Unconventional Ladies Picture

Well, it seems I can't stop. I just keep making more of my characters. So ta-dah! Three more main characters, grouped together as each are rather unconventional due to their upbringings or circumstances. The interesting thing about how we ourselves turn is that it's often influenced by how we grow up. If we grow up being told it's okay to ignore social norms and that it's okay to be unusual, we generally end up following that philosophy and deviate at least a little from the social norm. Throughout history, it seems there have always been at least a few people/families who have done this, allowing their children to do things most people would say are odd given their gender or situation. So who's to say there weren't families like that ancient times who questioned why people had to act a certain way in their society and therefore deviated from what was considered custom? It's always been an interesting idea to me.

Lysimache-(left) The daughter of a somewhat eccentric playwright in Athens, Lysimache has had quite the lenient upbringing. Her mother died early on in her childhood, leaving her with her father. While her father Antigonos treated her mother well, their union had been arranged and sadly, neither felt great affection for each other, though they did remain faithful to each other until her death. Just as well, Antigonos was never a man to pursue romantic relationships in the slightest as he is practically married to his work of creating stories to be performed. His daughter is probably the only person in the world he cares about more than his work and loves her dearly as she shares his fascination with theater and story-telling. Contrary to most Athenian girls, Lysimache is quite involved in her father's work, often helping him as he creates plays and being his second opinion. Given the success of his marriage to Lysimache's mother, Antigonos has given his daughter the freedom of marrying when she chooses, if she chooses to do so at all. Both are often reprimanded or disapproved of for their wayward ways, however Antigonos's abilities as a playwright has garnered enough respect that most will just grouse about it and not make a huge deal. Lysimache is sometimes self-conscience of how strange she and her father are viewed by those around them, but overall is happy that he's raised her the way he has. She is a fairly optimistic person, creative, and witty, if somewhat boisterous and a little strange at times. She is also somewhat sexually promiscuous, sleeping around as she has no desire to marry, but always tries to be discreet. Yet discretion suddenly does not seem to easy when she befriends Mirza, a young Persian man brought over by Athens's king as a lover, little knowing that he is also sleeping with the queen and both believe they are hiding him from the other. This is probably one of my stranger stories, but certainly a fun one!

Glykeria-(center) When you're the daughter of a former hetaera, you're bound to have a different point of view. As a hetaera (essentially a courtesan in ancient Greece), her mother did well for herself and eventually became financially independent and married a wealthy man. After fathering about four daughters, he tragically died when bitten by a venomous snake while out on a hunt with some friends. Glykeria's mother then became a widow, but managed to handle what her husband left behind by herself and raise her daughters. Glykeria is the second eldest of her sisters and while not considered the most beautiful, she is the most like her mother in terms of personality as she has inherited her mother's clever tongue and inviting demeanor. She works at a shope in the city alongside a few other women. One day a group of foreign traders, Keltoi (Celts, Keltoi was how the Greek referred to them) arrive in the city, and one of them strikes up a conversation with her hoping to bring something back to his mother and sisters back home. It isn't long however before they go from friendly acquaintances to friends and from friends to lovers. Her mother, unfortunately, disapproves of the relationship as if it comes to him wanting to marry Glykeria, she will be taken away from all she has ever known and most likely not see her family again. Oh, love affairs, why must you be so fun to write with?

Philyre-(right) I swear, I have probably mispelled this character's name the most. I always misplace the "y" and the "i". I really have to keep it written down somewhere where I know I'll look. Anyway, onto the character. Philyre's story starts at the age of fourteen. Another Athens girl (I swear, this is probably my third one, the city just seems to fit so well with some of my stories), Philyre has lived her whole life by her father and brother's words and her mother's example and feeling trapped and unsure, despite being the eldest daughter. She has learned to keep her mouth shut and to obey the men in her family to avoid trouble and that if you wish to get your way, you must be persuasive, and you must be subtle. Yet life gets complicated when Philyre starts receiving visions in her sleep and randomly when she's awake. At first she attempts to ignore them and hope they'll pass, but they only get worse and start causing her to sleepwalk and zone out and start to give her painful headaches. In desperation she goes to a temple of Apollo, hoping that praying to Apollo will rid her of them. However, what she has is a rather unique condition as mortals are not supposed to have the gift of prophecy unless they are a demi-god or in the service of a god as an oracle. And while Apollo is unable to take her visions away, he does help her live with them and control them and they develop a relationship of that of a student and a teacher, with Apollo trying to understand how she developed the ability to see the future in the first place. For years everything is fine and Philyre is very much considering becoming a priestess of Apollo while still dealing with her visions, yet her father will not let her, despite the fact that she is well above the typical age of marriage at twenty-six years old while a majority of her sisters are married. She returns home from the temple one day to find that her father has finally found a husband for her and that she is to be married. Now not only must she marry, but she also must hide her visions from her new husband. After years of visions and the gift/curse of prophecy, Philyre is a somewhat solemn if well-intentioned character. She does not have many friends and mainly finds solace within Apollo's temple, giving others the idea that she is very pious when she is actually trying to learn how to control her visions.

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