Julianna R. Marley
She was born to Fiona and Sirius Marley and was their first kid out of 6 and had been 9-10 years old when the war of the false king started. Her mother was a spell weaver, someone who makes new spells, and her father was a farmer. They lived out in the wilderness away from the city on a medium sized farm with a lot of sheep, pigs, cows, and chickens.
She was taught the arts of sword fighting and bodily combat by her father and how to take care of a farm.She was taught multiple languages, how to tailor and make clothes, how to spellweave, how to cook, how to wood carve, how to read a map and more by her mom. Her father didn’t like going into the city as he struggled with extreme paranoia so she would escort her mom there when she was younger then go by herself or with her younger brothers when she was older.
She learned how to evade the false king’s guard and how to make her and her mother seem less powerful then they were so they wouldn’t be forced into either side of the war. She assisted under a anonymous name, Tempest, giving her new spells, runes, and weavings to local rebellion groups who were able to coordinate with large groups
She took up the job of head of the house after her father died and her mother got sick. Her job became to manage the farm and it’s products, keep the house in order, teach her younger brothers, sell her’s and her mom’s spells and weavings, and find spouses for her brothers and herself. She taught one of her brothers, Ronan, who like their mother and herself had a high ability for making spells and weavings.
She taught two of her other brothers, Marcellus and Terrance, how to take care of the farm and it’s business. Her two youngest brothers Ocatavian and Sirius II were leaning towards joining the city's local guard so she hired a combat teacher for them and practiced with them as well. When she was 22 she met a woman, Elaine Barrena, who was from the coastal cities and ran a vampire coven with her husbands, Darius and Percival.
Elaine and Julianna got to know each other and spend time together. Eventually the two started dating and after a year of being together she started to date Darius and Percival too. It took some adjusting to getting used to being in an already existing relationship since they had a past and a way of operating in their relationship but it worked after a while. She didn’t stop working on her farm while being in a relationship with them but they moved to a nearby city and settled their coven down around there.
Elaine, Percival and Darius as well as their whole coven were working with the Sparrows to overthrow the false king and Julia helped them when she could but only under the name Tempest. When she was 25 they turned her into a vampire after a year of preparing her and making sure that she wasn’t just doing it for them but because she actually wanted to be a vampire.
Julianna saw the rises in the aggression of the army and the level of casualties caused by both sides trying to fight for their cause and she wanted to be strong enough to not be hurt by the common things, the things that could take her away from her family early. She had rough time with controlling her new set of powers and bloodlust, more so than usual but Elaine, Percival and Darius said the harder the bloodlust was to control the more likely it was that she was going to be a strong and high ranking vampire.
Elaine, Percival, and Darius had both been turned by people who were 2 lines down from the original vampires which made Julianna someone who was 3 lines down. This means that unlike many vampires, her powers would work on other vampires. Any vampire 4 or less lines down from the original vampire will have venom that affects other vampires, be hard to compel or mess with psychically, be stronger than all vampires in a line below them, have a higher chance of making vampires when they do it, and have a sire bond with those they turn.
Anyone 5 lines or lower from the original vampires won’t have a sire bone with their creator. (The Sired complies with the direct and indirect orders of the Sire in order to show its loyalty). Elaine, Darius and Percival had her go through an extremely difficult process of breaking the sire bond which took a year and there were more than a few points where her willpower almost gave in but she kept fighting.
The four had a happy relationship and were able to make something out of all the chaos going on from the war. Then tragedy struck when the false king’s army and the Sparrows armies collided in the nearby city, the city that Elaine, Darius, and Percival lived in. The Coven of Barrena was killed by a group of witches working with the false king after they were able to hunt down some of the Sparrows' associates. Julianna found Elaine, Darius, and Percival all dead. Julianna and 10 other members of the coven were able to escape.
After this she went into a blackout state of sorts and slaughtered over 580 members of the false kings army subsequently putting a target on her and her family’s head. This event garnered her the nickname Red Widow and overtime the event was exaggerated and her identity disappeared in this story leaving just the name and the event however there are some besides her still alive that know what actually happened on that night.
She paid one of the local families to bury the coven in a grave plot she paid for, she inherited all the wealth that her three partners had accumulated once they were killed (Magical inheritance) and she took their three bodies and buried them in this beautiful meadow in the forest where she buried both of her parents. She has it protected by woven magic she made before she had turned into a vampire so only people she permits may entire the secret meadow.
She gave the farm animals to a local farmer, had the property spelled with protective magic and left the town. She traveled around a bit with the 10 members of the old coven and her brothers. She was able to get them places to stay and food but she also found ways to help out the rebellion when she could. She wanted the war over and done with. During this time her main choice of color for her clothes was mourning black. The grief she felt was immense and to the point where she would describe it as soul crushing.
