The Balanced Bole
The Balanced Bole is the name of Ava's fortune-telling office, where she uses various methods and techniques to divine the future for clients, as well as imbue trinkets and armor with luck. She primarily uses a deck of sixty to do readings, however. Most of her clients come in by appointment, but she does occasionally do walk-ins.
The Emporium is the property Ava purchased to serve as a artisan warehouse and pseudo-home. In truth, it's a large property with more rooms than she knows what to do with, the main two of which serve as a storefront and a social area for her friends and associates; many of whom are artisans who sell in their works store above. The majority of the products sold in the Emporium are art, with very little practical value, though some vendors do peddle potions and special supplies through her.
Azure Acquisitions is the free company Ava started to organize and dole out the contracts she contuinally aggregated. The company takes up the main area of the second floor in the Emporium, as well some of the rooms in the basement levels, allowing for the Azure associates to congregate, prepare for contracts, study relics, and store their acquired goods. Azure Acquisitions focuses on unusual and potentially paranormal gigs, with a heavy focus in investigation, ruin spelunking, and research.
Ava Anders was born in Dravania outside the city-state of Sharlayan in the year 1551 of the The Sixth Umbral Era. She was the youngest of six siblings, all born to an Ishgardian mother and an Ala Mhigan father. Both cultures were featured prominently in the family's household and both having profound impacts on Ava's early years. When the Garlean Empire took Ala Mhigo and the Sharlayans abandoned their Dravanian colony, the Anders household remained behind.
Luckily, they found support in Beaugard Fabre, the head of a wealthy merchant family in Ishgard and a longtime friend and business partner of the Anders. He offered to serve as their patron and encouraged them to move back Ishgard. He was true to his word, and within a year, the Anders family had managed to re-establish themselves comfortably within the city. Ava's father, Eddval, and her two eldest brothers, Alred and Vanir, joined the Ishgardian forces that would fight in the Eorzea Grand Alliance to free Ala Mhigo.
When Ishgard withdrew, however, and closed it's gates a few years later, only Eddval returned, fracturing the family. In the years to come, the worsening weather as a result of the Calamity, mixed with the ongoing strife cause by the Dragonsong War, caused the family to both succeed and suffer. Both parents threw themselves into their work, determined to ensure they were able to provide a happy future for their remaining children. Both died only a few years before Ishgard's reintegration into the world and the end of the Dragonsong War, leaving the business to their middling children, the twins Roche and Rosamund.
Ava spent most of her childhood in Ishgard as the family diplomat. One of the most adept at swaying others, she spent her time evenly between attending galas, events, and socials and manning the family business offices and various stalls in the city; winning sales with honeyed words and gaining support from new patrons bit by bit. She wasn't necessarily fond of the latter, but she was good at both.
|Kugane and Adventure
When Ishgard opened their gates for the first time, Ava wasted no time in leaving to travel. With the tenseness present by this point between her and her siblings, and with her relative lack of impact in the overall success of the family business now that it was firmly established, it was no problem for her to travel. She went to Ul'dah first, attempting to find her other two brothers. She learned of Alred's death during the Calamity, and learned that Vanir has since become prone to bouts of vanishing and wandering.
Inspired by a friend of Vanir's who sought her out after hearing she was looking for her sibling, she traveled to Kugane and promptly fell in love. With the city, but also, mostly, with the market.
It was love at first sight. And then second sight. And third. And soon, Ava had purchased an apartment, one which she quickly furnished into a working office she titled The Balanced Bole.
Ava remained in Kugane for quite some time, traveling back and forth to Ul'dah when able to check on news about Vanir. It wasn't until she joined the Ala Mhigan Resistance that she found him, however, as he'd joined up as well. Together with the friend that intially helped Ava, they fought in Gyr Abania, each providing to the cause in their own way.
Currently, Ava goes between the Balanced Bole and the Emporium, her two businesses, spending her time evenly between her work. She's been taking more mercenary contracts as well, though often doles them out to her contacts instead of taking them on herself, accidentally fashioning herself as a contractor of sorts. This has expanded to the degree that she's felt necessary to add a third business to her belt: Azure Acquisitions. In order to see it running properly, she's begun going along for the contracts more often as well.
Stances on RP: I adore it! I'm almost always down to RP. If in open world or endgame content areas, PST me first, though, just in case! I'm down for pretty much any type of RP, but I prefer longterm, indepth storylines, with a good mixture of comedy and seriousness. But, naturally, I'm also always down for card readings and shorter clinet-based RP as well.
Hooks and relationships: Ava deals in a lot of different markets, though primarily in metalworks, jewels, and art. She's also commonly found loitering around the Adventuerer guild, various bar-like establishments, and peddling her services as a fortune teller. She has room for friends, collegues, rivals, enemies, lovers, haters, clients- you name it. While her immediate family is offlimits, I'm not opposed to making connections for extended family or any other pre-established connection!
RP combat and injuries: Bang her up, I don't care as long as it's not too severe or permanent. If you want to fight or potentially injure her seriously, DM me first and lets figure something out so we're both happy with the result! I'm fine with emote battles or using the /random system as a guideline as well.
Miscellaneous: I'm a WoW refugee and a longtime DM. I'm always happy to workshop a detailed storyline, so if you've got something you want to run by me, let me know! Lets make shit happen! Pretty much everything on this wiki is either OOC or highly situational knowledge, so please keep that in mind before applying it in RP. When in doubt, PM!
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Player Info: I've been RPing across various platforms for nearly 14 years as well as DMing and guild-leading in other MMOs for the last 5. I'm still getting used to FF14 lore, but I'm always happy to chat about anything or strike up RP. You can also contact me on Discord if you want to set something up: AvaZope#1323
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