Last Updated: 7/21/2015Ilaria's official reference. A huge special thanks to Asante-Sana who helped me out a boatload with the design ;w; she looks so beautiful I love her omg
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Name, Gender, Rank, SpeciesNameIlariaPronounced Ill-air-ee-ah or Ill-are-ee-ah
NicknamesN/ANone currently -- Will probably never respond to nicknamesRankStrategistAgeBirthday: Between August and November between the years 57-54 BC
Starting Age: Around 8-11 years old
Current Age: Around 8-11 years oldSpecies
Snow LeopardMother -- Unknown -- Snow Leopard
Father -- Unknown -- Snow Leopard
Ilaria is the definition of average snow leopard when it comes to her size. She's well built for traveling long distances and is well suited for colder climates. Her pelt has a gradient that goes from darker on her back to lighter around her stomach area, with spots that are an off-black coloration. Her facial markings are probably the one main attribute that doesn't really fit with a snow leopards looks, but everything else fits with her snow leopard background. She's fluffy like most snow leopards. Eyes are a darker grey blue color, nose is a greyish pink, and paws are as black as night. GeneticsDominant
-- Facial marking, spot pattern, sturdy build, thick fur, black spotsRecessive
-- Gradient grey brown coloration, blue eyes, grey underbelly, black socks Carrier
-- Looser spot pattern, sleek build, no facial markings, thin/coarse fur, lighter grey spots
Carrier Traits cannot be seen. They are combinations that could have been, but weren't. ]]
Training, Mentors, and Armor
Past Training Experience
- Decent Knowledge on Bounty Hunters
Years and years of information can somehow pile up faster than you'd believe. Sometimes the tidbits that you thought to be useless turn out to be a lot more helpful than expected, and before long, you have a decent mental archive of information. That's how it worked for Ilaria. She has a pretty vast knowledge of the hunters in Massilia, which was where her master spent the majority of his time trading, but when it comes to the new hunters that the defectors are fighting against in Rome, she hasn't fully had time to learn the differences with them.
While caged, she managed to pick up a few things here and there about the hunters of Rome, though, and expects them to work similarly to that of the hunters in Massilia, if only because she heard rumors speaking of a Massilian hunter training these felines. Aside from that, she expects them to act as all hunters do.
They're out for one thing; blood.
- Advanced Understanding of Roman Hierarchy
After living many years in and out of the hands of humans, Ilaria has a very good understanding of which humans are those to please and which are just there to get the job done. Although relatively useless to a wild feline, knowing who is who can help save a merchant guard's life if the need ever arose. She keeps this information tucked down into the depths of her mind in case she ever needs to use it again, but hopes to Diana above that she doesn't have to.
- Advanced Strategic Knowledge
Although hard to convey to felines her vast knowledge on tactics and strategy, it's very obvious that Ilaria was built to be a strategist from the get go. When she sees a problem with a plan, she'll immediately correct it, even if it means going to the lengths of speaking in her all too raspy voice to tell a younger feline off. Most of the time, she's a lot better at coordinating massive scale attacks, although the execution has to be coordinated by a feline who actually possesses the skill to attack that she terribly lacks in.
When in one on one battles, she knows when to turn to deflect specific blows and can generally track the moves that felines are thinking of doing while attacking. The big issue is that once she's gotten an opening, it's hard for her to fight back to the point of winning or pinning her opponent down. It seems that she's gotten better than she used to be, but mostly she's all about the defensive side of attacks unless she's planning them for others.
- Decent Hunting/Survival Skill
It's not hard to see that Ilaria knows how to survive in the wild and can do a pretty good job of it on her own without the help of others. She generally can conduct solo hunts and come back with at least some food to help out the felines back in camp. Although she's not the most effective hunter, it's good enough for her, which is all that matters when you're trying to survive out in the wilds on your own. Feeding and fending for yourself come first and foremost.
Ilaria knows enough about surviving in adverse conditions to manage on her own for a few weeks up to a few months if need be. Colder winters don't effect her as much as they would other cats, but hot summer days will often leave her tired and unmotivated. She knows when it's best to be active according to the weather and also is not easily deterred when storms or other weather conditions appear from nowhere.
- Mediocre Offensive Skills
As far as it goes, taking the attack to others is a skill that this feline terribly lacks in. She's never been great at finding a means to fight others and doesn't really care to do as much. She'll train with a feline while glowering at them, her eyes asking "Do you have rocks in your skull or are you too stubborn to realize this is useless?". She knows it's a lost cause to explain this to her, hopefully you figure it out before you waste an entire day working with her, and if you don't, oh well, it's a day you both wasted. Don't expect her to learn anything more than what she already knows. It's not worth your time.
