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Catriona Elinora Montrose





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[OOC Information]

Your Name: Portia
RP Experience: 9 Years
Your Character's Player Base: Helena Mattsson

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[Basic Information]

Character Name: Catriona Elinora Montrose
Character Age: 25 Years Old
Gender: Female
Birthday (including year): December 31, 216
Home Castle/City: League of Arbrecht in Maldenhalm
House [Birth and Marriage if applicable]: Montrose

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[Appearance]

"Beauty, n: the power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband." - Ambrose Bierce


At 5’9”, Catriona has the tall statuesque figure of most of the Montrose women yet she possess a the more stately appearance of the Fontenot's then the tempestuous if not mystical air commonly associated with the Montrose women. While her features are a little sharper then what is considered to be the height of fashion she is nonetheless still extremely striking. It’s the small details that draw you into Cat. Her cool gray-blue eyes stoic and intelligent perceive a great deal more then she lets on to while her pretty dimpled smile is effective camouflage for her true feelings.

Cat leans towards neutral natural colors of champagnes, golds, silvers, and occasionally a crème. She also favors rich dark tones like navy and plum with a preference for silks or exotic imported fabrics. Her taste in clothing and jewelry is most often a reflection of herself, expensive and just a tad ostentatious.

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[Personality]

"It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious." - Oscar Wilde


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The young woman has a natural charisma that draws people to her, and her preferred method of getting what she wants is by a gentle and quiet persuasion, which she has mastered over many years. She is vivacious, flirty, and has a wicked sense of humor … but she can also be stubborn, calculating, and sneaky. Her mind is ruled by logic rather than emotion, and she generally thinks out her moves in advance. She never gives up until she has exhausted all her options, and even then, she simply comes up with new ways to achieve her goals.

Catriona is kind to those she likes, but her compassion sometimes has a sharp edge, especially when dealing with those who have done something she deems stupid. She has little tolerance for ignorance...

Catriona has a way with both the spoken and written word. She skilled at witty repartee, although she can be a bit acerbic and sarcastic at times. She often cloaks this tendency in clever innuendo and the cunning turn of a phrase.

She is also quite skilled at archery, and enjoys the thrill of a good hunt. An accomplished horsewoman, she loves to race her mount headlong into the forests. She is not particularly fond of the cold weather in Maldenhalm, preferring the warmer temperatures of Forsilvra, but both places have their own appeal and she is equally at home in either world.

Beautiful and alluring, elegant and regal, Catriona is also skilled in the art of seduction. She loves to flirt and toy with the affections of men, yet she has not found one that can hold her interest for more than a few months. To her, variety is the spice of life and she quickly becomes bored with the men who catch her fancy when someone more intriguing comes along.

Credited to: Deianeira
It’s not at all unusual to see Catriona display her arrogant pride and her sunny playfulness at the same time, which consequently is why she could get away with murder. Catriona has a rather strange effect on people that’s downright funny to watch. It’s hard to stand next to her without drawing yourself up to full stature, stomach in and shoulders back; whether it’s an subconscious imitation of her stately mannerisms or to gather courage is unknown.

In many ways, Cat is extremely astute. She seldom wastes her energy trying to get water from a dry well. A natural born leader, Cat’s commands are surprisingly effective when she tones down the dramatics because she is a master of the simple, straightforward speech. While she is a fiercely loyal friend and companion she is also a powerful enemy who isn’t above fighting a little dirty to remain on top. Typical of the Montroses Catriona shows no fear. In a crisis she'll hold her ground without even a tremor.

Cat may fight wildly with her family in private but she'll just as fiercely defend them in public. She won't stand for anyone maligning them or taking advantage of them. She naturally attracts either fiercely loyal and dedicated admirers, or envious and spiteful enemies. But even the latter give her grudging respect, and most of the time are careful not to challenge her openly.

If you're sensitive, don't ask her opinion or advice. You'll get the naked, brutal truth. You asked her, she'll tell you; otherwise she'll more then likely keep her mouth closed. Catriona will not pay a false compliment to gain a point or win an ally. It's beneath her to flatter. Cat never forgets a gift or a kindness, and it's richly rewarded when the time is right. Conversely, she also remembers an injury or an injustice. The Montrose lioness will crush her enemy so the enemy learns never to hurt her again and is rarely content with merely evening the score.

