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Duchess Calypso Malvici

Do it, please. And by 'please', I mean 'now'.

Social Rank: 3
Concept: Lady of War
Fealty: Velenosa
Family: Malvici
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Widowed
Age: 29
Birthday: 12/3
Religion: Pantheon
Vocation: General
Height: 5'9"
Hair Color: Cold Black
Eye Color: Frosted Blue
Skintone: Lightly Bronzed

Titles: Lady General of Southport, Duchess of Southport

Description: One could be forgiven for seeing an angel in Calypso's graceful curves and fine-boned aristocratic features, but the intensity in her round rime-blue eyes is a reminder that angels are also terrible. Her full lips and oval face cannot mask the intelligence and calculation in her gaze. Her smiles range from generous to cruel, but quiet confidence animates every expression. She often keeps her blue-black hair away from her face and out of her way. Her toned form, with its rounded silhouette, is capable of filling out the fashions of the Lyceum or bearing the weight of battle armor, as the situation demands. Her melodic mezzo-soprano voice is usually brisk and businesslike. Above all else, she embodies professionalism, for she is an officer and a lady - in that order.

(In her (if we're being honest) ridiculously tall boots, Calypso easily clears six feet in height, most of that, thanks to her (also if we're being honest) ridiculously short "dress", being legs. She wears her hair loose, combed back and pinned on one side so that it falls over one eye. In anyone else, this combination would convey a fragile appearance, but the effect is offset by the sword belt she has paired with this outfit, and the weapon that hangs at her hip.)

Personality: Calypso Malvici never forgets that she holds the burden of command. She is tireless in the pursuit of excellence in herself and in her subordinates. She has generally been content to leave the politics to her brother, but when she and Hadrian clash is frequently over military risks. Her devotion to her troops leaves her distrustful of political risks that can cost lives. She distrusts notions of "honorable warfare" just as much. She is a deep thinker in whom duty and loyalty are second nature. That everyone she doesn't trust is implicitly suspect is a rarely-voiced belief, but it guides her actions. Calypso is deeply compassionate and implacable both. She sees no contradiction.

Background: Her mother Adona had a reputation as an excellent judge of character. As Calypso grew up, she realized how well-suited she was for the military path the Duchess laid out before her. In the aftermath of the Tor-Southport War, she embraced the martial life that defined House Malvici and the city of Southport. She had always stood apart; her younger brother's enjoyment of politics saved her from a role she never wanted. Calypso was in field training by the age of twelve and commanding patrols by fifteen. She lived and breathed strategy, logistics, tactics, and leadership, but it was the time among soldiers in the field that she appreciated most. She grew to love them as much as she did her brothers.

The inevitable deaths and losses among her troops led her to work them and herself harder. She was a highly-demanding commander, never settling for less than the best and scant with praise. Her success at bearing the same burdens as the common troops as her training prolonged their lives won her fierce loyalty from Southport's soldiers. When her mother abdicated in favor of her younger brother Hadrian, his first act was to make her the commanding general of House Malvici's armies. She wasn't yet twenty-five years old, but some said the promotion was overdue.

With the tension in Arx, Calypso finds herself needed for her counsel and good judgment as much as commanding soldiers. Though she gratefully passed the responsibility of rule off to her young brother so she could follow her passion for martial mastery, she is still determined to help. She intends to make the most of her first diplomatic excursion outside the Lyceum, aiming to learn as much as she can about potential enemies, seek out allies among those who respect the pragmatic use of force, and set her tactical experience to work in the ballrooms and audience halls. After all, she reasons, diplomacy is war by other means.

