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Colette Hasting

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#1 Colette Hasting

  • Potential Hasting Heiress

Atium Chandelier
  • Age19

  • Relationship StatusSingle

  • OriginLuthadel

  • Allomantic StatusHidden

Posted 03 July 2009 - 04:33 AM

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Name/Handle: KChan

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Name: Colette Hasting
Type: Noble
Age: 19
Gender: Female
Place of Origin: Luthadel
Occupation: The one true Potential heir to House Hasting
Relationship Status: Single

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Type of Powers: Allomancy
Metals Used: Zinc
Degree of Skill: Advanced (Savant)
Status: Hidden

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Despite being of barely average height at around 5'6”, with a slender but still slightly curvaceous build, Colette strives to use her imposing presence to take command of any space she occupies. Rather than barking orders or acting in a domineering way, she strives to show by her very demeanor that she's in charge and ready to inherit the house title. Her keen, hawklike stare dares anyone to say differently, and even when putting on pleasantries, no smile ever truly reaches her dark eyes.

But Colette isn't all harsh stares and sharp edges; she also flaunts her femininity. Whether it's at a ball or with her father in his study, she carries herself with an imperious grace that many older noblewomen would envy. Her curly blonde hair is usually styled in a half-updo, and she commonly favors dynamic colors like pinks, reds, and other bright hues as well as feminine details like lace and intricate embroidery when choosing her clothing.

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If one were to choose a single word to describe Colette Hasting, it would be “control.” She doesn't just like to be in control, she craves it. Whether it's toying with some poor plaything with her Rioting or manipulating court gossip, she's grown accustomed to influencing the tide of events around her, sometimes for no other reason than just because she can. This tendency has only grown since she began helping her father, to the point where she simply expects to be in control of the house's affairs. Intelligent, quick-minded, and capable, Colette fits almost too easily into her role as her father's assistant, enjoying the added bonus of letting everyone in Hasting see just what a good leader for the house she'll really be – and neatly edging her cousin Caden out of as many opportunities as possible to do the same.

There is, however, a much darker side to Colette's need to be in control. She is almost incapable of truly enjoying anything else, leading her to scheme and manipulate and simply mess with people any time she is in need of a release, an adrenaline rush, or even just a bit of entertainment. With a complete lack of any empathy whatsoever, Colette acts with little to no regard for the price others will pay for her actions. So long as her goals are achieved, after all, what do other people matter? People are little more than pawns to her in the best of times, and less than playthings at the worst.

While she enacts any schemes that arise out of boredom with a callous disregard for others, she goes after what she truly wants with a ruthless, malicious determination. Human lives mean nothing to her in the grand scheme of things, and she will gladly sacrifice others' happiness, well-being, or even their lives if it results in a victory for her. In Colette's world, she is the only thing that truly matters.

Despite her vicious interior, Colette can be quite friendly and charming on the surface, winning allies and supposed “friends” with her pleasant demeanor and a friendly smile. She has become quite good at winning people's trust and admiration – those who don't know what she's actually up to, at any rate – making her quite effective at dispelling any nasty rumors her enemies might try to spread around.

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Special Skills: Horseback riding, dancing, finance and administration, scheming, strategy

Strengths: Whether it be lying, flattering, or utilizing a well-placed glance, Colette is extremely accomplished at manipulating other people both with and without the use of Allomancy. She is possessed of a keen insight which allows her to effectively read people, gaining her valuable information about their feelings and motivations. What she lacks in empathy she makes for in vicious cunning, cutting through emotional distractions to get to the core of any problem at hand. Her talent for scheming and political maneuvering is on full display in House Hasting's inner workings, where she has elevated herself from an afterthought to the male-dominated line of succession to one of two frontrunners for inheritance of the House Title. Allomantically, her constant use of zinc has lent her a frightening level of skill. Potent but delicate, her touch on others' emotions is very difficult to detect, and she is a self-proclaimed expert at applying the smallest of touches to just the right emotion to achieve the most powerful result.

Weaknesses: Colette is physically weak. She knows a few very basic techniques in order to defend herself in case her bodyguards fail, but she has no real combat training, and her size and build put her at a disadvantage in any and all combat situations. Her talent for scheming is also a double-edged sword: she is given to believe everyone around her is plotting something, whether or not she has any real evidence for it.

