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Keira Saphira

I will do absolutely anything to keep my children, my court, and my kingdom, safe.

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a character in “Cogaidh: Blood on the Street”, as played by Kirihe

Description

(Character portrayed by Evangeline Lilly -a.k.a Tauriell from the hobbit-)
Kiera Saphira

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"I am strong because I've been weak, I am fearless because I have been afraid, I am wise because I have been foolish"








Who am I?

Queen of the Summer Court (Seelie)








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Full Name: Keira Amardian Saphira

Nickname or epithet: Volpes -Latin word for Fox-

Gender: Female

Age: 2,103

Species: Sidhe

Kingdom:Wizard








What do I look like?








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Hair Color: Red
Eye Color: Green
Height: 5"4
Tattoos: none
Piercings: none
Scars: none
Description: At least one brief paragraph of your overall appearance: Keira is the type of person to blend in to a room. She doesn't stand out unless she wants to and even her mother has a habit of forgetting where she is. Her appearance is typically noted because of the haughty way she holds herself. Keira is also known for keeping her hair down despite customs common in her court.






A look into my brain?







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Personality:
{Free Spirit, Loyal, Conflicted, Fierce, Tempermental}
She's a sly person with a clever streak. Keira likes to be able to express herself freely, something she doesn't get to do much within her court. As a result she typically can be found roaming around the city and generally getting into mischief. She's eager to please and will go along with most anything as long as she gets some fun out of it.

Oddities:
-She hates running water
-She cares for creatures who emerge more commonly during the winter months.


Likes:
  • Birds
  • Deer
  • Sweet treats
  • Adventures
  • Noisy places
Dislikes:
  • Silence
  • Violence (when she can help it)
  • The winter court
  • Being told what to do
  • Humans in general

Strengths and Weaknesses

Character Skills/Talents:
  • She's a very good Archer.
  • She's a quick thinker
  • She can invent things rather quickly
  • She's charasmatic

Character Flaws/Weaknesses:
  • She doesn't listen very well
  • Closed off
  • Trusts too easily
  • Thinks the best of people


Secrets: She didn't want to become queen
Fears/Phobias: water (specifically large bodies of it)







Who was I?








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Biography

Place Of Origin: The Summer Court (Chicago)

Birth Date: February 1

History: Keira was practically born queen of the summer sidhe. She was the younger child of Queen Arasile and her husband, Dalivan. Her mother was a wise and powerful sidhe who helped establish the summer court as a young girl. As the only daughter, Keira was pampered and favored by her mother while her brother, Sven, tended to stay with her father. As a child Keira dreamed of the day when she would finally rule her mother's court. She often followed the court advisers and kept every playmate they sent for her away. She was a diligent student and would practice ordering servants around for fun. As she grew older she began to realize how much she'd missed out on when she met Darielle, a young sidhe whose father had been friends with her mother. Keira longed to travel from her home and see the city she'd come from. These times were her first experiences with other supernatural, and after nearly being killed by a group of vampires she became curious of the other court. Just after Keira's 100th birthday, Queen Arasile passed on after the birth of her third and fourth child, twin brothers Alieva and Kiran. Her daughter was crowned as queen a day after, marking her as the youngest queen in history of the court. Not long after her coronation her father disappeared, leaving her and Sven with their younger brothers and a court to look after.

The young Sidhe did her best to balance what was expected of her. She was swamped with critics and challengers to her throne both part of her court and the Unseelie. The final straw came when an attempt made on Keira's life instead poisoned Alieva. The boy was merely two decades old when he passed on from the poison. Keira closed off all connections with the Winter court or its kingdom, instead focusing on the Wizard's cooperation. Under her rule the court flourished along with her friendship with Darielle. Seelie laws kept her from marriage, so instead she took him on as her head adviser; a position that should have belonged to Sven. Upon this upset Sven swore to see his sister be ejected from the throne and in a plan to overthrow her, married the daughter of another adviser by the name of Takieeli. She bore his child, a young girl by the name of Sarihue. Sven began is attempt to remove Keira from the throne with convincing Kiran that she had been the reason for his brothers' death. Keira was just past her 270th year when her younger brother attempted to slit her throat in her sleep. Her guards burst in at the right moment to stop the young prince from murdering his sister. Keira already suspected someone had turned her brother against her, so instead of executing him she had him locked in his rooms. Keira was on to the plot.

Over the next 200 years Sven groomed his daughter to be the next queen. Kiera was 470 when the rumors of a new queen emerging began. That year happened to be the year of the kingdom's annual creation festival and the Summer Court was holding it. While the preparations were being made, Sarihue was being set up to be the next queen. She began by an attempted attack on the queen yet again. The plot was a failure as Keira had since learned to have her wine tested. The young girl was not to be discouraged and again attacked her aunt by loosing unseelie sidhe into the court banquet hall. To her dismay the sidhe ripped out the girls' throat before three guards contained it and took it to the dungeons. When Sven was faced with his daughter's death he went into a rage, killing Takieeli before lunging for his sister. Keira's older brother was captured by guards before he even reached her place at the table. Sven was tried and executed three months before her 500th birthday.

