Trade isn't about goods, trade is about information. Goods sit in a warehouse until information moves them.
Social Rank: 8
Concept: Northlands Merchant
Marital Status: Married
Hair Color: Dark Chestnut
Eye Color: Earthy Brown
Skintone: Lightly Tanned
Description: Not everyone gets to be the prettiest princess in Arx. Svana's looks are classic, but there's nothing terribly special about long, mousy brown hair or the lightly-tanned smoothness of her skin. She has the build of someone used to a life of travelling, of hard work and the occasional skipped meals. She's of average height, and not particularly curvy, and all of that suits her just fine.
Svana's beauty is in her finely arched eyebrows and thickly-lashed eyes. It's in her full mouth, the faint heart-shape of her lips. Her high cheekbones and delicate jaw draw the eye, while her wit and personality charms. Some might not look twice at Svana Kolur, but they simply don't look close enough to see how exceptional she really is.
Personality: Fortune favours the bold, they say, and Svana has certainly proven that. She's a risk-taker with a strong personality, able to stand up to even the most brash of sellswords and merchants trying to get one up on her. She can be stubborn as a winter wind when she feels the need, and has little patience for failed attempts to fleece her!
She's not always the firm merchant, however, and her quick wit translates into a wicked sense of humour and love of small pranks-- harmless jokes that make the road seem less long, and end up as fond memories.
Background: Life in the far north might be harsh, but there's still time for children to be children. There's toys, there's storytimes, snowmen.. And then there's the odd child like Svana, who doesn't like just -any- toy. She'll collect all the toys she can to trade for that one she really wants, and then never let it go. That's Svana.
From a young age she hung around the caravans and scouts, always clamoring for tales of distant locales, always enamoured with the exotic goods that came to the Bonespire. Her parents liked to say that her head was in the clouds, but even they knew that wasn't quite right. Her feet have always been planted firmly on the ground, but rooted on the roads instead of in the mountains.
As soon as she was even remotely old enough, she started accompanying caravans headed to Arx. Quickly, the young woman fell in love with the city, with the opportunity and diversity found there. For a few years, the Bonespire was still her home-- but now her tribe is a part of the Compact, with a little estate in Arx, and she's finally ready to shift her base of operations to the City itself.
|Alessia||She's as vibrant as Jules. I can see how they're so suited.|
|Alexis||I met Svana Grayhope with a blush in her cheeks from speaking of her beloved husband, and with a belly swollen with child. She has a - an aura, of sorts. Of good cheer and... Maybe I imagined it, but it just felt like tomorrow would be better around her. All that from a few minutes of conversation... But there you have it.|
|Anisha||Mistress Svana Fabron. She seems, on first glances, at least slightly more grounded than dear Jules - but I see the same enthusiasm and joy within her as I do in him, so I am not surprised the two found each other. May her time with child be easy and the future she is building be prosperous. Maybe I'll even see if I can't nudge things in that direction...|
|Apollo||If all the merchants in the north are as enthusiastic and quick to help as she is, I've got nothing to worry about.|
|Arcadia||It is always a pleasure to have Svana join us in the city. Her wit, brightness and smile is a fresh breath of air through the house.|
|Arcelia||I've never met the woman but tears were drawn and emotional dragons slain together.|
|Asher||She seems to have a good head on her shoulders. Clever, but perhaps without knowledge of the workings of Arx? She certainly understands how to work with people to her advantage though, and that's impressive.|
|Auda||A gifted merchant, tailor, and always eager to help. I like having her around!|
|Catalana||Seems an irritable wailing sickly northerner. Hopefully it is just the circumstances and not her personality entirely.|
|Clara||A very nice woman who is loyal to the house she serves. I can appreciate that. I look forward ta seein' her again.|
|Corrigan||Quite the temper on her. Must've been something I said.|
|Donella||There are in the world, beautiful and delicate creatures. They are things that dance on the edge of what could be and what should be. A playful reminder of things that need protection in a world that has become jaded by the reality. Svana may be one of these very creatures. I am curious though if she is truly fragile as it could appear, or if steel runs through the cords of her back; just waiting for the right moment to show the truth of character.|
|Drake||A merchant from the north who accompanied us on a tough journey. Not a fighter I'd say, but she held her own well enough in the cold.|
|Esme||Interesting. The first meet she all but hid behind her husband. This time, she showed a little teeth. Needs to work on the company she keeps, but I'm sure we'll be fast friends.|
|Evaristo||A happy newly-wed who invites me to a party to celebrate? I do love a good wedding, long as it's not MINE.|
