Lanaya AlmondPlayed by:
Noble of the Pritannian Court, former Captain of the Queen's Intelligence Branch, former spy for the Queen.Country of Origin:
Relatively Neutral, prefered to see the Princess rule.Age:
Hard to provoke, analytical, loyal to Pritannia, as honor bound as spies come, had friends in every corner of the capital, from thugs to merchants and many in the military; she can get information. Would prefer to see the Princess in power, but wants only the most stable for Pritannia.Background:
Born and raised by a wandering group of gypsies more than a straight up family, Lanaya really grew up without much of anything, least of all a family. She had a mother and father and 8 siblings, but she was as much to anyone as they were to her; quite frankly, nothing. All the love and attention she received, but only on infrequent and characteristically dangerous nights where the traveling band existed as squatters on some farmers land did she have a bed to sleep on, or anything other than the ground. Food was scarce, shelter even more so. From a young age, Lanaya was raised to be self-reliant and cautious, aggressive when she needed to be and overall using her head instead of her tongue or fists to get her out of trouble. It served her well growing up, but as seasons dragged on and her siblings diminished to sickness and disease, did Lanaya really learn how lucky she was. Her father, formerly a traveling minstrel and her mother the same, decided to get a job in the capital city of Lindus. The best her mother could find was a terrible job at a tavern, and her father could only join the Army. He lasted 2 weeks before falling off a high tower to his death. Her mother died of disease a year later.
But at this point, Lanaya, now 15, decided enough was enough. You could say she had every job in the book for a woman her age. Petty thief, pick pocket, failed inventor. Try as she might, Lanaya figured out by the time she was of age that her only real source of progress was the military. Luckily women got good treatment in the military, but that didn't actually matter much, because she didn't last a year before someone noticed she had a particular series of talents she'd learned from her earliest years, talents that usually took years to teach, she already posessed. The ability to manipulate, to lie, to be invisible in plain sight and even to disappear all together, to think qiuckly on her feet and to know how to outplay her weaknesses with strengths. She was the dream spy. It was pure luck that a member of the Queen's elite, not a royal guard, caught Lanaya trying to steal a free meal. The woman, in her late 40's, offered Lanaya a job she'd never even heard of and had the young recruits full and unabridged attention the second she mentioned 'meal'. For the next 3 years, up until her 21st birthday, Lanaya learned what it meant to have friends, to have a purpose and the joys of a life dicatated by loyalty. She caught things early, which helped her greatly. She was easily the best 'covert soldier' in the Intelligence Branch of the Pritannian Navy. Really, they were just spies, but fell under the Navy for its budget, of which they needed little and produced results. Naval commanders were happy with this, it gave them status and bolstered their requests for funding, and power, by providing real results without spending much money.
Although she was officially just a lowly runt in the Navy, Lanaya was actually a slow brewing political operative blessed by the Queen to stop wars before they started. Be it spreading disinterest or misinformation, tracking down spies within Pritannia or outright assassinating foreign leaders, Lanaya considered herself good enough to do whatever she was tasked to do, within her reason. She was not a stand up soldier on the battlefield, but she was one of few who could start or stop wars with no one being killed. She rose through the ranks quickly, her quick grasp of otherwise monotonous tasks granting her a speedy and short learning curve. She could master languages and cultural specifics quicker than anyone in the Intelligence unit. Her taught basics of song and dance gave her legitimate covers to move about. She was less a soldier and more a silent, invisible option for the Queen to exert her power. By the age of 24, Lanaya had risen to the highest rank in her unit and actually took command of it. She worked directly for the Queen, becoming a semi-legitimate advisor to the aging queen and soon after, she was given actual land.
The prospect of a soldier-turned-noble startled some, but even at this point, the queen seemed adament Lanaya had earned the right. She owned a small bit of land near the coast, not far from the capital, but really only governed in place of a noblewoman long deceased with no heirs and no others who really wanted the land and the maybe thousand farmers and fishermen who called that land their home. Lanaya for her own right, was really an advisor and despite her early, early retirement, found herself traveling about more often than before, though on peaceful diplomatic missions, with a hint of espionage to keep herself sane. The boredom of telling fishermen there was nothing she could do about tides, water currents and weather harming their take was enlightening, and utterly boring. However, as the queen aged, the sharp minded Lanaya was no stranger to what would happen. The Princess was far to young and inexperienced to handle the country on her own, so either a regent would ascend or a coup would ensue, probably from one of the city women. Despite herself, Lanaya was determined to see the Princess in power, or the best ruler for Pritannia step foward in her place. No bloody coups if she could stop it. Of course, no one knew the queen had a son.Sexual Orientation: