Defiant Bride

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Defiant Bride
I-it's a p-pleasure to make your acquaintance, t-truly!

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NAME Defiant Bride

CURRENT ALIAS... Def | Bride | 'Amber'


RACE & CLAN... Au-ra, Raen

GENDER... Female

AGE & NAMEDAY... 26 | Born the 16th Sun of the 2nd Astral Moon

ORIENTATION... Polyamorous and Bisexual

MARITAL STATUS... In an open relationship


NATIONALITY... Abalathian (by location of birth)


FAMILY... Mother, Father, Papa, Older Sister, two Older Brothers, Estranged Sibling (no biological relatives)

RESIDENCE... The Collegia Arcanum, Mists – Ward 12, Plot 45.

OCCUPATION... Goldsmith, Paladin, Secretary, Immortal Flame

PATRON DEITY... Menphina

HEIGHT & WEIGHT... 4 fulms, 8 ilms, 146 ponze.

ALIGNMENT... Neutral/Lawful Good



Most hearing the name of 'Defiant Bride' immediately summon to mind a proud Hellsguard... tall and broad-shouldered, a stubborn and rebellious daughter of the mountains of Abalathia. Few expect a raen, much less one so tiny and shy. With a warm smile and perpetual stutter, Defiant Bride has gone from an outsider new to Eorzea to a well-liked and well-connected member of the community in only a few short years. With a smile and a deft hand for people, she works hard and enjoys a life in the city.


Not even reaching five fulms tall, Defiant Bride is short even for an au-ra. Despite being an active woman who trains and fights regularly, she doesn't bear much visible muscle. Instead, she's noticeably round, an overweight and chubby woman, whose surprising muscle is hidden. She's curvy all around, with an impressive bust, soft hips, and a noticeable belly, her tail also a bit on the thick side. She bears several visible scars of her time in Eorzea, but none are more prominent or obvious than her single horn, bearing only her left-handed appendage and sporting nothing but a smooth stump of bone on the other side of her face.

Defiant is unusual among Raen for her dark brown skin, contrasting with the white scales that cover her body. These too are more heavy than many others of her race, bearing fine, snake-like scales all the way around her neck from her jawline to her collarbone, with others covering her inner and outer thighs or gathering at her spine before her tail emerges. Though not noticeable, she is heterochromic, with her left eye green and her right a more aqua color. Her hair is naturally a soft, unusual shade of pastel blue, but she often dyes it other pastel hues. Regardless of color she tends to wear it pulled back and straightened, whether her hair is long or short. She takes a small amount of pride in the softness of her hair, skin, and scales, though her hands are well-callused with years of hard work.

She scars heavily and visibly, with shiny pink keloid scars decorating her chest, thighs and stomach. The most prominent among this is visibly twisted and poorly-healed, a heavy rip that bisects her stomach and has fresh white scales growing over the very ends... anyone with a modicum of knowledge can tell whatever wound caused it wasn't properly cared for. Her single horn also bears hints of damage, small hairline cracks covering it's surface and several scales missing where it was heavily injured.

She's quite the open book when it comes to her reactions and emotional state, and blushes easily... it's simple to tell how she's feeling just by glancing at her, her feelings writ over her face and in the motions of her tail. Many find her habits adorable, and call the woman irresistibly teasable, much to her chagrin. Rumors that she peeps loudly when agitated remain mere rumors, so far as anyone knows.

Distinguishing physical characteristics:
Mismatched eyes, bright and often smiling.
A single horn, curved by her cheek and bearing signs of past damage.
An incredibly tiny build, noticeably plump all around.
A warm, welcoming smile, sincere as anyone can be.
Cheeks that are quick to redden, be it out of embarrassment, shyness, or some combination of both.
A thick tail that, while not prehensile, tends to reveal her mood in it's flicks and swishes.