She is incredibly loyal to those she finds strong and deserving, but the weak ones will never even be honored by her glance. Her dignity in human relationships makes her often seem aloof and snobbish. In a way, she definitely is, because she practices a personal caste system. She's highly selective in friendships, yet she'll keep worthy companions through an entire lifetime all the while freezing out the common or unworthy. A bit of a hypocrite, she is extremely possessive of what she considers is hers yet she doesn't want to be possessed.

Despite her strong individualism, she's content with letting a man (father or husband) be the boss as long as there is a mutal respect in their relationship. Instead of overshadowing him with her own force and drive, she's happiest applying her talents to helping him attain his own goals. By studying the successful matrons of court Cat has learned well the game of politics, and more importantly has learned that a charming woman can make as large of a contribution to the political world has any man might.

In romance, Catriona isn't a romantic, nor is she disillusioned with the hope of finding her 'soul mate'. She lives her life by her head rather then her heart so flowery sonnets of undying love are far less flattering then a piece of expensive jewelry.

While she loves to act the part of the social butterfly there is a serious side to her. A part of her that is guarded and skeptical of things she doesn't know much about. While she doesn't flaunt her opinions often, she holds a great amount of respect for those who have pulled themselves up by their boot strings and made the most of their world. She may never of had to get her hands to dirty, and the thought of it might really repulse her; it's important to understand that Catriona isn't afraid of hard times and that she'll deal with it like she does everything else. Throw her shoulder's back, lift her chin up just a notch and march into it like a General headed for battle.


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[History]

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” - Winston Churchill


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The eldest child of Malcolm Montrose and his second wife Arianne Founenot Montrose, Catriona was born so close to the turn of the year that it was impossible to tell if she was born on December 31, 216 or January 1, 217. Her birth date was decided on by a flip of a coin, the winning date being the last day of the year.

Perhaps being born between one year and the next had something to do with little Catriona's adaptability. One day might find her happily playing at sword fighting with her younger brother and the next would find her walking with a book on her head so that she would have a regal posture when she grew up. One day she would be playing in the mud with the other children of the clan, and the next she would be pampered and primped and perfumed. The little girl was a happy and well-adjusted child … sometimes following her father around begging to be taught to hunt and sometimes curled up beside her mother listening to stories of her youth as a princess of Forsilvra.

Catriona was still quite young when she first noticed that some of the clan members did not treat her mother very well. This did not sit well with her and she was often quick with an insult when someone demeaned the woman who gave her birth. She once broke the nose of a boy who spoke ill of her mother with a rather serendipitous punch. Unfortunately that punch also broke her wrist.

Her mother berated her for that incident and told her that she should always act like a proper lady, even when faced with diversity. And proper ladies never punched boys. The little girl took those words to heart and from then on only used words to express her displeasure. Her quips were wicked and acerbic and … to her mother's chagrin … not very ladylike. Eventually she learned to hide behind witty double-entendre and the clever turn of a phrase.

Words, both spoken and written, became one of her passions. Once she learned to read and write, an entire new world opened up for Catriona. She was given a comprehensive education in both the ways of the clan and in the ways of the world beyond the League of Arbrecht, learning the languages and customs and stories of both. She channeled her childish rebelliousness into learning, and made certain she was well-versed in such subjects as politics, religion, philosophy, and foreign affairs. She also enjoyed the study of astronomy, often lying on the grass at night to watch and identify the stars. And she adored creating stories and turning them into poetry, the only art form in which she actually had any talent.

At the age of fifteen, she accompanied her mother to Forsilvra for the first time and they stayed there for two years. Catriona found the glitz and glitter of court life new and exciting, like something from out of a fairy tale. And she adored the warm weather, having known nothing but cold temperatures all of her life. She knew that she would fit in perfectly and impress everyone, but unfortunately she was wrong. Considered little more than a barbarian by the sophisticated members of the court, the young girl learned first-hand what it meant to be an outsider … as her mother was in Maldenhalm.

Credited to: Deianeira
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For about two weeks, Catriona suffered in silence. She plotted her revenge with the skill of a seasoned General. She refused to allow any of the silly and useless chits to make her feel less than she was. None of the girls could claim her lineage and she would make sure they understood their place. She used her considerable charm to rise to a sort of power among the ladies. She was both feared and respected. Something that she cherished. The girls that had tried to shun her suffered and Cat enjoyed every second of it.

