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jocasta argyris
EVGENÍS, currently at asteriae, volubisia, 28 years old, played by jess, shipper , dev
VOLUBISIA

ouránios, astériae | selene argyris
It was rare form for Asteriae, the sky seemed an endless dark grey, the waters beyond the shores of the many islands were choppy, restless and dangerous, and the whole capital seemed sleepy. As Jocasta peered out of the window in her bedchambers, she watched the town beyond the wall of their stately castle. There were a few people about, bustling about their days through the dreary rain, but most people were keeping themselves firmly planted inside their homes or in the taverns. It was a day for crackling fires and curling up with pets beneath soft blankets and drinking wine as you sat with your family telling tales of old.

But not for the second born princess of Asteriae, not for Jocasta Argyris. Days like that might have been rare but they were some of her favorites. She had an excuse to go spend the whole day in the library, ignoring the rest of the world while it slumbered beneath the drenched canopy of clouds. No one would come check on her and she didn’t have to worry about diplomatic meetings or entertaining envoys from other kingdoms as they were usually holed up in their guest chambers, going over documents and taking part in the wine her family provided. Days like that meant peace. They meant silence. But they also meant adventure.

The stacks were endless. A sea of adventures, all you had to do was glance down any row and you’d find thousands of stories on those pages. It was Jocasta’s favorite place in the world. She came to the library often, and while theirs wasn’t nearly the biggest in the world, it had more than she’d ever be able to dream about. Since she was a child, she’d been sneaking into the library when she was supposed to be studying and finding a little sunlit corner to read. There were benches in front of plenty of the windows, which were bayed out enough to create little nooks. It was the perfect way to relax, the perfect place to indulge in a few adventures, and the perfect hiding spot to ignore her proper responsibilities.

As she took a turn down another aisle, she wondered what her life had been like had she never been introduced to the majesty of story. Perhaps she’d be like some of the heroes in some of these stories. War forged, scarred and bruised, battered from years on the battlefield, and all too eager to accept their king’s mission. They almost always had some sort of redeemable arc that was spurned by a mistake they’d made or a trick played on them by an evil warlock. And there was almost always a beautiful young woman ready to fall into bed with them. The stories were all so predictable and she supposed her life might have been too. In many ways, it was. Perhaps that was why she liked escaping into the ink and parchment so often. It felt a little less planned, like she could be part of some grander story than she’d written for herself.

Then again, her life hadn’t exactly gone as planned. She’d gained a sister as a teenager, not by birth, but by choice. And she wasn’t all that surprised to see Selene roaming the shelves. The two were alike in some ways, they kept to themselves more often than their other more outgoing siblings. ”Lene!” She called after the raven haired beauty, not caring to be quiet as they were the only two in the great library. ”Perfect day to escape to another world, hmm?” She grinned, brushing her thumb against the spine of a book in front of her.


posted on Apr 26 2018, 01:59 AM, permalink
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selene argyris
princess, currently at volubisia, 25 years old, played by tom, shipper , dev
ELDUR

ouránios, astériae | jocasta argyris
Days like this were not strange for Selene, as the daughter of a fisherman she had seen her fair share of stormy days while out there in the sea, after all. Although unfortunately the status of princess held some degree of responsibility and grace, and going out of the castle and into the town while it rained was not very acceptable. That and most people would not be able to talk with her, they'd be trying to avoid the pouring water instead. Usually she would have spent such a day with her loves in bed, but Apolonia had an inn to run and her husband had a ship to sail, so instead she found herself alone and bored. Which is why she had gotten up and had promptly walked out of her chambers and towards the vast library that her family possessed, that ought to provide enough entertainment to kill some time. After all, they had enough books for her to read without having to worry about repeating in a long time.

Luckily for her she would not have to deal with any of the guests present, they would probably be getting drunk on the rather generous reserve of wine in their chambers to really care to go out, which was great since she did not feel like having to talk with any of them, not today at least. No, today was reading day, she had made up her mind in that regard. It was sort of insane, really, to think that a couple years ago she would have been forced to work under the pouring rain until they had enough of a catch to head back home... But now? Now she had the privilege of being able to be lazy and spend her time reading away until she got tired of doing so. No more working herself into exhaustion.

