Fayette Lauréntine

Player: Mindy G

Character Name: Fayette Lauréntine

Alias/Nickname: ‘Fay’

Race: Enlightened

Age/Date of Birth: 18, 3101 ADW

Apparent Age: 16-19

Sex: Female

Height: 5’6ft

Weight: 123lbs

Hair Color/Style: Her hair is a soft and pale shade of blue which seems to shift in the light from hues of aquamarine and cerulean to almost pearl. Long and fine, the fall of its length reaches to her hips and seems to flutter in wake of her movement like a silk veil. Long bangs frame her features, draping across the front of her shoulders to the bust and are parted over the right eye.

Eyes: Fayette’s eyes are a myriad, most noticeably a vibrant summer blue in colour, however fine flecks of mauve speckle the iris, which is ringed with deep cobalt at its edge. They always seem to be bright and shine with a mysterious inner light all of their own.

Marks/Scars/Tattoos: N/A

Physical Appearance: Fayette is neither tall nor particularly muscular. Possessing a petite frame she can appear frail as porcelain at times, however a gentle definition in her upper arms betrays the wiry strength of an archer in her body. Her narrow hips and small bust emphasise her slenderness.

With delicate features set into a long face, alabaster skin and striking eyes she seems to give off an air of tranquillity and ethereal grace.

Her voice is soft and a gentle mezzo-soprano in tone, poised and quiet.

Occupation/Class: Paladin/Noble

Magic/Magite: Holy and Spirit

Carried Possessions: Fayette wears a silver ring on the index finger of her right hand: crafted with a thin band and displaying a knot design holding the chip of a sapphire gem in its weave. The ring belonged to her mother. It is often covered by her gloves.

When travelling she will wear a satchel of white silk carried on a long shoulder strap, large enough to carry essentials such as a folded cloak, money purse and other small items.

Clothing and Armor:  Fayette wears a long dress of white satin on the left side of her body, the fall of the gown consisting of three layers of fabric which are intricately frilled with a flower relief along the hems, falling inches from the ground when wearing her heels. A large section of similar white satin is gathered at the top of the dress on her hip, accented with baby blue ribbon. The upper portion of her clothing consists of an embroidered bodice of the same material which hugs her waist and torso neatly. She wears a pair of light mauve, boy-leg pants trimmed with lace beneath her half-dress and pearly, thigh-high stockings embroidered at the hems. Matching gloves cover her arms to the bicep.

Over this costume Fayette uses only minor armour of an elegant, symmetrical design. Made up of curling lines and flower-like buds, the theme is carried throughout the panoply. A gorget covers her collarbone and shoulders. An arm-band covers the left bicep only, vambraces on both forearms and a half-breastplate ending beneath the bust. Ornamental pieces sit upon her hips and a silver chain connects these, hanging with a small, decorative fleur pendant to mid-thigh.

The lower portion of her legs– the knees and shins– are covered with fleur-esque guards and filigreed greaves cut-out at the sides of the calves, continuing down into decorative attachments on the top of the foot, fitting over her white leather ankle boots. These attachments also form the silver high-heels supporting the footwear. The entirety of the armour ensemble is made of silver-washed steel.

When travelling, Fayette will usually wear a long, cream cloak possessing a deep cowl, trimmed with white embroidery over her armour and clothing.

Weapons: Celestine Guardian: The weapon passed from her mother, also an archer, is a longbow crafted of the same silver-washed steel as her armour and fashioned of a highly ornamental theme to match its design. Measuring just over 43″ long from tip to tip of its winged design at the end of the limbs, it is made up of a scrolling, vine-like crafting. The bow features large Holy and Spirit magite stones set into curling tendrils either side of the grip.

Fayette uses no physical arrows, therefore requires no quiver and while the Guardian can launch conventional arrows in the same manner as a normal bow, she utilizes the magite set into the weapon to form arrows of Holy or Spiritual magic as required. These arrows pierce and impact as a physical projectile and are subject to the same deflection, appearing solid. They also carry the same properties as the magic which forms them, dealing particular damage to undead creatures in the case of Holy.

The Magite can still be accessed manually simply by holding the bow and occasionally Fayette will use the Guardian similar to a double-ended sceptre if necessary.

