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« on: November 12, 2017, 03:20:04 am »

In 1932, as talkies began booming, the age of celebrity rose like a blazing new start in the night. A Miss Lorelai Silver made news with her pouting lips and doe eyes, and she caught the eye of a certain Washington aristocrat in black and white. By the time Miss Silver graced the screen in technicolor, her pining politician was married and sitting in congress and Miss Silver had made a name for being the unreachable beauty of Hollywood. When the two met at a New York gala, the most unquenchable sort of spark flared. Lorelai Silver’s ensuing pregnancy could have been devastating.

Quick thinking on the part of both Miss Silver’s controlling agencies and Congressman Woods’ steely-eyed wife led to the purchase of large plot of land straddling the Maine-New Hampshire border. In an act of peculiar good will, Madame Woods opened an orphanage on the property. But, it was a selective one—and she called it Versailles. A home for only the most decadent secrets. The first child to live his days at Versailles went on to become its academy’s first headmaster. The children who arrived after Headmaster Bishop, slowly at first and then at a pitifully abundant rate, were the world’s most prestigious bastards.



Versailles is a garden for the elite’s unwanted flowers. Children from secretive affairs, low-brow trysts, and unions without political merit. What began as the most garish sort of American secret has become a haven for all the discarded pretties of the world. Descendants of Headmaster Bishop—who eventually took his chosen name as their family’s—continue to run the palatial property to this day. Now, there are two primary estates: the Suits on New Hampshire’s side of the border and the Gardens in Maine. Admission to Versailles is only conceivable by the ultra rich; the Bishop family has remained true to Mrs. Woods’ jaded vision in that regard. The rules for acceptance, though, are ostensibly simple. Children left at Versailles come under the custody of the Versailles corporate entity until they are of age. They may be left with, or without, a name. However, no surname is to be provided to any child, and parents are never to claim them. No matter how successful they might one day become. Finally, children are to be left with a trust: Versailles’ one true hurdle. The fund must be enough to cover Versailles’ mammoth expense for the eighteen years the child will live on the property; any additional inheritance left for the child will dictate the youth’s experience in that world.

Thus begins life at Versailles. Royal bastards are filtered into the Suites, the “nursery” estates where the children live their first thirteen years. The Suits are as good as a cultural class system, if one can be imposed upon infants born with such mangled silver spoons. Those with the largest inheritances are sent to the Spades Estate. Smaller fortunes are sent to the Hearts Estate, lesser still are sent to Diamonds, and the proverbial “maid’s laundry” children are raised in Clubs. With no family name to hold, Versailles children often wear their Suits for chips on their shoulders. Such a start has bred a pervasive sense of entitlement in Versailles’ populous, which carries ruthlessly into the Gardens.

If Versailles was founded to harbor the most titillating rumors, the youths who spend adolescence there were bred with a flair for the dramatic. The Gardens, housing the Rose, Hyacinth, Chrysanthemum, and Jasmine Estates might as well be a separate world of kingdoms. Students recruit fledgling Academy socialites with a vicious fervor, and courts with full titles dominate the Estates. Subversive flower houses rise from within Estates to usurp control of the social hierarchy, and who’s dating who has escalated into a matter of royal importance. It’s cruel, exhausting, and utterly exhilarating. Some flowers wilt, but most grow thorny and thrive.

Beyond the nucleus of Versailles, students sixteen and older may take jobs in the outside world. There isn’t a single child on the property who needs one, but there isn’t a single child without a hunger to make a name, either. As a result, the world has curiously turned its eye on Versailles as a hotbed for eager talent. A bit like buying a designer coat at the second-hand store, Versailles residents are at once desirable and shameful. And so they remain, a paradoxical secret with all the appeal of otherworldly aristocracy, tucked away on an idyllic stretch of land in the American northeast to play their kingdom games.     



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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2017, 03:44:41 am »

Wisteria.
Hyacinth House; but he lives there rather than subscribes to the court.

Seventeen and goes by Wist. Likes Shakespeare and loud engines. Got his name from the kids at the Hearts Estate—a little girl with golden hair turned Chrysanthemum Duchess used it first. Got his tattoos from a talented friend who’s dead now—sometimes Versailles disillusions the artists too young. He likes to pick on boys who look at him like he’s too pretty, though there’s always the chance he’ll take them to bed too. The rumor he likes best is the one where he’s the son of a film director and a cheeky starlet that put out more than the wife.

