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Old 03-17-2014, 08:14 AM
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ELWEN FAERALD





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[OOC Information]

Your Name: Dara
RP Experience: 10+ years
Your Character's Player Base: Claire Forlani

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[Basic Information]

Character Name: Elwen Kyffin Faerald
Character Age: 36
Gender: Female
Birthday (including year): June 1, 205
Home Castle/City: Caerthynas
House [Birth and Marriage if applicable]: Kyffin (birth), Faerald (marriage)

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[Appearance]

A petite woman with curves that were enhanced by motherhood, Elwen has rich brown hair that falls to her hips. She considers herself lucky that she hasn't found any grey in it yet! Her face is showing a few smile lines, but her eyes are still a clear hazel, her lips are full and she smiles easily, often. Dressing as befits her station, she prefers simple clothing but in fine fabrics. Elwen has a love of jewelry as well. No outfit is complete without some adornment.


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[Personality]

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Elwen is soft spoken and often thoughtful. Most of her thoughts come through the expression on her face rather than through words but when she chooses to speak she does so with heart. Because she seems quiet and is quite small she comes across as timid but that couldn't be further from the truth. She has a willing spirit. She has never been afraid of change and is adaptable and laid-back unless a strongly-held value is threatened.

But then, she is empathetic by nature. Striving to understand the person and abilities of those around her rather than take in account her first assumptions. Although noble in class, she believes she is mostly noble by marriage, believing her kin more guardsman of the greater good rather than just greater. She feels more in common with the small folk and sometimes wishes to live as simply. Often this comes across as uncouth to most of the greater nobility.

Her family mean the world to her. She would do anything for her Lord and children. She is extremely loyal.
- written by Wren/Christine

In the recent years, she has begun taking a more active role in the politics of Caelain as province lady. She does not work openly, instead using a woman's subtle touch and discretion to advise Tysilio. She is also a very maternal lady, her arms open to anyone who needs help, comfort or shelter, especially when it comes to her birth-family.

For the most part, Elwen is content with her life and how she lives it, taking pleasure in the simple act of living well.


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[History]

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It was always so strange for her to be called Lady. For, although she was part of a capable house, luxury was scant and what was spent was spent on the necessities. There were never silks or jewels. Hand maidens? They were few- house folk. Handy indeed but never less than servants. Most were treated as part of the family. It was a necessity that made the Kyffin who they were. Elwen was no exception even if she was the youngest daughter for some time. She was the baby but never babied. She found out quite early that, for her, it was better to make careful, quiet observations of the world around her. Having two older brothers it was very difficult to ever get a word in edgewise. She learned quickly that the less she said the more value her words had. The more she spoke the less people listened.

Life was fieldwork and field play. There was hardly a day that her skirts weren't stained with the mid and muck of an honest days labor.. She heard of other Ladies who would toil their days away on their appearance but for Elwen, life had always been practical. It was this practice that has made her empathetic to the world around her and the smallfolk who never had the fortune she had. Days were spent learning, crafting, creating and growing. Her hands have never recovered from this labor. Calloused and used she has nothing of the dainty lily hooves of the other pretty darlings and their silly worries.

But, life became different when she found she was to be married to Tysilio Faerald - A man she hardly knew but knew a lot of. The match wasn’t easy at first. She thought him foppish and silly. Perhaps he thought her a mud heaped frog princess. She doesn’t know. He could sing though. Perhaps that was the first thing she took notice of and appreciated. For she could play the harp! The Kyffins were famous for their harp playing after all (or some). Many nights the pair could be found in front of the fire. The only noise was the music they made. Later a different music would be made and soon after Aiden, Deirdre, Brennan and Artur would be born. A lovely family. Their closeness only grew as the turmoil grew around them.

The plague was the thing that knocked Elwen the most. She never thought she would recover from the death of her youngest. She knew she was supposed to go on for the sake of her other children but it was hard to pull back into a world that had been so cruel. If it wasn’t for the strength of her family and the love that binds them she might have plummeted off a tower and ended her pain.

Now she must worry about the fate of her homeland. Actually the fate of the kingdom!
- written by Christine

Much has gone on that affects Elwen. Her son has become a man and gone to war, to rescue a girl she hoped would be her daughter in law. Her daughter has become tentatively betrothed, but now has been called to attend Princess Aurora, a great honor. Her family in Weallan is going through some changes. Demere was attacked and most of the Forthwind family killed. There is a traitor in their midst, and she does not know who it is or why they have chosen to betray the Faeralds. And there is strain even in the Faeralds themselves, between Tysilio and the out-spoken Uthaer that has resulted in Uthaer's banishment from Caerthynas.

These things have opened her eyes to the reality that troubled times aren't just in Arbrecht or Lacharn. They are in Caelain. She fears for her family's safety and for their well-being in the future, knowing that the time has come for her to take a more active role in the matters of the province to support Tysilio as Great Lord of Caelain, the King's own cousin and her husband. Elwen also is working to help Aiden through his time of uncertainty and self-doubt as Tysilio's heir, and to prepare Deirdre for a life at Court but also to show the people of Caelain that she cares for the good of all, not just Faerald.


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December 1 was closer then she realized as she studied the letter sent from Belleile, summoning Deirdre to join the Princess's ladies. Aware that the pressure of such a role was great, Elwen thought on how to prepare her daughter for what lay ahead of her. There was also the matter of selecting appropriate clothing and deciding what belongings Deirdre wished to take.

Now that the Great Council had met and Lady Marisée had been recognized as Banner Lord of Demere, that meant she could hope for a little respite before the next crisis ensued. Elwen felt a little tired lately, but that was nothing that a few days' peace could not cure. She only hoped Tysilio could grant himself the same chance to rest and recover a little, though she knew her husband well enough then to believe he would.

She wanted to spend some time with her family before they were scattered again.


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[Timeline of Events]


Caerthynas

206: Elwen is born
223: Elwen marries Tysilio
224: Aiden Faerald is born.
226: Deirdre Faerald is born.
228: Brennan Faerald, is born.
230: Artur Faerald, is born.
231: The plague begins.
233: Lord Maereus Faerald & Queen Corenna Faerald die of the plague while in Belleile. Tysilio Faerald assumes lordship over the Caelish Isles.
233: Prince Owyn of Dun Eamrath & his peers refuse to renew their oaths of fealty to Caerthynas.
234: Haluin Faerald dies of the plague. Shortly after, the plague takes her youngest son Artur Faerald
235: The plague sweeps through the Caelish Isles. Her husband leads a campaign against the princes of Cemria, but despite their loss and renewed oaths Prince Owyn of Dun Eamrath and his allies continue to raid Weallan.
240: The plague ends.
241: Present year - Owyn of Dun Eamrath breaks his oath to Tysilio and captures Melari Forthwind, forcing Tysilio and the banner lords back to war. Weallan is besieged, but broken when the Caelish armies arrive to fortify the city. Melari is rescued and returned. Owyn is captured and tried, then executed as a traitor. Prince Merthen is appointed Regent over the Cemrics. Harptide passes peaceably, but after, the city of Demere is attacked and several Forthwinds are killed. Tysilio calls for a Great Council meeting. Elwen begins to grow more involved in Caelish politics


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