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Caesariani CLAVDIA LIVIA
07-07-2012, 05:17 PM (This post was last modified: 07-08-2012 04:15 AM by Renius Suetonius Metellus.)
AGE: Old. A LADY DOES NOT TELL. Ok...I'm 23.
EXPERIENCE: 8 years.
OTHER CHARACTERS: Naevia Geta, Marcus Furius Bibaculus, Appius Claudius Rufus, Catiena Tulla Gemella
NAME: Claudia Livia
DATE OF BIRTH: June 1, 43 AD/16
SEXUAL ORIENTATION: Heterosexual
-- Cives Romani, Nobilitas, Caesariani
OCCUPATION: Princess. That is so a job!
LIKES: Jewllery, Clothing, Philosophy, Debate, Money, Chariot Races, Getting what she wants, Being spoiled, Rain
DISLIKES: Overly intelligent people, Mud, Closed-Minded People, Having guards all the time, Old men that flirt with her, Being treated as a prize, Fake people, Reading
FEARS: That she will never be able to love someone truly, That she will be murdered like her father and brother were, She will be wed to someone she completely hates, That she will die without having children.
ASPIRATIONS: To flirt with all the men in Rome that are eligible (and young!) before she weds, To become a power player in the politics of Rome, To find a formidable match for herself, To own one of every fashion available.
Livia has grown into a girl that is certainly two sides of the same coin. To most she appears as a spoiled, pampered princess. Indeed for much of her life she grew up shielded from everything. As Claudius' only daughter, she certainly was not truly showered with affection from her father. Livia received love from two slaves that were Greeks that raised her primarily. What she saw of her father was little and in between. But still Livia is ever aware that she must make herself presentable and malleable. To that end, and for many people she is seen as a spoiled, shallow girl whose interests lie primarily with looking pretty and flirting with men. Livia to many seems to only have interests in the latest fashion and jewelery from anywhere across the empire. Given every luxury she could have, she developed a taste for expensive and fine things and certainly is meticulous with her appearance. She makes sure she is always presentable and used this notion of being a dimwitted little girl to her advantage. She enjoys going to the chariot races especially- as she has never been truly fond of gladiatorial combat she loves attending the games to watch the men as she finds barbarians particularly enticing and also attractive. She gives compliments when they are due and engages in seemingly appropriate conversation for a teenage girl- gossip and boys. She has almost no care it seems except to have what she wants and a pretty boy to kiss. But this is only the part of Livia most people see her as. The truth is- she has a completely different side of her.
In fact the pampered, sheltered girl is indeed a center part of who Livia is. She has not seen much of the world and is not aware of the hardships everyday Romans face but there is a part of her that wishes to know more. Her carefree almost stupid nature has become something of a coping and defense mechanism for Livia. She knows that if she is seen as weak and not a threat, people will overlook her. People will not remember her as the daughter of a murdered Caesar. Instead she will just be a foolish girl. And Livia knows the foolish girl is the least person they expect to want power. The reality of her life has certainly made her strong. Livia has seen what politics and men can do to her life and she wants full control of it but knows this is almost impossible but she will try. Livia is only starting to become aware of power. In truth, the girl is shrewd. People never suspect her to read them but she does. The girl who knows all the secrets of Rome's elite knows how to use them to her advantage, or that she could with proper training. Livia almost always feels as if she is a guppy in a tank full of sharks. Her father and brother were devoured by sharks- she does not want to end up in the same way. With that she is cautious and seemingly keeps everyone at a arms length away. She is distant and cordial and refuses to let any get close to her. Most of her friendships are superficial. Her relationships with her family are even more dynamic.
She does not trust easily. Livia will perhaps always remain suspicious of people and their motives. She always expects the worst and prepares for the worst. Knowing that she is a bartering chip for alliances, she carefully plays the game of suitors and flirting. She would rather find a husband that can match her wits, but of course she always acts as what people expect of her- the ditzy and pretty little girl. Few know that underneath her sweet, innocent little smile is a girl that is sizing them up. Livia knows she is alone in this world and that she will need allies but she is unaware of who to trust and if anyone can really be trusted. Her adopted siblings and her stepmother are really the only family she has ever known but as she has grown older and her happy relationships with them are starting to become clearer to her. Livia knows she can no longer be the ignorant little girl anymore. She has to take power into her own hands and control her own fate lest she be squashed like a bug or tossed this way and that. Her morality is starting to grey as her once finite sense of what is right and what is wrong is becoming blurred. She knows that she will have to do horrible things in the future if she has to but she is not sure she has the stomach for it. Livia feels overwhelmed in the world she has just stepped into. No longer a little girl and now a woman- she wants to cement her legacy on Rome. Whether it is good or bad is not sure on her part but she knows only one thing: She can trust no one.
CELEBRITY CLAIM: Sara Paxton
BUILD: Slender, almost to the point that would be considered unhealthy. She certainly does not look like she could survive childbirth.
STYLE OF DRESS: Livia wears expensive clothing, clearly the best that can be afforded, which includes linen and silk from across the empire. When looking at Livia her styles are ornate and vary greatly. She has the habit of setting trends for many of the elite in Rome (at least the women).
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Livia is a girl a little below the average height for a Roman woman. She is still growing into her womanhood but almost completely done, Livia is a petite girl. She is very tiny, with a slim waist and a slender figure. This does not bode well for her because she appears very frail and as if she is not likely to survive childbirth. It is ironic considering her station in life. She has creamy skin and a fair complexion, boasted with golden hair and green eyes. She tends to wear much jewelery, as much as she can and emeralds and sapphires appear to be her favorite gems. She also has plenty of tiaras adorned with them although her favorite tiara is one that is adorned with turquoise that her father gave her. It was one of his last gifts. Livia also likes to dress in lighter colors, pinks especially as it seems to be her favorite color.
FAMILY & HISTORY
--Father - Drusus Claudius Caesar, Deceased
--Mother - Valeria Messalina Minor, Deceased
-- Step Mother - Lucilla Augusta, 34, Alive
-- Step Father/Guardian - Marcus Rufius Honorius Caesar, 34, Alive
--Brother - Drusus Claudius Caesar Minor, Deceased
--Brother - Gaius Claudius Caesar, Deceased
--Brother - Darius Claudius Caesar, Deceased (adopted)
--Brother - Junus Claudius Caesar Honorianus, Alive (adopted)
--Brother - Tiberius Claudius Caesar, Alive (half brother)
--Sister - Flavia Caesaris, Alive, (adopted)
--Sister - Claudia Caesaris, Alive (half sister)
Born in the second year of Claudius' reign as Emperor of Rome, Claudia Livia marked what perhaps could have been the start of a promising reign. The only daughter of Claudius and the Augusta Valeria, Livia, as she was called by her family, does not remember much of her mother. She was indeed raised primarily by slaves, two Greek slaves in particular named Hermione and Idone. They were educated women to an extent but what little of the contact she had with her parents was kept only on certain occasions. Livia can only recall a little of her brother Gaius, the boy who would pick her up and swing her around until she giggled. It was true Gaius perhaps indeed adored his little sister and much of her early years are in fact dominated by memories of her brother. He was abruptly taken away from her when she was three, poisoned. Gaius absence was hard to explain to a child, as was that of her mother. The Augusta was sent away, exiled by her father and later died. As a result Livia developed hardly any attachments to people later on in life as much of her early life remained traumatic.
The only child left of her father, it would seem after the death of her brother her father paid more attention to her. Of course this only resulted in more visits to check up on how the girl was being raised. Livia became perhaps more attached to her father in this time but it was hard for a girl to become attached to a man that was seemingly made of stone and one she saw only on several occasions. Her visits with her father became longer throughout the next few years. Livia truly to this day does not know if her father loved her or not. His only signs of affection were mere pats on the head whenever she got one of her lessons correctly or played an instrument well. She was tutorted as was proper for a imperial princess, learning philosophy, debate (although this was done secretly as Livia found this topic interesting), other cultures as well as music. Livia was fully prepared that as a daughter of Caesar her greatest asset she had was in fact her self. She was expected to be a proper Roman wife some day, perhaps one of the most coveted women in Rome. She had always been remarked as a pretty girl in her youth, and her childlike innocence continued throughout the years.
When she was seven her father remarried to Lucilla Alexander and Livia gained the first mother figure in her life that she remembers. She also gained siblings, two brothers and a sister. Livia was at first thrilled to have more family. Her life in the palace was not as lonely as it was before. As a child she was not aware of her father's advisors growing power or even her father's growing madness. Livia only knew that her pater began to see her less and she constantly worried she had done something to displease him. She worked harder at her lessons until she became perfect- but to no avail this seemed to have been in vain. To this day her relationship and how she thought of her father remains something of a mixture of love and hate- Livia loved her father and desired to please him greatly but wonders constantly if she was not the child he wanted.
