Mynne is the quintessential street waif of Ul'dah. She never knew her mother or father and grew up in the dark alleyways of Ul'dah in squalor and poverty. A survivor of the harsh circumstances of her birth, she has fought tooth and nail to cling to life in a world that never wanted her. Surviving by any means necessary and using every onze of guile and instinct inherent within her, Mynne carved out a niche for herself in the seedy underbelly of Ul'dah's darker corners. Having grown up into a woman without the experience of a true childhood or the loving nurturing of a family, Mynne is a bitter individual. Her carefree demeanour conceals her harsh view of the world, seeing it as a cold and uncaring place where the powerful control the weak.
These days, Mynne is typically found out and about looking for easy marks or easier work. She is ever willing to snatch a purse, rob a noble's house, or perform other such activities as these are the only skills she learned in her time as an urchin. Always on the lookout for ways to make gil to support her burgeoning network of contacts, Mynne has begun to branch out to the other city-states in pursuit of opportunities. Recently, she has begun to take up a variety of jobs locating people or objects and has been instrumental in the success of several operations. Her ability to get the job done has begun to afford her the grudging respect that she has always craved, though her caustic attitude often sours those she would impress.
Mynne is rather skinny and lithe, a combination of her life with minimal nutrition and careful cultivation of her body proportions. Her snow-white shoulder-length hair is relatively well-maintained, primarily to keep strands of hair out of her eyes for maximum ability to see when needed. Her forehead has strips of leonine markings, a heredity quirk from an unknown mother.
Mynne primarily wears loose fit clothing, seeking to show off her form to maximum effect in order to manipulate her inherent attractiveness to get what she wants. Cocky and confident, Mynne regards most folks who approach her with a mixture of curiosity and anticipation; are they a customer or a mark?
A socializer by nature, Mynne can be loud and attention seeking... when she wants to be. She enjoys getting in people's business just to stir the pot and has little time for those who can't "take a joke".
Mynne is a button-pusher, often actively antagonizing people who are otherwise leaving her alone. She does this typically as a way to alleviate boredom, but also as a method of gauging a person's ability to react to the situations around them. If one proves themself a fool or an otherwise mirthless person, Mynne will likely mark them as a target for later, seeking to relieve them of their Gil purse.
Mynne looks at the world from the perspective of one who never had a childhood, instead seeing the world as a place where the predators feed on the weak. Determined to never again be that vulnerable girl in the alley, Mynne goes out of her way to present herself as a capable and confrontational woman so as to keep the bullies away. A tad cynical and always suspicious of one's motives, Mynne is slow to trust, and even slower to forgive.
Generally when she is out and about, Mynne is a mingler - seeking to find those willing to buy her drinks and otherwise keep her entertained. Such relationships rarely last though, Mynne typically growing tired of these people and abandoning them for something new and fresh. Still, for those willing to put up with the woman, they can find themselves enjoying their time in the company of the fun-loving Miqo'te.
Philosophy & Ideals
Mynne is severely critical of wealth and those who flaunt it. Having experienced and seen the hardships of poverty firsthand, she sees those with excessive wealth as gluttonous blights on society and she typically will do everything in her power to cut them down to size. While she would never outright murder somebody, more than one nobleman has found themselves waking up in a dark Ul'dahn alley, naked with bruises all over their body.
Despite her sharp and caustic nature towards society in general, Mynne does have a tender side hidden underneath all the layers of bitterness. Recent events have given her a brief taste of conjury, and she enjoys the feeling of being able to help those she feels are deserving. Unlike many practitioners of the art though, Mynne is perfectly fine with withholding it from those she feels are undeserving - mainly those who "brought it on themselves" or did some wrong in her eyes.
Mynne has seven 'siblings' that she supports, and most of the money she gets in heists and jobs typically goes towards these seven in an attempt to spare them from the fate that she endured growing up. Rarely does Mynne speak of her life, but given enough alcohol and the rare acquaintance that she actually enjoys the company of, Mynne is willing to lower the barriers slowly. Those who get to know her and earn her hard-to-win respect will find that Mynne is a steadfast and reliable ally to have.
Personality Tidbits and Random Facts
- Mynne loves to manipulate others into buying her things, using her charm and good looks to get free drinks and other luxuries.
- Mynne is no stranger to more base pleasures and is often found carousing in cheap taverns or taking her pleasures in brothels.
- She enjoys taking on challenges that others would shy away from, especially where gil is concerned. Mynne often adopts an attitude of "having nothing to lose" and is fond of high-risk high-reward scenarios.
- Mynne fights dirty, not above cheap shots and dirty tricks when backed into a corner. More than one aggressor has found themselves seeing stars after a well-placed blow to their lower regions when Mynne feigned surrender.
- Mynne would never admit it in a hundred years, but she has a fascination with cute clothing. She often spends her time near the tailor's guild, watching folks who wander in and out with new trends and fashions.
- Always on the lookout for a quick score, Mynne frequently can be found in and around adventurers guilds; particularly when she sees a posting that she thinks she can finagle. (Usually by stealing the requested item in question)
- Mynne never knew her mother or father, and often has a hard time reconciling bonds of familial affection. She has begun to slowly understand as she tends to her seven charges, though.
- Mynne has no idea what her true surname was, and has adopted the surname 'Rosalia' rather than adhere to typical Miqo'te surnames. She is so named due to her nickname on the streets where people would comment on her rosy cheeks, often nicknaming her "Rosie".
