Duchess Ann Crovane
Let your armies be the books and the brains, the rain and the road less traveled.
Description: Ann is interesting to look at. Everything about her, from the coy lift of her dark, thicker eyebrows, to the good-natured, half smirk that most commonly graces her full lips speaks of an intelligence lying in wait behind her cobalt eyes. Raised, freckled cheekbones with a hint of ever-present natural blush to them are paired with a high, regal forehead, an aquiline nose just bordering on the side of thin, and a chin that is decidedly mannish and never seems to lower, even when it is. Her hair is dark and thick, a profusion of wild curl framing her face and twisting off in all different directions thereafter, a black so true it gleams almost blue in the right light. It's almost impossible to tell its length, tied back in a jaunty, ever-changing ribbon as it always seems to be. Of slightly above-average height, she is still only of slender build, a testament to the more bookish hours of her life, or perhaps nights spent hungry on the road.
(Ann is a little itty bitty bit fat these days. Don't tell her that because she's also pretty angry. And possibly armed.)
Personality: For a supposedly stuffy old scholar, Ann is a remarkably devil-may-care Princess. For an older sibling, Ann has more often been the goad to temptation and the road less traveled. Any semblance to a bookish, authoritative woman is purely coincidental. But those are the two disparate sides to Ann Moriah Redrain, and they are as interchangeable as the sun and the rain, pulled out to suit the occasion or the mercurial nature of the woman herself.
Background: Ann Moriah Redrain might have been someone's wacky, exciting spinster aunt, had her brother Angus had the courtesy of giving her nieces and nephews before he so rudely (and valliantly) perished in Night's Grove with the King and Sherrod. Even from a young age, she could have been this (though of course not physically). When her nose was not buried in whatever book of lore became available to her, or she was not sitting at the feet of wise men and women hearing and absorbing their tales, then she was off having adventures.
In her childhood, adventures consisted of crossing into a spooky copse of trees or venturing up upon a high mountain peak for the sheer exhilaration of it; as she grew to womanhood, the adventures became a little less childish, and a little more odd. Hearing tales of wondrous relics or academic tomes, Ann (or sometimes Moriah, depending on her mood) would plead, coax, and cajole an intrepid (or sometimes reluctant) member or two of Redrain to accompany her to explore the tale.
There were many near misses in both childhood and burgeoning adulthood, and some direct hits. She has seen her share of violence, been subjected to a broken bone or two, a scar or several to bear witness to her adventures. Tattoos, as well, though those are nearly always kept hidden. But Ann has made it this far, with her spirits undeterred, her loyalty unquestionable, and her brain like an eager sponge, ready to absorb new knowledge and new experiences.
|Aerandir||A curiosity of a woman, one of many titles, though her stature she did not give away in spite of her noble status being blatant; something I can appreciate for the polite gesture it is. Bookish and plainly clad, she seems not one for social calls and occasions, or at the very least not in the same measure as most of the feminine gentry my paths have crossed with.|
|Agatha||Cousin Princess Bookworm! She has a bit of color and seems happy here, keenly aware and taking part in all the planning. I like haivng hr around. It means less books for me!|
|Aiden||I first knew of her as a Princess but then know of her as a Duchess. She has a mountain to climb now, to re-establish the wealth of Crovane and so far, by her actions, she is going a long way to ensuring it's recovery. She is a strong woman and Duke Asger is lucky to have her a partner in life.|
|Aleksei||Dreamy and delightful. Can you be dreamy and focused at the same time? She kind of is. Odd in the very best way.|
|Amarantha||It's always a pleasant thing, to have another Redrain princess join us in the city. She seems quite sweet and easy to talk with.|
|Amari||Duchess Ann is incredible, gracious, and fun. I'm glad to have met her and hope to learn quite a lot from her. I don't think her brain has been turned to mush at all either.|
|Apollis||Wow. Ann is very beautiful and charming. She isn't above sitting on the floor of a shrine on a cool autumn evening with a recent Arx arrival. She's so very interesting. I wouldn't mind listening to her wax poetic on any number of subject.|
|Ardoin||A fellow Scholar and tireless worker, I admire her a great deal. Her grit moves me to assist her rebuilding Stormwall with as much effort as I can muster, her personality is both scintillating and indomitable, and her knowledge formidable. She would make a most excellent sister in law, should everything go well with Lady Fianna.|
|Arik||Smart woman, thinks of interesting things with smart things when does not know much of war. Good.|
