Post by morgausegorlois on Mar 16, 2014 0:01:43 GMT -5
| ~ • ~ | Character Basics | ~ • ~ |
.:Name of Character:.
Morgause of the house of Gorlois
Also known as Morgause Le Fay, or Morgause of the Fairies, for her extended magical gifts
Camelotian; High Priestess of the Old Religion
Nomadic, Unrecognized Noble; Sorceress| ~ • ~ | Appearance | ~ • ~ |
Morgause is very fit, with an attractive face and long, curly blonde hair. She has deceptively warm brown eyes, often rimmed in kohl to further increase her attractiveness. When by herself, she wears mystical, complicated dresses, often in red, that separate her from the typical citizen of Camelot. Otherwise, she wears chain mail and armor to assert her combative abilities and protect her from the swords of her enemies.
Emilia Fox| ~ • ~ | Personality | ~ • ~ |
Morgause is highly intelligent, powerful, astute, arrogant, cunning, vengeful, and manipulative. She was able to exploit Arthur Pendragon's love and curiosity for a mother he never knew to lure him into her trap in an elaborate attempt to turn him against Uther. Because of her powers of persuasion and her thirst for Uther's blood, she managed to turn Uther's once loving daughter Morgana against him, and even after her death, Morgause's influence on her younger half-sister was enough to turn her into Camelot's worst enemy.
Morgause also used her manipulation and her natural charm to keep King Cenred under her thumb. Despite the attraction he clearly felt towards her, she never showed him anything but her desire to control him as his puppeteer. She is cold and callous towards most people, save Morgana, and in that relationship, she was very clear on asserting her dominance over the younger and inexperienced Pendragon. However, Morgause did have tender feelings for Morgana, as was evident when she halted her attack on Camelot to save the dying Lady.
Morgause feels great contempt for Uther and his son Arthur, like most other magic users.
1.Swordplay. Morgause's skills with a sword were enough to defeat the great Arthur Pendragon in a duel, though she spared his life so he would accept her next challenge.
2. Magic. Morgause is a High Priestess of the Old Religion, giving her vast knowledge of the old ways only eclipsed by the great sorcerer Emrys. She is powerful and knowledgeable enough to summon or create a spirit of the dead, and willing enough to teach her younger sister Morgana the ways of the Old Religion.
3. Manipulation. Morgause is a very skilled charismatic when she needs to be, though she is cold and calculating towards anyone she does not consider important. This is proven when she convince Arthur to come with her and learn about the death of Ygraine, and her careful grip over King Cenred of Essetir.
4. Charm. Morgause is very attractive, presumably from her mother Vivienne, and she is quite aware of it. She uses it in conjunction with her manipulative ways to control her puppet Cenred and to shock members of the Camelotian court, especially after her arrival and her defeat of Arthur.
1. Arrogance. Morgause's arrogance and overconfidence leads to the assumption that everything will go her way, and it proved to be deadly when she arrogantly told Merlin that she wouldn't be seeing him again before Gaius intervened. However, her confidence was also enough to defeat Arthur, which she did, and kill five guards on her way into Camelot. Her arrogance can and will blind her, leaving her stumbling on the rare occasions where she is wrong.
2. Morgana Pendragon. Morgause loves her sister, and will do anything to ensure her success and welfare. This proves to be one of her greatest weaknesses as Merlin poisons Morgana, and Morgause abandons her attack on Camelot to save her sister. Morgause attempts to kill Merlin because of what he did to Morgana, but ultimately fails.
3. Vengeance. Her feelings of hatred towards the Pendragons was enough to start her feud with Uther and his son. It blinds and twists her to the point of sadism, in which all she can think about is the death of Uther and how she can help Morgana to commit the deed. It is ultimately the reason she gave Morgana her life.
Being a High Priestess of the Old Religion, Morgause is highly gifted in the field of magic. She is also very knowledgeable in the subject, as proven when she summons the Knights of Medhir and the spirit/illusion of Ygraine de Bois Pendragon. She is able to start teaching Morgana the ways of the Old Religion, in hopes that her younger sister will one day join the High Priestesses and become a great magic wielder with the natural magic she was born with.
Once again, Morgause is extremely talented with a sword. Whether or not it is the cause of magic, she will never tell, but she is skilled enough to defeat the greatest knight of all great knights.
Morgause's accent is notably English.| ~ • ~ | History | ~ • ~ |
Morgana Pendragon~Half-Sister: Morgause was aware that Morgana Pendragon is her half-sister long before she met the young woman in person. She shows Morgana a fondness never given to anyone else, proving to be both beneficial to Morgana and harmful, even fatal, to Morgause. Morgause longs for nothing more than to see Morgana on the throne of Camelot.
Vivienne~Mother (Disappeared): Morgause never knew her mother, and only uses her as information that links her to Morgana. She neither knows nor cares about the whereabouts and fate of her mother, but does awknowledge that her magic and Morgana's comes from Vivienne's side of the family.
Gorlois~Father (Deceased): Morgause never knew her father either, and doesn't particularly care. Morgana shows more affection towards her adoptive father's memory than Morgause cares to think about.
