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Player Name: Re
Player Contact: pinkparasol (PLURK) // pinkparasol#4080 (DISCORD)

Character Name: Gwendolyn
Species: Valkyrie
Canon: Odin Sphere
Canon Point: Book 6: Armageddon; Chapter 5: The Last Dragon
  • Gwendolyn and her sister Griselda are sent off to help lead the start of the Third Cauldron War within the ruins of the country of Valentine against the fairies of Ringford.
  • The first wave is a failure as Lord Brigan and his army are late on arrival to aide the flagging troops. Griselda is thus cut down and dies in Gwendolyn's arms.
  • Gwendolyn inherits Griselda's psypher spear and rushes off to die to avenge her sister.
  • Gwendolyn is defeated by Ringford's feared Shadow Knight, but is left alive despite all others before her being cut down by his blade.
  • The scattered troops retreat to regroup and rally for a second assault lead by King Odin himself.
  • During the assault Gwendolyn comes across and defeats the dragon Belial thus aiding in the victory for her country in retaking the Cauldron.
  • The victory turns bitter when the Cauldron seems to suddenly stop working due to the work of the Forest Witch, Velvet. Gwendolyn volunteers to capture Velvet.
  • During her fight with Velvet, Odin appears and Gwendolyn learns that Velvet is her elder half sister born from the Princess of Valentine during the war between Ragnanival and Valentine. During these revelations Lord Brigan also appears showing he had heard this scandal and blackmails Odin into using Velvet as a sacrifice to regain the ring Titrel from the dragon Wagner.
  • Seeing how much her father is suffering under the thought of Velvet being eaten by a dragon, Gwendolyn decides to go to Mount Horn and rescue this sister she had never knew of before. Even though it would mean officially being a traitor to her King and Country.
  • Gwendolyn manages to reach the summit of Mount Horn just as Brigan tells Velvet he does not plan to feed her to a dragon, but kill her himself and then go back to Ragnanival and spread about how heartless Odin is to send his own child to be killed. As Brigan has designs to overthrow Odin and rule himself.
  • Gwendolyn has no choice but to fight and kill Brigan in order to save Velvet. After telling Velvet to flee, Gwendolyn herself returns to Ragnanival despite knowing the fate awaiting her for her acts of treason.
  • Gwendolyn is judged and sentenced to banishment from her kingdom. To add on to such she is to be given to a stranger as a wife and spelled to love this man no matter what, which is considered the greatest punishment amongst the Valkyrie. However, she does not despair as Odin places the spells on her as he finally speaks of affection towards her before the sleep part of the spell claims her fully.
  • Gwendolyn awakens in an old castle and learns to her horror that she has been given to Oswald, the Shadow Knight of Ringford. Despite being enemies on the battlefield Oswald shows kindness and gives Gwendolyn a gift before leaving to perform a task.
  • Realizing the gift given to her is the ring Titrel that was supposed to be in the belly of the dragon Wagner, Gwendolyn returns to Ragnanival to deliver the ring to her father.
  • Arriving shows something horribly wrong as everyone seems to be against her by order of her father. When she manages to fight her way to the throne room Gwendolyn finds out her father is being possessed by the spirit of Brigan who made a deal with Odette, Queen of the Underworld, as both wish torment on Odin.
  • After banishing the spirit from her father, Gwendolyn hands Titrel over much to the delight of her father, but instead of using this to return as a citizen of Ragnanival she instead returns as her honor and slowly conflicting feelings have her heading back to be at the side of her husband.
  • As time passes and no word from Oswald is heard Gwendolyn becomes worried and after learning where he had gone, even more concerned and thus sets out to the Volkenon Lava Pits.
  • Upon arrival, and ignoring the blatant flirting and attempts to woo her from King Onyx she soon learns that Onyx had sent Oswald to fight a newly hatched dragon. Onyx attempts to make a deal of her renouncing her marriage to Oswald and marrying Onyx instead in order to annul the agreement the two had made, since Onyx was originally meant to be given Gwendolyn by Odin if not for the fact Oswald was capable of slaying Wagner. Gwendolyn rushes off to find Oswald.
  • She arrives as Oswald loses his strength and collapses and thus she rushes into battling the dragon Leventhan. Victorious and after once more telling Onxy to leave her alone she brings Oswald back to the old castle and tends to his wounds.
  • Shortly after he awakens a messenger from Ragnanival arrives and informs Gwendolyn that Ringford had managed to defeat Odin and had taken the ring Titrel. This also in hearing of Oswald who had not realized his gift had been given away before now. Not realizing what is happening Gwendolyn does not realize Oswald has heard this and has left.
  • While searching for the missing Oswald, Gwendolyn realizes what her feelings are and what Titrel now means to her and thus heads to Ringford to reclaim the ring as the precious gift Oswald gave her.
  • After reclaiming the ring. Gwendolyn finds out the truth of how much Oswald has done in regards to her and that he had been taken by a Halja, a servant of the Underworld.
  • Not even hesitating Gwendolyn goes to ask the one person alive that knows how to enter the Netherworld, her father. Odin of course wants Titrel as the price and once set they make their way into the land of the dead. Gwendolyn soon confronts the queen of the dead and when Odette refuses to give Oswald up Gwendolyn engages her in battle. Ultimately killing her and severing the only link that allowed the living and dead to pass between the land of the dead and the land of the living. Her final breath stating death would now be more terrible without her there.
  • After escaping and Oswald awake Odin, laminates the lost of the crystals in the underworld to make more psyphers, thus once more demands Gwendolyn gives him Titrel as promised. Gwendolyn refuses as Titrel is a representation of Oswald's lover for her and thus far too precious to give away. Enraged Odin almost strikes her down, if not for Oswald intervening. Odin then tells them both to go and that he never wishes to see Gwendolyn with that ring in his kingdom again.
  • After a time the world seems to suddenly gone awry and while Oswald has gone off to gather information of the disasters happening. Gwendolyn watches as the the dead swarm Ragnanival, seemingly swallowing it whole. Instead of heading to safety she instead goes to follow after Oswald. Stating to Brom and Myrris, the trusted companions/servants that were asking her to come with them, that if they are meant to meet again to do so on top of Horn Mountain. Before she leaves the spirit of Griselda appears before her telling her to 'knock down the crown' and to 'remember her part in the prophecies' before disappearing.
  • Fleeing the old castle being overrunned by the dead Gwendolyn flies up and see Leventhan now grown and so large he looks as if he could swallow the world. She also notices a crown lodged within a horn on the giant dragon's head and remembers what her sister told her. After a furious battle Gwendolyn manages to knock down the crown and kill Leventhan. However the battle has taken its toll and as the great serpent falls from the heavens so too does Gwendolyn her wings dissolving from her injuries and the lack of magic on this dying world. Her last thoughts being her wish to see Oswald once more and to actually tell him her feelings.
  • She's reborn on a new world and tasked as a Scion to help save it now...
    In your character's canon, what motivates or drives them to make the decisions and choices they make?

