Quenezarea is an immortal who served in the Court of Zepzaris for many years before she gave her allegiance to Lord Takanepi. Although she is skilled in battle, she detests conflict; instead, her greatest talents are painting and music.
Quenzarea seems cold and dull, but her friends realize that she is emotionally fragile. She seldom speaks to those beyond her own court, for she thinks it is not right for a servant to express themselves too much. In her heart, she often feels critical towards others of her rank, especially those who lack respect for the Esu. Takanepi thinks this is a legacy from her time in Imbire.
Although few people know it, Quenezarea once made a binding promise that forces her to obey whichever Esu she serves without question. Even now, in the Court of Nezruthar, she struggles to make her own decisions. Quenezarea worries a lot and withdraws into icy silence whenever she feels hurt. Change terrifies her. However, when her heart thaws she can be warm and helpful.
Court: Quenezarea has served in the courts of Imbire and Zepzaris, but her current ruler is Lord Takanepi of Nezruthar. She loves him dearly, for he is the only Esu to have shown her kindness and respect, and it makes her angry to hear others call him weak.
Home: Quenezarea dwells in the wintry land of Kayuvare. The people of Vanotaqua tell many tales of her Citadel, Falhian – a ‘palace of ice’ that shelters enchanting gardens beneath its roofs. However, few people have ever beheld Falhian, for she regards it as her sanctuary from the brutal outside world.
Interests / Pastimes: Quenezarea is a fine musician, but her true love is painting. She has created portraits of all the vassal-emperors of Vanotaqua, alongside many other mortals. She also enjoys painting nature and fantastical scenes. Takanepi especially likes her Jesemea – art-books filled with intricate geometric patterns.
Friends: Quenezarea has often been without friends. When Carashanza first joined Zepzaris, Quenezarea found it hard to welcome her into the court. She thought Carashanza was self-serving, scheming and arrogant, while Carashanza clearly regarded her as a pathetic fool.
It was years before they began to respect each other. Finally, however, their shared experiences forged a strong friendship between them. Sometimes Quenezarea still finds Carashanza hard to understand, and she does not approve of her ‘audacity’ towards the Esu, but she admires her inner strength. Most of all, she is grateful to finally have someone she can call a friend.
Quenezarea used to serve the Court of Imbire before her Citadel was conquered by Lady Mormariul of Zepzaris. Although it was very long ago, the memory of her years under Saroparel’s regime remain with her, and she clings to Imbire’s ideals even though they left her crushed.
Mormariul told Quenezarea to be glad that she had been ‘rescued’ from Saroparel’s tyranny, and so Quenezarea tried to be happy in Zepzaris. When Mormariul complained that her Imbirean ways were irksomely humble and dreary, she tried to express herself more. She dedicated herself to honing her fighting skills because that was what Mormariul valued.
Mormariul’s later descent into mental instability left Quenezarea traumatized. For years she endeavored to endure Mormariul’s cruelty and soothe her hysterical moods, but she could feel her own sanity cracking under the strain. Deep in her heart, she wished that Mormariul’s ally Takanepi would rescue her.
Finally Quenezarea was cast out from Zepzaris, leaving her free to grant Takanepi her allegiance. The rest of the realm despised her for having remained loyal to the tyrant Mormariul for so long, but Takanepi knew of her binding promise, and he has always treated her with compassion. He is careful in the way that he phrases his requests, for he does not want her to feel compelled to obey him. Quenezarea is grateful for his kindness, and feels utterly devoted to him.