Princess Alarissa Thrax
Everything you want is there for the asking. One just needs to know how to ask.
Description: Alarissa's glittering beauty and practiced regality speak of high blood and an even higher opinion of herself. Her silk-shiny hair has the same colour and lustre that one could counter as chestnut in shade, and with a great deal of care and labour, it's been spun into a careful waves that when left loose flatter a heart-shaped face or done up in elaborate styles. Rosebud lips and a thin nose are flattered by wide and expressive night-blue eyes; indeed, her fine features and porcelain complexion make a comparison to a doll an easy one. A sylphide frame curves prettily, her long limbs have a tendency to sway as she walks, but she tends to carry herself these days with something of a reserved air. Perhaps the Valardin Dragon's fire has tempered something of her polished Grayson steel after all.
Personality: It seems that no matter what life throws her way, Alarissa's ambitions remain unshaken: she sees her confidence as a matter of Grayson Pride over mere vanity, and to settle as anything less than legendary would be to do her esteemed blood wrong. Quick to smile and slow to anger, she seems to put her cultured disposition to its best use in making people feel at-ease, though she's developed a bit of a dry wit and can even sound flippant at times. Above all, she seems to harbour a desire to make others know how good she is, even if to do so she must indulge in the occasional white lie or overt act of generosity.
Background: No matter how adept Princess Alarissa manages to be at getting her way, it always seems like the world conspires to ruin her victories. Ever since she was very young, the ambitious young woman felt she was destined for glory. She was born too distant from the crown to rule Grayson by inheritance, of course, but she had almost neatly circumvented that nuisance of birth by showing Alaric IV just how obviously lovely and charming she was, and had juuuuuust about gotten a betrothal when frustratingly wiser heads snatched him away and gotten the distantly related dolt to agree to marry a Thraxian instead. Yes, yes, putting an end to centuries of unrest and blood is simply wonderful for those worried about that sort of thing, but Alarissa would have been a marvelous Queen for a pure Grayson match. Instead, Alarissa was forced to pivot from being the perfect potential match for King Alaric into being the perfect potential match for some high-lord to be or other. So she arranged to 'accidentally' meet Prince Vance Valardin, the disturbingly pious and stalwart son of the Prince of Sanctum and future ruler of the Oathlands, and she had to awe him with her numerous virtues, foremost that she looked absolutely stunning in white. It wasn't too long before she was betrothed, and not much longer until she was married and finally in a position to be the wife of the future Prince of Sanctum, and then all her plans needed to be thrown into ruin once more. Her husband (along with most of his family) were killed at the Tragedy at Sanctum, leaving Alarissa an extremely young window without issue among her new family in House Valardin. While she appreciates that he died heroically protecting his extremely gorgeous and charming young wife, she would have much rather he heroically barred the door until help arrived rather than leaving her alone to consider her next move. It is most irritating.
|Aiden||She's proclaimed to have run the gaunlet, which puts her at an exceptional level of physical abilities. Aiden hasn't seen her since he was, well, a kid. Meeting her again has been interesting, especially since she had declared her interest in the menagerie! She seems to keep a lot in reserve, knowing her etiquette well enough not delve into certain topics in front of the wrong people. Those two attributes make her a strong woman and a cousin to learn from.|
|Arcelia||I have met Princess Alarissa a couple of times now and she has seemed to be a very nice woman each time. I think she is a fine woman and I look forward to getting to know her better.|
|Arn||Grayson girl. Damn fool as far as I can tell. Running the gauntlet at midnight like some hobo! Gauntlet's a place for princesses if they can keep up. This one can't. Gods...|
|Cristoph||I rather like the princess, though I'm concerned about her fixation with the one possible freckle on her face. She was good company tonight while I was drinking and even thanked me for making myself a potential pin cushion the other day. I'm not sure she entirely understands my sense of humor, but that's alright can't expect everyone to.|
|Eirlys||Very nice, polite and seems to be very caring.|
|Fatima||Gorgeous and refined, she seems bubbly and spirited all the same. She reminds me a lot of my little sister.|
|Ferrando||A composed and precise Princess, even while relaxing. She's obviously quite smart and seems to like to watch animals, whether fish or fowl. Her interest in the world around her which is always excellent to see in members of the ruling families.|
|Fiachra||I believe that she is far stronger than many would give her credit for. A gracious woman as well, and I am happy to be able to call her family even though neither of us were born to the Valardin name.|
|Gaston||She seemed a fragile thing at first, small and delicate. If there's nothing else that I've learned in my wanderings though, it's that the size of something is hardly it's whole story. Kind, and thoughtful, I would say. Insightful, and easy to speak to.|
|Jael||She seems like a sweet person, very concerned with the wellbeing of the otter. I hope I can get to know her a little better.|
|Katarina||When Katarina first met Alarissa, she was rather awed by the grace and social accumen of this Grayson-born princes. But after only a few encounters later, Katarina has become rather fond of her and considers Alarissa to be a potential partner in all future socio-political endeavors for the good of the Oathlands. Plus she's fierce with the fashion trends!|
|Merek||%bMerek thinks Alarissa is motherly.|
|Petal||The Princess seems to be friendly and she appreciates my work. I think I will be seeing more of her. She is lovely and might be fun to dress.|
|Reese||She is certainly well dressed even for a mission in the tunnels and quite lovely. There is more to her than I realized. She knows quite a bot of the mysteries. I never realized that. There is more than her than looks.|
|Rook||All in all, Princess Alarissa is remarkably similar to Rook in many aspects, with the true birthright and upbringing that he lacked. A shame, truly.|
|Samantha||Princess Alarissa is a very thoughtful woman. She reminds me a bit of Lark in that she clearly gives a great deal of consideration to the choices she makes, and isn't afraid to show her intelligence. If she does end up marrying into Thrax, I have no doubt that she will be able to hold her own.|
|Shae||A friendly and kind princess, more like what I had thought a princess would be. With good manners, and excellent taste. And the prettiest greyhound. I would have loved to trainer her, but well I am sure I will find our hounds. But princess is still very welcoming and kind. And has exquisite taste.|
|Sivard||Princess Alarissa Valardin, a rather interesting individual upon first meeting. Kind enough to have paid me a compliment. Though time will tell if I am to be the Grimhall child to make her frown upon getting to know one another, here's hoping I don't ruin her streak of smiling. She has a rather nice one and it would be a shame.|
|Skapti||Apparently the bit about Valardin's not drinking only applies to born to it. The married in ones get smashed the same as everyone else. Though they don't exactly hold it well.|
|Talen||Princess Alarissa Valardin nee Grayson. A picture of proper princess. Everything Talen isn't as a prince, and more. Pure bred, to his common blood. Yet, here they are, in a tea shop, drinking together and discuss MANNERS. While she freaks out over a sneak, internally. Well done, Talen.|
|Victus||She's a pretty one, though I am a bit weary at how she keeps lookin' at me...|