    Love. In every instance, moment, and decision that Gwendolyn makes throughout the entire game always comes back to love in one form or another and her desire to actually receive such from those she has deemed precious in some way. Her single minded pursuit of doing anything and everything she can think of that would have her father say even one word of affection for her, right down to her challenging and killing the Queen of the Underworld because losing Oswald and the love he was willing to give her is far more frightening than if she were to be slain.

    It's quite frightening to think about what this desire could have done if someone else had given her love freely before Oswald had.

    Underneath this central motivation is her pride and kindness, for she was raised to hold her head high and face any challenge bravely and with honor. Her kindness while scoffed at by many of her kinsmen is what led to wheels to be turned and fate to find a way.

    Gwendolyn is first and foremost a Valkyrie.

    As the word tends to invoke when heard by many, this means Gwendolyn is a fierce warrior in battle, proud and unafraid of the death that awaits her at the end of a blade whenever she steps foot into the chaos of war. One who is meant to show no mercy or weakness to the enemy, and being a motivation to allies to fight just that little bit harder to find victory. Coupled with a culture where if a Valkyrie slips up they lose their chance for an immortal soul via honorable death in battle, to instead become an obedient wife to whoever they are given to; Gwendolyn toils under the double burden of not being allowed to be anything but a perfect ideal of a Valkyrie and Princess of Ragnanival. Thus perfection and a fierce defense to any that may attempt to snipe her down into disgrace are wrapped around her like a cloak of ice.

    Despite this upbringing and harsh mentality, Gwendolyn is far from being bloodthirsty or without any softness in her soul. In fact she's actually quite kind, soft spoken, and gentle in nature when she is not being a soldier. Often times being ridiculed for being too soft and lenient when her sister or any other Valkyrie would strike first and ask questions later. Gwendolyn actually prefers aiding others and being helpful, but upbringing and her attempts to prove herself to her father makes such buried under the almost silent Valkyrie facet. In many other places such would be cultivated and her genuine regard for others seen as a good trait in a leader. However, in Ragnanival it is her elder sister who is seen as the more charismatic and strong leader. As such the side of her that is nurturing and soft tends to be smothered under her persona of a stoic soldier. However, when allowed and encouraged a more 'motherly' side is there waiting to bloom.

    This does not mean that she is not without a temper, as there are a few things that can cause her to lash out. Even then she still remains mostly in control when her buttons are pushed. Oft times she retaliates with sharp words and only threatens violence unless pushed into having no choice but to physically lash out. Her reputation on the battle field and being 'Odin's Witch' making it to where intimidation is usually all she needs when someone crosses a line. Though the quickest way to make her wish to enact violence upon you is to threaten or attempt to take away those precious to her.

    This leads into a deeper look at Gwendolyn. For you see, though strong and proud as she was raised to be on the surface, on a deeper level Gwendolyn is very much lacking in anything regarding self worth. Having grown up seeking the approval and affection of a father that at the best of times is distant and dismissive to at the worst overly critical and biting words, have left large cracks within Gwendolyn. This lack of real parental affection has left little in the way of a solid foundation in which Gwendolyn can feel safe and comfortable in being herself as most children have since they know regardless of mistakes their parents love them. Add in a mother dying when she was young and an older sister who did love her but was also seeking such affection from their father meant there was very little in the way of family warmth for Gwendolyn to hold on to and feel safe. It's likely a sheer testament to her natural kindness that while broken in various ways from this she didn't completely shatter and become an unfeeling and cold marionette. Though she has and still is close to being nothing but a marionette to be manipulated by whoever can hold the strings. As she spends a great deal of her life trying to be whatever it is Odin wants her to be and willingly going into any situation no matter how dire if it is what is needed of her. All in the hopes of one smile or 'good job'from Odin. Even her life is held with little regard as she would be willing to throw it away if death would mean she'd be loved. Once more due to her culture she also does not see herself truly as an actual person due to always having the threat of being given to a man as a bed warmer and brood mare if she disgraces herself or her father becomes tired of her not being enough to be a beloved daughter.

    Even when she is hurting and bewildered by the fact Odin shows more care and love to Velvet then her, her own gentle nature and the need to please her father has her forsaking every value she has in order to keep her father from suffering in any way. Blithely stating she is happy to have done what she has done and willingly goes to her fate as a wife to a stranger for breaking her country's laws.

    In many ways this need to be valued, to be seen as worth something to someone for who she is and not what she is has acted as a smoothing of the way in regards to her actually falling in love with Oswald. For though it's forever shadowed by her belief that her heart is being magically controlled to love Oswald, the very fact from the first waking moment Oswald has given her what she has wanted from her father without question and without any price to be paid tilts her world sideways in various ways. Growing up under the belief that she has to earn affection, and that she has to submit herself to whatever is asked for even a scrap of such, Oswald completely throws her for a loop. This confusion actually allowing her to think and realize that perhaps she doesn't need to actually jump through hoops for a kind word or to be blindly obedient for a brief moment of affection.