With Sven gone, Keira felt it necessary to release her only remaining brother, Kiran, from the dungeons, and did so just as the boy was reaching his 270th birthday. Kiran was made the co-adviser to Darielle to prevent any more attempts to overthrow her from within her family. The boy grew into a fine solider and left his post as an adviser to become his sisters' personal guard. He was 900 when he made the switch. His sister had just turned 1,000 and had given birth to her eldest daughter, Sylvaya, when he was injured during an attack by the Unseelie court. Kiran made a full recovery and retired to being a teacher afterwords. Keira and Darielle became parents to two more children, their sons Evan and Eric when their daughter reached her 300th birthday. At that time Keira saw fit to make a pact between her court and the wizards, making them allies. She has ruled her kingdom to her best power since then. When tensions began to rise the Queen made sure her children were tucked away safely within the court and took to the side of the wizards. She will protect her court at any cost, even if it means losing her life.


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So begins...

Keira Saphira's Story

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Character Portrait: Seraphine Allanach Character Portrait: Keira Saphira Character Portrait: Levi Mercy Comeaux Character Portrait: The Merlin Character Portrait: Rothbar vas Durere Character Portrait: Alexander Daniel Farmer Character Portrait: Charlie Stone Character Portrait: Augusta Patience Character Portrait: Moria Zephyra
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Keira adjusted the sleeve of her daughter's gown as they were escorted through the halls of the Merlin's abode. It had been two days since she'd received the summons and left Darielle and Kiran in charge of her court. The entire arrangement had been a mess of preparations and measures taken to secure the kingdom while she was away. Sylvaya had been pining to go on one of her mother's diplomatic trips and had drew the line at not meeting the famed wizard. Keira had given in and allowed the girl to travel with her. Now that they were in the sweltering Tennessee heat it was obvious that the girl was regretting leaving Chicago, the city where they were holding a temporary court for Sidhe in the area. Upon the threat of the vampire court and an alarming number of Winter Sidhe, she had decided to take the trip to speak of the alliance between wizards and her court.

"Straighten up" Keira tapped two fingers under her daughter's chin as they paused in front of a set of wide oaken doors. She made sure the sunset orange and pinkish gown she wore was straight as the wizard escorting them opened the doors, allowing the Queen to sweep into the Merlin's meeting hall. She raised her head at the few remaining wizards in the room. It was perfectly time, just as the younger members of the council had left, leaving advisers, the Merlin, and several wardens in the room.

"I believe you know why I am here, Merlin" Keira smiled accordingly as Sylvaya and their attendants stopped just behind her. They watched on as their Queen adressed the Merlin informally. They were equals even here, and nothing was going to change that.

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He was watching the wizards file out when the radiant Queen of Summer glided in surrounded by her equally stunning entourage. The Queen came to a stop, and spoke out in a voice that made one feel warm on the inside. As she talked, the Merlin strode forward and took the queen's unblemished hand in his own aged one, and delicately placed a kiss upon her hand. "Why of course! You are here about the Alliance are you not, for I assume that you are willing to march forth with the Council in response to Winter's declaration of war?". As he spoke these words he turned slightly and walked over to a small circle that was emblazoned in the fine wood floor. The Merlin outstretched his arms, and spoke a short incantation. Within the circle a small creature now stood. It was of the servitor race called the Tredish, created by the ancient wizards long ago, and this particular one was bound to the Merlin, to serve as he required. The little fellow was impeccably dressed, and looked like a small man. It bowed, and asked in a squeaky voice "My lord, how is my service required?". The Merlin responded with "Bring me a bottle of '83 Bordeaux, and a glass." he turned his head back towards the Queen, and said "And you O Queen? What would you like to drink while we discuss these terms?"

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Keira signaled for the attendants to stop as she and her daughter remained standing forward. "I'll have to decline any beverage. But it would be nice for Sylvaya to have a glass of water while we discuss" Keira nodded in approval to the Merlin, choosing her words carefully. "I am here to discuss the alliance as the Sidhe of our...estranged sister-court have made an increasing approach on crossing territory lines set long ago. The Vampires are growing bold as well, daring to drink from members of my court" She felt the familiar fury rise in her throat. "I've stood by idle for too long. The vampire kingdom has overstepped their bounds, and alliance or not I will not stand for this sort of upset"