Likes: The season Lionsdawn, white roses, most, if not all, animals, polite people, good manners, using reason before violence and temple gardens.

Dislikes: Cold seasons, unnatural creatures, necromancy and undead, aggression or rudeness and alcohol.

Merits: Patient and forgiving, very accurate archer, competent in fencing, appears unthreatening, some knowledge of Holy healing and agile.

Flaws: A rather sheltered upbringing, too trusting, can be naïve, not physically strong, inexperienced, can be too passive.

Worst Fear: Losing her father- No one is closer to Fayette then her father and he is the only relative she has left. She sees him as her only link to knowing her mother and through him she feels connected to her still by his stories and memories. The death of Bishop Joachim Lauréntine would devastate Fayette.

Personality: Fayette is a pleasant, noble and kind hearted young woman who always strives to do her best for the sake of others.

She tries to remain calm and be wise, modelling her demeanour on that of the Bishop’s, but her inexperience can often betray her. She has great compassion and patience for others, often trying to understand negative reactions before condemning them. Her empathy is not boundless however and if she is pushed beyond her limit she will abandon her almost constant congenial politeness, capable of giving a mother-like scolding that would make most check their humility. She is a pacifist, trying to talk over problems before choosing to fight and will only take up her bow as an absolute last resort.

Affectionate and comforting to those she cares for she would do anything for them, even give up her own life. Often a shoulder to cry upon, she will listen to the problems of others without complaint and offer solace or advice if she is able. This can weigh heavily upon her, though she tries her hardest not to let it show and sometimes carrying the problems of others on her shoulders can be a dark burden for the girl. She will often adopt the voice of the optimist, even though she worries for her friends and family constantly.

Like all of her creed, she is dedicated to her own code of ethics and adheres to the virtuous principles of Evithanon, the Creator. She is not a Zealot however, for forcing her beliefs on others would go against her gentle nature and though it is clear upon first meeting she is Good her Code is not glaringly obvious.

History: The Temple of Sacred Heart, located within the heart of Ambrose, is one of the oldest and largest cloisters dedicated to the Creator, Evithanon, in western Lagunis. It holds strong sway over the political landscape within the city and its clergy seem to demand a level of respect beyond their holy stations from the citizens. The Sacred Heart’s local infamy comes from the legends of an angel who lived within its chambers, blessing its walls and departing her divine wisdom to the Bishops…

All rumours have some basis in truth; the ‘angel’ was in fact a young Celestial named Sephira. Born upon Calamia soil, her own mother fled the destruction of Moonspire and crossed through one of the portals from the Dark World. Finding herself at the foot of Unvanha Mountains, badly wounded and lost, she managed to reach the Elsyven settlement of Stoneveil in Glendorin. There the residents cared for her in secret until she gave birth to Sephira and perished soon after from her sickness. Sephira spent her childhood among the Elsyven of Stoneveil, until she grew old enough to travel out and see Calamia for herself.

Although the Elsyven could not explain her heritage to her, Sephira felt her strong connection to Evithanon none the less and wished to dedicate her life to helping others in His name. She soon learned that the world was harsh and that the best way for her to aide the helpless was to take up the mantle of a Paladin.

Many years later Sephira had been impaled upon a Cursed spear during a vicious battle defending one of the smaller outlying temples near the Silverwind Hills and when none of their healers could pull the shining being from her downward spiral towards death, they sent word to Sacred Heart who immediately brought Sephira back to their High Bishop in Ambrose.

The young acolyte, Joachim Lauréntine had never heard of Celestials, knew nothing of Moonspire or its destruction, having grown up with the church’s romanticised lore of ‘angels’ and ‘pure servants of Evithanon’. And like every other member of the Temple that day he crowded to watch the special arrival with a fascination that would soon become much deeper.

The High Bishop was able to save Sephira and as she recuperated, the young Joachim stole any chance he could to talk with her. It saddened him that her light remained flickering and wain, her weakness seeming to baffle the healers. They could only assume that whatever Curse had been placed upon the weapon which had almost split her beating heart was potent and long-lasting. Sephira soon left her bed, but was feeble and accepted the offer of the Temple to remain within its walls until she regained her strength. Joachim was only a teenager at the time, but soon enough he grew into a man and so too did his feelings for the glowing being change from the blind worship of his colleagues to a deep affection for the beautiful creature.

