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Marquessa Arcadia Stahlben

There's a whole wide world of possibilities, and I'm going to try every single one! The only question is where to begin.

Social Rank: 5
Concept: Delighted Dilettante
Fealty: Redrain
Family: Stahlben
Gender: female
Marital Status: married
Age: 19
Birthday: 3/19
Religion: Pantheon
Vocation: Noble
Height: average height
Hair Color: blonde
Eye Color: gray-blue
Skintone: warm ivory

Titles: Voice of House Stahlben, Marquessa-Consort of the Bonespire

Obituary: Died in early 1013 AR rescuing Lady Brianna, Lord Ian and Lord Rysen from shav captors.

Description: In form, Arcadia 'Cady' Leary is a slight-framed girl, a slender blonde with short, tousled hair and eyes of a bluish gray; but without the dynamism of motion, she leaves little impression. In life, she leaps eagerly from branch to branch; even in stillness, her weight balances on her toes, ready to spring into action at any moment. The flash of her dimpled smile, the quick gleam of her bright kohl-lined eyes, the infectiousness of her ready enthusiasm: these are the sparks that make her memorable.

Personality: It's not that Arcadia isn't smart, exactly. She likes learning new things just fine; so long as they're new and exciting skills, rather than boring and useless facts. The list of things Cady would like to try includes but is not limited to: swordfighting, sailing, drinking too much, traveling to far away lands, meeting interesting people, exploring dangerous places, falling in love, falling out of love, and punching things.

With a strong sense of adventure, and an eagerness to expand her horizons, Arcadia is up for anything. Bright and bubbly, she is willing to try anything once (or twice!) and delighted to meet new people from all different walks of life. She enjoys parties, as long as they aren't dull ones where everyone talks in low voices about the latest scientific study on weather patterns. Parties with drinking: good. Parties with dancing: better. Parties with masks AND drinking AND dancing: ideal.

Finally in Arx, after years of dreaming of such freedom and opportunity, she is ready to meet any possibility with open arms. The world is her oyster! Speaking of which, is anyone available for oyster harvesting lessons?

Background: Arcadia, Cady to her family, had the misfortune of being born into an incredibly loving family who had the bad grace to be uniformly bookish and scholarly. Where her family enjoyed lengthy dinner discussions about the newest research one of her siblings was engaged in, Arcadia thought she would much rather stab herself with a fork repeatedly; at least it would be more exciting. She had the best of tutors, so long as the tutoring was in history or science or theology. Instead, she longed for tutors of her own choosing: swordmasters, adventurers, hunters, sailors, knights!

Over the years (and often with the help of formal presentations created by her sister Elloise), Arcadia would lobby her well-meaning parents to allow her one of these. Any of these! Just pick one! And they finally relented. A bit. Arcadia was allowed to train once a week under one of Leaholdt's hunters. Off with him in the woods, a bow in her hand, stealthy and on the hunt - that's where Arcadia spent her happiest childhood years. But still, she longed for more. More to do! More to see! More to try!

As Cady got older, Elloise started recruiting her for help with her scientific experiments. Cady didn't particularly care about the experiments or their results, but she was all too happy to run off to hunt down whatever rare ingredients her sister might need for them. An adventure! Or as much adventure as one can get in Leaholdt, anyway. And when Elly started petitioning their parents to send her to Arx, Arcadia threw herself in with her. "It will be fine!" she promised. "Elly and Fairen will make sure I stay out of trouble!"

Arcadia knows it's only because of Elloise and Fairen that she's being allowed to go, but who cares! She's on her way! An endless world of possibilities await her, and a city full of people to teach her things!

Relationship Summary

  • Harlex - The sullen wolf. He's the kind of dangerous I like.

  • Family:
  • Tomwell - Pretty boy, and kindest cousin. Pure of heart.
  • Volcica - the rose of the north. Likely the best person to have as family.

  • Patron:
  • Artur - He takes me on adventures. What more can I ask for?

  • Sibling:
  • Aislin - A storybook hero. One day, I'll meet her.
  • Syd - If only he had of been 40 years younger and had stayed alive. He was my biggest fan and I was his. I miss him more than words can say.

  • Spouse:
  • Magnus - My gentle quiet giant. I am blessed to have married someone who shares my love of adventures.

  • Friend:
  • Rysen - A speaker of truth and poems. A kind spirited man who is my best friend and gives back as good as I give.
  • Thea - The opposite to me in so many ways, but it makes for a strong friendship. I value her more than words.
  • Name Summary
    Aedin An adventurous young lady, a scout who enjoys her time in trees. I enjoyed my time with her, even if I have the peculiar sense that something (about me) soured her mood!
    Aethan A lady of Leary, who apparently enjoyed books just as much as Ian did as a child.
    Ajax A curious seeming lady, likely sheltered. I hope she finds whatever she wants while in the city.
    Alecstazi Protege of Lord Arik, so you know she has patience and a sense of adventure. And humor. And did I mention patience? She seems interested in helping out, taking lessons from the Prodigal marquessa in how to make the herbal remedies. Her voice was respectful, and she was focused on her task. Seems a good sort.
    Alessandro I am jealous of the euphony of her name.
    Alexio Likes animals; Seems often of a wild and lively nature; Dislikes her noble title; could use some fashion advice...and maybe a bath. Is she even a lady?!
    Alexis Competent and quiet when she needs to be. And loud when she wants to. Which is exactly what you'd expect from a Northerner, really.
    Antea My first thought was that she is adorable. My second thought is that if anyone thinks that is all there is to her, they deserve what they get. She seems both smart and capable, compassionate but not afraid to take a risk here or there.
    Armani Interested in adventure and sailing. That makes her my kind of person.
    Artur A new Countess, married into Redrain. Already with child, she's preparing for adventures after. Her hopes to find the Vowbreaker intrigue me, and I look forward to assisting her in the investiagtion.
    Artur She shares my love for ADVENTURE! Fast friends! Adventuring buddies.
    Astyr She must be a terror on delicate nerves, but she's as friendly as can be.
    Behtuk Badgers are just very small bears.
    Bhandn Young, perhaps unschooled in the world around her, but she does seem able to question rather than blindly accept what she is told, which is good to see.
    Blacktongue So very very serious. hmmmm
    Brady Fun, pretty, and maybe a bit impulsive? What's not to like?
    Braith Cady has thus proved without actually trying that noble women do bounce on impact. A valiant effort was had by all! Together we shall rule the night ...and prank the hell out of Red.
    Brigida A pretty little thing who appears to be rather bright. Hopefully her brains will remain when her looks have gone. Hopefully she'll be ride of that annoying little snigger of hers.
    Caspian She is cruel to hung over people. It's hilarious
    Celeste If Cady Leary lives to be 25, she will be a formidable woman. As it is, I at least found her amusing and full of potential. Much like a spring wound too tight and forced to hold still.
    Clara Her family had a rough start in Arx but they seem ta have recovered fairly well. I know Asger wasn't their biggest fan but they all seem nice enough ta me.
    Conall Know-it-all, dislikes sheer force, and is probably a drunkard. I feel sorry for her guards, they probably have to put up with a lot. Neat bird, though.
    Cristoph Lady Arcadia has developed a fine reputation in the Oathlands after her actions at the college. We've met once or twice and I found her to be pleasant, charming and also humble.
    Dante Despite getting off on the wrong foot, I was fortunate to discover that the Countess has quite the sense of humor and inquiring mind. All the more reason to be careful about what I say before I say it.
    Dariel Friendly, curious and interesting to talk to. There may be a visit to a pub in our future to arrange.
    Delfina This young woman isn't really what I'd expect from a Minister of Warfare, but maybe that's what you get in a House full of scholars. She seems sweet and gentle-hearted. I'm a little worried for her.
