Marquessa Lianne Malespero
I just want to know how it works.
Description: Lianne holds the potential to be a beauty of the ages, but her intellectual pursuits keep her loveliness understated. Thick ebony hair is often only precariously pinned into place, occasionally with writing quills, leaving loose curls to fall against her cheek now and then. Her forest green eyes regard the world critically, intensely as if trying to unlock their secrets. Her movements are minimal and deliberate, maintaining a balance between strange and graceful with her willowy frame lending weight to the latter.
Personality: Lianne is insatiably curious about the world and everything in it. She has all the ambition and cunning that her house is famous for, but is often distracted by any number of other academic pursuits at the same time, and is completely unsatisfied with anything less than a full answer. When not absorbed by one question or another, shes known for a razor wit that leaves many entirely unsure if theyre being complimented or insulted. In the times when she does turn her attention to politics and governance, its with a degree of competence that can be chilling.
Background: Although she was born three years later than her elder sister Viviana, in many ways the siblings were cut from the same cloth. They looked similar and both had a restless nature about them that made them ill-suited to the life of a typical lady. Yet where this led Viviana to seek physical challenges, it led Lianne in the opposite direction - to seek mental ones. Even from a young age, it was rare to be able to walk into Liannes chambers without having to step around scattered diagrams and models, or to not find her hard at work dissecting some sort of animal or another upon her fine, mahogany armoire. She was never able to settle on just one discipline, bouncing from one to the next almost every month, but her keen mind devoured them all. When she blossomed into a beautiful young lady, her mother was initially keen to marry her off for political advantage. Yet whenever a marriage offer seemed close, Lianne would instantly turn her mind to aiding in issues of politics, government or economics and prove so valuable that the marriage would be put off. Of course, this would last only until the risk was gone, to the great exasperation of her mother, before shed return to her books and personal studies. She was largely uninvolved in the crisis that occurred during and immediately after the reign of Piero as Duke, happily working on her research. But in the aftermath, she was called upon by Belladonna to do her duty and use that keen mind to help rebuild the House to glory.
|Agatha||Despite her fancy gown lacking pockets, I think I like her. She's a little more sly than I'm comfortable with, but if a Nightgold can marry a Pravus, I can be friends with one!|
|Alessandro||A fellow questioner, which is becoming all too rare a find. Must keep track of her.|
|Apollis||A beautiful woman with understated grace and poise. How charming and pleasant. She reminds me of the rockrose.|
|Arianna||An inquisitive mind that, for all intents and purposes, far outstrips my own. She's another inspiration and a mystery waiting to be unraveled.|
|Calaudrin||She was a good companion to have in the tunnels and I was equally glad to listen to her wisdom when we discussed what happened there. When we begin to compile research, I imagine her insights will be invaluable.|
|Derovai||I wonder what forboding drinks she will ply on me that aren't tea. Worth getting to know and seeing exactly where her interests lie.|
|Dominique||I have heard good things about the coroner from my cousin. I hope to get to know her more and perhaps learn about her research to see if I can support it.|
|Esoka||Seems wise about the darker threats facing the Compact. And a friend of Peanut! That's about the best endorsement one can have, in Esoka's view.|
|Faye||Encountered her in passing in the House of Questions. I do hope she comes back sometime for snacks. She seems interesting and open-minded.|
|Gareth||A collector. Of very many things. I would be quite interested to know more of her collections and if there are more than meets the surface.|
|Hana||I've heard she has a sharp intellect, and she didn't disappoint! I'm grateful she's willing to help me look into things my own research talents aren't good enough for.|
|Ignacio||The Marquessa seems to be a good spirited and interesting woman. I feel she would be worth getting to know better.|
|Itzal||A tepid, souless creature who cannot appreciate art. Utter lies, of course, that I encourage any and all to correct her on at the earliest opportunity. Likes cats!|
|Jeffeth||A very smart and lovely young Lady. She seems a lovely sort. I would love to have more conversations with her, she makes me think. But maybe if someone else was there too, so I could take breaks for thinking.|
|Jordan||She seems to believe in chance, this Marquessa. But then she talks about opening up corpses in such an irreverent way that makes me fairly sure she must have a very grim sense of humor. I wonder if she and the Nox'alfar would exchange grisly tales.|
|Katarina||Marquessa of Malespro, and of the Pravus line. She's a truly remarkable young woman, and with far more to her than initially meets the eye. One simply has an aura for those things, and she oozes it.|
|Laric||A Pravus through and through, and as sharp as she's reputed to be.|
|Lucita||Marquessa Lianne Malespero-dignified, intelligent, affable. Interesting enough to want to get to know her better.|
|Magpie||Lianne was considerate enough to offer assistance to Magpie where others were laughing or standing by. It's something he'll remember and he fully intends to repay her for the kindness. Hopefully they'll cross paths again soon.|
|Mason||Mason ran into Lianne at the Shrine of First Choice. She struck him as intelligent and capable of quite deep discussion, but also aware of the comfort of others around her and able to sprinkle humor and consideration into the conversation.|
|Oriana||Silk and steel, she wields her authority without hesitation. We will do well to avoid her ire or, indeed, her attention.|
|Pasquale||My new patchwork family. Better than my old family, gods send. Seems to have a good head on her shoulders and a sharp eye to the threats that might come from overseas...or within. I look forward to working with her.|
|Sebastian||An interesting woman, the new Marquesse. The episode during the meeting leads me to believe that there is perhaps something more going on with her than a mere fainting spell. The scramble to contain her when she barely moved at all alludes to this not being the first time, perhaps? Curious.|
|Shae||Cares not who hears, unafraid to speak her mind. Doesn't do it with ill-intent. I can appreciate this.|
|Vanora||I've always been fond of my cousin, and House Pravus is indebted to her for all that she put into building up her March.|
|Vayne||When someone is willing to trust another, that is something remarkable. She chose to trust me, and I am honoured by her decision. There's something about her I find intriguing, and hope to speak with her again, and often.|
|Venturo||I believe the Marquessa Pravus is like a duck upon the water. All calm and collected on the surface, a churn of calculating thoughts and passions below. She does not, for the record, look like a duck. She also possesses good choice in whiskey, which is a leading indicator of a person being interesting.|