When she arrived to the library, she was quick to grab a book that she particularly liked, mostly dealing with the history of the kingdom. It was one that she had picked up not too long ago and she had yet to finish it, so she figured that she'd be able to make some good progress today since there wasn't much she could do besides that. It was only her and her book and a small cup with some wine, certainly a relaxing and comfortable day in the making.

She should have imagined that Jocasta would be there too, given her sister's liking for reading, although for whatever reason she had not thought of that. Maybe it was just her thinking too much about her day or the fact that she missed her lovers, but her sister just had not crossed her mind until the moment that she greeted her. "Jo!" She called back, blinking a couple of times because she had caught her off guard. "Ah, yes, yes. Definitely!" She nodded in agreement, smiling at the blonde beauty. It was definitely a good day for that. "I guess we both had the same idea, didn't we?" It was no wonder they had gotten along back when she had arrived there, they seemed to share quite a lot of interests.

"So... what book are you reading?" She didn't mean to be snoopy, but it never hurt to get some recommendation when it came to new literature in her opinion.


posted on May 3 2018, 01:30 PM, permalink
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jocasta argyris
EVGENÍS, currently at asteriae, volubisia, 28 years old, played by jess, shipper , dev
VOLUBISIA

ouránios, astériae | selene argyris
Jocasta had been grateful when Selene had shown up at their doorstep. Sometimes having people around that only knew her as an Argyris, Evgenis or… princess could be exhausting. But Selene was from Eldur, she didn’t know who was in power in Asteriae, at least by their face. So when their family took her in, it was as if she could get to know her as a stranger, then a friend. Of course it wasn’t exactly subtle as to who Jo and her siblings were but Selene never made it seem like a big deal. She was kind out of genuine affection, not selfish motivations. She could have asked to be sent back to Eldur, back to her people and the people that ruled over her city but she was also loyal. That was something Jo truly appreciated.

”And all the worlds are waiting…” She mused quietly, clutching a book against her chest as she glanced up at the towering shelves, looking around the aisle to take it all in. It was a grand library, no doubt, though Myrmias had a larger one, and she’d heard tales that Eldur’s libraries might rival theirs as well. That seemed impossible at times, the stacks seemed to stretch on forever but perhaps the countries across the mountains were in as much need as they were for knowledge and experience.

Jo glanced back at Selene. Selene, who seemed to fit right into that setting with the dimly lit aisles, only illuminating the rows enough to allow them the ability to read titles. Selene, whose ebony hair seemed to cast a halo itself as the warm light from the candles reached her smiling form. Selene, whose kindness Jocasta had become accustomed to and who never judged her for her strange interests and habits. Selene, the girl who they’d taken in so many years ago and had become a sister. ”Great minds and all that…” She chuckled quietly, tilting the book back just a bit to look over the face of it.

”It’s an old one, at least… to me.” She turned it in her hands to that Selene could see the front face of the book. ”Volume one of Hephaesta the Warrior Queen’s Life and Conquests.” She grinned, ”Supposedly, she might be an ancient ancestor. But she could also be completely fictional… but if she was real… I think I’ve found where Mel gets all of that temperament.” She grinned again, allowing a vibrant laugh to slip past her lips. She wondered sometimes just how Selene viewed their king and sibling, Melina could be gruff sometimes but she meant well. Jo only hoped Selene knew how much she meant to Melina too.

There were some stories Jocasta loved more than others. Learning about their history, even if it wasn’t entirely factual, was one of them. Of course she loved just about anything with a grand adventure and heroic tales but the fact that Hephaesta might have been their ancient relative made it that much more potent. ”Do you want to read it? I can grab Volume Two, haven’t read it in a few years.” Jo unfurled the book from her arms and held it out for Selene, reached her other hand to a few books on the shelf in front of her. ”Ooooh magic theory… maybe I’ll check these out. Give me some experiments to try.” She beamed, pulling two books from the shelf.


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