    Delilah Enthusiasm fires the inner life of Cady, and she burns fierce and wild. The way she embraces life with such intensity is rare enough that sometimes, all I can do is sit back and watch with a sense of wonder.
    Denica She is quite odd for a lady of the peerage, but not a bad odd. I should like to get to know her better.
    Domonico A keen young lady, perhaps a bit naive as to the dangers and realities of situations.
    Donato What a fabulously charming Lady! Sense of adventure, witty, pretty, dashing clothing, and a desire to learn about adventure and exploration. I'll have to tell her my stories.
    Donella She seems to be an interesting Countess to the South. There have been missives between us and I find myself musing on them. I am curious how this will play out in a few months or years. The road of a woman from where she was last year to now and then to another year is not an easy one, but it seems she is finding contentment in your partner.
    Drake Told me to call her Cady right away, and I like that! Of course we're nobility but there's really no need to put on airs! She seems like a lot of fun.
    Duarte She was the least stodgy person in a room full of lycenes, and a proper joy to have about.
    Dycard "The abyss hath no fury like an angry woman" turned out to be correct after all. I feel sorry for the man that goes up against her and her arrows in the training grounds.
    Elias A cousin. Didnt see her in a couple of years, suddenly she has baby now. Scary. I truly admires her, marrying at the tender age of 18, she fulfilled her duty to the House. Something that I cant and wont do.
    Ephrath Curious, but I am no cat. I wonder what the true intent of her words are.
    Erik A Grayson lady. Everything about her just screams for adventure and action. I feel like I'm bound to witness some interesting events should I stick nearby her.
    Esme She was the first to confirm that Redrains wrestle bears shirtless - I KNEW IT
    Evaristo Her suffering is truly worthy of a tale or two.
    Evelynn Never underestimate a pregnant woman with a wooden sword.
    Evonleigh Charming, friendly, and full of flattery -- what's not to like?
    Fairen My dear cousin, young and impetuous. A prankster, but full of life and charm and intelligence - and bravery. I'm very proud of her and what she has done.
    Faye An enthusiastic and curious young woman, seeming to be intent on exploring everything. I just hope she doesn't get in over her head.
    Fiora A more typical lady. Atypical by Leary standards, I'm sure. Bright, airy, all that.
    Garret Full of more energy than any other in the city and just as curios. The kind of person I came to Arx to meet, I hope she attends all my parties.
    Gaspar Unable to appreciate a good joke. Must not be a father.
    Gaspard She managed to win a bet over me and got me drunk in two swift movements. How did I let her slip past my defenses?
    Gerald A very, very vivacious young woman.
    Giuliano She had delights of her own, some of which are foreign to me. A fun sort though, even when bootless.
    Gregory Doesn't seem to know much about the faith, and was surprised that anyone would want to be Godsworn. Seems to be focused on herself. Should introduce her to Skald.
    Gwendolen Met a lot of nobles in one night, but she seemed to be one of the more sensible ones.
    Helena So very eager to learn about new things -- the north will be blessed by such a bright spirit when she visits.
    Hickson High spirited Lady of the Northlands with a dream of exploring the Everwinter. May the gods see her through it - or bring her to her senses.
    Iliana Restless and wild even now, but it's good to have her back in the city again.
    Iseulet She doesn't sit still for long and while I've run into her on a few occasions, it's been hard to get a read on her. So much energy though, and seems very sweet.
    Jeffeth Young and with eyes wisting to wander. Adventure around every corner, except there are a million distractions until that corner. She seems a good Lady. I'm sure she'll do wonderfully here. Probably
    Jyri Well. At least she isn't afraid to get hurt.
    Kaia An outstanding archer! I look forward to learning from her. She's pursuing the dream of becoming the best archer in Arx! I shall follow right behind her on that.
    Kaldur I hope she's been practicing her archery. We've a date with marksmanship!
    Kenna She's got a sharp sense of humor and a I think I am a HUGE fan.
    Laurel She appears to be a bit of an imp and troublemaker for how she entered the Hart. Snow and stealing seats..or was that drinks?
    Lenne When I met her, she was leading a bar in bawdy songs. So she was exactly how I expected her to be, from her introductions. But she cheered me up, and is a promising source of information for all the embarassing secrets my brother has.
    Leola A noblewoman of stahlben who uses her bow as a tool of war. I'm sure we will find more we have in common, in time
    Liara Easy-going and easy to converse with, though she was serious enough when the conversation moved to serious matters.
    Liesel Practical, funny, apparently a noble, as well. What a combination.
    Lorenzo An interesting and charming woman of many interests. Her curiosity seems to lend itself to all sorts of new things.
    Lorenzo Countess-Consort of Bonspire, another one of those Scholars. She is probably far more well-read than I am... perhaps I could get her help in researching a few things.
    Lucita A new countess who is a friend of Lady Thea and likes to be out scouting I think she said. She sounds like me, thrust into a role we have to learn to do well and try to balance our duty and our interests.
    Maeve Wow! Such a neat person! I think she loves nature like I do, but I do know nature loves her! I wonder if nature loves me. I never thought of that.
    Magnus She can beat a northerner at his own game! Also, she has an impressive spirit for adventure. Color me interested.
    Magnus I have heard learned folk say that diamonds must be made from the weight of the earth. Spirits know Cady gets her hands dirty enough, and has shouldered no shortage of pressure. Sooner instead of later, everyone else will see that she's truly a gem already, herself included.
    Maja She's a lady who doesn't like to use the title Lady. She seems very nice but I don't know why she wouldn't want to use her title -- if I was a lady, I would use it all the time!
    Malcolm Met her as a Leary Lady. Then, met her again as a Stahlben Countess. Still the same person - she's mischief and smiles and the dogs love her.
    Martino Quick to offer support, help and keen to apply her skills with the bow. Really, the young lady from a quiet House, might prove to be something of a great find.
    Michael A slender wisp of a woman who uses a bursting attitude to fill it all in. I find myself sending her things and asking after her feelings. To ensure she is doing well.
    Mikani She seems like me, an adventurer at heart. Can't wait to meet her again.
    Mirk Curious and prone to questions. Are all of the Leary family like this?
    Norwood Huh, I guess there's a little more to the minx than meets the eye. She can sure shoot an arrow.
    Nurie A good competitor, who isn't afraid to indulge others in a game! She seemed quite companionable, I hope that we'll have more chances to meet her again!
    Otho Looks a little bouncy to be so good a hunter as what she is, but some folks're just like that. No shame is dancing faster than the music as long as you land at least one foot on the beat.
    Pepper Friendly and outgoing. She has a presence that seemingly fills the room. I have a feeling I have something I can learn from her
    Pharamond The little archer carries a mighty whallop.
    Qadira Definitely blessed with skill, and the devotion to develop it. Only seen from afar, but plenty to admire. Including the resolve to stop herself before someone gets hurt. I wonder what that's like?
    Quintin Inquisitive and energetic. So very energetic.
    Rafael Thank the Gods for those willing to be strong Crownland influences in the North. It's a cold job but somebody's got to do it!
    Rane A young woman with no perceived boundaries. She was truly all over the place and in the business of others, but she seemed kind enough.
    Ras She actually had some good advice. I really dunno what to think of her yet...
    Reese A friendly Lady who I ran into a few times. I am interested to learn more more about her and hope she i doing better than wellish.
    Riagnon A new Northern countess doing her best to familiarize herself with our practices. Boy, I hope she doesn't listen to any of the silly things /I/ say!
    Ronja I'm not sure I've ever met a noblewoman so openly seeking mischief. Usually they hide it a bit, for appearances' sake. That Cady (Lady Cady? My gods) doesn't makes me find her all the more charming.
