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Name: Valeria Yvette Aldridge||
Nicknames: Val, Vally, Ria, Ambi||
Age: Looks 30, Real 45||
Weapon affinity: The Sais Elektra||
Colour affinity: Peacock Blue||
Date/place of birth: 23rd September, Paris||
Face Claim: Amber Heard||
Build: Strong enough to take you down||
Hair colour: Changes each time||
Eye colour: Icy Blue||
Distinguishing marks: Tattoo on the back||
Positive Traits: +Smart, Courageous, Observant +
Negative Traits: - Sarcastic, Impatient, Stubborn -
Though Gonzales tried to hide the fact well, Theron noticed that he was quite enamoured with the girl but never had the courage to approach her and would try to encourage him. Just as Gonzalez was building up the courage, Charlotte was claimed by one of the most powerful and egoist Dhampir that ever existed- Alexander Salvano VI. Gonzalez’s rage could not be described but he couldn’t do anything about it.
From that time both Barques and the Aldridge hated the Salvano family. They didn’t harm them or anything, but just intensely disliked the way Alexander carried himself off. Both Gonzalez and Theron in a fit of rage, especially on seeing how Charlotte was becoming would think about just destroying the man, but they of course did not carry out any action.
As the years went by, Theron married the cousin of Barques and with her, he had four children- three sons and one daughter. They continued their fathers occupation of being a protector and were known as the Iron-willed Aldridge. They would attend social functions and be on the top of their game, but their dislike towards the Salvano family still continued and as time progressed, it got transferred from Alexander to his son Raymond and later to Jonathan. They made sure that none of their family or friends had any contact with either of them.
The Aldridge continued their progress, adding more family and friends to their circle but the memory of their hatred towards the Salvanos was diminishing and as the years progressed the Salvano name was almost ancient history. It was now the fourth generation of Aldridge after Theron lead by Warren Aldridge. In his travels around Europe, he met Esmeralda, the daughter of the local bookstore owner and it was love at first sight. They married three months later and after four years they had twins- Valeria and Florentin. Valeria was the name given by her mother and Yvette, by her father. She was a curious child from the very beginning always eager to learn and laugh. They were quite the happy family but their happiness did not last long. When both Valeria and Florentin were two years old, Floren was kidnapped and despite Warren’s innumerable efforts to find him, he never could be found and it was believed that he was dead.Both the pregnancy and Florentin’s loss took a huge toll on her mother who died a week later. It was then that Warren became distant-unable to look at Valeria or display affection towards her again On the insistence of other family members, he married again and while Madeline was a wonderful person no one could ever replace Esmeralda. He had three children with Madeline and though he loved them all, Valeria had a special place in his heart. However Warren showed his affection is a way, most wouldn’t understand. As the child of his beloved first-wife, he had high expectations of Val and was never satisfied no matter how hard she tried.
From her very childhood, Valeria felt the burden of both her her mother and Florentin’s death and her father’s expectations on her and though she did try hard to please him, it was never enough. If she got good grades, instead of appreciating her, her father would be displeased as she did not surpass everyone else. Madeline would try to soften her father’s words but it was never enough. She pushed herself again and again and again to excel in all that she did, but the words of appreciation or affection never came. Valeria was 13 when she finally came to the realization that no matter what she would do, she would never be able to fit in with the ‘happy family unit’ and would always be a disappointment to her father. Warren did not see her as a daughter, rather as a project he wanted to accomplish- to turn Valeria into this perfect version of a Aldridge.
This angered young Valeria greatly and she vowed that when she would be 18, she would leave the house and never look back. She had no fond memories there, nothing she could think back on with happiness. There emerged in her a deep desire, a desire to prove how wrong Warren had been about her and with this intensity of rage, she began concentrating on practicing her weapon skills day in and day out, trying to perfect the weapons as each year went by.
