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Archlector Brigida of Petrichor

Bring faith to the gods. Bring compassion to your fellows. Leave your nonsense at the door. Or if you must keep it, keep it inside your head and do not trouble me with it.

Social Rank: 5
Concept: Woman of Iron
Fealty: Crownsworn
Family: Fidante
Gender: female
Marital Status: Godsworn
Age: 64
Birthday: 12/20
Religion: Pantheon; Petrichor
Vocation: Priest
Height: 5'2"
Hair Color: silver-blonde
Eye Color: dark green
Skintone: fair

Titles: Archlector of Petrichor

Description: It's hard to tell where the blonde in Brigida's hair ends and the white begins. She keeps it short, a round, shapely cut that fluffs little around her head like the aureole of a silvery dandelion when she does not comb it back. Her eyes are a deep green, leafy, that sometimes shows a tiny gold fleck, like sunlight dappling through the forest. What was once a rubenesque youth and beauty is now a soft rounding of age, etched with minimal lines but cast in deep grooves that highlight the strength of her cheekbones. Her nose is slightly broad, slightly flattened. Her eyebrows are a darker blond arch over her vivid eyes. She might have once been taller, but now stands rounded and small and with immense gravitas, sometimes carrying a stick.

Personality: Brigida has lived through it, whatever it is. Loss, death, war, love, tragedy, dreams dying aborning, dreams awakening: she's been there. She knows. Her wisdom is cut with no little vinegar. She is fierce and bold behind an iron propriety that has been cultivated with age, and only occasionally is breached to deliberately shock people. Tough, tough-minded, and without compunction about doing what needs done, she is socially extremely perceptive, clever, and can be as manipulative as an entire league of grandmothers working in concert.

Background: Brigida has lived through it all.

When she was a girl, she was as fine a hunter, dancer, and player of music as any lady of the Lyceum. She was not the most beautiful of her sisters but she was clearly the most accomplished. At sixteen, she was the Golden Rose of Tor, and she had lovers on her string at twenty ranging from all over the Compact.

But all idylls end.

Brigida joined the Faith relatively late -- at 24 -- in part to avoid a disastrous marriage she did not want that would have sent her to the Laurents. She had no desire to join the workhorse duchy of the Valardins. Instead, she cast aside the silks of her wild life as the Golden Rose of Tor, and threw herself into a new life as a priestess. She had a solid background of Lyceum politics to bring with her to the priesthood along with genuine faith for the gods and a healthy respect for the power structures here that she could potentially grow into. She had already survived at least three poisonings before she donned her first robe. She learned quickly that the machinations of the priests were different in form from those of Lycene politics but not in kind. Ambitious people jockey for position everywhere, and the Faith is no exception.

By the time she was 40, she was such a mainstay of the priests of Petrichor that there were few other names that could even be considered for his Archlector. Yet at this pinnacle she chose to stay, leading the godsworn and championing the guardian of the land rather than attempting to politic any higher.

Relationship Summary


Sibling:
  • Duchess Liavetta Rubino - Sister
  • Lady Allegra Fidante - Sister
  • Lord Nino Fidante - Brother

  • Frenemy:
  • Orazio - ...verbose

  • Family:
  • Valkieri - Deceased Nephew
  • Zaccheri - Deceased Nephew
  • Cara - Probably Alive Niece
  • Prospero - Probably Alive Nephew
  • Castruccio - Probably Alive Nephew
  • Serafina - Probably Deceased Niece
  • Name Summary
    Ajax A feel like she's one of those people that do their damnest to get a read on everything that exists. She scares me.
    Alecstazi I have heard tales of this former Rose of Tor. Her beauty remains in the bones of her face, in the flash of her eyes and her sprightly nature. I think she might have my number however. I should be sure to watch myself around her.
    Alessia I hope to never end up on the bad side of that cane.
    Alexio Ah, the Archlector...a wise authoritative woman; reminds me of my grandmother - if I ever had one (I never met her). I'm sure it would have been someone just like her!
    Amari As no-nonsense and sharp as ever, but that's strangely reassuring in truth. Barf definitely approves, and he's usually not so taken with strangers.
    Antea I've never seen an older woman so quickly and successfully cow a Prince to the point of reducing him to a doll-like creature. I laughed. On the inside.
    Arcadia She's so old. And wrinkly. And scary. Sort of a cross between the gran who would give you sweets, and the one who would belt your ears for doing something wrong.
    Arianna The Duke Telmar once got upset with me for laughing at him too. Threatened to split my head open with his hammer. This woman was not Duke Telmar but heavens she was very much the same! Still. I respected her spine.
    Arman The radiant Golden Rose of Tor, just as sharp tongued as I remember. Our history is bathed in duty and familiarity, yet to see her now after all this time renews my willingness to orbit her ferocity. Blessed is she and all those who claim her company.
    Artur I can hope that she does not let the death and destruction she has seen on the field color her for the rest of her days. I know that such sights can mar the spirit, however, and I can only pray that she finds her center again.
    Aslaug Behind her there's a weight greater than what meets the eye. Like a tunnel, and its long shadow- she's the void that stares back. What's scarier than that?
    Athaur This is not how I pictured meeting an Archlector. But she was patient and understanding. I see why she got where she was.
    Behtuk She is not vexed at all. She blessed me! This is why I came here.
    Bhandn I did not expect the Archlector of Petrichor to be so direct. Some part of me thinks she has spent a notable amount of time praying to Gloria as well.
    Bianca It's easy to see that she has a tight grip in the administration of the Lodge. Which is a good thing as it shows much of her dedication and care for the role.
    Bonnie Finishing a bottle all in one swig like that is impressive for anyone, even moreso for priests.
    Braden An Archlector. And I do not think I angered her. My family will be happy!
    Braith Formidable. Spiky. Deadly with a staff. Note to self: Stay out of reach of staff and possibly earshot as well!
    Calista She will forever be The Golden Rose. What an inspiration and truly someone I admire.
    Cambria One must never forget that the Archlector was once the Golden Rose of Tor. That, coupled with her tenure among the Faith, makes her a most formidable woman.
    Caspian If she stared any harder at me her eyes would have flung themselves at me and tried to stab me.
    Catriona I would have thought the air would be the coldest thing I'd encounter on a winter night. I now know I was mistaken.
    Cristoph Stern and a bit scary, my gods, this woman hits hard with her cane. But also wise and a compassionate where it's appropriate and with a sharp mind to match it all.
    Dante Some things never change, like Blessed Brigida's steely resolve, steely voice, and steely- everything, really. The Iron Thorn earns her name, but I admire her so!
    Delilah A rose retains its bloom and thorns long after the first budding. The Archlector has wit to her that nigh cuts, but in the same moment, she has a grace and ready offering of balmy wisdom we are all in need of now or then.
    Drusila Warriors court her favor it seems, or so Drusila saw at the Black Fox. Any elder who can command that type of attention in public perhaps isn't feeble minded but instead a sharp steel blade ready to strike. She speaks with authority, but also with wit which comes from experience. A wicked combination to the young girl.
    Duarte I'm sure there's a subset of people (those who enjoy the unnecessarily astringent and indiscriminately waspish) that find her just lovely.
    Elias Smacking people around with his staff. A hateful lady.
    Emrys We've known each other for quite some time, each of us devoted to our respective field and ideal. An old friend and a fine one to discuss calmly while the world is burning all around us.
    Enri Serious and dedicated to her vocation, Blessed Brigida is certainly the best person for her position. Some young godsworn would do well in listening to her words.
    Esme Really nice woman, really. Um.. don't try to hug her. If you try to hug her, you might be branded by the look of death of a million suns.
    Evaristo Did she accidentally hit herself with her staff? That'd explain the crazy, perhaps.
    Evonleigh Sharp as a blue jay scolding a crow near its nest -- but I do admit she did what the rest of us were thinking. I'll try to stay on her good side!
    Fiora Old. Too much.
    Flavien The Archlector carries herself with dignity, but she reminds me of a keen-eyed grandmother. One who doesn't let you get away with much, but the indulgences she does are all the better for them.
    Gianna Still incredibly intimidating, but she does appreciate musical talent, and that's something.
    Giuliano Fearsome, this Archlector. Granted, we were whispering, which is rude. We had the scolding coming. I will make sure to include her quiet conversations from now on.
    Giulio There seem few more loyal than the Blessed Archlector. It will be an honor and a privilege to work with her.
    Grazia The Archlector is quite the dancer, and the saucy old lady, too. I hope that I'm as smooth as that when I get old.
    Gwenna Truly, the sternest and most intimidating Archlector in Arx. She once scolded me for eating candy in one of the Shrines and I don't think I'll ever /not/ be a bit afraid of her. Surely, it is a path she must take. While the delivery of her thoughts will never be a coddling one, I suspect, perhaps that is why she is a voice that makes people stop, listen, and believe.
    Helle Not a tree. And yet, all the trees, all at once.
    Jeffeth She was awful mean to Ras, but then she was nice. I'm sure she did it all on purpose Archlectors are wiser than me and know how to... Well I don't know what she was doing but I'm sure she had her reasons. Plans and all that.
    Josephine What a dancer, waht a rose, what a... prime example of how the young things running around the city these days should behave.
    Julian Smart. Sharp. To the point. Preeeeeetty sure she hates me.
    Juniper The Archlector of Petrichor, she's one of those who, when you've truly earned it, will give a kind word-- and being so sparing with them, makes you crave it all the more. I should like to live up to her expectations, doing so would mean I've accomplished a thing.
    Kaia The Archlector of Petrichor is...stern; but, she clearly cares a lot for nature. I hope I can learn more about him from her.
    Kaldur Imperious and- No. Imperious is- yeah.
    Korka With a glare that could freeze the beard off even the burliest of Northerners, Blessed Brigida is the absolute best person to fall in step behind. Especially when you want to get through a large crowd without being jostled.
    Leola The Archlector of Petrichor is wiser than she appears, and she appears very wise. Short of temper and sharp of tongue, she often says what's in my mind.
    Lilia She told me the story of my father's death as he might've told it. To the point, without embellishment. Some truths, no matter how painful, require no adornment. For this, I will be forever grateful; for this, I will pray we have not come into the reaping season.
    Lisebet Caring and empathic, she seems well suited for her position.
    Lora The Golden Rose of Tor is as lovely now as she ever was before... in that way that those few who are supremely, unapologetically confident are. Archlector she might be, but there's no hiding those Fidante roots.
    Lucita Others speak of a crusty exterior or very plain speaking. She reminds Lucita of an old grouchy seeming bbut beloved by Lucita cook back in Granato that had a heart of gold and fiercely watched out for her people. As long as one gave no nonsense or wasted her time they got along beautifully. Brigida speaks with candor yet understanding and interest in others. I like her.
    Mabelle Oh she knows she's important. She scares me. I like scary things, this needs exploring.
    Maja Archlector, judging by her robes. She was very no-nonsense and salty -- in a city full of flatterers, it was a refreshing change to have someone talking about taking a switch to people who don't meet expectations. Wouldn't wanna get on her bad side!
    Martino So perfect with the barbs, so astute to. Truly, while people will be drawn to her as an opponent. They are foolish for not testing themselves, and their wit, against on of the Compact's finest
    Merek She speaks her mind when she wishes to. I respect this about her also as well!
    Miranda Archlector. They can be very intimidating, except when you need their guidance. She has a way about her that I like.
