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Faith Long - OC

[personal profile] charitylovehopefaith 2013-01-02 08:36 pm (UTC)(link)

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[personal profile] charitylovehopefaith 2013-01-02 08:36 pm (UTC)(link)

Faith Long
Wing Color:
pale brown, dark spots (common brown dove pattern)
Physical Appearance:
Faith is a slightly tall young woman, and she generally wears the clothes of a society lady in the English Napoleonic era. She has pale skin and blonde hair, and her eyes are hazel. She is very leanly built and lacks any sort of notable muscle development, as her life has been one without physicial labor.
Faith is the second daughter of Admiral John Long and his wife Henrietta. Her brother, David, is a lieutenant in the Royal Navy, apparently following in the footsteps of his father. Faith, likewise, has always been groomed to do as her mother did and marry a well-to-gentleman and keep a fine house.
She met Aaron Cork, a major in the army and the son of a naval marine, when she was twenty-one, and he courted her for over a year. He never proposed, but everyone took it for granted that he would. Faith, on her mother's advice, allowed him no liberties without a contract of marriage.
When she was twenty-two, Faith's brother brought home a friend from the service, Edward Burr. Burr proved charming and good company, though he swore to no interest in Faith. He told her about the war, satisfying the curioisty her father and brother were hesitant to answer. Burr's feelings toward Faith soon changed toward the romantic.
When Burr was forced to leave to return to service on his ship, he obtained Faith's permission to write to her. She promised that if he would write her faithfully every week (David, on the same ship, would send letters with Burr's, so there would be proof of a time delay should that occur), she would postpone accepting any offers of marriage until he felt he could make one himself.
Burr did write, telling Faith all he could about the war, and she wrote back with increasing fondness. As the length of her letters and abundance of her warm words grew toward Burr, so did Cork's jealousy and anger toward Faith. Though he never saw the contents of the letters, he knew of their existance and made it clear he did not approve, once by grabbing Faith's wrist so hard that it bruised.
When Burr came again, David and Faith worked together to obtain an invitation for him to a party the admiral was holding. Faith, in a private moment, kissed him on the cheek but was seen by Cork. Cork waited until Burr was gone then dragged Faith outside. He struck her three times, twice sending her to the ground. All the while, he shouted at her, calling her a whore. Before he could do worse, David, who had heard the shouts and was closer than others, arrived. The two men quarreled, and Cork made the mistake of striking David after other party-goers had gathered around them.
A duel was set. David insisted, due to the nature of the insults against Faith, that no quarter could be given or asked for. It was a fight to the death with short swords. David came out the victor, though gaining a scar across his face.
Faith and Burr continued to write to one another for several months as Burr continued his career. Shaken as she was by Cork's treatment of her and subsequent death, Faith attached further to Burr, seeing him as everything Cork was not. When Burr was finally promoted to master and commander, he was able to return to the Long household and ask the admiral for permission to properly court Faith with the intention of marriage.
The courtship (which the admiral said he considered the long history of letters to be in and of itself) was fairly brief. After only a few weeks, during the preliminary truce as the details of the Treaty of Amiens were worked out, David announced his own engagement to a young woman he had saved from a pirate ship. Burr, having received permission from the admiral in the morning, asked Faith that evening for her hand in marriage. Faith enthusiastically agreed.
The Peace brought an era of dances and social expectations. Faith and David worked together to remake Burr's wardrobe, somewhat with his funds (Burr having come into money for his service at the Nile) and also with Long family money. They also worked to teach him every dance and social convention he would be expected to know as the son-in-law of an admiral. Through Faith's doing, Edward received invitations to some of the upper echelons of society, and, with her guidance, managed himself fairly well in most of them.
After a brief period of illness, which did not allow her to be very social, Faith noticed a change in Burr. He came by less often and spoke in terms both glowing and hesitant of an old acquaintance, a Frenchman named Martineau. Faith knew the name -- the man had been, only a few weeks before, a one-time lover of David's. She bit her tongue and played at being ignorant of him, though she quickly came to the assumption that Edward was now engaged in an affair with the man. Faith decided, as they were not yet married, to simply not acknowledge it, to pretend she had no idea of what was going on.
