I watched this thread a bit, the premise is quite interesting, the drive is lovely, and the cast, so far, quite interesting as well! So, here is my character sheet. With two little forewarnings.
First, I opted to take a fully dressed picture rather than something with the catsuits involved, to get a feel rather than strict appearance. Do tell if that's an issue and I'll correct it!
Second, I'm putting the character as a submissive, though she is pretty sure she is dominant and will try to act the part. Of course, as a player, I fully intend to prove my character wrong in that way, with the help of some partners. Should I keep it at submissive, or put her as a switch or don't know instead?Player name:
Basiléa Frédérique Martine de VirzonneCharacter age (in Empire Standard years):
Bissexual / SubmissiveHeight:
Human. Physical characteristics:
She's just a human.Planet of origin:
Virzonne. A somewhat warm planet, with climates ranging from temperate forest to a majority of tropical jungles. Most of the planet is somewhat impoverished, and internal conflicts are not unheard of, making it a bit of a planetary gunpowder keg. The fact it's rich in military-grade refractive crystals certainly doesn't help either... but, the money mostly goes to the ruling family, the planet being considered an imperial ArchduchyCrime:
Several thousand accounts of Embezzlement, crimes against humanity, crimes against alien species, poisoning, high treason, middle treason, gross incompetence, torture, murder by proxy, three accounts of assault and speeding.Guilty or innocent:
Guilty of all charges except one account of assault, middle treason, and speeding -while she was in the vehicle, she wasn't driving it-Likes:
Flattery, elegance, luxury, marble, gold, corgis, herself. Mostly herself.Dislikes:
Complaints, fair competitions, losing, and pretty much anything that hurt her immense pride.Time served:
Basiléa Frédérique Martine de Virzonne (who will be henceforth only called Basiléa) is a vain woman. Born noble, she thinks highly of her lineage, and extremely highly of herself. She is virtually unable to accept her own failings, always finding someone to put the blame on. She is not above completely mistreating those that fall beneath her, and yet can still sleep at night or contemplate herself in the mirror. Especially the latter. Of course, she doesn't antagonizes everybody. Those that are in her circle of friends or advisors are generally treated well, if only to allow Basiléa to see herself as generous in some weird way. Sophisticated, and well educated, the woman can only back up her immense ego with some actual skills she demonstrates at every occasion. But no matter how ressourceful, her ability to act humble when it is necessary is... Close to nonexistant. So far.
Considering the way her crimes (which she merely calls a "lifestyle") were dealt with, Basiléa also shows a clear disdain for imperial policies, no matter how hypocritical some of her criticisms may be. Of course, this is only compounded by the fact her sense of loyalty was never quite developped to begin with. It's not a simple political view either. She tends to view all alliances as transitory, equal relationships as unstable, and marriage as an abomination.History:
Basiléa was born noble. Of course, her relation to the actual head of the galactic empire is so distant it might as well not exist, but, this turns out to be enough to grant her family rulership over the Planetary Archduchy of Virzonne. A world rather hot, somewhat small, with little strategical interests beyond some military contracts, that provided a fair amount of the planet's otherwise limited wealth. Raised in the best academy the planet had to offer, the woman took quite a keen interest in rulership. One she managed to live out at the early age of 22, when her father got ill, and she was given regency over the planetary affairs.
And boy did she enjoy herself. Stopping many civil engineering and developpment projects in favor of increasing the luxury of the Archducal palace, the woman proved to have an iron hand within a spiked glove. And full authority to enact her rulership without ever getting herself dirty. And while the citizen's living conditions and social status got progressively lower, the planetary income and efficiency increased by quite a bit. People never revolted either, since local conflicts were deliberately fueled, to create infighting. And when other factions couldn't be used, the nests of revolt could generally be repressed with the extremely well armed police.
The biggest threat to her power, as it turned out, was her father, who had the silly idea of starting to get better. Since he merely gave her regency, this just wouldn't do; As a result, she arranged for him to remain sickly. Thankfully, the diverse flora of the planet was rich with various exotic poisons of varying potency, allowing her to keep him in a tranquil, albeit allegedly painful state. As it turns out, there is a fine line between opportunism and basically turning an instance of trust in a veiled, discrete coup d'état. But it was too fine to care... And since all that mattered for the imperial authority was to have their orders of weapon components parts filled... Let's just say Basiléa wasn't the only one that didn't care.
However, things went south when an official with principles actually visited the planet beyond the "guest area". The control of communications was hard to enforce, things got known, and Basiléa got put under scrutiny. This wouldn't have been a problem at all if that scrutiny only revealed the social issues involved. A few bribes were all it took to silence these, and the visiting official was perhaps one of the only one with a semi-functionning moral compass. However, the scrutiny revealed another grave issue. The problem was that imperial authorities would only buy a set amount of components each month. And after so many efforts, they ended up overproducing. So, instead of simply lowering production, Basiléa found other clients. Pirates, criminals, militias and private weapons company at first. But it quickly turned out the best clients were independantists trying to pry themselves away from the Empire, and forces even beyond the empire. The deals started three years before, and while she was extremely cautious with staged piracy and hidden spaceports at first, her attention relaxed, causing all her deals to be exposed.
The reaction was quick, causing Basiléa and most of the government to be taken off planet, and judged harshly. While only few of them actually mattered to the empire, the jury looked at each and every one of her failings and illegal activity, in a week-long trial. And while the ministers pleaded guilty for the majority of them, Basiléa adamantly denied each and every charge... To no avail, no matter how richly paid her lawyer was, as the proofs were there, along with some key witnesses, included her own family. She was ultimately found guilty of it all, except one charge of assault which was an invention from one of her maids, a speeding ticket, and the middle treason charge, which was extremely nebulous, and dropped due to "services given to the empire" which does not change the ultimate verdict at all. Oh, how generous. It all led to her imprisonnment in the cooler, one she merely calls a "temporary exile", persuaded of her support in some areas, and unaware that not only was just as unflexible on her treason as her other partners were indifferent, but also that her own sister, Florence, gained a huge amount of popularity due to her social measures and reconstruction plans.Other info:
None I can think of.