Princess Aurelia bint-Damir is the youngest member of the Royal Household, daughter of Prince Damir. Her mother was a Selkie, who taught her much of the things she knows today, including how to ride and how to defend herself.
BiographyAurelia was born as Aurelia Taistealaí of the Tribe of Louth to a Kyrenaian Father and a Selkie Mother, Marla Taistealaí of the Tribe of Louth, a well-known horsearcher. Her mother's mother is Alaina Taistealaí of the Tribe of Louth, the proprietor of the Buabhall Inn of Seabhcóir, who Aurelia helped during holidays to better up her pocket money until 2012.
While to her 'Daddy' was always her father, she never made the connection to him being a Kyrenaian Prince. He always had the most beautiful gifts for her, though, and she loved him dearly, as did her mother. One of her grand-uncles is Donald Críonna of the Tribe of Louth.
Prince Damir always somehow managed to separate private life and his duties as a Prince, basically establishing himself in Seabhcóir. They never married, out of worries that this would bring his lover in danger and thus endanger Aurelia as well, who didn't care either way.
In school, Aurelia had a rather calm, but steady career, joining the Younger Militia of Seabhcóir as law demanded it and joined the Children after her time as a Youngling. She also found interest in handling the bow from horseback, taught by her mother and going against local traditions.
In late 2012, her mother died during a riding accident, leaving Aurelia in the care of her Grand Uncle until her father took her to Kyrenaia in early 2013, where she was accepted by Razia Sultana as one of her grandchildren, her first, and officially recognized as a Princess of Kyrenaia - and wearing her school uniform for that occassion.
The remainder of the year was spent learning Kyrenaian with the aide of Prince Okan ibn-Dardan.
Aurelia was send to attend the Haram Girls Academy in Utica since 2014, having joined the Swimmer Team's Reserve and the Academy's Rider Squadron, where she is an instructor for Mounted Archery since 2014. Due to that, she came into contact with Princess Fara of Megido, who she is on very friendly terms with, despite the age difference of ten years.
Alone in her new school, in a completely different country and position, she had trouble to make any friends, until she met Luana Fiafia, a fellow student out of her home waters, from the Va'a Mamao Islands, a former Kyrenaian Colony, which had begun diplomatic relations with Kyrenaia after a long diplomatic ice age. As it happened, she fell in love, Fiafia realizing this - and using it. In coordination with her father, the Ambassador of the Va'a Mamao Islands, she seduced Aurelia, taped the whole thing and released it to the press.
The Fiafia-Scandal began. While Kyrenaian law does not forbid homo- or bisexuality, there's a huge cultural stigma against such actions and with the release of a video showing Aurelia doing it with another girl, and not being in the dominant position as well, that stigma was affixed to her, putting shame on her and her House - being called names, like 'Runt-Princess' and others, the whole shame culture descended upon her. The psychological strain was only enlarged by the shame being put on the Sultana Herself and the other side being the daughter of an Ambassador.
Throwing Fiafia out as a persona non grata would have been a diplomatic eclat and the Ambassador was well aware of that.
And while media descended upon Aurelia and her House like vultures onto a carcass, she harboured thoughts of suicide, which were quickly dissipated by the entrance of another man into her life: Aldhiyb, her Sand Wolf, a puppy back then, became her lifeline. She clung to it and as the assault became unbearable. Two weeks into the scandal, she was asked for tea with her Grandmother, the Sultana, being punished by her for putting shame onto the Household.
With that, the attention turned away from her, the nicknames slowly fading into obscurity, but the psychological strain remained, rearing its head again in 2017, during the State Visit of Duchess Marcella to Kyrenaia.
Tournament Rider, Diplomat and Lover
In 2015 and 2016, mounted archers trained by her brought home trophies and two riders participating in horsearchery competitions in the Free Lands during holidays did so quite successfully. Although bi-sexual, she has a crush on a boy of the Tabar Boys' Academy.
In 2017, she had an important part in the State Visit of Duchess Marcella to Kyrenaia and fell in love with Marcella. The two of them led a long-distance relationship, mostly only meeting on occassions of state, but in 2018, Aurelia took her boat Harira on a cruise to the UIS to meet her girlfriend again. In accordance with commands of her Grandmother and Matriarch, she told Marcella, that she was to break up the relationship, but decided, together with her, to fight for the relationship.