A month before their wedding, two weeks after Burr's reunion with Martineau, Burr called on Faith while she was alone in the house. He informed her that he was breaking off the engagement and would be gone from her company. Faith lashed out, accusing him of his involvement with Martinea, which he did not deny. She told him of Martineau's affair with David and threatened that if Burr did as he said -- if he truly broke their engagement -- she would tell her father. Not only would she ruin him, she would see him killed for the illegal relationship. Burr maintained his position, though, and left. Faith broke down into a fit.
Despite her threats, Faith never told a soul why Edward left her. She let everyone gossip as they would, and most of the theories people came up with were rather sympathetic toward her. Faith swore she would never speak to David again when she found out he had allowed Martineau and Burr to reside with him in his country home, but blood soon trumpted circumstance, and Faith resumed writing often to her brother, without mention of his houseguests.
Faith evaded all attempts by her mother, aunts, or other "concerned" women to introduce her to eligible young men by pretending to be utterly grief-striken at the ending of her engagement, as if she were so beside herself with sorrow she could barely function, much less think about marriage again.
After the disappointments of Cork (championed in the early stages by her mother) and Burr (brought to her by David) both, Faith determines that her next proper suitor will be one she chooses for herself.
Faith is very much a high-class woman of her time. She is polite, modest, and compassionate.
Faith was raised in the upper ranks of society. Her family is not nobility, but they are wealthy enough to travel in the same circles as minor nobility and the higher ranks that allow themselves to associate with the same. She has been taught ettiqute all her life and abides by the rules she knows.
Faith entertains her father's company, high-born nobles and low-born sailors alike, with light conversation about them, their families, and so on, but always with another woman present to act as a chaperone. If, as Burr did often, she is invited for a walk about the gardens of the Long household, a maid always follows to make sure no impropriety occurs.
Faith cares for others, donating regularly at church and when the parson comes around collecting for the poor. She accepts Abigail Darling (a young woman about her age whom her brother saved from a pirate ship) into the Long household long before David even seems to be courting Abigail. She dresses the other girl, who has always been poor, in fine clothes and teaches her to embroidery as well as introducing her to playing the pianoforte the family has. She quickly begins to call Abigail "sister," sure that she and David will marry soon, and she sees it as her job to see that Abigail is ready and able to take the role and do it well.
Faith is very much a young woman. She is brash, tests boundaries, and considers herself first.
When emotional, whether for good or bad, Faith speaks in haste. She is often able to consider the good emotions more, leaving less room for error there. She does, though, throw her arms around Burr and kiss him when he proposes, despite being in a semi-public place and that sort of open emotion being frowned upon. When she is angry or hurt, though, all of Faith's tact disappears. She lashes out, using any weapon in her mental arsenal that she can think of to wound in the way that she has been wounded. She does not seek just to make the injuries even but to do more harm than was done to her.
Faith tolerates her chaperones but does not always mind them. One servant in particularly, Maggie, is a confederate of Faith's. The two women have signals worked out for when the maid is to slip away and allow Faith some time (usually between five and ten minutes) with a gentleman. Most often, this gentleman was either Cork or Burr, Faith's purpose to allow the man with her to speak freely, as the presence of Maggie, they would think, meant all their words might be repeated to the admiral. She does not allow serious liberties, but Faith also lets both Cork and Burr (particularly when Maggie has been sent away) to kiss her or show more physical contact than is deemed proper.
While Faith is not particularly greedy, she also does not always know how to distinguish "want" from "need," and her generosity suffers for it. If she has more money than she needs for the things she must purchase in town, she will happily spare a coin or two for someone who seems to be in need. If, however, she has only enough for what she came for, she will not cut down on her spending to help someone else. She considers the things she has been sent for or has decided to buy to be needs and, therefore, she must get them.
Faith tries to balance her emotions and reason. She does not always succeed, such as when she is angry, but she tries not to let emotions cause her to act foolishly. Men who court her are tested first before she allows herself to become too fond, though once she has decided to be fond, she often makes excuses she ought not make for them. Cork's rough treatement of her, for instance, is excused as a temper that means he cares enough about her to be angry that she would think of straying. However, her attachments to anyone not family do not tend to be very deep. Cork's death causes her minor grief, but she moves on quickly, helped by Cork's treatment of her. Her fury at Burr for leaving her overwhelms her sense of loss, and she is soon able to defiantly rejoin the social world, only playing at heartbreak when someone seeks to see her courted by another young man.

