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.
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.
|Aerandir||The renowned Lady General of Southport, hardly someone I expected to meet, but there she was, in the flesh; she is as I expected her to be, knowledgeable, possessing an air of authority about her, and as regal as the rumours have it.|
|Aislin||A general /and/ a duchess, she seems often-harried by her many duties and yet also always determined to take more work onto herself. Half of me respects her for it, while the other half thinks she's only asking for horrific burnout when the next major war comes.|
|Alaric||I've no doubt the Lady General is a brilliantly menacing yeller in the field, but she is definitely a 'fight smarter, not angrier' style of commander, which I appreciate. She is composed, prepared, and deliberate, and I'm pleased to have her as the Compact's Minister of Defense.|
|Alarissa||It is a strange thing to be thrown into the presence of someone else, especially when blindfolded. And yet, Alarissa has met the Lady Malvici and not found her wanting or lacking. A delightful demeanour that perhaps could blossom into a friendship? Who knows, but time will tell and the woman can dress another really good,e specially if blindfolded.|
|Aleksei||Kind of scarily competent. She's definitely got a handle on every inch of the Compact's defense, though. So she definitely earns the 'scarily competent.'|
|Apollis||The beautiful and enigmatic Duchess of Southport. She tries to seem icy but I think she's sweet. If I am a lost ship in Southport she might be my lighthouse.|
|Arcelia||Like many of the Malvici I have known Caly for a while. She is a kind woman and I am glad to have her in my life. I am sure one day she will make a good aunt figure to my children.|
|Arianna||The Lady General is wise and carries herself with a proud bearing. The stuff of a Queen in this one. I do hope to get to know her better.|
|Arn||No nonsense. Well, maybe a little since everyone but me's got nonsense. She's a Malvici which is a point against her, but usually they don't make generals and defense ministers out of morons so at most she's just stupid. Time will tell.|
|Caelis||Caelis has known Calypso her whole life. While her duties with Southport's navy have pulled her away from her land loving cousin, she could not be more proud of her. Privately, Caelis views Calypso as something of a role model.|
|Calaudrin||The Duchess General has never impressed me as being anything less than fully competent. She has a hell of a fight on her hands with what's coming up. A personal one at that. But she's a damn professional about it and I can appreciate that. Other people would be quaking in their boots or crying. Or both.|
|Calista||There is no denying the fact that Calypso is a General. She has a commanding presence about her I find most inspiring. She was first the Voice of Malvici and now takes the title of Duchess. It is with great pride and honor that I call this striking woman my friend. She also doesn't hold it against me that I stole Inigo for my own.|
|Clover||Keen minded legend. Clover's only met her in person the once, but has heard so much about her.|
|Darren||House Malvici is lucky to have you to carry so many burdens. Nobody can question your prowess as a General, and I certainly can't question your ability to put away a bottle of whiskey. I am confident no challenger will ever bring you down my friend.|
|Darrow||I stormed beaches under the leadership of the Duchess-General against forces of the Gyre. She has truly shown her acumen in leading soldiers, and in battling threats to the Compact, and would not hesistate to marshal banners as allies in the future.|
|Ectorion||Business and to the point, and certainly crafty in ways one might not initially suspect of a Duchess General. She's quite skilled, and I look forward to working with her.|
|Eleyna||The Duchess-General is capable, confident, and consummately professional in everything she does, but it would be foolish to not see the passionate Lycene beneath it all as well. It's just that her passions run different routes; family, honor, and the call of battle.|
|Esoka||I cannot say I know the Lady General, though I fought in the host of Lycene and Grayson forces at the Seawatch Gate. I only know that I would bleed for her again. She is a bastion of competence and dedication amidst chaos.|
|Ferrando||Personable but authoritative, agressive without being reckless, goal-oriented and determined. In all of my dealings with her she's been everything you'd want in an army general.|
|Fiachra||The Lady General is a bit reserved in person, compared to her more boisterous husband. However, I have every confidence in her martial abilities, having been in the field with her, and am truly happy that she has found love, as she is a close friend of my own wife.|
|Harald||How Malvici has not yet overthrown Velenosa I do not understand. Their men must not be the equals of their women.|
