Lady Teagan Blackram
You accuse me of cheating? How utterly boorish. The game was never fair in the first place.
Description: There is an imperial beauty about this woman, from her impressive height and slender, smouldering green eyes that seem to be an island of emotion in the midst of otherwise icy features. Beauty comes from exacting precision: nails done just so, skin given just enough exposure to have a healthy color, bone structure refined but showing unmistakable strength in high cheekbones and strong shoulders, the sculpting of brow and the purse of lips just so. She has a striking and generous curvature, though it is perhaps less exaggerated given her great height.
Personality: Teagan is a woman who thinks in generations and centuries. What a town will look like from the very moment the first stone is paved, what challenges to a law will exist before the first scratch of quill upon paper is made. This should not be confused for being a dreamer: she is playing a very, very long game, and is cool, refined, and exceedingly precise in word and action. This can sometimes translate into treating others as facets of a larger system, though she genuinely believes it is for the best.
Background: In a family that prides itself on its closeness to the land, Teagan Blackram grew up in the shadow of her more physical and agrarian brother. It is a matter of fact that so did everyone else, so Teagan reasoned that this was a Reasonable Thing and thus not worthy of fuss. In many ways she found this rather liberating, as her brother being responsible for matters of defense and diplomacy left her free to study economics and law, in her mind the two great constants of the universe. Indeed, she grew up a largely quiet and studious child, though many suspected this was an act of rebellion in deciding to be agreeable before it was demanded of her. This would prove to be an elaborately crafted masque for she studied only up until the point she was able to prove she was superior to the family steward by leaps and bounds, thus replacing him in matters of finance and personell within the Blackram household.
While never quite seen as a likeable or particularly charismatic figure, her ability to be both fair and practical (if never generous) with funds allowed the Blackram family to not only survive but prosper in the face of yearly Shav raids and the expectations of a populace that saw their lieges as more friends and neighbors than landowners. With the death of their father just two years ago the Blackram siblings have settled into a pattern: he the head that commands and the hands that execute, but she provides the framework that these decisions require to be effective. More than one suitor has been lured in by her intelligence and beauty only to be financially ruined and facing legal sanction, as she has deigned that only a man able to profit in spite of adversity shall have her hand.
|Aiden||She handles being slighted by a commoner who likely didn't have the same upbringing as she did, very well. Her composure is something to be complimented upon. I like that in a person, it shows they have patience - something needed when one is an archer. Of that, her ambitions to learn to support her family is another point to be commended.|
|Amund||Smart. Imposing. Beautiful. And yet daring. She dares you to move.|
|Belladonna||Oh my. Who knew scholarly Oathlanders could be such good company? A woman of reason and passion, ice and fire. Yes, I can say I very much would let her buy me for dinner again.|
|Cristoph||I don't think I've met a Blackram that I haven't liked, I'm glad to count Lady Teagan among that number. Quite frankly, her handling of the affairs in the north was exemplary. It's no small feat to attempt to negotiate across your house to another house and all the vassals in between. Complicated and emotionally draining, yet she remains poised and brave.|
|Domonico||One much query what is the greater lack of manners. An unauthorised spear throw at an archery lesson... or muttering under your breath about a lack of manners.|
|Gaston||I'd drown without her. The other side to my coin...how do you thank a sister for a lifetime?|
|Jyri||Likes my paintings, and I'm really glad she bought the satrap one so it ended up in their house - it seems the spirit guided my hand there. She seems efficient and no-nonsense, qualities I am very fond of.|
|Kenna||She seems the quiet sort - but perked up when I said Jyri's name. Maybe a friend of his? I hope I get a chance to ask.|
|Miranda||She has a sense of humor about herself that is interesting. She came to learn and that is admirable!|
|Mirk||Vague promises, but intelligent and composed under pressure. I'm interested in seeing where that leads.|
|Norwood||She seems to take matters in her lands quite seriously.|
|Preston||A noble who has fine instincts, and a cocnern for propriety. More of these would be most welcome in Arx.|
|Reese||She doesn't reveal everything, which seems good. She has at ouch of impishness, seems smart and sociable.|
|Vincenzo||Amethyst and Umbra. She is a dichotomy of several things. A socialite bred from warrior stock. Genteel in spirit and craving to be more.|