|Ezra||She may have been indicating she was pregnant but you never assume on certain things. She's perhaps a trader, or a tailor, or a leatherworker, use to be a farmer's daughter. She might have difficulty knowing what she wants to do in life or she's accustom to needing to be a jack of all trades, which is more likely.|
|Gunnar||Bright, energetic. Enthusastic about her work for Apollo and leatherworking in general. I look forward to doing business with her and her Master in the future.|
|Ian||I know way more about the spirits than I want to.|
|Ilsa||A kind and companionable woman, with a distinct appreciation for wry humour. And mud pies.|
|Iseulet||I can't believe she made the trek all over town to come visit my tea party as pregnant as she is. (With twins, even!) She's going to be a lovely mother. She has that glow about her where you just know it. Maybe she should stay away from frogs though for a while.|
|Jaenelle||A tailor from the North. She is much stronger than I think she has been led to believe, and her work is beautiful.|
|Jules||You stumbled across her in the market and had a pleasant conversation with her which lead to dinner. Hopefully you'll see a bit more of her around.|
|Kaldur||Newly sworn to Crovane. She has the ready mix of bluster and bark and care as many in the North seem to have. The Marketeer Jules captured her interest, and swiftly. An unexpected development.|
|Kasa||Fun and lively, with a sharp wit. I am determined that we shall be friends!|
|Kritr||I heard Apollo ran this shop, but the goodwoman Svana of Stahlben served very well. Good. I'd hate to have to do all that tiny stitching myself.|
|Mabelle||The beauitful wife of Jules, a delicate and pleasant woman.|
|Mikani||A woman who seems to know how to have a good time. A way to do her job and keep a smile on her face. I like.|
|Mirk||Very young, very bold, but effective for it: She knows how to change the situation to an arena more in her favor.|
|Moros||She came recommended and I'm glad I followed up. I have a feeling I will be very pleased I chose her services.|
|Nurie||Apollo Oakheart's apprentice, and I can certainly see why. She's obviously a hard worker, as well as a bright spirit, and I've no doubt that she'll make her very own mark upon the city before too much time lapses!|
|Pepper||For a mother to be there is a lot of weight on her shoulders. Both at the tavern and here. I want to remind her that everything will be alright. She has the unique ability to turn negative things into laughter.|
|Poppy||We use to spend all our time making dolls and mud pies. Now she's married and with child. So much has changed!|
|Porter||She's got more patience than most people would for her husband acting the way he did the other night. Hopefully he comes to his senses and doesn't actually die of hypothermia, he seems nice when he's not in a panic over babies. Seems like a good woman.|
|Quenia||A haggler of some skill, and has an interest in unusual things and events. She might be new to things, but could be a good ally in the future, possibly.|
|Rane||Lovely, talented and eager to learn. Though...I wonder what percentage of profits the owner of the Espressions gives her? Whatever it is, it's not enough.|
|Ras||Works for Apollo, and seems like she's got a head for business, friendly and acts happy - probably be more'n an apprentice before long. Likes candy and coffee.|
|Raymesin||New sort-of sister-in-law. I think we're going to get along. If nothing else, we agree on several different but very important topics.|
|Revell||A woman of many talents, and a mother-to-be when I met her. I barely remember my own mother, and I was raised by two men, so I never quite know what to do with someone who oozes so much.. motherhood. It's weird, but that says more about me than it does about her.|
|Riagnon||It's SO important to wrestle someone to the ground on their birthday. Keeps them humble! A true friend.|
|Rodica||I didn't know Rosalind had another sister.|
|Rowenova||A returning merchant to the Stahblen marche. She gave good pets to Sir Flop, so we both like her!|
|Rukhnis||She has many perhaps well-informed opinions on bear wrestling, arm wrestling, and naked bonfire dancing.|
|Rysen||A childhood friend of Marquis Magnus and Lady Volcica who has proven to be fine company to drink with on a moonlit autumn night.|
|Skaldia||Apparently a big fan of my sister's, she is witty and lively and appears to be the life of the party!|
|Sophie||She's charming, and a good friend to Nova. I find her presence quite soothing. She would have made a good Mercy, I think.|
|Sunaia||New shopkeeper; Apollo Oakwood's protege. She seems to have a head on her shoulders, though I'm sincerely questioning her sense considering her husband's lack of it. Of course, such as he was doing take such effect; let's just hope it doesn't hurt the child.|
|Tanith||A woman in tender condition, who ate all my pie and drank coffee and bore witness to some personal drama. She's welcome if she can handle that and not burst into flames.|
|Tatienne||An apprentice of Master Apollo, must be someone worth knowing. Seemed a little scatterbrained, but that might just be due to her obvious pregnancy.|
|Vayne||Anyone so interested in learning more about the Pantheon will find a friend in me. I am glad to have met her, and I look forward to teaching her about the gods.|
|Volcica||She was always adventurous, but I think she finally found herself when she came down to Arx.|
|Zoey||A sense of humor and a strong mind. She'll make a good match for Jules.|