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    Eireann Ó'Reilly
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    Transylvania

    Post  Eireann Ó'Reilly on August 18th 2012, 7:43 pm

    Human Name and Nation: Viorica Dumitru - Transylvania

    Name Meaning: Viorica - meaning “bluebell: sorrowful flower” / Dumitru - from Greek goddess Demeter, meaning “Earth Mother”

    Great Union Day: December 1 (Union of Transylvania with Romania)

    Gender: Female

    Physical Description: Beautiful pallid skin, dangerous curves, and a baleful fanged smirk are the surefire traits with which one can pick out this Transylvanian female from a crowd. In her twenties along with her Prussian cousin, Viorica possesses shaggy maroon blonde hair that falls several inches past her hips. She stands at 152 centimeters tall, she is shorter than her Hungarian rival in height - an overused insult in their common quarrels. Her piercing amber eyes offer a striking contrast against her dark locks. The thinner pupils within her gaze are often a cause of intimidation when she confronts others. Although light in tone, the cryptic atmosphere that settles around the Transylvanian offsets her eyes. On many an occasion, this darkness has brought her trouble both nationally and emotionally. However, those that can get past her aura have noted that her gaze is actually quite cheery when not captivating, cruel, or hypnotic.

    Viorica’s regular attire is a dark cherry dress with a trim, collar, and cuffs in lighter stripes of reddish and pinkish brown. This choice of irregular style ties into the many brightly colored and patterned traditional outfits in her culture, which she wears with pride. The collar extends to cover the lower sides of her neck, curving downward to meet in a v shaped front, embellished by a neatly tied, black ribbon. In the center of this ribbon is a small, round pendant bearing a Transylvanian crest: a black eagle with sharp wings over seven towers; the west governed by the sun, and the east governed by the moon. In the background, the faded colors of her flag persist: blue and gold with a red stripe in between. Around her wrists are her cuffs, folded backward an inch or two. Under these cuffs are a pair of tight black gloves hiding her sharp, well-tended nails. The bottom inch or so of the skirt has the same pattern as the cuffs on the trim with a slight ruffle and fray to its shape. The waistline of the dress tightens around her center to give her dress a slight lift on the sides. With its long sleeves, various folds, and a pair of knee-high, lace-up brown boots to match, there is no better attire for the eccentric personality and culture of the Transylvanian nation.

    Unlike the decorative military uniforms of many nations, Viorica prefers the simplicity of her own. Pale brown or gray in hue, the uniform is a standard jacket and pants with a brown belt across the waistline and a similarly colored cap. For more important events, she will wear the special Romanian female military uniform which is composed of a white jacket and beret, and a navy tie and pants with a vertical red stripe along the sides. When in uniform, she pulls her hair back into a long ponytail at the base of her neck, secured by a brown ribbon. Like in casual dress, she wears a tall pair of boots with the exception that her military boots are designed for hiking and combat rather than appearance.

    In her past, both the simplicity of her military uniforms and the traditional flare of her casual dress were combined into an easy to handle outfit. Its primary feature was a blueish black tunic that draped past her hips to the middle of her thighs. It had a collar that folded back behind her neck and blended into the merging divide along the front, a light tan design lining the entire stretch of the collar’s path. This knot-like design also ran on the edge of her sleeves and the bottom of the tunic. In a thick wrap around her waist was a long stretch of red and black striped fabric, wrapped repeatedly several times so that it held tightly. Under the tunic she wore a battered pair of tan slacks and an average set of black, ankle-high boots. In her historical periods, her hair was frequently pulled back, whether braided or only tied out of the way. There was no need for elegance when wars were constantly raging around her.
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    Personal Description: Viorica is solitary, secretive, and a bit mischievous, but also carelessly eccentric. After a past of constant suppression under other nations and empires, she has lost her sense of trust towards those around her. Only a small handful remain as her honest companions. This is why she prefers her solitary lifestyle in the castle home of her younger brother, Romania, but despite their union, Transylvania still sneaks around in Romania’s affairs. While only a part of the whole Romania, Viorica actually supports herself better than the rest of the nation, making up for over thirty percent of its income on her own at a ten percent greater income than the Romanian average. Her land is rich in mineral resources such as iron, lead, gold, and copper, with various steel, chemical, and textile industries, as well as strongly growing agricultural and wine factions. Naturally, her region’s beautiful Carpathian mountain range and historical and mythological significance also pull in a great profit from tourism and curious travelers. She is very prideful of the strength she still holds, and although a part of Romania, still sees herself as an individual country.

