Princess Celeste Pravus
The blood of Pravus, like the seas of Setarco, is meant to be free. Fight against that truth all you want, but in the end you will drown.
Description: Steel blue is not just a poetic color for the eyes of this woman, but an accurate descriptor of the force of personality that they give insight into. Those eyes are the eyes of someone who spoils for a fight, an argument, a chance to test herself against something and betraying the confidence that she'll walk out on the other side stronger for the trial. The harder side of her found in those eyes is softened by the rest of her, blunting the impact with the waves of golden hair that fall to mid-back, the stubborn beauty of her jaw, or the rosy glow in cheeks. When Celeste smiles, the curve of her dusky pink lips can be truly infections and uninhibited, but it never quite lightens that appearance of steel.
Personality: Most of the time, Celeste is perfectly kind and reasonable, acting as a proper Lady (for Lyceum definitions of such). It's not until she's TOLD what to do that any of this changes. And then? If one is being kind, then "willful" is the best way to describe Celeste. If one is being honest, contrary and rebellious can also have their place. Celeste has an urge to fight back against the status quo when it's pointed out to her, and chafes against restrictions when they're spoken aloud. If it were left up to her, Celeste would tell everyone else what to do and never told what to do herself. Yet for all of that, she's surprisingly... unambitious.
Background: Piero Pravus was entirely too gentle on his baby girl, and many over the years have said that this is exactly the reason that Celeste is the way she is. She had the run of Setarco as a girl, a constantly changing array of tutors (changing because she changed her mind on what she wanted to do with her life, or threw a fit and got rid of them), and a number of failed courtships where the betrothal period ended with the other side walking away from the "impossible" Pravus.
Which is not to say that there are no redeemable qualities about the younger sister to the Duchess. She is a devout follower of the Pantheon, and took especially to the practices of the Mirrormasks. It's no wonder, really, with her contrary nature, that she should devote much of her time to the practices of the Thirteenth. Her enjoyment in this form of worship has had her as an active member of the Thirteenth's discipleship from an early age. This would prove to be key to understanding the young Celeste, and something her sister would take advantage of later in life. Beyond that, Celeste proved to be /really/ good at strategy. Chess and checkers gave way to military games, and Celeste consistently found herself capable of winning them. Some encouraged her to become a soldier, to join the military, to get disciplined... but that didn't happen. She has no desire to fight personally. None.
When Belladonna began to make her moves and consolidate power in Setarco, Celeste was one of her first attempts. She reigned her free-spirited little sister in and began to use that mind to help maneuver enemies. Celeste may not be ambitious, but she's become devoted to her family and steps up to the plate whenever they have need of her, and it all started with Belladonna.
With Setarco taking heavy losses in the battle against the Gyre, Celeste no longer has the option of staying quiet in the sidelines. She's been called to Arx to advice the duchy and take her place among the court.
|Agostino||My first conversation with this lovely new arrival was short, but quite pleasant. Enough that I definitely hope to get a chance to speak with her at length in the future.|
|Alessandro||Fellow Mirrormask and Lady of Pravus. Very pleasant company, and well-versed in the history of our discipleship. Someone well worth knowing better.|
|Alessia||Not only an accomplished commander, but an intelligent and interesting conversationalist.|
|Amerigo||How someone can make him feel all the welcome and all the on edge at the same time. It is good to see his cousin however and have more time with her here than when they were younger.|
|Amund||Knows about my quarry. Must continue to inquire.|
|Angelo||We Lycenes produce the most beautiful and interesting women, and Lady Celeste is a clear display of it. Enjoyed flirting with her, I will have to follow up.|
|Anisha||I knew -of- the Lady Celeste while I was training in Setarco, of course. But I never had occasion to meet her properly. She exudes an air that fits the titles she holds, I'll say. And of course, it makes one wonder about certain stories...|
|Arcadia||Beautiful, calm and kind. I wish i had an once of her composure.|
|Arianna||My cousin is a very wise and cunning tactician and General. She's got conquests under her belt and an aptitude for badassery. Hooot.|
|Arman||I first encountered Lady Celeste by way of letter and in that correspondence my opinion of her refined eloquence as well as straightforward manner quickly bloomed. Upon seeing the woman in action acting on behalf of her esteemed lineage, my opinion of her remains positive.|
|Bhandn||Lady Pravus gave some very useful advice, and I enjoyed our discussion very much, even if some of it did discomfort me. She said a few things that I also had thought myself, which was a comfort.|
|Bliss||Celeste Pravus is a woman who is searching for something solid to hold onto, and is trying to make sense of the world she is around. Keen, flirtatious, dangerous - all of these things are true, but beneath them there is something of a struggle visible to those who know how to look. She wants to know who she is. She wants to figure out how to be her. I see myself in that - and I think she will stumble on the answer sooner, rather than later, and truly test herself.|
