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- Custom Title:
- The Prince's Keeper
- Personal Text:
- Kiss Me, I'm Eirish
- Name Information:
- Niamh Ó Tuatha
It’s pronounced “ni EV”, and spelled weird because the Irish had to screw with the English somehow.
- (Teenage Bryce Dallas Howard is a good starting point.)
Niamh fits comfortably within the “attractive” bracket of things, though falls well short of the stunning beauty that plagues her peers. What she does have going quite well for her is her colors: beautiful, rich red hair that curls effortlessly, striking sea green eyes and pale skin that freckles easily but also has a healthy glow. The rest of her features are symmetrical, with a mouth a little wider than she’d like, a chin that’s a little stronger than she’d like, and a nose that Niamh feels should offend her sensibilities but she can’t exactly find a good flaw for it.
She’s rather petite at 5’2” and fills out her dresses very well, thank you. She favors long dresses with full skirts, often with a corset of some sort in shades of green and yellow. The actual style of the Elysian court is very different, and much more relaxed, but Niamh gave up trying to blend in ages ago, and wears clothes that are popular in Eire instead. They look better on her than robes and draping togas besides.
Fans of Sailormoon might notice her striking resemblance to Osaka Naru.
- Bryce Dallas Howard
- Friends and Family:
- Iarfhlaith Ó Tuatha (YAHR lath)
Father, Ambassador to Luna
A mild, gentle man, Iarfhlaith is devoted to his wife, daughter, and above all, his country. He’s very conscientious and extremely skilled at negotiating social minefields. He took on the post of Ambassador because, well, no one else wanted it. (He is Nice Guy Greg.) Fortunately he discovered he actually likes Luna and its inhabitants, and is currently trying to figure out how to get a more positive image for them on Earth.
Iarfhlaith loves his little girl. He still brings her gifts from Luna every time he comes back, and gives into her requests to go with him more often than he should. (Though he isn’t sure what to think of her friendship with the Prince.) And because he loves his little girl so much, one of Iarfhlaith’s priorities is finding a Nice Man for her. He believes that if he can find a good husband, the taint of Luna might be eased on Niamh. This is probably untrue, but he means well.
Pherenike Ó Tuatha of Cnidus
Mother, Royal Jeweler
A little fierier than her husband, Pherenike is the emblematic tempermental artist. When she’s on her game, she is charming, kind, thoughtful and above all, a genius with her jewelry. When she’s off, she’s depressed, moody and spiteful. (This is also known as Bipolar Disorder, though lithium is a long way away.) Were she alive during the late 1800s, she would easily outshine Fabergé.
Pherenike also loves Niamh, of course, but not with the same fondness that Iarfhlaith does. She is, frankly, more concerned with her business. Which is not unreasonable, Pherenike is often under a great deal of stress to deliver. Niamh is disgustingly understanding about this, and does her best to stay out of her mother’s hair (unless Pherenike is on a down swing and needs someone in her hair).
Friend, Crown Prince of Elysia
Childhood and possibly only friend, Endymion is Niamh’s main source of companionship and entertainment. She’s taken it upon herself to be his Remembrall, and as he hasn’t banished her to outer Siberia, she figures she’s doing okay. She nags and criticizes him a lot, but it’s honestly out of concern for his well-being. It’s loving nagging. Though she has yet to get him to stop with the damn fish oil.
- Usual Daily Routine:
- Niamh is most definitely a Lark, getting up around 7 o’clock, if not earlier. After dressing as quickly as possible (she has a part-time maid to help her out), she checks on how her mother is feeling that day. Sometimes her mother joins her for breakfast, so Niamh dutifully eats in the dining room. Then she goes to check on Endymion to remind him of anything he probably didn’t forget. Then she leaves him to his own business to do the morning shopping. (Watch out, she’s a vicious haggler.) Then coming home to take care of her mother’s jewelry orders, usually over a slow lunch.
After lunch she usually harasses Endymion some more, though she is pretty good about shoving off when she isn’t wanted. Sometimes she gets to go along for Adventures, which she really enjoys. (Adventures are superior to more management of the household.) If left to her own devices, she practices the ladylike pursuits of embroidery, tatting and knitting, of which she is reasonably skilled.
Because her mother rarely joins her for dinner, she usually takes her meal in the kitchen with the household, to keep herself from going crazy. This has been a long tradition of Niamh’s, so the household doesn’t mind her intrusion too much, especially as she has a good bit of gossip sometimes.
Sometimes Endymion can goad her into attending one of his parties (during which she prefers hiding in a corner). She actually does like going, she just doesn’t know what to do with herself once she’s there. She spends a lot of time hoping someone will notice her and a shoujo romance plot follows, but that has yet to happen.
More likely is that she goes to bed around 10 o’clock, because she’s a fuddyduddy.
- Niamh was born to the Royal Jeweler, Pherenike, and the Ambassador of Eire, Iarfhlaith. They thought this was a pretty sweet deal, since both wanted a little girl and got one on their first try.
The first six years of her life were spent mostly with her father and her nursemaid, Thalia. She played with the other craftmens’ children, and it was generally a normal, childhood experience.
Around the time Niamh was seven, her father took on the post of Royal Ambassador to Luna, and her family moved into Castle Elysia. (Due to the unpopularity of the post, King Hyperion thought it prudent to keep the Ó Tuatha clan nearby and safe.) Shortly after the move, Niamh met Prince Endymion, and made her first new, and one of her longest lasting, friend. Being Niamh, she latched on pretty hard.
As Niamh grew older, she discovered the prejudice against Luna and everything associated with it. Niamh unsuccessfully fought this prejudice, and around her early teens, just gave up on the whole thing, instead focusing on being helpful and useful to Endymion, and generally succeeding. He didn’t really need her help, but she felt like she had to have a good reason to monopolize the Crown Prince’s time.
In terms of recent events, she has just come back from Eire, having spent a year their with her father’s side of the family. (Dad wanted to make sure she got out of the castle and meet some new people, preferably some Nice Boys. He also hoped she would find her calling.) She has returned to find quite a shocking change in her childhood friend, to say the least. Niamh is settling back into the routine of Elysia, having taken on more responsibility. Frankly, she’s treading water and waiting to see what happens next.
- Niamh has a reputation as a bossy, stubborn, ignorant, crazy and weird girl and she works hard to keep it that way.
Mind, it’s not all constructed. As a child she was labeled ignorant because of her Eire heritage (really, it could have been anything not Elysian) and weird because of her ambassador father. And after nearly a decade of unsuccessfully fighting that prejudice, Niamh threw up her hands and decided to just go with it. It was exhausting trying to prove that she was just as cultured and well-mannered as anyone else, and few (if any) nobles recognized her efforts. Once she decided to roll with the punches, “crazy” was added to her collection of labels.
Not that she particularly enjoys it all. Niamh is actually quite lonely, with Prince Endymion being one of her few friends. (Which is no small thing, but he’s still a prince and very busy.) It would be totally okay with her if she blended in with the court, or at least fit in with one of the cliques. Still, Niamh holds her head high and does her best to ignore the whispers and snickering.
The bossiness rears its head particularly, if not exclusively, around the prince, of whom which she has decided its her job to keep him out of trouble. Or at least nag him to death, whichever comes first. Not that he really needs her to do so, as he handles things more than well enough on his own, aside from a problem with procrastination. Truth be told, keeping track of Endymion’s schedule, projects and appointments makes Niamh feel Valuable and Important, which is really what keeps her going. Not that he really needs her to do so, as he handles things more than well-enough on his own.
Due to her frequent presence and habits, Niamh comes off as Endymion’s annoying little sister, particularly to the Guardians and despite the complete absence of blood relation. Niamh pretends not to care, as long as she gets to come along on Adventures.
Niamh does have a gentler nature than she presents, and is actually almost shy when it comes to talking to her peers, particularly those who haven’t shown antagonism towards her in the past. And because she so rarely speaks on footing of equal respect with anyone, no one knows how shy she can be. Acute attention, or worse, an honest compliment will stun her into silence, and possibly force her to flee. She’s much more comfortable gossiping with the maids than with the ladies of the court (which isn’t that much of a recommendation for Niamh, as it is partially due to her feelings of inferiority around nobles but knows she is superior to a maid, but it is what it is). She’s good with children, having a surprising depth for empathy. Despite past hurts, she does not seek retribution and may even forgive anyone who cared to apologize.
In terms of planning for the future, Niamh, surprisingly, has not. She doesn’t have her mother’s skill with her hands (though a good eye for arrangement and color), neither her father’s tolerant and generous nature that makes him so skilled as an ambassador. Her aunt takes care of her father’s lands back in Eire, and Niamh is reluctant to leave Elysia (and therefore her few friends).
- Darkest Secret:
- Niamh thinks that Princess Serenity is the most beautiful, elegant, graceful, amazing, perfect, etc, etc, etc, person EVER. This is not a popular opinion in Elysia. She is totally over the Moon (ha) for the Lunar Princess, and has sad little daydreams where they’re best friends forever.
- Reactions to Sudden Hugs:
- She usually freezes in shock, and then gives a weak hug back. Niamh likes hugs, she just doesn’t get as many as she’d like.
- Special Skills and Aptitudes:
- - Incredibly well-organized, quick to pick up new languages and local customs/etiquette. As you might have guessed, this is due to a good memory.
- Loves to play chess/strategy games and cards. Also loves winning, which is why she is very good at them.
- Attracts monsters to her like dragons to virgin sacrifices.
- Skilled lutist and singer, though she is loathe to bring this ability out in public for fear of criticism.
- Living Situation:
- Niamh spends almost all her time on Earth, living in Castle Elysia with her mother. On rare occasions (whenever she can beg her father) she gets to visit Luna.
- Date Registered:
- August 21, 2011
- Local Time:
- May 18, 2013
- Last Active:
- Yesterday at 08:13 pm