    With these realizations Gwendolyn's steadfast loyalty to Ragnanival and her father Odin seamlessly shifts completely to Oswald by the time her story finishes. Which, while still unhealthy as she would gladly walk into hell if he wishes such of her, is actually a step in a better direction for her life as that unconditional affection fills in the cracks left by Odin. Giving her strength instead of chipping away at her. The more she is told she is valued and can decide for herself the more whole she becomes. Even though there will always be lingering aspects of her upbringing that will never fully go away.

    It's not all that hard to imagine then, that in time, Gwendolyn would fully believe and actually use her free will instead of being a doll to be used for any scrap of affection. However, that time is cut short due to the end of the world so we can only speculate about how long and bumpy such a road to healthy self esteem and independence would be. I mention this as due to her coming in with barely a shaky foundation that still needs the support of Oswald to keep it steady in regards to free thinking and independent actions. She is likely to spend a bit of time guarded behind her normal proud Valkyrie aspects and just trying to find something to give her stability that she can cling to. Especially, as she will likely be in denial and then mourning over being alone in a new world some of her progress will be shot to hell and she'll fall more into Ragnanival thinking to cling to familiarity in regards to her husband and her memories.

    Abilities, Powers, Afflictions:
    -Physical Abilities: As a Valkyrie of Ragnanival it's in her blood so to speak, to be war like and battle ready. While canon does not go much into early years the fact Ragnanival has always been war like and a land of harsh conditions it is easy to believe Gwendolyn started training from a young age to be a soldier. She is trained primarily in the use of a spear and a small arm shield which is the standard weaponry for Valkyrie as such weapons utilize their speed and evasive movements. As well as allowing them a lighter carrying load to keep them from being unable to fly and glide into attacks from the air.

    This also means she has tactical knowledge as being a princess she is meant to lead and show by example upon the battlefield. However considering most of the troops held Griselda in a deeper regard she likely did not excel at being a commander like her elder sister had.

    A likely downside of her heritage is that she is not meant to take a lot of hits and to remain mobile as much as possible, so armor is often sacrificed to maintain speed and flying height. Thus if she can not dodge it would only be a matter of time before blows will overwhelm her.

    Her wings are an iffy subject as it's not really stated or shown if they are genetic, magical constructs, or a bit of both. For my own sake I tend to default to them being a genetic trait of Ragnanival women that need a spark of magic at a certain age to appear and grow. The wingspan seems to be arms length or a little more and are situated at the juncture of hip and waist the length of each wings is about double the length from an educated guess while looking at her sprite and game art. While large there's likely some magic involved that allows those wings to allow flight without problems. Especially as her bones are likely not hollow like a birds, even if they may be a bit lighter than a normal human.

    Due to her world being a middle age fantasy type world and her heritage as a member of royalty and officer in the military means that Gwendolyn has basic knowledge most modern societies take for granted. She can read, write, use math, and various other skills those in charge of kingdoms and armies must know to keep said groups of people alive and loyal. She also has skills in survival, tracking, hunting, gathering, herbalism, first aid, alchemy, cooking, sewing, leather maintenance, armor maintenance, weapon maintenance, map reading/making, and various other skills one picks up and learns when roaming through the wilderness as a soldier or being taught the expected skills a wife is supposed to know.

    Have you seen motes of light that appear from the bodies of the fallen? These lights are called Phozons, lights that hold the power of life. Phozons arise from the death of living beings, and return to the earth to foster new life. Man and beast are given life from this earth and plants bud and grow fruit. Phozons are also called magic elements and are an indispensable source of magic for sorcerers. However, in order to collect Phozons, one must steal the life force of the dead, originally meant to return to the earth.

    You must never forget the weight of this act.

    This is basically what Gwendolyn knows about magic, doubly so as most of her magic was brought about through the use of her Psypher spear which basically devoured phozons to gain more power to create more magic spells. Her psypher gave her ice aligned magic that allowed her to create waves of ice to slam up into foes from the ground or fly towards a target.

    Normally this is where I would list and describe every spell one can grind for her in game, but as all of those are tied to her spear that has no business every showing up in this game because of the fact it sucks life to power it...So unless something comes up and the Great Beasts get drunk and decide to bring psyphers into this world it's best to just have it to where the only magic Gwendolyn has is whatever is inherent of being a Valkyrie and being Odin's daughter as he is known as a holder of a thousand spells. Though the chance of Odin willingly teaching Gwendolyn magic in any form is next to nil, and thus any magic she may have learned is likely traditional things women of Ragnanival should know if they have a spark of magic in them.

    So starting out she's going to be just a spearman who can also fly, but will likely pick up magic quickly once she learns how it works in this world.

    (I also have no idea if the feathers in her hair are purely decoration or are magically part of her because they change shape between her hair up and in armor mode and hair down in civilian mode. If it's allowed I'd like them to be part of her just for simplicity and the belief those feathers may have some magic in them like the normal wings since all Valkyrie have them. And is not just the artists keeping a them across the board for style points If not I'll just use her making new ones as a prompt.)

    Path Preference: Chivalry For being a soldier all of her life the order and familiarity will help her as well as give her reason to seek out others due to various missions that may pop up. Or Devoted The whole aspect of faith and religion is not something she would fall into fully, it istoo much like the prophecies that governed most of her world, but that devotion and the goodness that seems to govern this path would likely draw her in even if just out of curiosity.

