Lady Catalana Kennex
Wars are won and lost with words, don't let yours go to waste.
Description: The height, the regal cast of her sculpted face, the flowing cascade of gossamer hair: Catalina is all dark gold and honey, cream and mellow warmth. Her hair is fine and silky, a deep, burnished golden blonde. Her skin is creamy. Her golden eye makeup and the careful application of paint and fashion keep her all in the mode. Everything about her is measured and considered grace, balletic and refined. Her eyes are clear and pale blue, almost crystalline, like the clearest sea lagoon. Her voice is a low alto, honey and a whisper of smoke.
(A small baby bump is noticable.)
Personality: Catalana exudes a warmth that makes her easy to talk to. She has a genuine interest in people, and because of this, she's really listening when someone talks to her, regardless of subject. Warmth and attention like hers can make for a heady cocktail; it's no wonder that she does so well as a diplomat. She's also good at intuiting who she needs to be in any given situation, which helps her navigate with ease in societies that are different than hers, even those that would normally be hostile to a noblewoman.
When it comes to being herself, however, Catalana is a person who needs to be needed; filling the needs of others is the lens through which she sees who she is. She pushes herself hard not to 'let down' the people who depend on her. It's more than just putting herself second, because there is always someone who she feels she must put first, and if there isn't, she'll find one.
Background: Molded from an early age by the needs of others, Catalana has always been determined to be all things to all people. For her unconventional sister Jan, she took on the softness and the strength of a traditional Isles lady, the vessel into which her parents poured their hopes and dreams... all so that Jan would have room to be different. For her brother Evander, always on the edge of death and shunned by parents who feared the pain of losing him, she became mother and nurse. For Marquis Denholm, she became at first a personal secretary, then an advisor and a skilled diplomat as the old Marquis relied on her more and more during the last years of his life.
It was while she was representing the Marquis in negotiations in Bastion that she met Washburn Grayson. She first saw him hanging from a rope as her carriage drove in the main gate, and thought he must be an executed criminal. (In reality, he tried to climb the outer wall of Bastion on a dare, fell, and knocked himself out. Alcohol was involved.) Needless to say, that first glimpse made an impession, and she sought him out. The dramatic and often out of control Grayson prince spun her through a wild affair that lasted for three delightful months. It was with regret that she parted from him once her work in Bastion was done, but she couldn't wallow in self-indulgence forever. There were people back home who needed her.
When Washburn was discovered as a stowaway on her ship, Catalana realized that he needed her, too. The sheer depth of that need -- he completely falls apart without her -- would have overwhelmed most people, but it drew her to him. She knew as she watched him plead through tears not to be sent away from her that he would propose to her someday, and she knew when that he did, she would forsake her duty on Stormward, and join him in Bastion as a Grayson princess. What she didn't anticipate was the second part of his proposal -- he wanted to throw away his title and his name and become Wash Kennex.
Denholm's death and the gruesome return of Ford hit Catalana hard. She withdrew from public life and focused on being a wife, and later a mother. She didn't tell Wash when she was pregnant with Cirella because she knew he'd worry himself to pieces, and wound up giving birth on the ship that took her to Arx to join him. A son, Rahne, followed a couple of years later in a more conventional birth.
With the death of Ford and the rise of House Kennex, Catalana has decided that the time has come for her to step up and be the diplomat that this house full of gruff sailors so desperately needs.