He doesn’t pretend to be cool because he doesn’t have to, but he does pretend to be bored when he’s not. Tells people he just wants to write screen plays and settle down with a sweet lover, but it’s hard to tell if he’s kidding. Virgo with nice lips and an occasionally Aries reputation. He says he thinks it’d be nice to be a Scorpio, but that’s only because he likes the way it sounds.

Usually, he’s a safe invite to parties and makes all the reasonable girls blush. Lately, there are rumors he’s been hanging around an unrecognized court at the Jasmine Estate and getting moody about his old tattoo-artist friend. Other rumors say there’s an older boy that’s caught his eye, a soon-to-be-alumnus that’s got all the makings of a romantic tragedy.

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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2017, 11:05:15 am »

Ebelt
Second in command, Valerian House of Rose estate

Ebelt's rise to power was dramatic. There was no secret about his ambition, but he could also be charming in that demonic way, smelling like your childhood blanket when he hugs you, and taking you to old hide-outs you've forgotten, provided you were a usable step on his latter. Took the throne of Valerian circa 6 months ago, but after three weeks of rule relented the title to Hiev. It is rumored Ebelt simply wanted the merit of having been at the top, and that he now feels as though he's transcended even the games of Versailles. There are also tongues that spin it he saw himself as a cruel ruler, and left it to a better, fittingly unwilling boy.

He spends his days trying to chip away at his gargantuan fortune, ran through a number of European accounts used by royalty, mostly, before it ends up in Versailles's elaborate golden cyber-labyrinth. He dabbles as a playboy-whore and supports some Club artists running low on funds. He'll be vicious when the oaky drinks get into his blood, but his threats are ultimately playful, because he's not reaching for a crown, these nights. Is the serious about his role in grooming Hiev, but also frustrated at Hiev's soft hand.

In the beginning the act was cute, but lately his shoulders have been taut. There is a frustration and a hint of mania in his games. He is looking for a new venture to throw himself into, and many of the kings and queens are wise enough not to play too much with him, should he decide on a fresh ambition. If you're a sympathetic soul, you can see a conflict there, and that the bubbling anger and crawling violence is just exhaust.
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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2017, 11:15:02 am »

Hiev
King Valerian, Rose Estate

Grew up a sheltered Diamond. Always passed among lovers to bring him up into the political world. Learned of command but was never tainted by the harshness of it, since responsibility was never on his frail shoulders. Two years ago he was involved in an emotional tryst between Ebelt and Lyra of Valerian. Ebelt came out with Hiev's heart as his prize, and having lost her lover in such a public way contributed to Lyra loosing her standing, which of course catapulted Ebelt further. Hiev cries furiously upon remembering, and still talks to her.

Now rules Valerian and the house is harmonious because of it. Any attempts at the crown are skilfully thwarted by Valerian's new enforcer and former king, Ebelt. There has been some disastrous punishments for minor mishaps, a sign of Hiev's lack of skill in being cruel and thereby overdoing it, but Ebelt has been able to spin these into warnings for those who would disobey the seemingly silky king.
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2017, 07:01:37 pm »
was thinking, before I add any more characters, that Versailles should have a party!

It could be the kind of party where you could scout for new prospects within your own house, but mostly to officially promote people to titles. Maybe houses can even be looking at members of other houses if they're hunting for fresh blood. It could be a time of hopefulness that the king/queen will give you a better title and so on. Elitist xmas!

Either way, It'd be fun with a party of some kind, either as introduction, or build toward, since that kind of plot seems at home in this kind of setting.

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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2017, 07:10:32 pm »
I like it. Maybe each of the Estates can hold a big party at a different time of year to distribute titles and kind of establish the "official rule" of the season (since internal house conflict can keep overturning things). It would make it nicely strategic based on which estate had held its big party before and after. Also, it would be a good time for fresh Academy kids to start trying to find places in the Gardens. So hooray elitist xmas!

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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2017, 08:04:55 pm »

Scarlett.
Cereus Court Duchess in the Jasmine Estate.

