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Lady Vanora Grimhall

We all need to look into the dark side of our nature - that's where the energy is, the passion. People are afraid of that because it holds pieces of us we're busy denying.

Social Rank: 4
Concept: Noble Outsider
Fealty: Thrax
Family: Grimhall
Gender: Female
Age: 21
Religion: Mirrormask
Vocation: Noble
Height: 5'6"
Hair Color: Reddish-gold
Eye Color: Pale Green
Skintone: Fair

Titles: Disciple of the Thirteenth, Voice of Grimhall

Description: This is a steel-forged beauty, plucked from the warmth of southern seas to be hammered to a razor's edge. An enviable figure, suited to be the subject of a marble sculpture appears just as cool as that stone itself. There is naught to beckon in her carriage, but rather to admire from a distance. Green eyes near as pale as frosted glass, there are elements of peridot beneath if less sun-soaked. Nobility is there in facial features, the high cheekbones and petite nose. Lips are soft, generous, and expressive with engaging smiles. Her hair would fall down to her waist if left free to, the color varying between rich crimson and pale honey as if strands are woven from sunset itself. Skin is porcelain pale, flawless, pampered as if hours a day are set aside for her vanity alone.

Personality: Vanora can be difficult to understand upon initial meeting, and to some may come off as frosty, a shell of careful politics and court etiquette that beneath holds deeper and more mercurial moods. She carries herself with an unflappable poise perfected over years of practice. There are some who remark on how cool she remains under pressure, but whether that is the truth or merely the illusion she strives for who could say? She should not be mistaken for a woman lacking passions however, indeed hers are examined so intensely she makes indulging in them an art.

Background: Vanora Pravus was born at the edge of scandal and has skirted it seemingly ever since. With her birth more than six years after her next oldest sibling and the ivory skin and red-gold hair not typically associated with Southern beauty, she has had to fight for her place. Rumors spread through Setarco that she was the product of a steamy affair, though Zacharie Pravus swiftly and vocally claimed the girl as his own daughter, insisting on her legitimacy and all the rights and privileges that went with it.

The next scandal to touch Vanora came through her eldest brother, who was captured and executed as one of the ringleaders whose coup led to the murder of Duke Piero. Vanora's parents and two remaining brothers were banished from court, sent to a far off coastal estate to live. Vanora herself, who had been off in Lenosia training to become a Priestess of Tehom, was recalled to Setarco to serve at her cousin Duchess Belladonna Pravus' whim. She spent the next several years in this role, following the Duchess to Arx to serve as her adviser, lady-in-waiting, and hostage all at once.

When the time came to serve Pravus' interests through a marriage alliance, Vanora was offered to Marquis Ford Kennex of Stormward, an arrangement which she found more than suitable. Shortly after their union the newly minted Marquessa found herself in the midst of political struggle when her husband freed all of Stormward's thralls with the stroke of a pen, relying on her for assistance with the fallout. With hard work the March was able to pull through the crisis whole. Unfortunately the Kennex marriage did not fare so well.

In the summer of 1008, Dominus Aldwin granted Vanora and Ford a dissolution of their union and permission to remarry in time, though a haze of whispers followed. Rumors which only intensified when shortly a betrothal was announced between Lady Vanora Pravus and Lord Valdemar Grimhall, heir to Grihem's Point and the son of the liege lord of Kennex. Court gossips immersed themselves in the Lady's infamy, requiring House Grimhall to stand firmly behind the union as alliances shifted and re-shifted.

Now she and Valdemar have two sons, the heir and the spare in their twin boys. Lady Vanora has been named a Voice of Grimhall and is said to be a force of influence within the family. Like a blade formed under the harshest conditions, she weathers the storms of court and continues to work for the glory of House Grimhall and the Thirteenth.

Relationship Summary


Enemy:
Acquaintance:
  • Bianca - Archscholar of Vellichor, and not hard to see why
  • Skye - Dreamer and Blackshore Baroness
  • Gailin - Mirrormask and Titania's husband
  • Mydas - His name is not, as it turns out, Mydas
  • Turo - I hold great respect for a man who admits to his mistakes with honesty and kindness. Count Navegant is one such.
  • Rosalie - Lady Redtyde is warm and sweet and shares common interests and causes
  • Giulio - A man of many talents and a certain mystique.
  • Aldwin - the former Dominus has my eternal gratitude for everything.
  • Orazio - the Dominus has been a source of learning for me for some time.
  • Darren - The High Lord of Redrain is someone I hope I've been of use to.
  • Coraline - This Princess of Thrax is warm, thoughtful, and surely a potential ally.
  • Lethe - Lady Lethe Tyde is a potential friend from an unexpected source. I enjoy her.