- Advanced Defensive Skills
With everything put into consideration, it's not surprising that Ilaria's got a pretty advanced understanding of Defensive fighting skills but rarely thinks of things on an offensive stand point. She was a merchant guard for about four to six years of her life before she got fed up of being mistreated by her master and ran away. She's never had to worry about fighting in any major coliseum battles in her lifetime, though she's fought against hunters in the past and will happily do so again, if the need arises.
- Mediocre Understanding of Rome
Let's face is, you're gone for most of your life traveling with merchants, being bought and sold millions of times across the span of your life and you're more like than not going to forget how things look in the city you grew up in, especially considering she wasn't around the city during the years the city changed the most (Between 52-46 BC). Some buildings that she will remember won't be standing still, but the layout of the city itself hasn't really changed, considering Rome and most of it's cities are laid out in a similar way. Se still remembers the important parts of the city because of this, at the very least. Most other things that she knows about, such as where captured cats are located, comes with her most recent escape and memories that follow that. Her memories are also hazy, considering she was only in and out of Rome for most of her life after her first two or so years.
- Terrible "People" Skills
Confused as to whether she's trying to make your character leave her alone or wants them to follow her? Can't tell if she is scolding a character with her eyes or trying to show them that she has an interest in them? Feel as if there are times that she just doesn't come across well to others? Well, that tends to happen. Ilaria doesn't speak a lot in front of others, and because of that, she rarely gets her point across unless Elektra or a cat that really gets her happens to be standing nearby to quickly translate. She can assimilate into the culture of the Ferox without issues, but when it comes to interacting on a speaking level, she really doesn't do well conveying her thoughts and feelings to others.
This may be because Ilaria used to be very accustomed to working and speaking with others and now can't seem to translate her words into actions, or it may be because she's used to the way merchant guards and other felines work more. Nobody really knows, and those that bother to ask don't really get a clear defined answer from her... mostly because she won't talk to them...
You never really realize how important spoken language is until you stop talking. Though, an angrily glare should always get the main point across, right?
- Moderate Intimidation Skills
Let's face it, if you have a cloak on that covers up most of your face, don't talk all that much, and come off as quite aggressive towards felines that want to be friendly to you, you'd come off as intimidating as well.
Mentors & Accomplices
N/A -- Mostly Humans and various felines throughout the years
The amount of cats and people that Ilaria has met throughout her life seem to go by in a blur most of the time, so she often doesn't bother trying to retell the numerous mentors, accomplices, friends, and foes she's made throughout her travels. It's not worth her time and it'll probably bore you to death anyway. Besides that, she really doesn't like talking to others anyway, so why would she bother talking about her past?
-- One "Starry Night" cloak that is styled like a horse blanket to cover her.
-- Armored underneath with basic leather and metal armor that can be obtained by even the poorest of merchants, though the armor she stole appears to be built for probably a hunter or merchant guard. She had to make a few adjustments to it herself, but it's styled with a design similar to her cloak, with the sun, stars, and moon (along with various gemstones) dotting the overall design of the armor
-- Golden Cloth wraps around her back legs... one is higher than the other and is never taken off, probably to cover up a recent injury obtained during her escape.
-- Royal purples are used to express a quiet and refined kind of look, while the yellow has just enough spark to the colors to show her aggressive side as a character
-- Tail remains unarmored due to it's fluffiness and the general fact that when she originally had the armor, it had a section that was meant to protect the tail of whomever the owner was supposed
to be... and well, let's just say snow leopard fluff and armor links really, really don't work well together... If one looks close enough, they can probably see the patches of fur that got pulled out when she attempted to remove it.
