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2nd-May-2009 10:07 am
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Sawajiri Erika

The Marchioness of Roselaine
House of Avalon

22 springs old
Mother, Father, Brothers


of blood and background.

Born into pure nobility, Erika grew up near the Aquitanian border and is thus no stranger to the war. Nor however, is she unfamiliar with the Aquitanian people. Her early life was spent moving back and forth between her home and the city, as well as finishing school. She was properly educated and raised, and was a typical noble's daughter--well-bred, pretty, and a little head strong. Just when her parents began to fear her liberated spirit, however, a chance came along for Erika that they could not miss: she caught the eye of the wealthiest man in the region. And so, at the tender age of fifteen, Sawajiri Erika married the Marquess of Roselaine, an old widower who was in want of a suitable wife. Though he was almost three times her age, Erika married him without complaint and even went on to care for the poorly Marquess for the next three years. Added to his already healthy riches was her dowry, making Roselaine almost a mini-kingdom on its own. Though not very populous, the Marquess and Marchioness owned a remarkable amount of land in the area.

the queen of the border?

The Marquess, however, died before their fourth spring together, and Erika became the new Widow of Roselaine. Not one to show weakness, Erika held her head high and in fact has managed to maintain control of the Marquess' vast estates--for the most part. Quite a bit of land was lost to Aquitania after the war, something she resents deeply. Erika feels that she has been cheated somehow, being a woman, and she suffered unjust losses for the sake of peace. She is thus tied to the House of Avalon. Still, she is shrewd enough not to be openly critical, and has been making the same sort of clever decisions ever since.

It is safe to say that Erika is "mostly in it" for the lost land. Most will assume she is loyal to the House of Avalon in order to regain what was lost; kinder observers say it is to honor the late Marquess, while meaner-spirited critics will say she is selfish and greedy. Whatever the truth is, she is not resting until the land is returned to Estienne.

beauty indiscreet.

Vivacious, strong-minded, and young still, Erika did not at all embody the perfect grieving widow when the Marquess first died. Though she has never uttered a word against him, she has a reputation for doing exactly as she pleases. She is almost immune to the confines such a position would normally leave a woman in, as there are few who would defy her.

Fairly empowered, Erika is not afraid to speak her mind. Proper breeding does ensure that she is never outright insulting, but she will not be afraid to say what she thinks on certain matters. She is a proud woman, intelligent, and very capable. Pride is perhaps her biggest flaw; her deepest insecurity is the fact that she failed to produce an heir for the Marquess. Although she will never reveal this, it is the one thing that upsets her most when it is brought up because to her it implies that she lacks something or she failed at something very significant.

Erika is every inch an aristocrat, and she carries herself as such. She is uncompromising about ranks, and she can be quite a force to be reckoned with. She will speak down to those of lower rank, and she will treat equals as equals. To those of higher rank she is proper, never committing a faux pas of any kind, but she is not meek or submissive; she holds her head high. Although she is able to exude an air of perfect indifference, she is in fact very good at hiding her ambitions. Deeply serious about anything she chooses to undertake, she will not hesitate to use her own particular brand of justice on those who stand in her way. She truly believes in being devoted to your cause, and she cannot abide betrayals; she is indeed a strong ally to have.

[Man, I'm sorry this is hurried and short--I'll go back and revise it as soon as I can! In the meantime....

Enemies? Friends? Allies? Lovers? Drop a comment here and we can discuss. The mun is not even half as vicious as Erika, so don't be shy. ;)]

2nd-May-2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
Hello! Want to plot with the Duke? I don't have anything at the moment. Do let me know if you have a plot for these two.
2nd-May-2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, definitely. ♥ They're on the same side, but maybe love-hate? They could have known each other for a while or known of each other but only recently spent more time together because of the developing Avalon-vs-Wyndham plot? And if I'm reading Ryo's profile correctly, they're both from near the border, so they have that in common. :D Not sure how that works into it, but I just felt like pointing it out.

If you have any ideas, I'm all ears!

2nd-May-2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, he might've even met her deceased husband since Ryo has spent his time in service at the border for more than 7 years. Love-hate? I'm okay with that though I wouldn't know why they would hate each other since Ryo is appreciative of his allies. Perhaps it could be because she's too aristocratic for him XD

Would Erika be interested of a betrothal? Or is she just too independent to be attached to a man? Let me know if you agree.
2nd-May-2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
Well, I was thinking love-hate because I don't think Erika is an easy woman to get along with. XD Like you said, she's aristocratic, whereas Ryo is simpler and he's willing to get on with people regardless of class.

A betrothal sounds interesting! ♥ Though you'd have to elaborate to me what that would mean, as I'm not sure how to go about that. Erika would hate being tied down, true, but she's not blind to the benefits of being married to someone of his status.
2nd-May-2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Well, his mother has been pestering him about marriage and all. Perhaps she had set up the engagement without his knowledge then they can have something to 'dislike' about. Purely for political reason. These two are very powerful. Imagine the power they'll have when they unite.
2nd-May-2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
That works. Erika's own parents are still alive, and they'd be pestering her as well to find another husband before she gets too old.

So, maybe they've known each other from both being from the border area (like possibly met once or twice, more likely Ryo's met her husband more) and now they see each other more often because of their support for Avalon. And now they have this betrothal sprung on them. :D

Erika is quite snarky, so she'd be quick to throw the word "husband" at his face if she thought it would annoy him; how does Ryo react?
2nd-May-2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
Ryo has an adopted daughter, Emi so how would Erika react to children?

Yes, they probably get into each other's throat everytime they meet. Ryo probably can't stand her because of the heavy air of aristrocracy that she brought in to the room. They are very opposite and not to mention they're both stubborn so that would only make things worse.

Lol. The thought of marriage alone makes him cringe. He would probably choke at the mention of it. Yes, it will annoy him.
3rd-May-2009 08:05 am (UTC)
Ooooooh. Erika is not very good with young children. She was the youngest and she's never had children of her own, so I think she'd be quite awkward with Emi-chan. (Oh Lord, she's going to become the evil stepmother if she's not careful...).

Getting at each other's throats sounds about right. XD How would you like to start it? They already know of the betrothal or we have them interact once before they get the word from their parents?

Erika will take every chance afterward to annoy him with the looming marriage. She's not against it, exactly, but she's not making it easy for him either. Unless Emi's in the room. She'll be quite stiff then. :D
3rd-May-2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Aw. Perhaps she'd learn to warm up to Emi when she spends more time with her. Besides, she needs a female figure other than the servants and maids.

Well, since Ryo has been away for a while, he would be clueless about the arrangement. I'm not sure with Erika. Perhaps, she'd already know beforehand.

Ah, perhaps Emi would be his secret weapon then. He'll have Emi call her 'mmomy' or something XD. So how would their relationship progess?
3rd-May-2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
What's Emi-chan like? Because Erika might warm up to her in time, just probably not like an ideal mother figure. Though she's fiercely protective once she's attached to someone~

Maybe Erika can find out before he does, only she doesn't realize that he doesn't know yet, so she marches up to him and demands to know why he proposed to her? Or something. :D

If he has Emi call her 'mommy' Erika will shoot deadly glares at Ryo and wish looks could kill. XD Well, I'm actually thinking Erika might develop something for Ryo eventually. She's have too much pride to be the one to say so, but I think she could fall for Ryo. I don't want to force anything on you, however, so let me know what you think. ;)
3rd-May-2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
She's around 3-4 years of age. A free-spirited child and a bit frugal like her father. She's a bit of a tomboy but she's well-mannered and does not seem to understand the concept of 'don't talk to strangers'. She's very talkative and just talks to everyone who listens. She's very much a papa's girl so I don't think Erika would have to worry about being around her too much.

That would be epic XD His mother must've sent a letter to him regarding the betrothal but he didn't read it and just stashed it somewhere.

Yeah, I think Ryo will develop some feelings for Erika as well but he won't admit to it until Erika asks or something I don't know. No, actually I feel like I'm imposing on you since I brought up the idea. Mun is a big Ryo/Erika fan.
4th-May-2009 05:53 am (UTC)
Ah, well then it seems like it wouldn't matter if Erika's a little stiff with children, since Emi-chan would break the ice all on her own. More interestingly, what's Ryo like around her? :3

LOL he probably thought it was another reminder from his mother to wear clean clothes or something. Erika will be huffy and demanding because she totally didn't see it coming, so she'll take it out on Ryo. XD

Gwahahaha, mun over here is big Ryo/Erika fan toooooo~ It's meant to be~ ;p Well then, we can impose this on each other and have them develop these feelings in time. If you didn't bring it up, I would have anyway. :D Question, what's Ryo's stand on the marriage? Like, does he grudgingly think it's convenient? Troublesome? Erika can do what she wants? Can't? Etc. (Sorry for the bombardment, I do that when I'm excited.)
4th-May-2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
I would say that Ryo dotes on her though he's careful enough not to spoil her. Usually, Ryo is stiff around people except when he's with Emi. He's very much at ease around her. ^^

My thoughts exactly XD What does Erika think of the betrothal? Was she reluctant to accept it?

