Duchess Calypso Malvici
The 'demons' of the Reckoning remind us it is always far easier to kill those whom we imagine have little in common with ourselves, but generals can harbor no illusions if they hope to understand the enemy. For us, now and always, war is fought by human beings.
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.
(At first glance the gown that she wears appears to be a simple black evening dress, the hem coming just above the ankles and a slit rising up the right side stopping just below her knee. The fabric wraps snugly around her lower back and follows the pleasant curves of her body up and over her chest. The bodice is square cut with the straps attaching behind the neck, leaving the dress backless. A closer inspection reveals the true magic of this garment as the color of the fabric changes from black to violet and deep crimson from varying angles with tiny threads interwoven in the cloth causing the wearer to shimmer in any light. The swordsash and belt look ornamental, the fabric thick but soft that is used to also help draw her waist in. The sword, a shined combat blade, is safetied with a scarlet scarf.)
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.
|Alaric||The mind is the greatest weapon of them all, and few wield theirs as adroitly in the arts of war as the Duchess of Malvici. Her resolve, pragmatism, and absolute reliability are all of great benefit to the Compact and her people. Her service as the Minister of Warfare helped see us through two wars and I am honored to call her a friend.|
|Alexio||The Duchess is a strong woman, that much is evident by just entering into the room with her. She is dedicated to her post and to her family. It is refreshing to see, and I will be sure to prove myself to her.|
|Amari||The Lady General of Southport seems quite confident, sharp and eloquent. I don't doubt her abilities on or off the battlefield, she has just such an air of supreme competence. I was truly impressed and glad to have met her... even if she was a little scary.|
|Apollis||A fair and compassionate leader. I would trust her with my life. Where I was feeling like an outcast in Southport I came to find my place in Arx with the Malvici there. I think those in Southport has warmed to me now, but Calypso didn't need as much convincing.|
|Calaudrin||Duchess Calypso Malvici remains dedicated to resolving the troubles that currently threaten her duchy. Others would have crumpled under the weight of this impress, but she remains strong and resilient in the face of all of this adversity.|
|Domonico||My cousin is an inspiration the perfect leader for House Malvici. A Commander who listens to her subordinates and has real steel behind her.|
|Grazia||The martial duchess is more decisive than others would have one believe. She managed to form a plan, with options for contingencies, and I think we can work together in the future. She's certainly more capable than some give her credit for, and I like her far better than her brother.|
|Iseulet||For the first time in a long time, I have met a woman that speaks my language - a language I have long lost touch with since coming to Arx. I see Arx has made me soft, but not Duchess Malvici. I have much to learn from her and should take notes carefully.|
|Kia||Pragmatic. She seems to be quite the leader and has a rather progressive stance on the worth of shavs. It is refreshing in many ways, so I am glad I made the right decision to offer my services to her.|
|Lucita||Stern and firm when duties mean has to be yet one can tell she cares and and is protective of her people, trying to help them give of themselves to those for whom they are responsible and be the best they can be.|
|Reigna||The inestimable Duchess Calypso Malvici. She is as impressive in person as all the tales spoken of her. Best of all she treats Kael with respect. Which earns her my respect in turn.|
|Roxana||Roxana is Calypso's aunt technically, but she doesn't use the word 'aunt' much as it makes her feel old. Caly has grown up to be poised, beautiful, and so strong. Perfect for Malvici, and the Compact.|
|Sparte||She has dedicated herself more to the role of general than I remember. She was always a great leader, but there is a new sort of... Fierceness. I'm glad we're on the same side.|
|Valdemar||I see now why my father respects her so. We may have met for grim reasons, but I look forward greatly to working with her in the future.|
|Vanora||The Duchess-General has always been an inspiration, but now she is becoming a friend.|