Her eye was caught by the creature standing before the wizard. It was a shame that they were bound into slavery in such a way. All Sidhe, Winter or Summer, strongly believed in free will for all of Mother Nature's creatures. If only the wizards would see it her way. She bit back a sad sigh for the Tredish and turned her eyes back to the Merlin. "I dare to presume that you've encouraged action to be taken against those...vile creatures." The Sidhe's eyes flashed dangerously. "My own court asks for you assistance, Merlin. But we will not hesitate to strike alone"

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Sylvaya scanned her eyes over the wide hall as her mother spoke. She'd been to plenty of meetings with her mother, but this one was supposed to be "crucial" to her race. In all honesty, she didn't exactly understand how talking to a cranky old man was going to help the Sidhe. They should be out there fighting off vampire hoards, she should be fighting them. What better way to prove herself to her court than by killing a few bloodsuckers. But her mother would never let her out. "Princesses are supposed to rule their country through diplomacy and good leadership, not through bloodshed" as her mother insisted whenever she brought it up. Princess Sylvaya Saphira of the Seelie court would never see a battlefield if she had anything to say about it (which she certainly did).

The young princess's eyes strayed to a tapestry pinned to the wall across from her. It was a wide woven cloth, meant to look old. The fabric was obviously newer because of the detail of the "Supernatural Tree" printed on it. Most tapestries were made by Sidhe seamstresses and depicted the Sidhe race at the top. This one was an unbiased one, similar to the one Sylvaya's mother had created specifically for their diplomacy hall in West Virginia. The top held the four ruling races: Vampires, Wizards, Seelie Sidhe, and Unseelie Sidhe. The branches reached out to the Hunters on the left side and Fallen Angels on the right. Humans were somewhere near the bottom. Sylvaya scanned the tree, looking for the Unicorns and Sprites she loved. Their image was not shown on the display.

"Where are the Unicorns?" She turned toward the Merlin in mild anger. "Or Sprites and Fairies? This is incredibly inaccurate! The Goblins and Trolls and Centaurs are missing to! It's outrageous!"

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As the Merlin acknowledged the Queen's refusal of the refreshment, and her outrage at the enemy, he gestured for her to sit. "Truly , your people have been wronged! I assure you that the Council will do everything in its power to help bring down the Vampire Court, and push the Unseelie back as much as possible." he said in a reassuring tone, one filled with the clear note of truth, and the strength of steel behind it. He himself was about to sit to get into the meat of matters, how and where the two nations would coordinate, and to give her a copy of the overarching plan he had drawn up, when one of the other Seelie, probably the princess based on the way she looked, gave an outburst. She prattled on in a youthful moment of heated anger, over something as silly as random tapestry. Talking about the lesser supernatural. The Merlin raised one of his silvery eyebrows, and fixed her gaze with a steely look. Thus began the soul-gaze, a two way look of one's innermost soul. This ability is only inherent in the most powerful of mortal wizards, and nothing could be hidden. In her he saw the fires of passion, ambition, and a love for living things. He looked upon that youthful yearning for adventure, and thought of a use for it. And what did she see? She looked upon the Merlin's true self, the solid pillar of confidence in the center, wreathed in the flames of his own passion, his love of his people, and the final thing she saw was a chunk of icy fear, fear of losing the war, and dooming his people to extinction. With a wave of his hand he broke the connection, and began to speak. "I will forgive you this outburst, madame, but if you think to presume that you can challenge anything of mine in my own abode, then I shall be forced to declare that you are breaking the laws of Hospitality, and you would have to answer to your Mother by your own laws, which I know are harsh in that area. But I shall answer your question. This tapestry was commissioned for the various races and groups of Mankind. Humanity, its evolutions, its devolutions, and its growth. I had it made to show what we stand for, and that is the Human Race."

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Sylvaya hissed in displeasure as she crossed to her mother, furious that the old man was treating her like a child. She was princess of the Seelie court, not a mere apprentice underling of his. What right did he have to boss her around. Her mother, however, was another story. Queen Keira of the Seelie Court, mother to Princess Sylvaya and princes Eric and Evan, certainly could give her orders. Not being able to deny the queen was an important part of Sidhe culture, but it was a pain. Not to mention the insulting tapestry. There was no "mankind". Only creatures that nature blessed with her life. How dare the old man interfere.

"Now, as we were saying. In my opinion, the first step to victory is showing unity despite our enemy's endeavors. At first I thought one of my two sons would be the best choice, pairing them up with a wizard. But the boys are in Europe, securing a treaty with the fairies of that area." Sylvaya's eyes snapped to her mother again. She'd sent those two to visit creatures she knew Sylvaya loved, and then wanted to use them to show the force of the Sidhe court? What about her, the heiress to the throne, soon-to-be queen of every Seelie Sidhe in the world. Wasn't their confidence enough in sending her to help the wizards? Granted, she didn't like the old man to begin with, but being able to leave the protected walls of a castle or court would be enough!

