Hanamene Rosamund Thornecroft Feb 1, 2019 7:58:30 GMT -5
Post by Hanamene Thornecroft on Feb 1, 2019 7:58:30 GMT -5
Player's Handle: Aliana
Registered Username: hanamene
Display Name: Hanamene Rosamund Thornecroft
Nickname(s): Hana, Rosie, Meanie, or Thorne.
Aliases: Sergeant Redbane.
Specialization(s): Champion; Templar.
Occupation(s): Sergeant of the Drakestone Strategic Reserve, Cavalrywoman; Previously a Knight-Lieutenant at Kinloch Hold.
Orientation: Straight; Romanceable.
Race: Human (Elf-Blooded).
Date of Birth: 1 Guardian, 9:15 Dragon.
Birthplace: Kinloch Hold, Ferelden.
Appearance: Her ash blonde hair is long, and usually worn loose—and her brows are slightly darker than the hair on her head. Hanamene has an athletic build, with a shapely neck and shoulders. She stands at about 5'7" with good posture and a level chin, prompting her olivine eyes to look at others in a straightforward, undaunted manner. She usually regards others directly and without reluctance, which might make her grey-green gaze seem slightly piercing at first given her aloof mien. Since the days of the Mage-Templar War, in which her father was killed, Hanamene's smiles have grown few and far between. Though she might seem indifferent towards others at first, her expression warms and lights up around those she regards as friends or familiar evidencing that at least at one point in time, however long ago, she did have occasion to laugh well and often.
Signature Scent: Woodland flora and ozone, like a forest or meadow after the rain. Given how much time she spends on horseback, Hanamene's become meticulous about personal hygiene and bathes regularly in addition to wearing a subtle perfume that has notes of bergamot, jasmine, rose, lily-of-the-valley, oak moss, and amber.
Weapons: Hanamene bears the Thornecroft family's ancestral, silverite longsword. The hilt is adorned with brier-and-rose engravings. She also carries a simple-looking, obsidian dagger for more practical purposes and will occasionally carry a standard-issue Drakestone Strategic Reserve shield. The latter are shields of common-enough make, typically forged of drakestone or obsidian, albeit adorned with the letters D.S.R.
Garments & Armor: She prefers medium-weight leathers to heavy plate metal and will usually wear a grey surcoat or cloak over her leathers as well. Her style of dress is deliberately martial, leaning toward equestrian. At Thornecroft Hall, her family's residence in Thornecroft, Hanamene will sometimes wear dresses though it is very rare and generally reserved for special occasions or when the Thornecrofts host important guests.
Inventory: Her saddlebags usually contain her lyrium kit, meagre rations, enough for a day or two at most, some practical first aid supplies, like bandages and sewing kit, a change of garments, and personal grooming items. Aside from weaponry, and some coin, she doesn't carry much else on her person.
Combat Skills: Given that she was raised and trained partially by her grandfather, a knight of Redcliffe, and then later joined the Templar Order—Hana's fighting style blends the Way of the Champion with the Way of the Templar. She is a sword and shield warrior at heart, however.
Noncombat Skills: Hanamene is well-versed in horseback riding and mounted combat. She's also knowledgeable of basic first aid, as well as the setting of bones.
Language Skills: Common Trade Tongue.
Marital Status: Unmarried.
Companion(s): A rose-gray Amaranthine Charger, named Brier, given to her by her grandfather just before the start of the the Mage-Templar War.
Faction(s): Previously a Knight-Lieutenant at Kinloch Hold in Ferelden; Currently commanding the Drakestone Strategic Reserve as her aging grandfather's proxy.
Family Member(s): Ser Grayson Thornecroft (grandfather), and Ser Marshall Thornecroft (father, deceased). Her mother was a City Elf and Circle Mage at Kinloch Hold, but she died giving birth to Hanamene.
Known Associate(s): Horsemen of the Drakestone Strategic Reserve (misc. rank-and-file NPCs); Former lyrium smugglers.
Associated Plots: Scions of the Land, Return To Redcliffe, & Order
Faith: Lapsed Andrastian.
Personality: Despite the somewhat recent loss of her father to the Mage-Templar War, and the collective societal trauma that the Fifth Blight left behind, Hana can occasionally muster a non-invasive warmth to replace a normally aloof demeanour. Notably this appears as a reluctance to smile followed by resignation in doing so, or in her mitigating a deadpan or self-deprecating remark with a sidelong gaze. Hanamene does have a temper, however, but it takes a significant effort to rouse it. Though confident and capable in her occupation, Hana does have occasion to get flustered around men she finds truly dashing.
Her father's loss solidified the already hardening of Hanamene's sentiments toward the Circle of Magi and Templar Order. The chaos of the Fifth Blight was the start of Hana's questioning of either institution's true benefit, but the Mage-Templar War convinced her that both factions were equally capable of recklessness and corruption. While there remains still some tenants of the Templar Order that she might yet agree with, Hanamene has grown relatively neutral on the topic—instead she will pointedly remind others of the common-folk who, historically, have all too often become casualties of the disputes arising between the two factions.