Sweet sixteen. It means something that, of all the Versailles red-headed pretties, her peers called her Scarlett. She never really entertained hunting for a high court position, gravitating toward the quiet Cereus Court operating within the Jasmine Estate. She’s a secret keeper and secret dealer, as most of Cereus are. Everyone knows they should hold their tongue around her, but it’s easier said than done. Persuasive smile and intense blue eyes, Scarlett speaks more languages than anyone should ever need to… both with her lips and body.

Oddly enough, she’s a remarkably reliable girl for those who endear themselves to her. It can just be difficult to tell if her pleasantries are genuine or out of a fine grasp of manners. She was quietly instrumental in Lyra’s fall from grace, though her business-like way about rumors leaves her on cordial terms with the girl. She seems to have a soft spot for Hiev because she gets along well with Ebelt. A sympathetic sort of blade, which seems like it shouldn’t be capable. But it is.

Rumors about Scarlett are few and far between. Navigating webs as she does, she’s clearly skilled in staying untangled herself. It was apparent she had that kind of skill from a young age—she’s one of the few lowly Clubs-raised students who isn’t met with condescension by her peers.

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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2017, 09:37:30 pm »
Eeee! I'm super excited and hyped! But kinda confused again about the houses.

I thought the flower houses were courts but, if I'm getting this right, there are 4 flower estates (as listed in your first post) and then INSIDE each of those are flower courts? Does any one person rule an estate then? Like is anyone the king of Roses? Or just the kings of flower courts inside the Rose estate? Do all of those kings then rely on the Rose king to give them their titles and allow them to rule their courts? And should we all then make characters just inside one estate because otherwise interacting might be hard if we're that far from each others circles?

I love the party idea and have some ideas for that but those kinda depend on the answer to the above stuff...

HELP ME! I want to get up characters but I need answers first.

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« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2017, 12:08:44 am »
Hahaha my bad, my bad. I think things got a little more complicated than I had intended. Okay, so, the long story short is that there are really only four Flower Courts that everyone acknowledges. These are the estates. You have Rose, Hyacinth, Chrysanthemum, and Jasmine. These courts are named for the estate names that earned the academy half of Versailles the "Garden" moniker. They are effectively really lavish dorms. Like. Harry Potter houses. Depending on who is ruling the court, the estates tend to have a different feel to them. Rose has traditionally catered to Spades kids and has kind of maintained this sense of being at the top of everything. Jasmine gets a reputation for being more interested in physical talents than where you came from... whether those physical  talents be in bed or on the sports field. That kind of thing. Everyone takes classes in the main academy buildings,  so interaction across estates is frequent. Parties are common and, unless there's an open feud between whole estates, it's not like anybody wouldn't be allowed to visit anyone else.

As far as the sub-court things... I wasn't planning on them, honestly, but they work well enough. I think the way I see them implemented is like special interest clubs or cliques. The vast majority of students will claim the "court" of the estate they live in. Sometimes kids will transfer, but in very sorority/fraternity like way... most develop some pride and loyalty associated with the estates that welcomed them in from the Suits. There are some kids who prefer to claim these "unofficial" flower courts though. Scarlett is a good example.

On the social ladder, Scarlett would have a lot more mobility if she played for position in the Jasmine Estate, earning favor from the current royals. Instead, she claims to be from Cereus. The Cereus court likes to play like it's a real court and has its own titles... but those titles are nothing formally recognized by Jasmine. If it suites Jasmine to address the titles, great. If it's inconvenient, Cereus' current King is just another Jasmine Estate kid without a title.

There aren't too many reasons to affiliate with an unofficial court. In Cereus' case, kids like Scarlett enjoy the sense of being a neutral power. All the estates know the rumor mill's engine is in Cereus' academy newspapers and secrets are like currency for people like Scarlett. Jasmine Estate lets Cereus keep on keeping on because Cereus has no desire to usurp the Jasmine throne and it's nice to have secret keepers in your back pocket.