  • Family:
  • Niccolo - respected uncle
  • Juliana - charming cousin
  • Lianne - Pravus cousin and scholar
  • Harald - The Grim Duke is my father now, and he and Grimhall have earned my loyalty dozens of times over
  • Belladonna - Our relationship has always been complicated, but I know my cousin is always in my corner. As I am in hers.
  • Ingrid - Valdemar's sweet, thoughtful younger sister
  • Ingvar - Younger brother to Valdemar, cheerful and amusing
  • Darion - My son with Ford is growing up happy and healthy
  • Philippe - Count Blanchard is my uncle, my mother's brother. We don't talk.
  • Arkyn - My beautiful baby boy, and Valdemar's firstborn son and heir
  • Antony - third-born son, A mirror image of his twin brother
  • Karina - Family by way of Mother Anneke (her sister's child) Mistress Seabright serves as my Lady-in-Waiting
  • Sanya - Valdemar's cousin is charming and sweet, and I enjoy her company greatly.

  • Parent:
  • Carole Blanchard - if any think /I/ am secretive they should meet my mother
  • Zacharie Pravus - Father no one can say you did not try

  • Ally:
  • Vayne - Archlector of Tehom and source of endless wisdom
  • Ettoire - Eleyna's brother and I have a long history. He reminds me of my old friend Mydas.
  • Galen - One of Valdemar's most steadfast companions and salt-father to our sons.
  • Talen - Archduke-Consort of the Lyceum and First Liar to our son Antony.
  • Asger - Duke Asger Crovane and his wife Ann are Grimhall allies and good company besides.

  • Sibling:
  • Fabian - my eldest brother was executed for his role in the assassination of Piero Pravus.
  • Marco - Nine years older than I, It's been some time since I've seen him.
  • Matteo - youngest of my brothers, six years my elder

  • Friend:
  • Isolde - the other Second Reflection, we've been close since girlhood
  • Eleyna - a kindred spirit, my closest friend in the world.
  • Mirari - Gorgeous, smart, and has my love and loyalty
  • Cassima - Her mind is sharp as steel and she's a beauty. Doubly dangerous.
  • Donella - the proud Thrax turned Redrain princess is a dear friend and confidant.

  • Spouse:
  • Valdemar - The stars in my sky. The blade between me and the world. My forever.

  • Deceased:
  • Driskell - I am lost without a compass, but you have shown me how to find True North.
  • Titania - when the sea seems sad to me, I think of you.

