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Character Info

◎ Character's Name: Princess Veronica
◎ Character's Canon: Bokura no Kiseki
◎ Character's Age: 16-17 years old. There is no actual canon age given. However as she starts living at her current castle at the age of 15, and the Church is said to have arrived one year afterwards followed shortly by her fiance, I'm making the assumption that she is somewhere between 16-17.
◎ Canon Point: Volume 7, Chapter 22 (During the talk with Eugene)
◎ Background/History:
Veronica is the first princess of a kingdom named Zerestria, the youngest of three children and a third generation successor to the throne. She spent her childhood at a monastery in a place called Rakedonia until the age of 14 under the tutelage of a monk named Monston. Her companion while she stays there is Monston's adopted son, a boy named Carlos who ends up being both her studying partner as well as playmate and confidante despite their rocky start. It is at the monastery, that Veronica first receives the ability to use magic via contract.

Once she reached the age of 15, Veronica leaves behind the maids and teachers of her childhood and is relocated to a palace at the far west of the imperial capital by the name of Rainesburg. She also gains a guard in the form of a young woman named Rida Rasazare, who has been training since a very young age in order to protect her.

At a point unspecified by the author, the knights stationed at Rainesburg left for the front lines near the borders. The knights were then replaced by a number of squires. Veronica first meets the squires when she sees one covered in blood and searching around the bushes for the earring he had dropped which marked that he was in her service. Seeing the blood being carelessly dropped over the bushes and the ground and the squire's clothes as a waste, Veronica immediately tries to stem the flow of the blood. This squire was Glen Schrieber, the son of the Belbania family head and a woman trafficked as spare parts for magic. Veronica's concern, stemming from thinking that the blood was wasted since the squire wasn't mopping it up to be used for magic later (seeing as their country was at war and they needed all the sacrifices that could be spared) is taken the wrong way. Veronica later apologizes for this as soon as she realizes that Glen had thought she saw him as a faceless unimportant, like his own mother. Too bad for Rida that she realized this in the bath and tried to head off while dripping bath water and wearing nothing. Despite nearly traumatizing Glen and all the squires, Glen and Veronica reconcile and become friends.

A year after the arrival of the squires, more priests from the Church also arrive. (The number of the priests at the time had been around 4.) The first of these is the now grown-up Carlo Velbard who comes with the proclamation from Veronica's older brother, the crown prince, announcing her engagement to the third prince of Moswick. The wedding ceremony would be held in the castle of Rainesburg and would cement the alliance between Moswick and Zerestria against the country Aldras. It is around this time that Veronica takes the contract that allows her to use reflecting magic.

The second day after the announcement of the engagement, the Bishop Gale Santoni arrives at Rainseburg with the priest Lucas Langeias.

Veronica's fiancee, Prince Eugene of Moswick arrives after in order to live with Veronica at the castle of Rainesburg along with six guards and eleven servants.
◎ Is the character a hacker and/or do they have a sixth-sense? Nope.

◎ Personality:
Veronica's world, the world of Zerestria and Moswick and Aldras, is a place where rank and position is everything. Those without land or title cannot disobey their lords, just as their lords cannot disobey their king, and no one can disobey the Church. Despite having grown up in a world like that, Veronica has absolutely no interest in catering to the ranks of others or of looking down on those who have no rank. In her castle, all are considered equal, and one of the things that she implements is no seating arrangements at her tables, making it so that nobles and commoners could mingle freely. This stems from the fact that as a child, she'd been taught by her head-maid Marianne, that you treated others in the way that you wanted to be treated, and that kindness and honesty would and should always beget the same. And she'd had plenty of chances to practice that when she'd lived with Carlo, a boy her age who was affiliated with the church and therefore not under allegiance to obey her. But even so, when she's sincere with him, he's sincere and kind right back. And it is this that cements her belief that people are people before they are dukes, or the daughters of maids. It also helps that she isn't used to living around those of a higher rank (for instance, it is mentioned in the manga that she doesn't see her brothers unless there is a big event that requests her presence), so she's never really learned to respect rank either. In her childhood, she even goes so far as to shave her teacher's eyebrows off in his sleep as a prank despite the fact that he's one of the highest ranking members of the Church. (And even when she grows up and remembers this incident, it's only with a fond laugh, showing that she's completely not afraid of her teacher at all because she knows without a doubt that he genuinely cares for her.)
She gets away with not respecting rank in a world where rank and blood are all the worth people think you have, because she is blessed with both: being descended from royal blood and being the first princess of Zerestria. This is why she is often allowed to have her own way, and to be as bluntly honest as she wants, and no one can truly stop her from doing something she wishes to do although thankfully for them her heart is always in the right place and it is never anything that could endanger another life as she has quite an aversion to violence and hurting others (Shown in an extra comic when she protects a spider from her guard.) What most of her servants tend to really do is to wring their hands in the background and ask her to be careful even as she putters around in the kitchen with a worryingly sharp knife.

