<h2>42 years old . Venatori/Publicanium . Mage . Raina Hein</h2>
<h3>Momo . 23 . MST . PM or Discord</h3>
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<ol>Race & Nationality
Half-Human/Half-Elf - Tevinter
Nesirrill - mother; slave; <I>alive</I><br>
Clytie Fidenas - step-mother; laetans mage; <I>dead</I><br>
Maximus Fidenas - father; laetans mage; <I>dead</I><br>
Lucius Fidenas - eldest brother; Templar; <I>dead</I><br>
Cassius Fidenas - second brother; laetans mage; <I>dead</I><br>
Remus Fidenas - third brother; <I>stillborn</I><br>
Romulus Fidenas - fourth brother; twin to Remus; <I>alive</I><br><br>
<b>Note: It is believed that Maximus had several bastard children, all of which were a mixture of daughters and sons. If they are alive, it is unlikely that any of them live within Tevinter. All the listed brothers are technically half-brothers.</b>
Staff - Expert<br>
Hands - Intermediate<br>
Daggers - Expert
<I>Entropy</I> - Entropy spells are spells that enable mages to cripple their enemies by attacking their life force.
<p><I>Primal</I> - Primal spells allow mages to harness the power of the elements, mostly to deal damage to their enemies. Blizzard, Earthquake, Inferno and Tempest can be cast on creatures or locations not in line of sight. For example, a mage can cast this spell on creatures in a different room when using the overhead view.
<I>Blood Mage</I> - Every mage can feel the dark lure of blood magic. Originally learned from demons, these dark rites tap into the power of blood, converting life into mana and giving the mage command over the minds of others. Such power comes with a price, though; a blood mage must sacrifice their own health, or the health of allies, to fuel these abilities.
<b>TW: ...you really shouldn't read this if you have triggers tbh. Murder, mentions of child abuse, blood magic used for really twisted reasons, mentions of violence, mentions of death and non-descriptive descriptions of them, unhealthy sibling relationship, adultery, slavery, mentions of pretty much kidnapping an infant, using others for information [non-descriptive and open-ended], and it is heavily implied that Melaena is a psychopath. That is it, I believe.</b>
<p><I>The letter is delivered directly to the personal study of the Archon by a slave. The scent of blood, spice, and sweet flowers linger upon the pages within. Upon opening the letter, a white flower will be found hidden among the numerous pages- a small reminder of the slave who delivered it.</I><br><br>
<font face="Courier">To the desk of his Imperial Majesty, Archon Radonis:
<p>I looked into the matter on the Venatori as you asked. The names you possessed are still accurate. However, the information certainly needs to be updated, as you suspected. No longer are those within the ranks of the Venatori merely Magisters. In fact, they are easily the minority. Most are either of similar rank to those that you attempted to have the mage-killers deal with years ago or foreigners.
<p>The most interesting to have been roped into the fanatical group would be the few mages that are clearly members of the Publicanium. Most of those that I discovered were lesser mages, as one would expect, who either wish for change or the days of the past and are willing to indulge in violent actions to reach their goals. However, among the minority are several individuals who are clearly dangerous. Attached to this letter is a list of all of the names I gathered and information on the individuals who gathered my interest.
<p>I do feel it necessary to bring up the subject of one mage in particular. I had a great deal of trouble discovering anything about her and what I found was...most disturbing, even by the standards of the average mage within the Imperium.</font><br><br>
<I>Attached is a small portrait of a woman with sharp features, clearly meant to be kept in a locket. She appears to be in her thirties and relatively attractive.</I>
<p><font face="Courier">I shall start from the beginning. From what I could find, this is Melaena Fidenas. She is the only daughter of Maximus Fidenas- at least according to what the public knows, that is. Considering what Maximus was like, there is a good chance that she has a few half-siblings, though if they exist they are well hidden. She is forty-five and the only member of her family to become a member of the Publicanium.
<p>Or, that is what her public record says anyway.