    Underneath her prideful and intimidating exterior, the Transylvanian has suppressed yet another aspect of herself: a caring, protective, loyal, cheerful, and longing woman. Most of the time, those who end up in fear of Viorica are not those she intended to frighten. For, along with her very vampiric guise, she has a great fondness for black magic, folklore, and nearly everything morbid. She frightens off many a new friend telling stories of her country’s history and culture, however, she is completely oblivious to the fact that her love for gory tales is not universally shared. When she does scare someone off, she doesn’t do it knowingly, and is often hurt and confused by why she is so unliked. It really is a shame, because if anyone could get through her first level of morbid interests, they would find that there is someone much sweeter inside. The little girl that still resides within Viorica is an aspiring romantic with a love for fairy tale princesses, especially her childhood icon, Ileana Cosânzeana. She values Ileana’s courage, intelligence, determination,modesty, and beauty, hoping that one day, she too, will find her own ‘Prince Charming.’ Ileana is the one reason Viorica never surrendered to a more masculine appearance in her past. She never cut her hair short like Hungary’s and always displayed herself as a powerful woman with a drive to prove that girls could be just as tough as boys.

    Now the pressing question! Is Viorica a vampire? The answer is...you’ll just have to find out for yourself! With pale skin, fangs, hypnotizing eyes, and a beautiful physique, one would assume so. When she isn’t tending to her precious pets - a bat named Mina, a black eagle named Pajură, and several unnamed wolves - she spends her time wandering the local forests and villages at night or she stays at home to enjoy an evening with her violin and a few glasses of ‘wine.’ If she does go into town during the day, she carries an umbrella with her, claiming that her pale skin is extra sensitive to the sun. She avoids churches because many of the priests view her as a demon in the flesh. In the past, she became extensively violent in her matters of war and torture, but especially of torture. She has even admitted to accidentally inspiring Vlad Tepes’, the original Vlad Dracula’s, infamous habit for impaling his prisoners on wooden stakes for public view. But what most forget is that it was her own people who were the ones being tortured, not the other way around. As such, the Transylvanian has developed a burning fear and hatred for any sharp wooden items; even Germany’s harmless Herr Stick makes her nervous!


    Other Traits: Prussia and Transylvania both possess a black eagle on their crests/flags, a strange link between their love for creatures of aviation. While Viorica gives Pajură his freedom to roam above her as he wishes, she is quite jealous of Gilbert’s canary, Gilbird. Although her small eagle can perch on her forearm, there is no way he could nest gently atop her shoulder or head as the canary does.

    Viorica finds vampiric and mythical literature entertaining. She reads many books and attends several films in order to observe the many ways in which fantasy fans around the world have chosen to twist the legends that her nation is so famous for. However, some of the literature she has found displeases her greatly. It’s a fragile subject to discuss around her and it is highly recommended that most do not attempt bringing it up.

    In addition to being a skilled player of the violin, the Transylvanian enjoys instrumental music and dancing as well as some of the more modern and upbeat tracks. She loves festivals and parties alike, but never goes to any social gathering unless she has someone to accompany her, which is, again, an aftereffect of her lost trust for others.

    Because she is a ‘lost’ nation, Viorica is weak in health. Romania has become a caretaker for her and is fully aware of this. Sometimes, she will refuse to eat or drink anything, spending extended periods staring out her window. She suffers vivid flashbacks quite often that are slowly deteriorating her mental sanity. This decline in wellness seems to be a trait shared between all of the lost empires and nations. It is rumored that the Holy Roman Empire, Germania, and the Roman Empire passed on of similar causes and Prussia has been noted to have poor health as well.


    History: Transylvania is a child of the Kingdom of Dacia and the Roman Empire. Her mother Dacia had a religion strong in belief of mythology. The axis of her faith falling upon tales of wolves, lycanthropy, and other mystical creatures. Dacia’s bold ceremonies of black magic and transformation were passed down to Transylvania at a young age. When they said vampires came from wolves, they weren’t joking. She was very attached to her mother, and was heartbroken when she was left orphaned with her two other siblings, Moldavia and Wallachia.

    The three eastern European nations grew up together, doing their best to both support one another and establish their own power. No doubt there were battles between them, as with most siblings, but more often, they were overrun by bigger and more powerful groups of people such as the Huns and Slavs. Eventually the Magyars invaded Transylvania only to allow Hungary to grasp a firm control over her a short while later.