Colette's largest weakness by far, however, is her reliance on zinc. Almost ever since she Snapped, Colette has been Rioting somebody, either to get something she wants or just to experiment with what she can do. Her constant use of the metal might have made her Rioting more potent, but it also left her addicted to plying her craft. While she is happiest when manipulating someone towards some goal or another, in the absence of any particular scheme, she will Riot anyone within range just to sate that constant need. When she is alone, with no one to subject to her Allomancy, or if she is out of zinc, she will begin to feel anxious and unsettled, with her distress slowly rising the longer she is deprived of the sensation. She has even taken to sometimes burning zinc when alone, but it does little to calm her in the long term.

Needless to say, her naturally manipulative, controlling, and sociopathic tendencies do nothing to alleviate these problems.

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Born in 899 to Sheldon and Merissa Hasting, Colette was special from the very beginning. Though Sheldon loved his nephew Caden as though he were his own son, he had very much wanted a child of his own. And though he had been given a daughter when Hasting preferred male heirs, he was still overjoyed. She was his Colette, his treasure, and he would treat her as such.

His special treatment of her, even as she got older, quickly taught little Colette to prefer him to her mother, who was often left as the sole disciplinarian in the family. Sheldon would spoil her at every opportunity, at which point she would act like the spoiled brat she was becoming. Then Merissa would discipline her, and Colette would run crying to her father, who would indulge and coddle and pamper his little girl until the fit subsided.

The one thing Sheldon did not tolerate in Colette was when she was mean to her cousin Caden. She didn't understand: what was so special about him that made her beloved father, who loved her more than anything else in the whole world, side with him over her? He was beneath her, beneath Father, beneath everyone. He was a bastard, after all; though at the time she had no idea what the word actually meant, she knew that everyone except her own Father said it made Caden less important than the rest of them.

Then, when Colette was eight years old, her life changed forever.

She was on her way to play in her father's study, as she always did, when her mother grabbed her roughly by the arm and hauled her into one of the deepest part of the keep. Colette had been a very naughty girl, Merissa said, and naughty girls had to be spanked to learn their lesson. But where the kicking and screaming Colette had expected a quick swat on the rear at worst – Father never tolerated violence towards her, after all – she had no idea what was really in store for her.

Then the beating began. Strong men – she couldn't see who – struck her harder than she'd ever dreamed they could, and worse, they didn't stop. Blow after blow landed on her tiny frame, and no matter how she screamed and cried and begged for her father and kicked and scratched and bit, they kept coming. Then, suddenly, a sudden warmth blossomed within her. Not knowing what she was doing, she reached for that warmth, hoping that if she did, she could somehow make these men stop.

And stop they did. Someone called for a halt, and the battered and bleeding Colette was carried off to a sickbed, where her distraught father was waiting for her. And for once, Colette was not happy to see him. Where had he been? Why had he let them hit her? Why didn't he come when she screamed for him?

Sheldon's answers changed everything. He had not been there, he said, because he did not know it was happening. Her mother had had her beaten in secret, and only had him informed after the fact. He further explained that she was not being punished for anything; that noble children were all subjected to that awful ordeal because it was the only way to see if they had special powers called Allomancy. Sheldon told her how he had been reluctant to harm his beloved little girl, and how her mother had decided to take things into her own hands and have her beaten anyways.

But the most important thing was that Colette did, in fact, have Allomancy. She was a Rioter, capable of making people's emotions stronger when she burned zinc.

Colette did not want to wait for her recovery to finish before learning how to use her Allomancy. She begged her father to let her start learning immediately, and as usual, he relented. She slept for most of that first day, but bright and early the next morning, an aunt she didn't recognize came into her room, introduced herself as Alissia, and began telling Colette all about Allomancy.

Colette took to Alissia immediately, soaking up every detail she could about how to use her Rioting. And as her abilities grew, so did the bond the two shared. Colette turned to Alissia for things most little girls asked their mothers about, especially as she began getting older, and it was Alissia – not Merissa – who taught Colette etiquette, dancing, and the ways of the court, and who began her social circle by setting her up with her first Smoker.