  • Protege:
  • Edward - Baron Stormbreak is a rising force in the Isles and an important vassal to support
  • Oliver - a former thrall with a very unique perspective and many talents
  • Karina - While she serves as my lady-in-waiting, I serve Karina as her patron. It is a worthwhile exchange thus far.
  • Name Summary
    Aisha PRavus turned Grimhall. Her company is as pleasuable as always. I'm curious to her plans.
    Aleksei A complicated woman, I'd say. She's navigating some tricky waters, but I do appreciate people who reach out and are willing to talk.
    Alessandro Disciple leader, willing to help fellow disciples.
    Alexandre Lady Vanora Grimhall proved to be both pleasant company and a surprise, for her ancestry was not known to me. I look forward to future meetings!
    Alexio Lady Vanora seems to be a hospitable woman. I look forward to future dealings with her and her house so that I might know them better.
    Amantha This lady seems to crave knowledge as hungrily as I do. Perhaps an ally to be made, here.
    Ann She's like the Thraxian version of me. Only with more style, grace, beauty... Uh. You know. Nothing like me actually, but still someone I highly respect for keeping her head high when times got ridiculous. A woman I'll call an ally any day.
    Arianna Like our cousin Isolde this one is Blessed beyond her willingness to believe. Tehom truly cherishes her and if Isolde is the Queen of Reflections then she must be a Princess of the Thirteenth. I feel, no, I know our fates are entwined and while I have the itch to know more about her. I sincerely hope she doesn't think me another fool or a pretender to the faith and devotion we both have for our Blessed God.
    Austen A very polite Lady. I believe that she has a most excellent taste in tea, most certainly better than mine. She seems to keep her own counsel, as I do. It is most under-appreciated thing.
    Bastien One of many Pravuses at the Pravus opera celebrating smart, clever Pravuses. Unsurprising.
    Berenice I didn't get to meet her for as long as I'd have liked, but I look forward to our next delightful encounter!
    Bianca In the face of judgement, the Marquessa showed us all her dedication to her people and the people of the Compact. She did not speak against critics to her house and instead proved by her actions not only is House Kennex deserving of compassion and support, but so is the Marquessa herself. It is rare one so young can act without the passionate respite of youth, but Vanora never faltered in her dignity.
    Brigida Divorcee. How novel.
    Cadenza I didn't get to speak to her much but she was very polite.
    Calypso A young woman who has been through some ugly situations. She has not run from her duty, either. Now married to the heir of Grimhall, she is in yet another difficult place. She can do it.
    Cambria I spied her from afar at the dinner hosted by the Velenosa. A breathtaking beauty - just what you expect of Setarcan women. I hope she's fairing well after the Stormward crisis, and rules wisely at her husband's side.
    Caspian A Southern woman who took on a Thraxian name. She is charming and wise and a joy to speak with.
    Christine Ford's wife. She's such a cutie. And we'll soon have more little Kennex around!
    Constantine The mother of my nephew Darion. She is engaging and demure as well as congenial.
    Coraline A true lady, she is grace, warmth, and wonderful company all found within her lovely person. I am very glad we found cause to speak, and I hope to have many occasions to know her better.
    Cristoph Nicia's cousin is quite the whirlwind of a personality. I suppose that all things considered, she would have to be.
    Darren A very interesting woman -- there is much more here than she wears on the surface. I look forward to working together more in the future and combining our skills for the greater good.
    Delilah A delightful woman who has made it past so many hardships with nothing to show for it at all. Beauty and elegant all in one - A proper Marquessa.
    Dora The Second Reflection was a delight to meet. Charming as I heard she was. A pleasant conversation had at the Salon. I hope to have more of them.
    Duarte After seeing her often from afar I finally had chance to meet the Lady Pravus. She is unabashedly Pravus - it will serve her well. I think we got along.
    Echo Marquessa Vanora has seen a similar story as me, at least -- On the surface. Lycene marrying outwards. I wonder if it was for love or duty? She seems very well spoken and incredibly nice, regardless.
    Eleyna A Pravus that seems to be close with Isolde. She's a bit of a mystery, to be honest. Now that she's returned to the Lyceum, perhaps I should make some efforts to see past the enigma.
    Ember A classy woman who clearly isn't from the Mourning Isles. That's fine, I've seen some amazing people from different fealties do amazing things. I figure an outside perspective will do everyone some good.
    Ezekiel She was so lovely and seemed to melt on my harp. A wonderfully expressive woman!
    Faruq Better left unsaid.
    Fecundo Mistook her as not being a Lycene, though she may be one of the first I have met that is not at least a second cousin. Not too many of those so far.
    Gianna Lady Vanora has excellent taste. I hope to see her around the College.
    Gwenna Lady Vanora Pravus is an exceptionally poised yet warm noblewoman that I met at the inaugural Skirts and Gowns ladies event. Duty called me away sooner than I hoped, though I look forward to crossing paths with her again soon.
    Hana A noblewoman who seemed to have a passing interest in my craft. (Or perhaps more than passing in at least one small area; I could swear I saw her eyes literally light up when I mentioned that I make some jewelry as well.)
    Harald A stubborn, overproud, and vain young woman. A typical Lycene.
    Ian She's young for the position she's in, especially if she's under the power of the Marquis. I hope she'll know to ask for help if she needs it.
    Ingrid When I arrived in Arx, I was uncertain as how to feel about Lady Vanora, Valdemar's new bride. She comes from a place so different from the Mourning Isles. From what I have seen, however, she is warm and generous and has done what she could to ensure that I felt comfortable with my move here. I am very grateful for that.
