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Princess Keely Grayson

You could give me the whole world to hold in my hand but honestly I'd probably just drop it?

Social Rank: 3
Concept: Innocuous Ingenue
Fealty: Grayson
Family: Grayson
Gender: female
Marital Status: single
Age: 20
Birthday: 09/30
Religion: Faith of the Pantheon
Vocation: Courtier
Height: average height
Hair Color: chestnut
Eye Color: dark
Skintone: fair

Description: Soft chestnut hair frames a heart-shaped face, dominated by large, dark eyes and fair, clear skin. The height of Keely's brow and the high sweep of her eyebrows suggest almost an attitude of permanent surprise. The overall impression favors youth over any dramatic beauty, though she tries with a careful hand at tasteful makeup. Her best features are those eyes, framed by a sooty thickness of dark eyelashes. Her second best feature is her mouth, dynamic, mobile and expressive, with lips neither too full nor too thin. As for the rest of her, she can take or leave it.

Personality: Keely wants to think the best of everyone. Her gentle heart is sometimes undercut by awkward privilege - have you tried just not being poor? What if we just let the shav'arvani alone and asked them nicely to stop killing our trade caravans? - and a well-intentioned awkwardness that leads some of her tries at social excellence to be more dithery than not. She has high hopes and a tendency to expect a lot from herself, to which she often applies Capital Letters of Real Importance. Her worst enemy is her own embarrassment, over which she is determined to reign supreme ... somehow. Kind, hopeful, and full of fond wishes, she is excellent at finding way to like people, and it is this type of charisma that makes it easy to like her. Naturally inclined to introverted pursuits, she finds herself wishfully lurking at the corners of the ballroom, dreaming of being a woman for whom the splendor she loves comes easier.

Background:
A young princess flowering in a well-tended garden, Keely is cursed by little more dire than a preponderance of sisters. Well-educated in the palatial family estate at Bastion, Keely grew up a wistful child, dreaming of a different kind of _more_ than the kind that might populate the dreams of those without her advantages. A quiet life is not a Grayson direction, and Keely always found some of her more adventuresome siblings honestly more worrying than not.

When her older sisters removed to Arx to make their way in a world that embraced their heritage, Keely stayed home, studying with the seraph of Bastion and learning about different dances and the history of her House, all the while her elder sister, Liara, rose to the challenge that House Grayson had to offer her and accepted the mantle of High Lady from His Majesty.

When Keely set forth for Arx, it was as a sheltered, privileged girl, hoping to reach for womanhood in a capital city full of the shades of reality that she never really saw before beyond her garden walls. She wishes to grow into the kind of powerful woman who dominates a dance floor, a courtier of Renown and Poise. Up until now, she has not been great at Poise. A young girl with powerful and diverse sisters, she has always been shadowed by their accomplishments, but one day, perhaps she shall grow into something fantastic in her own right.

Relationship Summary


Friend:
  • Denica - Keely met Denica playing (and winning!) a getting-to-know-you game, and the rest was history. Denica's passion and confidence inspire Keely endlessly, and her warmth has led to an unexpected, sudden bond that has Keely looking forward to every letter and visit. She knows Who She Is and What She's About, and someday Keely strives to carry herself with such confidence.
  • Baldessare - Baldessare was Kind and Inspirational in a time that Keely needed it most, and she took it to heart. She may not know him well, but looks forward to fostering what she already considers a budding friendship.
  • Mabelle - Another protege of Liara's, Lady Mabelle Laurent has never failed to dazzle Keely with her creativity and industry. Keely looks up to her in many capacities, and finds her presence steadying when social situations become Too Much.
  • Artorius - A chaotic introduction that swiftly became a connection. Keely and Artorius are opposites in many ways, but alike where it counts. She admires what she views as his Free Spirit, and gladly whiles away the hours in his company whenever the opportunity arises.
  • Mattheu - A fast friend, and now a protege. Keely has a deep fondness for Mattheu that verges on protectiveness against those who view him as merely a source of entertainment.
  • Cristoph - Cristoph and Keely are essentially (fairly consistent) pen pals that sometimes run into one another at social events and occasionally arrange their busy schedules to meet for tea.
  • Corban - While Keely initially considered Corban to be Quite Bold upon first meeting, subsequent visits swiftly saw him land firmly in the category of friend.
  • Cesare - Keely watched Cesare's effortless command of the social scene from afar for some time, but over the course of several events both hosted and attended as teammates, she looks to him as a friend. His outgoing personality is a stark contrast to the often self-conscious princess, making for hilarious antics and misadventures.

  • Frenemy:
  • Signe - The thing about coming from Bastion to Arx and never having met a shamanist worshipper before in your life is that you might accidentally say something, on meeting a shaman, like: "What is it like to worship rocks?" Despite this (hah) rocky beginning, I like Signe and admire her free spirit.

