The royal scepter that can actually be used as a weapon
Her arms up to the hands (not including the hands) are wooden like her cheeks while her hair has a plant-silk like texture.
- Holds absolute power within the Etingnean Empire and is its leader, even the Senate could not just force her to do anything since she is above them.
- Knows that she is still very young for an Empress and needs to learn a lot which is why she often listens to the advice of the Senators (but not to everything)
- Not so naive that an individual person can just manipulate her - she learned to see through friendly lies and people that just want to manipulate her for power - but she can sometimes feel pressured when the Senate is in accordance with each other which makes her think "It has to be true if almost all of them think so"
- Doesn't really like that there is always someone looking after her but she is used to it and knows that she is a popular target for enemies and thus needs to be protected
- Would like some more actual friends that are not just nice because they have to or want to suck up to her
- Not power-hungry or tyrannic but she knows that it is the will of her predecessors and the empire to expand further, so she doesn't stop Etingnun's conquest (although she plans to stop it should they ever manage to conquer the landmass they are on. This should be their final goal, in her eyes)
- Leaves tasks she knows she can't do well to people that actually can, even a ruler can't do everything and needs to rely on their loyal retainers
- Tries to act serious and professional as the Empress but is much softer in private.
Her father is the former Emperor who retired early because he became too frail. [The rest of her family, but also her father and mother, is undefined and can be played by other members]
Born as the child of the imperial couple with the highest Essence affinity, no matter if a child of the imperial family is the oldest or not, she was chosen to be the next ruler after her father's retirement. Most of her childhood consisted of training, learning, following her father around, being protected all the time and being homeschooled (either at the manor or in the palace). Estal knew early on that she would shoulder a massive amount of responsibility in the future, making her much more mature than other children her age.
She was able to play with others here and there but most of her youth was about others preparing her for her future time as a ruler. While she could have been rebellious because of that, she quickly accepted it and wanted to do her ancestors proud instead.
Even as a teenager, she was already a better Supplicant than some adult ones, showing proof of her high Essence affinity. Her teenage years involved a bit less learning and training (which still continued, though) and more public appearances. Instead of waiting outside or in a waiting room (which are still nicer than most regular people's whole houses) she was now actually allowed to accompany her father into political meetings, standing a few meters behind him when he was giving a speech or sitting next to him when he met the Senate or other important officials. She learned about both international and national politics because of that and was able to experience them firsthand which was somewhat tiresome but a valuable experience nonetheless. If not learning or with her father, she usually spent her free time reading comics (she doesn't like to read books outside of learning), watching TF shows, spending time with her nanny, playing Historia Heroes with people in the palace and some other things (it's not like there was no entertainment for her in the imperial manor or palace).
Estal grew up and became a young adult. She was already pretty knowledgeable at this point but there was still much to learn for her. However, she wouldn't really have time for that anymore because her father became too frail to continue being the Emperor, much earlier than expected. He retired early and, thus, Estal had to ascend the imperial throne since she was already old enough to do so. This made her the youngest Empress of the Etingnean Empire's history and was not received well by a portion of the population but they quickly stopped caring about it as long as things didn't become worse.
Estal did not really have much else to say but the ambassador handed over her mobile frame which surprised Estal.
"His Majesty is available now so I thought it would be better if you talk to him yourself.", she said. Estal smiled and took the device. The Empress was not sure if she ever had one of these although she had a TF that she often used as a teenager - something that would probably surprise a lot of people.
"It is a pleasure to speak with you, sir Vylatys.", she greeted the other monarch who responded in kind.
"Likewise, lady Monetiaga. I am glad that you are interested in closer relations with us, just like your father. I was afraid you would think differently when it comes to Atypia. And of course my family and I will attend the coronation ceremony. That reminds me of my own one when I was still young. Heh, they had to catch me because I was about to leave with Ignachtius again. Those were great times." The king was talking a lot but Estal did not mind and was interested in hearing from him.
"That is, indeed, entirely different from my own youth. I rarely left the mansion or the palace. Your life must have been truly free back then.", she replied which was answered with pleasant laughter.
