Lady Beatrice Malespero
Legacy accounting: Will you have been an asset or a liability on the world's balance sheet?
Description: Pretty in the "girl next door" kind of way, Beatrice has never been pursued exclusively for her looks. She is lovely when she chooses to be, when she presents herself to be, which is all part of the carefully crafted image she presents. Of course, even Beatrice would be hard pressed to look anything but Lycene. Dark, thick hair, dark, thick eyebrows, tanned flesh and dark eyes stand out, even amongst a family that tends toward dark.
Personality: Beatrice. Beh-ah-tree-chay. And that's /Lady/ Beatrice. This is a woman that sharp and witty and perfectly poised. Not always proper, but always proper for the situation, and always quick to upturn her nose and take note of bad behavior. It isn't that Beatrice is mean or petty, she is merely very aware of her own standing and that of others. After all, unlike most of her peers, Beatrice has done more with her life than be born. She earned her nobility, and so she demands the respect she is entitled to, and just the same expects other nobles to act respectfully. (And no, she's not going to admit there were some odd circumstances to her ennoblement, she earned it!) At the same time, she was born common, and knows what it's like to be in a tiered world, where privilege is so real, and so many do not have it. She does her best to respect commoners just the same, and encourage them toward greatness (all without acting common herself, no that wouldn't do at all).
Background: Beatrice's parents ran a shipping business out of Caith. The family did well enough, though at any given moment their entire fortune was wrapped up in some expedition or another, or it was drained to repair a ship, or something else meant constant scrimping and saving. As she grew, she watched her parents celebrate new deals and weep when a ship was lost. She saw how the pair went to bed every night exhausted. She watched as years and years of grueling, painful work netted them almost nothing. Beatrice decided that was not the life for her.
The woman was allowed out of the warehouses and away from the ledgers when she turned seventeen. It wasn't that she wasn't an excellent bookkeeper, she just wanted to see more. She was soon first mate aboard one of her mother's ships. At twenty-one, after a most unfortunate accident during a storm, Beatrice's ship was out a captain, and she was quick to take the job. By twenty-three, Beatrice was soon raking in piles of silver, all off the books and without her parents' knowledge. Beatrice had learned quickly the fine art of smuggling. She had fallen in with the Argento family, who ruled Nilanza back then. After financially supporting a failed attempt to overthrow the Pravus family, Argento was hurting for funds. They turned to illegal goods, and Beatrice became their primary mover. It was good, easy, fun work.
In the next couple of years, Beatrice left her family's company to work exclusively for Argento and oversee their ports and smuggling operations. Things were going well, until it seemed the Pravus family had figured out everything. Fearing Beatrice might flip on Argento, the family ennobled her. If she was an Argento herself, they reasoned, she'd be seen as guilty. She would be unable to turn against the family without getting herself imprisoned or worse. And they were right.
Beatrice fed information to the Pravus family. She saw the coming wave. She knew this would only end one way. And when the soldiers came to collect her, as they came to collect every Argento, she went into her cell with chin held high.
A year later, Beatrice has emerged from the dark of her imprisonment. In that time she not only convinced Marquessa Lianne that she was the one who had turned against her oath-breaking family, but that she was also ready to serve once more... not to mention too useful to have locked away. Beatrice was declared innocent of treason, and the time she served plenty to cover her other misdeeds. She surely wouldn't pick back up her old illegal ties, not after being granted her freedom! No, surely not. Now, she is still a noble, sworn wholly to House Malespero, and eager to get Nilanza back in proper order.
