This Wicked Waltz (OOC)

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  1. This Wicked Waltz

    Intro Welcome! This Wicked Waltz is a slice-of-life set in the Regency England and the works of Jane Austen. Here gossip is our weapon of choice. And living it's not about kill or be killed but invite or be invited, to the grand balls and dinner parties of the ton. I encourage you to come up with a background story for your character, and create your own adventure, developing your story as you interact in other players' stories. Other than the confines of the Regency-era culture and etiquette, there is no limit to the possibilities except your own imagination.

    The Regency Era The Regency era in the United Kingdom is the period between 1811 -- when King George III was deemed unfit to rule and his son, the Prince of Wales, ruled as his proxy as Prince Regent -- and 1820, when the Prince Regent became George IV on the death of his father.

    For all its excess the Regency upper-class lived and died by rules, habitually fixed and inflexible rules -- enhance the family's wealth, power and prestige. Keep the family name respectable. In short honor and duty before love -- such unions would not have been completely accepted by the elite ton.

    Members of the ton came from the aristocracy, the gentry, and of course, royalty and monarch(s). Though some wealthier members of the middle classes might possibly have married into the lower ranks of the gentry, such unions would not have been completely accepted by the elite ton. Social positions could be altered or determined by income, houses, speech, clothing, or even manners. Climbing the social ladder could take generations, particularly into the aristocracy who did not readily accept those of inferior birth into their ranks.

    The social ladder in the Regency was fixed and inflexible -- and the poor enforced it with almost as much vigor as the nobility. Defined by birth, title, wealth, property and occupation, with the aristocracy and gentry comprising the ruling class.

    This era encompassed a time of great social, political, and even economic change. Despite the bloodshed and warfare the Regency was also a period of great refinement and cultural achievement, shaping and altering the social structure of Britain as a whole. America had just won independence. The industrial Revolution was bringing about change to everything from the aristocracy to travel to clothing and textiles. Prior to this period, the landed gentry (aristocracy) controlled most of the land, wealth, and political power but due to societal norms that the aristocracy had followed so faithfully were changing as more and more of the gentry were forced to either sell off their land or have aristocrats marry into the new class of wealthy class to maintain their status.

    The Summer that Never Was The year is 1816! The Prince Regent continues to be the "Pied Piper" of his generation -- flamboyantly leading the way for the arts and fondness of earthly pleasures. The waltz was still the rage, Emma by Jane Austen was the popular literature, gas lighting was a common feature, America had won independence, Napoleon was exiled to St Helena, the English Corn Laws restricted corn imports, income tax was abolished, and Beau Brummell is on everyone's tongue for fleeting to France to escape his creditors.

    The summer of 1816 was becoming the "Summer that Never Was". Severe summer climate abnormalities caused average global temperatures to decrease, resulting in major food shortages across Western Europe. Cool temperatures and heavy rains resulted in failed harvest in Britain. Food prices rose sharply. Refugees from Ireland, Germany, and Wales traveled long distances begging for food. It was not uncommon for the elite to be heckled outside theater houses, muggings were widespread throughout London, demonstrations in front of grain markets and bakeries, followed by riots, arson, and looting, were a common occurrence.

    As the gentle sex, women were to be without vices and opinion. They were to be modest, dutiful and the prettier the better (reputation, breeding and fortune also came into play when calculating their worth). Spirited girls who spoke their minds, showed too much temper or wit or appeared too familiar with manly interests -- gambling, boxing, profanity -- were quickly labeled: Hoydens.

    Meanwhile, society happily embraced young women prone to hysterics, fainting first and swooning. The wise young Regency woman learned just enough math to be able to safeguard the household budget. Ironically, it would be during the Regency -- as arranged marriages gave way to unions of love -- that women with good conversational skills finally came into favor. After all, who wants a dull companion for life?