The other reasons to claim to be part of a false court are a little more dangerous. So... Verse will have to tell us what Valerian is up to. One, is to climb a shorter social ladder of like-minded people. There are usually a few false courts that kind of act like... fiefdoms, if we want to get medieval. Many times kids from lower suits will grapple their way to the heads of these courts and remain loyal to the current estate hierarchy too. So, let's say a Rose prince wants something and Valerian can provide by rallying their "followers." Well, maybe the Valerian king suddenly gets offered an official title as a Rose Duke for his trouble. The other reason is to try and work towards overtaking the estate entirely. Valerian gets popular within the Rose Estate and people aren't terribly happy with the current Rose monarchy? Maybe Valerian gets enough backing to push out the current leadership and instate Valerian's rule. This is usually done over the course of student generations. Maybe Valerian kids are well-liked in Rose and have been for a while. It's a more popular decision to play nice then, as a Rose royal... but they'll start watching their backs too. One day more people might be calling Valerian's king the one in charge.

At that point, sure, Valerian could technically rule the Rose estate and keep the Valerian name. The vast majority of people would choose to take on the Rose court titles though... they have more weight and prestige.

Soo.... does that help? Currently, the only courts "that matter" are Rose, Hyacinth, Chrysanthemum, and Jasmine. Everything else is something lesser. Like. Wisteria doesn't care too much about the politicking. He lives in Rose estate. He would never ever consider calling Hiev a king. It'd be too much trouble. His royalty is the Rose royalty.

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« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2017, 06:31:33 am »
I misunderstood some of this, so thanks for clarifying. Is it possible to change Hiev's title to Rose King now? It sounds a bit opportunistic, but his intended purpose was always to be a very "toppable" king. If that doesn't work, then obviously I'm entirely ok with things as they are.

I would still like for the Vespertine court to be a cult, under any official house.

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« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2017, 12:34:07 pm »
Got it! So even if Rose throws a big bash, people from other houses might show up?

Can we do a party that's a tradition? Like yearly holiday party? Maybe it gets moved from house to house every year and everyone is invited and it could be the kick off to new title season and recruits? So as to have an excuse to bring everyone to one place?

Are all of the younger kids and titleless kids divided up between the houses and then can hop around to different houses for titles?

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« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2017, 12:44:50 pm »

Almi
Princess of Rose
Formerly Princess of Hyacinth

She's spade born and has enjoyed the luxuries that come with that. Not the comforts and power of her wealth, but the ability to be kind and think nothing of it afforded to her by being at the very top of a heap of haves. In a kingdom of wealth, Almi offers her friends something truly rare in their society of orphans—nurturing care. She dotes in a way few are used to, worrying about their health and wellness.

She’s started an impressive modeling career in the world outside the estates, with rumored romances never confirmed, but finds that that world feels strange and empty compared to the one she was raised in—the one where everyone knows each other by name and reputation and she is surrounded by friends that feel more like family, the only family she’s ever had.

Almi has been a princess since she was eleven. Originally joined the Hyacinth Estates but left during the year of Hyacinth Madness--welcomed into Rose. Beloved by all. Her peers struggle to speak ill of her. She follows her heart and never means to hurt feelings—keeping friends in many courts and never dabbling in the darker parts of their games. In fact, most try to keep her from seeing it at all.

Everyone says she’ll be a queen someday, they just don’t know of which house. Almi says she doesn’t need to be a queen, because when she falls in love—whoever she loves will be her king, no matter what their title.

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« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2017, 12:57:40 pm »

Wicker.
Knight and Champion of Hyacinth

Wicker always wanted to be a knight. She petitioned for the role in Hyacinth as soon as she was old enough—handpicked by the then king, Hayden.

Terror struck the House of Hyacinth when she was fifteen, when she brought terror down upon them. She never speaks of what happened or why she turned so viciously on Hayden and all of his high titled followers but in the half year that followed, if they didn’t yield, they were destroyed. Those that were old enough, left the school entirely and those that were too young still fled to other houses—most living their lives untitled and rejected for fear that giving them favor, even in another house, would bring that vengeful champion down upon them and that the madness of Hyacinth would spread out to the other houses.

When the internal war ended, Wicker stood before a throne and then handed it away. She’d wanted to be a knight. She’s now the Champion of Hyacinth and given everything she wants. She is feared and loved and that is more than enough to keep her sated.

She loves duel and parties and all things loud, but most of all—Wicker loves to win.
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« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2017, 03:53:25 pm »
Verse, I don't particularly mind if you make Hiev the Rose King. I had assumed he was being groomed to try a hostile takeover but was too soft for it or something. Vespertine could totally still be a false court inside of Rose. I feel like Rose probably always has the most, being the most powerful estate by tradition. It can probably absorb more challenging groups/probably has more people vying for power anyway.