He knows eventually that he's going to get married but plans to do it around his late 30s so this engagement caught him off guard. He will do it in fear of loosing a powerful ally. I think Ryo will let Erika do whatever she wants but will keep an eye on her. Not that he doesn't trusts her, he's just... afraid that Erika will drain his wealth with the lifestyle that she leads XD Um, this is probably a weird question but did Erika and her pervious husband consummate their marriage?
4th-May-2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
That's ironic, because normally the one who's really comfortable is Erika. With Emi there, Ryo becomes at ease but Erika stiffens up. XD

Erika will at first be pretty annoyed about it. Not because it's really distasteful to her, but because she didn't plan for it nor did she expect it. She likes being in control, so it would feel like she's being forced into it. However, like I said, she'll think about it and know that it's a good marriage in many ways--apart from being powerful politically and financially, Ryo's not the sort of guy who would push her around. So, in short, she'll make a fuss at first but she'll accept it. Political marriages are normal, after all, and it's not as if she wasn't married before.

LOL, don't worry, Erika has enough of her own wealth to squander. Though Ryo keeping an eye on her makes sense, since she's outgoing and does a lot of socializing as part of her lifestyle, etc. (Currently discussing with Shirota Yuu-mun, but she and Yuu might have a flirtatious relationship going on there, just to warn you. ^^ It's nothing more than that, however.)

As to your question... well, I've thought about it, and I think I'd have to say yes. The Marquess didn't die right after they married, so it's not something that could have been avoided, I don't think. Plus, one of Erika's insecurities is that she failed to produce an heir (cue in laws on her case, maybe?) so I think it would have to be a yes. She definitely didn't love him, though. She took care of him and he was kind to her but she's probably never really been in love.

4th-May-2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly. Ryo will warn Erika to be more careful on who she socializes with. Especially now that she's married to the head of Avalon, it could be dangerous. (I think Ryo won't mind but couldn't help but feel a tinge of jealousy. He is the husband, after all.)

Oh... (sorry, my head screams STATUTORY RAPE!!!! I have to keep reminding myself that we're in the medieval times here XD). I think Ryo will be reluctant to consummate their marriage. He might feel that doing so will mean defeat to his mother who had arranged the marriage.
4th-May-2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
LOL, I know. I actually don't like the thought myself but realistically speaking, it'd happen in those times. No worries, though. Ryo and Erika don't have to get married right away, so right now whether or not they'd consummate isn't an issue. Though Erika would pretend not to care, if it came down to it, but depending on how far her feelings have developed by that time she might be pretty irked inwardly. :D

(Yes please, to the tinge of jealousy. Mun is such a fangirl. >_<) Erika will not appreciate the warning and more throat grabbing can ensue. XD
4th-May-2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
I believe there will be bickering that will cause the delay of the wedding. Erika will probably want an extravagant wedding while Ryo wants a simple one with close family and friends. And by that time, if Ryo does not return the feelings yet, Erika is very welcome to rape him XD

Lol I can imagine Ryo coming home one day and there's a lavish party happening and he's clueless about it.
4th-May-2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think Erika will insist that three hundred guests is not too big a guest list and of course she needs a train as long as the aisle. XD I think half the time she'll do it to annoy him, too. Erika just might rape him out of frustration, if he's not careful. >:D

And Erika in the middle of it all, like it's her house already. :D

About the main plot, though, what's Ryo up to in line with the Wyndham-Avalon storyline?
4th-May-2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
Lol Yes and she can parade him around, introducting him to everyone as her husband XD

Currently, Ryo is trying to break in the Wyndham party. Since everyone is so tight-lipped around him, he's clueless as to what the Wyndhams are up to. He's hired the assistance of someone to be his informer. He is stagnant at the moment in regards to politics but who knows, maybe he'll create a commotion when least expected.
4th-May-2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
And watching with satisfaction as he twitches at the sight of it all. XD

Alrighty then, I just wanted to be kept up to speed. Erika's not a team player, exactly, but she's a major player, so if there's anything she can do I think she can put personal stuff aside in favor of warring with the Wyndhams.
4th-May-2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
And watching with satisfaction as he twitches at the sight of it all. XD

Alrighty then, I just wanted to be kept up to speed. Erika's not a team player, exactly, but she's a major player, so if there's anything she can do I think she can put personal stuff aside in favor of warring with the Wyndhams.
4th-May-2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Okay, I might have something for Erika as I plot. Anything else to add? I don't have anything at the moment. I love forward to logging ^^
4th-May-2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
Nothing more from my end, but I'll pm you if I think of something else. ^^ Let me know what Erika can do for Ryo's mad plot. Ready to log whenever! :D
4th-May-2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
This is probably too much to ask but could you post the log? I'm quite busy at the moment and will be coming home late tonight. Thanks!
4th-May-2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, don't worry, I'll do it! Just give me a while. It should surface on the comm soon. :)
5th-May-2009 05:46 am (UTC)
Hello! Your Erika is quite the lady to reckon with. ♥ Me likes.

Since Erika doesn't really care for those of lower rank, and sad to say my muse is a Viscountess (soon to be Countess, but only after her father is dead which she hopes isn't anytime soon), how would she take to Aoi? I'm shaking with fear already! (Kidding xD)
5th-May-2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
She's a tough woman. XD Your Aoi is lovely, however, and I actually like the idea of them getting along. Let's see...

Though Aoi is of lower rank she's still into fashion and she's active in society--things Erika appreciates as well. Erika is pretty steely when she's serious but she's still a lady with ladylike interests~ I think she would like Aoi enough if Aoi didn't elevate herself higher than what her rank really is, because Erika would not stand for someone being uppity without the reason to back it up. Aoi is still a Viscountess, though, and that's still nobility, so maybe you couldn't count on Erika being best friends with her but Erika wouldn't eat her alive or anything. Acquaintances? Or society pals? Don't know. Though one major difference is, Erika is politically active. She has her personal life, with the partying and the gossip and whatever-else-have you, and she has her ambitions.

Don't be afraid! Erika bites, but the mun is a cuddly crybaby! ♥
6th-May-2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
Acquaintances or society pals sound like an excellent idea. Aoi may give off the air of a slightly spoiled child at times, but knows her standing and decorum and is at her best behaviour before those ranking above. Most of the time. xD (If said higher ranking noble were to be a huge prick who gets on her nerves... there's no guarantee what she would do behind their back!) She's stubborn but not proud, at the very least.

I think Aoi would look up to Erika; she admires women who are vivacious, intelligent and ambitious (she has the former two but definitely not the latter, as she's much too playful to settle down). It's odd since Aoi is one year older than Erika, but is such a young girl (both at heart and in physical terms) she might as well still be sixteen. xD

Since they more or less move in the same circles, would it be safe to assume that Erika and Aoi have already met?

I wouldn't be able to tell (in a good way!). Your portrayal of Erika is wonderful ♥
6th-May-2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Well, if Erika throws a party (and with her recent engagement, how could she not? >:D Time to start torturing the fiance) Aoi will definitely be invited! I think it's right to assume they know each other already. Erika moved back and forth between the court and her home near the Aquitanian border, so she knows a substantial amount of people in both places. It makes sense if she knows Aoi, since out of the playable characters we have so far Aoi is like the center of the social life.

Maybe Erika will pretend she doesn't care, but I think having someone like Aoi around makes things lighter and more fun. Erika might voice out the opinion that Aoi ought to be more serious, but she'll say it without much conviction because she can see that Aoi is simply fun-loving and it keeps her young. :D I think Erika will also like having her around because Aoi is the popular one? I'm making assumptions, I know, but I think since she throws these parties and knows everyone and all that, it would be a must to Erika to know her. :)
7th-May-2009 06:05 am (UTC)
(You'd have Aoi cheering you on for that! ;D) That makes sense. ♥ Aoi has people telling that all the time so she wouldn't mind if Erika says the same. I intended for her to be a social butterfly, young-one-in-the-glitz-and-glamour-spotlight kind of person so it should to be safe to assume she's fairly well-known. ^-^ For Aoi, she's mostly in for the fun and attention it brings her but she wouldn't say no to conveniently working her way up the social ladder either.
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