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Svana Grayhope

Trade isn't about goods, trade is about information. Goods sit in a warehouse until information moves them.

Social Rank: 8
Concept: Northlands Merchant
Fealty: Redrain
Family: Kolur
Gender: female
Marital Status: married
Age: 22
Birthday: 05/21
Religion: Shamanism
Vocation: Merchant
Height: average height
Hair Color: dark chestnut
Eye Color: earthy brown
Skintone: lightly tanned

Description: Not everyone gets to be the prettiest princess in Arx. Svana's looks are classic, but there's nothing terribly special about long, mousy brown hair or the lightly-tanned smoothness of her skin. She has the build of someone used to a life of travelling, of hard work and the occasional skipped meals. She's of average height, and not particularly curvy, and all of that suits her just fine.

Svana's beauty is in her finely arched eyebrows and thickly-lashed eyes. It's in her full mouth, the faint heart-shape of her lips. Her high cheekbones and delicate jaw draw the eye, while her wit and personality charms. Some might not look twice at Svana Kolur, but they simply don't look close enough to see how exceptional she really is.

Personality: Fortune favours the bold, they say, and Svana has certainly proven that. She's a risk-taker with a strong personality, able to stand up to even the most brash of sellswords and merchants trying to get one up on her. She can be stubborn as a winter wind when she feels the need, and has little patience for failed attempts to fleece her!

She's not always the firm merchant, however, and her quick wit translates into a wicked sense of humour and love of small pranks-- harmless jokes that make the road seem less long, and end up as fond memories.

Background: Life in the far north might be harsh, but there's still time for children to be children. There's toys, there's storytimes, snowmen.. And then there's the odd child like Svana, who doesn't like just -any- toy. She'll collect all the toys she can to trade for that one she really wants, and then never let it go. That's Svana.

From a young age she hung around the caravans and scouts, always clamoring for tales of distant locales, always enamoured with the exotic goods that came to the Bonespire. Her parents liked to say that her head was in the clouds, but even they knew that wasn't quite right. Her feet have always been planted firmly on the ground, but rooted on the roads instead of in the mountains.

As soon as she was even remotely old enough, she started accompanying caravans headed to Arx. Quickly, the young woman fell in love with the city, with the opportunity and diversity found there. For a few years, the Bonespire was still her home-- but now her tribe is a part of the Compact, with a little estate in Arx, and she's finally ready to shift her base of operations to the City itself.

Relationship Summary

  • Apollo - My former patron who taught me what I know about leatherworking and running a shop. Big love.

  • Friend:
  • Rowenova - Long talks, cold tea, and good boys. A confidante who I trust with my life.
  • Kieran - Prince Dangerpants - he probably owes me a drink.
  • Leola - Dame Leola has one of the most kind hearts in the Compact - and one of the biggest closets. I do so enjoy her.
  • Cocine - A fine jeweler - an even better friend who knows how to have a good time and get up to no good.
  • Anisha - Heart and soul, forever.
  • Nijah - My little dove. Thank you for coming into my life.

  • Northlands:
  • Clara - Lady of House Crovane, dear friend, and much more.
  • Mikani - Thank you, Mikani - for everything.
  • Rysen - All that a knight and Lord should be.

  • Spouse:
  • Asher - My Raven, the best husband and father in the Compact.

  • Deceased:
  • Jules - Goodbye.

  • Ally:
  • Felix - Tutor of sorts, willing to provide guidance and breakfast pastries.

