Lady Jenessa Lyonesse
I would rather own a little and see the world than own the world and see little of it.
Description: Akin to a floral bud coming into to flowering maturity, Jenessa is just beginning to blossom as a young woman who's entering adulthood. The comely Lyonesse stands a couple inches below average height with a thin, petite build that possesses an enviable hourglass silhouette. She has a lithe, nubile figure that carries a proportionate amount of curves in the appropriate places, enough to lend an air of undeniable femininity and mark her as a woman. Spilling down to the small of her back is a thick mane of dark walnut brown tresses, the lengthy strands voluminous, though holds no kink or curl, being perfectly straight.
They frame an oval face that's mildly cherubic and symmetrical, harboring fleeting traces of youthful roundness and lofty cheekbones. Narrow, tenebrous brows arch over a pair of densely lashed almond-shaped eyes, ones of a light powder blue with dark limbal rings. A straight, celestial nose rests at the center of her visage, positioned above a pair of full, bowed lips, and every so often they give way to a warm, gentle smile. Porcelain-like is the young woman's complexion, smooth and free from mark or blemish with delicate rosy undertones that grant a natural blush upon her fair cheeks. She carries herself with an effortless grace, in such a way it gives an ethereal quality to her poised and noble bearing.
(Half of Jenessa's dark locks have been curled and pulled back from her face, almost into half a pony tail - but instead it has been styled into a simple Oathlands twist and secured in place by an ornate silver and amethyst lion comb.)
Personality: A gentle soul, kind, quiet and serene, it marks Jenessa as a stark contrast to other members of her family, given the typical dourness oft possessed by the majority. Despite the hardships encountered, she's less hardened, but takes life seriously, knowing at any time it could be over. It's given her the mindset of living each day as if it were her last, appreciating the good things when they come - while still expecting the worst - and enjoying life to the fullest with no regrets. She's scholarly and bookish, more at home in libraries and educational institutions than on the battlefield, but when duty calls? It's when the traditional Lyonesse peeks through. Neither warrior nor socialite, she's not particularly socially adept; rather, she's terribly awkward and - at times - painfully shy when it comes to people. She carries a passion for travel and exploration, of learning and acquiring knowledge, and with it comes her desire to experience all the world has to offer - until bad luck rears its ugly head.
Background: To carry the name of Lyonesse, it means one is well-acquainted with calamity and hardship, of expecting tragedy and the worst in all manner of things, and it's no different for the youngest sibling of the family. Jenessa was born in the summer of 990 A.R., a handful of months prior to the harshest winter of her existence. She was just a babe when the crisis struck, a supply train robbed and looted by shavs, leaving the family - among others - roughing it that season. They are a rather industrious lot, making do to make ends meet, but there was a constant threat of starvation, of death from exposure - more so for a babe of a few months, and it nearly took her life. It was a struggle for survival, and many thought the young Lyonesse wouldn't make it, but to the surprise of many, she did.
Life is never easy, it has its trials and tribulations, but it's all the more true for the Jinxed. Though she survived infancy, growing into childhood, it wasn't without hardship. During her younger years, tragedy befell the family with the loss of the third son, Dormire, who had been found dead in a calm lake, a victim of drowning. The grief from losing her brother had still been present a small few years later when the eldest, Marcorr, lost his life in a freak accident while seeing to the feeding of his horse. Both had been returned to the Wheel far too soon, young and full of promise, but it was a reminder that life can end at any time - that it's best to enjoy it to the fullest whenever possible. To live as if it was your last day. She learned this all too well at a rather young and tender age - but it hardened her, in part, as the life of a Lyonesse tends to do.
Unlike the majority of her siblings, Jenessa didn't undergo knighting, finding her interests leaning more towards scholarly and intellectual pursuits. Nevertheless she still attended the academy where she took her studies seriously, nose in the books, though still trained - to a degree - under Sir Jak Whitemane. It was inescapable, being in a martial family, and where Marcorr, Rymarr, Demura, and Dormire were knightly, Anabelle the socialite, the youngest Lyonesse took it upon herself to become the hunter and scout of the House - or one of them, anyway. Despite her preferences, the need to know how to defend herself and the March was a non-negotiable necessity, yet she took to it easily enough, enjoying the solitude that being a reconnoiterer gave. It was from there she found a love of exploration and investigation.
In recent years, war has come and gone, battles fought against various forces - but she was too young to join; her studies were incomplete. Despite the fact she was homebound, it didn't deter her from helping where she could: keeping the March scouted, on the lookout for hostile Abandoned, going with hunting parties to ensure food was kept on the tables of many, helping to guard supply caravans - lest a repeat of that winter occur again. Now that the war with the pirate fleet is at an end, bringing with it some semblance of peace, Jenessa has come of age. She's set out on her own adventure, heading to Arx where she'll continue her studies while joining her family with the hopes of assisting where possible - and explore a little, too!
|Alessandro||A kindred spirit in her love for books. I hope to see more of her soon -- I am sure would have knowledge to share with me, too.|
|Amund||Dutiful daughter of House Lyonesse. Good archer, I think.|
|Braith||What she may lack in imagination she makes up for in obvious decorum that apparently the rest of us lack. Very much.|
|Cullen||A rather polite and thoughtful young lady who seems to have been saddled with far too much too quickly - not only having to essentially run a March by herself, but deal with a murder, too. I hope to make friends with her and help her out, if I can. She seems intelligent, just overburdened.|
|Galen||A pleasant noblewoman of Lyonesse, whose manners and bearing remind me of the noblest of Oathlanders. She embodies the manners of her people in ways that few others can only emulate. I think she has potential and look forward to seeing what she does.|
|Gareth||A meek young Lyonese Lady. I'm sure there is some steel in there, if coaxed appropriately.|
|Hadrian||You know what they say about party dodgers. If you can't come to the party, the party can come to you! In the case of this Oathlander though, I'm pretty sure she'd get all worked up over such notions. Despite her particularly narrow, stunted view of parties? I think she has great potential for being an extremely fun individual. If only she could flex her imagination, just a little. Meeting her was pleasant, though! She carries herself with quiet dignity, though. Which I can respect and appreciate, given its rarity in Arx.|
|Jordan||Very polite and proper, as is with most Oathlanders. But she likes the outdoors and is very young and curious to the affairs of running a House. Curiosity, and the desire to learn, are things in her favor.|
|Marian||A brave young woman facing rather hard lessons in life. I hope my war strategy in some way gives her tools to face the dangers ahead.|
|Reigna||Gods was I ever so young? It is like looking into a mirror and seeing myself three years ago. I wonder where she will go, the wonders she will see?|
|Sabella||I do not know Lady Jenessa well, but the words she spoke about her brother at his memorial moved me to tears! If I had never met Marquis Rymarr I would have thought I knew him by the end of it! She is an incredible speaker and I do hope to know her better in the future!|
|Samantha||Rymarr's sister has felt his loss just as keenly as we have but she is family. My children are her blood and together I know with her help they will remember their father as he has smiled upon them just the day before.|
|Theron||Cordial Lady of Lyonesse. She and I have discussed businesses; though we couldn't agree on anything due to a lack of details, she seems to have the mind to consult those who might be able to acquire the information she needs.|
|Vasile||Gorgeous, studious and a bit frank. Looking forward to see what's deep inside.|
|Veronica||Lady Lyonesse, prim and proper. It is good to see our liege house represented in Arx again. Hopefully we can work closely together once more.|