Sweet and well-natured, Defiant is nothing but earnest and welcoming to new acquaintances and a fiercely loyal friend to those who accept her affection. Despite her name, she's quiet obedient and agreeable, and tends to aim to act as mediator and greeter in social circumstances. She's quick to follow orders and considers herself far more a follower than any kind of leader, more than happy to take support roles and handle paperwork and details for other, more active people. She's both forgiving and quite polite, but those who get on her bad side can find themselves the target of bitter, hidden grudges that she won't so much as reveal in her polite smiles.

Defiant is warm and eager to make friends, and her extensive social contracts have made her VERY good at socializing. As a result she's developed an impressive poker face and a knack for how to hide her emotions or release them to make sure people see her the way she wants to be. Her smile is natural, but she can still unleash a sharp tongue, and she doesn't mind if she has to lie or act to make sure things stay smooth. She's quite good at lying, and has a good poker face... except when she's embarrassed, particularly from being teased about her love-life.

For all her appearances, Defiant suffers from intense anxiety and recurring bouts of severe depression. In the past, she's engaged in extremely risky behavior in an attempt to gain some control over her life or fill what was lacking. She risked her life in battle, failed to treat injuries, drank heavily, and more... but in the long years since she came to Eorzea, she's come to find solace and warmth in life. She lives day to day in quiet happiness, not afraid of what the future brings, and only rarely suffers from panic or depression.


HARD WORK: Few women can say they take as much pleasure in a job well done as Defiant... throwing herself into one of her many jobs fills her with a sense of contentment that's hard to beat.
KNIGHTS: Raised on old Ishgardian books about the noble exploits of the Holy See's Heavensward, Def still idolizes knights of all kind and seeks to hold herself to the same code they do... even if she admits there's no such thing as a noble white knight, not outside storybooks.
FUZZ: An abandoned spriggan who Defiant took home one day and has been raising for years. Her doting behavior has lead her to treat him more like a son than a pet, and he's shockingly well spoken at this point.
CLUBS: Working hard calls for playing hard, and when Defiant needs relax and unwind, she loves nothing more than hitting a dance club and partying until the night is long!.
ANCIENT AESTHETICS: As a goldsmith, her job has driven her to investigate and study the designs and styles used in the Fifth Astral age and earlier. She's developed quite a fondness for the architecture of Nym, aesthetics of Mhach, and stonework of Amdapor.


RUDENESS: While she has a high tolerance for even the rudest of individuals, those who are incapable of meeting her even in the most token attempts at politeness (or worse; mock her attempts to be kind,) better watch out.
LARGE BUGS: Particularly sandworms, diremites, and yarzons. Absolutely disgusting, she'd rather fight a chimera than have to deal with one.
COLD: Abalathia's Spine had frozen, dire winters, but at least she lived with a family of living furnaces... on her own, she grows sluggish and numb a few minutes in the snow, and is extremely prone to hypothermia.
FLYING: A deep fear of falling combined with airsickness means even a brief airship jaunt leaves her pale and shaking. More extended ones can have her vomiting for hours even after she touches down.
RECKLESS STRENGTH: Defiant has met many, many strong people in her life... and has come to only respect those who know how to hold back. Those who injure others in spars, or lash out without thought... are pathetic, in her eyes.


READING: While she favors romance novels, Defiant is a voracious reader of all sorts of books. She favors them to learn new things, and owns an extensive personal library.
EVENTS: For as shy as she can be, Defiant's desire to meet new people tends to push her out into the world where she can be met attending all kinds of shows and special social events around Eorzea.
GARDENING: Though her home is in the Goblet, Defiant has a lush enough lawn to tend to several beautiful flowers and some very healthy strawberry bushes. Digging around in them puts her at ease.


HARDY: Beyond any natural talent or particular skill, Defiant ENDURES. She can walk for malms in plate armor, remain conscious after life-threatening blows, stay standing after massive bloodloss or intense aetheric depletion. She survives, even if she might not always want to.
EMPATHETIC: There are countless experiences and lives Def can never know nor understand, but it doesn't stop her from trying. She always goes out of her way to see things from other people's point of view, and she's painfully empathetic.
MERCIFUL: After a very, very long time and a lot of pain, Def believes that everyone deserves the chance for mercy. Her sense of justice is informed by this desire, and anyone seeking a second chance will find an extended hand and a kind smile waiting for them.
INDUSTRIOUS: While she doesn't have many natural talents, no one ever told Def that. She's willing to put in hours of hard work and practice to learn and hone her skills, and never skimps on effort.