At the same time though, because she is a princess, she is as bound by rank and blood as all of the people around her. She's lived her whole life with the knowledge that there is ultimately no choice in her future. She was born royal and a princess, and that is who she will be her whole life. Regardless of where her interests lie, she knows that one day she is expected to bear royal children and that no matter what she wants, the interests of her country and her people come before her own needs and wants. This doesn't bother her, because she did not live in a time when there was such a thing as choice in who you would become. She has no other path in life but to be princess and she would have it no other way. As princess, being anything but princess would be a waste. By blood, she is the only one who can be Princess Veronica of Zerestria, and if she were to refuse, that would be letting down all the people that she cares about and who care about her in return. If she never even tried to do her very best with what she had, that would be tantamount to simply running away. This is especially important given that Zerestria is at war: she wasn't trained to be a soldier, so the only way she could help was to serve as a means of forming an alliance with Moswick.

One of the principles that she always goes back to, even from a young age, is the fact that no matter what, do what you think is right. When she was a small child, this was evidenced by when she tried to save a fox kit that arrived at the monastery, fatally injured. As an adherent to the ways of the Church, there was absolutely no way that her teacher would have allowed Veronica and Carlo to save the kit. The Church's belief is that all things must be allowed to come to pass, whether it be to glory or to death, because that is their fate and there is no changing it. Despite that, Veronica would argue with Monston that if all things had to be allowed to happen without any interference, shouldn't the fox kit arriving at the monastery be an indication that it was meant to be saved?

In the end, the kit is taken away and dies in the night.

Before Veronica leaves the monastery, however, Monston reminds her again of this incident, telling her that despite what the Church taught...she had not been wrong and no matter what, she should never forget this. Just because what she thought was different, did not make her wrong or the other side of the argument right. And more importantly: she should live according to her own conscience. If something did not feel like it was right, she should not hesitate to refuse, and if she felt that another course of action should be taken, there was no reason that she should hesitate to do it. This is why Veronica does not treat her servants as beneath her, why her banquets have no seating arrangements so as to promote mingling between both those of the servant class as well as those of the noble class. It is why, when she realizes that Glen misunderstands and only sees her like one of those nobles that treat peasants like dispensable sources of blood, she immediately marches out in the middle of her bath in order to apologize and make everything right again. Live freely, that is what Monston taught her, and what she intended to do.

There are times though, that despite trying her very best to do what she thinks is right, that Veronica inevitably ends up offending others with her actions. As princess, very few people are willing to speak freely and honestly to her from the get-go, because there is always the fact that she is of a higher rank and that many nobles see anyone of lower rank talking back to them as being both ill-mannered and deserving of punishment. Because of this, Veronica often offends people without ever knowing that she has offended someone until it is pointed out to her. When it is pointed out though, Veronica will drop everything and run to apologize, because she recognizes that when you are wrong, you must admit it. There is no shame about it, partly because she's never been shamed in her entire life as a princess living among those who wouldn't and couldn't bring themselves to shame a princess that treated them as if they were all her own family. And in doing so, they've managed to raise a princess who has an very difficult time with things that should be common sense (like wearing clothes in the presence of others) and with her own self-preservation as well. Because she's so well protected and she doesn't know what it means to be in pain or to suffer, she will throw herself into situations with the best of intentions but no way of protecting herself. This wholehearted willingness to never back down and soldier forward no matter what is both her greatest strength because she never gives up and her greatest weakness because she doesn't know how to give up.

Learning is something that Veronica craves, from reading books on magic in order to better understand it, to grilling the newly arrived Prince Eugene for information on current world affairs. Because of the times she lives in when knowledge isn't easily available, and even delivering books could take months, she is naive to many things. But though she's naive, she's very aware of this fact and actively seeks out ways to improve. For instance, she is seen asking Carlo after she learns that she will marry Prince Eugene about what exactly is it that she's required to do as a wife, as she tells him that she isn't sure. But despite this naivety (which has lead to her asking uncomfortable questions like the aforementioned one about marriage and wifely duties) she's shown to be a very shrewd, very quick thinker. When she's asking Eugene about world affairs and particularly about the state of the war, she makes observations that make even the prince pause and prompt him to later tell her that it would have been much better for her if she was more of a simpleton.

