Alright, so here we are... and yes, I 'borrowed' that title from a James Bond movie.
Weight: 130 lbs.
Appearance: Queen Vanidehl has wavy bright red hair, which sets her apart from all of her Bryneson forbears-- it is the mark of her mother, the Phoenix. Vani's eyes are a very light brown like her late father's, and in the right light they seem yellow or gold. She has strong shoulders from carrying her mother's sword that most people think are too broad, but she is nonetheless an attractive young woman. She has a purple brand on her forehead that identifies her as an illegitimate child.
Occupation: Queen of the country of Ilvan
Personality: Fierce, fair, and down-to-earth, Vanidehl learns the names of all of her bodyguards and staff as a matter of principal. She is friendly and likes to joke around with her men; her relationship with them is relaxed and jovial. She has a habit of 'borrowing' sweets from the kitchens and sneaking off to eat them by herself. She believes in true love, but is saddened that she will probably never find it and will be forced to make a marriage for political reasons. She is honest about her feelings. She will occasionally shirk responsibility to spite the Elder Council, and, when upset, will purposefully disappear for hours at a time to frighten them. She is far too brash and easily angered by the Council and sometimes opposes them just because she hates them.
History: The illegitimate daughter of King Rengeir Bryneson and the Phoenix, Vanidehl has struggled with her identity as an outsider for her whole life. Stubborn, fiery, and unwilling to let others fight her battles, Vani is a great leader despite her problems suppressing her emotions. The populace connect easily with her and like her, but the Elder Council is much less enamored with her and are constantly on her case about her behavior. While Vani is unmarried, she wants to eventually take a husband-- the Council, however, continues to push her, and even suggests potential mates. Vani deliberately ignores this.
Vanidehl's mother, the Phoenix, was a brilliant soldier and tactician who left the Ilvish army when they destroyed a Olmek village. Olmekians, a disenfranchised religious and cultural group, were originally from the land of Olmeka, which was annexed and then taken over by Ilvan. The Olmekians are often treated as second-class citizens, and many businesses will not hire them, so they live in ghettos of their own construction on the outskirts of larger settlements. The Olmek village destroyed by the army had been discovered to be 'spreading anti-Ilvan propoganda' by trying to tell other countries and the Ilvan government of their ill treatment. The king who ordered the attack, Rengeir's father, was furious when his greatest general disappeared and began forming a rebellion.
Known as the Phoenix, Vahniri Djinn gathered support, waging a guerrilla war against Ilvan, until she reached the capitol-- at which point she forced Rengeir's father to abdicate in favor of his son. Rengeir met and fell in love with Vahniri long before this, while she was still a general in the army. Rengeir was unable to marry Vahniri, as she was a renegade, and they were often unable to be together for months at a time. At some point during this period, Vahniri became pregnant with Rengeir's child, and carried her to term, giving birth only weeks after the final leg of her campaign against Ilvan. Sadly, she died shortly thereafter, the stress of the battle and the birth proving too much. However, she influenced many of Rengeir's later policies, even years after her death, and when he died Rengeir requested to be buried with her.
Because of her status, Vanidehl was branded on the day of her birth with the mark of illegitimacy: a purple emblem blazoned on the forehead of a child born out of wedlock. While her father took her to the Ilvan royal palace and installed her as princess, Vani was always aware she didn't belong as was wanted by no one but her father. When he died, she had just turned nineteen, and she took the throne, much to the Elder Council's chagrin. Her father had never married or had any other children, so Vani was the only choice; while the Council had made a halfhearted attempt to place a cousin on the throne, Vani's direct bloodline prevented any real resistance from forming.
She has changed little in the eight years since her father's death; she looks very much like the girl who placed the crown on her own head, and, hours into her reign, defied the Council by allowing her father to be interred in her mother's pauper grave, as was his wish.
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