Unlike her brother, Velaine spent her childhood in a dream come true. Coming from one of the wealthiest family in Rynmere, everything she wanted she got. Her parents spoiled and pampered her, believing that one day she might grow up to be someone worthy to marry the king. They didn’t bother spending a great deal on her education, to them she only needed to be groomed into the perfect woman.
Then, Zara came along. Velaine was thrilled with the idea of having a baby sister, but she could not help noticing how her family’s attention shifted away from her. Xander, who had always been so busy with Badon, now never left their little sister’s side. Their parents turned away from her, doting on their new child instead. Needless to say, the young girl soon become jealous. She was angry with her parents, but even more so with her brother. Xander would always put Zara first in her eyes – refusing to play with her because Zara wanted to explore, paying little attention to her whenever the young Krome was around. Some might call the jealousy petty, but it consumed Velaine nevertheless. She wanted things to get back way the way it was.
Unfortunately, some sick god had decided to answer her prayer. At the young age of ten, Zara’s life was ripped away by a mysterious illness. The tragedy hit their family hard. Her parents were busy mourning for their daughter and her brother locked himself away. No one seemed to remember that Zara was sister too and so, the girl wept alone. It took some time for her family to heal and even then, things changed among them. Jersey and Sophia now turned to their heir, using Xander to do their tasks while they did who knows what.
At some point, Velaine simply stopped craving for their attention and began studying the politics of Rynmere. No one seemed to notice that the coddled girl turned into something else while the family was occupied with their newest arrival. She observed the nobles as her family threw lavish balls or get invited to prestigious events. It did not take long for her to realize that the powerful could get whatever they wanted. The girl also noticed how these people were suspicious of each other, fearing that competition might take away what they had.
Slowly but surely, Velaine gained more ambition and kept a clueless façade at the same time. She showed what her parents wanted to see, just a girl eager to find prince charming and be swept off her feet. The young woman would party and gossip and flirt with the handsomest men. She showed no interest of court intrigue in public, while silently watching everyone’s every move. It didn’t take long for Velaine to come into the conclusion that despite Jersey and Sophia’s confidence, they did not have the finesse to gain more power than what they already had. Her father was foolishly cruel to their people, easily gaining their hatred, and her mother was too complacent to do anything about it. They were useless and Velaine knew she could do much better than that.
One day, the young woman realized that she might have played her part far too well. Her parents suddenly decided that Velaine was too carefree and useless for whatever schemes they had in mind and decided to send her away to study about trade and business in Ne’haer. It easily became the best gift her parents had ever given her.
For the first time, the young woman was given a taste of what the world might be like. Velaine did not need to pretend to be a simple girl, exceling through her studies and gaining many friends along the way. It seemed like she had found a place where she was truly wanted, not just a pawn to someone else’s game. She slowly came into her full potential – so much that she had attracted the attention of a mage named Elrik. Velaine, having developed an interest in magic, encouraged his advances and they swiftly became lovers. While the lady did not possess strong feelings for the man, Elrik had truly fallen for her. That made it all the easier for her to convince him to teach her everything he knew about magic.
At first, her family had frequently sent her correspondences, outlining how she could return of home soon once she mastered the art of business and perhaps even get to know some merchants from Ne’haer. Velaine had been careful in wording her replies, wanting to keep her family in the dark regarding her true level of intelligence and her newly acquired magic. Unsurprisingly, the messages came less and less. And with all the madness happening in Rynmere, the letters just stopped coming one day and the lady did not bother seeking them out. Truth be told, Velaine was more than happy to be forgotten. Her proximity with Elrik had made her grow fond of him and she eventually agreed to live with him. She could already imagine spending her entire life right where she was.
Of course, it did not take long until her little paradise was broken and a letter came to her room one night. Now that Xander was marrying and soon will leave their family, Velaine was summoned back home. Truthfully, she had loathed the idea at first – returning to all the intricacies of the Rynmere nobility – but it did not take long for her to realize the opportunity. She was now first in-line to inherit the barony once her parents were gone. With this in mind, the lady decided to abandon Ne’haer and her lover to come back home. No one has any idea that Velaine Krome is coming with magic at her side and with the new law in Rynmere, she will do anything to keep it a secret.
Revenge is a dish best served cold. Sofia and Jersey have long since zapped whatever healthy relationship you might have offered; but the deeply seeded betrayal of your brother sits heavier on your heart. Not only did he turn his back on you for your younger sister, he has now replaced you for his new wife, Celeste Andaris. The barony might be a nice consolation prize for a secretly intelligent noblewoman such as yourself, but wouldn't it be far more rewarding to see Xander suffer as you have? So continue smiling. Smile until he regains your trust. Then, and only then, will your silence show strength and not weakness.
Velaine puts on the mask that everyone likes to see. Her parents raised her to be someone they can marry off to a powerful man and that’s who she pretends to be. In public, the young woman can often be seen gossiping with her fellow ladies or flirting with attractive men. She seems completely oblivious to the intrigues of the nobility, her attention focused on superficial things. Velaine is often described as friendly and respectable, trained in elegance as most the women were. The nobility often dismisses her as harmless, which is how Velaine likes to keep it. Let them underestimate her until it is far too late.
With the goal of gaining allies in the nobility, some people might catch a glimpse of the sharp-witted, sharp-tongued Krome. Velaine knew that she cannot keep playing the oblivious girl if she is to gain some support. While not claiming to be a mastermind, the young woman is certainly much more intelligent than anyone would have imagined. She has an inborn talent for leadership and organizing, which surfaces very rarely because of the lack opportunities that had been given to her. If there is one thing Velaine is sure of, it is her ability to read people. Whether due to her habit of observing people or her psychological studies, Velaine find it easier for her to discern individuals – whether it was their feelings or motives. This ability of hers is enhanced even more with her initiation into Empathy.
Since she was young, the lady believes with all her heart that power is the only way for her to find happiness. People will turn their attention to her, respect her if
she is holding the authority. Velaine had watched Jersey and Sophia wasting the power of their family and believes she can do much better when given the chance. Her time in Ne’haer and learning magic had given her a taste of another sort of power, but her return to Rynmere will no doubt awaken her flaring ambition to take over their family.
Growing up believing that she had no one to rely on, Velaine owed allegiance to no one but herself. The young woman believes that she can only truly trust herself, regarding everyone else with suspicions. They always want something from her and could not careless about her well-being. With such a pessimistic view, it has been difficult for her to make lasting connections. In the lady’s mind anyone in her life will inevitably fail her and she prefers to betray them first than face the hurt that may come with it.
Velaine’s morality can be described as gray… at best. She cannot stand to watch thoughtless cruelty and will act if she believes that the consequences will not be disastrous for her – otherwise, the woman will stay her hand. The young woman will never purposely set out to hurt an innocent, but have no qualms in punishing those who have wronged her. There is, however, one thing for sure: she will do anything to get what she wants.