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LADY LYS DE SAUVETERRE
 Posted: Nov 18 2017, 04:01 PM
37
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ALIANOR
zoologist
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Lys is a renowned zoologist throughout Lairea and is the owner and sole keeper of the largest menagerie and botanical garden in the peninsula on her estate in Alianor. Her husband is a recluse, locked away after his curse killed their eldest daughter. She sent her other two children away to the Academy to keep them safe, though she is still trying to lure her husband out and get things back to the way they used to be.
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One of the lionesses had been sick all night and Lys was starting to fear for the worst. The poor thing was pregnant, and so so young. She normally separated out the younger lionesses when they went into heat, to save them from early pregnancies and allow them to grow and mature a bit more, like she had learned how to do with the horses her family bred. Selective breeding, not chaotic breeding, was the best way to ensure the health of the animal and the offspring.

She rubbed at her eyes, stifling a yawn as she tried to speak soothingly to the young lioness. The poor thing was so ill that she wasn't even responding to her. Lys was stroking her fur, feeling the heat that radiated off of her. Sending a maid to go fetch some towels and cold water, she contemplated her options once she had brought down the temperature of the mother to be. The other lionesses were crowded around the sick bay that Lys had constructed in the stables, and they were looking inquisitively at her, though they didn't speak to her. Most of the animals didn't dare interrupt when one of them was sick and Lys was trying to help lest they break her concentration.

As the early morning sun started to shine into the stables, she yawned again, closing her eyes as she realized that the children would be up soon, and so would her husband. She'd have to send the maid up to dress them, though she would normally be the one to help them. She knew that nurses and maids and governesses were supposed to do such things and as the mother and a Countess in her own right, a Duchess by marriage, she was supposed to let them, so she might have her time freed for more important things, but she didn't care about what should be done. She adored her children, and she wouldn't give up such precious moments of their youth if she didn't have to.

Breakfast. She'd have to send the maid to have the cook prepare breakfast. Oh and Matthias would be up soon and see she hadn't come to bed even though she had promised to be right back after she had checked on the mother-to-be. One of the cubs had been the one sent to wake her up to inform her of the illness in the first place, and the lion cub had been so exuberant in his duties that he had woken the both of them up rather abruptly with his attempt at pouncing. She would have to speak with them about that later. It was one thing to wake her up, there was no need for both of them to be awake all night.

Once the towels were in her possession, she dampened them and spread them out across the mother, hopefully bringing down the fever. As the lioness sighed and stopped shaking in her sleep, Lys felt the relief of it having worked. It was only then that she felt as though she could leave for a few minutes. Standing up, she tried unsuccessfully to brush the bits of hay off of her nightgown, but all she succeeded in doing was spreading them out a bit and smudging dirt into the silk.

Heading out of the stables, the other lionesses entered to keep watch while she went into the house. She passed her children on the way to their breakfast, the three of them awfully excited to see their mother in her disheveled state. Normally if they saw her this much a mess, with straw in her hair and dirt on her nightgown, that meant one of the animals had had babies and that was always exciting to them. The girls loved holding the tiny just born creatures, no matter what they were, they would cup their palms together and coo over the babies. Her son liked to name them. Her sweet children were thus exceptionally excited for more lion cubs. Their pride had been growing rather well, and some of the cubs from the last year as well as some of the adults had gone to the zoo in Samavia, so they were eager to have new friends.

"Not yet my darlings, listen to Maria, go have your breakfast."

She spoke softly to them, turning them each in turn towards the maid and lightly pressing them on their back to encourage them to go on without her. It was with a smile and a sigh that she watched them go, before turning back with the intention of returning to her room to at least get something more appropriate to wear.