The war ended when she was 29 and shortly after the old Elurid Kingdom was split into the four kingdoms with the unknown city of outlaws and criminals, Kilrest. She bought a castle in the mountains where she stayed with her brothers and the other ten vampires. Her brothers eventually ventured out and settled down in different kingdoms. She was proud of them to see that they were able to start a new life in the rubble of the past.
After a while of spending most of her time in the castle except for when she was feeding she decided to leave. She started to integrate herself in the social circles of each kingdom, from high to low, since she had experience with being in almost all of them. She and 6 other high ranking vampires made the Council of Iron, a very low key and secretive group that’s name is only known to those six people.
Whispers of a council that watches vampires from the shadows and comes to put certain ones in their place when they step out of line exist but no one knows for sure who makes it up, how many there are inside the council. They don’t hold any business, make any money, or govern beyond that.
They just dispose of those who are causing too much trouble and watch over vampires from the sidelines, observing the growth and who is added to the population. Julianna jokes to herself that it's more of an exclusive club than any form of power really beyond scary bedtime stories to tell to the newborn vampires.
She was able to accumulate a wide net of people she trusts and she turned a lot of people into vampires. She always made sure to check and wait to see if this was something they actually wanted before turning them. No matter how they all fitted into her life the people she turned were people she cared about or grew to care about. There was no way to really determine how they would fit into her life unless she had a prior relationship with them before they turned that went beyond “she’s a vampire who could turn them”.
She learned to grow around the pain and grief. She learned how to open herself up to love again. She lost some of her sired family and she grieved them the same she grieved her family but this time with less murder unless they were murdered by someone because in that case they usual ended up with their head and limbs ripped off.
She dated people that she loved and cared for but she never really fell in love again till she met Victoria. She had met Victoria while on a mission looking for a small coven of vampires that had been giving the rest of the species a bad name by going around and killing innocent people.
She found herself very interested in this young woman but as she was already betrothed she decided to do her best to just remain her friend. She knew that even if she said to herself that she was keeping her distance and just being a friend...that she wasn’t acting like that. She was flirting with her and doing things for her that she wouldn’t have done for just anyone. She wanted to tell Victoria how she felt and stop her from marrying someone she knew she didn’t love.
Unbeknownst to her, the same night she was planning on going to Victoria’s family and showing them how wealthy she was and that she truly cared for their daughter was not only the same night Victoria was telling them how she felt about her but also the same night that the coven she had been tracking rolled into town. She immediately sought out her love and found her in her parents house.
She pulled her close and told her that everything was going to be okay. So as the town was in flames and screams echoed in the night air, she kissed her and she broke a rule she had been abiding for quite some time, she turned Victoria into a vampire without making sure that that was something she wanted.
She brought Victoria out and watched her feed on the people she wished to feed on. Julianna was able to save a good 50 people, children and the elderly, from the coven and then she slaughtered the coven except for their newborns. She sent the newborns to covens she knew would take them in. She didn’t mind all the fire and screaming but she did have to put a cap on it at some point.
Once Victoria got her fill she found her and put her jacket around her, escorting her out of the village and to her castle where she helped Victoria break the sire bond between them. If V wanted to be with her she didn’t want to have to worry that it was only because she wanted them to be together. She doted on and cared for V and made sure she was never without what she wanted or needed whether that be food, objects, entertainment, or her love. Eventually the two got married and she was very thrilled to make Victoria Jade, Victoria Marley.
Eventually the couple moved to Saforia where Victoria and Julianna started to engage more with the vampire community there. While at a party Victoria met a man named Victor who she felt a bond with after a few hours of talking to him. After a few weeks of them talking she introduced him to Julianna who found him interesting and felt a similar attraction to him. Her past was a constant shadow for her in her relationship and while Victoria knew about her past she hadn’t been ready to share that with Victor.
Despite the pain, the love she felt for him was strong enough that she moved past it to be in a relationship with him. As her individual relationship with him grew and their relationship as a group grew marriage was the next step they took. She is still salty that he won’t change his last name though or even hyphenate it. He knows she grew up on a farm and that she was turned into a vampire by someone she knew but then she picks up her history when she started to travel around the kingdoms.
She keeps those memories locked up so no one even knows they’re there or can access them without her permission and since at this point it’s just her and two other members of the Coven of Barrena left she doesn’t have to worry about anyone saying something out of turn. She has a vacation/getaway planned for the three of them back to her...or what’s left of her hometown so she can take Victor to Elaine, Percival, and Darius’s grave and open up those memories to him.