Ara, i love the idea of holiday parties being rotated through the estates. Since there are 4 estates, I was thinking there could be a big party for each season... pretty much all estates would attend to see who is going to get titles and get stripped of titles in the hosting estate. Maybe like... if the winter/Christmas party is the biggest party, the estates kind of rotate through who hosts which seasonal party? So like. Everybody hosts a ball and everybody gets a chance to entertain the different themes? I see horse racing and high tea in the spring... which I want. So. hahaha... forgive me. Oh. And yea. I'd say like... if an estate is holding a big bash, it's VERY likely the other estates show up. Exclusive parties are probably held predominantly in smaller/quieter ways.

Also, anybody could try and find a spot at a different estate as they pleased... it's just a matter of whether or not it's a good idea. If you have a title, why move estates... and if you don't, maybe you'll earn some friends if you jump ship to whichever estate your current home is feuding with most. Etc etc. Newbies can choose to room at any estate, and there is a lot of switching around in the first few months for kids who didn't have a particular court in mind. After their first year in the Gardens, they are formally initiated into whichever estate has matched with them. Matches are usually made by petition of a group of students within the estate and then formally approved by the reigning royalty. So... once you leave the Suits it can be a scramble to make a name for yourself in the estate you want. Or, you know, you could use some trust money to pay your way into the estate you want.

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« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2017, 07:56:42 pm »
Thank you! I shall cherish this house and never ask you for anything again.

Also, I have to say you look very good today, Ven. is that a new hair cut? It suits you wonderfully.

May I have House Jasmine too, for my Phellar? I was hoping to wage underhanded war against rose, and use Scarlett a lot, since she's bound to have some affiliations with her own king, right, even if she likes Ebelt and Hiev.

What time of year is it, by the by? Who wants to hold the partay? I'm looking forward to making smaller characters, too. Do we want to dive right into the festivities, or do we wanna be building toward it? I'm for either or, but I guess if we dive right in, I'd at least want it to be the day of, and not like, straight into it.

Seriously excited here!

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« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2017, 08:03:17 pm »
I was kinda sorta hoping to take Jasmine, but if you have strong plans, I suppose I could skulk off to Chrysanthemum. Haha.

I sort of like the idea of coming up on the big winter ball. I vote that Rose has it, this year, so that there is buzz that it's going to be extravagant in the highest order. Perhaps, when we start, we start the day of the big party with everybody getting ready in whatever way?

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« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2017, 08:08:38 pm »
I could just take any house! I am perfectly content with Chrysanthemum. It just really needs to be a house that could want to impose on Rose, which is any house, really. Phellar X has a nice ring to it. And then an X can be his symbol, golden climbing chrysanthemums and all. Also now I'm curious as to what kinda queen/king you'll make.

I like the day of the party thing! To be honest, I have already written a bit because I felt inspired before, haha. I'm getting help.

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« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2017, 09:27:22 pm »

Luna.
The Jasmine King.

Sixteen. Nobody really expected her to become the head of an estate—and not at sixteen. But, she was born a Spade, courted Jasmine neatly, and landed on the throne. It’s almost a little unnerving that it happened with so little drama. Too quick, too clean, and nobody to protest. Jasmine’s reputation for night-blooming flowers has gotten a little richer and a little more pagan under her majesty, and she seems happy to keep Cereus court content and close. People tend to think she must have a master plan and want to be suspicious, but Luna has big doe eyes and a silvery laugh that make it hard to be too cold.

Maybe the telling bit is the way she chose to take the title of King, instead of Queen. Delicate, poised, and unwilling to step aside for any man. Remarkably straight-laced for the dark velvet estate. Not that she hasn’t got an interest in lovers—they’re just not allowed near her place at the table. A place on her pillow, itself, gets whispered about like it’s a privilege. Everyone is pretty sure she’s had her share of romance, but nobody, not even in Cereus, seems to have names. Jasmine estate is fond of their king. Sometimes the estate even likes to call itself Jasmine de la Luna. So, they don’t pry much and treat their king like an ultimate prize when there are no decadent rumors to peddle.