  • Family:
  • Tanith - Cousin by marriage, best baker, favorite author of 'specialized works', and a gal with a good head on her shoulders.
  • Raymesin - Tall, intimidating cousin-in-law who is just a peach and I love to go sit with him for tea.
  • Mayir - Always very generous and welcoming whenever I see him.
  • Elanne - Twin #1 - You are an absolute terror and I love you.
  • Rowan - Twin #2=Quiet and thoughtful. He must get that from Asher.
  • Eydis - Twin #3 - A pretty princess with looks alien to mine. She's a little pearl.
  • Ashani - Twin #4 - Fierce, small, hidden. Fuzzy. I love you so.
  • Name Summary
    Abby A mother with more on the way. Seeing mothers to be is always a blessing in my line of work, as seeing the birth of new life is one of my favorite aspects of our turn on the wheel. I hope she finds comfort in the Queen's teachings.
    Adalyn Apollo's protege, and pleasant company. She's warm and inviting, like a bright light in the darkness.
    Alexis I met Svana Grayhope with a blush in her cheeks from speaking of her beloved husband, and with a belly swollen with child. She has a - an aura, of sorts. Of good cheer and... Maybe I imagined it, but it just felt like tomorrow would be better around her. All that from a few minutes of conversation... But there you have it.
    Andromeda Northlander. Commoner. Seamstress. Intriguing possibilities in her homeland environments. We must talk more of war and wonder.
    Anisha Mistress Svana Fabron. She seems, on first glances, at least slightly more grounded than dear Jules - but I see the same enthusiasm and joy within her as I do in him, so I am not surprised the two found each other. May her time with child be easy and the future she is building be prosperous. Maybe I'll even see if I can't nudge things in that direction...
    Apollo If all the merchants in the north are as enthusiastic and quick to help as she is, I've got nothing to worry about.
    Arcadia It is always a pleasure to have Svana join us in the city. Her wit, brightness and smile is a fresh breath of air through the house.
    Arcelia I've never met the woman but tears were drawn and emotional dragons slain together.
    Asher She seems to have a good head on her shoulders. Clever, but perhaps without knowledge of the workings of Arx? She certainly understands how to work with people to her advantage though, and that's impressive.
    Auda A gifted merchant, tailor, and always eager to help. I like having her around!
    Caprice A singing seamstress, Apollo's apprentice, and a joy to chat with. A potential partner in crafty shenanigans! I look forward to seeing her about the shrine more often.
    Catalana Seems an irritable wailing sickly northerner. Hopefully it is just the circumstances and not her personality entirely.
    Clara A very nice woman who is loyal to the house she serves. I can appreciate that. I look forward ta seein' her again.
    Corrigan Quite the temper on her. Must've been something I said.
    Damiana Great things often start out small and not attention grabbing, like an acorn. Svana though has a great future I think should she find the right place to dig deep her roots.
    Donella There are in the world, beautiful and delicate creatures. They are things that dance on the edge of what could be and what should be. A playful reminder of things that need protection in a world that has become jaded by the reality. Svana may be one of these very creatures. I am curious though if she is truly fragile as it could appear, or if steel runs through the cords of her back; just waiting for the right moment to show the truth of character.
    Drake A merchant from the north who accompanied us on a tough journey. Not a fighter I'd say, but she held her own well enough in the cold.
    Esme Interesting. The first meet she all but hid behind her husband. This time, she showed a little teeth. Needs to work on the company she keeps, but I'm sure we'll be fast friends.
    Evaristo A happy newly-wed who invites me to a party to celebrate? I do love a good wedding, long as it's not MINE.
    Evelynn She's as vibrant as Jules. I can see how they're so suited.
    Ezekiel Rather lovely and those blushing smiles do entice. Moth. Flame. Well, who can say?
    Ezra She may have been indicating she was pregnant but you never assume on certain things. She's perhaps a trader, or a tailor, or a leatherworker, use to be a farmer's daughter. She might have difficulty knowing what she wants to do in life or she's accustom to needing to be a jack of all trades, which is more likely.
    Gerrick The Northerners do make for good companions. Always interested to talk about how others fare in the white fluff. Svana loves their tea, and has helpful insights.
    Gunnar Bright, energetic. Enthusastic about her work for Apollo and leatherworking in general. I look forward to doing business with her and her Master in the future.
    Haakon Odd sort. Herds children, which is normal enough. Very familiar for a commoner. Turns out I dashed her hopes.
    Ian I know way more about the spirits than I want to.
    Ilira Warm and watchful as the sun above us. Hers is a presence to bask in.
