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House: Freitas

Realm: Dorne


Contributor Username: MinorEpidemic

Age & Role: Adult (32) Schemer, Lady of House Freitas

Personal History

Born to Lord Luceon Hayle and the late Lady Cassella Hayle, Devarra was raised in the Riverlands and learned of her mother’s homeland through stories. In her childhood, she believed the foreign kingdom of Dorne to be a magical place. One where she would have been the inheritor of her Father’s house and holdings, despite being born a girl. When her mother passed due to illness shortly after Devarra turned six, she became disillusioned. She believes it was that day - the day she held her mother’s cold hand and cried into the covers of her bed until her father carried her from the room - was the day her childhood ended and harsh reality set in.

Her father, Lord Hayle, remarried quickly. His new bride, a beautiful young Andal woman named Gwyneth, paid little attention to Devarra, and indeed seemed to deny her existence. In the years that followed, she gave her husband five children, two of which were male heirs. With the strong Rhoynish blood from her mother’s side flowing through her veins, Devarra stood out quite painfully among her half-siblings, all of whom were pale of hair and skin like their mother. The eldest of the five was spiteful towards her, calling her out as an outsider at every opportunity.

At the age of 14, under pressure from her father, Devarra left home to gain “worldly experience”. Her travels took her across the Narrow Sea, where she would spend the next few years diligently studying and training in various medical practices. She returned to Westeros determined to help people, in the hope she could be of use to someone somewhere. By this time, it was late in the war to overthrow the Mad King, but she managed to participate in the Battle of the Trident, treating the wounded and dying.

Devarra wound up serving closely alongside the Martells, even treating Prince Lewyn’s injuries before he would fall to Ser Lyn Corbray’s sword. It was during that time on the battlefield that she was introduced to Alistar Freitas, who she observed fighting valiantly alongside his father and their men. Rather than returning to the Riverlands following the battle, Devarra was wed to Alistar, now the Lord of House Freitas, and found a new home in Dorne.

Back in Stillwell, Devarra met Carlotta, her husband’s first child born out of wedlock, a young girl about six. Devarra saw so much of herself in the girl, she immediately resolved to show her more love than she had ever received growing up in House Hayle.

Devarra has two children of her own, Evelyn and Andres - named for his father’s father. She raised Carlotta as her own daughter, and loves each of them equally and with all of her being. She is entirely motivated by her love of her family, and wishes for peace in the realm so that they may stay safe and live long, happy lives. Yet, despite her own current happiness, she has not forgotten the darker moments in her past. She takes a sort of gleeful joy in seeing the suffering of those she cares little for.

Her driving motivations involve protecting her House and those in it, and doing whatever necessary to secure her children's respective futures - whether they want it or not. Having grown used to cold indifference from an early age, Devarra adores her husband, Alistar, for being one of the first people to care for her since her mother's passing. She maintains amicable relations with the rest of her house and is fond or, at the very least, accepting of everyone who resides there. But for the most part she keeps her plans and schemes to herself, as she is secretive by nature and not openly trusting of anyone.


Events at King's Landing

Devarra followed her husband to King’s Landing at his request, with the rest of their house in tow. Though uncertain of Alistar’s intentions and initially displeased at the prospect, she quickly warmed to the idea once she realized she could spend her time in the capital seeking out marriage prospects for her children. As her adopted daughter, Carlotta, would be inheriting the house one day and therefore held little cause for concern, it was Devarra’s goal to secure a comfortable future for both Evelyn and Andres. Once in King’s Landing, she was disappointed to find their lodgings in the Dornish Quarter quite plain, and located in one of the poorer parts of the city. During their lengthy stay, she familiarized herself with a bit of the surrounding area, and spent much time in herbalist shops chatting about her extensive medical training with locals.

Alistar was secretive about his plans, which irked Devarra to no end. It wasn’t until the Hand’s Tourney that he asked anything of her, and even then he only gave her orders to “lie low” and not draw attention to their house. On the morning of the second day, her husband’s advisor, Reidyn, came to her in a panic and described Alistar’s outrageous plan. He intended to launch a full assault on the Lannisters during the royal procession following the events of the tourney. Reidyn was sure they would all be killed if he went through with it, and begged Devarra to get the children out of the city. Alistar also approached her, telling her to meet him back at the residence before the procession with the other members of the house.

While at the tourney, after some internal debate, Devarra made the decision to stay in King’s Landing with her lunatic husband to see if she couldn’t somehow protect him or their house. She asked Reidyn and Alistar’s sister, Lilianna, to take Evelyn and Andres and leave the city. She then returned to their place of lodging, and watched the assassination fail spectacularly alongside Alistar before he turned tail and ran. She then collected Carlotta and fled into the night.

