"En ma fin git mon commencement." — Mary, Queen of Scots
Selene, having been raised in the full tradition of the Parisian Salon, is a scholar, a philosopher, a naturalist, an artist, a hostess, a noble, a Catholic, a cynic, a romantic, a satirist, a scientist, and an idealist. She is a child of many things: Paris of the 17th Century, the Enlightenment, the stirrings of the French Revolution. She is also a child of the Houses Lorraine and Medici, a child of song, one of necessity. Educated by the likes of Rousseau, Diderot, Voltaire and Montesquieu, she learned three things very early in life: how to listen, how to question, and how to keep your secrets hidden behind a quiet smile and skilled needlework.
Not everything has been kept secret, however. Her cousin Desdemonda, known as the Harpy's Harpy, occasionally mentions Selene's talent for music, and how those few Toreador who've been in the right place at the right time have lamented that the Ventrue got there first. Those few know, without doubt and in their long memories, that she should have been one of theirs. So too are there are Nosferatu who wonder if she learned such quiet subtlety from one of them. And the fact that Selene prefers the dusty tomes hidden in labyrinthine Tremere libraries to the vaulted ceilings and trappings of Ventrue power is something a few of the Ventrue themselves lament - whilst the Tremere lament the loss of a steel-trap mind an a voracious appetite for knowledge. The truth, however, is that she is adept at adjusting herself to just about any situation - dusty libraries, decadent salons, or dirty back alleys, it's all the same to her. She is who she is.
And she is, most decidedly, a Ventrue.
Her name is pronounced 'suh-LEE-nuh' - not 'sel-EEN'. We are not French Canadian. Known Aliases: Josette Vignerot, Selene de Chenonceaux, Yvonne de Lorraine & Josette Lorraine. Physical Traits: Approximately 5'4", with wavy, dark brown hair usually pulled up and back. Lightly tanned skin, a smattering of freckles, brown eyes. Almost always wears a faint scent of perfume. Physical Style: Modern, corporate, with a softer flare; business occasions are fitted jackets with skirts, in hues of beige or black with blue, teal or aqua accents. Selene's favoured colours are sapphire blue or aqua. On the occasions of the inevitable "Dress as you were" events, Selene generally chooses historically inaccurate versions of any time period she currently fancies. Social Style: Selene is adept at adjusting her behaviour to the circumstances, professional when required and laid-back when in casual company. She is rarely ever loud or boisterous, though - how to be genuinely rowdy seems to escape her.
"A girl should be two things: who and what she wants." — Coco Chanel
Formal Alliances: Selene has very recently been acknowledged as an Artist under the patronage of Viveka von Daun.
Titles: Master Harpy of Washington, DC.
Previous Titles: Royal Harpy, Conclave 1881; Master Harpy of Cardiff, Wales
many-times-great granddaughter of Adrienne Maxwell,
childe of Alexander Konrad,
childe of Epirus,
childe of Caius,
childe of Antonius,
childe of Ventrue.
1730s — Ghoul to Benjamin Baker Chapel in Nice, France.
1740s — Ghoul to Amandine in Salzburg, Austria.
1756 — Embraced by Alexander Konrad in Nice, France.
1756 — Accounting.
1811 — Sent to South America to aid in the joint Camarilla effort to dispel the Sabbat working with House Oviedo and Tamerlane.
1820s — Returns from South America, formally Released shortly before the debut of Ligiea.
Travels to Atlanta and tours the South.
1830s — Returns to Europe, taking up residence in Nice.
1860s — Residence in England and Wales with Amadeo Durante.
1881 — Selected Royal Harpy at the London Conclave, hands down Judgement of Torquil.
Travels to the North Eastern coast of the US, to administer the terms of Torquil's punishment.
1880s — Residence in Washington, DC.
1900s — Returns to Europe, Residence in Dover, England.
1920s — Returns to the US.
1930s — "Vacationing" in Austin, TX with Clé deMontes and Nenette.
1940s — Returns to England.
1960s — Reestablishes residence in Washington, DC, remains until present day.