  • Sibling:
  • Liara - High Lady, Older Sister. Keely is intimidated by the breadth and scope of Liara's success and looks up to her, while wishing very much to make her Proud.
  • Macda - Protector, High-Strung Mess Maker. Keely both admires and dreads the way Macda charges headfirst into danger.

  • Family:
  • Lou - Lou's adventuresome fierceness is the antithesis of Keely's wistful edges-of-the-party femininity. She's just Something Else, around which Keely finds herself somewhat tongue-tied.
  • Reese - Reese is somehow both frilly and pink -and- a Renowned Warrior. Keely is mystified and envious, and would like to know her secret to Having it All.
  • Sabella - Keely finds Sabella extremely Glamorous and would like to be her when she grows up. But perhaps a version of Sabella that is slightly... less.
  • Noah - Noah is secretly Keely's favorite cousin. Despite how abrasive he is to most of the population, Keely sees the best in him and holds him in high regard.

  • Acquaintance:
  • Calandra - Keely is fascinated by how thoroughly Calandra has surpassed her common roots to become a Famed and Glamorous Whisper, and she follows her social career with some interest.
  • Videl - Liara introduced Keely to her protege, Lady Videl Igniseri, shortly after Keely arrived in the city, and she both admires her particular willful verve and feels a little protective of her.
  • Gianna - Keely holds Gianna high in her mind's eye as a Role Model of what kind of Cool and Glamorous Courtier to be.
  • Theo - A little known fact about foxes and badgers is that they often find themselves in convivial relations in the wild. Keely is intrigued by Theo's Calm and Charm. Perhaps in learning more about him, she will unlock the secrets to adopting those traits herself.
  • Aconite - Anyone who can remain Graceful and Poised in the presence of free-roaming jumping spiders is sure to catch Keely's attention.
  • Name Summary
    Aella She reminds me of my sister, rambunctious and full of spunk! Also 2 cats named Piscetta and Twiddlywinks... *Squee*
    Artorius She must have many admirers, though wears the Grayson modesty in a Lycene bar quite well. Red looks good on her.
    Audgrim You don't expect princesses to give you a bear plushie and almost make you cry, but there she is. Keely Grayson. Gods bless her.
    Cesare A princess who holds a core of sweetness and mischievous delight beneath her shy exterior. A quiet delight.
    Denica Keely is that lovely kind of woman that is full of warmth and has a gentle nature to her. I wish her well in her endeavours in the city.
    Desma Blushes way too easily but she does have an eye for good clothing designs.
    Elora She's a warm and sensitive woman.
    Fairen Like all Grayson princesses, her manners and politeness are unfailing. A most charming conversationalist with a personality that helps put one at ease quickly, which is a rare quality in a person. She seems to find some topics unnerving - whether due to overfamiliarity or wish to not become so I cannot tell, although since she claims to be an adventurer, likely the former. In any case, I'm delighted to have met her.
    Grady Princess Liara's sister is a wonderful light, come in a time when House Grayson is in dire need of the warmth that she keeps with her. I know we shall get along fabulously.
    Ilira I sincerely enjoy making her blush. She's all sweet innocence and genteel manners, but I sense a little something wild just beneath. I'd love to scrape the surface.
    Jaenelle Gentle, soft, yet more than strong enough to face social warefare head on. A beautiful soul, and someone who I enjoy the company of.
    Liara Would that we could all retain my little sister's attitude to and outlook on all things, unencumbered by darker thoughts. It is certainly always refreshing.
    Mabelle Such a graceful woman, her movement as delicate as a wisp of air. She is excitable and charming, I look forward to help her break out as a social butterfly.
    Macario For a Grayson, she's quite nice and approachable. Friendly, sure, but there's a wit to her that's lovely.
    Mattheu Straightforward and knows what she desires to find within others. A delight to speak with, even if discussion finds its way drifting. A smile that will light the way to any shoreside with ease.
    Noah She's nice. I'm not sure if that is a good change from Grayson stoic or not. It will win her friends, I just hope it doesn't win her heart ache.
    Orchid She is a Grayson princess. Orchid not certain she understands that not everyone seeks glory or to wear something new all the time. However, she seems like a kind princess who was, just that, raised a princess. Orchid would not mind speaking with her more, in a setting that doesn't involve Orchid finding a patron.
    Pasquale She seemed enchanted by the Magpie. A pleasant young Princess.
    Sira The princess seems kind, if a bit shy. Though, I can't complain about her pleasantries!
    Sofia How sweetly innocent and charming!
    Veronica A very sweet and welcoming Grayson Princess. She also has a secret... I wonder what kind.
    Yael I'll get her to play with my hair yet, but only some place I can fall asleep. The Princess is remarkable. Kind, open, yet with the bearing one expects of a princess. It was a pleasure to meet her at the Badger.