    Rosalind She -chose- the north or the north chose her! She fits right in and we have so much in common! I can't wait to learn more about her!
    Rukhnis A young lady who is quick in all senses of the word: quick in her movements, quick in her interests, quick with the vibrancy of life.
    Ryhalt Bounding with energy before she's drunk coffee or maybe already loaded up with it, by the sound of things. Experiments with coffee beans, very interesting stuff.
    Rysen Nature bestowed no such beauty, nor adventurous spirit as that of Lady Arcadia Leary.
    Sabella She always looks as though she's truly living, and enjoying doing so! I am envious of her spirit. She reminds me a little of Lou!
    Sabella The Countess reminds me of my sister Lou, never letting life get in the way of adventuring! I look forward to seeing what great things she uncovers and how she manages to bring her children along to do so!
    Sabine She will need some of the ice from her new home to see her through the years to come.
    Samuele She seems shy, or just skittish, but pleasant all the same, though maybe I just think of her in the wrong light.
    Saro A wound spring waiting to leap into action. Outgoing and friendly.
    Saya She says she wants to look like a Marquessa, but she's a creature of movement and freedom. No heavy skirts and elaborate layers of cloth for her. No. She needs stunning adventure clothing.
    Selene A light-hearted spirit with a judicious appreciation of tricks. I pity the gentleman she sets her mind to tease gently, for she seems a very creative mind to achieving delight for all.
    Sigurd She already knows how to tease the southerners about the myths of Redrain and she is new to the House. Should be entertaining at the very least.
    Sophie Perhaps she didn't see me at my best, but still.. she was gracious and charming. Perhaps we'll meet again one day when I'm feeling more myself.
    Sorrel Countess Cady Stahlben nee Leary is a charming young woman, eager to learn and to share her experiences likewise. She's friendly, a good representative of her house.
    Sparte She seems a good and honorable sort, even if she isn't given to being a hero she knows what makes one. I bet she could be one if she got the inclination.
    Sunaia Mischief, pure and simple. Probably innocent.
    Svana A delightful, intelligent, and incorrigible noble. We get along very well.
    Svoli Hilarious and the funnest kind of mean
    Sydney Something in the way she carries herself reminds me less of a Noble and more of one I'd meet in the Murder. Refreshing.
    Tabitha She's just lovely. So pleasant to talk to, as bright as a button. She'll do wonderfully in her new role as Countess, I'm sure.
    Talwyn Charming with expressive blue eyes, a warm sense of wit and humor, and also a bit of a musician to boot! I should play more duets with her.
    Talwyn The inspiration of songs. Some bawdy and would make a Sister blush. Others are sweet. I don't write the sweet ones about her.
    Teagan I believe the young Countess has a long way to go, but she approaches life with a zeal that will get her quite far.
    Thesarin Watching her talk's like a silver minnow in a stream.
    Vercyn A curious woman. Reserved at first, though with greater comfort from familarity or drink, she opens up and is rather charming.
    Vicente She's an adult but young enough to be your granddaughter probably. She actually thought you were the same age as your nephew Dante. You like her but are inclined to think she is a bit of an attention seeker, you oddly like this about her.
    Videl Lady Arcadia has seemingly been blessed with boundless energy, and is quite pleasant to talk to. I hope she puts that energy to good use.
    Vittorio I did not expect a prodigal noble to be so willing to voice her concerns over the path her new daughter faces. A reminder of tense times, but also some hope at the friendly faces that surround both her and her child.
    Volcica This time, my brother picked a good one. She's a ray of sunshine that we sorely need.
    Wash Enthusiasm personified. If only there were a spare Thrax Prince to sweep her away to the life of adventure she seems to want.
    Willow She is an absolute delight. She reminds me of Marquessa Eilonwy in some ways that make me think they might make fast friends. And she is just cute as a button, too.
    Zebulon She's a blushy girl. And I only smiled. I like her.
    Zoey Mischievous thing! And dragging me into it, too. This will either be terrible or amazing.