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Character Name: Edme Montrose Fitzwulf
Character Age: 44
Gender: Female
Birthday (including year): November 14th, 197
Current Location: Westerland, Arbrecht
House: Birth: Montrose Marriage: Fitzwulf
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Montrose

The Montrose's are an old house, centuries older than the throne of Forsilvra. They rule as Earls of the Green over unruly clans that occupy a cold, rainy land of hills and rock. They are not overly rich, not exceedingly educated, nor well acquainted with the world. The biggest thing they have is their pride, and their swords. Their land boasts the best archers in the five kingdoms, good scouts and hunters, and lots of its men served as mercenaries, mostly in Arbrecht, but sometimes beyond. Montroses claim their descent from an ancient hero Monroe The Bold, a great scourge of Arbrecht, who was defeated by Jerrod himself, and from then on assisted the Great Warrior in his adventures.

Fitzwulf

The Fitzwulf Family came from The Vandermark and deposed the rulers of Westerland in a violent and savage coup, and immediately set about turning the region into a powerhouse. These days, the Fitzwulf Family are the most powerful in The League of Arbrecht. Their traits are golden hair, high degrees of military training, rash decisions and a subtle ruthlessness that rarely shines through, until the last moment.. The Patriarch, William Fitzwulf, died two years ago - having conquered Westerland's greatest rival and brought together Arbrecht into a semi-united League. The Family reputation is one of brutality and savagery, but upfront honesty. If a Fitzwulf has a bone to pick with you, you'll be the first to know. It's coffers are moderate; the war with Heldenbrecht cost them dearly, but the acquisition and sale of many fine treasures and artifacts from the conquered lands were well-placed to buoy this up, erasing the war debt. It's colours are black and gold, it's sigil is the golden wolf rampant, and it's motto is 'By Sword and Strife', but a more widely known saying is 'A Fitzwulf gives but one chance', referencing the House policy of offering a defeated foe peace before crushing them utterly. [Gent]

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Appearance: Standing at 5'7", Edme Fitzwulf is the epitome of a Montrose woman; tall, slender, with deep chestnut hair as thick and wild as the rolling crags of the Green itself, Edme may as well have been carved from their lore. She is an exceptionally beautiful woman, with bright green eyes and dimples whenever she smiles -- which is widely and often. There is a pervasive air of warmth around Edme that is easy for anyone in her presence to feel; she exudes a friendliness and personal strength that is comforting to those beside her. Edme tends to wear deep, rich colors and keeps her thick, long hair in a braid or twisted into a bun at the nape of her neck. She has certainly aged gracefully, whatever wrinkles that linger around the corners of her eyes and mouth signifying the kind spirit she possesses. She is not a woman to adorn herself with a myriad of jewels, but she consistently wears a simple silver band on her left hand with the dancing wolf and lion, her wedding ring from Thomas; and a garnet-encrusted bracelet, a gift from her father, on her right wrist. Edme has a small scar reaching from her clavicle to her left shoulder, but it is largely hidden by her clothes, and is the only real blemish to speak of on her otherwise pale and soft skin.

Personality:

"There have been many more beautiful women, and thousands who were better, but since the world was weaned I doubt there have been many more so unforgettable..."
-- quote taken from The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell

History:

[Some parts of the history are taken directly from Thomas Fitzwulf's application, and are unquoted. But I wrote that one in the first place, so I don't have to quote myself. <3]

Edme Montrose was born the third child and (eventually) the only daughter to Gregor and Juliette Colbert. Her birth was largely uneventful; the need for an heir, and a spare, was already fulfilled, so Edme's introduction into the family was a joyous addition. Every family wanted a beautiful little girl, and Edme filled just that role -- she was an easy child, although a bit headstrong in her own right. She toddled after her older brothers, emulating as any little girl might, and they in their own ways looked out for her. And after Craig was born, for a while, it was just the four of them -- fond memories for Edme, who at present day feels so estranged from her family. The quad of Montrose children grew up in the rolling hills of the Green and it was a joyous childhood, for all accounts. Still, there were considerable years between Edme and her two older brothers -- and their personal feud took up much of their time. Edme learned to get on well enough alone, and from a young age was absorbed by her education, excelling at the minimal lessons taut to her, as required of a daughter of the House -- and managed to pursue her own scholarly interests as well. Edme had a sharp fascination for different languages and the histories of the League, and for a while, entertained herself with such endeavors. While Gregor and Juliette were respectable parents and nobles, they were far more absorbed in the rearing of Malcolm and Duncan; and Juliette only took more notice of her only daughter when Edme was a young woman.