Devarra and Carlotta were both captured and brought back to the Red Keep. They were soon reunited with the others when Reidyn, Lilianna, Evelyn, and Andres were thrown in the cell along with them. They were told that they’d be standing trial along with many other Dornish men and women. During the trial, they learned that Alistar and the other accomplices to the plot had been captured and would be put to death. It was decided that her daughter, Evelyn, would marry Liam Stahlhardt of the Westerlands as a sign of goodwill from Tywin Lannister, and that she and Reidyn would be returning to the Westerlands with their house. Devarra and Lilianna both attended the execution and saw Alistar beheaded.

After returning home, Devarra was well-received for everything that had transpired in King’s Landing. She was praised for her cunning and strength of character in the face of adversity. Though she was no longer Lady of the house, she held more respect than she ever had. She would continue to advise Carlotta in all matters relating to the house.


Epilogue

Carlotta became as dreadful a leader as everyone had feared. She spent far too much time and money on whatever whims she had, and gave little attention to other matters. She was incredibly frivolous with house funds. Though Devarra was her chief advisor, and made plenty of sound judgments fiscally, Carlotta would find some way to ruin whatever work she had done. Every step forward was another two steps back. They were economically unstable for years. They wouldn't regain a decent position financially for about 10-15 years. While not enough to kill her, the stress aged Devarra well before her time.

Devarra had vowed to bury the Freitas name, and in that respect she did see some success. Carlotta Sand was never given her father’s name. When she did eventually marry, though some called it a sham, she took the name of her husband. Andres grew to be an impudent child, and then a pompous adult. He greatly resembled his father. He kept up his sword training with new instructors, and went on to fight in several battles.

After receiving news of her father’s passing, Devarra found herself regretting the estrangement from her family. She attempted to reconnect with her daughter, Evelyn, but could find no place in her new life. As Andres had since left Stillwell, and the foolish Carlotta and her husband were all that remained, Devarra found herself very much alone.


Player Postmortem

I’m not sure what I intended for Devarra to do when this story began. While she had some pretty clear motivations going into it, I had no real goals for her and figured I’d see where things went from there. The answer is that they went poorly. So, so poorly. But that was what made it interesting! It might be because of this lack of goals that I wound up with a dead-end character. Frankly, that’s not something I have a problem with. I’m glad Devarra’s story resolved itself, even if it wasn’t a particularly happy ending. Or beginning, or middle. In that regard, I do feel she was a “successful” character. She changed over the course of these vignettes, and by the end, I feel her character arc had come to a close. She might not have grown much, and she might not have done many important things, but she learned an awful lot about herself and the world. And I, in turn, learned from her.

One of the most surprising things to me, over the course of this story, was in how Devarra changed. Or, rather, how she changed without my intending it. Something that happens frequently while writing is that your characters begin to talk back to you. They seem to develop their own thoughts and personalities as you write them. I’ve noticed this in my own writing before, but never to this extent. When I sat down to write a few of my later vignettes, I might have gone in with an idea of the content, but it was like Devarra’s thoughts flowed out freely on their own. She had so many internalized feelings, so much pent up anger that I had never consciously thought about. And towards the end, her whole personality took a turn; after their capture she becomes incredibly fatalistic. Even her flaw, cruelty, which I never thought would come about much, really presented itself by the end.

If I was to recreate my character, I don’t know that I’d do anything differently, aside from maybe starting over from scratch and taking an entirely different route. I was happy with how she turned out, even if she wasn’t. Maybe I would put less points in Healing and Language, though. Those turned out to be really useless! In all seriousness, though, my character really came alive for me. I’m glad I got to experience this amazing adventure through her eyes.


Goal: Peace

Motivation: Love

Virtue: Devoted

Vice: Cruel

Background
  • Travelled across the Narrow Sea
  • Achieved a significant goal
  • Fought or involved in a battle

Abilities and Specialties
Ability
Ability Score
Specialty
Bonus Dice
Cost
Healing
5
Diagnose
+1B
-80
-
-
Treat Ailment
+1B
-10
-
-
Treat Injury
+2B
-40
Status
4
Reputation
+1B
-50
Deception
3
Bluff
+1B
-20
Awareness
3


-10
Cunning
3


-10
Knowledge
3


-10
Persuasion
3


-10
Will
3


-10
Agility
2


0
Animal Handling
2


0
Athletics
2


0
Endurance
2


0
Fighting
2


0
Marksmanship
2


0
Stealth
2


0
Survival
2


0
Thievery
2


0
Warfare
2


0