|Cristoph||One of Nicia's surviving siblings. It never ceases to astound me, the differences between all of them. Still, it's good to meet another member of the Pravus family. These moments are few and far between.|
|Delilah||She is the sum of opposition's, where one is poised and graceful, the other a fierce and keen leader sharp as the blade she wields. An effortless hostess yet a fiend on the seas that buoy her up as a native daughter. Celeste treads the best of all that's bright and dark.|
|Duarte||Bella's baby sister. In a mask. She was still charming nonetheless and, if she's as good a Pravus as the rest of them, a force to be reckoned with.|
|Eliza||Everything one would expect in a Pravus Lady and more. Dangerous. But also irresistible.|
|Evaristo||There's nothing about this woman that suggests anything but trouble. How can I resist that?|
|Faye||A friend of Sister Sophie, which already gives her a degree of interest. We hardly had a chance to speak, but hopefully we'll have the chance to talk more another time.|
|Flora||Lady Celeste needs a lot more practice with her sword. But when it comes to command and leading, she has a lot to offer.|
|Galatea||I was never very closely acquainted with Celeste back home--she probably was spending plenty of time in Arx, even then--but she has been quite warm and accomodating and encouraging of my studies. While simultaneously (politely) telling me that I could get myself killed. Or worse. I should probably listen to her warnings.|
|Gaspar||An invitation from a Pravus general and I found her outliving the tales about her. More beautiful, more cunning and more dangerous.|
|Giuliano||One of my most dear cousins, I missed her dearly in Setarco - but now we're reunited. I am pleased to see that our repartee has not rusted in the time away from one another, and that our ambitions dovetail so perfectly when it comes to dedication to our family. We shall do great things together, Celeste and I.|
|Harlex||Steel eyes hued blue. She knows the meaning of the Mirror. We can learn from each other, I think.|
|Jeffeth||Wow! She is extremely lovely, extremely interesting, and extremely forthcoming. So many hide behind mystery in this city, seeking to build up her own legend. Lady Celeste has proven far more interesting and even, mysterious, for being forward with at least part of her own mystery. It is a dazzling combination, and I have no idea how I made it through a conversation with her without stammering or mumbling. Why haven't I met this lady before?!|
|Juniper||I met her in ink first, and only then in person, but no matter the medium, she is an impressive woman. Someone to admire, someone to emulate, someone to look up to.|
|Leola||The Lady Pravus is as iron as her sobriquet, as difficult to pin down. Never dull, that is certain. I am sure they would be as confusing on the battlefield as the ballroom|
|Lianne||Intelligent and direct. As well-informed as a Pravus ought to be. I appreciate her concision.|
|Mailys||The Iron Kraken certainly knows how to craft a dramatic, suspenseful scene.|
|Miella||I've always prided myself on my stoicism but Princess Celeste looks like a very good guage of why I kept my fealty with the Pravus. Feel like a duck swimming on a pond full of swans.|
|Mirella||Incisive steel beneath silk. Possesses a questioning mind, as a mirrormask ought to have. Very Pravus.|
|Monique||To whiskey and new friendships. She's got an intellect that is astounding, and her grasp of languages is enviable.|
|Nina||Very friendly and well-mannered! I'm happy that she encouraged me to play.|
|Ras||Grand and fancy, generous, typical sort of silk stuff. She's fine by me. The Pravus Honor Guard is a jerk though.|
|Raven||A decisive and intelligent woman with a mind for battle and a voice for command. She has my respect.|
|Sophie||Strong, beautiful, tortured - all the hallmarks of a great story. I can't wait to find out where it goes.|
|Sudara||A war-leader who's not a muscle-headed warrior, and who favours diplomacy before moving to conflict? Even were she not my cousin, I would warmly approve and wish to see more of her.|
|Tenebrae||Proof that weapons are beautiful. A devious mind, in a good way, and with the military skill to match, she would make a fine Truesworn. And she lets me play with her boats.|
|Tyrus||Many things are said of Pravus. Scandalous truths and lies, yet this reputation for intrigue often covers up the fact that its people, by necessity, are sailors akin to the Islanders of my home. She proved direct and sharp of mind, essential qualities.|
|Valdemar||A cousin by marriage who is a competent commander. I am not entirely sure what else to make of her yet, though my wife's estimation of her is certainly a credit.|
|Valentina||Sister of Belladonna, carrying all of her grace and beauty, and adding in an equal, yet different, ferocity, there is my darling Celeste. I have considered her family even before I married her father, and she is among those I would consider my closest and most treasured of relatives. She works so hard, so diligently, and I must do the same for her.|
|Vayne||Diligent and dutiful, the Lady will surely be an asset to the Shrine. I look forward to learning much from her in the coming days, and hope her zeal and fervour can inspire others to accomplish great things. I know I am motivated myself.|
|Viviana||With my cousin's arrival in the capital I find myself missing Setarco much less. The Duchess's little sister is a star, her brightness impossible to ignore. And I am the moth, drawn towards her celestial flame.|