Personality, Biography, and Role Play History
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Personality Traits, Background Information, Role play History, and Character Quirks
|| Quiet & Standoffish ||
Not wanting to strain her voice anymore than it may already have been, Ilaria's never really been much to talk anyway. Her life has been spent being pretty quiet and antisocial up until the past few months. Following her capture near Massilia, she slowly began to break out of that shell with Elektra and her traveling companions. Now that she's in Rome, though, she's returned to her old ways. Being in a cell only made things worse for her, and once she escaped (and subsequently found her friend again), she was thrust into yet another new life. She doesn't like being around too many cats at once and often times keeps to the back or sides of large crowds. The Ferox make her jumpy and she doesn't fully know what to think on the group as a whole, which continues to push her into the little wallflower niche she's become so comfortable with. She may adjust to this over time, but for the time being, she's pretty quiet and won't go out of her way to say hello. || Steadfast & Persistent ||
Stubborn as the day is long and unwilling to give up something if she knows she can do it, Ilaria's not one to go with the grain when things go her way. She thinks that you are doing something that may cause you to get yourself into trouble? Expect her to sit on you to keep from doing it. She feels as if your training isn't going to be useful to her? Don't expect her to stay around for long if she sees no need for it. She wants to know if something is on your mind? She'll sit down in front of you all damn day until you finally speak your peace and tell her what's wrong. She can be persistent to an annoying degree, making sure to go out of her way to see about things that most wouldn't care less about, but it's also one of the reasons why she's a good strategist. If she sees something out of place? She'll be the first one to point it out and continue to do so until it's fixed. There's something wrong with somebody's armor? You better bet she'll be there trying to find a way to fix it before sending you out into a battle. She tries to keep the small things from getting in the way of the big picture if she can. || Commanding & Aggressive ||
Don't get near her, don't upset her, just... keep your distance and let her continue being a wallflower. When she wants to get her way and feels as if you're not listening when you need to, she can get into your face and let you know what's wrong, even if she is hoarsely yelling at you in her already worn down voice. She'll make sure you know what you did wrong. You come into her little bubble? Yeah she's going to hit you as hard as she can to make you get out of her space. She's got her bubble, don't come anywhere near her bubble. || Unrelenting and Stubborn ||
When out in hunts she'll push herself to the limits to catch that deer she was after if she can. She's not known to give up easily and although some cats may consider her to be pretty crazy for doing so, she will not stop until her job is done. When it comes to her job, it comes first and foremost above all, and because of that, she's picked up the habit of fighting in battles when she's already known the fight is done. She won't bother too much with anything offensively, but defensively? You attack her and she's going to fight until her spirit dies. Don't attack her without knowing what you're getting yourself into, or else you'll find this cat is more willing to put herself through literal hell in order to do her job and prove you wrong. || Intelligent & Sharp ||
Traveling next to merchants throughout the years has given Ilaria a very decent understanding of strategic defenses and clear hiding spots. She knows how to pick out escape routes in places when the time comes and can also find places that can help offensively. Her eyes are always on the look out for things that can catch one off guard, and although she will be the first to admit that her intelligence doesn't always get the job done, more often than not she can at least get others by without issue. She's smart and analytical, always looking for something out of the ordinary. Being prepared is always a good idea, in her mind. || Wise & Experienced ||
When you spend most of your life dedicated to protecting goods and humans, you pick up a lot of details from all of the cats that you worked with, fought for, and fought against. Sometimes it helps you become a better feline and other times it causes you to reevaluate the way that you personally work in your occupation. Ilaria has spent many years developing her fighting style, way of thinking, and how she speaks to others. When she speaks or fights it is obvious that she has the wisdom to back up what she is doing, though sometimes she forgets that she is in the middle of the forests outside of Rome instead of out on the streets of some marketplace. Her experience, while being a great plus, can also be her greatest downfall alongside her instincts. || Motherly & Protective ||
Probably her biggest downfall, but also one of her biggest strengths, Ilaria has the need to protect everyone that she cares about no matter how capable they may seem. This might be because she never had children of her own or maybe because she doesn't often find herself caring about any single feline in particular... she's not entirely sure and Elektra hasn't really given much reason for it either. Either way, Ilaria has always looked out for those that she cares about... though she has never particularly been able to save the felines she loves consistently. || Indifferent & Easily Forgotten ||
Because of this feline's tendency to keep to the shadows and stay out of the way, she often portrays a very indifferent and uncaring attitude towards others and how they treat her. As long as she doesn't feel threatened or bothered by you, she won't bother you. Often times, this will leave her to be one of the last felines to be noted upon or really even mentioned by others. She doesn't seem to be bothered by this, though, and almost prefers to keep out of the way because of it. She's not exactly one to want to stick out in a crowd or be noticed for who she is if she can help it. It's just not in her nature.
[[ Standing alone in the distance ]]
Ilaria's intro to the world is one that she has pretty much forgotten over the years. Her parents aren't a very clear memory and neither is a good portion of her upbringing, considering she was only with them for a few months in her life. She doesn't often talk about them and finds no reason to really bring them up in conversation, considering there really isn't much information that really helps her situation involving her parents. She was a feline breed for guarding and guarding was all her life really was about until recently.
The years she spent traveling to and from Rome were long and tedious, requiring her to always be on her guard and to work with felines that she didn't really care for. She did her best most of the time and, more often that not, did her job above all. She was a hard worker, and as time passed on, it was obvious that she was rewarded for her work. Though, all good things must come to an end.