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Adrienne I met Duchess Calypso at the Taste of Arx ball. She is a leader of men - drunk or sober.
Alessia She seems to share Hadrian's general confidence but is a woman of fewer words.
Anisha The Duchess of Southport is an able commander and captain - though that's hardly surprising, from what I know of her family and their open admiration for her. To see her in action, taking charge and deftly adapting to shifting situations. She's a woman Southport should be glad to have. Also, I'm told she confidently faced off against an over-sized bull elephant-seal and that's a story she'll be getting drinks for until the end of time, mark my words.
Appolonia GLITTER?? VILLAIN!!
Arcadia Lycene. Is clearly one of those dangerous women.
Beatrice Esme's assurances aside, the Duchess has plenty of bite to go around.
Bhandn I'll admit that it was amusing to see her take the Highlord's chair in his absence, but I wonder what she would have done had he come to see her in it. We will never know, I suppose.
Brigida So the Malvici Duchess is back in the City and in a bar. Perhaps this may keep her more grounded than the previous generation of Malvicis.
Calista The lady of war is someone I've known for a very long time. We share a good history and it is touching to see she has reclaimed her edge. She is someone I've been able to not only do business with but also share a good drink.
Charlotte So far every meeting of this woman has been either a chance to humiliate another, to drink excessively or make sex eyes at anyone who looks her way. It's hard to believe this woman is a duchess or competent at her job.
Cornelius An amusingly wise and unafraid Duchess who knows how to get her rum - not watered down - in the Valardin Ward.
Damik We share beliefs on the virtues of sobriety, we think.
Dante Any trepidation I had was put to rest - she's a straight talker too, which I can appreciate. This is the sort of person I can ride into battle with and never worry about them wavering. Her determination is iron willed - I will make sure to become friends with the Duchess of War.
Dianna May Skald bless the Duchess for providing a home for those in the Lyceum who wish that choice.
Dio A powerful personality I can appreciate, but woefully inept at its application.
Domonico The Duchess General still has a sharp military mind... even when she is not truly on top form.
Drake An absolute troublemaker, with a twisted sense of humor. Which I think I rather enjoy.
Dycard A refreshing level of bluntness in a Lycene. Either that or the most impressive and convincing display of double-talk I've seen from one yet, but I'd prefer if it's the former.
Ezra She's flirted with Lord Samael which apparently she thought was a bad decision because she's close to Zoey's age. It seems unlikely that Lord Samael agrees with her assessment but then it's possible there's more to the story there. Might be interesting to find out Lord Samael's opinion.
Gaspar She may not /think/ she wants my calf massages, but she's wrong. A wonderful share with her whiskey and an accurate pour. I'll break through her walls one day.
Isidora Duchess who is interested in medical and alchemical arts. Or maybe she just wants to know how to use my skills. Either way, interesting.
Kaia The Duchess is a brave woman; she takes shit from none. She punched a drowner of Caer like the goddess of war herself!
Leola The Duchess of Malvici. I respect her greatly, and I've counted her as a friend for a long time
Lora Keen as a knife's edge. I wonder how often people cut themselves.
Lucita The Duchess is back at the helm and making up for lost time. She is organizing things and delegating tasks and reconsidered some options. Smart woman!
Mabelle Its nice to see the Duchess finally letting her hair down. Being a ruler is no easy task.
Martino My second cousin and our Duchess. Has led our family and Southport during some of the hardest times and for that. There will always be respect.
Mercedes Cousin Reigna was right; I like this woman. She seems to know who she is, and possesses a disarmingly-natural confidence. There is... something in her eyes that brooks questioning, but we all have our secrets, and hidden depths besides. A woman I would follow, perhaps, and certainly be thrilled to stand beside.
Miranda Her grace, Duchess of Trouble. What more needs be said? Shall we talk of her humor? Her beauty? The danger that lies within? It's all there to be seen, if you care to look. And I invite you, to look. Just don't take too long. That sword of hers is as sharp as her wit!
Mirella It was good to see the Duchess again. Seems like she hasn't changed since last we met. As always, she adds an animating presence to a room. People seem to liven up when she's around.
Orelia Owns whatever room she walks into.
Rowenova The lovely Duchess was so kind, helpfully dancing my woes away.
Sabella The Duchess certainly has her own style about her when it comes to both conversations and ruling, but she strikes me as someone who gets things done and quickly for no one would ever want to disappoint her!
Samael She had clearly been revelling through the night and into morning. The Duchess is a fierce one.
Sunaia The Duchess has a firm hand with her staff and an adventuring spirit. I'm impressed.
Thea My cousin! Still as tough as ever. Still allowing me to continue torture my brothers. I missed her.
Valerian A tragic Lycene woman who had her heart broken by some scruffy villainous rogue!
Veronica Intimidating enough to get straight rum in the Sleepless Knights, which is pretty impressive in my book.
Ysabel An intimidating woman with a strange desire and can bring Ysabel to a weeping stop in a heartbeat. But someone to admire and learn from.
Zoey She gives sage advice dispensed as dark humor