As he rose in rank and completed his long training to become a Bishop, Joachim was oblivious to the ulterior motivations of the Sacred Heart; he could not have known that the High Bishop Fontaine himself had implemented regular doses of a subtle poison to be administered to his beloved Sephira in order to keep her dependant upon the temple’s protection and prevent her from leaving, The High Clergy coveted a being such as Sephira, treating her as a living and breathing Holy artefact and Fontaine held no guilt over secretly holding the angel prisoner.

Despite becoming a Bishop himself, Joachim could no longer ignore his feelings for Sephira; he confessed and she reciprocated whole-heartedly. The two became lovers, hiding their relationship from everyone within the Temple. Although he did not suspect how far the Sacred Heart had gone to keep Sephira tied to them, Joachim understood that such a union would end his association with the church and earn Sephira scorn. They loved one another deeply, even discussing leaving Ambrose one day to be together in a small, quiet town somewhere. But neither Bishop nor Celestial could have foreseen the grief their love would bring…

Sephira began to deteriorate, her already pale glow dimming more and more every day. Those within the clergy who knew of the poisoning questioned Fontaine. But the High Bishop was driven by greed and would not risk ceasing the doses, even in the face of her ailment. Sephira soon learnt she was pregnant and hid the truth for as long as she was able for Joachim’s sake. Joachim wanted to confess to the High Clergy, worried for his lover as she grew weaker, but Sephira assured him and begged him to keep his silence for fear of his punishment. He was too talented to have his Magite taken from him, she said and Joachim obeyed reluctantly.

When Sephira went into labour, it came as a shock to the clergy. With no real knowledge on the Celestial race itself, the Sacred Heart finally determined that this was some kind of life cycle of the ‘angel’, a blessing passed on through Evithanon.

Sephira gave birth to a baby girl even as her light went dark and her life passed from her. Believing the babe to be a reincarnation of their angel, rising from the ashes, the Sacred Heart took the girl.

Joachim was heartbroken over the loss of Sephira and he questioned how the Temple could have been so blind to her sickness all this time. His search from answers eventually unearthed evidence of Fontaine’s plan to poison his beloved and he was furious. He confronted Fontaine, threatening to reveal to the Elsyven Regent that he was responsible for the death of Sephira unless the High Bishop stepped down and excommunicated himself from the Temple, naming Joachim his successor.

Fontaine succumbed, a coward in the end, leaving Sacred Heart and Ambrose. He abdicated his position to Lauréntine and Joachim took the High Seat, vowing to protect his daughter from the same fate as her mother.

He spared what time he could with his daughter, whom he cherished from afar. She was given the name ‘Fayette Inés Dione Hélene’, after each of patron female saints of the Temple and the High Bishop marvelled at how alike her mother she became. The girl’s resemblance to Sephira was uncanny, for she possessed the same pale blue hair and crystalline eyes, even her skin was a haunting echo of her parent’s glowing white pallor. Joachim tried to give her a normal life, mitigating those who wanted to put Fayette on a pedestal like her predecessor. He passed lore that Fayette would be treated as any other child until her eighteenth birthday and at that time she would be informed of her birthright, but not before. He suppressed the rumours and whispers, wanting to spare Fayette the pressure and expectations of the High Clergy and knowing she was the child of the revered ‘angel’.

Watching her grow up with a wall between them caused him great pain, for he could not openly be the father he wanted to be for Fayette, but he treated her as his Ward and gave her as much comfort as he could.

Fayette was restless within the walls of the Temple however, wanting to help the people she saw coming and going everyday with their faces etched by sadness and suffering. From an early age she spoke to Joachim about going out into the world and doing more to help the people, much to the High Bishop’s chagrin.

His heart sank when Fayette announced to him that she wanted to become a holy warrior, a Paladin, and travel into Calamia to help protect others from the darkness that was beginning resurface. Joachim knew the High Clergy would not let her leave; he could not suspend their grasp from her so completely and the thought of loosing their ‘angel’ from Ambrose may be enough for the seditionists within his ranks to put her life in danger as they had done Sephira.

He tried to quell Fayette, but her mind was made up and finally Joachim had no choice. At the age of thirteen, long before he had planned to burden her with the knowledge, Lauréntine sat his daughter down and told her the truth.

