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Old 03-31-2014, 03:52 PM
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Arianell Merrick



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[OOC Information]

Your Name: Rae
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[Basic Information]

Character Name: Arianell Merrick
Character Age: 19
Gender: Female
Birthday (including year): May 2nd, 222
Home Castle/City: Dyos
House [Birth and Marriage if applicable]: Merrick



[Personality]

Arianell grew up as the heir to Dyos and works hard to follow in her father's footsteps. As a child she was very free and quite the dreamer, but since has grown to be a mature and responsible young lady. She still finds time for her pleasures, but duty does come first. Her natural optimism and warm demeanor makes her a generally well liked person.
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Aria loves to be around people, but she’s not always the most skilled at these interactions. She’s not used to having every word scrutinized, to have people willing to use stuff against her, or even to being disliked. So, she tends to be over enthusiastic, and wears her emotions on her sleeve, even in casual social interactions. Because of this, she makes friends easily, but if things go wrong, she could make enemies just as easily.
Her main worry is that she might not be everything that is expected of her, her fear being that she might somehow let down her family. While her heart may be of a gentle soul, she's much stronger of a woman than she seems. Even with her sweet smiles, she is determined to not be walked over, but only uses her assertion when the situation calls for it.

Arianell's kind heart makes her popular with the people as she is an avid supporter of local business and trade. She can often enough be found wandering around the city looking for whatever hidden gems may be in Dyos be it a new favorite bakery or local jewelry maker.

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She’s very devoted to her family and her city, and is willing to do anything to protect them. She knows that as a future ruler, there are personal sacrifices she will have to make for the sake of them, but she’s willing to make those because she knows it’s the right thing to do. Arianell has a very rigid sense of right and wrong, and a keen and absolute sense of justice. She believes people are generally good, but also believes in punishing bad actions severely. She makes her opinions known, especially on matters of ethics, and knows that she’ll be listened to because of her position. Even so, she’s a good mediator, unless she feels that someone wronged another person, she tries to look at both sides of an issue.

She’s creative, she loves art, mostly visual but also music. Drawing and sculpture are her preferred forms, and she plays a few instruments, but doesn’t practice as diligently as she should to be truly gifted at music. Her creativity also lends itself to problem solving in matters of state and finance, which should be good skills to hone when it comes to being a ruler. She is desperate to have everyone happy around her, and if she finds that someone’s upset, she won’t hesitate to try to find a solution that leaves the most people happy.
Other hobbies include her enjoyment of horseback riding, a preferred pasttime, but only for leisure as she finds travel in general tedious. Aria knows that she'll have to travel a good bit in her lifetime, but doesn't quite enjoy it.



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[History]

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Arianell was born to Alastair and Abigail Merrick, in a time of great things for House Merrick. They had recently married her uncle Balthasar to the future Ruler of the Province, Rhiannon, and Lady Rhiannon was pregnant with her first child. Alastair was happy to have his heir in place, a healthy, happy baby girl.

She had a happy childhood, with her younger siblings and her loving parents. Merrick has a reputation for being a harmonious yet eccentric House, and that reputation lives on in the current generation. Artistic pursuit, especially the visual arts, is highly encouraged, and while Aria takes the business of running the House seriously, she also always had time for art and music lessons, and strolls on the beaches of Dyos.

When she was a young girl, the reports of the plague trickled down from the other Provinces. Aria never thought such a thing would come to Lacharn, but in 233, when she was eleven, it did. Soon after the plague arrived, her grandfather died of the plague, leaving her father the new Lord of Dyos.

More tragedy struck the family when Aria’s youngest brother, Benedict, took ill with the plague. Aria didn’t leave his side during the whole ordeal, despite her parents trying to make her stay away, and he died weeks later. Arianell was upset, and locked herself in her room, seeing only her parents for a good time afterwards.

When she emerged, she pursued her studies with a new seriousness, seeming to grasp the concept that her parents would eventually pass, leaving her the Ruler of Dyos. While the plague still gripped most of the country, House Merrick had gone through the brunt of it early, and things seemed to calm down.

In 235, her uncle Nathaniel was appointed as the Authority of Diplomacy, another fine moment for the House of Merrick. Since that point, Arianell had been anxious to visit the capital, or even go travelling as much as her uncle had before he came back to Dyos for a time. However, until the plague fully passed, she hadn’t had the chance. That was, of course, before House Merrick received word that the King was having a grand event in celebration of the end of the plague in the capital.
Arianell attends the failed wedding of her distant cousin and friend Cordelia Morgandy as a representative of Dyos while her father investigates Rhiannon Prothero's murder. She plans to stay Llywatch while her father is away since the Cat's Cradle looks quite lonely.

Meanwhile, her dear brother Nye gets publicly disowned by her father. Aria has mixed feelings about this. She loves her brother more than anything and considers him to be the closest person to her. On the other hand, he has disgraced the Merrick name and the seat that would eventually be hers. Aria wants to play the role of the dutiful daughter that does what's expected, but she can't bring herself to disowning her brother. She has chosen to say nothing of the matter in public, but in her heart she knows he's still family. She only prays that her brother is found safe, sound, and very quickly. Maybe then their father will welcome him back to the family.


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[Writing Sample]

Arianell was dressed in a simply designed dress of light pink as she strolled through the streets of Dyos. The young heiress always made it a point to be seen with regal humility as to better connect with her, so she spent her Sunday afternoons in the street markets, buying from locals, smiling at children, and often buying a meal for a beggar.

Today she had bought a very large basket of sweets from a local stand, and was handing them out children on the street, munching on a sizable amount herself of course. One of the children, a boy in his young teens had a wiggling sack in his arms and a frown.
"What's in the sack?" Arianell asked, her natural curiosity making her need to know.
"Kittens Milady, our barn's overrun. My papa says to drown them, but I can't do it, so I'm taking them to the woods far away," the boy said. Drowning kittens, a sad but common practice of pest control to keep the cat populations low lest the city be overrun with them, Arianell never let that happen if she were around. Her sweet heart broke at the thought of kittens lost in the woods away from their mother.
"Can I have one?" she asked suddenly, the Cat's Cradle had plenty of cats as it was, but maybe another one would be nice gift for her brother.
"Of course Milady," the boy said, a smile coming to his face. He reached in and pulled out a fluffy calico kitten, which Arianell took in her arms. "Thank you, I'll take care of her, promise," she said with a sweet smile. At least one kitten would be fat and happy.


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[Timeline of Events]


Dyos

222: Arianell Merrick born
224: Nye Merrick born
225: Kylie Merrick born
227: Benedict Merrick born
229: Mali Merrick born
233: Chadwick Merrick dies of the plague, Alastair Merrick becomes ruler of House Merrick
234: Benedict Merrick dies of the plague
235: Nathaniel Merrick appointed Authority of Diplomacy
241: Plague declared over, King Adrien Fontenot holds an event in the capital. Arianell attends the failed Morgandy-Prothero wedding.






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Old 04-04-2014, 09:24 AM
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@Rae just want a small update as to what (if anything) Arianell has been up to lately (how she feels about the commotion in Lacharn, her fathering disinheriting Nye, etc.) and just delete the appearance section if you don't have anything to fill it out with
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@Rae I am going to move this back to WIP since there is a delay <3
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Old 04-06-2014, 06:54 PM
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Thanks @Jenn, I'm swamped with work and stuff these couple days so I'll be editing soon
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Old 04-08-2014, 02:14 AM
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Fixed it @Jenn @Friday
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