Luckily for Juliette, Edme was as easy a young lady to raise as she had been as a child; and although it largely bored her, she was an attentive pupil when it came to learning how to properly hold tea and embroider. She much preferred to be on her own, riding horses from the fine livery in Maldenham, and exploring the shadowy countryside of the Green -- but Edme was a good daughter and did what was bid of her, regardless. Edme was thirteen when Duncan left Maldenham for the Capital to be the royal Seneschal, and although he was initially the brother she most understood -- possessing the same firey, tempestuous spirit that Duncan contained -- this absence severely stunted their relationship. All in all, Edme was a happy and exemplary Montrose child -- she was a joy to her family and a source of pride for them all.

But everyone makes one great mistake in their life; and Edme's would cost her just about everything.

Edme met Thomas Fitzwulf when she was seventeen, at her betrothal dinner to a promising knight of the Montrose family; a large, handsome man by the name of Dornan Phillipe. Edme had known the man for quite some time, having grown up as a lady of the house Dornan's family served. Of course, knowing of a man and actually knowing him for himself were two entirely different matters -- but Edme had been promised to Dornan when she was sixteen, the culmination of her father owing a great deal to the young landed knight who was rising in popularity for his feats of bravado and chivalry for the Montrose family -- and he would get his due in his remarkably high-reaching engagement to Edme Montrose. The young woman in question was neither entirely pleased nor completely devastated over the matter; Edme had always been a pratcial woman, and knew she had to get married eventually -- and although she had hoped to feel some sort of affection for the man for whom she was intended, Edme Montrose suffered her fate like the lady she was.

That was, of course, until she met Thomas.

The story remains hazy; Edme has never told the same version twice. Thomas rarely comments on the matter. But what is known is this; Thomas Fitzwulf was present at Edme's betrothal dinner as a sign of good-will among the Montrose clan and the Fitzwulf family, as William was early on preparing for his eventual overtake of Arbrecht. It cannot be said accurately which of them spoke to one another first; who exchanged a glance or a word or a fleeting touch that would herald the drama of their unexpected and certainly forbidden courtship over the next year. But for three days and nights after the grand feast, Thomas Fitzwulf could not be found far from the bride-to-be; trailing her steps through the courtyard, standing beneath her window at night reciting sonnets and singing love songs, much to the chagrin of her brothers and her father -- and certainly Dornan Phillipe. Edme, a true lady in her own right, never said a word to the man; only the faint coloring in her face and the slip of her presence beneath the long curtains of her bedroom window any signal she heard him at all.

No one can rightly say what happened -- but Edme has always kept her secrets close to her heart.

For the next two years, Edme's marriage to Dornan Phillipe kept was continuously and mysteriously put-off -- a bout of illness delaying the nuptials, a bad season of crops way-laying their plans further. Meanwhile, it was no secret that correspondence continued to pass between the only Montrose daughter and her Fitzwulf admirer. At first, she ignored the tumult of letters, day after day, pouring in from carrier birds by the set. Edme Montrose was a woman of morals. Regardless of how she might have felt, she was promised to another. Still, she could not rightly ignore Thomas' affections, and as such began to return his letters, fondly expressing appreciation for his words but politely admonishing him for pursuing a spoken-for woman. These cordial letters continued to pass between the two, the conversation blossoming from mere apologies to greater confessions of hopes and dreams. Within weeks, Edme found that she was waiting impatiently in the rookery for word from a man who wasn't her betrothed.