|Aethan||It's good to see she hasn't changed.|
|Alecstazi||The story of Catalana Kennex's love match spread far and wide through Thrax. All in all it was a fantastic match for Kennex, not so for Grayson. The woman is to be commended -- and a fine diplomat as well. If she wasn't in love with her husband, she'd be the epitome of a Thrax Lady.|
|Amari||It's heartening to see that her time away hasn't dulled her charm in the least. She's still as lovely as ever.|
|Amir||I'm intrigued by our neighbor across the road, and very glad that she took the opportunity to join us at brunch. There's clear intelligence in her eyes and social graces to put my cousin to shame.|
|Apollo||Is it wrong to enjoy driving a woman to drink? Perhaps that's what people mean when they say I'm missing out.|
|Artur||Lady Kennex. A naval minded woman, and someone you want on your side. I can see why my sister is interested in building relations with their house.|
|Athaur||A charming woman and a joy to speak with|
|Brigida||Tall girl. Willing to be helpful. She reminds me of the sea.|
|Caspian||How did Lord Wash get so lucky? If I ever marry again, I hope my wife is at least half the woman Lady Catalana is.|
|Dante||A very tall woman who seems to be around us Lycenes often. Wise choice on her part! She's a pleasant and courteous lady who I don't run into as often as I would like.|
|Dariel||A lovely Lady who appreciates the arts and who has a delightfully a romantic tale to tell.|
|Domonico||Unfailingly polite and I must defer to her greater knowledge and experience of young children.|
|Esme||The Lady Kennex is exceptionally funny and fun to be around. She seems to entertain the room with her quick wit|
|Estil||I found Catalana Kennex to be everything people say about her, collected, kind, and diplomatic. Also beset by children.|
|Evander||I have no doubt I wouldn't have survived to adulthood without my sister. Now that we're in Arx, she still seeks to look after me. I can't blame her, and I'll never resent her for that: I owe her my life.|
|Evaristo||Composure and perfection in a package of beauty.|
|Evonleigh||She must have the patience of a saint to put up with all the Kennex boys in her youth, and quite strong of mind and body to live to tell the tales.|
|Fairen||She made me dizzy with her stunning height and striking good looks - plus so much charm! I'm going to have to learn how to swim now.|
|Harlex||She's a curious one. Kennex eyes, beautiful form. Asks the right questions.|
|Ian||She's back. That's good. Wash was starting to get weird.|
|Juniper||What I expect when encountering most of the nobility: eyes only for those who stand taller.|
|Kaia||Evander's sister! She's so lovely and fashionable! I have the impression we will become really good friends!|
|Karina||Gentle and genial, Lady Catalana exudes the respectable air of tradition with the sincerity of a gracious soul.|
|Korka||So diplomatic I nearly mistook her for a Whisper.|
|Mabelle||The beautiful wife of Lord Wash. Wow.|
|Maja||Tall lady from Kennex House. She likes to frequent the baths. Seems nice!|
|Martino||Such a delight to be about, required saving and of course this gallant Lord did just that. Fine conversation, along with charming personality|
|Miranda||A quiet lady and friend of Ribbons. Sometimes it is the quiet ones you need to watch for.|
|Niklas||My favorite cousin since we were children. Strong enough to be voice and stand up to her marquis, wily enough to turn a prince into a lord.|
|Petal||Very lovely and seems to having a fun time with life in general. Polite and welcoming too!|
|Quenia||I'm glad to hear that she's back in the city again. Wash is always so forlorn when she's away. I'm very much looking forward to working with her on an up and coming project.|
|Raimon||A very proper Lady of Kennex. Friendly and charming|
|Reese||Lovely, very tall, so good for Wash and such a charming and interesting story about how thy met. I think my cousin is very lucky and blessed.|
|Sabella||Catalana's grace, charm, and good humor are things I have always aspired to emulate, and there is no question in my mind why my cousin Wash was and continues to be so taken with her. While she might have spirited Wash away into her family, I still count her (and him!) as part of mine!|
|Sanya||Lord Wash's wife, I admire the affection they have for one another.|
|Sigurd||Much to good for Wash. I jest, they are quite the couple.|
|Sophie||She caught me in a moment of vulnerability and helped me in what most would have thought was foolish. I will forever be grateful for that.|
|Vanora||She is as lovely and gentle as I remembered her, and I hope she both finds and brings joy to House Kennex.|
|Volcica||She's a fox in Thrax clothing! She clearly cares, and shows it by teasing.|
|Wash||Is it possible that I am more attracted to her at thirty than I was at seventeen? That doesn't make any sense, right?|
|Willow||She is tall enough to be a Stahlben or a Blackram, but very lovely, and the story about her locket makes me ravenously curious. It's difficult not to direct my entire part of the conversation to asking questions about it.|