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Beatrice Rinaldi

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May 12 2015, 05:50 PM
17th March, 1720
In a meadow, Saint Domingue, Hispaniola


It was a little over noon. The air was warm but pleasant and the radiant sun was not as harsh as it hid behind the clouds. The beautiful scenery would have compelled an aspiring artist to paint and a poet to write a beautiful verse, but Beatrice sat on the grassy plain dejected and sobbing.

Her beloved pet cat, a blue-eyed Turkish Angora, had been missing for two days now. Aurore, the cat, was a gift from Lorenzo and it was a most spoiled pet. Beatrice brought the cat with her to the Caribbean because she couldn't fathom the delicate creature surviving on its own in their house at Venice. The cat had immediately taken a liking to prowling the small Caribbean villa inherited by the Rinaldis, but it would always come back and sleep on her bed during the afternoons. However, it had been absent since the day before yesterday.

Yesterday, Beatrice had asked for Lorenzo's help in looking for the missing cat and he put the whole household to the task. But after an afternoon spent on a fruitless endeavor, the maids and the other household helpers had turned back to doing their work and left her to search for her pet on her own. She had wanted to take her twin into another search this morning, this time outside their villa, but she walked in on him naked with a mulatto woman. It was a most spiteful sight but Beatrice acted calmly and sent the woman out of their villa, duly compensated but never to return. But instead of thanking her for not making a scandal out of it, Lorenzo had angrily turned and shouted at her. He also said that she was the same as the mulatto woman, only that Beatrice whored herself to the doges and other noble men in the Venetian court.

She was terribly hurt by his accusation, for the scandals during her brief court life weren't true. And despite being hounded by men in court, she had kept her virtue. Beatrice ran off, took a horse and rode it down towards the town, but her heavy heart needed to be released of its pains; thus she opted to stay in the nearby meadow, under the shade of a tree, than go unenscorted to town. She sent the horse back to the villa on its own, and then dropped down on the grass and sobbed. The terrible row with her brother made her miss her cat more, because even if it wasn't of superior intelligence, it always appear to listen to her woes when she talks to it.
May 1 2015, 05:07 AM
Beatrice Rinaldi


Name: Beatrice Rinaldi

Aliases:

Age and birthday: 18 (5th of May, 1703)

Gender: Female

Rank/ Occupation: Noblewoman

Current Location: Hispaniola

Character PB: Natalie Dormer

General appearance: Beatrice is often complemented for her angelic face. She has fair skin, a small heart-shaped face, soft blue eyes, high arched brows, a small and straight nose and small cupid lips. She has long light blonde hair that flows into waves and curls down to the small of her back, which she usually wears pinned up under a light veil.

She is of average height, but the pointed heels she wears constantly, makes her appear taller. She has an ample bust and a small waist which her clothing, though modest, accentuates.

Clothing: Beatrice faithfully follows whatever is in the height of fashion. However she takes considerable modesty in the colors of her dresses, which are often in pastels or cream and ivory. She also does not like wearing wigs or any excessive hairdress. Most often, she prefers to wear delicately embroidered silk tulle over her carefully pinned up hair. She wears soft silk stockings laced up her upper thighs and a pair of heeled shoes that complements her dress.

Personality: Beatrice, at first sight, is the epitome of gentle reserve. She is cheerful and charming, yet conceals sudden outbursts of emotions behind a fan.

Beneath her angelic exterior is a fiery spirit and an intelligent and decisive young woman. She vowed that no man, other than a truly loved one, will dictate her life. When presented to domineering men, she often expresses her opinions and demands to be heard.

Beatrice is not used to any kind of work. It is often a source of frustration when her maids couldn't accomplish what is asked of them, especially with regards to dressing her hair. During these occasions, Beatrice acts like a petulant child with tantrums and fits which often results to broken chinaware and flying silverwares. However, she never raises a hand against them.

Her heart also pours out to the lesser situated, and it often brings her to tears to see mistreated slaves; she would always get out of her way to bring some comfort to them.