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DUKE MATHIAS DE SAUVETERRE
 Posted: Nov 29 2017, 02:36 PM
42
years old
alianor
botanist
intelligent
cursed
about
Mathias lived a pretty blessed life with a beautiful wife and family until he was cursed during the war. He now spends all his time alone trying to reverse his curse and its consequences.
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It was hard to sleep without Lys by his side. He would toss and turn, getting up out of bed only to take glances out the window and still see the light in the lion's den still lit. He supposed it was selfish to wish for her warmth and comfort when she was busy trying to help the pregnant lioness. Honestly, he was worried about them both. the lioness seemed teetering health wise day and night while Lys grew more and more exhausted every day. More than once Matthias had wondered if he should go consult with a zookeeper or a lion expert of some sort to see if there was anything he could make for the lioness to calm her a bit.

Those were hard to come by in Lairea though. How useless he felt. Though he knew all sorts of droughts and potions that could have aided a human mother in a similar situation he had no clue how to help the lioness and thus no clue how to alleviate Lys from the task. Rubbing the sleep out of his eyes he began to get out of bed just as Lys came into the bedroom. Smiling brightly at her he called her over to him, "won't you come rest your eyes for a bit? I can watch the lioness for a while."

He was not sure how the lioness of her compatriots would feel about it but they must have known by now he meant them no harm. He had no doubt in his mind Lys had already probably talked their little lion ears off about him. There was something in the way the lionesses looked at him that made him think maybe Lys was presenting him far past his actual worth and goodness. He stretched as he moved over to where Lys was, wrapping her in his arms and kissing her nose, "you will be no good to anyone if you are depleted, my love."

That was not exactly true. Lys could probably outperform anyone on her worst days. Still, it was his duty as a husband to offer little white lies so as to get his overworked wife to rest a bit, "What will it take for you to take just an hour rest?"

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LADY LYS DE SAUVETERRE
 Posted: Apr 8 2018, 09:59 PM
37
years old
ALIANOR
zoologist
denier
calm
about
Lys is a renowned zoologist throughout Lairea and is the owner and sole keeper of the largest menagerie and botanical garden in the peninsula on her estate in Alianor. Her husband is a recluse, locked away after his curse killed their eldest daughter. She sent her other two children away to the Academy to keep them safe, though she is still trying to lure her husband out and get things back to the way they used to be.
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Lys had tried to ignore the temptation of her husband, still in bed, but she didn’t put too much effort into it, crossing the room and sitting beside him. She sighed contentedly and leaned back into him as his strong arms enveloped her, and exhaustion could have taken her to sleep right there had he not turned her to kiss her nose. The resonance of his breath at her back was relaxing, and what she wouldn’t give for a few hours rest with him. How long had it been since the two of them had slept in?

“Breakfast in bed, and a warm bath.” She said, not really thinking of those things as bribing her to rest for an hour. They were more the product of a tired mind voicing what it wanted more than anything at the moment. “Oh, but I have to get out of these, I’ll get dirt all over the bed.” Though she said she must get out of her night dress, she made no move to leave Mathias’s arms and do so.

“Were you able to get back to sleep my darling? I’m so sorry they woke you, I’ll talk to them, it won’t happen again.” She turned her head to the side to kiss his cheek before she rested it once again against his shoulder. “The children are with Maria, they’re quite excited to be still in their pajamas for breakfast, and I don’t think we’ll be able to get them dressed today. Perhaps it’ll be an easier day if we don’t try.” While she had started speaking clear enough, she had rambled herself into a mumble by the end of it, her eyelids drooping as she finished.

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DUKE MATHIAS DE SAUVETERRE
 Posted: May 22 2018, 08:51 AM
42
years old
alianor
botanist
intelligent
cursed
about
Mathias lived a pretty blessed life with a beautiful wife and family until he was cursed during the war. He now spends all his time alone trying to reverse his curse and its consequences.
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Sometimes he forgot how young the two of them were. Their lives had always been rather serious and mature with their three children and running their estates. They were serious people. Yet with a sleepy Lys in his arms, she looked just like a child to him. They had sort of rushed into this adult thing, hadn't they? Easily he swept her up and placed her more comfortably on the bed, "done and done." He could make her a quick breakfast if Maria was in charge over the kids.