Still, in the spring of 216, with Edme's hands stained black from writing Thomas letters and Dornan Phillipe biting at the bit to marry his betrothed before it was too late, the Montrose family could put off the inevitable no longer. On a warm day in May, Dornan and Edme were officially joined together as man and wife, and those present could not state whether it was tears of joy or anguish that slipped down Edme's face under her veil as she said her vows. Thomas Fitzwulf was not invited.

But it only took three days as newlyweds for Dornan's jealousy to get the best of him. He was enduring what he had tried to avoid by marrying Edme; whispers that he was a cuck-hold, that any child born from his new wife would bear surprisingly bright blue eyes. The last straw finally broke when Dornan came in a rampage to Edme's father, Lord Montrose, with a fistful of letters, all signed "Forever yours, Thomas." Consumed with a rage the likes his family had never seen, Dornan publicly challenged Thomas to a duel for "the honor of his young bride," or so the proclamation stated. Thomas was back in Westerland at the time when he received this summons, word of Dornan's outrage reaching his ears through whispers on the road even before the parchment reached his hands. With William's leave, as in all things, Thomas returned once more to the Montrose manor, to settle the matter once and for all. Edme had begged Dornan not to go through with it -- but he ignored her pleas, adamant at reclaiming his good name.

The duel itself was quick, but far from painless. There are several who remember it, but few would decline to re-tell the tale. Edme herself never speaks of the matter; a deeply settled feeling of shame preventing her from doing so. Dornan was an impressive specimen of a man; stout, with thick black hair and a chest like a barrel. He was once a contender for the Horn of Arbrecht, but had to decline to take over his father's position as retainer for the Montrose family. Needless to say, Dornan was a force to be reckoned with. But he was facing Thomas Fitzwulf, the Iron Wolf -- a man in love. He never stood a chance. Should anyone ever ask Edme her thoughts on the matter, she would never impart them. Some secrets, some feelings, must be kept, even to the grave.

Dornan's body still warm in the ground, Thomas and Edme were wed in a private ceremony within a fortnight. Edme had always said she had no choice in the matter -- it was marry Thomas Fitzwulf and accept the banishment from her family, or cease to breathe. There was no other way of life, for her. Their nuptials were private, without even as much as her brothers present, in one of the land's remaining vestige holds of the Old Ways. To say that it was haunting and lovely would be an understatement; for truly, never were there two people whose hearts were so tightly wrapped together. Thomas returned to the Wolf Keep on his steed, his bride beside him with nothing but the dress she wore to their wedding. The Montrose family remained silent on the matter, the actions of their daughter a sore subject, even to this day -- and although Edme would continue to try to rectify her relationship with them, they that had loved her so dearly, the chill remains. In 222, after five years of marriage, Edme gave birth to their only son, Ryan -- a joyous occasion for both parents, the fruit of their deep and complicated love. The pride and joy of both parents, Ryan has grown to be the shadow image of his father; quiet, introspective, inquisitive. Like Thomas, Ryan is an observer, but his strength is never doubted. He was raised alongside his cousins Henry and Jon, and has been an exemplary Fitzwulf child. Still, his headstrong nature speaks to a side of both Thomas and Edme that is rarely shown.

Edme's life in Westerland was not what she had expected -- but then again, had she ever really thought she'd be there, in the first place? The Fitzwulf's seemed to accept her presence right away, with proper cordiality, which Edme returned in kind; but she never moved to them as warmly as she had to her own family. They were a different breed, in many ways -- distant, controlled. Edme herself was a creature of light, and of comfort; something not familiarly found within the stone walls of the Wolf Keep. Still, although at times her heart aches for the Green and it's familiar pastures, Edme knows she could not imagine a life without her husband and son. They are the earthly ties that keep her alive.

Writing Sample:

She felt his presence in the room before she heard his foot-steps; as was his way. Thomas had always been more an entity than a man, a being larger than life -- and although this certain quality had often brought scorn and contempt down upon him, Edme had always seen past it. She felt lucky, in that way -- to know the man behind the myth.

From where she sat in her chair, the embroidery laying dormant on her lap, Edme sensed his eyes on her -- those bright blue eyes, as unpredictable as the sea. Watching her. Wordlessly, Edme raised her hand, and then her gaze, her lips curved into a warm smile; beckoning him.

