Marquessa Vanora Kennex
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.
Description: This is a steel-forged beauty, plucked from the warmth of summer meadow to be hammered in the mountains 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. Nobiity is there in facial features, the high cheekbones and petite nose. Lips are soft, generous, and stained more often than not a pale shade of rose. Her hair would fall down to her waist if left free to, the color varying between rich crimson and pale honey. 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. Something about her makes her come off as frosty, a shell of careful politics and court etiquette that beneath holds deeper and more mercurial moods. She carries herself with the poise and the mask of indifference that those who understand the training of the Priests of Tehom likely find familiar. Still waters do run deep they say, and it is possible to see warmth, humor, and even flirtation when engaged with Vanora. Just avoid her bad side, it will strike as swift and unexpectedly as any viper.
Background: The question of lineage has hung over Vanora since before her birth, in spite of her parents' insistence that she be legitimated as a Pravus, and her four older siblings' grudging acceptance of her as such. That inescapable otherness provided her an outsider's perspective and made her a precocious student of motives.
As her brothers' youthful teasing turned to adult scheming, Vanora was sent to a nearby temple of Tehom with increasing regularity, a precautionary move taken by a mother who had already insisted on a religious education. By the time her father and brothers had been banished from Setarco, or executed for their crimes against House Pravus, she had donned the Mirrormask as a disciple.
Now she travels to Arx to speak of Tehom's passion and majesty, and perhaps as an extra set of eyes for the House that finds her more useful now than ever before.
|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.|
|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.|
|Cadenza||I didn't get to speak to her much but she was very polite.|
|Christine||Ford's wife. She's such a cutie. And we'll soon have more little Kennex around!|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Katarina||Katarina absolutely adores this woman, with such resplindent grace and beauty so striking compared to her darker complected relatives.|
|Merek||%bMerek thinks Vanora is an interesting person. But he thinks that all Mirrormasks are interesting. Still, he has his thoughts.|
|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.|
|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.|