"I'll do it!" Sylvaya agreed quickly. "If It were allowed I would pair off with another wizard."

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The Merlin watched, bemused, at the exchange between mother and daughter, and then his attention was redirected to the war when Keira brought it up once more, speaking of unity. He listened, interested by the idea of pairing a Sidhe and a wizard up, and looked through his head, for a good wizard to pair a Sidhe noble with when the young one broke through again, volunteering for the job. The Merlin smiled, for he had just the man for the job. "Well that settles it then. There is a Warden in Chicago, by the name of Alexander." he turned, and began writing down the address, along with a formal order for Alexander to take her in and treat her with the utmost respect, and to keep her alive at all costs. "Alexander is an excellent wizard, and he has just the attitude she needs. Be warned though, he is a war-wizard, and he does not suffer fools lightly. I advise caution." And with these words he dipped his ring into a pool of red wax and slammed it into the parchment, marking it with his seal. He then strode over, and handed the letter to Sylvana. The Merlin moved to face the Queen, and said "Well M'lady, I hope that is sufficent. Now, if you will follow me into the study, there are specifics that I must show you on the war map. Oh and I almost forgot. The young one requires transportation." The Merlin waves his hand, speaking in a low baritone in Latin. When he finished a portal had opened, connected to a park in Chicago.

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Sylvaya took the letter in her hand with a badly disguised smile. "Thank you" She tucked it into a bag an attendant handed her, glad she had thought to bring a change of clothes. With a swish of magic she transferred the gown she wore into a mortal outfit; simple but effectively making her stand out. She gave a small curtsy to her mother before slinging the messenger bag over her shoulders and stepping through the portal into a green park. Sylvaya was suddenly surrounded by lush green trees and grass. The air was overhung with the acrid smell of pollution but Sylvaya took no notice.

"How did he expect me to find this Alexander" Sylvaya cursed under her breath. The address on the paper was easy enough, but she didn't have the map of Chicago memorized as her mother did. And asking for help would be asking for death in such a politically torn area. Anyone could be vampire or Unseelie.

"So Keira does send her pretty little daughter to do her dirty work" Sylvaya spun as she heard the wickedly cold voice from behind her.

The voice belonged to an Unseelie Sidhe. He was taller than she was, dressed in mortal garb that outlined his toned muscle distinctly. Cold blue eyes stared her down as Sylvaya took a step back, surveying her situation. Judging by the black, star shaped pendent that pierced his left ear he was one of the Winter Court's higher ups. Stars in her kingdom were marks of crimes against the queen. In the Unseelie kingdom, they were the marks of assassination squads the Queen ordered to track and kill higher ups of Summer. Sylvaya imagined that she was at the top of his list, right below her mother.

"I wouldn't talk so big, Winter" Keira fumbled slightly as she jerked the dagger from the inside lining of her bag, holding it out in front of her as she'd been taught. The blade was made of silver, with a hilt decorated with falling leaves. It was a specially made one, the tip being made of just a pinpoint of iron. Enough to wound when it pierced skin, but the essence caused barely a ringing in the ears of whoever was touching its hilt. It was one of Sylvaya's most prized possessions.

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"Are you sure this..Alexander...is the best choice for showing my daughter around Chicago? She's been there before, mind you. But she's never left the court before" Keira wondered as she followed The Merlin toward his study, worry blossoming in her mind. The world was a dangerous place, and though Sylvaya was as skilled a fighter as either of her brothers, she was still naive on how things worked. "And will she be able to find your Warden? Surely he won't recognize her by face, even if she's a princess of Summer. If he were to mistake her for one of the Unseelie bunch...."

Besides the obvious flaws in the plan, Keira knew that the Winter Court had loosed its Sidhe into Chicago long before the death of such an important vampire figure. Her own Sidhe were fighting them under the noses of the humans for years. The wizard Warden might not know Sylvaya, but any Sidhe would. And not one of them would hesitate to kill the young princess and leave their opposing court without an heir in a time of war. She wondered how adept this wizard would be if the Merlin dared to give him watch over her daughter.

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The Merlin watched as Sylvana walked through the portal, and then turned to the queen and responded to her question "I assure you that Alexander is one of our top wardens. He is a potent war wizard, and he will keep your daughter safe. And if he is paying attention then he will recognize her for who she is. There is a fairly big difference between winter and summer." He then gestured towards his map, and began pointing out the concentrations of Wardens. The three biggest concentrations were in Washington D.C, Atlanta, and Nashville. While pointing these out, he poured himself a glass of the wine, and threw it back.

"This war worries more then anything else right now. The idea that so many will die is a tragedy in itself, and I will not allow anything to get in the way of victory. Do I have the assurance of your full support? The warriors of Summer will be sorely needed.."