Later in the same year, she attended the Sinope 2018 Harbour Festival and was confronted by her grandmother about her relationship with Marcella - the Sultana ultimately approving, promising to enter talks with Marcella's mother about courtship. Still aboard the Aurelia,
Fighting for the Change of the Law of Marriage
Due to her relationship with Marcella deepening, and several other instances, Aurelia began to associate herself with a movement for a change in the Law of Marriage, which would allow same-sex marriages under the same rights, duties and obligations as heterosexual marriages. She joined the Movement in early 2019, soon becoming one of its spokespersons (her saying, that she leads a social revolution from her HGA-Dorms' Bedroom were a bit exaggerated, though).
She was not wounded in the 2019 Al'Arz Terrorist Attack, but she did go into treatment for Acute Stress Reaction. She also saved her teammate Samira Tanqulia from bleeding out. In late September 2019, she admitted to being in psychological treatment in response to the attack, much like her fellow survivors.
She is often described as the most unprincessy princess to ever walk the Azure Hall. People, on occassion, said her to be a demon, a tomboy and a whirlwind, but that is fine by her grandmother, who loves to have life in her palace.
Aurelia is also a benevolent person, willing and capable of raising funds for a good cause, donating time and effort to these causes as well. She's also intelligent and friendly, if one is friendly to her, loving her father idolatrously, which is returned in kind.
- "I am daughter of Kyrenaian Prince and a Selkie-Maiden. By blood, I am a Selkie and a Kyrenaian. By law, I am both. My heart says... that I am both."
When asked, if his daughter was an ideal candidate to play a damsell in distress, her father replied:
- "She is the sort of girl, who would liberate herself from the distress, meet the Prince shortly after the beginning of the story and then sock him for taking so damn long before taking care of the big bad herself... most likely by introducing him to the three magical words of 'blunt force trauma'."
Aurelia is bi-sexual and has developed a certain like for all things fast, from horses to motorcycles. She also loves illusion dresses, if she has to wear a dress, and loves the sea, for all its differences in itself. She owns a sail boat herself, the Cat-Yawl Harira.
Prince Damir has a close and loving relationship with his daughter, ever since the Fiafia-Scandal, during which she nearly committed suicide. Only her father gifting her with her Sand Wolf Aldhiyb and being there for her when he got, what was going on, saved her.
People have long held rumours, that the two of them were in an incestous relationship, citing several photographs of the two of them on the Sun Deck as proof. The two of them always declined that, correcting the photographs as images taken while he was massaging her back. Unbeknowst to the public, however, they did have a incestous relationship in the past, between 2015 and 2017, but stopped it. Nowadays, they still spent a night together on ocassion, but mostly snuggling.
Aurelia doesn't necessarily approve of his relationship with Nesrin Elba, but she understands him and his motives. She also likes Elba, so there is little in the ways of a problem.
Aurelia has a close relationship with Princess Fara, one of her first friends and a confidant of hers - as well as fellow horsearcher and competitor. Although both soon realized, that their strengths lay in different fields, for Aurelia on horseback, for Fara with the Swimmer Team, that didn't stop a friendly rivalry and competition.
It just shifted to the dance floor, where both of them excel, and to singing, where both of them are capable - the friendly character, however, shifted slightly, as Aurelia misses her friend dearly, when she is bound in Megido at her University or with other duties, but she understands both.
It was Fara, who introduced Aurelia to quite a few of the finer things in life, including male company.
The two Princesses are not too fond of each other, if one wants to use the euphemism, quite on the contrary - they do have a professional side to it, though, keeping their fights in private. From their first meeting onward, they couldn't like each other.
Aurelia's problem with Dschamilla are many, some of which are her fault, some of which are the other party's. Dschamilla's notions about how a Kyrenaian Princess has to behave and Aurelia's resistence to that is only the icing on the cake.
Nevertheless, Dschamilla is the only one allowed to call Aurelia the 'Runt-Princess' without harm befalling her, something, that not everyone can claim.
In 2017, Durchess Marcella visited the Sultanate on diplomatic business.
Atif and Aurelia were once an item, the Captain of the Axerider Squad of the TBA and the Lieutenant of the HGA's Horsearchery Team attending a few diplomatic balls together and spending nights together... not only doing that. Aurelia likes him still, very much in fact, but she has found her love elsewhere, with Marcella.
She knows, that it hurts him to work together with her and she knows, that he still feels what she refers to as 'Puppy-Loyalty'.
After the 2019 Al'Arz Terrorist Attack, it was Sarina's top priority to be sure, that Aurelia was safe and Aurelia knew that - although the situation did not allow for the two to speak much at the Al'Arz, simply seeing her Handmaiden and her smile made Aurelia feel a little bit better.
Aurelia and Razia have a relationship mostly connected by Aurelia's Father and the fact, that both of them are for a change in the Marriage Law to allow for homosexual marriage.