    Mirella I bet that trying to argue the Archlector down would be about as fruitless as repeatedly punching a marble statue and expecting it to bleed. What a sight to see her chastise that rowdy knight. I enjoyed that a bit too much.
    Mirk The Archlector of Petrichor. More open to working with a shaman like me than I'd expect. The sharp tongue, however, is not merely rumor.
    Morgan I remember again now why I really prefer the city and towns to the woods. If this is what's lurking to spread Petrichor's word, I'd rather live in a necropolis.
    Ophelia I do need to spend more time with the Archlector. There is much I can learn from her! Until then, I will continue sharpening my archery skills and put them to good use for the Lodge of Petrichor.
    Otho If an old man has to get Compact religion, well, there's certainly worse messengers to deliver it. I never met a woman that could pray a turkey right out of the woods before!
    Parisa I'mSorryI'mNotArvani!IDidn'tMeantItAsAnInsult!ToTheParoshariOldJustMeansYou'reVeryWise! Brigida is /not/ old. I swear!
    Petal The archlector of Petichor who I am honored to know and work with at the lodge. I hope to know her better and plant more roses.
    Quenia She can be a bit intimidating, but I truly appreciate her support of the Igniseri effort to build an agricultural center dedicated to Petrichor, Lagoma, and Mangata, and the fact she's going to bless the project.
    Quintin The formidable Archlector is not someone I would ever want to be on the bad side of. Ever.
    Rafael I'm not scared of her!
    Raimon The former golden rose, who's thorns are still intact.
    Ras She definitely doesn't scare me at all. Definitely....definitely not....ugh, who am I kidding, she's like a stormcloud.
    Reese Speaks with authority and and has away about that is hard to put into words, motherly power, although she probably isn't a mother or maybe she is in a way, being blessed by the very land.
    Ronja I've nearly been launched into the shark-filled ocean by waves threatening to break my ship in half and I still don't think I've ever been as scared of anything as I am of this woman's gaze. On the other hand, I DO hope my lips are as soft as hers when I'm that age.
    Rosalind She.has.a.pig! And a sharp tongue. Interesting lady!
    Rowenova Archlector of Petrichor. An interesting woman with a fine pig. Sir Floppington sure loves her, too.
    Sabine Now here is a pillar. How crisp she is, so fine an edge.
    Saro She's a little bit terrifying. Not to mention being another woman who knows definitely what she wants and definitely how to get it, which makes her more terrifying still.
    Sasha A force to be reckoned with and a solid swing. She reminds me I've changed since leaving the Oathlands and adopting the culture of the Northerners. There is much to admire in her wisdom and experience.
    Sigurd As witty and potent of personality as ever. Hearing her lambast Bandn about grey chest hairs was pure gold.
    Sophie Kind, but strong. I'm not used to being put in my place. I'm not entirely sure how to feel about it. Mostly... it makes me melacholy. She makes me miss my mother.
    Sparte She exudes a sort of strength, with a glare that could turn milk to cheese and then have it apologize. Quite a thing to be the target of, but I like danger. Probably why I look forward to talking to her again!
    Svoli I think I remember seeing her once or twice near Tor when I was younger. I had no idea someone so small could be so terrifying.
    Talwyn Is it alright to admit to myself that she frightens me a little? Still, she's wise, and undoubtedly has the best interests of the Lord of the Deep Woods at heart.
    Tescelina When roses wilt, they are left only with their thorns. Still, one would do well to listen. Truths are oft harsh.
    Thea Her words are not to be trifled with.
    Tomwell Practical advice will never go amiss. And the occasional whack probably doesn't hurt, either.
    Vega I like her. She cuts through the chaff to get to the heart of a matter and is not afraid to speak her mind.
    Victus My grandmother might be dead, but I vaguely recall her being nicer than that old woman. Sincerely hope she never finds her shin-whacking stick.
    Videl A brief encounter, but an interesting person. Does she really care how the children feel about winter though?
    Viviana A bit of a surprise I must admit. Not as dull as I feared.
    Volcica Her anger is formidable, but it won't heal those already lost. I hope she finds respite.
    Wash Seems the higher up they get, the less likable these Godsworn become.
    Willow She reminds me of my aunt. I really like her.
    Zara She has a fearlessness and a conviction that is inspiring -- and intimidating. There's something to be learned in watching her, in her command of a space and the attention of those within it.
    Zoey A formidable woman. I only hope that your conviction is not rooted in blind faith. I'm still not convinced that boar was sent by Petrichor.