Meanwhile, Merissa's unauthorized beating of Colette was the final straw in what had already become a strained marriage. Merissa took to sleeping in a separate suite entirely, and rarely spoke to her own husband. Colette, seeing her chance for revenge against the mother who hated her so – and also just out of curiosity to see what she could actually do – took the opportunity to practice what she was learning on her own mother.

Her attempts started out clumsy, of course: a child's bullying, no more. But as Colette grew in experience and skill over the years – and she grew quickly – the barbs and daggers began to sink deeper and deeper. Under Colette's influence, Merissa became consumed by a haze of depression, worthlessness, and doubt. She became more incoherent and more hysterical, presumably driven mad by her husband's indifference towards her, but her strange behavior only served to alienate Sheldon even more. His trust in her had been broken beyond repair, and in her pleas for attention and affection, he saw only attempts to manipulate him.

When Colette was thirteen years old, Merissa finally reached her breaking point. They found her in her rooms one morning, dead of a laudanum overdose.

The whole experience was more surreal than traumatized by the whole affair. People kept approaching to comfort her, to console her, to offer condolences. How brokenhearted she must be, people would say, to have lost her mother at such a young age. How sad, how terrible.

Except, Colette didn't feel sad, or heartbroken, or any of those things. She mostly felt, well, fascinated. Had she really had such a powerful effect on another person? Could she really hold someone's life in her very hands with her Allomancy? With her words? Was she that powerful?

The only way to find out, she supposed, was to keep doing what she did best.

Meanwhile, for some unfathomable reason, despite all of her efforts to prove how much better she was than him – and she had always tried, for as long as she could remember – there were still people who thought Caden was the heir, and not her. Caden! The bastard! Considered the heir over Lord Hasting's own legitimate daughter! It was inconceivable!

But Merissa was not the only person Colette had enjoyed practicing on. Caden had always been a fun target: beautiful perfect Caden, who had grown into some kind of Golden Boy, for all the fact that he was baseborn. She had enjoyed interfering with that infuriating perfection whenever possible, but after Merissa's death, she needed a new target to practice on. And since some people still considered him the heir, it was the perfect opportunity to set in motion her grandest scheme yet. Caden Hasting would fall, and it would be glorious.

The next few years brought a few changes to Colette's life: she debuted into society, expanded her social circle, found, broke, and replaced new “toys” with her Allomancy, and made or broke young socialites' Luthadel dreams, but her grandest scheme has always been her biggest focus. From taking up duties of leadership from her sick father to manipulating Caden to Rioting anyone and everyone she felt necessary for the cause, almost everything she does is with her end goal in mind:

One way or another, she will inherit House Hasting.

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Another day, another challenge.

Colette had risen early that morning, as she always did, and was already dressed and seated in her father's study. She hadn't had breakfast yet - that would come later - but she sipped an invigorating tea as she looked over the day's paperwork. It was a heavy load, as usual, but she would do it herself no matter the cost. She wouldn't risk letting useful work fall into Caden's hands if she had to work herself to death to avoid it. He was a big enough nuisance as it was without making himself look even more competent.

How? How was that man still such a thorn in her side? After all the years of Rioting and pulling strings and doing everything she could to discredit him or make herself look better by comparison? She was better than this! Ruler damn it, she had held lives in her hands! And still that man somehow dared defy her!

There was a clattering sound, and Colette realized with a start that while holding the teacup above its saucer, she had begun to shake so badly that scalding tea sloshed onto the desk, threatening to stain the papers. Growling a curse, she leapt up to sweep the papers out of the way and shouted for a servant to come clean up the mess before it ruined the finish on the desk. It was mahogany, after all.

But instead of a servant, in came Lysette. Colette schooled her face to stillness, noting that the other woman looked exhausted. What in the world had she been up to out there? And why was she here instead of getting some decent rest? It must be important.

"Good morning, Lysette," she said with her friendliest smile, deliberately not mentioning Lysette's obvious exhaustion. "What brings you up here so early?"

Edited by KChan, 13 April 2014 - 01:57 AM.

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#2 Chaos

High House Noble

Posted 03 July 2009 - 04:37 AM

Accepted! Now you just need to post both House Venture and House Hasting ;)

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