Princess Cadenza Velenosa
True glory is legacy, and true legacy is knowledge. So what can you find out?
Description: Clad in nothing but her streaming hair, Cadenza's lean, muscular body would be a story blended of scars and sensuality, but few are so fortunate as to know that. Her sartorial tastes are deeply practical, muting the fullness of her not insignificant curves and permitting her as much freedom to move as possible. Her hair is black as midnight, and though, loose, it falls in a cascading cloud to her shoulder-blades, it is usually braided and bound. Her features are fine, delicate, with high, thinly dark eyebrows, and high, narrowly angled cheekbones. Her eyes are a brilliant, intense blue, large and framed by a dense thickness of eyelashes. Her skin is dusky gold, her lips dusky rose and full and soft beneath her fine straight nose.
Personality: Cadenza Velenosa is an Adventurer with a capital A, a capital A for alacrity, abandon, audacity, or maybe just awesome. There's some measure of arrogance there, too, of course; but it's not like she doesn't have the public cachet to back that up. She is, after all, a Princess of the Lyceum, and with her sense of timing, she has a measure of patience, a measure of composure, of control -- or maybe has learned to fake composure by raw force of will. It's true that she never saw a swash she didn't want to buckle. Life has gifted her with not so much caution -- who has the time? -- but a sense of timing keyed to a self-preservatory instinct, so that her ambition and her lust for life drive her, but do not rule her. She doesn't charge headlong into trouble; she calculates precise angles of trouble and /then/ sidles obliquely into it, instead. One of nature's gamblers, Cadenza would probably have to admit, if pressed, that she finds risk to be a seductive lure in and of itself.
Background: Cadenza Velenosa, eldest of a lesser line of Velenosa princes and princesses, was not a very good Lycene. As a child, she did not take to her political lessons. She was frank, forthright to the point of tactlessness, and had a knack for taking exactly the wrong point from her teachers and running away with it out of sheer stubbornness.
Iron will in a nine year old can be difficult to deal with, particularly an active nine year old with a seemingly endless ability to get into things. Her father was a Zaffria, and while on a trip to visit relatives at Crowned Hill, their party was attacked by an Abandoned raiding party, and Cadenza learned a lesson about heroic recklessness: that is, that if you're going to hero recklessly, you have to pick your moment, and preferably, be older than eleven. She came away from the fight half an orphan; her mother died fighting in defense of her father, and her father brutally injured defending Cadenza, and it was a lesson she never forgot.
As an adult, she remembered what she'd learned about timing, but she never let it hold her back. She sailed forth with her cousin Antonio and learned the ropes, and then set forth all the further, sailing through the Mourning Isles. Allegedly she was seeking a potential alliance with House Thrax, a potential match for one of the young princes, but she slipped loose the leash and sailed still further, disappearing off the map for awhile. She turned up again far afield in Arvum on a wild adventure where she either rescued or was rescued by Lou Grayson, or maybe it was mutual. It was neither the first nor the last time that Cadenza mysteriously made herself vanish only to reappear again later with tales of dramatic nonsense and half-truths. When Lady Aislin launched her Society of Explorers, Cadenza was only not an early adopter because she was spending a month trapped in the basement of a ruined temple to Gild in the hinterlands of the Oathlands, living on an unfortunate diet of roast rat and buried roots while she tried to work out a series of absurdly confusing puzzles that would have made a lot more sense if you could remember all Thirteen gods.
During the Silent War, Cadenza would have fought for the Lyceum gladly, but instead, she had accidentally gotten herself temporarily sold as a prisoner of one piratical group of Abandoned to another, following the loss of her ship to a raid. She only escaped by dumb luck and someone else's stray arrow fortuitously striking the gut of the guy who held her chain. So it was that, in trying to make her way back to Arx, speaking a mangled polyglot of several Abandoned languages badly, she has only turned up again on the shore of Southport honestly confused about how she'd arrived, with a fresh scar on her neck from someone trying to kill her for no reason she could explain, and the worst part is she had no good story to show for it.
