As always, although no one seems to take me up on it, I'm happy to work out previous associations and interesting elements to make the game more in depth and fun. For general reference, I'll put her bio in a spoiler incase someone wants to see it.
Name: Lydia Lovelady
Class: Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade)/Bard (Archeologist)
Lydia is a striking woman with deep, fiery red hair that falls in waves to just below her shoulders around an oval face dominated by bright, intelligent emerald green eyes and full, kissable lips. Straight, red eyebrows and a narrow, slightly upturned nose in a lightly tanned complexion complete the visage of a truly attractive young woman.
A long, slender neck, feminine shoulders and perky, well formed breasts flow into a taunt waistline before flaring out again into well rounded hips and a lovely, tight rear. Lean, long legs and rounded arms completes the image. Most often dressed in a loose tunic that’s tucked into well fitted trousers that hugs her hips, a well worn pair of turned down boots with a sash about her waist, the rapier at her right side seems almost like an afterthought… but clearly has been well used. When she strikes that defiant pose, hip cocked to one side and arms crossed under her breasts… only a smile that lights up a room gives away the flirt that resides inside.
Lydia is a complicated and sometimes conflicted woman. In her heart, she’s a fiercely loyal and passionate woman. On the other side, she ranges from an almost girlish quality in humor and flirting to a no-non-sense, sometimes ruthless fighter. When you’re a friend, you’re a friend for life… When you’re an enemy… well, enjoy what time you may have left.
When Lydia loves, she loves with everything; but has been taught to take life as it comes and live it with equal passion. Prone to occasional bad puns, off color jokes and snippy remarks at the most inopportune moments gives her a charm that’s all her own. She would rather talk her way out of trouble than fight it when possible, but is more than willing to use force when necessary.
What Lydia will admit about her past is little and vague, making it plain that she has something to hide. What exactly that may be could be just about anything. But, below is what might be generally known about her by anyone who might have reason to know her.
Born the youngest and only daughter of 3, Lydia’s parents were prosperous merchants with strong ties to the sea. Even at a young age, the admitted apple of her father’s eye had a will that should of gotten her punished far more than she was. Spoiled, yes, but not a brat, she often had her way when she really wanted it… and she quickly decided that she wanted the water; the one thing that was denied her when her oldest brother died at sea when she was only 7 years old.
A native of a port city, Lydia is quite familiar with shipyards and docks due to her family’s business interest and she has often snuck out to explore these locations on her own little adventures with her remaining brother. While the death of their older brother was a difficult blow for them to overcome, they found solace with each other and the relationship became quite strong between brother and sister.
At around the time of her 10th birthday, Lydia was betrothed to a boy 3 years older than she in what should have proven to be a benefitual marriage for both families. Lydia, of course, threw all of her not inconsiderable will into resisting the entire idea and actively worked to break the engagement. Even though she wouldn’t have to deal with the engagement for several years yet, she had other plans in mind... including avenging the death of her brother.
When Lydia turned 15, she met a young officer who worked on one of the family ships. Lydia was immediately smitten by the handsome rogue and a scandal was born. When her parents denied her to see her love interest again, naturally, she ran off and got married! That solved 3 problems rather neatly, she thought, and she couldn’t be happier! True, she was a bit young to marry, but the breaking of the betrothal contract, the ability to spend all of the time that she desired with her new husband and refusing her parent’s decrees all had their place in her bold decision. On the other side of the scale, the young officer was fired and her inheritance (minus the already established dowry) was cut off. But, the not inconsiderable dowry provided them with a small, but sturdy ship and a small residence in a reasonable part of the city. The romance continued for nearly 3 years as her husband plied the waters between the ports of the Inner Sea and they started to build a reputation as reliable cargo haulers. Lydia spent her time at sea, and to pass the hours, began to learn the art of sword-play from her heart’s-love and as a result, became a reasonably talented fencer in her own right.
It came as both a surprise, and not unexpectedly, just after Lydia turned 16, that she was with child… After all, all of those lonely nights on board a ship led to a lot of love-making. It was agreed, reluctantly, that Lydia would remain at home during her pregnancy and the first couple of years of the baby’s growth, and then the family would reunite on a new ship being planned for the following year. Ironically, Lydia lost both her husband and baby on the same day a few months later. Her husband, Captain Lovelady, died at the hands of pirate’s intent on taking his cargo… the baby to simple accident. Lydia was never quite the same after that.
With little left to her, as soon as Lydia was recovered, she took up her husband’s sword, which had been recovered, and set out to sink the pirate ship via any means necessary… by the time that she was 18, she had achieved her goal, but had nothing left to keep her going on an emotional level; the vengeance had burned her out emotionally.
For a short while, she worked as a barmaid in a dock-side tavern and over the next few months, rebuilt herself and began to enjoy life again… but she still had an itch to see the world and a determination to do so. It was during this time that she fell into a relationship with an old rogue who showed her some of the tricks of his own trade in exchange for her companionship. While not the man she had once loved, she morned the day that he was hanged for robbing a merchant family involved in shipping.
It was only a short time later that she fell into a group of adventurers with a decidedly leaning toward the dangerous and exciting… she was once again finding her joy for life.