    Element Preference:
      Ice - Aside from canonical importance due to her being Ice aligned magically in her own universe. Ice also in many ways represents how fragile and strong she can be during any moment and even at the same time. Her warrior heritage and upbringing makes her sharp and deadly as an ice storm in defense of her country and pride, yet like thin ice on a lake she can easily shatter and break emotionally, due to that same upbringing isolating her in various ways emotionally from those around her. As being the second princess and daughter of a father that does not give love freely if at all her heart does not just bruise it can shatter easily.
      Light - As one of the two meant to recreate life for her homeworld after Ragnarok, the symbolism of her being a light at the end of that dark time. It also is a magic that could be shown as her gaining light into her own life. Both in her finding her own path as well as finding that light in being loved by someone unconditionally. Gwendolyn likens her love for Oswald like the light of the stars that shall never go out. This would mean that light magic could be a representation of her love.
      Shadow - Much like light was brought into her life, her life has been full hardships that have made her who she is today. Most adversity shadows the memories of your life and paints them in ways that can weigh heavily on you or give you strength. The fact Oswald was the Shadow Knight of Erion means that it wouldn't be outside the realm of possibility that her wish for some connection to her husband would translate into her gaining magic more attuned to her husband.

    Anima Creature Description:
    Brunhilde (female)/Draconic
  • Egg: A smallish egg that can fit in the cupped palms of Gwendolyn's hands. With a slight glow, the warm to touch shell is smooth and could be mistaken for a large pearl in shape and shine.
  • Hatchling: Serpentine like body the shape of a ferret and with about as much energy as one as well. Colored predominantly a blue so dark she is mistaken for being colored black to those that only give a brief look. The smooth scales have a soft pink glimmer when light hits at the right angle and large grey eyes that are a bit too wide and big for her face currently. The only other distinguishing marks being two "wings" on the sides of her head where ears on most mammals would be that range from a pink and purple 'feathers' at the rounded base and gradually darkening to black at the tips of these feathers. Very reminiscent of her sister's headband wings. ((Pic for ref)) With four black clawed limbs that are designed for climbing and clinging to various surfaces allows this very mobile noodle to be even more so in a more vertical fashion. Luckily flight is not an actual aspect for this little thing or else Gwendolyn would be even more harried in chasing it down. Especially as a hatchling she's starts out at a mere foot in length from snout to tail tip and only manages to get to two feet before the next development stage.
  • Juvenile: Jumping from three to four feet in length during this stage of growth but still maintaining that serpentine/ferret like body. The eyes are finally beginning to fit the face and the grey has darkened to a dull silver.
  • Adult: Growth finally stops at five feet in length and the claws have taken on a mirror sheen that reflects the same pink highlights her scales do. The "ear wings" have also flared out like a bird in flight. Coupled with the large silver eyes gives her an almost perpetual startled look.

    Her diet is opportunistic. Which just means that she's an omnivore who will eat whatever can be found. Though there is a preference to sweet things if there is a choice.

    Anima Traits:
  • Fiercely loyal to the point of bullheaded stubborn streaks when she attempts to help.
  • An unwillingness to back down from any challenge.
  • Extremely affectionate to those she likes.
  • A bit haughty and distant to those she's uncertain about.
  • Fearless and curious in exploring the world around her

    RP Sample:
    First Sample:
    Heeding the Call

    She remembered the burn of cuts and throb of bruises, even the odd agony as her wings had begun to dissolve and scatter feathers around her as she fell. The sight of a great shadow blocking out all light was confusing, but it surely was just her seeing the corpse of Leventhan falling alongside her from the heavens. She did not need to be told or given time to accept that Erion was gone, she had known her world was doomed the moment the dead had poured out of Endelphia and covered her beloved Ragnanival like a black wave in a putrid ocean. The prophecies had come to pass and the end of everything had been at hand.

    It was why she knew she would not cry out or rage against her being here as she delicately picked her way into this chamber and to a tiny pearl like egg that seemed to hold most of her attention. She also knew that the only tears she would shed would be much later when she knew none would see and be for the fact that she was here without him, that whatever fate had decided when it had allowed her to meet Oswald had decided to rip her from him just as she had accepted and fully embraced this illusion of love in her heart. For now the warm weight in her hands was enough to keep the bruise in her chest from blooming more.

    The sudden sound like glass breaking in tiny pieces had her fully staring as cracks appeared suddenly in the egg she held as the shell fell away and in her hands as a coiled ball of dark scales and feather tufts that made lungs hitch for a moment. The subtle sheen of a familiar shade of pink to those dark blue scales making it hard to regain lost breath as the ball of coils unfurls and a tiny face stares up at her with impossibly huge grey eyes and a sudden warmth is there in her chest next to the bruise that was once her heart. It's not enough to erase the fact Oswald isn't here, or that everything she knows is gone, but that warmth is precious all the same. She is still not certain what to do taking care of a dragon instead of attempting to slay it before it causes untold damage, but she's already decided to learn and try.


    It was a name that seemed connected with foggy sights and gentle hands in her hair as the dress she had loved and claimed when she had grown older rustled in those same memories. It was still a dear name, but did not have any of the agony that was there when she thought of Griselda.

    "Your name is Brunhilde now. I shall do my best for you, and even if I falter I will rise up and try again."

    She had made the mistake of losing sight of such warmth and how precious it is when she had spurned Oswald so harshly those first few months. This time she would be the one to cling tightly and not let go.

    Second Sample:

    TDM Thread
  • crownlessbluebird: (Are those tears I see...)
    2016-12-05 12:45 am
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    Brunhilde's Meaning

    Sadly not even my dragon designing was done for fun and actually as ~symbolism~ through out it. Because I'm a damn nerd. So let's get on to it then.


    The most obvious are of course the fact that the Pinks are homage to her deceased sister Griselda as, if not the colors then the exact shade, which is much brighter then any other valkyrie who has some form of pink in their coloring, is seemingly unique to Griselda. Much in the way the exact shades of blue Gwendolyn has is not replicated at all through the rest of the Valkyrie.

    The Dark Blue/Black that is the dominate color is a tribute to the eternally starry sky of Ragnanival, the shade being mistaken for black is also to show how much Oswald has effected Gwendolyn's life since he wears black armor and is known as the Shadow Knight.

    The Grey/Silver of Brunhilde's eyes are done as a symbol of the ring Titrel (Which from what little we can see of the damn thing it's mostly likely a silver ring and not the gold a lot of fan art tends to make it.)