Beatrice is also a romantic dreamer. Often, she fantasizes being whisked away by a handsome man, and in her dreams the man is often either a gentleman or a pirate.

Likes:

+Social gatherings, parties
+Reading romantic poetry
+Stories of sea adventures
+Daydreaming

Dislikes:

- Pompous men who doesn’t have much to be arrogant about
- Men who are too forward in their advances towards her
- Any reminder of her short-lived but disastrous days in the Venetian court

Birth place: Venice, Italy

Family:

Father – Giovanni Rinaldi, Merchant, deceased

Mother – Stella Rinaldi nee d’Rossi, deceased

siblings – Giotto Rinaldi, older brother, deceased; Lorenzo, twin brother

spouse, children, anybody else – Felice della Rovere, former regent of Orsini, benefactress

History: The Rinaldi family have been into trading since the days of old. Established in Venice, they participated in the growing and lucrative trading community of the Adriatic Sea. Gradually, but steadily, the family rose from simple traders to royal court solicitors to the Kingdom of Naples. A marriage of a great ancestor to a titled duchy also launched them into nobility.

Beatrice was born seconds after her twin, Lorenzo on a quiet night of May. Their young mother, Stella Rinaldi named her after the former Duchess of Milan, Beatrice d’Este, who was famed for her beauty and patronage of the arts. Beatrice was cherished by her family; she was their little angel and they showered her with everything she wanted and needed. She, however, is always at Lorenzo’s side; and when together, it is apparent that she has a much stronger character than her brother.

In their family, there was no disparity between what a woman can and cannot have, and a good education was valued among them. She was educated by different masters, as was her brother Lorenzo. However, an epidemic had taken the lives of their parents, and it was her older brother, Giotto, who took up their father’s business and acted as her guardian. The older Rinaldi provided for her every whim, but it was no secret that he was looking into giving his sister away to a suitable man who would boost their wealth further.

It was on her and her brother’s fifteenth birthday that Giotto decided to marry her off to an old ailing duke. Lorenzo expressed greatly against this but Giotto was not to be swayed. A quarrel ensued between the two and though it was unintentional, the younger brother had struck the older one dead. Beatrice found Lorenzo beside the body and it was her who suggested that they push the body over the balcony to cover the murder. Giotto was known for his drinking sprees and his numerous slips when drunk, that it was deemed inevitable that he will injure himself and struck himself dead.

The death of their older brother made huge changes for the lives of the remaining Rinaldis. Lorenzo, who was intended to serve the Navy, was turned to handle the family business and was constantly under the watchful eye of a distant uncle. Beatrice, who was famed for her beauty at her young age, was requested to court when she was 17, and was trained to the womanly arts under the tutelage of Felice della Revere.

During her stay in court, Beatrice was favored by many men. A handful of noble men had asked her to be their courtesan, but she declined each and every one of them, because she didn't want to be a mistress, she wanted to be married. Also, she believed she will marry a person she loves, like her twin Lorenzo had promised her. But, her stay in court was short-lived due to Lady della Revere’s patron. An old veteran, he had attacked Beatrice in her chambers one night, and it was due to Lady della Revere’s quick and efficient action that no harm came to Beatrice other than being dragged off her bed and stripped of her clothes. Lady della Revere, who had suspected her patron’s intentions, had struck the man with a heavy silver candle holder. Lady della Revere had her loyal men dispose of the body. Then, Beatrice had fallen ill from shock, thus her brother's decision for them to move residence, at least temporarily, until she recovers.

Lorenzo and Beatrice set to the Caribbean on one of their smaller merchant ships, bringing with them textiles and Chinoserie, Lorenzo wanted to sell in the Colonies or to give as gifts to notable men who can make their stay in the foreign land better. They went to a small plantation he inherited from their late mother's childless French cousin.

Weapon Skills: Beatrice is not versed in any form of skilled weaponry, however if pressed, she could fairly yield a knife.

Anything else: She owns a pet cat named Aurore

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