DOCILE: Any questioning of her choices or opinions are sure to stop her in her tracks, and she's hesitant to volunteer her thoughts on things if they might be challenged. She's the type to follow orders from superiors, even if it leads her to regret not objecting later on.
REPRESSED: Her desires, her fears, her anger and sadness... just... just bottle that shit up and never tell anyone. No one has to know!
INHIBITED In truth, Defiant's own fears and beliefs about herself hold her back. Her blade is slower when she's afraid of hurting someone, and her potential for magic is stifled by her belief that she's incompetent in wielding it.


PROTECTING OTHERS: More than anything else, Defiant fights to protect those who matter to her, regardless of how capable they are on their own. She will stand for them the best she can.
LOVE: Defiant's seen countless ups and downs, sworn off love more than once... and yet finds herself back in it. For the sake of the warmth that love gives her, she'll do quite a bit.
THE GREATER GOOD: Defiant has a very carefully defined moral code, and swore an oath of mercy to her Paladin Soul Crystal. She may not always work with people on the right side of law, or do things that seem right... but she always strives for something that meets her personal code.


FLAME OFFICER'S BLADE: A heavy, unusually-shaped longsword and Defiant's main arm. Earned through moons of hard work and effort put in with the flames, she wields it with an ease that belays it's true weight.
HIGH MYTHRITE SHIELD: A gorgeous work of art in shield form, Defiant's mythrite shield was originally crafted by Rawkin Forgeheart and served well until it was shattered in combat with Garlean forces. This new piece is magnitudes finer, heavier in exchange for being harder to pierce.
PEISTBANE: A gift by a dear, dear friend and her employer, the eccentric gillionaire, Sigurd Sundsteigen, this cereulean-powered gunblade is sleek and modern and folds up small enough that it can be concealed in Def's clothing. While new to shooting, she treasures the gift and the affection behind it and keeps it on her where normal blades might draw unwanted attention.
GOLDSMITHING SUPPLIES: Ever the hard worker, Def keeps several types of jewelry-making supplies on her, from a miniature tool kit to a variety of samples of chains and beads, to scraps of ore and jewels. The latter serve as gifts and payment when she finds herself in debt to others; the former tend to go right into her pet Spriggan's waiting mouth.
SILVER NECKLACE: A very simple silver necklace, not the finest quality but very well cared for. A valentione's day gift from her dearest friend Khyran Oisin... no matter how many fancy and intricate pieces she makes, it remains her favorite.
AMBER RING: A finely made ring with a golden band and a near-flawless cabochon of amber as the focal piece. While she started wearing it on a whim, circumstances have drawn her to the stone and she wears it as a reminder of her desire to serve as a guardian to others. She keeps it on her at all times, even when wearing gloves.
NOTEBOOK: A pocket-sized notebook with plenty of pages bound in soft aldgoat leather, with a tiny loop to hold a pen. A key point in her work as a personal assistant to Sigurd Sundsteigen, this notebook holds detailed reports of meetings of a clandestine group, long lists of tasks to be accomplished, a variety of receipts of sale for all sorts of goods... and a whole lot of grumbling and complaining about her employer, usually written down when she's told "Take a note, my most defiant bride!" before he begins to ramble.
LINKPEARL STRAND: A string of linkpearls with individual clasps designed to nestle them neatly against an auri horn. They range from casual social groups to formal military and secret society pearls. Her own has a personal line that's easy for any standard model to tune to, if messages need be sent.



Some of these rumors are untrue, speculation, or are greatly exaggerated.