    Though at first such colors are likely to cause more pain then anything as they remind her of everything she has now lost, in time it will hopefully be a reminder of better memories and thus allow her to be more at ease with the little thing she is now connected to.

    Body Shape and Size

    The dragons of her home world tended to be more serpentine while maintaining aspects of European ideas of what a dragon should look like. In a lot of ways the 'noodle' look is a homage of sorts to the two dragons Gwendolyn faces that being Belial being controlled by one of the three Wise Men and Leventhan the serpent meant to devour the world she was prophesied to slay. Both encounters greatly affected her life in someway and thus impacted her psyche that she'll need to get used to and overcome by having this tiny reminder constantly there.

    Favoring a small size instead of aiming for the larger side of the scale is also in a way due the way dragons are in her canon. There is never any subtleness in the canon at all that aside from Hindel the dragon that can forsee the future, that as a whole the dragons have no love for the other races of Erion, and likely in the distant past many a town or army was set ablaze for impudence as the dragons established that no blade or arrow could even scratch their hides. Thus leading to Gwendolyn's time when it's common knowledge that it's best to avoid dragons and not cause one to focus attention on you or your kingdom. Even when it's established that the psyphers are capable of fighting dragons that it's still best to do what you can to drive them off as the race as a whole would hold a grudge against the one who slays one of their brethren. As such having a dragon that will never tower over her will be far easier for her to acclimate to then to have a dragon whose shadow could cause her to mistake such for a dragon of her home.

    Lack of Flight; Choice of Diet

    But Re, Gwendolyn can fly why would you have her dragon unable to fly?

    Mostly because I wanted to. As well as the fact that it's also a way to show that Gwendolyn's associated fear/unease about being chained to the ground if she loses her wings doesn't need to be as powerful here. Brunhilde being just as imperious and capable while trapped on the ground will boost more of Gwendolyn's confidence in herself that she does not need to be defined solely by being a Valkyrie and can just be Gwendolyn, whoever that may be.

    The diet is a bit of me throwing light shade at the leveling system in Odin Sphere since you can not only heal by eating but you gain exp and hp, and thus can grind levels by eating food. A factor the game designers ran with by having various meals you can eat at restaurants in designated rest/hub areas and various fruits, 'take out' and protein that you can buy or grow to keep in your inventory. All that has various amounts of hp and exp they give you upon being eaten. The preference for sweets is mostly due to the fact I tend to use the Tea Shop with its dessert menu more then the restaurant with it's full meal menu.
    crownlessbluebird: (But I must)
    2016-11-30 02:26 am
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    Created by [community profile] efryndiel
    crownlessbluebird: (Casting)
    2016-11-22 12:21 am
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    Headcanon Series: Superstitious

    Like many civilizations beliefs are had and changed as time and new knowledge is given. However, somethings just seem to stick even though the rational mind knows they are silly acts that don't actually cause the gods to take notice of you in anyway.

    When they had roamed the land as nomads and not marched as orderly soldiers, there were many superstitions that were soon forgotten or buried under Odin's rule. However some things can't be fully erased from an entire population and the ones that are openly scoffed at are kept alive by old crones and gaffers sitting by fires.

    Fortune telling and reading of various items was likely quite popular due to following nature's own course as they roamed for survival. Knowing how if the wind blew in such a way with a purple tinted sky meant harsh rains, or casting down bones to figure out if good hunting would be had north or west this season. Most such means forgotten except by those who wish for another confirmation from the likely magical constructs and charts created by Odin for his troops to use.

    While many have forsaken older practices to follow the laws and lifestyles more suited to a kingdom of warriors some traditions are quietly spoken of around fires and in quiet corners of taverns and kitchens.

    Like how the yellow flower that blooms in the dead of winter, drunk as a tea will keep bad spirits away, rosemary stuffed into the pillows of children will give them sweet dreams and ward off illness. Silver dust dabbed onto a forehead will bring clarity. To twine your feathers in silver thread to make a token creates one of protection against betrayal, while one wrapped in colored twine brings good fortune. Crossing running water at night will bring specters to dog your footsteps. A child should be wrapped in their family colors from birth to give their hearts a safe haven. To leave ones weapon upon a table is to incite one to partake in your demise.

    There are many such little things considered silly but still unconsciously followed. As any bit of luck shouldn't be wasted.

    Some of these likely have even filtered down into little things Gwendolyn doesn't even realize she does because she picked up such habits as she fought for her rank and respect amidst the rank and file of her father's army. Tapping the butt of her spear to the ground three times before setting off on a mission. Never gifting a weapon as such is seen as a sign of cutting away your good relationship. Leaving a bundle of sage at the bottom of traveling bags to acquire wisdom in choices made on the road, having the rune fehu sewn into the inside of money pouches as a plea for such to never be empty. Are a few things she may unconsciously perform and not realize such.
    crownlessbluebird: (Are you speaking to me?)
    2016-11-21 01:03 pm
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    Headcanon Series: Feathers in Your Hair

    From a thematic and artistic point of view the feathered earmuff/headbands and the hair clips Gwendolyn wears when not in armor are easy to justify and explain. On a lore wise side it's yet another thing of vaguey Mc'Noanswers.

    And like many things I have two sets of headcanon depending on if the feathers are actually like their wings and attached to them or just decorations with culture significance.

    Magical attachments:

    Much like the wings that aide them in flight the small wings upon their heads act like natural coverings for their ears. From wind, cold, and weapons the closed in ear muff form protects the sides of their heads and thus takes away the need for actual helmets. Especially as to be struck from the back is a cowardly move and if you are struck head on then you are facing an honorable death. Most valkyrie never really have these wings move from this configuration as they are always soldiers ready for battle. Thus the wings are forever protecting and shielding from an attack that could happen.