Luna burst onto the fashion scene as a designer, rising like something cosmic about as quickly as she took the throne. Her favorite model to design for is Almi, which some people take to mean the mysterious king must be a pure soul. Others say it’s just because Almi is so likable. At the end of the day, for a school of students without pasts, Luna’s seems even cloudier. A puzzle they’ve all grown up next to, pretty to look at but unconventionally untouchable. They say she was left with her name by her mother and that she’s mixed royalty in the outside world. It’s a pity she’ll never know. When asked about it, or anything at all, Luna is good at smiling and picking topics she likes better.   

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« Reply #18 on: November 13, 2017, 09:30:39 pm »
Ara... thoughts on Luna and Almi being friends already? I feel like they'd get along well. It could also lead to rumors that Almi might become the Jasmine Queen, since Luna decided to take the title of King and could, theoretically, name a friend or lover as queen. If you prefer they're somewhat strangers, I'll just presume Almi is like Luna's muse from a fashion designer and model standpoint?

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« Reply #19 on: November 13, 2017, 10:46:53 pm »

Idella
King of Hyacinth

Idella is a king who bled for his position. Hyacinth had the most brutal power struggle the school has yet seen only a year and a half ago. Dozens of high ranking students were ruined—some socially, some financially, and a few physically. For months the fall went on, secretive and picking away at the court, before it broke into an all out war that lasted two days. When it was done, he went from a knight, to a king.

They say it all started with a slight made by the then king, Hayden, to a young knight girl. What exactly he did, is left to rumors because no one left that knows, will dare to say. All they know is that the girl knight saw to his ruin and in the ashes of her fury, Idella ascended to the throne.

Hyacinth knows peace again. No longer attacking the other houses under Hayden’s reign and no longer imploding on itself as it had under the fall. They’ve become settled, welcoming and full of joy with many parties and open arms. The whole house loves to duel in all forms because they dearly love to win.

Idella enjoys his position as king but never forgets who put him there or what horror could come for him if he did not lead well. He makes sure to keep the Hyacinth champion, Wicker, always happy. She is his sword, his maker, and possibly one day his destroyer.

That nightmare of how he became king never quite leaves his thoughts, always tapering the edges of his smile and lurking in the back of his gaze. Though Wicker is still his dearest friend, he can’t help but fear her—having seen just how far she can go to fell an enemy.


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« Reply #20 on: November 13, 2017, 10:52:07 pm »
Okay, so I rewrote Wicker into a knight and made a male king of Hyacinth for obvious reasons.

I gave Hyacinth a civil war in its recent history that would have led to the outcasts of the last court fleeing into the other three houses--but probably not getting titles in those houses because of not wanting to offend or have the "Hyacinth madness" spread to their courts. BUT, of course, if the other kings are inclined to offend Hyacinth they might go for it anyway.

V, Luna and Almi can totally be friends. I imagine her being friends with quite a few people in different houses and that works out great if Luna is a designer since Almi's a model. Maybe they work together and that instigated them becoming close friends? And this helps lend to the rumors flying around about Almi's romantic life and where she'll end up.

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« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2017, 08:54:03 am »
And I'm all for the party at Rose. A winter ball sounds lovely!

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« Reply #22 on: November 14, 2017, 11:53:52 am »


Phellar, Chrysanthemum King

And don’t you forget it. Was used to the best from the start with his titanic inheritance. Stayed in the best circles and learned to be cruel. It shadows his pretty features and flares in his eyes when he drinks vodka. Likes to think of people as luxuries, and enjoys seeing them in all stages, especially more private ones. Has been seen switching royals with his horse whip for wearing the gilded X of his house wrong on their skin, but also fought with his bare hands to help servants up the latter, simply to see their faces when they prevail. Expects the best from himself, and for himself. You have better invite him, and give him the best treatment at your party.

His rise wasn’t so dramatic. He was primed to be king and simply circled the title, demanding his continued ascension until he’d arrived. It didn’t take him long, and he acted like a ruler long before the post was his. Chrysanthemum is neat and tidy, everyone keeps up with their studies, but his promotions are erratic, since he likes to see his people in a disarray, sometimes. He will often enlist from other houses, provided they’re selling good service. Priests and priestess from Vespertine to bless the wine, and decorated guards from Hyacinth to line the doors of his soirées.

