Lady Sudara Pravus
The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Description: Tall, elegant and evidently a noblewoman. Though past the first flush of youth, she remains a classic Lycene beauty - fair of skin, with dark hair and hazel eyes that can flash with anger or amusement. Statuesquely curvaceous, she tends to favour styles that emphasise her figure, with a particular liking for off-the-shoulder gowns and arrangements of her hair that draw the eye to her long neck and deep decolletage.
Personality: Superficially, Sudara certainly conforms to the stereotype of a Pravus noble: wealthy, privileged, hedonistic, flirtatious, and at times more than a little arrogant. Breaching the stereotype, she seems to lack an overt vindictive streak, and those who learn somewhat more about her might see one or two other aspects, whether that of the dedicated bookworm or the dutiful mother.
Background: The widow of an Abandoned pirate, cousin to a murdered Duke, daughter to an eccentric academic, and mother to a brood of children some might deride as half-Shav - Sudara has now arrived in Arx to add her own eclectic presence to the capital's melting pot of influences.
From birth, Sudara received the mixed blessings that came with being close kin to the ducal family, and then of being raised to address her elder cousin, the benevolent Duke Piero Pravus, as 'uncle'. Her father was one of the Duke's own uncles, and she was thus brought up as a high-status but politically irrelevant member of the house. She lived in luxury, surrounded by the trappings of power - but knew that her primary role on behalf of the Pravus would almost certainly be as a political bargaining-chip in the marriage market.
This was particularly likely because her father, Benedict, supported the Duke's "gentle" approach to rule. Less focused than Piero on being loved, he was instead a student of what he considered to be the arts of civilisation. He studied architecture, theology, medicine, and history, expanding the Pravus libraries and earning himself no small degree of renown with the clergy and disciples of Vellichor. Naturally, his children were raised to share his interests, and accompanying their father on one of his expeditions to view ruins or pursue interesting old tales came to be a combination of rite of passage and family excursion.
It was on one such trip - far to the North of their home - that Benedict and his party fell prey to pirates. Among those taken captive was Sudara, who soon found herself playing an unexpected role in negotiations for the safe return of the noble hostages. These particular freebooters were Abandoned, but wanted to turn Prodigal. Before long, she found herself being offered up as part of a formal agreement that secured the release of her party, in return for the fealty of the pirates and their kin. After all, what better demonstration could there be of Piero's ideals than the enhancement of Pravus by virtue of a loving union?
On her 18th birthday, Sudara wed the Prodigals' leader, Trogen, while he swore fealty to Pravus and was accepted as a noble - aided by at least a pretence of acknowledging his claim to descend from a house lost in the Reckoning: the new Prodigals professed to be "the Truesworn", in token of their purported ancient bonds and heritage, though Trogen formally joined his new wife's house.
Henceforth, Sudara played the role of the dutiful wife, providing her husband with children (four of whom survive: twins born in their first year of marriage, and another boy and girl thereafter) as well as support in navigating the perils of Lycene society. Though he was more than twenty years her senior, they seemed as well-matched as could be hoped, operating as a team even when rumours of Pravus depravity, piratical debauchery, Abandoned barbarism, or Piero-inspired weakness spread through the court.
Ultimately, Trogen fell prey to Lycene politics, dying in what looked like a poisoning - one that immediately preceded the demise of Duke Piero. Though he wielded precious little influence at court, he was the leader of a substantial band of Prodigals that were not only unusually loyal to the gentle Duke, but also included competent warriors and crewed several ships. His removal was not a great surprise to many, though the precise motives remain unclear, since no one has yet been found responsible.
In the immediate aftermath of the king's eery misfortune, Sudara chose to come to Arx - though whether to seek justice, her fortune, or something else might be unclear.