    Ilmia Tailor Svana is a master of her craft, if for no other reason than to be able to draw out of her customers what they are truly after. She is incredibly easy to talk to and I do not think this will be our only conversation.
    Ilsa A kind and companionable woman, with a distinct appreciation for wry humour. And mud pies.
    Iseulet I can't believe she made the trek all over town to come visit my tea party as pregnant as she is. (With twins, even!) She's going to be a lovely mother. She has that glow about her where you just know it. Maybe she should stay away from frogs though for a while.
    Ivy A wonderfully kind woman whose enthusiasm for her trade is clear to see. Her gown are utterly lovely and I hope she enjoys the challenge I've placed in front of her.
    Jaenelle A tailor from the North. She is much stronger than I think she has been led to believe, and her work is beautiful.
    Jan One of those pretty girls with pretty words, Catalana would love her. Still, I won't ever turn away someone that appreciates good Cartugan.
    Jules You stumbled across her in the market and had a pleasant conversation with her which lead to dinner. Hopefully you'll see a bit more of her around.
    Jyri She handled tragic news well, and has an inner strength that shines through. I take no enjoyment in giving these sort of news to people, but everyone losing someone deserves closure. I am glad to have met Svana, and hope to do so again under more happy circumstances.
    Kaldur Newly sworn to Crovane. She has the ready mix of bluster and bark and care as many in the North seem to have. The Marketeer Jules captured her interest, and swiftly. An unexpected development.
    Kasa Fun and lively, with a sharp wit. I am determined that we shall be friends!
    Kastelon A crafter with a diverse range, protege of Apollo. Both fierce and sophisticated. I can sense a strong will in this common woman.
    Kritr I heard Apollo ran this shop, but the goodwoman Svana of Stahlben served very well. Good. I'd hate to have to do all that tiny stitching myself.
    Leola Sweet. I find it hard not to like her, very much. She clearly cares for those around her, and she's quick to speak her mind. All traits I value so
    Mabelle The beauitful wife of Jules, a delicate and pleasant woman.
    Macario A tailor by trade, she has children. Two? Four? Unsure! Regardless she seems to be very much "in the know" about crafters in the city.
    Maharet A dear woman who has caught the eye of the Holder of the Honor of my House. Her skill is great, and I can see the attention she places in the smallest details; a fine talent for a seamstress
    Mahir I found my discussion with Svana Grayhope not only pleasant, but also interesting. She understand many things innately, and not solely as a creator herself. I look forward to the next meeting.
    Margerie I am impressed by the efforts she makes in mixed company and wish to find a chance to know her better.
    Medeia So kind and friendly and has the cutest babies.
    Mikani A woman who seems to know how to have a good time. A way to do her job and keep a smile on her face. I like.
    Mirk Very young, very bold, but effective for it: She knows how to change the situation to an arena more in her favor.
    Moros She came recommended and I'm glad I followed up. I have a feeling I will be very pleased I chose her services.
    Nina She did a remarkably nice thing for a friend! What a generous person!
    Nurie Apollo Oakheart's apprentice, and I can certainly see why. She's obviously a hard worker, as well as a bright spirit, and I've no doubt that she'll make her very own mark upon the city before too much time lapses!
    Olivia Mistress Svana is a woman of many talents, and one I think I would like to get to know.
    Olivian A woman of many talents who hails from the north who is eager to learn about the Lycene way of being. Lovely to talk to and I suspect the bearer of a very wise mind. Proof that there are beautiful things to find in the north.
    Orland A decent sort, one that didn't mind the heckling of pant snakes around the table. A good gambling sport as well. Not bad, for a Grayhope!
    Pepper For a mother to be there is a lot of weight on her shoulders. Both at the tavern and here. I want to remind her that everything will be alright. She has the unique ability to turn negative things into laughter.
    Piccola She sounds like a practical merchant with knowledge of what's going on in the world; however, one is not enough.
    Poppy We use to spend all our time making dolls and mud pies. Now she's married and with child. So much has changed!
    Porter She's got more patience than most people would for her husband acting the way he did the other night. Hopefully he comes to his senses and doesn't actually die of hypothermia, he seems nice when he's not in a panic over babies. Seems like a good woman.
    Quenia A haggler of some skill, and has an interest in unusual things and events. She might be new to things, but could be a good ally in the future, possibly.
    Raja She is bold. She is a merchant. She always seems hungry! Somebody feed her! Yeesh!
    Rane Lovely, talented and eager to learn. Though...I wonder what percentage of profits the owner of the Espressions gives her? Whatever it is, it's not enough.