Keeps a handful of queen-willing about himself, out of which Covalije and Stanizza are the most prolific and likely to earn a place by his side.

He’s a king that will throw out the best food if one orb of caviar catches the candlelight in the wrong way, he’s a king that will kneel in the mud to drink the first gathered rain of the year. He might lash you across the face or see right through you to your suffering and give you lordly sympathy. You can hope the sweetness that glimmers in him sometimes is real, and decide to wear the golden X, too. He prefers it on your sternum, best ink, permanent, or burn into your back.

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« Reply #23 on: November 14, 2017, 03:25:15 pm »

Fern.
Hyacinth Knight.

There are a lot of ways to be a defender of one’s estate. In Hyacinth, particularly, a passion for rising in competitions of any sort keeps the sparring grounds wide. Fern’s blades are words, mostly, being well-read and too clever for her own good. Luckily, her sweet face hides her teeth nicely, when necessary. She’s knight of the law, wielding rules and loopholes as it suits. She’ll be swept up by an ambitious firm as soon as she’s got the right paperwork. She’s a gymnast in her free time, and there are a handful of thoughts as to why various estates like to request her as a guard.

In the conflict that put Idella on the throne and Wicker at the reins, Fern stood by her estate. She did manage, however, to stay out of the dirtiest of it. Never openly for the previous court or the ascending, she still had the right arguments for accepting the shift in power when the victor became clear.

Lately, she’s been spending time in the Chrysanthemum Estate, holding a guard post for many of the king’s more private events. She’s spoken to him a handful of times, and offered her sharp advice to a few of the others of the court. Confident in her expertise to a fault, she has a habit of being more candid than some appreciate; but most do not complain if she’s on their side.

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« Reply #24 on: November 14, 2017, 03:59:18 pm »
...And some minor characters that may or may not actually make appearances...


Jen Tanaka.
Instructor of English Literature and Poetry.

Jen went to Oxford and lived in a flat with Lynette Bishop, a practical sort of daughter from the Bishop family. Nearing the end of her program, Jen was left hungry for a change of pace and without good plans to achieve it. Lynette suggested she try her hand at teaching for Versailles—she could put in a good word with her uncle.

Miss Tanaka is the right balance of professional and coy to interest a contingent of the Versailles boys. It’s a good game to try and fluster her. She grades hard and expects her students to make time for the course, regardless of their absurd extra-curricular dramas. But she’s fair. And she seems to care. For as little patience as she has for their royal games in her classroom, she’s always been willing to sit for brunch and lend an ear outside.




Apollo.
Rose Prince.

Popular model, popular with men and women alike, well-liked prince. All-around good guy. He's almost too normal for Versailles. Probably the son of a Saudi prince... but nobody is sure why that would have been a scandal. Gets what he wants without trying too hard; his smile has a way of it. Says he wants to be a chef. He might even be good, but there's a lot of pressure to stay in fashion with his looks. Seems like he has the potential to be the brooding type, but it never quite goes that way. Tends to develop the menus for all of the big Rose Estate parties, though he's high-brow enough not to be caught actually cooking for the masses. He can, however, occasionally be convinced behind the bar. His cocktails are becoming a Versailles legend.
 





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« Reply #25 on: November 14, 2017, 04:00:38 pm »
Okay okay I think I'm done. When would you guys like to start? I'm pretty psyched so I can get a thread up whenever you guys are ready to pull the trigger. Obviously we can keep adding characters/hammering out details here as needed/wanted.

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« Reply #26 on: November 14, 2017, 04:05:16 pm »
sounds good. whenever you're up to it.

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« Reply #27 on: November 14, 2017, 04:11:35 pm »
shoot! Shoot it dead!

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« Reply #29 on: November 15, 2017, 10:45:52 am »
My post ended up being hella LONG! But I'm just so excited!

So, I'm thinking Almi originally joined Hyacinth as a princess but fled during the year of upheaval and coup to Rose, where she's been happily ever since.

I'm also playing with the idea that Hayden (former king of Hyacinth) was an overall psycho and the last straw for Wicker was actually him mistreating Almi--though just about everyone figures he wronged Wicker or that Wicker is just insane.