    Transylvania remained a subject of Hungary for many years, also having fallen under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. When Austria stepped into the picture, Viorica sided with the Ottoman Empire, which later waged war against the Holy League in the Battle of Vienna, the largest cavalry charge in history. The Battle of Vienna left one of the greatest scars on the life of the nation. Her opponents: Holy Roman Empire, Prussia, Hungary, Saxony, Austria, Poland, Lithuania. Her allies: Ottoman Empire, Moldavia, and Wallachia. Although the amount of soldiers on the Ottoman side gave the Transylvanian an advantage, their losses were incredible. All three siblings were wounded and forced to surrender.

    So, Viorica and her siblings fell under the rule of Austria and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Surprisingly, she found Austria to be a rather kind ruler over the others she had had. Hungary too had calmed down since joining Austria’s side. It was a calmer time for Transylvania and her siblings, but much too soon, Moldavia and Wallachia fell ill. Old battle scars had finally taken their toll and ripped the siblings apart, leaving Viorica with a newborn nation in their place - Romania.

    Romania became a beloved little brother to Transylvania. She raised him more as a sister than a mother, oftentimes toying with him and teasing him. She taught him the traditions her late siblings and her had held dear from their mother and watched as he quickly grew into a stronger nation. She became dedicated to him and rarely left his side.

    But after World War I, the Austro-Hungarian Empire disintegrated, leaving the siblings with a long desired freedom. Finally given her own power as a nation, Viorica was prepared to jump back into business, until she was cut off by her bosses. The majority of her people wished for a Union with Romania to ensure that Transylvania would no longer be taken over by greater forces. She rejected in the argument that living under Romania was no different that living under another nation, but the people persisted and Transylvania was stripped of her national title.

    In World War II, Romania and Transylvania were originally allied with their German cousins. The alliance did not last as Russia soon came in and forced the two into the Communist Soviet Union. They worked as servants in Russia’s household, befriending him eventually. After the war, they were let free without conflict yet remained close allies.

    Romania has cared for Viorica since their Union and has given her plenty of her own governing power, yet, Viorica does not make use of it as much as she should. Ever so slowly, she has begun her fall from health as all lost nations do. In time, she will fade into history like all the rest...


    Relationships:
    Kingdom of Dacia: Viorica loved her mother dearly and has hung onto her mythological passion since the day she first learned of it. Her mother was a truly powerful warrior and an inspiration for the young nation through her harsh journey.

    Roman Empire: Like most of Roman Empire’s children, Viorica simply referred to him as ‘Grandpa Rome.’ The Empire was of such an age that calling him a father seemed an odd concept to her. He paid less attention to her than he did his other children, and so, she is quite unsure what to make of him.

    Moldavia and Wallachia: Viorica was the eldest of her siblings but loved as equals. As any siblings, they often fought, but never held much of a grudge. The only troublesome incident that still impacts the Transylvanian was when Vlad the Impaler was in command of Wallachia and executed many of her people. However, the man was so gruesome compared to her sibling, she put very little of the blame onto her relations.

    Romania: Her little brother and caretaker, Viorica is fond of Romania but doesn’t quite trust him. He acts rather shady at times and can be annoyingly stubborn. When trouble arises, it’s usually Transylvania pulling him out of it.

    Prussia: Prussia and Transylvania are cousins, and extremely close ones at that. Despite their rocky past, the two share a liking for birds and the unfortunate fate of being lost nations. Viorica uses Gilbert as a crutch for her dark flashbacks and emotional turmoil, feeling that he is the only one who can truly understand her situation. She has far more concern for his health than hers, even though, in reality, hers may be worse than his.

    Hungary: Lifelong rivals, Hungary and Transylvania often break out into fights. In many ways, Viorica respects Hungary’s power, but detests it in the same degree. However, she doesn’t mind the kinder more motherly side of Hungary, which reminds her of her own mother. They are friends, but certainly unstable ones.

    Austria: Austria was one of Viorica’s kinder suppressors, so she never really grew to hate him. She was entranced by his skill in musical arts, and it is thanks to Austria’s generosity that she was able to take up lessons with a violin. She views him as a talented musical instructor and casual acquaintance.

    Russia: At first, Transylvania hated Russia for invading her lands and forcing her into servitude, but after awhile, she found that they shared several similar interests with one another. She may not trust him yet still calls him a genuine friend and ally.

    Ottoman Empire/Turkey: An easy to describe relationship - He took her prisoner under his rule; she hated him. They banded together to dominate western Europe; she still hated him. They lost, he left; the hatred persists.




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