|Joslyn||Strong, Bold, and Beautiful. It's a deadly combination. From the first moment I saw her, I knew she was a force to be reckoned with. I even dared my hand at facing her and managed to (somehow) come out on top. She's the leader Velenosa needs, and I would follow her into the Abyss, secure in the knowledge that she'll know how to get us out. Also, even I have been too shy to directly flirt with her... not sure I'd survive her reprisal.|
|Katarina||The Lady General Malvici is Katarina's most treasured and precious of friends, and one of the first she ever encountered of the Lycene by chance landing in her family's territories. They've since become inseparable, and there's nothing Kat wouldn't do for Calypso.|
|Killian||The times Killian has met Calypso, he's come to expect her to be either on or off. When she's on business, she's all business, straight to the point and no nonsense. When she's off business, she's an entirely different person, more personable and cheerful..at least based on the one time he's seen her not on business. But it was a bar, who knows. Either way she seems competent, but there's always that nagging worry that she's playing some long game or biding her time, even if he can't put his finger on just why he has that worry.|
|Leola||The Lady General embodies what I hope for in my lieges. She understands and respects her position, she knows well how to get the best from those under her aegis, and she fights as hard as any when need comes. I hope she prospers, and that her star ascends.|
|Magpie||Magpie didn't know what to expect of Calypso... probably some stuffy war general. She proved quite witty and interesting, and took his antics in stride. She let him keep a souvenir from her war map, which really just made his day.|
|Marius||Lady General Calypso is a keen woman. Learning from her about leadership was eye-opening. She reminds me of Marian in so many ways, and I am excited to see what more I can learn from her. If anyone can help, it'll be her.|
|Merek||%bMerek first met her when he was armorless at a riot. Thinks her orders are usually well thought out. Followed them dutifully. Still got a sword in the back because no armor. But he followed her orders, and this can only be a good thing!|
|Morrighan||Cool. Calm. Calculating. The Duchess Malvici is all of these things and more, which makes her the fine leader that she is. I admire her, and she has this..no nonsense attitude, sometimes. She has her own ferocity, I believe, and in a way reminds me of Freja. I trust her.|
|Mydas||Lady-General, the Compact has in the past been fortunate of her involvement, and I've seen her intellect and ability to consider a problem through various perspectives for myself. A pleasure to have as company, and potentially in-laws.|
|Petal||She remembers her from the spirits at first. She is dating Prince Anze or maybe more than dating. Prince Anze though I was a vagrant at first, but she has always seemed nice. She even asked about my masks and lots of nobles just ignore me when I am making things. I think she sees people beyond their tasks and jobs.|
|Reese||When Reese first met Calypso she looked up to her and hoped to impress her. She was nervous, being worried that she wouldn't impresss the General enough. Now she feels more confident with her. She enjoys working with her and feels like she is a good Commander and has good leadership skills. She hopes to continue to work with her and have a good relationship with her. She wants to impress her still.|
|Rook||The Lady General is one of those women who you don't realise is going to make a big impact until suddenly, BAM, they've saved the universe. No, literally. Rook has worked with her in his capacity as Minister of Coin and it's been an interesting ride.|
|Samael||A friend of my brother Gabriel's. She is strong, beautiful and confident. I admire her and hope to get to know her better. We could become good friends.|
|Samantha||Sam knows her as a Lady of War, and has all the respect that it merits for someone in that position where Calisto is concerned. But she has only just met Calypso the humanitarian, who not only devotes herself to the waging of war, but also for caring for the people's day to day lives. Samantha's estimation of her has increased given, especially when presented with the force of Calypso's initiative.|
|Sameera||No no nonsense type of women. IT makes it far easier to deal with those that play coy political games.|
|Silas||Lady Calypso Malvici is the current Minister of Defense and someone who has proven herself to be an astute and efficient leader. Silas has worked with her on a few cases concerning the city's defense and Silas has found her to be a great ally. He is quite impressed with how tight of a ship she steers! And her skill at completing paperwork is impressive.|
|Talen||Duchess Calypso Malvici, High General to the Compact forces, a source of knowledge. Even if he was not fighting the fights she coordinated in defense of the Compact, he has helped her with the pacification of Cyrto Arch.|
|Thesarin||Speaks to the point. Wastes little time. Seems to say what she means. And I know she knows her business.|
|Victus||The Southport General, Minister of Defense. Lots of titles, but she can back it up.|