|Astraea||She's so cool, literally. I think she's got to be one of the most fashionable, intelligent, cunning, low key women in the House. We need more scholars. With minds like hers on our side there's no fucking way we'll lose! She's a bright light in a dim world and I'm glad she's come back to the city.|
|Barric||From what I've come to know she is smart, manipulative, and probably a very good fit for Asger. From what I've read in the whites? Another gossip monger. More's the pity.|
|Bianca||Diligent and hungry for knowledge. She is also incredibly dependable with a warm heart and calming presence.|
|Briseis||Avid reader, scholarly lady -- but not the bookish type exactly, no. I get the impression she's a bit more daring and spirited than that!|
|Calaudrin||She's putting a lot of dots together, that's to be sure. I wish her the best of luck with this thing she's investigating. It's really easy to go down that hole, she should probably drink a lot less. Whiskey in the morning isn't a good sign.|
|Christine||I totally need to get this woman to come drink and chat with me!|
|Cirroch||Redrain has the best princesses in Arx. Echo, Gwenna, and Ann. Ann is a lovely woman who I enjoyed chatting with.|
|Clara||Ann hasn't been part of the family fer long but so far she seems ta be a really nice lady. She seems good fer me brother and I can't wait ta meet me niece or nephew.|
|Cristoph||I first encountered Princess Ann at the Redrain fealty meeting, later on we had an exceptional meeting at my home. I'm very lucky to have met some incredibly bright and interesting individuals in Arx and count her amongst them. I'm positive that she managed to take some rather detailed notes on nearly every book of interest in my library, somehow. Rather impressive in such a short amount of time! I look forward to future collaborations greatly.|
|Darren||I am so glad you are back in the city, Ann. I mean, I can't say you're my favorite cousin... buuuut...|
|Driskell||Bianca elevated her as the lead archivist and it is heartening to see a leader seek out input from others rather than cultivate a wall of isolation for the ivory tower is indeed a lonely place and Vellichor demands information to be accessible. If Ann desires, then she'll find an ally with Driskell. After all, the price still has to be paid.|
|Duarte||Flighty attention span. Friendly. She'll find out about me soon enough in the Inquisition.|
|Emily||The Princess has had to meet with a great demand on her in her newest position. I think she will stand against the troubles to come.|
|Gwenna||One of the many Redrain cousins, though I remember seeing her when I was little in Farhaven. I've heard that she's exceptionally clever and smart - and she looks every bit of what they say! However, she is also warm and kind. A cousin I'm glad to get to know as well as someone I think I could really learn a lot from.|
|Ian||Pretty sure I just had a brush with politics.|
|Jacque||She's not only pretty, but she also seems to be very studious. Perhaps I should get to know this Redrain better.|
|Jeffeth||I sat on her on accident. She's quite lovely. I'm very glad I didn't crush her. She seems a very good and caring sort, wouldn't mind having her around often.|
|Kaede||Quiet. Asks questions and listens to the answer. Writes stuff down. Is that is thing here?|
|Laric||Sensibility and passion intertwined.|
|Logan||It is a strange thing to become dependent on someone whom your whole life you have sought to excel over. A humbling experience. At my highest and at my lowest, the princess was there to provide me with the motivation I need to see all of this true and when my thoughts were jumbled in chaos, she found a way to organize them as she organizes her books. It was a mistake not paying attention to her all those years ago.|
|Mydas||Once Scholar, now Inquisitor. If it proves anything, it's that Princess Ann possess sharp intelligence and dedication. And that she doesn't like her time nor trust wasted. All things I approve of.|
|Petal||She seems nice and well spoken. I am flattered she knows of my stores.|
|Prisila||Clever, humorous in a dry sort of way, composed, regal and most importantly personable. What's not to like from one's future regent?|
|Quenia||This Redrain Princess is a lovely womwn whom I enjoyed speaking briefly to at the market. Given that she knows my cousins, I'd be glad to have her over to dinner sometime.|
|Reese||Studious and kind. I hope to help her collection.|
|Sigurd||A friend of Khanne, a woman whom I call friend. Her voice was one heard most keenly in this war meeting.|
|Sparte||Such a thirst for knowledge and adventure! If only I could help her more. Perhaps later I can.|
|Theron||A studious Redrain princess, in grief for her lost cousin, who has shared interesting insights on a possible lead in this case. I have my own theories, but she is wise, and pleasant. Good on the eyes too, of course, but I'll get to know her better and see what information we can glean from things.|
|Valery||She's still nice but a bit distracted. I'm glad to see her again, though.|
|Victus||Pretty Princess from the North. We met brief, she probably saw him when I was pissed about something or another. Maybe we'll have a better occasion to shoot the shit in the future. I kinda hope so, actually.|
|Zaina||Pleasant enough. Then again, most Redrain are.|