    If you were a man, especially a man who lusted and drank, the Regency rocked. Men could marry for love, convenience, money or power -- and were not expected to be faithful. Discreet, yes -- but manly indiscretion need not bar one from the ton. The Prince Regent was this generation's Pied Piper - leading the way in almost every form of vice. The end result was textbook. (When no on finds anything too extreme or opulent or expensive, how can you criticize anyone?) And so excesses flourished.

    The typical day for a London bachelor - rise after noon, have a leisure breakfast, dress, go to the club at 3, practice boxing at 4, promenade in Hyde Park at 5, and spend an evening with friends at the theater or opera, fashionable parties or masquerade balls, men's club or gaming hall. For upper-class men during the Regency the responsibilities were few but universal -- enhance the family's wealth, power and prestige. Keep the family name respectable. Be elegant in dress and manner in public. If you were the oldest, marry and produce heir. And, oh yes; keep those extramarital affairs on the down low.

    The Gossip The summer season had just begun in London. Against the background of depressing weather, the ton slowly made their way to London, and soon lights on the windows of the fashionable addresses of Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, St James Square, and Piccadilly were lit. Galas were planned, invitations were sent, and the gossip begun.

    Beau Brummell's fleeting to France to escape his creditors was a scandal still referred with comical tinged. But the next scandal to be targeted by the gutter press was Cressica Coutts, the widow of Jasper Coutts, of Coutts & Co, of the royal bank. He had married Cressica Kingsly, his former mistress, an actress of the London theater, and had bequeathed his entire fortune to her, including his interest in the family bank - rumored to be over one million pounds. The gutter press cartooned Cressica as the fabulously rich mistress, with the headline, "From Strolling Player to Banker".

    Another topic of gossip among the card-playing Ladies of the Ton, was the young debutante Brenda Mesons, daughter of the recent Knighted, Sir Edward Mesons, one of the wealthiest man in London. Though new money, the Mesons' beauty had been presented at court by Lady Guildford, at Jasper Palace. And surprisingly her dance card filled rather quickly, even the Duke of St Albans had swept the fair girl off her feet. It was predicted by the elderly ladies of the ton, that Miss. Brenda Mesons will be one of the belles - if not the Belle - of the season.

    Everyone knew the dashing Duke of St Albans as the most notorious bachelor of the ton, a privilege man who lusted after beautiful woman and drank the nights away in the most exclusive gambling houses of London. It came of no surprise to the ladies of the ton the scandalous whisper, that his bachelor lifestyle was crippling the family funds. The Dowager Duchess of St Albans, vexed by the rumors, quickly put a stop to her son's blatant disregards to family obligations. He is to find a rich bride by the end of the season, in order to service current debts, or have one picked for him by the Dowager herself.

    • Romance is allowed, but please keep sex scenes fade to black, anything else take it to PM.
    • Advance writing; detail descriptions; minimum of 3-5 paragraphs - 3-5 sentences each.
    • Please write in third person perspective.
    • Real life images only.
    • Posting minimum is once a week.
    • Multiple characters allowed.
    • No Emperors & Empress, Kings & Queens, Prince & Princesses, allowed.
    • Respect each other.
    • Do not disappear without warning me.
    • Follow site rules.
    • Have fun!

    Roles to Fill You are welcome to introduce your own character(s), family, members of the ton, or other characters to fill the following ranks.
    • Aristocracy: Aristocrats are a class of people who either possess hereditary tittles granted by a monarch or are related to such people.
    • Gentry: The term refers to the social class of the landed aristocracy or to the minor aristocracy whose income derives from their large landholdings.
    • Middle Classes: Wealthy but hold no titles, though may have some influence in commerce.
    • Artisans, Tradespeople: Those who own their business enjoy a higher social status in the community.
    • Servants: Basically domestic workers (think downtown abbey house staff).

