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[OOC Information]

Your Name: Friday
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Importance Notice About Profile: Let it be known that a majority of my OWN WORK for this particular profile was lifted from the excellent game Dawn of Empires for a character named Zel Riethart, from whom I have basically copied the profile. Zel's creation was entirely my own, and so I am reusing the material without quoting myself or the site. Everything else that belongs to other writers has been quoted and given credit; if anything is amiss, I will gladly fix!

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[Basic Information]

Character Name: Catriona Elinora Montrose
Character Age: 25
Gender: Female
Birthday (including year): January 4th, 216
Home Castle/City: League of Arbrecht in Maldenhalm
House [Birth and Marriage if applicable]: Montrose

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[Appearance]

Tall and slender, Catriona has milky-white skin and long, tumbling blonde hair, that is rarely seen in the same style twice. She has eyes as blue as the waters that crash against the shores of Arbrecht, and her body is unblemished, unfamiliar with anything akin to toil. The eldest daughter of her father's second union with the Princess Arianne Fontenot, Catriona was singularly spoiled when it comes to material objects, and her wardrobe has no end. One permanent fixture, however, is an opal ring, given to her by her father Malcolm, and a birth mark on her left ankle.

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Catriona 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. [Portia]

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[Personality]

Charming, persuasive, and outgoing, Catriona Montrose is a social pillar in Maldenham, a veritable mogul of the 'vogue' elite. Not described as an overtly 'friendly' person, Catriona chooses to be seen, rather than to 'see,' and is notorious for ruining the social status of her fellow young noble women with an expertly placed remark or judgmental quip. Unlike other daughters of nobility, Catriona is keenly aware that her status even within her own family -- a daughter of a second marriage, a highly contested one at that -- leaves her position always temporal in the eyes of others. In this, Catriona knows her name can only take her so far -- and she must be the one to influence the course of her own life. From a young age, Catriona charmed her way into Arbrecht's inner circles, and has made a name for herself among them.

A tempestuous daughter, Catriona is spoiled unwittingly by her father and irked by her mother, but maintains a very close relationship with her only brother full-blood brother, Bruce. It is only with Bruce that Catriona feels truly comfortable, as she considers him to be the most honest and trustworthy person in a life that is otherwise plagued with false appearances. Possessing a strong sense of honor, Catriona is not fond of liars or cheats, and can recognize the hollowness of many of her own pursuits; in this, Catriona has always remained conflicted, desiring to maintain her position in society while fearful of the repercussions of entertaining such a vapid existence. Exceedingly competitive, Catriona has great difficulty when it comes to losing gracefully, and tends to have a sharp tongue when she should just keep her mouth shut. Nonetheless, rare moments of compassion and empathy reveal themselves in Catriona's otherwise controlled personality, and it can be seen that beneath her rather calculated exterior, she is a woman capable of great warmth.


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[History]

Born on a particularly frigid day in January 199, Catriona Montrose is the first daughter to the second marriage of Malcolm Montrose and Arianne Fontenot. Most of Catriona's childhood was spent in the company of her numerous cousins and in particular her only full blood-sibling, Bruce. For a time, it seemed as though Catriona was bound to be a tom-boy, enmeshed in her sibling and cousins rough-and-tumble behavior and lack of cleanliness. She was a small terror, bossy and tenacious, her outspoken behavior unable to be curtailed by her worrisome former princess of a mother and practically encouraged by her aging but doting father. But as she reached her early teens, Catriona seemed to grow out of it as she grew in to her own body -- and became a menace in an entirely different way.

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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. [Portia]
At a young age, having developed an insatiable appetite for the finest things in life, Catriona quickly recognized that clout was more about who you knew rather than what you knew, and began to fashion herself a leading young woman in the social circles of Maldenham and greater Arbrecht, for all the snowy wasteland that it was. Noting that her long blonde hair and smooth complexion garnered her a great deal of attention, Catriona began to take great pride in her appearance and became a figurehead of fashion, unhindered in her pursuits by her father's obliging personality and open coffers. Catriona had always seen that the men who made her father laugh or kept his interest were more readily favored in business and promotion than those whom were stalwart in their ways; and as such, Catriona developed a more fluid personality, able to adapt to any change in situation, honing her skills in the art of pleasant conversation and witty banter. The way Catriona understood it, nobles earned their titled names not only through great deeds but through cunning and tact; everyone was a mere peasant once, and can return so, just the same. As such, it is always best to stay a step ahead...

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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. [Portia]
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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. [Deianeira]
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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. [Bee]
Beyond her life of parties, gossip and appearances, Catriona has a rather private life when it comes to her personal passions. Catriona loves to write, boasting a rather extended personal library and many script-filled journals. An advocate for the poor of Maldenham and the lowlands of Arbrecht, Catriona is impassioned by their plights, taking a coy interest in politics and the management of the peasantry, often engaging in lengthy debates with her more politically driven brother over changes in policy and basic rights, intrigued by the business of men and leaders. She is idealistic and sharp, but few tend to experience the more intellectual side of such a social butterfly, her pretty face and public consciousness often masking how she really feels about a matter. Catriona is an expert at changing her masks to suit the different masquerades -- but sometimes, it catches up with her.

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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. [Deianeira]

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[Writing Sample]

Cat's delicate fingers pricked the taut fabric once more, a fine thread of light blue whispering it's way, guided by the needle. She was only half-paying attention to what she was doing, her Aunt Isabelle clearly engrossed in her own needlework -- while Cat's eyes were on the window.

Thinking of elsewhere.


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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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