Assassin For Hire
After an adventure in a foreign country goes dangerously awry, Prince Alessandro of Italy makes a deal with a Swedish Duchess, promising to marry her if she allows him and his men to go free. But when he returns to his country, he blows off his marriage promise, infuriating the Duchess. Never one to forgive and forget so easily, though, the Duchess sends an assassin after the Prince...
Name: Prince Alessandro De Rege of Cosenza, Italy (Long names ftw)
Aliases: The Prince, Massimo (when traveling)
Personality: Alessandro is not your typical, spoiled Renaissance prince. Life in the castle has always been a bore for him. He seeks adventure. He often goes out with his most trusted friends, using his father's riches, and travels to distant and even undiscovered lands in hopes of finding treasures or anything else worth telling a story about. He is brave and clever. He is a good problem solver. He is also impatient. He can have a short temper.
Brief History: The Prince has just returned from his voyage to Sweden, narrowly escaping the clutches of a the Swedish Duchess of Vasteras, Princess Erika.
Name: Esta Acerbi
Aliases: The Assassin, Bianca de Vecchio (as the maid)
Personality: Being an assassin, Esta can be cold and calculating, often killing without remorse. This often carries over to everyday life, where she may seem distant and generally bored. When insulted, though, she does have quite the temper, and she does tend to be fairly sarcastic in conversation. Nevertheless, it's not like Esta's a bad person. She's just doing her job.
Brief History: Born in poverty, Esta was first exposed to the life of an assassin when a wealthy man slipped her a few gold coins to "accidentally" bump into his wife and send her toppling down the stairs. Since then, she's grown into one of the best assassins in Italy and has just accepted her most challenging assignment yet... to kill the crown prince, Alessandro De Rege.
Name: Princess Erika Siegbahn of Vasteras, Sweden
Aliases: The Duchess
Personality: Princess Erika is very... assertive, to say it mildly. Not that being assertive is a bad thing, but when it comes to Princess Erika, it is. Long past the age of marriage in her country, Princess Erika is desperate to ensnare a husband, leading to countless increasingly terrifying plots. However, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and when Princess Erika is said woman scorned, she makes hell look like a pit of stuffed animals. She also tends to exaggerate things and is fond of doling out over the top punishments, such as sending an assassin after a suitor who broke his promise to her.
Brief History: After capturing Prince Alessandro and his men, Princess Erika contemplated selling them to the highest bidder in exchange for a husband... until Prince Alessandro himself volunteered to marry her. Once he was out of the country, though, he promptly annulled the engagement, leaving the Duchess spitting mad and angry enough to hire an assassin.
Name: Gino Valentino
Aliases: The Chef, Chef Valentino
Personality: A boisterous, eccentric man, Chef Valentino is one of the best cooks in Italy... once you get past the fact that he cooks while dancing around in his kitchen and singing opera. You can never trust a skinny chef, or so the saying goes, and Chef Valentino is certainly not skinny, so feel free to trust him. He is also very proud of his mustache.
Brief History: Chef Valentino currently works as the Head Chef for the De Rege family, Italy's royal family. He enjoys his job greatly.
Name: King Patrizio de Rege of Cosenza, Italy
Aliases: The King, King Patrizio, the Old King
Personality: Although he's old, he hates to act his age. He loves socializing with his subjects and begin a fair ruler. He is supportive of Alessandro's adventures because he, too, loved to go on adventures when he was the prince. He is overall a pretty nice guy.
Brief History: Like Alessandro, he was born into the royal de Rege bloodline and was a prince at some time. He went on a few adventures as a young prince, though not as many as Alessandro. He supports his sons journeys with his riches. Not much more to say here!
Name: Bianca De Vecchio
Personality: A sweet girl who happened to be very, very unlucky.
Brief History: Bianca de Vecchio was a normal Italian peasant girl... until the day she decided to apply for a job as a maid for King Patrizio. The night before the day she was meant to show up with all the other maids, she was killed in her sleep by Esta Acerbi, who then took her place in the castle.
Name: Carlotta Magnani
Personality: A kind hearted, if somewhat ditzy, girl who becomes a maid along with "Bianca" and Domenica. She is unfortunately very clumsy, but tries her best anyway.
Brief History: Carlotta's father was a drunkard (before he fell off a bridge in a drunken stupor) and her mother a tavern maid, so Carlotta grew up in an inn. Her family was reasonably well off, for peasants, mostly because her grandfather owned the tavern that her mother worked at. She decided to become a maid... well, just because, really.
Name: Domenica Argento
Personality: Very calm, all day, all the time. Nothing fazes Domenica, mostly because she's seen it all already.
Brief History: Domenica Argento used to work at a brothel. Not as a prostitute, though, as a cleaner, so she's had to clean up some pretty suspicious-looking things. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) the brothel she worked at fell on some hard times, so she decided to apply for a job as a maid instead.
Name: Reina Agostin
Personality: She's pretty old for her time period. She follows orders and is pretty strict, and can be a little cranky at times.
Brief History: She is the head maid of the castle and has been working there the longest. She became a maid when she was in her teens, a time when the King was also in his teens. She is one of the most trusted servants of the castle.
Name: Titus Acciai
Aliases: Tito when traveling.
Nationality: Technically Italian, but he actually has Roman in him too. Hence his name.
Personality: Cocky, ego-inflated, lady's man, funny
Brief History: He practically grew up with Alessandro (despite him being 2 years his major) and has joined him on nearly every adventure of his. His is one of the few people Alessandro knows he can trust.