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I saw her that year in Cleveland, you know. Every 50 years she comes back, to remind herself of the judgement she passed on Elder Torquil. She spends 30 nights burning a brand into his skin with her own hands. "There must be, in all aspects of this unending path, some element that connects us to the past. It still roams in her eyes, the promise as faint as a dandelion, but is rapidly scattering to the wind. Such would be a tragedy beyond measure." — Torquil I wouldn't repeat this were I you, but did you know that a Toreador tried to poach the mortal Selene from the Constantinians? Whoever it was hasn't been seen or heard from since. "As individuals grow and age they are molded by the boundaries of social contract and cultural norms. And yet there are those that do not hold well to constraints, they stray into undiscovered and forbidden territories to be who and what they imagine rather than as they are instructed. The ridicule and backlash they face can seem harsh, but one can not rend and remake the fabric of existence without some pain as a price." — An observation from Phillip Avery Redgrave It's said Selene follows in her father's footsteps as a scholar of extremely esoteric Kindred lore, and that this aptitude is the sole reason he Embraced her - and against his sister Adrienne's wishes. "Of all the things I have loved and lost, none cut so close to the bone as she." — Tamerlane Don't bother inviting the woman to a concert, it's hopeless. Since the debut of Ligeia Loxley in 1821, Selene has categorically refused every invitation to anything musical. It's said that Selene has never taken a lover. Ever. Perhaps she fancies herself a virgin queen? "She is nearly everything I want in a woman; Intelligent, driven, lovely, and ambitious. Her only fault is that she doesn't live in a bottomless swamp of chaos. I will endeavor to assist in that." — Alonso Gutierrez Do you recall, back in the early 1800's, Adrienne Maxwell growing so anxious about her? Selene was in Mexico, supposedly fighting Sabbat - perhaps something else happened....no one heard from her for nearly a decade. "But flowers distilled, though they with winter meet, leese but their show; their substance still lives sweet." — Hemlock "Your quote or rumor goes here!" — Character Name "Your quote or rumor goes here!" — Character Name
Acquaintance Nenette — There is a word for this that modern women use ... I believe it is 'frienemies.' Ligeia Loxley — "It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds upon." Nicolas von Hagen — We all have our indiscretions... and more oft than not, we may blame mortal society for them. Occam — "Through the days of shame that are coming / Through the nights of wild distress / Tho' your promise count for nothing / You must keep it nonetheless" June — Feathers, feathers, forever may she stand. Benjamin Sharp - "Light casts a shadow. The brighter the one, the darker the other."
Alliance Clé deMontes — We are what we are. We are French. Viveka Josephina Von Daun — "Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, 'It might have been.'" Amaris Ingram — “If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” Benedict d'Holbach — "He is shaped like lines of poetry; searing and gorgeous." Torquil — "We will pick our way through the shards of broken objects that folly leaves behind. And some of what breaks will be very beautiful." Amadeo Durante — "Where they make a wasteland, they call it peace." Alonso Gutierrez - "If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there."
Affection Althea Bell-Hammon — "Silver light upon a cold lake." Caralyne Butcher — "To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with." Tamerlane — "There was a new hole in the world where sorrow could enter." Phillip Avery Redgrave — "Compassion is the basis of morality." Tyler Vaughn — "The darker the night, the brighter the stars. The deeper thy grief, the closer is God." Hemlock - "Amicitiae nostrae memoriam spero sempiternam fore."
Admiration Adrienne Maxwell — "What would men be without women? Scarce, sir...mighty scarce." Guibert Murmure — Stones in a pond create ripples. But what do lily pads, that are rooted in the silt, do? Kenneth Skelton — "Talent is cheap. Dedication is expensive; it will cost you your life." Izar San Martin — "A room without books is like a body without a soul." Benjamin Baker Chapel - "Love is keeping the promise anyway." Michael Cayhill - To view the world in black and white would be the greatest of freedoms.... Jean-Pierre Durand — "There is no exquisite beauty... without some strangeness in the proportion." Desdemona Gonzaga — "I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason."