Princess Eylaria Of The House Of Ceslyan
This exquisite portrait depicts Princess Eylaria, the fourth daughter of King Ceslyan VII and seventh of his nine children. As a young woman who has recently come of age, the Princess is resplendent in her ceremonial battle armor, signifying her entry into the noble duties and hierarchies of the great Ocknucious Warrior Clan.
The Clan has protected the Ceslyan royal house for over three hundred years, and all its children are raised with the expectation that they will one day take their place to serve and preserve the power of this storied order. This portrait marks the beginning of when the Princess steps into this role.
We see Princess Eylaria standing tall and elegant, garbed in the resplendent gold-hued armor of the Ocknucious warriors. Crafted from nigh-invincible metals mined from the hearts of fallen stars, this unique armor has seen battle for twenty generations. Imbued with the strength forged by master craftsman, this living armor will protect the Princess as she grows into maturity.
Despite her petite frame, one can see the noble lineage and vigorous training that this young royal has undergone since she first learned to walk. The steely pride in her eyes speaks of her readiness and eagerness to serve her house and clan.
Her raiment features a high, layered gorget collar to shield her neck, along with pauldrons, vambraces and thick chest plating that give her a battle-hardened look belying her youth. The plates bear the insignia and heraldic markings of Clan Ocknucious, Surmounted by a spectacular winged helmet in the style reserved for those of noble blood.
This helmet indicates much about the Princess’. Its sweeping, backward-curving steel wings reference the avian sign under which she was born – the Raptor’s Claw. The stylized claws grasping the helmet above her brow further symbolize this fierce constellation that has influenced her destiny.
Flanking the helmet are metal discs etched with the all-seeing eyes and ears of the raptor, endowing panoramic vision as well as adorning the Princess with the bird of prey’s legendary vigilance and pitiless judgement when threatened. Behind the discs, articulated straps of enchanted steel flow back like feathers to complete the mimetic motif.
Make no mistake however, while ceremonial in appearance, the helmet and armor contain powerful enchantments. Embedded strategems heighten the senses for battle, while phantasmal sigils allow silent communication, wards against mind tricks, or unlocking affinities with certain elements. Together with the armor’s own resilience, they make Eylaria a formidable opponent no matter her lack of experience.
This does not mean the Princess will never see battle however. Far from it – as a daughter of the esteemed Ceslyan Warrior Kings she is expected to fight and lead alongside her elders when the clan is called to arms. Her smaller frame belies nerves of steel and rigorous close-combat training since childhood under the clan’s exacting weapons masters.
As finely featured as the armor that invests her presence, Princess Eylaria has elegant eyebrows that arch like raptor’s wings over large, determined eyes the color of walnut-wood. An aquiline nose and proud jaw lend her countenance a hawkish cast, echoed by the helmet’s stylized beak.
Yet there is beauty amidst this martial vigor: her skin glows like polished amber, and full lips the pink of mountain dawn roses speak of her youth and blossoming womanhood. That latter quality manifests in the large armor – in a year she will grow sleeker and taller like a young raptor into its adult plumage.
Her hair flows behind her like a cape: cascades of chestnut silk with hints of honey-gold, echoing the heraldic lions that flank the Ceslyan crest. Normally worn in elaborate braids befitting her station, here they stream unbound as if she rides into battle at full gallop.
She stands before a stark background, its charcoal hues offsetting the burnished tones of her armor and skin. It renders her vivid yet isolated, a study in contrasts between regal fire and monastic self-possession.
This speaks to the monastic half of her clan’s teachings – that true warriors master themselves before seeking to master others in combat. We see Eylaria has learned this lesson well despite her few years…the discipline smoldering in her bold stare comes from within, not mere outward adornments.
The final aspect whispering a note of tenderness amidst all this effulgent martial imagery? Her hands. They emerge tiny as a doll’s from the massive raptor-themed gauntlets…hands meant to grip a scepter as much as a sword.
Hands that have led courtly dances under her father’s approving eye, borne garlands of flowers for her mother the Queen, soothed a weeping girlhood friend.
They serve as subtle reminder that for all her fearsome capabilities and metal exo-skeleton…under the warrior-princess lies a young woman not yet sixteen years of age, on the cusp between girlhood dreams and sobering adult responsibilities. There yet lies much ahead of her should she survive to rule, hands meant to guide as much as strike down.
So in gazing upon this portrait, what we see encapsulates this critical juncture in Eylaria’s passage, and that of all Ocknucious daughters entering clanship.
No longer unfledged youths, but copiously gifted apprentices to the great warriors in whose armored footsteps they walk. We regard a girl-woman looking back levelly through the lens of history…challenging us to view her not as she is, but as the indomitable queen she could one day become.
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