Alaine Winters

Alaine Winters is the mate of Gabriel de le Poer, and mother of Caillen, Elvira, Elijah, Baratheon, Stannis, and Mairsile. She served as the only Apothecary of the Cour des Miracles pack until the fall of 2011, when she and her family returned to her birthplace of Airgid Gleann. She is the current matriarch of the Winters family and Dara of the Macha Tribe, where her extensive knowledge of healing and the Coisricthe Religion are put to good use.


by Alaine

Alaine Winters


Alaine, by Kiri
PlayerAlaine
Date of BirthOct 2008
GenderFemale
Subspecies100% Canis familiaris ortus
LuperciYes (Ortus)
Birth placeAirgid Gleann
MateGabriel de le Poer
'Souls Profile

Cour des Miracles

Joining dateOctober 16, 2010[1]
RankMarquess
SignificanceMember
Co-RankApothecary

Colouration

  • Optime Hair: Fiery Orange (#a84f13)
  • Eyes: Forest Green (#28a23c).
  • Fur:
    • Primarily #Wheat (#ebd9ae), with darker parts areas of #Driftwood (#ae8150).
    • Belly, haunches, muzzle, legs and neckband #Pampas (#f2ede9), fading to white.
    • Dark accents on ears and around eyes is #Shingle Fawn (#664a2e).
    • Paw-pads and nose are a liver #Santa Fe (#a86955).

Above art by Alaine

History

Early Life: Pre-'Souls

Long before her arrival into the world of Nova-Scotia, Alaine's ancestors were born to a small collie-based tribe of Optime-shifters that dwelt in the region previously known as North Ireland. The secrets of the Macha Tribe are well kept, but a belief of the pagan-based Coisricthe Religion they were known to have practiced have been passed down over genetarions into the Winters family. Having gleaned knowledge of their humanoid predecessors, the Macha Tribe developed a language linguistically close to that of Gaelic dialect, and were known to speak it (and an adaption thereof) in all three of their available forms.

Due to inter-tribal wars the Macha tribe dissipated, leaving one small family that clung to their traditions and lived well in the bountiful lands of Airgid Gleann. It was to this small family that Alaine and her siblings were born, in an old estate mansion near to the coast. For a time, she grew in relative peace, and was allowed the fanciful youth of a wildling girl. When she came of a suitable age, Alaine studied the healing lore of her mother (who for a long time had been the clan's only healer) and was also taught all of the practices and rites of her tribe's ancient religion.

When Alaine reached the precious age of 10 months, not yet an adult but at the fragile stage where a girl becomes a woman, a new face appeared among the fractured family, faking pleasantries as an innocent traveler. His name was Banja Romano, and he was to spread great evil throughout her life. As it were, the large wolf was able to lure the young collie-maiden from her family and into his own harem, upon which he revealed a true, cruel nature. His dominance over her was brutal and total, the scars of which still remain embedded in her shoulder (and her heart) to this very day. Banja sired the bastard child Caillen Winters, through no will of Alaine. When the realization came to the girl that she was pregnant with the spawn of this devil, she managed to flee from his grasp, as, complacent with his impregnation of her, Banja had grown lazy in his administrations. Running from recapture, Alaine headed into the heart of Nova-Scotia.

A new Epoch: Cour des Miracles

After being nursed back to health by a kindly stranger (who she later came to befriend, a gentleman named Daisuke Ghanjai, the young mother became desperate for a means to provide for her new pup. The boy, born large and early, was sickly in his youth and she worried for his health. Risking capture, the frightened young colliewoman scavenged from a nearby pack, Cour des Miracles. One morning, she was caught trying to steal a young calf from their fields, and she and her son were taken captive for questioning.

Thankfully, the individuals who lived in the pack were a kindly sort, and they quickly forgave the young mother for her desperate crimes. After some time, she slowly emerged from her shell of nervousness, and made many friends among her packmates. Slowly but surely, Alaine rekindled some of her old fire, and before long she was offering to aid the pack in whatever minor medical situations they needed. Her innate skill as a healer, along with her prior training as a medic, provided the young mother with a slow-growing fame within the pack. Soon enough, she was offered the position as the pack's only Apothecary, the lead healer.