And from across the room, he laughed -- the most beautiful sound in all the world.

[Time Line Events]
Year 186: Malcolm Montrose is born.
Year 197: Edme Montrose is born.
Year 202: Malcolm Montrose marries Eilidh Tavish.
Year 203: Iona Montrose is born to Malcolm and Eilidh.
Year 205: Eilidh Montrose, Malcolm's wife, dies.
Year 206: Gregor Montrose becomes Earl of Green. Duncan defeats the Bodie Clan.
Year 210: Duncan leaves Maldenham over a conflict about the succession laws; Duncan becomes Seneschal.
Year 211: Duncan marries Giverny Fleurant; Cameron Montrose is born.
Year 214: Thomas Fitzwulf meets Edme Montrose.
Year 215: Malcolm Montrose marries Arianne Fontenot.
Year 216: Edme Montrose marries Dornan Phillipe. Dornan Phillipe challenges Thomas Fitzwulf to a duel, and is killed. Thomas Fitzwulf marries Edme Montrose within a fortnight.
Year 217: Jon Fitzwulf is born.
Year 218: Elisabeth Fitzwulf marries Abelard Blanchard. He is poisoned their wedding night. She flees to Caelain, marrying Lydon Alysworth, and shunned by her family.
Year 220: Isabella Fitzwulf is engaged to Julius DeLauncey. Within the year, it is broken off.
Year 221: Isabella Fitzwulf is married to Stephane Fontenot.
Year 222: Ryan Fitzwulf is born.
Year 225: Lorelei Fitzwulf is married to Ashiq Linnet. Malcolm Montrose becomes the Earl of Green.
Year 228: Jon Fitzwulf is sent to ward in The Vandermark
Year 231: Jon Fitzwulf is returned to Westerland after his brother's death.
Year 234-238: The War of Heldenbrecht.
Year 240: Death of King William.
Year 240: Coronation of King Jon.
Year 241: Game start - Death of Jon Fitzwulf.
Year 241: Game begins.

Family Genealogy:

Montrose

Craig's bastard children:
  • Blair Montrose
  • Keith Montrose

Fitzwulf
  • Robert Fitzwulf -- Augustine DeLauncey
  • Edward Fitzwulf -- Lenore Fleurant
    • Jean Fitzwulf -- Whitney Brentwood
      • Leofric Fitzwulf
      • Elizabeth Fitzwulf
    • Robert Fitzwulf -- Wife Fitzwulf
      • Edward Fitzwulf
      • Robert Fitzwulf The Younger
      • Harold Fitzwulf
    • Alice Fitzwulf Prothero
  • Eleanore Fitzwulf Hallvador

William Fitzwulf -/- Susanne Belberry

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Old 03-30-2013, 06:27 PM
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Okay, this profile is very much still WIP. But I wanted to ping people as I work on it to get some input as well. I am continuously updating/writing things but I think you can get the basic jist of Edme from what I've written so far/portions of Thomas Fitzwulf's profile. As such:

-- @Malcolm Montrose and @Duncan Montrose: what kind of relationship do you think they had their with only younger sister/currently have, given everything that has happened to their family/her marriage to Thomas almost two decades ago?
-- @Iona Harcourt Edme is technically your aunt but you were both young together. Any relationship/general feelings towards Edme whatsoever?
-- @Cameron Montrose @Bruce Montrose Edme is also your aunt, but married to the enemy technically, any particular interactions?

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Iona's biggest gripe is against her father and his offspring. The rest of the Montrose family she's grown to have a general indifference towards. I think the only way, if you're aiming for Iona to have an extreme dislike of Edme, would be that as they were growing up Edme would take Malcolm's side when talking to Iona about it. Otherwise it was pretty much her and her sister against the world until Aelish died. Soon after she was married off to Ian and from that point onward she stopped all (willing) communications with the Montrose family from that point onward.

However, the fact that Edme is married to a Fitzwulf is like a double black mark to Iona. Chances are any 'relationship' these two would have together is completely stamped out after the War of Heldenbrecht.
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