"I am moved by fancies that are curled around these images, and cling: The notion of some infinitely gentle, infinitely suffering thing."
T. S. Eliot, Preludes
"The center, in fact, never holds." Ellory, on matters of order, social or otherwise.
"Poise is always a Toreador's art, they say. You never know who's watching." - Ms. Langley, coaching a neonate.
Burnout. That's what they say. They whisper it. Most often, when she's not looking. Sometimes when she is. An up-and-coming, promising spark set to ignite - gifted with stone and chisel.
Not all stars burn into their potential. Sometimes, they smoke and smolder to so much dust.
Look for her in an Elysium hall, if you'd like, if you're curious. Some say she's prone to appear, now and again, in some stray city secluded from the more turbulent currents of Camarilla life. Whether she'll be inclined to illuminate any of the rumors? Well, that's as a matter for personal investigation, isn't it?
Toreador Gossip & Reputation: Among the Roses, Ms. Langley is a known critic - frequently caustic and bitter, but skilled and particularly even-handed in her critiques. Toreador neonates have even been known to breath a sigh of relief at the mention that she might review their work. After all, she has adamantly stood up to more traditionally minded Toreador in defense of newer, less conventional art forms that nonetheless move the Toreador soul. Some whisper that this is an after-effect of her artistic immolation. Others suggest that she just enjoys presenting a contrary front.
Matters of status and other reasonably accessible 'facts.'
Notable Traits: If you haven't seen her, you haven't seen her, though some vagueries of description do exist. Some may have described her as lean though not tall; upright and composed, assuredly present in her space, rather than small. A substantial mane of long straight hair spills over her shoulders and down her back, contrasting oddly with the masculine cut of her slacks and suit coat. If you look carefully, you might even catch a glimpse of primitive adornments at her neck, her wrists, and her hands. Some call her brooding. Others call her sharp, even calculating. A more observant few, however, suggest that you haven't really seen Ellory until you've noticed her sitting, book in hand, wine glass nearby, well away from the noise and hustle of an Elysium event, studiously involved in her text.
Aliases & Affectionates: Ms. Langley to most, though rumor has it a few get away with calling her Elle.
Whispers and rumors exist, but few of them are confirmed. 'Nasso' has been said with the gravity of a House near her, most frequently by the 'brother' that she acknowledges as hers. Known Sanguinus Relations:
Valentijn Van Akkeren
Ms. Langley is an Accepted member of the Camarilla, currently Acknowledged in Denver, Colorado, and considered Confirmed by society at large.
A place for friends, allies, and enemies. (OOC: For those who wish to publicly claim a relationship with Ellory!)
Echoes Things she has said. (OOC: Feel free to add your favorites - I'll be adding mine!)
"I am far too sober for this."
"Yes. Of course. Eternity offers one limitless opportunities. Why didn't I think of that?"
"If the first word out of your mouth is not 'trap,' then you haven't been kindred long enough. Or you've been sheltered. That's possible, too."
Reflections Things others have about her said. (OOC: Feel free to add your favorites - I'll be adding mine!)
"She makes a burned out smolder seem so gratifyingly attractive. At least until someone explained the firefighting concept of flashovers." - Another Toreador, after an evening with Elle.
Speculations Rumors, stories and gross exaggerations promoted about her. (OOC: Feel free to add your favorites - I'll be adding mine!)
Ellory is fond of old books. She keeps a cache library that many a Noddist would love to see somewhere in a discreet location.
Ms. Langley has a long-standing feud with the Byli family. It's why she doesn't jump when they appear out of nowhere.
If you'r a neonate and you're in a predicament you don't know how to deal with, Ms. Langley will not only hear you out, she'll offer you some pretty sound advice. Don't believe me? Try it out.
Ms. Langley is the most discreet elder you will ever meet.
Credits: Shattered sculpture art credited to Kate MacDowell.