    I'm not accepting any more female characters for a while.
    Character Skeleton Before you start your character skeleton I would like for you to answer these questions separately first. I don't need you post them, I don't need to read them, but they will help you create a backstory for your character: Where are you from and who is your family (parents, siblings, cousins)? Are you single, married, betrothed, or widowed? Why are you here in London -- are you looking for the love of your life, or at least the stability of a sensible marriage? Are you traveling and just passing through, or are you looking for a new place to settle down? Are you on a particular mission, or are you a wandering soul? Are you rich or poor, young or old, good or not-so-good? Your character's personality and traits are very important: Do you prefer happiness over duty? Do you deem status more important than kindness?

    Character Skeleton (open)

    Face Claim: (real life images only)
    Full Name:
    Social Status: (Aristocrat, Gentry, Middle Class, Artisan, Servant)
    Title: (write here your peerage title or occupation title)
    Civil Status: (widow, divorced, married, etc…)
    Occupation: (if you've chosen aristocrat, gentry you may delete | if you've chosen artisan, servant here goes what you do.)
    Country of Origin: (England, France, America, Irish, Spain, etc…)
    Family Members: (important dead or alive family members)
    Home(s): (locations and names of your homes, can link pictures)
    Personality: (self explanatory)
    Background : (If you've answered the backstory line of questions it should be easy for you to write a good detailed background for your character. Please talk a little about your characters childhood, your parents and siblings, and of important events that shaped your character’s personality and traits today.)

    Resources Here are a few pins of interest with information about the time period for you to read. It isn't mandatory, but if you are not familiar with the Regency era, British nobility, and the 1800s, you will find these links very informative. And if you have other information that you think should be here, let me know and I'll be happy to add it.

    Forms of address in UK - This page will give you a good idea of how to address royalty.

    Courtesy titles in the UK - This page will help you figure out a courtesy title for your character(s).

    Trade & the British Empire 1800s - This was a good read for me, it gave me a good understanding of the type of trade that was done in the 1800s.
    #1 Mariposa, Nov 11, 2014
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    #2 Mariposa, Nov 13, 2014
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  3. >__> Hmmm.

    EDIT: @Shinegizmo Do you have a banner in the ad rotation for this? If not I will make one for you!
    #3 Astaroth, Nov 16, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2014
  4. OH, thank you! That would be lovely.
  5. Here you go! Do you know how to submit banners?

  6. I like it, thank you so much, Mr Ozz. :) I figured it out, and was able to submit banner.
  7. Cool! And no prob. I am interested in playing but I have to figure out what I want to do character-wise. :]
  8. Awesome! I'm still working on five other character bios. Character wise you have lots of options, given the interesting period of time and the events of 1816, there is much rich history to create a character. Feel free to ask if you need my help.
  9. This seems interesting. Color me intrigued.
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  10. Dear Lady Eleanor, navy

    Full Name: Eleanor L. (Lu) Bluefield
    Social Status: Aristocrat
    Title: My Lady, Dear Lady Eleanor
    Civil Status: Unmarried
    Country of Origin: England
    Age: 23 Years Old
    Family Members: Father; George Bluefield (alive), Mother; Lauren Bluefield (alive), Eldest Brother; Richard Bluefield (alive), Second Eldest Brother; Kingsly Bluefield (alive), Third Eldest; Issac Bluefield (deceased), Youngest; Peter Bluefield.
    Home(s): Bluefield Manor, in Uptown England & Bluefield Estate, in the countryside of England.
    Personality: Boisterous, ill-temper, intelligent, outspoken.

    Early Years: George Bluefield, fifth Duke of Wellington, the Field Marshal, the highest rank in the British militia. George Bluefield is the cousin of the Great King, giving him the title Duke. Before he has received such a high title he started off as a Colonel, a position he earned and given by his cousin. He was a great colonel, he had great strategic tactics, great strength, great power, he was known to be a man of greatness. However the great man was a drunkard. He would always get caught with liquor breath. The only days he would become sober was in front of people of higher militia rank or the King and Queen. Other days is when he drank and drank.