|Aiden||A woman who rose to First Seeker alongside me and whom Princess Lou holds in high regard. She seems to have been through quite a lot and I hope to get to know her more over the course of our leadership in the Society of Explorers. She has a good head on her shoulder. She self-identifies as wicked (in a fun way) and I have no reason to doubt her.|
|Alarie||She's a lovely Velenosan!|
|Alarissa||An adventure prone Velenosan!|
|Apollis||A beautiful woman I remember from when I had a crush on her as a boy. She is going through something tragic and I hope to be of support to her.|
|Arik||Foolish but brave woman. I can admire the pluck. But, a second drink of that murder liquid? No good. No good at all.|
|Armani||She drinks whiskey too. Perhaps when I am less into my cups we can see who drinks the most. Wonder if she would be into that.|
|Astraea||She's pretty and flashy with her style of combat and she's fast if she put Luci on her butt. I like her demeanor and she's easy to be around, maybe in the future I'll get a chance to get to know her better.|
|Calista||Princess Cadenza is something of a mystery but she has certainly led an incredible life. I pray her adventures in Arx are far more memorable.|
|Caspian||A princess in a cat suit sounds like too much for me to handle. I better prepare myself!|
|Christine||A dance with animal disguises! This woman is a small genius, it seems. Nice and friendly.|
|Cirroch||She seems to defy the norms of a typical southern princess. She might have southern blood, but she's got a northern spirit.|
|Delilah||A self-proclaimed troublemaker. I like trouble. More importantly, she's got some strange going-ons and I just can't wait to see what becomes of this - With or without my help.|
|Derovai||Easily fooled. Swords don't matter. Wit does. She'll need to sharpen that too if she's going to survive.|
|Echo||She had some sort of accident that caused memory loss. Extremely mysterious but also really sad, I hope she gets the help she needs.|
|Eleyna||She's been through something of an ordeal, but she's safe now with us. Those who harmed her will pay for their insolence.|
|Emily||Rather friendly and open, she has a skilled hand at the blade. An explorer as I wish to be I think this will be a friendship ready to go.|
|Grazia||A Velenosa wild child with utterly no manners and a desperate need for attention. Ugh.|
|Ignacio||She seems like to be a good example of what a princess should be. She is lovely, charming, and has a great sense of humor. I would like to get to know her better.|
|Kenna||A woman with a wonderful sense of wicked humor, and an easy manner to be around. I hope to spend more time in her company in the near future!|
|Lou||I am glad to see Cadenza again, after she's been gone for quite a long time on some expedition or another. However, I am troubled to see the state that she's in now that she's returned to us. I sincerely hope I get to talk to her more about it at another time, for I think it would be good for her to have a chance to work through her ordeal.|
|Marian||In some ways, I envy that she has time to plan a ball. In others, I am glad it is her rather than me. Social events were never my forte. However, I do hope she found my suggestions useful.|
|Michael||An interesting woman. I am sure any dress she wears will be "over the top". I will have to track her down at this gala.|
|Mydas||Her life before coming to Arx is already a great adventure. That she survived is a testament to her skill and will, as she will no doubt display in future adventures.|
|Petal||Warm and friendly. I have a great idea for an outfit for her.|
|Quenia||Newly returned to Arx, after such tragic circumstances. I was shocked and horrified to hear about her kidnapping, and subsequent escape. She has not come out unharmed, and I hope those who dare hurt her are found and punished. No one should have to endure such circumstances.|
|Reese||She is friendly, welcoming and pleasant to be around. She has a sincerity though in her welcomes and words that not everyone always has. I think she is a social force to be reckoned with or will be soon!|
|Sebastian||Silvio's sister, of whom I've only heard stories. She is as pretty as her brother.|
|Sigurd||A delightful princess, with such pale and eye-catching calves and thighs. Its too bad there isn't a messenger service in the city to have ready to call you when someone attends to their bathing in the grotto.|
|Sorrel||A Velenosan princess, she seems a fairly cheerful sort. Seems to be quite taken with Prince Jericho Valardin, for which I can hardly blame her. And she's planning an exciting masquerade ball in which we'll all dress as animals. Perhaps I'll get to help her plan. Looking forward to it!|
|Sparte||Oh, Cadenza? I don't think I could sing a Cadenza, I certainly couldn't play one. I mean maybe if- Oh, Princess Cadenza! Right, of course you meant Princess Cadenza. Yes. She is great, just great. *awkwardly leaves*|
|Talen||She was kidnapped, she said. A princess of House Velenosa. Kidnapped. One assumes those who were involved are going to disappear, if they haven't already.|
|Theron||Princess Cadenza apparently has led a troubled life with some misfortunes, but is an adventuress nevertheless. Fortune favors the bold, as they say. I'll try and speak to her more, and learn more about her.|
|Thesarin||She's been through pain, and it shows. But she carries it, and she carries on. All any of us can.|
|Thorley||Scarred beauty. There was a past with her. There was an opprotunity with her. Then she walked away. She never explained why. Now I know. She was a princess. I was a nothing. And now she is back in my life. Do I let her return? Or could she be worse than the alcohol - the one that I could not quit.|
|Tomwell||She's strong, for someone who's been through so much. I'll try to support her, however much I can.|
|Turo||Charming, with just enough of an edge to make her interesting and not merely cloying.|
|Violet||A outgoing and kind woman that I met at the Sip and Spar. I did not get to really interact with her till the next day at the Training Center. I hope to be able to spar with her as I get better with the small blade.|