I'm almost afraid to post here due to my newness (ignore the date, I'm a chronic lurker on many forums
), but here goes:
Name: Viola [no last name known] ("Hey, that's me!")
Race: Moonshadow Elf
Starsign: The Thief ("You'd think I'd have been born under the Shadow considering what I am, but oh well, it's nice to have stars that look after you.")
Class: Nightblade (technically, it's a custom class but has the same name)
Homes: The Waterfront ("There's no place like it - that's not entirely a positive description, by the way.")
Favourite Land: Cyrodiil (she doesn't do much traveling) ("I wish I could see Akavir...")
Best Friend: [Formerly] Lucien Lechance, Ocheeva, and Vincente Valtieri; [Currently] Baurus and an undisclosed "friend"
Worst Enemy: Daedra of pretty much any type; [Formerly] Adamus Phillidus (not Hieronymus Lex though - she always felt pity for him)
Combat Preference: Using a single one-handed shortsword (preferably enchanted and poisoned for maximum bite)
Combat Style: Lightning fast, dazzling, whittling down the enemy into nothingness via attrition; honed from both training and arena fights; uses poisons if she can
Greatest Fear: Becoming trapped within Oblivion is her second worst fear; her worst fear is personal. ("An assassin would never give away her worst fear. I mean, come on.")
Greatest Want: She doesn't really have one - she lives by the moment - but if she had to pick, she would say money to do whatever she wants.
Physique: Skinny and toned; agile ("Some would perhaps even say too small, but they've never seen a real woman - these Imperial girls are too bulky.")
Joined Guilds/Factions: Dark Brotherhood, Thieves' Guild, Mages' Guild (she feels incredibly out of place there despite her skills in several magic schools), the Arena (grand champion, in fact) ("I find it amazing how I managed to get to the top in the arena
of all things. Those other fighters were total pushovers, except for the former Grand Champion, but that wasn't even a fair fight for him. It feels like I cheated or something. I also find it strange how no one else seems to notice just who I am at this point...On a side note, I like my fans who do
know me, except for that one annoying kid. He's just a creep. A backrub? Seriously?") Also rumored to be a member of the Blades.
Enemy Guilds/Factions: The Imperial Legion/Guard, Necromancers, Daedra ("I hate those creepy demons, especially the big scary ones, and especially
those nasty spider women, with their hybrid-ness and their webs and their spider babies and their implied...wait, let me stop there.")
Childhood: She was raised in a secluded village in Cyrodiil near the border of Skyrim, separated from general society. Her mother was a Moonshadow Elf who'd run to escape the life of the thief and assassin, and her father was a noble Dark Elf from Cheydinhal who'd left his money to (ironically) evade the Dark Brotherhood.
Teenage: At age 22 (13 in human years), as is custom for the females in the society her mother came from (the males rarely do this), Viola was sent to a remote island (whose real location is unknown even to her) to receive training in the arts of the assassin. This did not happen at the behest of her parents - they took her in exchange for their lives. She was expected to outperform the other initiates present at the island or die trying, as there was severe competition. As it was, she was the highest-performing initiate among twenty-nine others (her biggest rival was the one male initiate there, incidentally), and so she was offered as an assassin for the Dark Brotherhood, similar to the Shadowscale practice of the Argonians.
Prefered Food: She has acquired a taste for many unusual ingredients in the name of wortcraft, but her favorite food is still cooked venison with some Tamika wine. ("Surille tastes like rotten cherries.")
Disliked Food: Tree bark (no, seriously - she tried once on a dare while in training) ("Hey, that's not funny! How do I change these records, again?"); most varieties of alcohol besides wine
Favourite Arrow Type: She mostly uses standard Imperial arrows (of the iron, steel, and silver varieties) due to their plentiful supply, but she is a fan of ancient Ayleid arrows to the point where she refuses to fire them due to their rarity [breaking the fourth wall a bit here eh].
Favourite Blade Type: Her family heirloom blade, simply called the Elven Firebrand, is an elven shortsword with [wordy] engraved markings in Ayleid that apparently loosely translates as "To the one whom will strike fear into the hearts of men, mer, and daedra and save them from their own failings [can be interpreted as 'fate' or 'destiny']" - her mother claims it was given to Viola's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother many years ago by the Grandmaster of the assassins-in-training on the remote island as a reward for exceeding him in skill. However, she has recently sold it. Greed knows no bounds.
Spells: She knows many spells [most of them useless] due to spending much time pouring over texts, practicing, and receiving training from the Mages' Guild, but she is the most well-versed in Alchemy, Illusion, Restoration, and Alteration [the latter of which is not even a major skill, but it's somehow at Journeyman] - which, interestingly, encompasses the whole "changing reality" scope.
Friendly Races: Most non-beast Imperial races seeing as Viola is a charismatic, charming person despite her faults, except Orcs (who think elves, especially a small, cute one like Viola, are pansies) ("Orcs are just jerks. Plain and simple.") and High Elves (who are generally disliked and dislike everyone else due to being stuck-up)
Neutral Races: Argonians and Khajiits - although they tend to respect her due to Argonians' Shadowscale heritage and Khajiits' tendency to be thieves
Hostile Races: Daedra, Orcs, High Elves
Favourite City/Town: She lives in the Imperial City and spends a lot of time there, but she is still often overwhelmed at the sheer number of people there, seeing as she's only been in "civilized" society for a year now. She mostly prefers Bravil due to its inhabitants being friendly towards thieves and because she's used to the poor and downtrodden, but she also likes Skingrad.