Backstory: Hanamene was born at Kinloch Hold, out of an illicit affair between a human Templar and an elven Circle Mage. Her mother, the mage in question, did not survive bringing Hanamene into this world. Hana's father, Marshall Thornecroft, succeeded in concealing the affair in addition to Hanamene's consequent birth for a surprising amount of time—he even managed to spirit his newborn daughter out of the Circle Tower in the dead of night, thereafter taking the infant to her grandfather, a knight of renown in the Redcliffe arling region. Ser Grayson Thornecroft had already known disappointment where his son was concerned, for the old knight had never wanted Marshall to become a Templar to begin with—nonetheless the elder Thornecroft was still at a loss for words when Marshall unceremoniously returned home with Hana. It was, in fact, Hanamene's grandfather who actually named her. Moreover, it was he who would raise her in the years to come as well. Marshall, to his credit, did manage to rustle up enough excuses to take leave from Kinloch Hold in order that he might secretly visit his daughter from time to time. Eventually the whole ordeal was found out, however—resulting in both a reprimand and demotion for Marshall. The only reason he'd not been transferred altogether was, Hanamene thought for some time, because her mother had not survived and thus, perhaps, the scandal could die with her. Only when Hana was a little bit older did she realize that, as part of his punishment, Marshall had been tasked with observing Hana's upbringing closely in order to see if she might exhibit any signs of her mother's magic. As with all elf-blooded children, however, Hanamene took after her father albeit not solely in appearance but ability. Much to her grandfather's chagrin, and from her earliest years, Hanamene showed an unwavering interest in joining the Templar Order where she might serve alongside her father at Kinloch Hold.
In 9:25 Dragon, at the tender age of ten years old, Hanamene began preliminary Templar training as an initiate. Under the tutelage of her grandfather, a knight of Redcliffe, she had already shown martial inclinations in the years just before. Despite the scandal of her birth, Hanamene was considered something of a prodigy and officially became a Templar of Kinloch Hold, in the year 9:29 Dragon, at the age of fourteen. Neither she, nor her father, were at Kinloch Hold when the tower was overrun during the Fifth Blight—as both father and daughter had been tracking a group of apostates from northwestern Ferelden all the way into the Dales of Orlais, west of the Frostback Mountains, at the time in question. When they eventually sought to return to Ferelden, Hanamene and Marshall ultimately stumbled into the brave coalition of local banns and mercenaries defending the northwestern frontier against a host of 2,500 darkspawn—without question, the Thornecrofts joined the fray. The host was stopped by the coalition in a hard won battle, which ultimately forced the darkspawn to divert eastward toward Crestwood instead. From there, rather than endeavour a futile attempt to return to the Circle Tower, the Thornecrofts made their way to the village that bears their namesake instead where they were reunited with Ser Grayson Thornecroft, Hanamene's grandfather, who had just won his own small victory against a band of darkspawn in turn. The Thornecrofts, alongside Ser Grayson's cavalry outfit known as Drakestone Strategic Reserve, spent the bulk of the Fifth Blight battling darkspawn in the Hinterlands region—choosing to remain rather than to flee, in order to assist those who sought to do the latter. At some point, however, Hanamene was dreadfully injured when she was thrown from a horse.
During her recovery, Hanamene took solace in finding another way to make herself useful. Fearing she might never ride a horse again let alone continue her occupation as a Templar, Hana went on to informally apprentice with Thornecroft's local healers which is how she became a skilled bonesetter. As the Fifth Blight came to an end, over a gradual period of time that still saw occasional darkspawn sightings arise within the region, Hanamene reluctantly put aside her sword yet still worked alongside the D.S.R. as their trauma medic. The camaraderie of the cavaliers lifted Hana's spirits and, over time, emboldened her to attempt a return to the saddle and the sword—though due to the injuries she had sustained previously, it took a year before she was wholly capable to do either again.
After the Fifth Blight, Kinloch Hold was eventually repaired and the Thornecrofts resumed their duties therein. Over the years, a fully recovered Hanamene saw two promotions and rose to the eventual rank of Knight-Lieutenant. Prior to the spark that officially ignited the Mage-Templar War, tension was already rising within the Circle. As one born of both Mage and Templar, Hanamene began to reflect more deeply on the age-old divide. It was ultimately her father's death, a consequence of the Mage-Templar War itself, that convinced Hana to abandon the Order altogether. Her grandfather, Ser Grayson, was content to see her return to Thornecroft Hall. The once physically imposing knight of Redcliffe had grown frailer in his later years, and was glad to have Hana return to the village where she might begin to take on some of the responsibilities that her late father, Marshall, had for so many years shirked. Hanamene took to the command of the Drakestone Strategic Reserve, Thornecroft's cavalry, much as a duck might take to water. The local faction were active during the remainder of the Mage-Templar War, though Hanamene began using a nom de guerre, that of "Sergeant Redbane", in an effort not to draw too much attention to herself as a deserter of the Templar Order. The Drakestone Strategic Reserve primarily defended the innocent people of the Hinterlands who'd been caught in the middle of the Mage-Templar War. Their efforts, though humble, were effective—with some even making a wrongful attribution of the D.S.R.'s small successes to the Inquisition instead. Hanamene and the D.S.R. have never taken credit for their good works, however, and even after the conflict came to an end, Hanamene has continued to use the Redbane alias when operating alongside the D.S.R. outside of Thornecroft village.
More recently, Hanamene has attempted to wean herself off of lyrium—failing to succeed in fully doing so on two separate occasions thus far. Outside of her training, lyrium remains the last vestige of her time with the Templar Order and the former so-called Templar prodigy is eager to put it behind her. Since leaving the Order, dealing with lyrium smugglers had briefly become an unfortunate reality for Hanamene - at least until the Chantry declared lyrium to be an open market. Nonetheless, she has tabled making a third attempt to cease taking lyrium for the time being in order to continue her focus as the D.S.R.'s leader while simultaneously helping her grandfather govern his holdings. Hanamene stands to inherit Thornecroft from Ser Grayson albeit she inwardly prays that day not come too soon given that she has grown to prefer the anonymity of life amongst the regional forces, leading the rank-and-file of the small cavalry in his stead. That said, Hanamene's mind for tactics may yet prove useful in the humble political career that awaits her. Only time will tell, however.