He was her father, he confessed and told her that the Angel of the Sacred Heart, the being the Clergy spoke of in hushed whispers and whose statue stood in the cathedral all her life, was Fayette’s mother…

He did not tell her of how her mother had died or the poisoning by Fontaine, of course wanting to save her that terrible truth, but he did explain to her the need for secrecy and swore her to keep their connection a secret. The otherworldly nature of her parent and the revelation that the High Bishop was in fact her father shocked Fayette, but it did not sway her.

Joachim had not expected it to.

Thus he entrusted her to one of his oldest friends, a Paladin of the Sacred Heart, Eduardus and instructed him to take Fayette to the Uvanha Mountains to train her as she wished. And to keep her from the Clergy.

Eduardus understood what the High Bishop was asking of him and promised he would protect her. Joachim could not tell Fayette of the danger though, did not wish to trouble her with the consequences of liberating her from Ambrose and only smiled as he kissed his daughter goodbye, promising to write to her often.

Eduardus sequestered Fayette at a chateau south of Stoneveil, where she showed immediate talent in archery. He shifted the focus to the bow as her predominant weapon but her mentor also schooled in other weapons. Her secondary art became the rapier, trained in Danse-Guerre fencing style, literally translating to ‘Dance of War’, which incorporates ballet-like, agile movements. Due to her slender frame her range of weaponry was limited by her lack of strength and such forms like shield and hammer were impractical for her. She was sore and she bruised, but she persevered.

She wrote to the High Bishop constantly, unaware of the political fall out he was enduring in Ambrose as word of the ‘angel’s’ disappearance soon spread like wildfire through the Temple of the Sacred Heart. She often spoke of coming home to see him, but the Bishop would make excuses to stay and continue her training, reminding her that this was what she had wanted for years, to have the power to help others…

After three years of isolation with her mentor, at the age of seventeen, Fayette undertook the last step of her training. Eduardus took her to a small chapel near the chateau where he explained he would seal her inside and she would pray to Evithanon for the patience, dedication and virtue to become one of his warriors. Leaving her with no food, no water and no source of light, Eduardus told her he would be back for her in three days and slid the stone closed behind him.

Fayette emerged more resolute than ever and wanted desperately to go back to Ambrose to see the Bishop and tell him of her success. Eduardus sent word to Joachim, explaining that his daughter would not be dissuaded any longer and the High Bishop came to the chateau instead.

He brought with him two very special gifts: Sephira’s silver armour and her bow, the Celestial Guardian, which still contained her Spirit and Holy magite stones. Fayette was humbled by the Gifts and delighted when Joachim attuned the stones to her personally. Joachim returned to Ambrose, Fayette promising she would come back within a year for his birthday and the High Bishop reluctantly agreed.

Unaware that Joachim was returning to the Sacred Heart amidst outrage and suspicion from the High Clergy, the young Paladin took Eduardus’ advice and headed south through the Sithon Pass to begin her campaign…

She wandered for several months, doing what she could for the people she came across: be it warding off an unnatural menace or simply listening to their problems and giving comfort or ryn where she could. She was still a vastly inexperienced Paladin however, having completed no notable feats other than driving back a small handful of undead from a hamlet near Tartak.

Ultimately her travels brought her to Ise, as her year apart from the Bishop was beginning to draw to a close. Fayette planned to return to Ambrose within the month, but ultimately she became caught up in events which would not only keep her from seeing the Bishop again but also put her in more danger than she had ever been…

Serendipity placed Fayette at the Kings Arms, the same inn where Tindle VanMora and her companions were passing through. Dominion soldiers searched the rooms while Fayette was shopping for a birthday gift for her father in the city and uncovered a letter which included the young Paladin in a conspiracy to murder the King. Upon returning to the inn, Fayette was caught up in the arrest with the others, wrongfully accused as a traitor. She fled from the Dominion with the help of her fellow fugitives even as Ise came under attack from orcs and the city was razed.

Escaping onto the river, she travelled north with them in their search for the missing Darva. Although Rhyn Kalenn tried to warn her from their mission, Fayette could not turn her back upon an innocent in danger and pledged to see the rescue through. She was secretly compelled to remain with the enigmatic Monk, something about him awakening the Bishop’s stories of Sephira and urging her to follow that connection…