Ellya Helen HellatiusTitle:
Duchess of the Fallen SpireFaction:
Ellya wants to return her House to prominence. Her presence at the peace summit is threefold; to demonstrate House Hellatius’ loyalty to the Empire, to strengthen the alliances amongst the Imperials, and to form new alliances and trade agreements with the nobles of the Grand Duchy.Personality:
Ellya is a compassionate and passionate young woman. She is eager to be heard, though wise enough to hold her tongue and knows when she shouldn't speak. She respects the traditions of the empire though, at heart, she disagrees with certain decrees. She believes she, or any woman, can rule just as well as a man, if not better. Ellya values honesty, honor, loyalty, kindness, justice, and family. Above all she wants what's best for her people and the empire. She enjoys pursuing knowledge, hawking, lawn games, horseback riding, dancing, and helping others. She prefers art and culture over warfare.Appearance:
Ellya is statuesque and slender with feminine curves. She is of average height and build. Her brown hair is often worn elegantly, though when not in public she prefers to wear it loose and long; it falls to her waist. Her skin is unblemished and the color of cream. Biography:
Ellya was the youngest child, with two older brothers, of House Hellatius, a family line which had existed within the Empire for three hundred years. Her great grandfather had been a trusted advisor in military and domestic matters to the Emperor, a position the House had occupied until Ellya’s older brothers’ deaths. The eldest made the decision to hold his ground against overwhelming Grand Duchy forces; a decision that cost him his life, while Ellya’s other brother committed his forces against superior numbers in an attempt to regain the lost territory. Now, Ellya is the only surviving heir to House Hellatius’ ancestral holdings. Her father, while still alive, is bedridden and the family physicians believe he won’t last the year.
Ellya herself was raised by a governess and hardly knew her brothers or father, her mother died when she was young. Despite this she was given everything she ever needed, aside from a parent’s love. She was provided with the best education available in the empire and excelled in etiquette, diction, and articulation. As a very young girl her compassion was limitless and unbridled. She was known to smuggle injured animals into her bedchambers and attempt to nurse them back to health. Eventually, she grew out of this habit and learned to guard her heart more carefully, even as her tutors slowly directed her education toward the healing arts.
Ellya is renown throughout the empire for her ability to heal and for founding charities for the ill and wounded soldiers. She often visits the wounded soldiers who've been brought back from the front lines and has become far from squeamish at the sight of blood, disfigurement, or death.
While Ellya grieved for the loss of her brothers, as a dutiful sister, she was more shocked by the Emperor’s reaction and the fallout from her brothers’ defeats. Since then, she has redoubled her efforts in the Empire and done her best to strengthen her House’s relationships with other Imperial Houses. She fears another failure from her House may cause the Emperor to strip her family of land and title.
If her father had his way he would’ve married Ellya off years ago, however, the loss of his sons and his failing health have prevented him from arranging a suitable marriage. This suits her as it places her in the uncommon position of arranging her own marriage. House Hellatius’ holdings are prosperous and full of resources; the northern forests provide game and timber, numerous silver and gold mines litter the mountain ranges of their western border, and the Whitecap Bay allows access to the eastern sea.