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Εὐρυδίκη ∞ Eurydice ∞ Edith Dice ([personal profile] oak_daughter) wrote2011-12-26 02:01 pm

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Various bits of head canon in no particular order.

  • She'll refer to her grove mates as 'sisters' though biologically she's not related to them.
  • Sexually she is attracted to both men and women and if you get down to it, she's pansexual.
  • While much more reserved than others of her kind, Eurydice still does fall into passions.
  • She hasn't had many male partners at first due to fearing becoming pregnancy (at the least until modern contraceptives came around) and her attempt to remain loyal if only in memory to her marriage. As such, she often seeks female company over male companionship. Still, Eurydice has slipped and slept with a man during her more depressed/lonely spells.
  • She's only fallen in love once, even if she cares deeply for friends. Between her love for the man who turned around and the fear of being hurt and left behind again, she refuses to fall in love.
  • She makes small gestures of worship towards Persephone/Kore.
  • She has terrible abandonment issues and over the years she's become terrified of expressing 'weaker' and 'undesirable' emotions.

Ancient Greece Head-Canon
  • Eurydice was 'born' approximately 1600BC and as such she is and young for a nymph. Her death was not very long after.
  • She has no father nor mother, save the branches of her Oak tree along the mountain side of Thrace. Her grove had close connections to the Thracian Maenads and a few of her grove mates were apart of the Maenads. They were very unhappy about her death and all connected to it.
  • Eurydice has always been cautious compared to most nymphs, and preferred the idea to serve Artemis to Dionysus. Thus Eurydice was relatively sheltered when she met Orpheus.
  • She was among the best dancers of her grove and could pick up steps to new dances very quickly.
  • Eurydice is tight lipped on how she died; she does not say if a satyr or Aristaeus chased after her before she was bitten by a venomous snake. (Spoiler: It was Aristaeus, and while her sisters did have revenge on him, Eurydice doesn't believe anyone but fellow nymphs would believe her.)
  • Her resentment should be more placed on Hades and the rules of the undead than her former husband, but because of something akin to Stockholm Syndrome, Eurydice doesn't have hard feeling towards Hades or Persephone.

'Modern', or Post Death
  • Hades faded and Eurydice came back to life approximately 550 AD.
  • Eurydice has lived in Turkey, Egypt, Austria, France, and England, and immigrated to the United States in 1842.
  • Eurydice still loves plants and nature. It's hard living in a large city but she's managed to do it in Constantinople-later-Istanbul, Alexandria, Vienna, Paris, London, and New York. She'll spend her free time in parks, gardens, and in modern days she tries to find places with rooftop gardens or balconies.
  • Her apartment always has to have potted plants, even if the apartment is insanely small. She'll make it work. Currently Eurydice has a small, comfortable apartment, barely 300 feet. She's selected a small and cheaper apartment in order to get a rooftop garden. She dearly misses her flowers back in Greece, but she's finds local plants aren't nearly as stressed and that's the important part.
  • While she no longer has the ability to manipulate nature, she does have the ability to empathize with plants. It makes some sense since she and her kin are spirits of plants.
  • Owns a few acres of land near San Fransisco purchased a few years prior to the Gold Rush. The vegetation has grown wild and thick and she only maintains it if there's an environmental risk. Eurydice goes there on vacation in the acres to regularize before going back out and pretending she's human. She's allowed her grove mates to rest there as well. It's simply just land with no buildings on it.
  • Eurydice can speak Greek,Turkish, Arabic, French, and English. She's preparing to learn Mandarin so she can seek employment in the next century in China.
  • Litter bugs have been her recent victims of her wraith; though she deals with them on a level that won't get her sent to jail.
  • She has lived as a man in various eras and times in order to maintain her independence. t was during the late 18th century that she began to be an female assistant and then after the American Civil War Eurydice began to practice as a funeral director as embalming sky rocketed.
  • She has not been back in Europe/Asia since moving to the US, her earlier excuse was her hatred of sea travel. Now she just feels there's nothing for her in Europe anymore.

Before the 'Descent to the Underworld'
- Perhaps she was not so different from her kin, sweet and witty and graceful. Perhaps she was wiser and more careful than her sisters due to her youth and knowing the tales of kin who were whisked away by gods, transformed, or destroyed by vengeful goddesses. She kept a decidedly low profile. She adored dancing and was the best among the nymphs, an accomplishment considering the freedoms and abilities of nymphs. Even when she fell in love with Orpheus and during their courting, she remained cautious and wise. When she finally dropped her caution during her wedding feast, she paid for it with her life.

After the Descent to the Underworld and before the fall of Paganism - When Orpheus failed to save her, Eurydice was unique in Hades. A nymph who refused to forget. A nymph who would never be turned into tree or creature. A nymph who would walk all the plains of the Unspoken One's kingdom. A nymph who refused to celebrate her sensuality. At first she was bitter and she clung to that bitterness. Clung to it enough that it still remains with her to the modern day. But gradually she began to open up to heroines, to heroes, to those who forgotten and to those who were too scared to forget. She became a friend of sorts to Persephone, as much as one could be when the Iron Queen became as cold as Hades in the winter seasons.

Fall of Paganism to Modern Day - Eurydice has become a strange contrast of compassionate and acerbic (though she only shows her bitter and sad side to those like her, usually not mortals). She has little time to hear about religion and faith, seeing as she knows what happens to all gods in the end of their reign. One would think she'd celebrate her new life, but she's spent such a long time in the Underworld and built up so many defenses that she remains cautious. She's become more open over the centuries though she refuses herself some joys. She doesn't take long term lovers, not out of loyalty to Orpheus but rather the emotional strain of being with someone longer than a few months. She's seen the sad state of affairs that happened to her kin, she won't be one of them. She's quite aware she has issues, but due to her existence, she's quite aware that she can't go to a therapist for her issues.

The Orpheus Issue - She loves him. She's angry with him. She fears seeing him. She feels guilty for what she's done to him. She believes he'd be unhappy with what she's become. She's heard rumors but nothing for sure so she avoids him, because she's not the woman she used to be. In her eyes she's become bitter and neurotic. [notes- Mainly for the purpose of avoiding tromping on toes of other players and giving me the freedom of playing with Eurydice.]