    The drinking then began to stop as he met a woman. The daughter of the Earl and Countess. She was seven years younger than he was, she just turned into a woman. George was thirty years old and the woman he fell for was twenty-three. He met her during a ball the Queen has invited him. He was a handsome man who never put his drink down till he met her. Her name was, Lauren Peterson. She was an intelligent woman who spoke her thoughts loudly. She had a spark of confidence most woman don't have due to it hurting their gentlewoman status. The two spoke about literature they're fond of. It didn't take a while for the Earl and Countess to see the spark between them. They approved of George due to his high militia status and money he had. Each day after the ball they would create dates as to when and where Lauren and him will meet for lunch, dinner, breakfast, her parents truly wanted the two together. For the first time in forever, Lauren agreed with her parents. The woman has been pushed off by men she detested and hated, but finally she found a man who loved her for her.

    The two married after several months. The two were in love with each other so much they had a child. Their first child was a boy, a boy named, Richard. It was a blessing to have a boy first. George has always wished for a boy. After two years they were given another boy, Kingsly they named him. Each child that was born was quickly given tutors and studied alongside. George wished for his boys to become men who fought alongside the King. As six months have passed another son was born, Issac. Lauren wished for a girl next. George never thought of having a daughter, but he didn't mind the idea. He already has three sons. After two years the couple was given a healthy baby girl named, Eleanor. She was born on December 30th, 1792. The girl had bright blue eyes like her father and the porcelain complexion of her mother. But they didn't stop having children. A few years (three) after Eleanor was born they gave birth to Peter, their last and youngest child.

    At the age of four Eleanor's brothers were already old enough to handle a weapon. The weapons of course were safe enough for the boys to not kill themselves. Sadly their father was not there to teach the boys how to fight. During this time the French Revolution was happening. Their father was sent to the Palace to discuss strategy with other commanding officers. The one who stayed home was a man who was too old to fight, his name was Smith. Smith was a friend of their father. Smith stayed with the family teaching the boys how to fight and became their tutor.

    Growing with a household of men and her mother being quite accepting Eleanor grew up fascinated with the strategic tactics and wielding a weapon. Her brothers were quite biased on a girl fighting or being intelligent, which usually brought them smacks on the head and scoldings. Smith agreed with the boys finding it strange for a girl to take interest in a man's interests. Her mother would sigh sadly. Smith spoken with her mother telling her to teach Eleanor things a girl should learn. Of course Eleanor was baffled by this. Her mother was one of those females who fought for what she wanted and did a very good job when she did, one of the things that attracted George. Her mother would teach Eleanor how to become a good wife, to handle a conversation, to please a man, however she also taught her how to win in debates, arguments, and how to choose a good husband. Eleanor didn't enjoy these lessons but she couldn't find herself hating them.

    Teen Years: At the age of fifteen Eleanor wore middle class clothes in secrecy. Her mother wouldn't want her to get her father angry that she wasn't appreciative of the clothes he bought for his daughter. By now her brother was in the military moving out of the house. Only her youngest brother stayed behind still studying. Still her father stayed at the Palace speaking of tactics. During this time her mother would be visited by other woman of such high status speaking to her about the latest gossip and pity her that her husband was not around. Eleanor found it annoying how most of these women spoke such ill-manner about most girls, she didn't even know. But to keep a graceful appearance she would smile and nod. Sometimes she would slip a few words but quickly overcome it by agreeing with the older females.

    In these visited the friends of her mother would bring their well-accomplished sons. Leaving Eleanor by herself with a strange man. It would often be awkward and uncomfortable between the two. After the first three disappointments caused rumors about Eleanor being labeled as a Hoyden. If this news spreads to the Palace her father would come back with a burning rage. Her mother begged Eleanor to shape up and become a woman. She didn't want to have her husband come back disappointed. Eleanor swallowed her pride and greeted every man her mothers friend would bring with a smile and kindness.