Honestly, where would they be without the devoted maid? He patted away the hair that stuck to her sweaty little forehead and placed a kiss on her temple, "the bed will be fine. Just close your eyes for a moment." It had been a long while since he had stripped a bed's sheets but he was sure he could manage it. All he wanted at the moment was to think of ways to put his hard-working wife at ease. Food first so she could be happy and full, then a bath, then to bed.

"I think the children have the right idea with the pajamas," he said, going to their adjacent bathroom and starting to run the hot water in the bath, "we should all stay in today." He tried not to laugh at her rambling but she sounded too cute. Before he could make his way downstairs to fetch her some breakfast it seemed Maria was one step ahead of him. She knocked on the door and deposited a full tray for them both.

The steam was coming off the water in the bath like tendrils and he decided to let it cool a bit before dropping his poor wife in it. Joining her in the bed he began to feed her some grapes, "you have to eat something first or you might just dissipate in the bath altogether."

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LADY LYS DE SAUVETERRE
 Posted: May 22 2018, 08:59 PM
37
years old
ALIANOR
zoologist
denier
calm
about
Lys is a renowned zoologist throughout Lairea and is the owner and sole keeper of the largest menagerie and botanical garden in the peninsula on her estate in Alianor. Her husband is a recluse, locked away after his curse killed their eldest daughter. She sent her other two children away to the Academy to keep them safe, though she is still trying to lure her husband out and get things back to the way they used to be.
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Lys would have been content to fall asleep in her husband’s arms. In fact she would have had he not gotten up to run water for the bath. The sound of the water was soothing, and she sighed as she listened to it, sinking back into the pillows.

She was too tired to make out what exactly her husband was saying, but the sound of his voice across the room from her just made her want him to come back to bed. She opened her eyes just a peek, stretching one of her hands out sleepily toward him. “Mathias...”

Lys didn’t even have to ask him back to bed before he was beside her once more, and she adjusted her weight so she was leaning against him again. She sighed contentedly, only vaguely aware of the food she was being offered. Lys smiled, allowing her husband to feed her a few grapes before she buried her face into his shoulder, blushing furiously. Sometimes her husband’s affection, it wasn’t too much, but it did make her blush.

Lys only lifted her head when she felt the heat leave her face. She looked over the try of food, breaking off a piece of a crumpet and putting it into her mouth. She chewed it slowly, resting against her husband. When she finished, she sighed and spoke softly. “I love you.”

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DUKE MATHIAS DE SAUVETERRE
 Posted: May 23 2018, 09:25 AM
42
years old
alianor
botanist
intelligent
cursed
about
Mathias lived a pretty blessed life with a beautiful wife and family until he was cursed during the war. He now spends all his time alone trying to reverse his curse and its consequences.
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exactly how I dreamed it
A sleepy Lys was undoubtedly one of Mathias's favorites. Her big eyes would barely open, and there was something dream and child-like to her movements. He had to resist the temptation to just cuddle up next to her and forget all about the bath he had drawn. Soft and sweet as she was now he was sure he would get an earful if he really let her sleep in the dirty clothes.

Breaking her crumpet into more little pieces he kept presenting them to her every time she seemed to be done chewing, "we really should hire more veterinarians. You can't be expected to do this all on your own and the Menagerie only keeps growing." He had nothing against that, after all, it always felt like he was walking into a dream anytime he came home. He only worried about Lys stretching herself too thin.

Try as they might to raise three children and a few hundred animals together Lys ended up with the brunt of the work. It was unfair but his work always kept him locked away in a lab while hers was more hands on. There was not much he could do about that. Smiling at her words he wiped the crumbs gathering at the edges of her mouth away he swooped her up easily in his arms and led her to the bath.

Making sure the door was clothes he quietly stripped her of her work clothes, humming a happy tune as he did so. The tune would get a bit more excitable whenever he got a bit close to her hips but he did his best to try to be mature about it all. Helping her into the bath, he splashed some water on her face playfully, "Now would madam like the full-service bath experience or would she prefer to be left alone and at peace?"

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