Credited to: Bee
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Catriona's looks gave her a power over the male species that she quickly mastered. She became adept at wrapping men around her little finger with a bit of flirting, a fleeting touch, or a few meaningless kisses so that they would give her anything her little heart desired. Not all men succumbed to her seductive charms. There were definitely those who saw her for the little minx she was and were easily able to resist her wiles. In her opinion, their indifference was their loss, not hers.

The young woman returned to Maldenhalm a completely different person. Because of her experience at court where she had learned what it meant to be the daughter of a princess, Catriona had developed a healthy dose of arrogance and held herself a bit above everyone else. She lost several of her old friends because of this. Yet she also gained some new ones, and the men flocked around her as always, showering her with attention and gifts of their affection. Her relationship with her family didn't change much though.

She returned to court with her mother two more times in the next seven years, but they did not stay so long as they had the first time. Catriona became at home in both her father's world and her mother's, and enjoyed both places equally. She developed her own fashion style by combining the latest fashions of Forslivra with the classic styles of Maldenhalm, and this was soon imitated by other women in her homeland. And in both places, she left a trail of broken hearts in her wake, for she always kept an emotional distance from the men she fancied, becoming bored with them quickly and moving on to someone else.

Credited to: Deianeira
The year 241 up till now has been a time of growth, softening her edges, and stretching her own legs without the watchful eyes of her family about. Staying with her Great-Aunt, Isabelle DeLauncey was the first time Catriona has been allowed to be so far from home without her mother along to keep a watchful eye on her daughter. Studying Isabelle, Catriona is eagerly learning by observation the secrets to for a lady's success among her peers. The woman has truly become an inspiration to her.

Catriona's courage was greatly tested when she and Isabelle left Demere to sail to The Hollows. There were few things that could make the vivacious butterfly retreat into her cabin but the rocking of a ship upon the open sea was definitely one of them. It was safe to say Catriona was not at her best until they'd docked and solid ground was once again beneath her dainty little slippers.

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[Writing Sample]

Things weren’t easy in the north and Maldenham grew them to survive. Catriona might never of admitted it but she was without a doubt a northern girl. Despite her lively flirtatiousness underneath that soft velvet glove of her’s was a fist as cold and hard has iron. Straightening her shoulders a little she never wavered in her polite if not cloying smile. Tonight was just another night of smiling sweetly at whichever tedious guest was present and feigning interest in what ever polite conversation they chose.

Catriona speculated the gentleman beside her was attempting to clear his throat, though it sounded a great deal more like her long haired cat, Theo, attempting to disgust her with yet another hairball. Shifting her weight she turned to Mr. Hairball himself and her breath caught. Good Heavens! How could someone make a noise like that and actually look worse then they sounded!

Quickly schooling her features, she covered her momentary lapse with a small flutter of her lashes and a dimpled smile that would surely distract him. She focused on his spectacles and tried not to visibly wince as he spoke to her, every other word producing splatters of saliva. ‘Milady, It’s so funny that you mention you like archery because I was just telling mother last week that more ladies should take up outdoor activities.’ He sent her a cheeky wink as if it were a inside joke between the two of them. ‘It’ll keep them looking like yourself, milady, if you know what I mean.’ The portly gentleman replaced a laugh with a bray in the same tone as the butcher’s donkey.

Her gaze ever cooling met his, “I couldn’t agree more and I am sure you’d be the first to agree gentlemen would benefit from it as well.. After all what’s the old saying, ‘What’s good for the goose is good for the gander’, milord?” The man visibly blanched and looked about to argue something ridiculous, offering him a cloying smile she added. "If you'll excuse me but I think I see my aunt motioning for me." Abruptly sidestepped him and made a hasty retreat, darting between the guests as she escaped out the balcony for a moment to herself. Good society should ban bores no matter how deep their pockets are... She snorted to herself.

OOC- Ugh... a little out of practice. Hope this works




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[Timeline of Events]


Maldenham

Year 232: Catriona goes to court for the first time.
Year 241: Game start.
Year 241: Goes to live with Isabelle DeLauncey
Year 241: Sailed to The Hollows with Isabelle


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[Genealogy]

**Character Adoption** Already on the Genealogy.


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