High Priestess of the Old Religion
.:Current Location of Residence:.
Morgause doesn't live anywhere in particular, instead moving around to keep her whereabouts secret and her relations to foreigners, such as King Cenred, closer. She does, however, hold an unrecognized nobility that comes with the house of Gorlois. She may or may not have inhabited the Isle of the Blessed for an ungiven amount of time.
Morgause was destined to a life of excitement and power from her birth. Almost immediately after she was born to Lord Gorlois and his mysterious wife Vivienne, she was spirited away by the current court physician, Gaius, to the High Priestesses of the old Religion, presumably to keep her natural powers and her existence unknown to the recently vengeful Uther Pendragon.
Sworn to secrecy, Gaius vowed to never speak of the truth again, and Uther was left believing that the baby Morgause had died of illness.
But she was far from dead. In fact, not two years after that fateful day, Morgause could recite and cast twenty different spells, all meant for someone at least five times her age. The priestesses were impressed, to say the least, and she became their star pupil.
Living a life apart from normal people led Morgause to believe she was superior to them in every way. She blossomed into a beautiful young woman without mirages and glamours, another attribute she and her mentors used to their advantage. She was twelve when she lured her first stray sailor to the Isle of the Blessed, and, coincidentally, was the same age when she killed her first victim using magic.
Morgause became a full priestess of the Old Religion at the tender age of 18, fully trained and learned to the point of becoming overpowered. She had started to cause her own mentors, who were hundreds, maybe even thousands, of years older than her to start to fear their creation. She never showed any sign of wanting to bring harm to the women who had become her family, and though she never showed any sign of affection towards them, she wanted to protect her people more than anything.
It was then that the priestesses started to die out, hunted down by Camelot's men and slaughtered like animals. Their numbers, once in the hundreds, dwindled to fifty, then twenty, then ten. As less priestesses returned from their outings, the more Morgause resented the Pendragons and their ban against magic, and when she became a High Priestess in a frantic attempt to hold the Old Religion together, Morgause decided that it was time the royal family got a taste of their own medicine.
Soon, the only woman she knew to be alive was the cunning sorceress and priestess Nimueh. Nimueh promised Morgause that she would avenge their sisters, and she would bring Camelot to their knees. When Nimueh herself was killed by the sorcerer Emrys, it became the last straw for Morgause. Everyone she knew and even remotely cared for was dead.
But the priestesses had not failed her in their impact on Morgause's life. She had been told that, despite all of Uther's rage, there remained one last link to the Old Religion who could help her. They had told her often that her sister Morgana was her last hope, that she would bring power back to the Old Religion and take revenge on the Pendragons. In the last months of her life, Nimueh taught Morgause how to scry, giving her a crystal so she might be able to watch over her secret sister. It was not long after her last link to the Old Religion died that Morgause decided to take matters into her own hands. Confident that she was powerful enough, she hatched a plan to destroy the Pendragon rule from the inside, keeping Nimueh's stories at the forefront of her mind.
The first time Morgause showed her face in Camelot again was the day she sealed the fate of Arthur Pendragon. On her way to the castle, she brutally murdered five knights, rather conspicuously announcing her arrival and proving that there was very little that could stop her. She burst into the castle fully armored, with blood dripping off of her sword and a murderous glare hidden under her helmet. Interrupting the ceremonial knighting of six new recruits, she cast her gauntlet at Arthur's feet, challenging him to a duel. He accepted, but demanded that she show her face. She removed her helmet and revealed herself as a woman, announcing herself as Morgause and facing the shocked faces of the court with a cruel and hard glare. The men of Camelot thought she was joking, trying to find a way to prove that she never intended to duel Arthur, but, with sinking hearts, found none. They rightly feared she was hiding something great. Arthur attempted to get Morgause to withdraw, but she refused, and Arthur unwillingly faced her in battle. Despite his thoughts that he was most certainly going to kill her, Morgause proved the worthier opponent. However, Morgause had no intention of killing him, and used her victory to begin her plan.
After she left Arthur to prepare for her next stage of planning, Morgause finally met her sister, the Lady Morgana, as the latter entered Morgause's chambers to check on the wound she had received while dueling Arthur. Having also planned and anticipated this meeting, Morgause attempted to give her a bracelet she had kept since before she remembered, telling that it was a gift from her unknown mother and enchanted with a healing spell to help Morgana sleep. Planting suspicion in Morgana that Morgause was somehow related to her, Morgause watched Morgana flee, and Morgause told her to remember her fondly. That night, Morgause enchanted the bracelet with a spell to keep Morgana's seer powers under control and allow her sister to sleep, leaving it at the foot of Morgana's bed as a parting gift and knowing that when Morgana awoke, she would have no longer dealt with the seer's sight that had plagued her for so long. In this way, she knew she would start to gain Morgana's trust.
Morgause, before departing from Camelot, enchanted Arthur's horse to lead him to her in three days time, leaving Arthur with an ignited curiosity towards his mother when she falsely told him that she had known Queen Ygraine very well, and that he had inherited his honor and courage from her. It was enough that she knew he would attempt to find her and learn the truth from her. In three days time, Arthur came to her in her new dwellings located in Odin's kingdom, and she tested him once more, asking him to place his head on a chopping block to prove that he was a man of his word. When he did, she congratulated him on his test of honor and invited him to see his mother. There, she conjured a bitter version of Ygraine, warping her mindset so that she might tell Arthur that she blamed Uther for her death, causing him to go after his father for lying to him and killing his mother.
Morgause was furious when she learned that father and son had reconciled, despite all of her planning. She schemed for a little longer, coming up with a new plan to bring down the Pendragons. She summoned the knights of Medhir, intending to send them after Uther and kill him. After she unleashed the knights, she sent a note to Morgana, asking her to meet her in the woods so she might speak to her. There she spoke to Morgana, and became happy after learning that Morgana hated Uther for his ban on magic when she herself possessed such powers. Morgause then told Morgana that her decisions would influence the future, and, if Morgana joined her, she could bring about the downfall of Uther. She won Morgana's trust, and Morgana agreed to help her. Pleased, Morgause put Morgana to sleep and bound a sleeping plague to her younger sister, knowing that under no circumstance would Uther kill his beloved ward, and Morgause would succeed. Because of her powerful enchantment, the whole of Camelot fell under her spell and began to sleep, with only Morgana, Arthur, and Merlin being able to resist becoming infected. However, her plan was foiled when Merlin, a simple servant, discovered the source of the plague and poisoned Morgana. Given the choice to save Morgana or allow the knights of Medhir to kill Uther, she chose her sister, and once Merlin revealed the hemlock, she spirited the dying Morgana and herself away with magic as Arthur and the knights burst into the hall where Morgana and Uther had been hidden.
Away from Camelot, Morgause healed her sister and told her the truth, revealing that Morgause was indeed Morgana's sister, and the two began their plot against Camelot and Uther. It was here that Morgause began to teach Morgana to harness her powers and control them, much like how she had been taught as just a toddler. Taking advantage of the raw hatred Morgana felt for Uther, Morgause cultivated her loathing and turned it into a blazing inferno. All the while, the two kept hidden from the Camelotians until they felt the time was right. They were once caught by a group of scouts looking for Morgana, but the pair killed them all and fled again.
Almost a year later, Morgause sent Morgana to "be found," disguising her in torn and dirtied clothes and sending her to a camp full of bandits to await Uther's search party. After she was taken back to Camelot and reunited with Uther, Morgana joined Morgause in a new hiding place, guarded by Morgause's new friends commanded by King Cenred. Morgause took the tears collected from Uther by Morgana and created a mandrake with which to torment Uther and drive him insane with hallucinations, making it that much easier for Morgause's ally Cenred to move against Camelot. Morgause first discovered Merlin spying on them and decided to take revenge for what he did to Morgana, leaving him to die.
Morgause was enraged when, once again, such a carefully thought-out plan was thwarted, but she did not know that it was once again Merlin who defeated her.
Later, after waiting and secretly scheming with Morgana again, she took a risk and came to Camelot to see her sister. The upset and furious Morgana told her that Uther was her father. Rather than taking Morgana's view on the situation, Morgause was delighted to hear the truth, that, in fact, Morgana was her half-sister, and Morgana had an actual, legitimate claim to the throne, despite being a child conceived in adultery. With the suddenly glorious information, Morgause's plans got stronger, but instead of having Cenred take over Camelot, she started to envision futures with Morgana on the throne, and her will to dethrone and kill Uther was made so much stronger.
She continues to come up with new ways to put Morgana on the throne; some that have gotten very close, and others that do not. In the meantime, she continues to teach Morgana the ways of the Old Religion, hoping that, if she were ever to perish suddenly, Morgana might still be able to uphold the ways of the High Priestesses of the Old Religion.| ~ • ~ | Sample Post | ~ • ~ |
Morgause patiently awaited the arrival of her half-sister, Morgana, in a newly designated rendezvous. There was much to discuss, after all, since the last attempt on Uther's life had failed drastically and Morgana's teleportation skills were... disastrous, to put it softly. She narrowed her eyes at the crystal around her neck, holding the smal fragment of quartz in the light of the flame in front of her and examining it closely. "Hider eft funda. On thysne middangeard," she whispered, focusing on the smooth surface of the crystal. It soon took on the image of a person, his back turned to her. As the serving boy Merlin turned to face her, she took mild satisfaction in seeing the bandages around his shoulder. He had been injured, and none too painlessly.
She heard soft steps against leaves, and she broke eye contact with the crystal, killing the scrying spell and looking up to see a tiny red figure approaching from not too far away. She smiled wryly and waved her hand, brightening the flame in the eyes of the arriving traveler while keeping it hidden from prying eyes. If Morgana had managed to escape the palace to join her, it meant that the young woman had news to share, she was ready to put her best into learning, or, even better, both. There was no time to waste. Tonight, she planned on continuing to hatch her master plan. All she needed was the Cup of Life.