    Thus why when Gwendolyn wears her mother's dress her wings unfurl and open almost like a flower. They still protect ears in the event she decides to fly, but the dress reminds her they weren't always at war and in Gwendolyn's heart of hearts she's made for a more gentler life then one full of death and battles despite her upbringing and spine of steel. Thus the wings are open as they unconsciously feel that want to be at peace and not need to raise a spear, even for a few moments, to fight. Something that likely made her awakening the first time around Oswald even more confusing since her inborn magic feels safe when they should have furled in since she had been married to an enemy. (The fact they are unfurled when Onyx stole her is due to her being under that sleep spell so not aware of anything.)

    The lack of movement and 'emoting' is also a clear indication of how Ragnanival society has the valkyrie keeping a tight hold on emotions even inwardly so as not to give away anything that would crack their stoic warrior facade. Which means there is a chance that in her time married to Oswald Gwendolyn has become more comfortable being open and expressive and thus her wings will rustle and furl as slight indications of her mood.

    Hair Ornaments

    There was a time when Valkyrie wore helmets like the land bound males of Ragnanival, but such limits ones view and causes problems when you think in more then four directions. Yet some form of protection was needed for at least part of their heads against the elements and attacks. Which was why when it was seen how much their wings, and the feathers that compose their wings, could take that someone realized the inherent magic of said wings didn't fade when they would fall out due to grooming or growth. (Not say that someone could construct a fake pair of wings and gain flight as the residue magic is not enough to achieve flight.) Thus the creation of feathered head wear in which to keep ears from being deafened by rushing wind and give some protection from harm be it natural or an enemy.

    Likely there is a great deal of significance in regards to constructing these headbands when a Valkyrie is first allowed on a battlefield since all wear their own feathers. Which may also mean there is likely some etiquette and taboo over wearing feathers of someone else. Thus Gwendolyn's hair clips she wears outside of her armor are likely an oddity and looked down upon by others since such a style is all but obsolete with how long Ragnanival has been in one war or another with rarely any stretches of peace between them. Likely another aspect of her mother she had created and used in hopes of gaining a smile from her father by reminding him of her as much as possible.

    While some protection is given to her ears, it's hardly enough for anything then a casual and quick flight, let alone able to withstand a drawn out skirmish or journey. Hardly something a proud valkyrie should wear when they should always be ready and willing to enter the battlefield.

    Thoughts on feathers in canon and in a game

    Likely in the distant past the feathers that were collected after grooming may have been traded to outsiders for supplies as the glow and slight magical property within the wings would garner some interest from nobles wishing to make a fashion statement or alchemists looking to make a new potion. A practice that was quickly stopped when Ragnanival became an actual nation and not various clans. There may even have been whispers of a practice to give something with feathers interlaced within as charms of protection to non valkyrie in hopes that small bit of magic could help aide the other in being victorious in battle.

    Thus in a realm where she may need to revive old practices out of necessity and not have the expectations of being a perfect valkyrie on her shoulders, Gwendolyn would likely start to use the feathers she loses as items to possibly use in trade for small but needed items. If she truly becomes comfortable within a realm and truly worries about new acquaintances small tokens as well may be made to tuck discreetly in a bag as a small boost of luck in conflict.

    The more intricate well made the more value and worry she places in the one she is giving such to.
    crownlessbluebird: (Side)
    2016-11-16 11:42 pm
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    Headcanon Series: Marriage and Customs

    Because of life before Odin and the laws passed that would define and shape the roles that one could have within Ragnanival, the ceremonies and traditions likely reflect this just as much.

    Considering how much said laws marginalize and objectify Valkyrie the customs are likely not at all equal or fully happy occasions when marriage does occur.

    As the first chapter showed when a random npc pleaded for Gwendolyn to ask Odin to reconsider her marriage because she could still fight. Marriage as a whole for many citizens is not by choice or even a match of happiness, let alone love. With how many of the references to the act are made it seems far more like a breeding project mixed with a business deal depending on rank and how well a Valkyrie is regarded via rank and reputation. Hence why Gwendolyn, even though banished and stripped of her royal rank is still a prize that would have gone to a high bidder if not for Wagner and Titrel being a wrench in the plans for Oswald to stumble into.

    Valkyrie are objects, wives to warm marriage beds and bear strong children to strong warrior husbands. Or to be a price to gain cooperation or alliance with one of the other kingdoms. Considering there actually is no ceremony that could actually be a wedding also shows how little actual joy there is for such an act. For being put into a spelled sleep and to awaken married, and likely to a complete stranger is all formality there is. There are no vows or exchanging of promises, and though there likely are papers signed in some instances those are more like business deals of Odin selling a Valkyrie in exchange for something else.

    For many Valkyrie it's likely not all that uncommon for them to awaken from their spelled sleep to end up performing wifely duties within the very bed they awoken in. IE being bedded by their new husband.

    This is pretty much solid inference via game dialog and Gwendolyn's reactions to Oswald. Especially when she all but states she will do as commanded by her husband, because that is what she expects to happen. For her to be nothing more then a pretty thing to be controlled and used by the one she has been wedded to.

    This isn't about things that are pretty much canon but not outright stated due to rating and such. Instead let us speak about other aspects that are likely part of the entire process of stripping away everything that makes a Valkyrie who they are and into a dutiful wife and mother.

    Clipping of Wings: Valkyrie are free and fierce birds of Ragnanival, however a wife bound to a husband should not be allowed to fly away whenever she pleases. Thus likely to keep such from happening and (and thus enforce the fact they have to remain with their husband) Enchanted shears meant to not only clip through physical feathers, but also to sever the magical connection that allowed these wings to grow and maintain flight are likely given to the new husband when they are given their sleeping brides. Likely with a warning to do so before waking them in order to make it a clean clipping and not be a chore to perform when the husband likely has other things on their mind. This also serves to destroy any chance of the Valkyrie being able to rejoin the military as their wings are one of the advantages they need to show they belong fighting alongside the men.