Mynne isn't quite sure how she ended up in Ul'dah, or who her mother and father were. Most likely, her mother was a woman who sold her body on the streets for coin and abandoned the babe as soon as she gave birth. Her infant years are a blur of lost memories, shadowy figures passing the babe from hand to hand with dark motives and darker intentions. Barely kept alive by scraps of moldy food she would find outside restaurants and trash cans, Mynne eventually turned up on the streets as a small child having run away from whatever dark hovel she had been kept in. The memories aren't quite clear to her, though the agony of the beatings and sharp hunger were feelings she could never forget. Begging for gil on the streets, the little cat did whatever she could to scrounge up food to stave off hunger. Occasionally she would get so desperate that she would try to steal coin or food from the market stalls though she was often caught and brutalized for her troubles. Still, despite the odds she managed to survive into young adulthood and learned how to get by unseen and unheard.
The girl would grow up into a grungy street waif and for the first time in her life, she found herself with an asset she could peddle for the night's meal: her own body. Using her bodily charms to her advantage, Mynne began learning the subtle art of manipulation and socialization that would become the backbone of her adult skillset. She learned how to control those that she slept with, fleecing them with honeyed words and touches in all the right places. With the information garnered from those she found herself coupling with, she would go on to find relatively easy scores that would offer her a somewhat comfortable state of living for the first time in her life.
Still, even with the newfound source of income life was not easy. Mynne found herself growing more and more disillusioned with the world, finally beginning to understand the colossal disparity in wealth between Ul'dah's poorest and wealthiest citizens. Growing increasingly bitter, Mynne found herself taking on more and more dangerous heists. She saw each mark as an opportunity to "stick one" to the nobles and merchants who would sooner let the poor starve than mildly inconvenience themselves. Incredibly, she kept succeeding. Always seemingly one step ahead of certain disaster, Mynne had quite the knack for staying beyond the reach of authorities.
Mynne's adulthood life has not differed much from the way she has lived the rest of her life. She still seeks out heists and marks, looking for information on potential sources of income. Had she known any other way, Mynne might have found a more honest way of living at this point, her unique skillset likely being of use to those who needed a scout or a spy. Instead, the woman continued as she always had: looking to dupe and steal from those she found lacking in wits.
Early into her adult life, Mynne chanced upon a group of young street urchins in a back alley one night, their sunken eyes and hungry faces leering out at the catte. To her utter astonishment, Mynne found herself giving the group of children her own coin, not able to bring herself to abandon them. Perhaps she saw herself in those sad little desperate eyes, or perhaps it was simply on a whim. Whatever the case may be, Mynne pseudo-adopted the septet of children, doing her best to at least make sure they had some food in their bellies and a safe place to stay. She continues to watch over these children as any devoted guardian would, the kids being the lone exception to the otherwise wholly self-serving machinations of the Miqo'te.
Another significant milestone in Mynne's life was meeting the conjurer Lily Nibelung. Lily had travelled to Ul'dah on her way to meet friends, and had happened to stop in the markets for some shopping. Figuring the tourist was an easy mark that wouldn't miss her coin purse, Mynne was preparing to liberate the pouch from the naive woman when a pair of hungry children approached the woman. To Mynne's astonishment and confusion, Lily gave the children enough gil for more than a few meals. Intrigued, she approached the woman looking to find out who she was and perhaps see if she could get her hands on some of that gil for herself. The two spoke for some time, and Mynne found herself respecting the serene woman's heart. (Even if she thought it foolish.) Perhaps sensing some of the pain and desperation of Mynne's past life, Lily offered to take Mynne under her wing on the side and teach her some of the art of conjury. Seeing nothing to lose and figuring she could at least rob the woman if it was all a trick, Mynne agreed. What followed were several weeks of Mynne learning to control and commune with the elementals - she even had a knack for it. Still, Mynne had mouths to feed back in Ul'dah and took her leave from Lily. Mynne had seen enough from the woman to be confident of the type of woman she was and did something she had never done in her short lifespan: she allowed herself to become friends with Lily. Nowadays, the two women are more companions rather than mentor and pupil though Lily still does what she can to help support Mynne.
Mynne's most recent activity of note has been affiliated with Lily's network of contacts. Primarily, she was responsible for helping to track down and narrow down the search for a woman named Zozola Zola who would later become Lily's lover. She also was instrumental in finding the voidsent Lydaea who had usurped control of Lily's corporeal body from her. In tandem with a coalition of Zozola's friends, Mynne was able to both locate and help free Lily from Lydaea's clutches. Nowadays, she is just waiting for the next Eorzea-shaking event to happen so that she can capitalize on the opportunities to make gil from such an event. She spends her days in Ul'dah for the most part using her network of contacts to acquire information... for a price.
I'm open to roleplaying with just about everyone - Veteran or novice RPer alike! Walkups are welcome and encouraged. My only three real requests are:
First - That you try to keep OOC and IC interactions separate when possible. I really prefer trying to keep character interactions in-character, and trying to differentiate when I'm talking to your character and *you* is difficult when someone constantly switches between the two without a warning. So trying to use "(( ))" tags when possible is greatly appreciated! :)
Second - I welcome almost all backstories and roleplays. If you'd like to do some sort of life-changing collaboration storyline involving Mynne, please clear it with me first so I can think about the story a bit ahead of time and make it an awesome experience for both of us! That being said, I almost never turn down playing a role in your character's development.
Third - Regarding character relationships, while I am okay with Mynne becoming - slowly - involved with somebody romantically, It would need to be something that would be built up upon many roleplaying sessions. I also want to stress that it would be strictly IC and would have it not bleed into the real world. Please respect that I prefer to keep the boundary in-game and will respond negatively if you try to make it go beyond that. Thank you! :)