First Name: Marietta
Middle Name: Isolde
Last Name: Starling
Nicknames: Hurricane Marie
Body type: Thicc.
Skin: Fair, otherworldly glow.
Features: Impeccably groomed eyebrows, shapely lips, subtle dimple at chin, slightly crooked and aquiline nose.
Eyes: Lavender flecked with veins of silver.
Hair: Currently, platinum blond. Half-tressed on the left side in a complex network of braids interwoven with ribbons and beads.
Scent: Rosemary and mint.
Ink and piercings:
-A cheesy knuckle tattoo in blackhead calligraphy: I-M-P-E-R-I-U-M.
-Black and white tentacles coalesce on her buttocks, reaching up her lower back and down the backs of her thighs.
-A tarantula hawk wasp with spread wingspan that reaches shoulder to shoulder, just beneath her clavicle. The predatory insect's head, antennae, and front legs are gaudily tattoo'd to the front of her throat. Its abdomen plunges between her breasts, four feathery hind legs reaching above her navel.
-Two dermal anchors on her inner wrists, an inch below the heels of her palms, both in the asscher cut. On the right, a sapphire of light blue. On the left, a white diamond.
General Health: Very good.
Deity: Bane, Loviatar, Helm, Lliira, polytheistic.
Initial Alignment: Lawful Evil. Borderline Neutral Evil.
Profession: Commander of Darkhold and the Zhentarim, pain in the butt.
Base Class & Proposed Development: 30 warlock.
Current Residence: Darkhold. Also has an apartment in Baldur's Gate.
Habits/Hobbies: She has the oft-infuriating habit of agreeing to meet via Sending, drinking a Mind Blank potion, and standing the person up to indicate her displeasure with them. Obnoxiously imitating the mannerisms and speech of people she dislikes. Attempting to reeducate her friends and lovers. Suffering the negative consequences of her massive commitment issues. Reading tarot cards. Playing the tambourine. Composing and performing weird music. Excitedly waxing poetic about random facts she read about. Writing memoirs of her adventures along the Coast. Writing alternate history accounts of her adventures along the Coast. More to be disclosed in RP.
Languages: Common, Damaran, Infernal, Celestial.
Weapon of Choice: Pew pew. Failing that, her looks and guile. Failing that, just run.
Strengths: Funny. Eloquent. Industrious. Duty-driven. Can sometimes get a good read on other people. Can be loyal if she deems another person worth her loyalty.
Weaknesses: Impulsive. Immature. Quick to anger. Petty. Catty. Manipulative. Fearful. Sees betrayal in every shadow, and under her nose in broad daylight. Moody. Selfish. Egotistical. Prone to melodrama. Holds grudges. Restless. Seeks conflict. Easily amused. Easily bored. Has issues with authority, but climbed the ranks anyhow by making herself invaluable and seducing the authority figure(s).
The double-edged sword: Honor. Marietta is profoundly honorable in her own bizarre way, and will go to great lengths to keep a promise or repay a debt, implicit or otherwise, even at her own detriment. Some of her colleagues don't understand this deep-seated sense of personal integrity because she sometimes burns herself at the proverbial stake for it.
-Was a Lliiran in her youth and trained to become a Joydancer. This training was never brought to completion, however, due to her being sold into slavery by her mother.
-Former Zhentarim slave. Gathered (or planted) proof that her former owner, a Zhent Commander, was feeding relevant information to the Harpers, and killed him, thus earning her "freedom".
-Shortly thereafter, she was betrothed to another Zhent in an arranged marriage. She ended his life too, and did her damnedest to cover it up though this may come back to haunt her as well.
Possible Plot-Hook Ideas and Misc Facts:
(A lot has been purposefully left out of here to avoid metagaming.)
-Currently holding the position of Commander of Darkhold. She is the only Zhentarim representative to have held the positions of Herald, Commander, and Dreadlord. She is also the first female Commander of Darkhold.
-She is also the only high-ranking Zhentarim official to have effectively (and furiously) quit her position while both keeping her head attached to her body and remaining with the Zhentarim. Her position of Commander allows this ruthless, single-minded campaigner to not constantly wish that she could blast herself into outer space due to the barrage of tedious meetings and correspondences about delicate politics, fruitless diplomacy, and dreary trade pursuits that came with the Dreadlord mantle which she assumed immediately following Morgalia's betrayal. Yes, she actually ripped off her insignia and yelled "Call the Zhentilar because I quit!" within Darkhold's walls, and more than lived to tell the tale. She landed on her feet and got rid of the minutiae that had her going crazy to begin with.
-Absolutely believes that freedom is evil, and people need to be protected from themselves. She is making the world a better place, one dark deed at a time.
-Held an Open Stage Night at the White Mask Theater, which was actually a resounding success until the very end when she claimed that she dressed up as Sune and proceeded to perform a racy song about pitching woo. It caused an uproar among followers of Lady Firehair, for which Marietta is still experiencing the fallout. Director Oona Siofra gave her a choice to be more careful about her reflection on the White Mask going forward, or leave the troupe so as to enjoy more creative freedom in her own open stage performances. Marietta chose the latter to help her friend placate the angry Sunites, and enjoy the creative freedom offered by being unaffiliated with the theater in a professional capacity.
-A Veteran of Manshoon's Devil War who partook in the final campaign to push the fiends out of Dragonspear Castle for good. She served under the leadership of Kight-Commander Bob Thairo in a small but decisive unit of misfits and rejects--namely The Zhentarim, Ebon Blades, House Blackrose, and a few adventurers brave or crazy enough to tag along. They had the inglorious task of closing off the tunnels that ran beneath the castle, destroying the portals thereof, and slaying devils that more goodly combatants routed from above. The mission was successful, though they met no fanfare afterwards.
-Traded herself for three prisoners associated with the Black Network, held in the Ebon Blade dungeon. After almost a week in the cage, Marietta was conscripted for two moon cycles of indentured servitude to The Ebon Blades. Knight-Commander Bob Thairo attempted to negotiate her freedom, but ultimately Hinzel came in with a higher offer of gold.
-Commonly seen guarding the Boareskyr Bridge.
-Drove caravans between Darkhold and the Northern Outpost.
-Attempted to set up a "neighborhood watch" in Baldur's Gate but her idea kind of lost steam for various reasons.
-Had a hand in the sudden death of Elle Carroll after outing the Loviatarian's misdeeds and nefarious plans against the Flaming Fist.
-Gives free tarot readings upon request, often with a condescending Banite spin on them.
-Restored Hinzel's sight with surgical instruments and scrolls upon the altar of Bane below the Winding Way Tavern, without the use of sedatives. True to her nature, she left him with a nasty scar to remind him of his weakness.
"I have never operated on eyes before, but I brushed up on the optical manual last night so what could possibly go wrong?"
-Was romantically linked to the infamous scoundrel Harlos Lackman very shortly before his latest mysterious death/disappearance. She claims no knowledge about what happened, but she also does not seem terribly bothered by his loss.
OOC: I made the (perhaps foolish) decision to post some of her bio in the public format to invite RP, rather than repel it. Please do not metagame. Thank you.
And please do not be afraid of interaction. Nothing will happen without consent of both parties.