that would require cleaning up. Even if her husband does enjoy corrupting all that 'good Oathlands lumber', I think it might be interesting to share a bottle of something and catch up with the Archduchess at some point.|
|Mira||My cousin's wife, the Archduchess. It still feels really weird to say that. Not as terrifying in person, when there is no crowd present.|
|Mirari||Princess Eleyna is icy perfection. Always.|
|Orathy||She be a sucker who fell for a commoner and helped muddle the lines between commoner and noble. Reckon that ain't a bad thing, not for those of us with commoner blood. At first I reckon her husband be doing all the talking but eh, she has some good ideas, something about shipping and blah blah. She has nice eyes.|
|Petal||The Princess is quite lovely and she has a soft look with the blonde hair and the pale skin, but there is steel and intelligence about her. I thought I would be protecting her to encourage her to drop me with all the stuff going down, but she was more than up for the task. I made the right choice for sure. She is lovely and strong. A powerful and rare combination.|
|Quenia||The Archduchess reached out to be first in the white journals, commenting on some worry that I had. I have come to realize what she meant, more recently, and perhaps find a bit of more comfort in her words than I did previously. I aim to not worry so much. And, I am glad to have gotten to know a bit more about her since her words responding to my journal. She's fierce and protective of her people; both are good strengths to have.|
|Reese||Luca's cousin and so she is my cousin in law! She is quite lovely and rather mysterious too. She had kind words for me about Luca's and my marriage and at a time when at least one person her household was pretty unhappy about it. They came at a time and were really encouraging. They were a moment of kindness that I will remember. She is intelligent, lively and just had a baby! I should have sent congrats over.|
|Sebastian||Watching the interaction between the Archduchess and the Prince was entertaining, and I am curious about alchemy as a skill. Perhaps there is more to be learned.|
|Serafine||My sister, my partner in crime. My liege, the only one who understands what it is we were raised to be. My stalwart champion. I will trust her to the very end.|
|Talen||Eleyna and Talen are husband and wife and though they grew up amongst each other, he was far too involved in staring at Esera to ever really notice the woman who would then become the Black Widow. Of course, when they grew closer in Arx after the King's Rest, it became a natural partnership.|
|Tallius||That has to be a tempestuous marriage, but one things for certain, the Princess doesn't seem likely to take anything off of anyone!|
|Theron||The Archduchess of Velenosa is beautiful, and twice or thrice Widowed -- and for all that, she shows a certain tendency towards being debonair, and gentle, and pleasant. One must never mistake the velvet for the iron hand that might lie beneath, but she is nevertheless an amazing hostess and I look forward to seeing more of her rule.|
|Torian||Ready and willing to sacrifice a little to help the people under her. That's a good example of leadership right there.|
|Victus||She has the beauty of the Lycene flowers and I'm certain that underneath, she's got the fangs of a viper. No pun intended on the husband's account. The two of them make a power-pair if ever there was one. Woe to the one who desires them harm, they'll go through hell.|