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Persona Profile: Yriadha

Writer: Miriah


Name: Yriadha
Pronunciation: EER-ree-AH-dah
Age: 48
Birthday: m11 d4
Rank: Headwoman
Location: Sunstone Seahold
Face Claim: Patricia Velasquez

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Physical Description of Persona:
Yriadha is a tall, slender woman with black, thick straight hair; a single streak of pure white hair laces from her brow in startling contrast. Her waist length hair is kept tightly braided, making her strong facial features appear severe and uncompromising. Dark brown eyes peer over an elegant nose and her lips are usually set in a firm line.

Yriadha walks with a ram-rod straight back and her posture is startlingly perfect. She is typically dressed in a severe, no-nonsense fashion, though occasionally, she does wear ornamentation. It is easy to tell that in her youth, Yriadha would have been considered an exceptional beauty, and in truth, she still bears exquisite bone structure; her loveliness has matured as she's grown older. But, because of the strain her loveless marriage placed on her, bitterness set its mark on her, sometimes marring her looks .

Emotional Description of Persona:
No nonsense,harsh, proud and unsmiling would describe Yriadha best. She runs Sunstone's halls with a strict, sometimes harsh hand. She is the type of woman that her underlings fear to anger and strive to please; any deviation from proper behavior is met with hard punishment. While not physically abusive to her staff, she remembers everything they enjoy and despise and uses it. Her mind is a steel trap. She forgets little and forgives less. She is however a good headwoman and is dedicated to furthering the bounty of prestige of Sunstone Seahold.

Her loyalty to the Lord Holder is absolute and she brooks no opposition from her staff towards him. She is also focused on her family reputation and status; her focus can lead her to being manipulative and without much conscience when it comes to bettering their positions.

History of Persona:
Yriadha grew up in a smaller cothold between Amber Hills Hold and Garnet Valley Hold. Her family were landholders, but were never known, outside of the local surrounding population to be more than cotholders. Her family's lineage was proud, but never spoken of outside of family members and close servants.

Yriadha was known to be a rare beauty in her youth. It was that beauty that was cause for an early marriage to an older, more wealthy man. The marriage was loveless and unfortunately for Yriadha, she was further strained with several pregnancies. They moved to Sunstone Seahold shortly after her fifth son was born.

Bitter with her fate, Yriadha grew to despise her husband. When her husband's wealth faltered, it appeared as though her children would be fated to poverty. Her husband, depressed, began to drink; the worse his fortunes became, the worse it was for Yriadha. Eventually, his drinking drove him to his grave. Working frantically in the hold to support her family, she finally appealed to the lord holder for aid.

To her relief, Morin saw her potential and in exchange for her loyalty, promised to help her sons, all strong men, into positions that would assure their future. Yriadha never forgot his assistance and marks herself in his debt and a loyal servant to the Lord Holder. Supporting her children and ensuring their welfare became her obsession to the extent that she placed their security over their happiness, at times acting cruelly in what she believed were their best interests.

After Lord Morin's death, she found her self intimately tied to the new Lord, the former Steward, Bryvin. It was a relationship based on her desire for security and influence, but also one that served both of their interests.

Though she thought she was past child bearing age, she found herself with child from Bryvin. He insisted that she bear the child and promised to eventually acknowledge him, but made it clear that until that time, no one was to know his parentage. Giving birth in secret and returning with her "cousin", Yriadha has plans for her youngest son, Yavin.

Yriadha grew closer to Lord Bryvin and after time, grew to both respect and accept him for all that he was, both in his gentler and darker moments. After he showed her his trust and care after a violent attack on her, she realized that she loved him. It was a startling revelation for her, for she'd never expected to feel that strongly for any man. She's never told him how she feels, nor does she plan to, despite being his current mistress.

Family and Friends
Humari, 21, Hold Resident, Sunstone Seahold (Daughter)
Bryvin, 49, Lord Holder, Sunstone Seahold (Lover)
Bortem, 26, Junior Journeyman Tanner, Dragonsfall Weyr (Son)
Sophque, 31, Hold Resident, Sunstone Seahold (friend)
Yarmel, 31, Hold Resident, Sunstone Seahold (son (Deceased))
Riadem, 28, Senior Journeyman Healer, Sunstone Seahold (Son )
Torinya, 28, None (Daughter)
Yavin, 5, Hold Resident (Son with Bryvin)

Approved: May 22nd 2013
Last updated: December 16th 2020

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