    Ras Works for Apollo, and seems like she's got a head for business, friendly and acts happy - probably be more'n an apprentice before long. Likes candy and coffee.
    Raymesin New sort-of sister-in-law. I think we're going to get along. If nothing else, we agree on several different but very important topics.
    Rebecca What serendipity that I should meet such a splendid seamstress my first week in Arx, I can't wait to see what wonderful things she comes up with for me in her shop... Oh! And have you seen her tots? The most adorable little babies!
    Reese Charming, talented, a creator in more ways than one. Great company and well I am very glad to have ran into her.
    Revell A woman of many talents, and a mother-to-be when I met her. I barely remember my own mother, and I was raised by two men, so I never quite know what to do with someone who oozes so much.. motherhood. It's weird, but that says more about me than it does about her.
    Riagnon It's SO important to wrestle someone to the ground on their birthday. Keeps them humble! A true friend.
    Rodica I didn't know Rosalind had another sister.
    Romulius A jack of all trades, as she calls it, and pleasant company. The sort of mother children implicitly deserve to have.
    Rook Pleasant company and charming of conversation. Tailor by trade and one who seems to do rather amazing work. Perhaps one day I'll have the pleasure of wearing something that she has created.
    Rowenova A returning merchant to the Stahblen marche. She gave good pets to Sir Flop, so we both like her!
    Rukhnis She has many perhaps well-informed opinions on bear wrestling, arm wrestling, and naked bonfire dancing.
    Rysen A childhood friend of Marquis Magnus and Lady Volcica who has proven to be fine company to drink with on a moonlit autumn night.
    Samira We seem to run in similar circles as our paths keep crossing. She strikes me as someone filled with both confidence and warmth, a woman who knows what she wants but seeks to assist others as well.
    Savio Fearless, formidable, and funny! She's great company.
    Sebastian A talented perfumist, all of my encounters with her have left a pleasant impression that encourages me to want to get to know her better.
    Seren She may think we took off on the wrong foot, but I never read it that way. Mistress Svana is an absolute delight and I'd share time with her anytime. Except during animal feeding. That's all her time.
    Sigismund Good company, that one! I met her at the Murder and while she had to leave to take care of her little ones, she left the impression of a good and smart woman well aware of current issues and determined to do her part!
    Skaldia Apparently a big fan of my sister's, she is witty and lively and appears to be the life of the party!
    Sloane The light that shines through a snowflake.
    Sophie She's charming, and a good friend to Nova. I find her presence quite soothing. She would have made a good Mercy, I think.
    Sudara A charming young woman who happens to have as many children as myself... and to furthermore be an intelligent and insightful prodigal. I very much hope to meet her again.
    Sunaia New shopkeeper; Apollo Oakwood's protege. She seems to have a head on her shoulders, though I'm sincerely questioning her sense considering her husband's lack of it. Of course, such as he was doing take such effect; let's just hope it doesn't hurt the child.
    Sydney Would that there were world enough and time. She's been so deeply wronged that I'm grateful that she's found her way to those who would treat her with gratitude and respect. I confess, I'I don't know how to act around mothers - never had one worth mentioning, after all.
    Sylvi A very sweet mother of two that Anisha introduced me to, I should like to get to know her children as they get older, maybe give them the education they deserve. Seems a bright and vivacious sort, hope to see her around more.
    Talwyn Mistress Svana is quite the enjoyable bit of company. I find her nature refreshing and I'm pleased to count her as one of my newest friends. Hopefully one day we will be able to learn more of each other.
    Tanith A woman in tender condition, who ate all my pie and drank coffee and bore witness to some personal drama. She's welcome if she can handle that and not burst into flames.
    Tatienne An apprentice of Master Apollo, must be someone worth knowing. Seemed a little scatterbrained, but that might just be due to her obvious pregnancy.
    Thea I may have insulted her..accidentally. Her store will thank me.
    Vayne Anyone so interested in learning more about the Pantheon will find a friend in me. I am glad to have met her, and I look forward to teaching her about the gods.
    Viviana She honestly does not give herself enough credit for all the things she knows - and all the things she does. Also, very striking - in a way that defies description.
    Volcica She was always adventurous, but I think she finally found herself when she came down to Arx.
    Zakhar An amazing gambler
    Zoey A sense of humor and a strong mind. She'll make a good match for Jules.