"Oh, that it was. Ignachtius always had to tell me that "this is unbecoming for a king" but I was young and filled with passion. That is, until I met my wife - but that is a whole story of its own for another time." King Klemeins was exactly as pleasing as Estal had heard about him. Full of life and a most benevolent king.
"I would like to hear it.", Estal answered honestly.
"I don't have Senators as you have - are they already nagging you about finding a husband? How is that going, by the way?" The young Empress never would have expected questions like that and thinking about a few of the Senators kind of annoyed it. Sure, most of them were helpful and good people but the meddlesome ones...
"A few do already, yes... Er, and there is nothing going on at the moment. I did not even officially ascend the throne yet and, after I did that, I will have to worry about other matters. Although the thought of finding a husband is making me nervous if I am honest. I have zero experience in... these matters.", the Empress replied while looking a bit embarrassed. She was still a person like everyone else. She wondered, however, what kind of man would be suiting for her? He'd definitely need a good heart and be a pleasant person, so she would never consider getting together with someone she didn't even know. A good thing she had a choice.
"Only a matter of time. I have heard that you are popular with young men all over the Etingnean Empire already, so I feel like there will be more than enough suitors. Finding the right one is the toughest part. Do it like me and only listen to your heart, not to politics or advisors or anyone like that." Estal nodded, even though Klemeins was not able to see it. Right, there would surely be people that suggest her to get closer to certain people so that they can profit from that, meaning Estal would have to avoid such folk.
A day after the gala of the Vanderbrants was canceled - Estal was still sad about it - it was back to all the duties she had as the Empress of a big nation. However, she was glad that she did not have to manage absolutely everything and every region since governors were there to take care of that. She thought that the leaders of some great powers were impressive, being able to control all of their lands without the need of governors, at least so she heard.
Anyway, Estal was using a part of today to hold a diplomatic meeting with an ambassador from Atypia. She would have liked to meet king Klemeins in person but she understood that not every ruler had time for that.
The ambassador was a friendly woman in her late twenties, relatively young for a diplomat although Estal had heard of younger ones. She greeted the young Empress with a smile and sat down.
"I am honored to see you, your Majesty. What did you wish to discuss today?", the ambassador began after Estal sat down as well. Estal had been thinking for a while and came to the conclusion that the current relationship between Atypia and Etingnun could grow a bit further.
"You flatter me, miss. I actually wanted to propose something to Atypia. Or rather, the royal family. I would love to meet them in person by inviting them to my official coronation. Do you think king Vylatys and his family could find the time?", she said to the ambassador. This was the perfect opportunity to deepen her relationship with Atypia by inviting their royal family - doing this with a democracy would have been possible as well but she found it easier to deal with other monarchs.
Estal was so wary of her hair because of a reason. There was someone who accidentally stepped on it and almost got sent to the imperial tribunal if she had not intervened and said it was fine. Since then, people try to stay a bit away from her when behind her as to not step on it. Estal still smiled, however.
"All this talk about my hair is kind of... funny. It feels like something regular women would talk about. You know, women that are friends and spend time together, maybe even go to the city and eat somewhere. Too bad I cannot do that, everyone would lose their mind." She sighed again. Don't get her wrong, she liked being the Empress and fulfilling her family's duty of rulership but there are a few times she wished she could do "normal" things once in a while. Not even daily, just here and then. Spending almost all of her time in the manor and palace could get a bit restrictive after a while, and there are duties here and duties there. It sure was not easy to lead an empire even if most regions were ruled by governors and there was the Senate to help out. Speaking of which, Estal thought that she should probably get more in touch with the current Senate and learn more about its members. After the coronation would be a good time for a meeting with the Senate.
Estal's hair was finally in check after a while and the servants that helped out were pretty proud of themselves - the beast was tamed once again.
"It's so pretty.", one of the maidens said while the other one nodded again.
"Alright, I feel like we are good to go now. The gala is held at Vanderbrant's place, correct?" Estal asked to be completely sure. The Vanderbrants were not the highest standing noble family in Etingnun but they were still famous and branches all over the world, their main one living in Drufalga. Having Drufalgian nobles here, even though this branch has lived here for generations, was interesting and helped to keep amicable relations with the great power even though the Empire and Drufalga were just acquaintances and not actual friends but it was better than being completely neutral.
