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Areyah Conover

Post by Drustai on Sun Dec 30, 2012 1:03 am



Name: Areyah Isilia Conover
Titles: The Right Honourable Dame Areyah Isilia Conover, Dame of the Most Honourable Order of Lord Lothar, Dame Captain of the Most Excellent Brotherhood of the Horse, Minister of the Most Honourable Council of Stormwind, Rear Admiral of the Stormwind Navy, Marshal of the Militia of Ridgepoint.
Styles of Address: Dame Areyah; Admiral Conover; Rear Admiral Dame Areyah Conover
Post-Nominals: DLL, DCPBH
Gender: Female
Age: 47
Race: Human
Class(es): Warrior, Hunter
Alignment: Lawful Good

Birth region: Stormwind
Specific area/town: Ridgepoint
Family: Elias Conover (father, deceased), Anderyn Conover III (cousin), Tandred Conover (cousin), Anderyn Conover IV (cousin), Garon Conover (cousin), Audrey Conover (cousin), James Norris (ex-husband, deceased), Cathee Norris (daughter)
Known friends and allies: Gwendelyn Ashborough (deceased), Helmut Spoon, Odgan Strongbrew (deceased), Gilran Steelfist, Paozi Wulong, Irene Silversong, Bismack Bronze
Known enemies and rivals: Braiden Mistmantle, Rargnasha Bloodmark, Phineas Black, Raene Shatterstar (deceased), Maelmoor Lightbringer, Raelan Duskhaven

Description: Areyah bears the appearance of a woman that has been greatly weathered over the years. She is scarred from many battles, and her normally-dark hair is already graying. Hard stress lines have begun to form over her stern features, and her skin, normally tanned from a lifetime at sea, has begun to pale as well. Her green eyes are often bloodshot as a result of too little sleep. Despite this, Areyah remains imposing for a human--she reaches almost 1.9 meters tall, and is quite fit and muscular. Areyah's stature prompted a pandaren to remark that she would be able to throw Gilran Steelfist across a hall, while he was wearing his plate armor. However, in recent months she has started to grow more thin, as her growing depression is causing her to become less and less motivated to maintain her physique.

Though most view her as a soldier rather than an aristocrat in light of her tough exterior, Areyah actually does pay a great deal of attention to her womanly image. She was raised in a noble House and trained in schools of manner and etiquette, and continues to apply those teachings in her life. She was very attractive in her youth, and even in her later years dresses herself according to her high birth. She regularly appears at formal proceedings in full gown, complete with corset to emphasize her impressive figure, along with makeup, perfume, and exquisitely-styled hair (often dyed to hide her graying mane). This difference between stern, imposing soldier and noble flower can occasionally be offputting. Some of Areyah's peers find it even comical to watch the tall, aging and scarred veteran wearing a ballgown and taking delicate sips from a tea cup while discussing men and the latest fashions with other noblewomen.

Personality: Areyah is abrasive, strict, calculating, and ruthless. She has narcissistic personality disorder and, like many in House Conover, views everything around her as something she could and should control. She has high expectations and a low tolerance for failure, and often becomes very critical of others when she is forced to take a backseat and watch them lead. Despite regularly advocating the delegation of responsibility, Areyah prefers to micromanage everything herself. While she does, begrudgingly, follow the orders of her superiors even when she doesn't agree with them, she opportunistically looks for ways to bend the rules to her own benefit, and may even strike out on her own behind her superior's back if she believes can get away with it. She ambitiously conspires against her superiors, always looking for ways to undermine them and force them out of the way of her ascent to greater power.

Because of her attention to position and authority, Areyah is a stickler for rules, systems, and hierarchies. She advocates the importance of bureaucracy and structure, and firmly believes that the best form of government would be a stratocracy, with the military (and more importantly, its hierarchical system) running both the war and the civilian sector. She sees it as the duty of every citizen to fight for their nation, and has very little respect for those who hide behind soldiers or shift their loyalties at the drop of a hat (such as mercenaries). Overall, Areyah's behavior and beliefs make her appear very rigid to the people under her, and whatever respect one might have for her abilities and dedication is quickly overridden by derision for her meddling in their affairs and demanding they bow to unnecessary restrictions.

