Celeste is a young woman of consumate style and grace. She has long brown hair and deep brown eyes. Her frame is tall (six foot) and slender and she has no distinguishing marks or scars. It is as though Celeste has been bred and then reared to be beautiful (which she has) everything about her is well put together and she has a calmness and composure about her which would be rare in a woman ten arcs older. To those who knew her, Celeste is almost identical to her mother and looks so much like her it is uncanny.
Her dress is never following fashion. She despises that idea for she, as an Andaris, as the daughter of Benji and Mary Andaris, *she* sets fashion and so she wears what she likes and the commoners can follow her or not. Fashion, after all, is for the sheep and she is no such creature. She is not the mercurial creature her two eldest brothers are, she remains quiet and composed much like Leeson in social and private situations. Her public persona is that of a well-bred noble lady and her private one is much the same. Celeste keeps herself very well groomed at all times, ensuring that her appearance is of an acceptable standard.
In terms of her clothing, Celeste tends to be something of a mercurial creature. She has a varied style and taste and she would much rather not be identified with any one 'style' of anything. She likes fine clothing and she is struggling with the idea of being independent to the point that she will have to buy her own.
Tessa is, underneath the make up and too-revealing clothing, a beautiful woman. However, in her current situation with her husband, Benji, she's too thin and almost always bruised and quite badly so. She wears heavy make up and, even when not working she is very aware of how her husband likes her to look. As such, she tends towards outfits which are tight, short or, preferably, both. Her deep brown eyes show her emotions and, usually, she is quiet and with her gaze away from anyone; she would rather not look at the wrong person / thing.
Tessa is usually moving in some way; she finds it hard to be still because she rarely is. She's a bundle of nerves and, as soon as she opens her mouth her lack of education is apparent. She knows that men desire her and she is beginning to understand that and the power it gives her - however, she does not have any of the implicit confidence which one might expect from a woman who has realised her own power and beauty, as her home situation has most certainly stopped that.
No matter what her work, though, Tessa always keeps herself clean. She always wears make up, never leaving the house without "putting on her face" She knows that she looks like a cheap streetwalker - it's what she is, after all; but if she's going to look like one, she'll look like a clean and presentable one.
Celeste is a determined individual, focused on ensuring that her family are well cared for and continue throughout the arcs. Celeste has a very clear and very specific goal; the family must prevail. Further to that, she would like to live her life with as little harassment from others as possible. She does not drink, for she has seen too much of the effects of that on her brothers, Peake and Quincy. She possesses the composure and aristocratic confidence, which Peake aspires to when sober, at all times, maintaining this as a way of being.
Tessa is a skittish individual, mostly afraid that she will do the wrong thing and not provide for her family. She is an inordinately hard working individual, determined to care for her babies. She is afraid a lot of the time, but that being said, she has had that fear beaten into her from her life first as a slave to the Andaris family, then at the hands of her husband, Benji. She is determined to do her best, though, in order to get her family out of the squalor in which they live.
As a wife and mother, Tessa knows that her first responsibility is to her family. She was raised as a slave to the Andaris family and she well knows how lucky she is to have a family and home at all. Her marriage is violent and yet, she believes that Benji loves her and, one trial, they will escape from the situation they are in. Protecting her family, especially her children, is foremost in her mind and she would kill or die for them without pause or hesitation.
Having been raised in a household without her mother or grandmother, Celeste has tried to step into a maternal role and whilst she would argue that her childhood and specifically the issues surrounding her family have shaped her in a positive way, she also knows that her love of Xander makes her vulnerable to him. She adores her husband and is unwaveringly loyal to him. Her childhood left her with a deep and abiding distrust of intimacy, a profound need for independence and a determination to never be beholden to anyone. Xander taught her that she was so much more than she had ever believed herself to be.
Celeste is self-composed who does not rely on anyone except Xander for anything. At her core she is a kind and generous woman with a fundamentally good view of the world and she believes that kindness is not something which costs coin so should be given to all. She is totally loyal to family and she wants nothing more than to see her husband and their children happy and healthy.
Tessa fully understands the cruelties of the world. She watched her best friend die and she grew up as a slave to Peake Andaris. Her life thus far has taught her that she must be obedient to those in authority, but Tessa has a darkness in her which, if released or tempered by experience could be a very deep well. She has the potential to be a dangerous woman indeed, but first she needs to stop being afraid.
Like her brother, Peake, but for different reasons, Celeste had a short childhood. Too young to understand what was happening and often, therefore, overlooked, the quick minded young girl learnt early on about Father's infedelity and ignoble behaviours. Rather than turn against him, however, Celeste grew to realise that the problem was not with either Father or Mother but instead with the institution which they resided within. She watched first Peake and then Quincy and Leeson work himself into a frenzy and bend themselves out of shape in an attempt to make sense of their parents' relationship. But there, to Celeste's mind, was the problem. There was no sense to be made. Her parents had married, but not from love and not for any reason that they admitted. Why, she did not understand why, the pair of them did not simply admit who and what they were.
After sitting on the top of the stairs and listening to one particularly bitter exchange between her father and Peake, she determined that she would never subject her children to such. She would never pretend to her children, lie to them in such a manner. Peake believed that father killed mother, that much was clear to the young woman sitting on the stairs that day, but what the truth of it was, she did not know.
In short, she would never do this. Because after Mother's death, there was no putting it right, not ever. Unforgiveable act words unable to be taken back descended into an almost complete break down of Peake and their father's relationship, and Celeste worried for them both. Equally Quincy descended into a bitter man, hidden in the throes of politeness and Celeste, still too young to make a difference, felt increasingly frustrated and unable to solve the family issues. Leeson retreated into himself and Celeste tried, honestly tried, to pull the family together, but found herself unable to. She was the youngest child, she was the only daughter and, her father told her quite clearly that her worth was in who she would marry and what that would bring to the family. That was her only job.
So, at twenty, and with twenty one fast approaching, Celeste realised that she was, as her mother had been before her, a commodity. But she would take control and she would be the captain of her fate. Anything else simply would not do, she reasoned. She studied hard and determined that she would not ever sit at the top of a set of stairs again to find her information; and of whispers regarding her relationships with her father she said nothing, not to any of them. She remained as discrete and close-lipped as she would need to be in her future life, never bringing scandal to anyone, never revealing the secrets of the father or brothers she adored. No, she worked her way through finishing school, learning all the etiquette she needed, she worked in order to ensure that she was as aware of all the nobility and noble etiquette as possible and, fundamentally, she prepared for the trial where her family admitted their lie to her, where her brothers and father were not there and where she, Celeste, would have to stand alone. It did not seem to be an unreasonable thing to prepare for in truth.