Least Favourite City/Town: Bruma ("I may have grown up in the mountains, but that doesn't mean I like to freeze my eyelashes off when I step outside."), Leyawiin ("That orc bookseller needs to shut up and let me browse already.")
Favourite Daedra: Clanfear ("They're like adorable little lizards...adorable little lizards that like to eat your face off, but still!")
Least Favourite Daedra: Spider Daedra, Daedroth
Favourite Divine: None
Least Favourite Divine: None (She doesn't worship the Nine - indeed, she's either atheist or agnostic due to her upbringing.)
She is quick and agile, but she lacks in strength. Also, despite her magical skill and knowledge, she has little innate talent and struggles to draw magicka into herself for spellcasting. Mostly, however
[the rest is completely scribbled out and covered in splotch marks] ("An assassin would never
give this away.")
Main Strength: She has incredible speed and dexterity to the point where she can dance around her foes and wear them down without skipping a beat. She seems to have incredible stamina despite her small size.
Goal in Life: By her own words, "To become to greatest of something." ("In hindsight, maybe I should have just left this blank...")
Why she was sent to jail: She was caught stealing an apple from a farm. The farmer who owned said farm called for the guards, and, conveniently, a patrol was nearby. The resulting chase went across Cyrodiil from Cheydinhal to Anvil, and, in desperation, Viola tried to smuggle herself onto a ship to Valenwood, but the captain refused and gave her to the guards for her bounty [which was five gold, incidentally - she would've been willing to pay up to a thousand, but never got to mention such]. Normally, she would've just been locked up for a day in the local Anvil jail, but while being escorted she managed to pick the lock on her manacles and kill two of the three guards. The third managed to knock her out after a struggle and decided that the security of the Imperial Prison would probably be a better choice. Look where that got her... [Alternatively, we could go with Yahtzee's reason - sleeping with the Emperor's wife while playing an awesome guitar solo after killing one of the Nine. Take your pick.] ("I would've gotten away if that last guard hadn't been staring at me the whole time. I swear he was oogling me.") [Of note is the fact that she's been caught doing much more severe crimes before but always got away due to the help of the Thieves' Guild. Seriously, she probably owes about thirty years in jail.]
And here's a few not on the list:
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral (This is despite the fact that the Dark Brotherhood runs on strict tenets.)
Favorite Race: Moonshadow Elves ("What did you expect? Nords?")
Favorite Outfit: When not wearing armor or combat gear [which is most of the time] she prefers to wear unusual clothing, as she finds the standard Imperial outfits to be too stiff and formal. Often, she can be found wearing lacy and frilly [but comfortable] dresses that emphasize her physique, much to the posh embarrassment of nobles, and much to the delight of poorer men. Her favorite armor would be her prized arena raiment, but she usually doesn't wear it unless she's actually at the arena, so most of the time she wears the armor given to her by her Grandmaster when she passed her training.
Private Life: [This entry is completely crossed out and splotched with what looks like blood, but the words 'lover' and 'unusual' are slightly visible in the passage.] ("It's called private
for a reason.")
Current Criminal Status: "By order of the captain of the guard, WANTED, with a bounty of 35,000 gold for manslaughter, assault [involving a bar incident in Bruma], outlawed rituals, burglary, robbery, fraud, smuggling, bribery, blackmail, conspiracy to commit theft, conspiracy against the public, public indecency, illegal residence, tax evasion, resisting arrest, escaping custody, and impertinence ("How is that
a crime?"). Subject is of the rare Moonshadow Elf race and is known for unusual dress style and tattoos, which makes her easy to find in a crowd. Subject is approximately 5' 1" and of a very slender build with light blue hair, stone-blue skin, and purple eyes. Known to be a prominent member of both the Thieves' Guild and the Dark Brotherhood - rumored, in fact, to be the Listener (in layman's terms, the leader) of the infamous assassins' guild. Extreme caution is advised, as the subject is also a trained fighter, being the Grand Champion of the Imperial City Arena. Subject also has strong ties to the Mages' Guild (rumored to command the replacement Archmage in secret) and the Blades. Anyone with information should contact
Hieronymus Lex Adamus Phillidus
the captain of the guard in the Imperial Prison Office."
Addendum: These records have been tampered with. Recommend recovery and/or rewrite of records by suggestion of I, Chamberlain of the White Gold Tower.
Addendum: Are you crazy? How do you expect us to interview her? The only time we managed to do so before was when she was locked up in the Imperial Prison. And how do you expect us to find records on her, anyway? She has
no official records except this one, seeing as she's not an official citizen of the Empire. I'm not willing to get my head chopped off just to get rid of a few scratch marks on a piece of paper. She might be a looker, but she'll kill you faster than a Dremora will.
Addendum: Guard Samuel Lemmin has been stripped of his position and reassigned to slop drudge in Skingrad. Recommended recovery and/or rewrite of records has been accepted.
Addendum: Despite the subject's incredible bounty, no one has so far turned in any information on her. This is despite her being very well known due to her status as Grand Champion. It seems as if she has many friends in high places, as there's no way she can simply walk through the streets without anyone reporting her. Even the guard seems reluctant to apprehend her! In fact, they let her roam freely through the Imperial City itself!
Addendum: Recommended recovery and/or rewrite of records changed to rejected by suggestion of the Blades. Let's not anger the good late Emperor's well-trained guards, eh?
Wow, that took a lot longer than I thought it would.
Edit: Changed a few things based on her new appearance.
Edited by rinoaff33, 14 July 2011 - 02:34 AM.