For some time after this, Alaine lived peacefully, offering help and aid to any who required it. Given free range of the beautiful and bountiful territory lands, her frail son Caillen quickly grew into his skin, and his health improved dramatically. He grew to be a huge young man, showing the height of his father, along with the inherent elfish beauty of the Winters line.

All is fair in Love and War: 2011 onwards

After some time, the satisfaction of safety began to wear off, and Alaine grew increasingly unsettled in her Cour des Miracles home. A small part of her, growing with each day, longed to return to the wild rolling hills of Ireland, and the silver valley in which she had been born. Now a young man, Caillen was growing increasingly distant and independent, seeking his own thrills beyond the pack's borders. After a hazardous run-in with a blue eyed demon, the Irish mayflower met for the second time with Gabriel de le Poer. Inferni's then-Aquila was a handsome, virulent man, with glossy black hair that reminded her of ravens wings - she mentally dubbed him the Raven King, and had a fleeting, fanciful affair with the man.

Realizing that their passions had grown, Gabriel and Alaine became secret lovers. Meanwhile, and unbeknownst to Gabe and Alaine, Caillen had become enamored with Gabriel's daughter Talitha de le Poer. This obsessive romance, in connection with an increasingly dark state of mind, would unfortunately lead Caillen to press his luck at Inferni's borders. This breach of territory resulted in a dramatic showdown between Caillen and Gabriel's son Ezekiel de le Poer. In the end, Ezekiel would murder Caillen in a quick scuffle by stabbing him through the heart with his own crude antler-carved dagger.

Alaine found out about the death of her son from Talitha, who came to the colliewoman to be rid of the child she made with Caillen, a reserved and dark little boy called Cernunnos Winters. Enraged and maddened with grief, Alaine came to take revenge on Ezekiel for the death of her son. She was stopped by Gabriel, who in protected his own son, kept Alaine at bay. Unable to physically harm Zeke, Alaine cursed him with an old Macha Tribe curse, condemning his children and his children's children to also be cursed.

Having lost her only blood-tie to Nova Scotia, and full of grief, Alaine decided to leave for her homeland. Gabriel, torn between his love for Alaine and his duty to Inferni, decided last-minute to join her. The two lovers have been inseparable since, and have had more children together.

Personality

Alaine can be described as nothing less than a mother. Her instincts are sharp, her nerves frayed, and her heart both weak and strong. Alaine is very mistrusting and protective, both because of her mothering instincts and because of her shady past; She would do anything, absolutely ANYTHING for her family. Blessed with a quick wit that has seen her and her pups through many a close shave with death and danger, Alaine has seen too many devils for her to be the innocent, joyful beauty she once was.

Yet despite these trials and the constant pressure of sustaining life, she is caring and kind, never wanting to see suffering in another. She is meek almost the the point of flaw; Submission to those who can overpower her in size and strength seems to be imperative to remaining in one piece. However, watch out: This shy and fragile little pixie also has a surprisingly resilient streak of iron running down her spine! She has had to fight for her life, and kill to survive, and under the right circumstances would certainly do so again. Now, having mastered the art of throwing knives (in particular, her healer's dagger), Alaine has taken her remnants of spite at the hands of fate and turned it into a viable weapon. She expertly toes the line between mild, contained and downright dangerous. Add in her rich ancestral ties, with pagan worship and the power of belief, and meek-hearted Alaine has been known to turn into a wrathful, cursing hellion!