Before long, Ilaria found herself as one of many felines that were to be sold to a new master, and when the time came and the business was said and done, she and a few others of her group found themselves in a precarious position. Their new master was much more tyrannical than the first, and as days turned to months, and months turned to years, Ilaria found herself hating the aspect of waking up every morning to deal with this monster.
She and her friends devised a plot, and before long, they all rallied together to escape. Three of them escaped, but only one lasted the long winter months that followed as they all ran away from the hunters of Massilia.
That one cat is the one standing right in front of you; Ilaria. She had learned quickly that it was an eat or be eaten world, and as time trickled on, the snow leopardess began to grow accustomed to the life that she was leading, even though she was alone in the forests far away from the fabled Empires, which she had often heard about during her travels.
By this point in time, she was in her eighth (ninth? Hell, she could be eleven by this point, she's not exactly sure how many years she was out there or really how long she's lived in general... numbers aren't her strong point) year, and sure, there was plenty more that happened her life up until this point, but none of it is as significant as what was about to happen to her. She had lost her two companions and was beginning to adjust well to life on her own in the summer of 46 BC when disaster struck.
Hunters finally caught up to her, though they weren't from the city of Massilia... and she began her journey home; to Rome.
It was during this time that Ilaria's story really began to unfold. She was forcefully taken to the city of Massilia, where she was recognized as a runaway feline that could potentially bring in a lot of money if returned to her owner. At that point, she was packed onto a moving caravan alongside a few other felines due to return to Rome, and off she went.
[[ Shadows, they start slinking in ]]
This was where she met and slowly became friends with Elektra, a cheetah from the supposed Empire of Massilia that had been caught in "the battle of Massilia" (whatever in Diana's name that was) alongside [SPOILERS], and a handful of other felines. Apparently, she and [SPOILERS] had been placed on this caravan together because [SPOILERS] was a well known feline that was being shipped off to Rome, Also, though Ilaria never really saw the mysterious "other feline" the entire time she was around Elektra. (But boy, did Elektra enjoy talking about her to Ilaria.) There were times when the snow leopardess wanted to break it to her friend that [SPOILERS] probably wasn't around, but at the same time, she didn't want to break the poor girl's heart... or really... she wasn't that positive that [SPOILERS] wasn't with them. After all, there were parts of the caravan that she didn't really get access to. Much to her disgust.
So, that's how Elektra and Ilaria met, and how the two became close friends. Elektra would tell her stories about the empires; about her sister Anura and brother Kaien and Garen and all the other cats that she had grown so close to. She loved especially talking about the time that she managed to become a gladiator by killing a bear! Ilaria couldn't believe the stories she heard, and as they continued their journey (for about 3 months or so), she learned more and more about these fabled empires and came to love the way they were just as much as her friend did.
Sadly, though, all good things must come to an end. And once they reached Rome, the two were separated...
Until fate happened to have another say on things...
Ilaria and Elektra didn't see each other for a few months, and the snow leopardess waited in her cage listlessly for her master to claim her. Time passed by slowly in that time frame until finally, it seemed as if fate had shone upon her. One night, by accident, after she had been fed, her cage happened to be left open, and in an instant she was making a run for it, with the hunters shortly on her heels once she was out in the open. She ran through the streets in a blind panic, barely remembering the place of her childhood, until suddenly a familiar shape came into view.
The snow leopardess met up with her friend as she breathlessly told her about the Ferox, a group of cats she had managed to join outside of the city. She spoke about how she was going to try and rescue her mother, but unfortunately, the hunters had caught her within the walls... It wasn't too long after she was done quickly explaining herself that the two had to take off once more, and before long, they were in the sewers making a made dash for safety.
Unfortunately, somewhere down the line of their escape, Ilaria ended up getting
throat punched hit rather hard in the throat by a hunter, causing some damage to her vocal chords and keeping her from being able to speak properly from that point onwards. They somehow managed a brilliant escape (hahah more like they ran for their lives) and somehow landed themselves outside of the city.
They rested only when the two were positive that hunters weren't following them, and when they finally managed to rest, they both spent some time recovering before the two officially made their way back to the Ferox... where Ilaria would join and eventually choose to become a strategist.
This is where her new life begins...