Though Areyah has a very dim view of most people other than herself as a result of her severe narcissism, she still strives to do what is right for them. She believes that it is her duty, and the duty of any soldier, to fight and die for the charges under their care. She has even advocated the implementation of laws of war between both the Alliance and the Horde, in order to minimize non-combatant casualties on both sides. This has dimmed opinion of her, as many in the Alliance have come to demonize the Horde as a whole following the incidents at Wrathgate, Theramore, Gilneas, and Southshore. For her part, Areyah got over her hatred a long time ago (or at least, has buried it deep inside) and instead simply focuses on minimizing the damage the war can cause instead of seeking vengeance.

As Areyah very rarely relaxes from the inflexible ideals she holds herself to (an ideal that she believes everyone else should have), she rarely makes friends. Even those few who do get close to her are inevitably pushed away, as happened when she allowed her work to take priority over her husband and daughter. It is for this reason that Areyah spends much of her time drinking and carousing around bars and brothels--she is continually trying to fill the gap in her heart with some form of company, even if it is for only one night.

Overall, Areyah has a very self-destructive personality, leaving her constantly stressed, lonely, and empty. She regularly misses sleep as a result of trying to do too much, and only manages to temporarily hold off her depression through alcohol and sex.

History: Areyah is the only child of Elias Conover, the former Baron of Ridgepoint. Though raised to be the perfect court lady, Areyah rebelled against her strict upbringing and attempted to spite her parents by engaging in terribly improper social activities. The First War changed everything, however. With the burning of her home and the forced evacuation to the northern shores of Lordaeron, Areyah found herself needing to grow up. She was encouraged to seek a marriage with other displaced noblemen in the hopes of exploiting the opportunity, but she instead chose to become an officer in the new Alliance of Lordaeron's military.

Areyah's naval career began aboard the Inexorable, a 28-gun frigate, where she served as one of the vessel's two master's mates. After her promotion to lieutenant, Areyah was granted command of the Typhoon, a 12-gun naval cutter. Areyah suffered a mutiny while commanding the Typhoon, when her vessel's sailing master--whom she had been sleeping with--turned a portion of the crew against her. Areyah was nearly killed, but her supporters were able to successfully fend off the mutiny.

Sometime following this incident, Areyah was married to Sir James Norris. Though the marriage was arranged by their families, Areyah and James did have romantic feelings for each other. They would eventually conceive a daughter, Cathee, which forced Areyah to temporarily leave the Navy. She spent one year on leave, but returned swiftly to the Navy after Cathee's birth and left much of the child-raising to her husband and midwives. This heavily strained the relationship, especially since Areyah frequently avoided home even when she was staying in port. Several years of this went by, before James discovered that Areyah had been sleeping with other men; at this point he demanded a divorce and compensation. After a series of negotiations, Areyah agreed to have the letter A branded on the back of her right hand and to let James keep Cathee in exchange for having most of her dowry returned to House Conover.

Areyah completely devoted her life to the Navy after this incident. She refused all further marriage offers (though there were few), and never once visited James or Cathee. Her excellent military service during this time helped to somewhat mend her relations with her House, though she remains estranged. Her only real supporter is her cousin, Anderyn Conover III, who granted Areyah the ceremonial title of Marshal of the Militia of Ridgepoint as a gesture of support.

Areyah's final military posting was as the commander of a division of frigates under Admiral Taylor, at the rank of commodore. As such, she was one of the first humans to sep foot on Pandaria when the mists parted, and she played a center role in establishing a military presence on the continent. During this time she formed the 157th "Wild Tempest" Company, a multiracial marine company that had Suon Heavenblaze--one of the first pandaren NCOs trained during Taylor's local recruitment drive--as the leader of one of its squads.

In recent months, Areyah has left the military in order to pursue politics. She now serves as Stormwind's Minister of Defense, where she has taken a mostly uncompromising stance that frequently puts her at odds with her fellow councilors. Not-the-least of which was Braiden Mistmantle, whom Areyah has launched an investigation against after receiving evidence of him being involved with cultist and criminal activities. With her ambition and drive, and initial strong support from both the Stormwind and Ironforge armed forces, Areyah seemed poised to assume a great deal of power. However, she greatly over-extended herself, even taking over the Ministry of Justice during Braiden's absence, and has eroded much of the early support she once possessed. Her "brute force" entrance onto the political arena could threaten to end her career before it truly begins.

