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Adelaide de Bourbon
The Dark Lady
Personality

A bit distant, Adelaide keeps herself at arms length from most people, unwilling to let people get particularly close to her. Adelaide, despite her frosty exterior, dearly loves her friends. She is fiercely loyal and devout to her beliefs. Adelaide also tries to retain a regal air, keeping her short temper on a long leash. She's admittedly a bit vain, willing to flaunt her looks as she sees fit.

History

The King Henry II of France was bored. Many could tell. He did not love his wife, Catherine de' Medici. The two had been wed since they were both 14, and he never cared much for her. He could not be with his love, Diane de Poitiers. As Diane insisted he lay with Catherine to produce heirs to the throne, Apate laughed. Amused at what Aphrodite had done to the king, and to please Eris, who was upset with her, Apate descended from Olympus, donning the guise of Catherine. If she stirred a child with the king, and left it there, it would be absolutely scandalous, and sure to incite some discord, if the 20 year old King was caught having a secret child.

And so, Apate, wearing Catherine's face, seduced and enthralled the king into their bed, laying with him. Months later, in January of 1539, weary after another argument with Catherine, Henry II found a babe upon his headpillow. Confused, he lifted the baby up, noticing a note near the pillow. As he read the exquisite french calligraphy, his eyebrows rose further and further. A Deity? He slept with a goddess? Was this some kind of joke? It would explain why Catherine did not seem to swell with child.

Eyes widening, and skin paling, he realized the child was a bastard. Catherine would not accept it, nor would Diane. He had to act, and quickly. Unable to kill his child, Henry gave the child to the lady Antoinette de Bourbon, a powerful Duchess of Guise. Antoinette, realizing the power she would gain, eagerly accepted the child, naming her Adelaide. It was not known how the 46 year old woman convinced Claude, her husband, but she did.

It was not a loveless childhood. Adelaide was a jewel of the court and would remain so for her entire life, always helpful, always trustworthy. One of her life-long friends would be the Mary, future Queen of Scots, the maternal granddaughter of Adelaide's adoptive mother. She was only 3 years younger than Adelaide. Adelaide was not particularly liked by her closest brother, Rene, for the three year old felt the baby stole the affection he rightfully deserved from his parents. Doted upon, Adelaide was tutored in politics, the fine and performing arts, astronomy, agriculture and practically every other skill needed of a young lady.

She was in particular doted upon by her grandparents, Marie of Luxembourg, the Countess of Vendôme. In fact, so much so, that Marie wrote within her will that Adelaide was decreed to be her immediate successor as 'countess' upon Marie's death. Adelaide, the picturesque little lady, gracefully accepted the further lessons she was required to learn. She would later become heavily embroiled within the French Court, coming into opposition against Diane de Poitiers, and supporting Catherine de' Medici. Marie's death when Adelaide was 8 impacted her deeply. Antoinette de Bourbon became the Regent of Vendome until Adelaide was 16.

At the age of 10, Adelaide found herself confronted by a large hound with eyes of crimson, and fur of night. Horrified, she was helpless as the creature stalked towards her. It was only due to Antoinette's clever thinking, impaling the hound upon a glittering, bronze sword, that Adelaide survived. Relieved, Adelaide asked how she knew she was in trouble. Antoinette thought of the letter the King had given her so long ago, and replied with "A Motherly Intuition." Antoinette had beseeched the gods for aid in protecting Adelaide, and aid she was given. A glittering bronze rapier, which shrunk to fit snug within a crystalline amulet. She also found a shield, which shrunk into a bracelet, with a single charm on it.

With yet another set of classes, this time focused on defending herself, Adelaide trained under the infamous Musketeers, as well as various swordsmen across France. She also took several classes on herbology and botany, in case she was ever lost in the wilderness. Adelaide had a remarkable proficiency with the rapier, which led to her being trained moreso in that than other blades, although Antoinette was strict in her knowing at least every type.

Taking the Rapier and Shield, she gave these as a gift to Adelaide for her 11th Birthday, and to celebrate her engagement to some foreign nobleman Adelaide had never met nor heard of, Phillip II of Spain. As the picturesque girl, Adelaide gracefully accepted this, but she felt discontentment stir within her chest, which would only fester.