|Adora||She's got some kind of angle. Then again, what silk doesn't? Regardless of whether or not she buys a bookcase, I don't like her.|
|Aethan||Claims to have no talent for fun. Thankfully I can still recognize a joke.|
|Agostino||A gregarious woman who belongs to the family employing me. I certainly look forward to getting to know her better.|
|Alarissa||So lovely and polite.|
|Alrec||You can take the smuggling out of the smuggler but you will never take the smuggler out of the smuggling or something like that. Glad I surround myself with such skilled individuals.|
|Bedivere||A lovely lady from the Hundred Cities. Good company with a pleasant demeanor. We first met near the strange ship from the Undying Empire, and she even pet Lord Cabbit who had been traveling around with me.|
|Belladonna||Charming, intelligent and ambitious, all things I admire. Time will tell if she can cleanse that one Nilanza-sized stain off her record, and we can move on as allies. We will see.|
|Bliss||Oh, this one has caught my interest. Charming, intelligent, and clearly working toward something - but what is it? I do like the Malesperos. Something about them, some kind of ... naked ambition that is barely below the surface. They are going to go far.|
|Domonico||After meeting the woman behind the excellent missive I received I am doubly impressed and look forward to working with her in future.|
|Donato||Fun, very fun. So many questions, and a keen, insightful personality. Beautiful, and gracious. I am going to make a point of speaking with her much more often...|
|Duarte||Admittedly I well believed any Argento ally - especially any double agent - should be rightfully put before the sword. But oh how wrong I was for if so done the world would be without this brilliant beauty of wile and grace.|
|Fatima||Some girl Sebastian brought to a party. Which tells me as much about her as any girl he shows up to with a party! But she seems lovely, and brother dear could use some cheering up, so I wish her /all/ the very best!|
|Faye||A woman with a sharp mind, curious though not without common sense. An enjoyable conversation partner, and I hope we get the chance to speak together again.|
|Fiora||She seems like a fun sort. If you're into that sort of thing.|
|Gianna||Isn't that how everyone pronounces it? The Lady Beatrice has a keen eye and a way with words.|
|Gilroy||I do believe she has a crush on me!|
|Grazia||Lycene to the core, in looks and style, the Lady Beatrice possesses larger-than-life charm and a wit to rival many. Whether she's speaking on mundane matters or flirting shamelessly, she does it with aplomb.|
|Gretchen||Oh, I have a feeling we're going to be very good friends!|
|Harlex||A southern belle and a negotiator who I suspect likes trouble more than she lets on.|
|Helena||As charming as she is beautiful, a perfect exhibit of Lycene grace.|
|Lianne||Quick and clever and focused. Paying proper attention. I am proud to call her family.|
|Liara||Well-spoken, easy to chat with, quick enough to smile, and she keeps splendid company. Seems she has some interest in martial endeavours, although I wouldn't have guessed it right away.|
|Macda||Pleasant meeting in the tavern with a new arrival to Arx. Observant and humorous.|
|Malcolm||Well-spoken, smart as a whip. No doubt will be a good addition to her House and to the city as a whole. Good people.|
|Miranda||Lovely lady of Malespero. She helped with the project of Procella Pravus in the Drowned Bay! Seems to have a decent head on her shoulders and understanding of things going on.|
|Mirella||Charming, welcoming, and it all seems effortless. I could never be like that.|
|Monique||What a wonderful and quick wit and how have we not met until now? I foresee some very glorious trouble we will get into together.|
|Niklas||As canny and charming as her house would suggest. One to watch.|
|Perronne||A Lycene lady! She seems interesting, and interested in trade, which is fairly unusual, but not in a boastful or overbearing way, but just in a way that suggests that she's really thinking about what she's paying attention to, and that is fairly rare, so I look forward to seeing more of her, and talking again!|
|Petal||Curious and notices the little people.|
|Reese||She seems elegant and clever. There is something well spoken and interesting about her that is hard to explain exactly.|
|Sabella||Poised, friendly, and graceful, she appears to have a wonderful sense of humor!|
|Sebastian||An Argento, even an adopted one, will always have a complicated relationship with the Pravus. Yet Lianne has seen fit to trust her, and thus I can only trust my cousin's instincts. Still, fool me once...?|
|Selene||Be-ah-tri-shay: as exotic and singular as her name. She is nothing if not fearless, refusing to be defined by someone else's measure. Such an independent spirit, setting her own course. I await her achievements with baited breath. Woe to anyone who underrates her, but it won't be me. A delight in every sense.|
|Tris||Cute and friendly, I hope she stays away from half the people here. Maybe more than half.|
|Valentina||Bold and lovely. I suspect hidden talents lie very deep, but who is it that wields the sculptor's hand that will bring about her metamorphosis into what she could be?|
|Valenzo||A bright and clever lady, using a person as a seat! Never thought of it, meself. Perhaps she has much more to teach!|
|Venturo||Distinctly Lycene, inquisitive and with a smie that begs to be drawn out, reluctant as it might be at times. It is these qualities that make her clearly a Malespero - which is to say, a delight.|
|Victus||You can tell this one is impeccably Lycene, right down to curving smile that's holding secrets from you.|
|Vincenzo||Pearl and silver. She is liquid and inner shine. There is a luminosity to her, a playfulness that cannot be denied. I think she would make a fantastic model and client.|
|Vitalis||Humor is a gem that glitters brightest in the dark. And all the more in a fine setting.|
|Viviana||I do adore a woman who knows how to get things done.|