    Eventually one of them will find her charm attractive, and so one did. During a visit a man and his mother visited. Eleanor was sixteen. Eleanor's body has matured however it wasn't as impressive as other girls who grew large breasts, curvy bodies, and straight smooth hair that fell down to their shoulders beautifully. Eleanor was lanky who had small breasts, slight curves, and hair that was wild. This man was infatuated with Eleanor's appearance and the way she spoke, elegantly and gracefully. The man was the son of an Earl. The man did have a pocket full of money constantly with him, he had a built body, blond hair that complimented his green eyes. It was said he was popular with the females but he found himself at a lost with Eleanor. The woman was a hard nut to crack. After his visit rumors spread about Eleanor being prude and picky with men. With that rumor spreading around no man came near her after that.

    Current: After eight years Eleanor is twenty-three years old. Her brothers have all left home living off with their wives and glorifying their military rank. Eleanor lives with her mother in Bluefield Estate in the countryside. The Napoleonic Wars have ended. Her father returned home. This momentous moment brought her mother in tears. She watched as her lonely mother ran to her husband who seemed to have whiter hairs due to stress and lack of sleep. Eleanor greeted her father with suffocating hugs and tears. It has been years since she has laid eyes on her father. However despite the happy family reunion her father was disappointed that his daughter has yet to marry.

    All the great men that has been sent to the house has been either rejected or too scared to be rejected by his daughter. Eleanor spoke to her father. Her father decided to make up a deal with his daughter. He will allow her to be unwed despite how much it will affect her social credentials if she manages to become a woman who will succeed on her own riches -- a difficult task not a woman has yet accomplished without it being inheritance money. Eleanor accepted the challenge.
    #10 Incandescent, Nov 16, 2014
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  11. @Incandescent Hi, thank you for your submission. I like the character and appreciate the effort you've put into your background. I want to accept the character but lets work on the details a bit. I'm trying to stay as close as possible to the way of life of the period, and as close as possible to the aristocracy of the Regency period. So in order to write your background make sure you are framing it between the birth date of your character and 1816.

    When you say Lord Erik W. Greyson works for the Queen, which Queen are you referring to and what sort of trade does he do exactly? He is a Lord, as one who holds a title of the peerage, or courtesy titles? Emiliana B. (Bellamy) Birch Greyson, should be Lady Birch, since that would be the proper naming after her husband. And in order for her to be a Lady, Jameson J. Birch will need a title. She can't be aristocracy without a proper hereditary title granted to her husband or father by a monarch. So, what is her husband's or father's hereditary title? You also say Emiliana is of French descent? You have to consider the Napoleonic Wars - Emiliana was born in 1792, she was 12 when Napoleon I declared war. Also you say Emiliana works, this would be very uncommon for a member of the aristocracy to work, not even the Gentry do manual labor, if they do work it would be in law, as priests, in politics, or in other educated pursuits without manual labor (and even so this only pertains to the man not the woman).

    I know, the whole thing is complicated, I'm still having some issues figuring out the social structure of the UK in the 1800s.
  12. I think I may join this. I have an old character of mine that would bring an interesting touch to this. I'd probably also include one of her brothers. One question though, would it be okay if they're from America? I was thinking they'd be apart of the southern aristocracy and now they're visiting family in England or Elizabeth was getting married to an Englishman or both?
  13. @Shinegizmo
    Oh my. I should start my research if we're going to be accurate. *sweats nervously*

    He trades silk, gauze, produce, etc. He doesn't work with weapons. Courtesy titles from the Queen. Is it possible that she inherited her title, Lady, from her father, from courtesy titles? Right, France and England were in war with each other. I could fix her working. Yes, I understand that it is strange for a woman of her status to work let alone anyone to work. I could put that she helps her father when she gets the chance to, which is quite little.

    I'm sorry for my ignorance. I'm not too familiar with England in the 1800s. For sure I will fix the inaccuracies when I get the chance to.
  14. Yes, that sounds good to me. But like I told Incandescent, please make sure that when you write character(s)' background you frame it between their birth date and 1816.
    Glad to hear that you are willing to work with me. Your character is accepted. Here are some useful links that may help you figure out the titles.