Yes, she got to this point in life because she was better than her siblings, at least when it came to Essence affinity and her Aptitude and such things which were the usual criteria for a successor, not the order of birth. She was an excellent Supplicant, something she was proud of but she started to digress in her mind again.
Estal smiled again when she heard Pathrea talking to herself. She really was the big sister type of servant and her family had close ties to Estal's, like how her father was a butler of the former Emperor - and still is. Estal started to wonder if they would ever have gotten along like this - or even know each other - if she was not the successor to the imperial throne but one of her siblings. Probably not, so she was glad things went this way.
"You sure are. I will need that clear-headedness in the future as well. Oh, and please get along with the 'Guardians' even though they are a bit different from you servants." Having a whole group of Aptitude masters solely exist to protect her was both comforting and strange at the same time. It made her feel safer but, on the other hand, also feel like she was a target because their existence meant they were needed. She heard some scary stories about people that tried to go after her father (but never succeeded because most of them were felled by the Guardians or Pathrea's father).
Back to her hair, Estal was impressed by it herself sometimes - it was SO long and complex and probably only existed that way because she was a Floraph. She never envied the servants that had to keep it in check and comb through and wash it.
"Yes, it is absolutely gorgeous! I do not think there has ever been a Monetiaga with hair like this.", one of the other servants said while looking pleased with herself. She seemed earnest. The other servant next to her nodded along.
"It can be quite the hassle sometimes but I am too proud of it to ever cut it. I just hope nobody will step on it... I do not want the guards to overreact and sentence someone for treason or something along the lines. Most of them tend to be so overprotective sometimes." She sighed. The Loyalists were especially meddling and would probably do a lot more if they could, so this was one of these matters where she was glad to have absolute power within the country.
Estal returned the smile and carefully listened to Pathrea. She always knew exactly what to say and do - the best handmaiden Estal could imagine. Maybe she really should have some more trust in her people to not go crazy because of a change like that, they should be used to a change in rulership. Kings, queens, Emperors, Empresses, presidents, chairmen, and other rulers come and go.
"You are right. I apologize for being so whimsical. I should show some more strength since I am the Empress of Etingnun, after all. If I do not show authority others might think they can use me for their schemes and I do not want that. Father passed this on to me, so I will do him proud.", she said, trying to encourage herself. She already considered the possibility that some of the Senators might want to use this situation to gain more power just because she was young.
"I should probably enjoy today as good as I can, now that I think about it. Is my hair in place now?" Being invited to a gala by the Vanderbrant family to meet some nobles was not that bad. Granted, nobles could be really annoying sometimes but not all of them were, especially those with an actually noble nature.
There was a lot going on in the capital of the Etingnean Empire, Etingnun. Granted, the capital was busy every day but the current time was special - because the official coronation of the new Empress Estal was almost there. She has been in power for over a month already because her father had to step back from his position as Emperor, so there was just no time for an official coronation yet. This will change soon but the day for the coronation was not now.
Estal was in her room inside the Imperial Manor, the residence of her family. She had to move rooms here as well since she was now the new owner of the ruler's room, the most luxurious place in all of the Empire. Her father and mother moved into the room next door which was reserved for a retired Emperor or Empress and not that much behind the Emperor's/Empress's room.
The young Empress was kind of annoyed right now because a few servants and handmaidens swarmed around her because they wanted to prepare her for the day.
"I told you, I do not need this many people to prepare myself for the day.", she said towards a group of servants that saluted - which was silly because they were servants and not soldiers - and disappeared shortly afterward. There were still a few handmaidens left, either combing through the Empress's long long hair or plucking at her garments to make sure everything fit perfectly. Really annoying but she knew she had to keep still and not let anyone see it. At least the head handmaiden was there as well, doing the same great job as always.
"Do you think they will be happy to see me? They liked father and I am not sure if they will accept a new ruler this soon." There was a bit of worry in her voice since the people's opinion of her was important in her eyes, even if this was only about a small part of them. There was no coronation today but something similar to a party to meet members of the elite and upper class.