**Some of this is rather general and vague since things like alliances, contracts, and relationships will have to be worked out more specifically as more characters are posted. :) Hope you like it Elias.Name:
Micheala "Mia" RomanoGender:
Micheala is a study in contradictions if you look closely enough. On the outside she is always smiling, always laughing, the perfect adornment for whichever man has contracted her time. She is well educated, paints, rides, sails, and can handle herself easily among the elite of Roman society. Most men see the pretty bauble she pretends to be and don't look any further. Behind the smiling eyes however is an intelligent and constantly working mind. She plans her assignations carefully and only accepts contracts with those wealthy and well positioned enough to further her own ambitions. Background:
Born to parents that knew the value of political power she was married off young to a Senator who wanted a pretty trophy wife to grace his arm at political functions. Like many men since he never looked beyond the pretty packaging of his young bride to realize how sharp witted she was or how many alliances and deals she made on his behalf with simply a gentle word here and there, a warm smile, a shrewd gaze and intimate knowledge of just what intrigues were happening around her.
Only a few months after her marriage her parents died in a car crash and a couple years after that her husband (who was significantly older than her) passed away in his sleep leaving her the sole heir to both her parents land, and her husbands wealth and the station she'd gained being his wife. Both were helpful but Mia wasn't one to sit around and do nothing and she had grown used to the political intrigues swirling around her that being a Senator's wife had given her access too. Without her husband however, she found invitations to social events drying up.
Political widows weren't exactly social necessities.
When the first offers for contracts came in she was indignant! Just because she was a widow didn't mean she was a harlot! The more she ignored them however, the more outrageous some of the offers became until she finally found herself accepting on from a man she had always been attracted to who offered not only to pay for her time, but who wished to contract her as his escort to the social event of the season. It was the first time she stepped out not as a daughter, or a wife, but on the arm of a man of her own choosing and as a contracted Courtesan. After that night more offers came and she chose her contracts carefully, never accepting one that didn't keep her in the loop of the political world around her and building her influence with the men she bedded.
Some wives looked at her askance with dark gazes and some looked at her as a godsend, letting their husbands go to her to slake those lusts they, themselves, had no desire in participating in. As throughout history, the wives provided the heirs, while women like Mia provided companionship and true satisfaction.Ambitions:
Having come to enjoy her life, Mia has begun to grow a small stable of girls that she teaches and trains. She finds them young, pretty, malleable, and often from the poorer end of society so that their sudden wealth and luxury (and the means she gives them to keep them!) makes them loyal to her. A portion of their earnings goes into her own coffers for their upkeep until they are established enough to leave her care and another portion goes into accounts that they won't have access to until they are older and choose to leave the profession she's taught them. For all that some say she takes advantage of them, she also cares well for her girls, ensuring that even in the foolishness of their youth and the first flush of having real money of their own, that they will be cared for after she is gone and into their old age.
Her ambitions include growing her business and seeing herself and her girls, rising ever higher on the social spectrum. Ultimately she would find it a great coup to be able to place herself, or one of her girls, into the bed of the Caesar himself. As it is, she uses her time, her girls, and her own wiles to exert political influence behind the scenes and in ways most would never suspect.political clout:
She has more than most would expect of a Courtesan since people tend to forget their history and just how much influence a woman with a sharp mind and a willingness to bed those of station, can exert. Her girls are also her spies though they are otherwise entirely discreet, and more information filters through her "business" in just a few days time, than most spies could gather in a years time.