Faith has very nimble fingers, and she is good at working with delicate materials. Other than that, her physical strengths are very few. She can ride a horse, but only side-saddle, not at all in a way that could keep up if speed were necessary.
Faith is an intelligent young woman for her era. She is very curious and always wants to learn. She has a fluent knowledge of French and Latin and a minor, working knowledge of Spanish. She is politically minded, even if that is often discouraged, and she is always trying to learn more about the world around her, even the unpleasant elements. For her world, she also knows what is expected of a young lady (such as hyper-emotionality) and will exploit those attitudes to get what she wants, such as being left alone after a broken engagement. She is very well-taught in sewing and needlepoint and has taught herself to draw to make new patterns for complicated embroidery.
Faith is very, very good at perseverence. She takes emotional hardships in stride and resolves herself to keep going. She does not usually wallow in her grief or shame. A few days might be spent crying over a choice or some circumstace, but, after that, she will figure out how to move on, or at least try to. Faith is also compassionate. She cares about helping others, and she is quick to embrace young women as her friends and dote on them, as she does with her sister-in-law Abigail. She enjoys teaching the skills she's mastered (needlepoint and drawing, especially) onto other people. When Faith decides on a course of action, she must be hard-pressed to abandon it. Whether it is marrying a man who comes from nothing, as Burr did, or learning about the war despite protests from every angle, she will find a way to do what she wants.

Faith is entirely human, and she is a young woman brought up in a life of leisure. She has little stamina and no idea how to survive on her own. She is physically weak, as her life never prepared her for any sort of labor.
Faith is from 1802. She has education only in languages, music, sewing, literacy, and basic geography, mathematics, and history. Her political knowledge is completely based on what others had told her or she has picked up from the few times she has been able to read publications about the war or the political world. Advanced mathematics (anything beyond mangaging the expenses of a household) and science are well beyond her. She also knows little outside her own world. Something such as the plight of the poor is an abstract notion to her. She has sympathy for such a thing without really understanding what it is to be poor or what those without money face.
Given time and space, Faith can be very calm, cool, and collected. In the heat of the moment, especially face to face, she is prone to outbursts. She is ruthless with her words in a fight, using any weakness she knows of to cut when she is feeling hurt. Faith is also self-serving. She will help others but not to her own disadvantage. Giving money to someone in need when she has plenty is an obvious right decision in her eyes, but she would be unlikely to make the same donation had she only enough to afford the things she intended to buy. She would not think of going without something (unless it were completely frivolous and she knew that) to help someone else, as she would assume someone else would be along with money to spare and the compassion to help.
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[personal profile] charitylovehopefaith 2013-01-02 08:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Samples (ALL samples must be set in Luceti-verse.)

First Person:
Test Drive thread

Third Person:
It's a ship at sea.

The outline, gone over in dark charcoal, shows through the thin white fabric easily. Faith makes the loops of stitches in all sorts of colours -- from the shades of blue of the water to the brown of the ship and the bright flag on the mast -- with ease. Even here, she dreams about this ship so often.

It isn't one she's ever seen, but it's what her imagination likes best. Not a proper frigate by any means, according to David. It's funny, in its own way, that he cares so much as to try and correct her image when she's drawn it before, back then. Back when her world made sense. It's more of a sloop, he says, but not one he's known, even though he's described every ship he's ever served on to her, and she's seen a great many of them up close.

But she likes it. It's just stitching, she's told him before. It doesn't have to be accurate.

Still, if he were here now, she'd let him fix it. It's lonely here, in this strange place. She has wings on her back and is surrounded by men, women, and creatures who all seem quite different than anything she knows. There seems to be so little in regards to manners or chivalry here, and that makes her nervous. What is to become of a lady in a place where ladies are, it seems, virtually unknown? What is to become of her with no one to protect her and provide for her?

Faith sighs as she accepts that the sun has set too low to continue her work, and her candles do not provide the light she needs for the detailed portions of her stitching. She doesn't like the glow of those 'electric' lights her rooms are fitted with, so she refuses to use them. Another oddity and a power she cannot explain. She sets her needlework aside and rises from her seat by the window.

It is time to prepare for bed.
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