Things you might know about this character:

  • Areyah owned a gnomish motorcycle, which she regularly used to travel to and from her estate in Elwynn. Areyah recently crashed the motorcycle into Crystal Lake while intoxicated.
  • Areyah resigned from the Stormwind Navy and joined the Stormwind Navy Reserve after becoming Minister of Defense.
  • Areyah remains single despite her age. She has been married, with Sir James Norris, but they divorced. They had a daughter, Cathee Norris, who was raised by James.
  • Areyah is on very bad terms with James. House Conover keeps the entire affair buried and never speaks of it outside the House--clearly something that would be damaging to the House's reputation.
  • Areyah has the letter "A" branded on the top of her right hand.
  • Cathee has since come to live with Areyah, after James' death at Theramore. Their relationship is strained.
  • Areyah regularly goes "slumming" (and sometimes even brawling), and can often be found at lower class taverns and occasionally even brothels. She is not viewed favorably by other nobility for this, and House Conover views it as an embarrassment.
  • Areyah drinks heavily, and carries a hipflask with her everywhere.
  • Areyah is trained in fencing, both with and without a parrying dagger.
  • Areyah is studied in engineering, and advocates expanding the role of technology and machines within the military.
  • Areyah took over the Ministry of Justice during one of Braiden's absences. While acting as Minister of Justice, she gave broad authority to Stormwind guardsmen to use harsh interrogation techniques on prisoners and to judge cases normally reserved for magistrates.
  • Areyah was nearly killed while trying to defend Gwendelyn when the Chapter of Holy Anethion assaulted the Council.
  • Areyah's daughter was a member of the Chapter of Holy Anethion before it went rogue. She has since enlisted in the Stormwind 1st Regiment, to Areyah's great disapproval.
  • Areyah is left-handed.

Things you might not know about this character:

  • Areyah considered Braiden Mistmantle her "rival" within the Stormwind Council, and sought to take his place as the head minister. She typically took control of sessions in Braiden's absence, and even occasionally in his presence. The latter resulted in her receiving a formal disciplinary notice. She has since succeeded in taking over the Council, after various incidents lead to Braiden's continued absence.
  • Areyah's distance with her former husband and daughter is the result of her being abusive, neglectful, and adulterous in the relationship. After her daughter's birth, Areyah began spending most of her nights sleeping in inns and deliberately avoiding home. Additionally, Areyah was sleeping with other men, which sealed the end of the marriage when it became public knowledge. Areyah and James have never spoken since, and never will in light of James' death.
  • Areyah had a habit of sleeping with senior subordinates on her ships during the long months at sea, despite her fierce claims to the contrary.
  • Areyah was the victim of a mutiny while captaining the Typhoon. She was shot and nearly killed, but managed to kill her usurper and eventually recover.
  • Areyah is registered as an Anethionean, though she rarely engages in any religious ceremony.
  • Areyah speaks Dwarvish.
  • Areyah was gifted a messenger hawk by the Shado-Pan.
  • Areyah regularly bets on horse races.
  • Areyah owns at least two hounds of Conover stock. One of them is still a pup, named Castan.

Crime record: Public intoxication, assault, adultery

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(Credit for drawing goes to Helmut!)






(credit to Cathee for finding, credit for drawing goes to Fdasuarez)


(Credit for drawing goes to Wulfgnar!)



Last edited by Drustai on Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:41 am; edited 41 times in total

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Re: Areyah Conover

Post by Feydor on Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:59 am

'Slumming'? Come pop down to the Shady Lady sometime! *winkwink*

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Re: Areyah Conover

Post by Drustai on Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:17 pm

Updated. Added some things you may/may not know, and also extended the history section.

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"...in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself... In all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions."

—The Iron Law of Bureaucracy

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Re: Areyah Conover

Post by Drustai on Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:26 am

Some slight updates. Added drawing, and updated Areyah's formal titles.


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[I] Drustai the Necromancer - Outcast
[A] RADM Areyah Conover - Missing in Action
[L] Saphra Emberstone - Felsworn
[H] Atsenkha - Former Kor'kron, Red Blade Tribesorc


"...in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself... In all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions."

—The Iron Law of Bureaucracy

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Re: Areyah Conover

Post by Cathee Piner on Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:30 am

Love the drawing! Smile

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