|Ajax||Mm, so this is the one who holds Tenebrae's strings. An interesting seeming woman in the very least and knows enough to seemingly value her people.|
|Alarissa||More and more of late, the Pravi are surprising me. A well spoken woman, poised and a lovely sense of fashion. It will be interesting to see what she can do and her path forward.|
|Alrec||They call her Trogen's Folly but she saved him and his people. Hopefully, it didn't piss off the Prodigal too much.|
|Armani||What a game lady! I like someone who gives a contest their all, and my word, she did that.|
|Athaur||A charming lady it seems. I do hope the fashion choice is driven by choice and not be grief|
|Belladonna||Loyal and extremely skilled. That is all I ask of family, and Sudara is both, in spades.|
|Celeste||It is time to draw my beloved cousin out of retirement. She has a keen mind and we could use that now, not to mention her connections and history with the shav peoples.|
|Cerdensulathara||Face value trader, interest depreciates.|
|Cybele||Lady Sudara Pravus is nice and a Speaker for a tribe of Prodigals, and she is not like many nobles. I feel a kinship with her. She is wise, but a bit down on herself. I will figure out how to make her smile.|
|Danae||Lady Pravus has offered to help me with a thing. Very kind of her. I will owe her one.|
|Domonico||I'm glad she's not attempting to distract me in this boat race.|
|Duarte||Every bit as cordial and charming as I remember. Whereas we acquainted when I served House Pravus, I now look forward to working with her as a peer.|
|Galatea||A learned, beautiful woman. I should rather like to be like her when I grow up. (Am I grown up? Perish the thought!) I hope she has much more to teach me.|
|Giuliano||Always wise, this cousin, and knowledgable. It's good to see her again after the long time apart - and the radiance that is the blood of Setarco never dims. I wonder what it is I can do for her?|
|Gretchen||She seems like a lot of fun. Too much fun. We should never be allowed alone together.|
|Icelyn||I didn't make the best impression. She was very nice to me, and we have something in common. Maybe I can try again.|
|Jeffeth||The Speaker of the Truesworn! I don't know what that means but it sounds very important. She seems very important.|
|Juliana||My darling, I am never one to say a person grieves wrong but there is a time when one must put away the mourning threads and step back into the sunlight.|
|Jyri||Social grace and beauty combined, smarts and an interesting background. Quite intriguing!|
|Katarina||An interesting woman, Sudara seems to have a wealth of life experience lurking beneath the surface that Katarina hopes to tap into over time. She mentioned being a widow. And while Katarina has yet to be married and know suffrage of a kind, she cannot help but feel for her regardless.|
|Llewella||Delightful company. Wonderful fashion. And a sense of self-deprication that might be an artform on its own.|
|Lucita||Pleasant company, invests her attention in conversation and holds up her side of a conversation well. Seems to have an interest in a variety of things. Looking forward to talking with her again.|
|Malesh||A crafty politician, complimentary and careful!|
|Martino||A quiet Lady, but forthright it seems when it comes to music|
|Monique||A very intelligent woman, who sees far more than most people think she does. A valuable ally, and an even more valuable friend.|
|Nadir||A Lady of Pravus that I recently met. I feel that there is a wealth of knowledge to be gained from this friendship. Or what could perhaps become a friendship. I will be sure to make every effort to foster this relationship. Perhaps with any luck it will be beneficial to the both of us.|
|Nikias||Lovely lady who seems like she'd be very much at home behind a book reading all day and still look lovely enough for a ball after.|
|Olivia||Interesting woman! She has already made some good friends if she keeps company with the Kennexi. Hopefully we can chat again soon!|
|Petal||She sounds very smart and seems kind. Although one day she might learn that books are a waste of time! I think though that I like her overall.|
|Raven||A smart and capable woman, member of the Pravus family that seems well read and will tutor me in some much needed knowledge of history and all of those other things I missed while I was living in the streets of Setarco.|
|Salvador||An entertaining Noblewoman of the Pravus that I met at the Hundred Cities Inn. We discussed our mutual interest in our stay at the Hundred Cities, as well as the quirks of our two island homes.|
|Sasha||I am not familiar with this Pravus Lady, hopefully that will change soon enough|
|Sebastian||I have heard of my fellow Voice of Pravus, but the lady is elusive, and it seems with good reason. There are so many things and people that I do not yet know, even those within my own family. She seems willing to do whatever is necessary, however, to aid, and that is a good thing.|
|Sebastian||A former Pravus Voice, her intricate and detailed knowledge of many a subject has suitably impressed me. I definitely need to spend more time with my cousin.|
|Selene||A moonshadow wrapped up in the silver-pearl clouds, she remains an untouchable mystery in such quiet regard. There is a beauty in the quiet. What lies behind the face of that?|
|Tenebrae||I thought she would be a useless vixen who seduced my King into a life of iniquity and decadence. But she turned out to be intelligent, respectful, friendly and strong-willed - someone I am honored to pledge my life to.|
|Tibault||The Truespeaker of the Truesworn... I am not certain that I understand exactly what that title means in reference to typical stations within the Peerage, but I do know that Lady Sudara seems to be a kind woman, passionate about the well being of her people. We both spoke of the desire for allies, it would be a shame were that to remain all that it is.|
|Torian||First impression? I nearly tripped and fell down the front of her dress. Second Impression? I think she knows a lot about a lot, from the sound of it.|
|Vanora||A Pravus of the slightly older generation, Sudara lets us know it with her grace, poise, and carefully measured reactions. She is a wonderful resource and I hope to learn more from her.|
|Videl||Lady Sudara Pravus, a widow to a prodigal. She seems like she has an interesting story, I should get to know her better. Fortunately, it seems the closer bonds between her house and mine may well give me the opportunity.|
|Viviana||Our old tutor seems to have not changed much. Still always with books and scrolls within arm's reach.|
|Willow||She seems like a stately and calm woman, kind to those in her service and amenable to meeting new people.|
|Zara||Charming and elegant, it's difficult not to feel that one could learn something from her, no matter your interests or art. I hope to speak with her again.|