<p>It probably sounds odd, but I discovered that the more I attempted to dig up on Melaena the less clear things about her began to look. For instance, the portrait I have attached is the most recent image of her that has been created. However, every time I attempted to dig up older or more recent ones I found they looked nothing like this. I would suspect the image to be a false portrayal except everything else is just as confusing.
<p>I am sure you recall Magister Aurelian Titus? It took a great deal of digging, but I discovered that in Melaena's youth her parents were involved with the schemes that he had been planning. Quite devoted and they would have no doubt been involved with his mess with the Chantry had it not been their daughter.
<p>I could not find all the details, but the entire situation is suspicious enough for me to suspect that Melaena is tied to it. To be brief, Melaena's family clearly attempted to get her involved in Magister Aurelian Titus' cult. Around the same time, almost all of her entire family was slaughtered. The only member of her family who is still alive is her youngest brother. From what I could find of the event, it was clearly a murder and a particularly gruesome one. They had been set up to appear as if they been killed during an attack by the Qunari, which was easily believed at the time.
<p>From here, things only become harder to track. I was unable to create a proper timeline for her, both in appearance and history. Part of the problem is that she appears to have disappeared sometime after joining the Circle. The timeline I <I>did</I> create was made less through her name and more through a reliance upon the skills that I discovered she was known to possess before she disappeared. I was able to follow this and find several individuals who held many similarities in talent. Most of them were either laetans mages or lower status wise. What all of them hold in common is that they held rumours about being blood mages. Moreover, I found a string of murders that all hidden quite well due to the circumstances of them. Sometimes it would be a slave disappearing or a well-known pariah disappearing only be found dead.
<p>I hesitated to say that she did it until I managed to find something substantial in how she became part of the lower house of the Senate. As you know, the Publicanium possesses no true power. Despite this, it is not easy to get into due to the fact that members of it must be elected. Naturally, one would not expect Melaena Fidenas to have ever become a member of the house. After all, how does a ghost get elected by anybody?
<p>I apologize, dearest, but as we both know some only loosen their lips when presented with their weaknesses. When you stop ignoring me, I advise that you at least cut out Altus Corculum's tongue. He could certainly do without it, considering what comes out of his mouth.
<p>But to the matter at hand, it turns out that Melaena has managed to gather quite a few favors in her time. For instance, she managed to gather Altus Corculum's favor by helping save his only heir from death's door. As a result, he was more than happy to spread word of what a <I>wonderful</I> mage she was. I found several other stories similar to this. The nature of all of them lead me to believe that she is a blood mage, one who is deeply rooted in it to the point that it cannot be called legal.
<p>Whatever the Senator is doing is likely something incredibly dangerous and something I would advise you look into. After all, magic is <I>your</I> area, not mine.
People enjoy the thought of starting from nothing and rising to something. It is a belief that the Imperium runs. The majority of the Tevinter Imperium believes that it is possible for anyone to gain magic and that such a gain will raise them up from nothing. They hold belief that a slave can rise up to a Magister and that life will become better.
Radonis is not so naïve. He knows that the truth is far harsher and that most people ignore this. The chances of a line of non-mages producing a mage is slim, though it is not impossible. Moreover, becoming a mage does not always save someone. It is not unusual for a slave to be stuck as a slave even if their magic shows itself. Many individuals within the Imperium see little reason to free slaves and, in many respects, it can often be better for a slave to stay a slave. After all, the Liberati are not as privileged as some think. The Archon knows quite well that it is this truth- among many others- that has likely kept his lover from ever accepting any of Radonis' offers for freedom. After all, Flavius is smart enough to know that he will likely have a better life if he stays a slave.
Thus, it can be of little surprise when the name Melaena proves to be familiar. How can it not be? Unlike most within Tevinter, he has not lived the ridged life of expecting to go into one status. Rather, he has lived almost half his life expecting to be forced into the Chantry or something much lesser because of a lack of magic. As a result, he lives a harsh life for an Altus. His parents hold him at a distance, always wanting him to be something else that he starts to believe he cannot be. His interest drifts to those below him. It is not the worst life, but it is one which allows him to grow closer to those that others would consider lesser. After all, he has no reason to care about magic until later.
