Paerl "Rita" Guldbloewyn
♦ In-Game Brief
Tall and Bothersome, Rita walks and talks like she's seen and done it all. Obnoxiously butting herself into other's lives, this old Roegadyn has lived many lives. Almost always accompanied by her personal entourage of voidkin Bombs, who she herself breeds and raises.
Paerl Guldbloewyn, present assumed named Rita, is an old Lohengarde Roegadyn currently living in supposed retirement after a storied life. Born into a later exiled lesser Syndicate family, Paerl took full advantage of the benefits and education of her class during her early upbringing, which would ultimately allow her eventual rise, fall, and reemergence in society. Her list of skills and titles stretch from being an Alchemist, Kobold Company Member, noteworthy Bomb Breeder, Bandit Queen, Revolutionary and Antiquarian, to name a few.
Born the youngest of a rising ( at the time, ) Syndicate family, Paerl enjoyed a strong if somewhat distant relationship with her parents, whose far reaching mercantile contacts and businesses allowed for a rigorous and hefty education in multiple schools of the arts and sciences. The most significant and disastrous being a rare apprenticeship under 157th Order Alchemist Bi Za, a result of a controversial business venture made by her late father, whom sought an unprecedented trading relationship with the Kobolds of La Noscea for rare earth metals. This would ultimately become the family’s downfall, as rival Syndicate families used this controversial venture as a means to demonize and criminalize the family. With most of her family either dead, exiled, or left to rot in gaol, Paerl was secreted away by what few loyal retainers were left, and fostered by Bi Za, where she continued her apprenticeship under him as an unwanted surrogate of the 157th.
Disliked and often abused by her fellow Order members, Paerl would focus her energy into her master’s teachings, with Bi Za being one of the few who welcomed her presence. It was here that the lone child of man would find her passion and talent in the breeding and raising of Bombs, a voidkin species who were uniquely used by the Kobolds for blast mining within U’Ghamaro Mountain. Noted by her own master, the girl had a talent for taming their usual furious temperament, producing a high quality of docile and obedient Bombs, a practice which was only replicated much later after the Calamity by the industrious beastmen.
Upon completing her apprenticeship under Bi Za, Paerl would eventually depart the mountain, recognizing the growing hostility of the beastmen. She would reintegrate herself back into the races of Man, entering civil society as a noteworthy bandit queen, as she cut a trail back towards the sands of Thanalan. She grew to become a prominent and unique threat to the current Syndicate families, harassing and pillaging Syndicate holdings and, trade routes with her own unique brand of explosive vengeance, labeling herself and her comrades as revolutionaries in defense of a hamstrung Sultanate. Her persistence and affinity for avoiding capture would eventually force the families to invest heavily into the dismantling of her Bandit clan, culminating into a year long operation which would be later waylaid by the coming Calamity, which ultimately would be the final nail in Paerl’s career as a revolutionary, with her enemies and what remained of her comrades deeming her lost in the chaos that followed the Calamity.
She survived her reported death, and would soon emerge under the alias Rita. Having made use of what was left of a treasury intended for the now deceased members of her own band, she was able to establish herself into a position of wealth in the modern age, a feat only possible as a result of the horrors brought to Eorzea during Dalamud’s fall, allowing her to insert herself into post-disaster investigations, which she used to forge evidence of her own death.
Thinking herself as too old and tired to reacquire her thirst for vengeance, as well as sobered by the losses suffered, ‘Rita’ would fall into a life of supposed retirement as an Antiquarian, all the while using her collected wealth to finance and build various businesses in Eorzea, much like her father had original intended. A core focus being her own alchemy Lab, which specialized uniquely in Bomb breeding and raising.
With seven fulm to her height, Rita boasts a hardy and well worn appearance earned from a lifetime of working and wandering. Her cheekbones high, eyes narrow, strong nose and well built jaw give her a rough cut appearance. A storied woman now entering into the fifties of her years, with greying auburn hair. Her body is overly marked by nicks, burns and scars, which she normally covers, as they are one of the few identifiers she has left of her old life.
Simple if somewhat fancy clothing is all she seems to desire, with the woman often happy to don a simple sundress and sunhat. However, her simplicity in cloth is completely contrasted by her complete excess in jewelry, to the point that some may call gaudy. An eccentric by heart, she carries copious jewels, golds and silvers on her person. From simple things as a gold chain necklace, to a brilliant ruby ring on her forefinger. The number of decorations on her can go from anywhere to a number easily counted on one hand, or to a massive shining collection hanging from her neck and shoulders, with ornamental plate pieces fashioned onto her ceremoniously. She wears these regardless of it being appropriate to what setting she finds herself in.
Rita would like to style herself as a writer, a scholar, a fighter and a lover. However, she tends to present herself as intentionally slow witted, lazy and self-deprecating. Her sense of humour bizarre and sometimes inappropriate, she is really quick to laugh and jest at herself and others though more often than not it is never above a childish tease. As a retired bandit and adventurer, she has largely backed away from the heat and pressure of her old life, instead choosing to live out the rest of the life she has in luxury and to hope for contentment. She reacts slowly to events, and sometimes will even play herself as just dimwitted to achieve this. It’s important to note that Rita is a massive workaholic in denial.
She is also an impressively maternal person, who is somewhat notorious for picking up strays and caring for them.
However, she is also an incredibly restless and rambunctious old woman, with far too much energy that often boils over into immediate fits of adventure and wanderlust. She is prone to leave any of her homes unoccupied for months at a time, only returning once she had returned from some grand epic, or at least with a good story to tell.
Stories are an incredibly important part of her repertoire and motivations. They are the single greatest thing she seems to seek out at the middling of her life, willing to go to extraordinary lengths to collect them. Stories as simple as those from long lost cultures, ancients, gods. Or tales as grandiose as long arduous epics involving clashing heroes. The romance of such real life events stirs the fires in the Roegadyn's heart, urging her onto often ill-advised quests of her own.
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