◎ Powers/Abilities:
Veronica can use magic, although it is unknown how many kinds she can use. (The only thing we're certain about from the current chapters is that she can't and does not even know about the existence of healing magic.) Her magic depends on three things though:
- the presence of spirits
- the words of the magic
- a sacrifice (comes from something living, and could be hair, nails, teeth, blood, or other parts of the body)
Since Veronica has been shown to have gone through at least one contract ceremony, she possesses a spirit within her so whether or not there were spirits in Holly Heights or in Cerealia would be a moot point.
Veronica can use both hair and blood as a sacrifice (a conjecture I'm making based on the magic that her reincarnation Harusumi has been shown to be able to use), meaning that she can use her reflecting magic and one form of attack magic which uses hair as a sacrifice. The reflecting magic is stated to be something only known and used by those of the royal family of Zerestria. It can rebound any magic back in the direction of its user, leaving Veronica and anyone behind the reflection magic safe. We aren't exactly sure what kind of magic the other one is, only that when it's done using using day-old sacrifices (which are weaker than fresh ones) it will create an intensely blinding light. Veronica isn't trained to fight using magic though, unlike the knights and squires, so even when she gets her magic back, she isn't going to be using it much because magic takes stamina and practice.

◎ Weapons & Other Special Inventory:
- a gun case with a small pistol and a half-used pouch of corresponding ammo
- a library card
- several books
- a bracelet
- a necklace

CEREALIA-Specific

◎ Element: Fire
◎ Sense: Sight. It isn't Veronica's most honed skill, but she's always been someone who trusts most in her own self and what she sees with her own two eyes versus what she's told, so that would be her strongest sense.
◎ Seven Character Traits: (sincere, kind, perceptive) | (stubborn, idealistic, proud) + naive

Samples

◎ First-Person Sample:
Link to a previous thread in Holly Heights

◎ Third-Person Sample:
She'd never seen this many neon lights in one place. Especially not so many with moving parts: legs and naked females, as well as hearts and stars.

It was all very fascinating to Veronica as she takes a casual stroll through the pleasure district, open curiosity on her face as she watches the people looking at her, as she listens to the thud and the beat of the odd music.

'It is kind of like a heartbeat, isn't it?'

She smiles to herself at the thought, until she's stopped by a worker dressed entirely in something very tight and very slick-looking from head to toe. There are lights flashing on and off on various key points on the outfit, and Veronica's eyes drag from the top of the worker's headdress to the pointed tips of their toes. And she is listening, very intently, as she gets an explanation on price points for services (complete with hand gestures and smiles), how exactly they would turn her from a girl to a woman (with more hand gestures and a smile with an edge that she doesn't recognize), and the worker ends this with an arm curved warm around her waist.

And it's not so much that Veronica doesn't know what exactly is being offered here. (She'd read biology textbooks and had understood those hand gestures.) But she had a few questions as she stands and stops him from leading her anywhere, her eyes trained on him.

Firstly:

"Where are you trying to take me before I have decided?"

She gets a smooth smile and an insistent tug, and what she thinks is an excuse of how it would be better for her to sit down so they could talk more.

"I do not think that there is much of a difference as to where this talk takes place. Moreover, I do not think changing time is possible so I do not think you can change a girl to a woman. Besides, is it not more a matter of thought and of mind rather than of copulation?"

◎ Is your character retaining any previous game memories?
Yes, she'll be brought in after spending two years at Holly Heights.

With so many people to meet, befriend, and occasionally to question, Veronica has become quite skilled at socializing with others. She is also less naive, and much less sheltered from the amount of people she interacted with who often had no idea she was a princess (because she tends to assume that people know so she doesn't often tell other people.)

One especially important person that she met while at Holly Heights is Hiroki Yuu who is also from Bokura no Kiseki, and through her, Veronica learned that her castle is attacked and people there will die sometime in her immediate future. This is what prompts her to spend as much time at the library as she did, trying to find anything and everything that she could possibly use to help and to protect the people and the castle that she loved. She tended to keep this knowledge to herself, however, because no one ever asked and she didn't want to share with anyone after being told that wanting to go back so she could help was a selfish move. (Which was, in itself, already pretty selfish although this didn't occur to her.)

She didn't only read books on war and siege machines, however. She read pretty much anything that caught her interest, like books on gardening and how to make life-sized figures from yarn, as well as soap-making, to name a few.

While in Holly Heights, she's also been trained by both a professional bodyguard and a football player in using firearms and has practiced on her own for nearly the entire time she was there. She is mainly proficient with pistols and has a little bit of experience using rifles.

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