    Forms of address in UK - This page will give you a good idea of how to address royalty.

    Courtesy titles in the UK - This page will help you figure out a courtesy title for your character(s).

    Trade & the British Empire 1800s - This was a good read for me, it gave me a good understanding of the type of trade that was done in the 1800s.

    I think I will pin these pages on the OP also for reference. Other people may need help figuring out the period.

    FYI I'm adding the CS of the Duke today. I'm still working on the others.
  15. oh my gosh..this looks awesome! I can't resist..would it be okay if I joined? :]
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  16. Of course you can.
  17. I love this sooo much! If I wasnt so blocked up in the head right now and I could handle a slice of life, enlightenment era style, I would join. As I cannot, though, I shall retreat do a quiet observance of the proceedings.
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  18. [BCOLOR=inherit][​IMG][/BCOLOR]

    [BCOLOR=inherit]Full Name: [/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]Elizabeth Camryn [/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]Clayburn[/BCOLOR]

    [BCOLOR=inherit]Social Status: Aristocrat[/BCOLOR]

    [BCOLOR=inherit]Title: Lady [/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]Clayburn[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit], My Lady (When she is in the United States, she is usually addressed as Miss [/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]Clayburn[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit] or just simply, Miss[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit])[/BCOLOR]

    [BCOLOR=inherit]Civil Status: [/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]Married (Not legally)[/BCOLOR]

    [BCOLOR=inherit]Country of Origin: America (Her family is from a mixture of Scottish, English, and early Holy Roman Empire[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit] nobility)[/BCOLOR]

    [BCOLOR=inherit]Age: 19[/BCOLOR]

    [BCOLOR=inherit]Family Members: King Charlemagne (Dead, believed to be a distant grandparent), John Rolfe (Dead, great-[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]grandparent on mother's side[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]), Poc[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]ahontas[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit] (Dead, great-[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]grandparent by marriage[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]),[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit] Father: Charles Bellamy [/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]Clayburn[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit] (Alive), Mother: Clarissa Constance Rolfe [/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]Clayburn[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit] ([/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]Alive[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]), Brother: Bellamy Lincoln [/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]Clayburn[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit] (Alive), Brother: John Charles [/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]Clayburn[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit] (Alive), Brother: Francis Clarke [/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]Clayburn[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit] (Alive), [/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]Lover: Elijah Douglass (Alive), Son: Bellamy Charlemagne [/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]Clayburn[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]-Douglass (Alive),[/BCOLOR] [BCOLOR=inherit]Uncle: Duke of Kent: Arthur Washington [/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]Clayburn[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit] (Alive)[/BCOLOR]

    [BCOLOR=inherit]The Plantation (Virginia)[/BCOLOR]

    Charlie's Home
    Uncle's Home (England)

    [BCOLOR=transparent][BCOLOR=inherit]Personality:[/BCOLOR] [BCOLOR=transparent][BCOLOR=inherit]Elizabeth is what you would consider the classic "southern belle." She is sweet, kind, and minds her manners just as a lady should. She never speaks unless spoken too, and is always considerate of others. She is a very selfless person and puts everyone in front of her. She will defend anyone she cares about, even if she knows they were wrong in doing something. Elizabeth does have a short temper, though she does very well at hiding it. You can tell when she angry by the fact that she won't look you in the eyes. She was taught you were always supposed to look someone in the eyes as a sign of respect, so this is a knowing sign to know if she's upset. [/BCOLOR][/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=transparent][BCOLOR=inherit]Many would consider the young woman naive, but she is anything but. After the War of 1812[/BCOLOR][/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=transparent][BCOLOR=inherit], her eyes have been more open to the world around her. She doesn't have any laboring skills, but she does have social skills and knows her way around in a "old money" society.[/BCOLOR][/BCOLOR] [/BCOLOR]​

