18 years oldSex:
Bisexual (Prefers females)Role:
Noble of Nydewia, StrategistPlayer:
Long, black and incredibly neat unlike most NydewiansEyes:
Pale unlike most NydewiansAnything Else:
An oddity in the Nydewia court, Olivia looks truly out of place amidst the nomadic court due to her foreign ancestry. With pale skin and a small physique, Olivia is incredibly neat and refuses to allow her body to be given any of the tribal tattoos that define the court. Despite her nomadic desert lifestyle she still somehow remains pale and at least looks unfit, without a single callous on her smooth skin even after years of riding across the desert plains. The StoryLikes:
Reading, Writing, Poetry, Etiquette, Diplomacy, Romance, Military Strategy, Intellectuals, Anyone VirtuousDislikes:
Nomadic Lifestyle, Fighting, Loutish Behaviour, Excessive Drinking, Most Warriors, SnoringPersonality:
An incredibly smart, sophisticated woman, Olivia is often seen as the very opposite of the stereotypical Nydewian. An intellectual through and through, she often has very little to say to anyone and when she does she is often softly spoken and polite. Curiously enough, Olivia views warfare not as a brutal, bloody affair but as a problem to be solved like a puzzle. Far removed from the blood and gore of battle she has no qualms about using brutal tactics such as fire attacks, destroying dams to create a flood and other such devastating strategies in order to achieve maximum effectiveness. Her distance from warfare and lack of any sense of connection with others makes her quite detached. However if she were ever to fall under the command of someone who truly cared deeply about those under their command and refused her tactics should the human cost be too high it would potentially have a positive influence on her, provided that this commander were able to gain her respect as well.
Despite seeming cold towards others, Olivia simply has difficulty making friends with others as she has never found anyone she shares much in common with. Beneath her cool, sophisticated demeanour lies the heart of a sweet, innocent young girl who simply seeks a friend, along with a challenge and a purpose in life. Habits:
An intellectual, Olivia almost always has a tome of some kind in her hands and carries a satchel at her side filled with bottles of ink, quills, parchment as well as scrolls and books. She also has a peculiar habit of walking through pub brawls and even battlefields unarmed and unattended, somehow escaping attention as she passes through to attend to “more important” affairs.Skills:
Diplomacy, Debating, Writing, Military Strategy, Analysing OthersHistory:
An orphan from the small village of Sahal along the border of Nydewia and Theiri, Olivia spent the earliest portion of her life within the confines of an orphanage, far removed from conflict. Given a proper education and classes in etiquette, Olivia was an extremely lonely child who compensated by immersing herself fully in her studies. Developing a reputation as a child genius, she never connected well with others due to the others orphans being childish and loutish in her opinion. As she blossomed into a teenager, Olivia took all she had learned from her early years of reading the works of great philosophers, warriors and kings, and began to publish several treatises on politics, with some even finding their way into the courts of nobles.
Being given the epithet of “Prodigy of Sahal”, one of her lesser known works on military strategy found its way into the hands of the Nydewian warrior, Baldur. Intrigued by the young woman’s insight for military strategy he soon set forth for Sahal and adopted Olivia as his own daughter, bringing her back with him to Nydewia. Despite clearly not being Baldur’s daughter, this did not impact on her greatly as Nydewian custom often saw those considered worthy of merit being adopted into the family of warriors and treated as equals. Introducing Baldur’s small band to new formations and tactics, Olivia assisted Baldur into rising from a small time horselord into the chieftain responsible for guarding one of the three major castles in Nydewia with the title “Baldur the Great”.
However Olivia rapidly came to despise the Nydewian court, which was so drastically different from what she considered to be befitting of a gathering of true nobility. Her intellectualism was looked down upon as unnecessary elitism by many and books were even harder to come across than a meaningful conversation. Worst still, she was forced to stop writing to her pen pals in Theiri and Aserit, as it was considered treasonous to communicate with the enemy. (As such, some of the other characters may unknowingly be a former friend of Olivia’s in their youth).
Despite being the opposite of everything it meant to be a Nydewian, both in personality and appearance, she was seen as something of an exotic beauty by the warriors of Nydewia who often tried to court her to no avail. Frustrated and bored with her life, Olivia often manipulated the men who formed the court in a complicated cloak-and-dagger game of politics, becoming a key behind the scenes player in the rise and fall of many a young warrior. Despite this often serving her mysterious purposes towards some kind of unknown endgame, she curiously once remarked to a disgraced warrior who asked her why she plays these games that she “was just bored and wanted to pass the time.”
However even this wearisome existence was not to last, as with the rapid changes occurring in Nydewia, Olivia was sent by Baldur as a gift to the roaming court of King Haidar of the Rampage. She soon became a close confidant of King Haidar’s, taking care of many of the duties he found irritating including monitoring the treasury, organising his schedule and other administrative duties. Despite her quiet dislike of Haidar she was always polite and charming in his presence, ensuring that he never came to dislike her. Curiously enough the two of them have even bonded slightly over the King’s strange love of poetry. With Nydewia about to enter into negotiations with other states, Olivia is almost always at the King’s side, serving as one of his chief advisors, diplomats and, in some cases, even a military strategist. Her motives, as always, remain unclear although many believe that she seeks the two things she has never possessed in life; an intellectual equal, whether they be a friend or a rival, and a purpose in life for which to use her great gifts.