Melaena Fidenas is not someone he knows, but has heard of. He can recall the rumours he heard as a child. They often came from slaves or liberati. They whispered about how Maximus' only daughter was secretly a bastard, the daughter of some slave. Of course, there is no proof. After all, she doesn't look much like an elf and takes after her father in appearance enough that it is difficult to claim that she has any other mother except Maximus' wife without looking like a fool.
As far as Radonis is concerned, it does not matter much. People are not defined by blood in his eyes, but their actions. The fact that she is Venatori is enough for him to label and judge her. <I>She is nobody.</I>
He is not entirely wrong.
Melaena Fidenas was nobody. She was born through an affair that Maximus had with a slave of his- a woman he did not bother to remember due to a grim opinion of the woman. He only takes a moment to care when a child enters the picture, and even then he chooses to deal with it by taking the child, manipulating the situation so that his wife is none the wiser, and selling Melaena's mother.
One might claim that it was a mistake. After all, the lecherous man often took to making sure that his daughter knew that she was not the same as his sons and held a different place. The only love to be seen was from her step-mother, who did not realize that the daughter she was raising was not truly hers.
That is not close to the truth though.
Maximus' cruelty creates ambition and with it Melaena strives to become more than anyone around her. However, she views this as difficult as she is a Laetan. She will never have the benefits that come with being an Altus and it would take a great deal of work to become part of the Magisterium.
As her magic shows itself, she decides that she will simply become someone else. The cruelty of her actions do not cross her mind. What she does seems to be more like a necessity than anything done out of outright hatred. As a result, it is with a cold heart that she slaughters her family, masking it as a tragedy. The fact that it happens so close to when her family is attempting to introduce her into the cult that a good fraction of her family has entered is mere coincidence.
It is only obsession which saves her youngest brother. Where another might think it better to be dead, Romulus does not consider such a thought. He moves on with life, staying quiet about the affair. He always does. He always does when it comes to Melaena.
The first time Melaena is not entirely sure what she is doing. Blood magic is new to her, something which she only knows the basics of due to an academic interest. As a result, she chooses to learn it not from another human but from a demon.
It is a game that is easily won for her. The demon proves to be one that is used to be interacting with people who are different from her. It is used to compassion, love, and a multitude of emotions to pull and play upon. However, Melaena lacks a great deal of empathy. She returns manipulations with a cold logic that borders on inhuman. She allows it to play its game until it becomes boring and it is only once she has bound the creature that it teaches her.
The magic is different from what she knows, particularly in regards to achieving her means. She expects possession, but this is something different. She is not inhabiting something which is not hers. Rather, she is consuming life until she can mimick it, wear it like the skin it is.
She recognizes that others would call it wrong. Yet, she does not bat an eye. After all, what are good and evil but constructions of society?
The blood she has spilt is her sacrifice and with it she takes upon a new identity, a new face. As if to offer proof of how demons are born from the evil within man, she finds her wish possible.
Like a breeze, she passes through life. There is always a new identity and another name. Sometimes, Melaena is more man than woman. The lines become blurred and her understanding of who he is becomes seen. With it, he never looses his purpose. Connections are made, the price always being blood.
Some days, she thinks it might her sanity as well.
When the time comes to cash in such favors, Melaena finds the Magisterium out of her reach. She might be a talented mage, but there are many rumours about her. Moreover, the fact that she has been little more than a ghost shall work against her. As a result, she finds herself forced to aim for the Publicanium.
<I>Useless.</I> She has gained nothing and a sense of dissatisfaction grows within her. After all, the Imperium is only a shadow of what it once was. The Magisterium holds all the power, while those that the people actually have a say in holding power are little more than figures to be seen but never heard. How is the Imperium to grow and become what it once was in such a state?
<I>How is she to become powerful when it is in this state?</I>
Dissatisfaction lingers and she only finds it beginning to disappear when the Venatori begin to appear. It is difficult, but she manages to join. It is a chance for change, or something different.
Perhaps this time around it will be Melaena Fidenas who will step forward.
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