[[ Wrapping around my mind. I'm falling ]]
None yet! I haven't roleplayed her! Until further notice, she is technically captured in Rome and will not be released until a later date. I uploaded her into the group now because I'm not exactly sure when TRD's next opening would be as well as the fact that at this point in time, I'm not sure when I'll be online again next. I don't want to miss out on a spot because of those inconveniences
I think this is the most I've ever written for a character's quirks
-- Ilaria has extreme hydrophobia and will not go anywhere near
larger bodies of water. She hates touching
water, being in water
, or even trying to cross
water. If she can find a way around, she will at all costs. Though, she obviously will drink from these bodies of water when she's thirsty, that's about as close as you'll ever see her get, though. She enjoys listening to the waves of the ocean though... it's a bit weird.
-- Do not
touch her fur. Don't try to go and place your tail on her shoulder when she's upset (especially when she's unarmored), don't rub your face up against her neck, don't even dare trying to braid
her hair (Yes, I'm looking at you Faolin. You try to braid her fur in her sleep and you'll find out that your pretty little face will have a few extra scars to deal with
). She has a bubble and the instant you get too close to her, she will retaliate and you will find out just how hard of a hitter she really is. When fully armored and with the cloak on, her bubble shrinks a little
bit. Somehow, it keeps her calm.
-- Smell that perfume? Yeah, that's probably Ilaria. She has this thing about stealing merchant perfumes and wearing them when she can. Don't smell perfume as you near her? Well, be warned, she probably doesn't smell all too great. It could be her cloak or it could be something about her, but it's been said that she smells of wine, swamp, and a few other... interesting
smells. There is no in between when it comes to how she smells. It's either she smells amazingly or she smells like something that crawled up from the pits of Pluto.
-- Not getting much out of her while your character is talking? Yeah, don't worry about it. Ilaria is a selective mute and only speaks when she trusts a feline. Elektra has a few working theories as to why this is the case, but in reality, Ilaria doesn't really see much reason for her to waste her breath on cats that seem pretty content with how they're living. The only time you'll hear her speak up in a crowd is if she feels as if something could go terribly
wrong and nobody has made mention of it yet. Otherwise, unless she trusts you or you're with her one on one, don't expect her to go out of her way to speak with you.
-- The hood of her cloak isn't always drawn up, but generally when she's walking around the camp or isn't sleeping, she doesn't take any of her armor off. This is probably something that came with her past living experiences. She doesn't want to be caught off guard at any point in time, and since the armor was pretty hard to obtain
, she sees no reason to take it off unless she absolutely has to. The only time she generally isn't wearing her armor is when she's sleeping, cleaning the armor, or it's too hot for her to have on, and then generally she will still attempt to wear at least the cloak. She's not exactly used to having a single set of armor to depend on, being as there were always blacksmiths on her journeys to fix any dents and dings she may have obtained on the way.
-- If you ever actually do manage to get her to speak with you, you'll find that she doesn't speak because of a throat injury that she sustained right before joining the Defection. Though trust issues still play a pretty huge part of her outlook and interactions, she's very much so trying to save her voice for when she needs it, and fears that she may be stuck talking in a painful rasp for the rest of her life.
Relationships and Roleplay Example
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Family Lineage, Character Relationships, Roleplay Example
Sexual Orientation: Undisclosed (Read; not interested in you)MateNoneCubsNoneFamily LineageUnknown
Father: Snow Leopard ; ???
Mother: Snow Leopard ; ???
*Family relationships are closed*
Role Play Relationships
The sounds of the wagon's wheels turning was a welcoming sound for the snow leopard as she quietly padded beside it, her blue eyes blazing in anger as she took note of the chain around her neck. Those blasted hunters that had caught here were going to pay for what they had done, if it was the last thing she did.
The day was warm, but not uncomfortably hot for a feline of her stature, which was good, considering how easily she overheated in most of her travels. A fly buzzed by her ear for a moment, causing her ears to flick back in slight irritation. It was hard, keeping a steady pace when your legs were hurting as badly as hers were, but she didn't really try to pay it much mind. Some part of her, way back in the deep recesses of her mind, knew that if she stopped walking, the wagon would drag her along anyway, and she didn't want to feel that kind of pain around her throat again.
She coughed, her throat tightening as she thought about the pain of the the rope tightening around her neck. Closing her eyes, she shook her head. "Ilaria."
The snow leopard swung her head slowly to the side, her mouth slightly agape as she tried to think of a good response, but no wise crack came. Instead, she managed out a weak grunt.
"What do you want, scumbag?" She rasped, fur rising as she stared at the feline in front of her. She was not
going to put up with this while being captured on top of everything else.
Roleplay Tracker and Denii Tracker
Role Play Tracker
Nothing as of yet. I don't really think I have much really in mind for this character as a whole just yet, aside from her being broken out with Elektra and losing her voice
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