    Giving away my will vows: Despite the anger in the way Gwendolyn intoned and spoke to Oswald in regards to him being now the one who would decide what she can and can't do seemed far too rehearsed and formal to be just her angrily admitting her position to him. In many ways it felt like a vow she was told she had to make to show she understood what was now her fate. (There likely was more to such but Oswald ruined it when he denied such a claim because he believed she should and did have free will.) The vows which to most others likely seem like mockeries of actual wedding vows would likely follow this same vein of "I am now yours to decide what to do with, and I will humbly follow your commands, etc. etc." Which is likely just another shackle and sign that a fierce and prideful warrior is now chained to the earth and to the whims and desires of a man.

    Loyalty: Even though Gwendolyn's story is mostly supposed to be you seeing her 'choosing' to be loyal to Oswald. There likely is at least a mental sort of ceremony as the Valkyrie must now accept that instead of loyalty to their king they now must be fully loyal to their husband. (Which nine times out of ten means they still are loyal to Odin since they likely get married off to officers or soldiers who performed exemplary in the field.) In a few ways Gwendolyn's speech to Oswald at the end of her story has this in it. Since she's all but declaring she will remain with him no matter what.

    Wear his Colors: Wedding rings are apparently not a Thing or not a big thing that either Ragnanival or Ringford subscribe to considering the entire Titrel debacle was more "here have this shiny trinket because I don't actually have anything else to give you to show you I do love you, and your father wanted it so it must be precious." As such, and in keeping with the theme of married Valkyrie being objects owned by their husbands they likely have to wear the house colors or symbol of their husband as a sign of who they are married to. In many ways like a brand of ownership. Thus instead of wearing the plumage of a Valkyrie in the army they now wear signs of being a woman of a household.
    crownlessbluebird: (her quiet joy)
    2016-11-13 04:18 pm
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    Headcanon Series: Love Spell Myth

    While in canon the fact Gwendolyn isn't actually under a love spell is all but beaten into our faces through the latter half of Oswald's story arc, it does raise a lot of questions of why such is considered fact and if there truly is such a spell and why Odin did not actually use it on Gwendolyn if there is one.

    Some would argue he told Onyx there is no such spell so there isn't, but well Odin anything this man says to anyone should be taken with about four pounds of salt and have eight other sources to prove if he is telling the truth or not. However this isn't a talk about Odin being a conniving dick, though that will pop up in here a lot considering the topic and all. Instead let's look at both sides of this coin.

    If there really is such a spell Odin uses to keep Valkyrie in line when they are handed off to their new husbands. Why didn't he use such on Gwendolyn? Especially as we know that Oswald was not the first choice since Oswald only gained Gwendolyn's hand when Odin realized he could use said shadow knight to kill Wagner and retrieve Titrel. Especially as I do believe Odin was going to give Gwendolyn to Onyx before that opportunity arrived. He likely was going to use it or at least a mild form of it to keep Onyx happy, but when Oswald refused to give him Titrel and knowing how loyal Gwendolyn is to him he knew such a spell would have meant he couldn't use such to his advantage. Because Odin is a giant dick and knows Gwendolyn would give him the ring if she were to learn about it, and look Oswald all but gift wrapped Titrel when he gave it to Gwendolyn.

    So him bluffing to Onyx about the spell is also for his advantage since he knows Gwendolyn would not just happily follow Onyx when she believes Odin wanted her to remain with Oswald. Gwendolyn actually falling in love with Oswald and starting to stand out of his shadow just spanner'd everything though.

    On the flip side of this coin and Odin was actually being truthful about there being no such spell, then how the hell has this myth been able to become a considered fact by everyone. Even those supposedly under said spell?

    Simple. Propaganda and Odin using what headcanon I have about how the citizens of Ragnanival lived before his rule. He's a holder of thousands of spells, able to outwit the Queen of the Dead, how could he not be capable of making marriages work. Thus suggestion and belief play a huge role in this, and there is nothing to say that the marriages are happy ones, but duty and honor has all following this law and strengthening the myth. Considering how many strings Odin pulls, he likely also makes certain most matches are fitting matches to help make it easier for the myth to be accepted. Much like how with Gwendolyn (though unintentional I still think such is considering Odin is a dick and would have preferred Gwendolyn remaining loyal to him only in my mind) became comfortable and fond of Oswald that lead to her accepting him and thus loving him.

    Odin is a great manipulator and coupled with Gwendolyn's faith and belief in her father for most of her story it's really not hard to see how even if someone did tell her there was no such spell she would likely not believe them. She's conditioned to believe that any love she will have for a husband will be false and magically binding, a belief she has grown up with and has not seen anything to contradict this belief. Which means Oswald not contradicting her on this is actually a good thing, despite what some people may think. Because frankly that sort of belief would take tearing down everything Gwendolyn has ever known and having her build a central part of her own self back up. It may be one thing too far for her when she is still gaining her own sense of self and self worth.

    Some people may want to think Odin didn't use such a spell on Gwendolyn, if one does exist, out of familial love. I can't make myself believe such just because of how blatant Odin is in using everyone for his own gain and just how much he's messed Gwendolyn up by being a horrible father figure. Odin does everything for a reason, and his using Gwendolyn for gain is a completely natural conclusion to make and this love spell whether real or fake is a key in this. After all there is nothing to state such a situation was not used as a deterrent if his daughters got out of line. Though likely not since both were so busy trying to win his love and approval they likely never did anything to make him have to use such a threat. It was likely still there though for both Griselda and Gwendolyn that one day they would make a mistake or lose any chance of Odin loving them and be given away like a prize to someone. Even knowing that one day they would have to marry since Odin's bloodline must be continued on if only for the sake of the people of Ragnanival.
    crownlessbluebird: (Make my pledge)
    2016-11-13 04:05 pm
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    Headcanon Series: Master Post

    Because I am that much of a loser that I think way too deeply about a sidescrolling game about the end of the world then I likely should I am putting down my random and oft times rambling thoughts and theories down to explain things in canon and why I play Gwendolyn a certain way when things come up. This is where I'll put the links to these posts for easier browsing for myself and anyone else bored enough to read these things.