Adelaide spent most of her days studying, or watching the musketeers practice. Many saw the depressed Adelaide in the court, and even more wished to confront Antoinette about the engagement. It was only when Mary, future Queen of Scots, and Catherine de Medici, in a rare agreement with Diane de Poitiers, implored King Henry II to cancel the engagement. At seeing the three women agree, and harboring his own affection for his bastard daughter, he agreed.

Adelaide perked up, no longer feeling as if she would be tied down to a man for her life. When assassins, including a scythian dracanae, came after her from the infuriated Phillip, the 11 year old defended herself remarkably, defending Antoinette de Bourbon as well. Impressed, the Captain of the Musketeers asked if Adelaide would wish to join when she was of age, and she eagerly agreed. The assassination attempted helped Henry II decide to start the Italian War of 1551-1559.

In truth, the girl had always yearned to join the Musketeers, but feared it would not be proper unless requested. Elated, she worked at mastering any skill she possibly could, and became further integrated into the politics of the court, carving power, slowly, yet steadily, out from Diane de Poitiers, so that it would make Catherine exiling her all the more easy. She was sheltered during the Italian War, rarely venturing out in public, but she used that time to study and practice. During the war, she became recognized as the Countess of Vendome, and was given far more power than she had before.

The War concluded in 1559, a very eventful year for Adelaide. She had turned 20 of age, much to Antoinette's relief. The King had died, the man whom none knew was Adelaide's father, bar Antoinette, was dead. Gone, from a simple jousting accident. In a rare moment of empathy for Diane, Adelaide comforted her as the mistress was denied to see her lover. However, her empathy did not stop her from supporting Catherine exiling the woman to Château de Chaumont. With her considerable amount of political favors, Adelaide's support made Diane's exile imminent. Diane stayed at Câteau de Chaumont for only a short time, and she lived out her remaining years in her château in Anet, Eure-et-Loir, where she lived in comfortable obscurity as a virtual exile.

As she navigated the complicated political arena for years, on request of her long-time ally, Catherine, Adelaide yearned to finally join the Musketeers. This passion grew, until she did finally join at age 45, as a way of coping with Antoinette's death, a year prior. At age 47, she went out to go save her childhood friend, Mary of Scots, but could not save her from being beheaded. Infuriated, Adelaide plotted Elizabeth I's death. She would later decide against killing Elizabeth, instead choosing to vent her frustration on a nearby minotaur. Artemis, who had been hunting the beast, asked if Adelaide would join her hunt. Adelaide refused.

Adelaide served the Musketeers faithfully, but in an accident, she was impaled by an english guard. As she lay upon the cold stone, her life trickling away, she mourned. She wished she had caused more mayhem, caused more anarchy, not been so confined to the rules of propiety and etiquette as she was. She yearned for a lost childhood, that was shackled by politics and war. Her wishes were heard by her mother, Apate. Struck with grief over her daughter, Apate begged her ally, Eris, to help. Seeing potential, the goddess Eris trapped her brother, Thanatos within a crystalline skull, ceasing death. This prevented him from collecting Adelaide's soul, and any others for a brief time, as she turned the once-musketeer into her new attendant and handmaiden. After healing Adelaide, and immortalizing her, Eris released Thanatos from the skull.

Adelaide was immensely grateful and zealously followed Eris' doctrine, causing chaos across the mortal realm as much as she possibly could. She spent her free time, experiencing various decadent pleasures in Olympus, beneath the Oceans, or the Underworld. She would regularly help the french in their wars, and any sort of thing she found interest in. She was even included in the fairytale Beauty and the Beast, as the sorceress who cursed the Beast, or, in some variations, the 'fairy'. Her favorite moniker was the Black Angel of the battlefields, where she would feed off of the chaos to stir more. Artemis, whenever meeting Adelaide, would ask she join her Hunt. Adelaide refused every time.