◢ Common Rumors - Easily overheard. Use these freely!
"Defiant Bride? Yeah, I know her... she's always running around doing something or other. She's hard to miss, what with that skin and that hair and that horn...!"
"If you're looking to commission a goldsmith for something unusual, she's one of the best for your money... if you can stand the stutter."
"She used to work guard duty a lot... if you ever went to the Golden Bazaar, y'probably met her. She's not around nearly as much but she still takes patrols in the city, I think?"
"All I know is, she ain't no Hellsguard. Gal with a name like that, y'get EXPECTATIONS...!"
"If you need a hand with something, she's always the first to volunteer, no matter what... don't think she knows people are taking advantage of that, yet."
◢ Uncommon Rumors - A little more difficult to hear. Use sparingly or ask first!
"She didn' used to have one horn... used t'see her workin' patrols in Drybone all th' time and she was whole n' hale back then. She just vanished one day, n' when I saw her again a few weeks later, it was gone."
"That girl looks innocent, but I've seen the people she talks to, what they do... that shy stuttery thing can't be for real."


Feel free to add your own rumors to this section.

◢ Player Character Rumors - Some of these are more rare than others!
"Hey, did you hear about Defiant Bride?" -- YOUR NAME HERE.



Player Note
Please call me J, or Def! I'm in my late twenties and I'm non-binary. I go by They/Them. Please don't hesitate to send a message or ask to my Main Blog or my RP blog!
Personal RP Limits
I'm fine with all kinds of darker themes and more mature topics, up to and including drug use, murder, torture, sex, mental illness, and the effects of all of these... IF discussed ahead of time.
I will not engage in darker topics without some kind of communication on both sides about what is in mind.
Defiant's story involves elements of explicit abuse and severe depression which sometimes manifests in ways that can affect her personal relationships. Please don't hesitate to talk to me if you're unsure where she stands or how she feels, but be aware that sometimes she might not actually be as interested as you assumed.
I do my best to communicate with my partners and keep up, but I tend to get VERY busy and easily distracted, so if I've been ignoring you please don't hesitate to poke me! I'm always eager to talk about rp or just life, and I'd rather be friends with my RP partners than anything else!
On a personal level, I prefer to avoid rping with people who do not respect me as a person... and thus, am not interested in RPing with transphobes or those who can't accept nonbinary genders.


Potential Plot Hooks
While the below is by no means comprehensive, it's a kind of spring board for walk-up RP.
"Sorry, can you help me find something around here?" Defiant is quite well connected no matter where she is, and always eager to help people get where they're going.
"I heard you're a goldsmith, miss." Be it ordinary jewelry, fanciful magic pieces, or esoteric religious tokens, Defiant's eager to take commissions of all kinds.
Character Lore Adherence
Information in this Wiki is Lore Compliant to the best of my knowledge. Assumptions and small tweaks at play in this character and backstory are listed below.
✷ The Roegadyn Old Tongue Isn't Dead: While certainly not anyone's first language, and nearly unspoken in most of Eorzea, the old tongue of the Roegadyn remains a language spoken here and there, and while it lacks an alphabet, it's words can be transcribed with Eorzean letters to provide a form of code.
✷ Au-ra are Rare, but have always been around: Regardless of how clumsy their implementation, several post-50 class quests show Auri characters holding skilled jobs in Eorzea... while there's been a recent influx of the tribes lately, it isn't odd to have a Raen pair travelling in Abalathia's Spine with their infant daughter.
✷ Not all Auri horns regrow at the same rate: While most will slowly grow back after injury, the rate and likeliness of a healthy regrow are determined by a variety of factors. The type of injury, how it's cared for initially, repeated trauma and even genetics can all change whether or not a horn injury heals properly. Defiant's missing horn will never regrow.
Layout Credit
Template borrowed wholesale from Sigurd Sundsteigen. Original design by Abagail Graves and Bancroft Gairn, with edits by Xheja Rajhera, inspiration from D'lyhhia Lhuil, and more edits by Glioca Sargonnai. With the inventory page used with Odette Saoirse's permission. Please leave the link-backs if you use or modify the template.