On Val’s 18th birthday, as was the custom, a weapon claiming ceremony was arranged for her and all her family members and friends came to see what weapon would claim her. The ceremony started in the morning with Val handling weapons of various shapes and sizes. It was only at dusk, just as she held the Elektra, that she felt the connection and the runes appeared, glowing a beautiful hue of peacock blue shade. All her family and friends rejoiced with Madeline and her siblings coming forth to congratulate her but as her eyes rested on her father, she knew that it wasn’t what he had wanted. ‘Elektra is fine, but I wish she had been claimed by the Tensen, now that’s a weapon of beauty. It was her mother’s weapon too.’ was what she heard her father say.
Something snapped inside Valeria at those words, the feelings from when she was 13 came rushing back and she knew that if she was to progress at all in life, she would have to get away from this stifling place. The day after the ceremony, she packed her bags and without a word of goodbye to either her parents or her siblings, she left their ancestral home in Paris and began travelling around and working as a bodyguard for the rich people and during her free time, she would teach fitness and fighting skills in a studio she would rent at each place. The venture was very successful and she lead a comfortable and adventurous life.
But a certain incident would definitely change that forever. At her 25th birthday, she was out to have a few drinks. It was around 2:00 in the morning when she left the club and began driving home. Halfway across her journey, she noticed a car left abandoned at the side of the road. Unable to suppress her curiosity, Valeria got out of her car and walking towards the abandoned car saw that three of its tires were flat. As she looked around for the passenger, her eyes fell on the figure of a girl hiding amongst the bushes. Slowly walking towards her, she spoke her own name and assured the girl that she wasn’t going to hurt her. After inquiring if she had called for help, Val was pleased to know that someone from her family would be coming along.
Not willing to leave the young girl unattended so late at night, she simply leaned against a tree, not even asking her to come out. Not long after, Valeria heard the sound of an approaching car which stopped at the spot. Before she could react, the girl and left her spot and flown into the arms of the man. Feeling glad that all was well, she was about to turn around and leave, when the man called out to her. Apparently the girl had informed him about his choice of staying there with her and the man was expressing his gratitude. His name, Valeria learned,was Maximilian Salvano and the girl was his youngest sister Emmett. That incident was like a catalyst in the tentative friendship that formed between the two and they began spending time with each other and with his family.
Maximilian's last name, though, sounded rather familiar to Val and out of curiosity she looked it up, in her family history and her great great great grandfather’s diaries. The written words made her a bit wary of this new acquaintance but as she began to interact more with Max, she realized that he was nothing like his father..In Maximilian, Valeria found a brother and a best friend she never really had and she valued his friendship immensely.
Val continued travelling about four more years, till she reached his twenty-ninth birthday.All through those years, she and Max kept in touch with each other, discussing their travels and experiences. In his latest phone call to Max, Val had asked his opinion about the next place she should go to and without a second thought, Max had invited her to Evermore, also known as Eternal City.
In two seconds was the invitation issued and in another two seconds it was accepted. Valeria was eager to see her friend again and a brief stay at this apparently unknown place wouldn’t hurt. She began preparing for her journey with excitement and curiosity. She would stay there was some time, learn about the place, improve herself, establish a studio to teach defense and leave soon. It would all be easy and she could then travel somewhere else, maybe Japan or Canada, she wasn’t sure.
And in this way Valeria landed in Evermore, quite clueless of how her destiny would change and how once here, she wouldn’t wish to leave. On reaching there, Maximilian informed her that he had received an emergency call from his family who needed him back in Spain and he was officially handing over the reigns of the Dhampirs in her hands. He had seen her train and he trusted her judgement in handling the responsibility. Though hesitant at first, Valeria finally accepted the offer and began the process of making Evermore her permanent residence.
Perhaps here she would finally find a home and a family that her heart unknowingly had been longing for all these years and she could finally be able to become more stronger and powerful just as she had desired long ago. Whatever it was, Valeria knew that this place would an immense effect on her and she couldn’t be more eager to start this new chapter in her life.
It was afterall never the end, just a new enigmatic beginning.
(Credit for this image goes to Ophelia <33)