It was during a decadent party in Olympus that Adelaide met the youthful goddess Hebe, and she was immediately intrigued by the scope the minor deity possessed. She looked at her calloused and withered hands, disgusted. Adelaide would then go out of her way to be helpful to both Hebe and Aphrodite, dealing with a group of temperamental Sea Serpents in an isle off the coast of Greece that was once a sacred temple to the deities. In reward, the two restored Adelaide's faded youth.

Adelaide was struck with grief when the Musketeers were disbanded, and fell into a slump. She would only do tasks Eris assigned her. She played a key part in the starting of several wars, such as the Anglo-Spanish War, the Great Turkish War and World War I. She also participated in dozens more, including the American Revolutionary War, the Haitian Revolution War, and World War II, playing as soldier or messenger.

When Eris assigned her to convince the Bavarian Supreme Court to pardon a criminal from the Landsberg Prison, in Germany. Adelaide took this task reluctantly, but found it was eerily reminiscent of her time as a politician, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Enthralling and charming the prisoner, Adelaide kept her words clipped yet honeyed, smooth and hard, tempting yet revolting, before pressing her lips to a cup of coffee. Utterly charmed, he was dismayed when he later learned he would never see her again, but he hoped she would see the destruction he would wrought. Adolf did not pay much mind to her later in his life, preoccupied with his consorts and later, wife.

Adelaide was both fascinated and horrified when she saw the cause. What little remained of the empathetic little girl was brought to the surface, and she lent her aid to end the brutal war. She then joined Artemis' Hunt, leaving the employ of Eris. The Goddess' amorality to the war disgusted Adelaide, and she chose to stay with Artemis, finally accepting the invitation. Her relationship with the Goddess of Discord ended fairly decent, at least on the divine half.

While she served faithfully, for she had remained chaste and pure, she later had decided to go to the camp she heard so much of, unable to handle the deaths of her fellow hunters. It was too painful. It was a Manticore hunt gone awry, and Adelaide's guilt was tremendous. She was the senior, she should've looked out for her fellow hunters.

Perhaps she would find something at the Camp Half-Blood to keep her there, to find penance.

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“No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.”
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Relationships

Eris (Former boss. Uneasy, relatively friendly) Apate (Mother, loves her dearly, doesn't know her) Artemis (Former boss, on good terms with)

Preferences

LIKES

France, Good Food, Animals, Music

DISLIKES

Spain, Unnecessary Death, Swedish Fish

I once believed that life is nothing without a little chaos to make it interesting. Now, I'm not so sure what I believe.
Basic Info
Full Name Adelaide de Bourbon
Nickname Addy (by close friends)
Birthday January 13th, 1539
Age 479 (Actual) 25 (Physical)
Nationality French
Ethnicity Caucasian
Home Paris, France
Status Single
Sexuality Bisexual
Location Camp Half-Blood
Gender Female
Titles Dark Lady of the Battles, Countess of Vendôme, Duchess of Guise
OOC Plans Find a group of friends, find a new 'family'
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“Be the flame, not the moth.”
Appearance
Model Elizabeth Gillies
Gender Female
Eye Color Blue-Green
Hair Color Brown-Black
Height 5"7
Voice Soprano
Body Style lean/toned
Mental/Emotional State Distant
Mental/Emotional Disorders ADHD, Dyslexia
Physical Disorders None
Ethnicity Caucasian
"Only the fool approaches the serpent without caution."
Past Relations
First Kiss A son of a duke
First Love None
First Ex Prince Phillip II of Spain
Most Recent Ex Adolf Hitler is the closest thing to a recent ex
Relationship Status Single
Dating(?) None
Sexuality Bisexual
Family
God Parent Apate
Mortal Parent King Henry II of France
Half-Sibling(s) By her mother, Apate' Cabin

by her father, Henry II Francis II, King of France, born 19 January 1544, married Mary Stuart Queen of Scots Elizabeth of France, born 2 April 1545, married Philip II, King of Spain. Claude of France, born 12 November 1547, married Charles III, Duke of Lorraine. Louis, Duke of Orléans, born 3 February 1549, died 24 October 1550. Charles IX, King of France, born 27 June 1550. Henry III, King of France, born 19 September 1551, also briefly King of Poland. Margaret of France, born 14 May 1553, married Henry IV, King of France. Hercules, Duke of Anjou, born 18 March 1555, later known as Francis, Duke of Alençon and Anjou. Victoria of France, born 24 June 1556, died 17 August 1556. Joan of France, stillborn 24 June 1556. Henry II also had three other illegitimate children:

By Filippa Duci: Diane, duchesse d'Angoulême (1538–1619). At the age of fourteen, the younger Diane married Orazio Farnese, Duke of Castro, who died in battle in 1553. Her second marriage was to François, Duke of Montmorency. By Lady Janet Stewart (1508–1563), the illegitimate daughter of James IV of Scotland: Henri d'Angoulême (1551 – June 1586). He was legitimized and became governor of Provence. By Nicole de Savigny: Henri de Saint-Rémy (1557–1621). He was given the title of Count of Saint-Rémy.

Full Sibing(s) N/A
Cousin(s) {{{Cousin}}}
Aunt(s) {{{Aunt}}}
Uncle(s) {{{Uncle}}}
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Powers

Offensive

  1. Children of Apate have the minor ability to create illusions of attacks so realistic that they are most likely to catch an enemy off guard; however, if they miss they are left vulnerable to counter attack.
  2. Children of Apate are able to command a weapon to go against it's master's will. However, they cannot command a weapon bigger than them. Also, the master of the weapon can resist the will of the weapon. Once the effect has wore off, the weapon is immune to further effects of it.

Defensive

  1. Children of Apate are able to make the objects in a small area shift appearance or location, confusing those who will see it. While the skill is in effect, it continuously drains the user.
  2. Children of Apate are able to trick charging enemies to face the opposite directions and charge at those directions instead. The more enemies and the longer the distance, the more it drains the demigods. After the effects have wore off, enemies will be immune to further effects of it for the battle.

Passive

  1. Children of Apate are innately able to see through lies, illusions or any form of deceit, as they are innately so well skilled with deceit themselves.
  2. Children of Apate have the innate ability to confuse, mislead or deceive others for a short time, the longer they try and keep up with the lies/deceptions, the more energy it drains

Supplementary

  1. Children of Apate are able to make a fake copy of an object not bigger than them, but they must clearly imagine the object in their minds for it to completely imitate the original object. Also, if the original object possess magical properties or whatsoever, the imitation will not copy those properties.
  2. Children of Apate can use their powers to lure someone into lying or coming into agreement with them when they truly don't want to without the person influenced even noticing. The bigger the lie, the more power drained. A person with a strong will can fight this, and most will remember being deceived shortly after.
  3. Children of Apate are able to mimic sounds or the voice of a person or creature they already heard speaking or making noise. The quality of the mimicry depends on the focus and skill level of the user.

3 Months After Character is Made

  1. Children of Apate can create illusions in order to twist other's perception of reality or make everyone around them see something that isn't really there. However, the illusion isn't physical and therefore is only a trick of sight. The bigger the change in perception, the more power drained. They can also delude single individuals in the same fashion.

6 Months After Character is Made

  1. Children of Apate are able to make a copy of their body, that they are mentally connected to, but cannot interact with its physical environment. It can be used to spy on others, bring back intel, distract others, carry messages, etc. It drains the user moderately.

9 Months After Character is Made

  1. Children of Apate are able to make a copy of their body, that they are mentally connected to. It is essentially a real copy of themselves, with all their powers to a weakened extent and can actually interact with their surroundings, however while the copy is active the user is entirely incapacitated. While the copies are active, the user is drained, so the longer the copy is active the more they are drained. Once the copy is gone, they must wait a substantially long time before making another copy.

Traits

  1. Children of Apate tend to be treacherous, fond of treachery or amused by it.
  2. Children of Apate are cunning, sly and uneasily fooled.
  3. Children of Apate are very good liars and at making alibis.
  4. Children of Apate are good at forging signatures and hacking systems.
  5. Children of Apate have deceit "intuitions", meaning they may have a hunch if someone will try to deceive them. However, their predictions may not be accurate every time.
Gallery

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