    Ragnanival Pre-Odin

    Love Spell Myth

    Marriage and Customs

    Feathers in Your Hair

    crownlessbluebird: (Glide Strike)
    2016-11-13 02:59 pm
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    Headcanon Series: Ragnanival Pre-Odin

    Okay, time to gather round as I spew my beliefs in regards to how Ragnanival worked before Odin showed up and made them into his own kingdom and such.

    From what little we get in notes and throw away dialog through out, it's pretty much a given that Ragnanival has always been, not war like, but fighting focused. Considering their geographical location of being a neighbor to the gates to The Land of the Dead and the fact sinners have been known to escape now and again from there; coupled with a climate that is likely not fertile fields and mild weather makes being tough and able to defend one self not just something to be but a necessity. The very climate called for one to be strong or end up dead either through natural means or enemies, even among themselves it is battles.

    Considering the dichotomy of the dwarves/berserkers/valkyries there were likely a lot of clashes due to ideals and the best way for survival. None of these three races are truly subservient and willing to bend to the other personally. It is only when Odin established laws they agreed to follow that an actual hierarchy was formed. In fact if it was not for the fact that despite dragons, magic, and the dead still finding ways to interact with the living this world still has the biological need for reproduction found in our world the clans would likely have never meshed at all before Odin and remained separate completely. But alas a man plus a woman is still a math combination needed to create more children and thus allows future generations to be born.

    So it likely is not all that hard to imagine that fighting also played roles in this as well, considering that some tribes likely wouldn't allow one to join to find a suitable partner without proving they will help keep the tribe going and not be a leech on limited resources. There is likely also a large chance some tribes used their fighting to take partners from other tribes when new blood is needed and thus other tribes had to learn how to fight even better to keep from being gutted and scattered across such tribes that forcefully take what they want.

    This latter headcanon is also where I think the idea behind the law that if a Valkyrie can not fight anymore or needs to be punished they are made to become wives and mothers. Since if they came from a culture where you likely did have to fight to not end up being taken by a member of an opposing tribe to bear children for them. Then having such a sentiment makes far more sense.

    Even magic seems a novelty and a rare thing among those that call Ragnanival home, outside of general inborn magic that allow Valkyrie to fly and the Berserkers their strength in battle. Even the dwarves rely mostly on inventions and their ability to create machines that border on magic then actual magic in every aspect of their lives. Which means that magicians are likely not naturally born all that often within Ragnanival or the lack of magic being used on a larger scale may also mean any born with such potential would never realize such or would have to leave their homeland to find a teacher else where.

    With no great magic users and their population divided into tribes, cities and such were likely things not seen. Oh there are likely permanent structures scattered through out for them to use when times become to harsh, but they likely spent most of their lives in a nomadic life style. Moving as the animals and weather did in order to maintain food stores and herbs. So knowing how to survive with nothing but furs and canvas to protect you and yours from frostbite and hungry animals. It also means that hunting and gathering are skills taught as soon as a child is old enough to walk and pick plants they are told to pick. All of this likely lead to closer communities within the tribes that was lost when a united nation was formed.
    crownlessbluebird: (Princess)
    2016-10-21 12:18 am
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    [community profile] dragoncalled Application

    The Basics
    Canon: Odin Sphere
    Character Name: Gwendolyn
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    crownlessbluebird: (Happiness)
    2013-02-23 12:57 pm
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    Character Relations

    Family/Loved One
    Considered an Ally
    Likes/Finds Funny
    Interesting Conversationalist
    Possible threat?

    crownlessbluebird: (A bluebird)
    2013-02-22 07:30 pm
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    Contact and Permissions Post

    Mun: Re
    Plurk: pinkparasol
    Discord: pinkparasol#4080


    1). Backtagging: Always, this is my life yes. I will backtag into infinity with you if you want.
    2). Threadhopping: I'm all for it, but please make certain the other person involved is also okay with it first before hopping in kthxs.
    3). Fourthwalling: I don't mind a this in small portions, but let's not go overboard please
    4). Canon puncture: I prefer not thanks
    5). Offensive subjects (elaborate): I'm pretty good at not being offended on matters if I know it's IC for that character, but anything that could trigger someone I like to discuss first before committing to such. This is usually things like rape/suicide/gore/violence since I am always afraid of accidentally triggering someone without meaning to.


    1). Hugging this character: You can try, but Gwendolyn is a proper Valkyrie warrior and may think you're trying to attack her at first. Then she'll be awkward and possibly scandalized due to Ye Olde English rpg land decorum.

    2). Kissing this character: She will be scandalized like whoa because she has a husband that she is devoted to. So if you don't mind a very likely chance of getting a spear to the face if it's non platonic and proper then it's your life.

    3). Flirting with this character: There would likely be violence, or at least offended behavior. Once again do so at your own peril. (The mun will laugh in a corner over this)

    4). Fighting with this character: Go for it, she is a warrior and will be happy to spar or end someone's posturing.

    5). Injuring this character (include limits and severity): The line is at death, minor injuries are pretty much can just happen. Major injuries however can we discuss beforehand please.

    6). Killing this character: I'd rather not unless there is a really good reason in game for such to happen

    7). Using telepathy/mind reading abilities on this character: Go for it, though if it is done without her permission and she finds out she likely will not be pleased at all.

    Note: Due to the fact that Odin Sphere is pretty much a mixture of several stories put together or gave inspiration to the game, with the biggest being the Norse version of the end of the world, there likely may be those in game who would know of such and may remark on the similarities or differences between such stories and her life. This is especially true if one knows Sleeping Beauty, realizes she is basically Lif from the Ragnarok legend, or knows the story of Brunnhilde from Wagner's Ring Cycle. On these a bit of fourthwalling is a okay.
    crownlessbluebird: (Blues and solemn air)
    2013-02-18 10:47 pm
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    How's My Driving Post

    Hey we all know how these work. Pop in a comment and tell me how I am doing in regards to Gwendolyn. Every little bit helps!

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