So Livia poured much of her attention onto her new step siblings. Flavia, Junus and Darius were the siblings she had wished she had. She certainly enjoyed spending more time with them and in time Livia grew to love Lucilla as the mother she had always wished she had. She continued with her lessons as usual, diverting her attention away from her father to her new step family. The next few years were happy ones for Livia, at least until her Camilius and Valentius' plots would turn her family into further disarray. Her father had named her cousin Manius as his heir, but this would change as her stepmother convinced her father to name her step brother Darius as heir after he had been poisoned.
When Livia was thirteen, her father finally passed away. She cannot say if she was truly saddened by his passing. How could you be saddened by a man that was a stranger in your life? That same year her half siblings were born, twins a boy and a girl. Yet with the passing of her father Livia felt isolation. She was surrounded by strangers in her home. Her adopted brother Darius became Caesar and the next few years were the years the princess that was kept in the shadows started to become aware of the world.
The year her adopted brother Darius became Caesar was a time of many changes for Livia. The regencies began for her step brother and Livia became far more aware of what power could do to a person. Her father had been killed. Fear and paranoia began to settle within her.
Livia was unaware still of much of the hardships of the people of Rome but it was during these years she began to build a duality of herself. She continued her lessons as a proper imperial princess would but to most she only desired to appear pretty and became interested in boys. Her flirtations were always short and brief as she knew she had to keep up the appearance of a chaste, virginal girl. But secretly she would have her slaves tell her of what Rome was really like. What a common person did, outside foreign affairs, if people were dying on the streets or starving. Livia learned as much as she could, but did so modestly and quietly away from everyone. She did not want anyone to know that her head was being filled with more things and nor did her greek tutors want to let anyone know just what the princess was up to.
To see all that was taken away from her did indeed shock Livia and she knew her goal in life now was to survive. She could no longer be the sheltered girl that she was. She had to make sure she was careful and stayed alive. Her step brother Darius began his campaign against Britannia which would ultimately lead to his death. While Darius had put Camilius to justice for the death of her father, Livia felt nothing but fear still. Would her step brother kill her too? She began to look upon her adoptive family no longer with love but paranoia. How long before something would happen to her too?
When Darius became ill after his invasion of Britannia, catching a plague, Livia felt a mixture of both sadness and relief. Relief that perhaps she'd be overlooked now- after all she'd become a pawn for marriage for the men of Rome. But soon Darius died and her younger adopted brother Junus was prepared to become Caesar. The Praetorian guard named his biological father, Marcus Rufius Honorius Caesar along with Junus. Her step mother Lucilla remarried her second husband and Livia was now under the guardianship of her step father.
Her fears of marriage came true when she was betrothed to Antonius, a man who had formerly served as Consul. Livia remained cold towards him but soon her engagement was broken off much to her relief. Now becoming a woman, she realizes she wants to make an impact upon the world and she has to learn the politics of Rome if she is ever going to survive. Livia wants to prove herself as her father's daughter and to do that she must step into shark infested waters- something she is not quite sure she can do but she knows she has to. Because if she fails Rome will eat her alive and there is only one thing she truly wants: to be in control of her own fate.
43 AD -- Claudia Livia is born.
46 AD – Gaius Claudius Caesar is assassinated. Claudius divorces Livia's mother, the Augusta Valeria and she is exiled from Rome. She later dies.
51 AD – Livia's father, Claudius marries Lucilla Alexander. She gains Darius, Flavia and Junus now as adopted siblings.
53 AD – Claudius is poisoned. Livia's adopted brother Darius is named as heir to Caesar. Rome falls under regencies until Darius comes of age.
56 AD – Darius Claudius Caesar rises to power fully. Tiberius and Claudia, her twin siblings are born. Claudius, Livia's father is assassinated.
57 AD – Campaign against Britannia begins.
58 AD – Darius dies of fever. Marcus Honorius becomes Caesar alongside her adopted brother Junus.
59 AD – Livia is betrothed to Antonius but it falls through. Junus weds Junia Silana. Game start.
OTHER: Yay done!
07-08-2012, 04:13 AM
RE: Claudia Livia
Looks great, Tink! Accepted!