    Ingrid My Lycene sister. I learn much from watching her. She is educated, firm but knows how to jostle gently to get changes to happen. She doesn't realize how canny she is when it comes to politics. Or maybe she does, either way, she's amazing.
    Ingvar Valdemar's wife, she seems a good sort, though I wonder what the Longhouse will look like in a year's time with her influence. And her maid is pleasant to look at as well, I wonder if these Lycene fashions will grow on me, or not.
    Isolde A dear friend and someone I can confide in. Even when things are weird.
    Itzal A Marquessa met at the Hall of Heroes, insightful or modest, further meetings will uncover that bit, I'm sure.
    Jordan Lady Vanora is a gracious host and held a legitimately fun event, even if the main course of it, so to speak, was a little belated. I'll look forward to more tourneys in the future.
    Juniper A Lady who has such a passionate love for her people, those both related by blood and those in her care. Her people are fortunate to have her.
    Karina Someone told me today that culture is whatever one associates with the Lyceum. In that case, my lady Vanora is culture: dark sophistication made manifest. May I rise with unearned rapidity in her warm and elegant favor, and may I never piss her off.
    Katarina Katarina absolutely adores this woman, with such resplindent grace and beauty so striking compared to her darker complected relatives.
    Katarina Although much scandal follows the now twice-married Mirrormask, Vanora still remains a close friend in which whom Katarina has enjoyed watching progress through the muddied waters and reshape her image over time in her new role as Voice of Grimhall. It's exciting, guessing what the woman will do next.
    Klaus An outspoken and passionate woman. I do not know to envy or pity her husband.
    Lianne Well-mannered, observant, driven, clever. Our interests overlap with increasing frequency these days. I hope time will be kind to us.
    Luca Valdemar's wonderful new bride! Oh, but I will always think of her as a woman of her homeland, first and foremost. They have stolen her, but if she is happy, I am happy. I got lemon cake in the trade, and that is not worth nothing. A delightful woman, to be sure.
    Lucita Interesting, well spoken, dignified. I thought I detected a hint of reserve that leads me to want to know her well enough to see past that.
    Luis An intelligent woman, seeking the passionate responses and desires of others. Such a pleasure to speak with and I forsee very leading and questionable conversations to follow. Questionable in the most clever of ways.
    Lydia When I first saw her, I did not expect her to seem mysterious. She appeared so grounded. But when you meet people in the Shrine of the Thirteenth, and they call themselves disciple, I suppose one should expect the unexpected.
    Malesh My cousin via Grahama and Arianna's mother and so a Pravus. She seemed everything I would expect of a southern lady, and that Arianna was close to her will always count for something in my book.
    Merek %bMerek thinks Vanora is an interesting person. But he thinks that all Mirrormasks are interesting. Still, he has his thoughts.
    Mirari One of my very favorite customers. Every time I have a moment to speak to her, I'm a happier person. She reminds me a bit of me, but she seems to have a better handle on her duality.
    Monique We share a common bond and I find the Lady Vanora a level headed woman with a good sense of irony.
    Mydas A Mirrormask who clearly shows her faith to Tehom, and inspires the same from others. She did well in preaching His name.
    Naomi I have a feeling that when the Marquessa puts her mind to something, none can stand in her way. I approve of her actions to improve the situation of House Kennex.
    Niklas Ford's wife is as impressive as they say. Her dedication to her religion is admirable.
    Niklas She was once my sister-in-law. Things have gotten exceedingly weird since then, but she is still, I hope, my friend.
    Orazio She is a Lycene noble, which means Orazio should not be surprised by her ability to keep her temper when provoked, or her self-control in difficult conversations. He is, anyways, and pleasantly so.
    Petal elegatn and answers difficult questions with seeming ease
    Prisila Pravus. Quiet confidence. Beautiful. What's there not to like? She's from the younger generation of Pravus cousins but I think we might have a lot to talk about.
    Reese She is a survivor, but a lovely and charming one. Probably has claws and spirit both.
    Rook A Grimhall lady whom likes to eye up the stalls at the market for my broker and my wares. If House Grimhall is anything like House Redtyde, we shall have to see how our business acumen gets along.
    Sabella I did not get to speak with her as much as I would like to, but hope to do so in the future as she seems quite engaging and delightful. I should probably do this before I become a huge headache for her and her family. So. Maybe too late?
    Sabella Vanora has always been very kind to me, especially when my future with Niklas was up in the air! I am delighted to see her so happy now and always find her a fun, pleasant person to sit with at events!
    Sanya She has been so welcoming and helpful since my arrival. I'm glad to have her in the family as we have much to achieve.
    Sheena A very intense woman. The amount of titles she has isfar too confusing for me. She seems to seriously want to help ex-thralls, so I suppose she is a good person.
    Tabitha What an elegant and composed lady!
    Talen While the first impression was one that led Talen to believe Vanora had the same inclinations as her husband, if not as strongly, the second meeting held such assumptions at bay. Marquessa Vanora proves herself to have an open mind, and is well connected. Should anything ever befall her husband, House Kennex would be in suitable hands.
    Theron She's knowledgeable, and intriguing. I should endeavor to get to know Lady Vanora Pravus better.
    Turo Not at all what I expected. So far. In a good way. Good enough for a start. So far.
    Wilhelmina A caring lady. She seems hardworking and planning events for her House. She is also nice.
    Yasmine Beautiful, charming, and she seems to be a little dangerous with that silky smile. I would expect nothing less from a lady from the Lyceum.