    [BCOLOR=inherit]Background :[/BCOLOR]

    [BCOLOR=inherit]Early Life- Elizabeth was born on Christmas day in 1797 to a very happy Clarissa and Charles. Her mother had always wanted a daughter, while her father was just happy to have another child to continue on their bloodline. Elizabeth is the youngest of the three brothers and in all honesty wouldn't have it any other way. Her and her brother's always grew up close, even if many of her friends found it strange and un-ladylike. Other than playing with her brother's, Elizabeth's life was consumed with her studies. She is fluent in French, Italian, Spanish, and German. She immersed herself in her languages, not sure what else to do with her time. By the time she was becoming a lady, her brother's were already being shipped off to court women in England.[/BCOLOR]

    [BCOLOR=inherit]Teenage years- During her teenage years, she spent much of her time on the plantation. Her brother's were off in England, so she didn't have much else to do. Her parents quickly began to push for her to get married, but she just simply didn't want to. She liked her books and she liked her privacy, she didn't have time for marriage. When she turned sixteen, her parents shipped her off to New Orleans to live with a cousin who was immersed in the old money there. He knew the ends and outs and promised to send her back to Virginia with a husband in tow. When her eldest brother, Bellamy, got word of his sister's shipment to New Orleans, he got on the next ship back to America. [/BCOLOR]
    [BCOLOR=inherit]He didn't tell his parents he was back in America, but opted out on living with his bachelor cousin and bachelorette sister. They went to parties nearly every night, met men and women of every nationality, but still none of them could find a spouse. It wasn't until the eve of Elizabeth's seventeenth birthday when they noticed a change in her. She was moody, sick every moment of every day[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit], and everything a young unmarried woman of her status should be. Then she started showing. [/BCOLOR]

    [BCOLOR=inherit]To Bellamy's surprise and their cousin Charlie's amusement, she was pregnant with the child of one of Charlie's slaves. At first the two men had assumed she had been raped, but when Elijah openly spoke up and claimed the child as his own and said he meant no harm to Elizabeth, they realized what was happening. Elizabeth and Elijah were the modern day Romeo and Juliet of New Orleans. [/BCOLOR]

    [BCOLOR=inherit]Before the birth of their son, they held an unofficial marriage ceremony on April 25, 1813. The only attendees were Bellamy, Charlie, and two other slaves Charlie owned. Charlie served as the preacher, even if he wasn't officially ordained. The wedding was held in the living room of Charlie's mansion and celebrated for many days. They were truly beginning to accept what was happening.[/BCOLOR]

    [BCOLOR=inherit]On September 30, 1813, Bellamy Charlemagne [/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]Clayburn[/BCOLOR][BCOLOR=inherit]-Douglass was born. The moment the baby was born, Charlie freed both him and his father. It didn't take long before he freed the two other women he had under his care. For two years, it seemed things were getting worse, but in reality they were good. It also seemed that Elizabeth and her family were going to have a happy ending, but then her parents showed up in New Orleans. They didn't give her time to explain, instead they shipped both her and her brother off to England. To this day, Elizabeth regrets never saying goodbye, but Elijah and little Bellamy write her. Elizabeth lives for the day she'll see her son again. [/BCOLOR]

    [BCOLOR=inherit]Currently- Elizabeth and her brother's were reunited and currently live with their uncle. Her youngest brother, Francis, is set to marry on Christmas day and it is the talk of the country. After all the aging Duke's nephew is getting married into an equally as wealthy family. Though, their family will admit one downfall of being in England is that they are regarded as filthy Americans. Their aristocratic system is different than that of England's, but they make due.[/BCOLOR]
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  19. I plan on also making skellies for all three of her brother's, so it'll take me a few days. Lol. I'm also not completely done with Elizabeth. I'm still working out a few things in my head.
  20. Scandalous! American Hoyden! I look forward to reading more. Nice job!
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