When Darkness Falls
Comtesse Jacqueline Moniotte du Paix
"It is a pleasure to meet you, Professor Harrison. Please tell me all about yourself."
Past: Ever since Jacqueline was young she loved to read books. She had a tendency to avoid physical training so she could sit down and study, as a result her father sent her to study at a Courtesan Academy in Serine.
Jacqueline received literacy in Montaigne and the University Advantage for free.
Present: Jacqueline has a long tradition of letting others foot her bills. If other nobles want to support her for the pleasure of her company, who is she to argue?
Jacqueline begins the game with the Courtier Skill and 2 ranks in Mooch for free.
Future: Do not be afraid of that which is unknown.
Member of the Sices Nobel Family: Always receive one Free Raise when using Repartee. When spending Drama Dice for Repartee, she receives two Kept Dice for for every Drama Die spent. However, every two Drama Dice spent on martial skills adds only one Kept die to the attempt.
BACKGROUNDS: Exiled: Montaigne(2) Lost Love: Vodacce Nobleman(2+)
+ Jacqueline never receives bonus exp for stories involving this background.
LANGUAGES: Montaigne Accent: Paix
Avalon (R&W), Castille, Montaigne (R&W), Vodacce (R&W)
Connection: Isabella Vestini, Published (2), Dangerous Beauty, Gentry, Membership: Merchant’s Guild, Membership: Sophia’s Daughters, Sidhe Blood (Blessing: Blessed Beauty; Curses: Cold Hearted, Iron Vulnerability, Mischievous), University
WEALTH: 10,000G; Owner and proprietress of La Belladonna, a very exclusive Bordello in Canguine, Avalon.
SWORDSMAN’S SCHOOL: Necare
Basic Curriculum: Knife, Spy
Swordsman Knacks: Conceal 3, Corps à Corps 2, Poison 3, Exploit Weakness (Necare) 1
Apprentice: Jacqueline gains a free raise when attempting to conceal a small weapon on her person. She adds her mastery level to her damage when using a Bodice Dagger. She is also immune to one form of poison.
Courtesan: Acting 1, Conceal 3, Dancing 2, Etiquette 2, Fashion 3, Jenny 2, Mooch 2, Poison 3, Seduction 1, Unobtrusive 1
Courtier: Dancing 2, Etiquette 2, Fashion 3, Mooch 2, Oratory 2, Perception 3
Criminal: Gambling 1, Shadowing 2, Stealth 2
Merchant: Jenny 2
Performer: Acting 1, Dancing 2, Oratory 2, Singing 1
Scholar: History 1, Mathematics 1, Philosophy 1, Research 1
Servant: Etiquette 2, Fashion 3, Menial Tasks 1, Perception 3, Unobtrusive 1
Spy: Conceal 3, Hand Signs 1, Perception 3, Poison 3, Shadowing 2, Stealth 2
Athlete: Climb 1, Footwork 3, Sprint 1, Throw 1
Knife: Attack 3, Parry 1
Beautiful, vivacious, and charming, the Comtesse Jacqueline Moniotte du Paix is a Montaigne noblewoman, a landless member of the Gentry living in exile in Avalon. She was forced to flee her home country for making incendiary comments about his majesty, Le Emperor Leon Alexandre du Montaigne, and has since settled in southern city of Canguine. She is the owner, proprietress, and occasional artist in the city’s most exclusive Bordello La Belladonna, an establishment modeled on the Courtesan houses of decadent Vodacce. Within the city Jacqueline is well regarded for her generosity, the warmth of her companionship, and her intelligent conversation.
Jacqueline is a celebrated beauty, known as “The Rose of Montaigne” and is said to be one the most beautiful woman alive. Her reputation for loveliness is exceeded only by her infamy in affairs of the heart. She has been widowed twice, and the stories of her scandalous love affairs and their always dramatic and explosive endings abound. One of the more well known tales involves an affair involving Jacqueline, a Vodacce nobleman and his son. It eventually came to light that she was having an affair with both participants separately, and when they became aware of each other they fought a duel over her in which the son was mortally wounded. Salacious whispers also hint that during that time she was also entertaining the nobleman’s wife as well.
Her first husband was a wealthy Montaigne merchant from Chartrouse, specializing in the exportation of Toil fabrics. It was considered something of a minor scandal when he asked for the hand of the daughter of a noble, even from so minor a brach of the family as hers, and the whispers grew even louder when it was discovered that she had accepted. Unfortunately for Jacqueline, the day after their wedding their carriage was found at the bottom of a ravine, her husband perished in the fall, his neck broken, and her own injuries required months to recover from.
Her second husband was a Montaigne Comte. The couple met at a dinner party at court where she was subsequently responsible for saving his life from an assassin during the gathering. Her courageous act captured the Comte’s heart. The story of the Comte’s courtship of her was the gossip of the Montaigne court for months, and when she finally submitted to his request for her hand all of Montaigne was buzzing in expectation. Unfortunately her marriage to the Comte ended prematurely as well. Barely a month after their marriage he was found dead in the arms of another woman, both apparent victims of the woman’s jealous husband, who had discovered them in the act. To date he has never been caught.
Shortly his demise, while Jacqueline was in mourning, she was heard to publicly speculate on the potency of a ruler who wasted enough food during his breakfast that the scraps could have fed a small village for a week. Perhaps his extravagance was a prop used to disguise deficiencies in… other areas. When word of this was brought to the ruler’s attention, Jacqueline was forced to flee the country.
In addition to her beauty and the rumors of her past, Jacqueline is also well known for her writing. While in exile she began to pen the stories Jacques Pépin, a Montainge Nobleman who grows disgusted by the corruption and injustice that infests the rulers of his country. He dons a disguise and begins to actively work against the King’s interests. Under the guise of the “Black Orchid”, the nobleman begins to free political prisoners, rob the king’s tax collectors, protect the common people from the the rulers whims, and seduce the woman of the royal family. The stories proved excessively popular, especially with women of the middle and merchant classes, and each new story is looked forward to with eager anticipation.
Jacqueline is devastatingly attractive woman with long tresses like molten honey and startlingly blue eyes like sparkling sapphires. She always appears impeccably dressed in the latest and most expensive fashions imported directly from Montaigne, and it is rare that she wears the same gown twice. She also posses a wicked sense of humor, and is well known for the pranks and practical tricks she subjects her acquaintances to. While many of them can be extremely embarrassing, she always makes it known that they were done without malice, and several of her victims have had their feelings mollified by a kiss, or an invitation to a late night tête-à-tête in her boudoir.
FORMS OF ADDRESS
Written: Madam or Dear Lady du Paix
Oral: My Lady or Your Ladyship, or Lady du Paix