Relationships

Family

Friends

  • Daisuke Ghanjai:: Due to saving her and her son's life on first meeting them, it was difficult for Alaine to remain unattached to this male, who she quickly began referring to as her "Golden Dragon". Having suffered an irrational predisposition towards males for a long time, it was Dai who eventually cured her broken heart. The male quickly became her closest (and only) friend, and although he travelled often, they met frequently. After a night of fun and alcoholic consumption they became lovers, but after a miscarriage and a series of threats from Caillen, the two parted ways.
  • Orin Takekuro:: When Alaine first met Orin, she was baffled by the woman's brilliant pink-dyed fur and her unstoppable motor mouth. However, having a rather quiet personality herself, the colliewoman sound found that she and the chattering wolfess clicked. Orin dedicated some of her time to teaching the basics of reading and writing to Alaine, and in return the woman taught her friend some of the ways of the Macha tribe and some healing know-how. The two became fast friends during this process, and remained in touch even after Orin left Cour des Miracles.
  • Jefferson Soul:: Having met the rather prickly persona of Jefferson on a gloomy day in Halifax, Alaine was untirely unsure of both his rank and his intentions. However, with his blunt and somewhat irritable nature, it soon became obvious to the colliewoman that he was a trustworthy sort. The two formed some sort of unspoken silence, and after a second meeting revealed many deep and dark secrets to each other. Jefferson has proved his value of a confidant to Alaine, and in return, she seeks to aid him however she can.
  • Gabriel de le Poer:: After an unlikely meeting in their youth, Alaine and Gabriel did not see one another again until adulthood. They met initially as pups and voyaged aboard a pirate vessel, where Gabe stole an emerald necklace for Alaine, which the woman still keeps hidden today. On their second meeting, the colliewoman was saved from the dangerous madman Haku Soul by Gabriel, and although she did not recognize him at that point, she began to fashion him in her mind as some sort of Savior. After further chance meetings which revealed latent memories and emotions, the woman unconsciously sought him out one night, and together they concieved the children Elvira Winters and Elijah Winters. Although she may love him, in a strange way, Alaine accepts that they will never be together, for they are "as different as the sun and the moon".
  • Strelein von Rosnete:: Not long after she had moved into the Chien Hotel, Alaine met Strel. Their initial meeting was due to the skilled tailor having accidentally stepped on numerous sewing needles, requiring the healer to help him remove them and dress the wounds. Her amaibility with the quirky male quickly blossomed into respect and friendship, especially after Strel created a beautiful yellow dress for her to wear as a show of gratitude for her helping him.

Acquaintances

Held in Disregard

Steed

Nana, also affectionately known as 'horse', is a broodmare from the CdM stables that Alaine eventually took as her own. During her pregnancy, the colliewoman required a steed to cart around her fat womb. She was assured that Nana was the most docile, and has never ridden a horse apart from the bay since. Alaine is actually rather attached to the mare, who, although rather round in the girth and slow in pace, has the most placid of natures. As she was a broodmare, her children pop up all over the place. Most of them can be aqcuired from the Cour des Miracles stables.

Appearance

Optime Form

This is Alaine's preferred form, as she is able to use the dexterity of thumbs to perfect her healing craft. Due to her collie-bred nature, she is notably leaner, shorter and daintier in built to those of wolven blood, however Alaine still maintains a natural and somewhat graceful motion on two legs. When in this form, Alaine is most commonly seen with her fingerless gloves and her Apothecary satchel.

Lupus Form

Click the title for image. Alaine's lupus form is that of a regularly built female collie. She has a remarkably soft and silky pelt, more for show as it does little to keep her warm in the cooler months of winter. Note that in this form, the four claw-scars present on her shoulder in Optime form are still visible.

Secui Form

This is the least used of all Alaine's forms, and she has only truly been in it once. The form itself is foreign to her, and she cannot slip into it at will - It requires extreme stress or pain for the transformation to take place. In Secui, she is leggier and rangier, as well as much larger than in her regular Lupus form.

Mischellaneous

Alaine's most prominent features are her eyes, her hair, and her scar. Her eyes are inverted, meaning the iris (area around the pupil) is LIGHTER than the sclera (white area of a human eye). Her hair is a vibrant auburn color, and when in Optime form, it falls into natural ringlets. Lastly, her scar comprises of four separate claw marks, the center two being the longest.