Countess Gabrielle de Rais
Countess Gabrielle de Rais
Gabrielle de Rais is a countess of the de Rais family based usually at their estate on the edge of Orleans.
Gabrielle de Rais is one of the most powerful nobles in the Orleans hierarchy. Born over 30 years ago, she proved to be ambitious, intelligent and as dangerous as any of the de Rais family. She proved to have a skill in both blade & magic from an early age. By the time she was 7 years old she could take on anybody in her male peer group & give any of them a good scar. Constantly practising with a rapier and studying all matter of subjects, she could easily take on any subject she wanted. The only one she kept secret was her study of magic, and her family allowed her to practise this in the vaults below their manor. As this was in the vicinity of a hidden temple to Seth & Apep (followed in secret by the family at large), Gabrielle was able to use many of the occult tomes & texts that was present here. Here she learned summoning rituals, raising the dead, astral travel, and the basics of other dark magics. Ove the years, well into her late teens, Gabrielle became well versed in these eventually mastering the majority along with destructive & mind altering spells. She eventually reached the age that she had been betrothed to a member of the de Orleans family, and was expected to marry him. Seeing no reason to, and preferring the company of fiends & other unnatural entities, Gabrielle conspired on her 18th birthday to have the suitor, a Rikard de Orleans, murdered. Using blood magic she summoned a demon from one of the hells to possess a servant. When the servant was not aware of this, a feast was arranged to mark the betrothal. At a given time Gabrielle whispered a command word that brought the demon forth. The servant's mouth & face contorted into the shape resembling a venomous serpent & bit Rikard, killing him almost instantaneously, his soul payment to the demon for this act. This was hushed up and made to look like the servant's family were to blame. An since that time a rare few has attempted to court Gabrielle. Most find her too arrogant, intelligent & aloof to warrant any further attention. In the past few years the family has suffered, not due to a drop in wealth or power, but in influence and this has affected her chances of marrying. Members of the extended de Orleans family has had their suspicions that there is more to the death of Rikard than what was initially told. Also, the Burgomaster of Parisius, a de Rais has been under scrutiny from his superiors for certain acts especially the disappearances of children round Parisius. Recently he had been arrested by the authorities after his immediate superior, Count de Sade, and the Bishopric of Notre Dame was made fully aware of him dabbling in black magic. Coupled with a series of minor plots against other houses seen him sent to the deepest dungeons possible. Rumours persist that he has been marked for execution as a 'Traitor to the Crown'. This is something that Gabrielle has took personal, as she was always overly fond of her Uncle. During her 20s Gabrielle has plotted against many of the local noble houses, and has expressly vowed in private to bring down the de Orleans family. She thinks they are responsible for spreading misinformation about her own kin & family name. So far she has been able to win over a few Dark Fey to her side. By doing so, she has persuaded a few to do her bidding, or has struck deals with them. One of the fey is a Hag from the surrounding forests, a vile creature called Granny Applebite. Initially a hag the family had been dealing with for decades if not longer, it turned out a similar fate had befallen one of the de Rais family a couple of generations before, and the de Orleans were suspected, but completely exonerated. At the time, the hag had tried to corrupt members of both families and was rebuffed, and viewed more as a pest & weakling than a truly powerful spellcaster in her own right. She had tried to start trouble then between both Houses, resorting to placing the seed of the sorcerer's mark on the de Orleans. While this seems to have actually helped the de Orleans to some extent, Gabrielle is well aware that at least one of the present generation is likely to be a Hexblood and looking to hasten the process of transformation. To Gabrielle, this would prove to the world that the de Orleans are the family that led to the bad blood between her own House, and the others in Noble Society. If Gabrielle could only find the exact de Orleans. At present she has her eyes set on Cyrielle, the daughter of the ruling line of the de Orleans. Something about her has sparked Gabrielle's curiosity.
Dangerous member of the de Rais family Powerful de facto ruler of her family Despised by many who know her
de Rais estate at edge of the city of Orleans
Fair light skin
Roman Catholic (openly), The Order of Seth & Apep (secretly)