Héloïse Lavecq nó Cereus
Fullname: Héloïse Lavecq nó Cereus
Played by: Lotte Verbeek
Gender: Female
Age: 28
Birthdate: 25th March, 1282
Class: Courtesan
House: Cereus
Occupation: Courtesan
Province: L'Agnace
Country: Terre d'Ange
Parents: Leda Lavecq nó Orchis, and a d'Aiglemort lord
Siblings: A black sheep of a brother, Clovis (b. 1287)
Marital Status: Unmarried
Children: Sidonie Lavecq nó Cereus (b. 1304)

Known Information


Héloïse is the daughter of retired courtesan Leda Lavecq (in her fifties still a notorious party girl) and one or the other of two Camaeline lords, brothers, with whom the then-Leda nó Orchis enjoyed an obscure but phenomenally remunerative arrangement for most of the 1280s. She was a dignified child, mature beyond her years, distinguished by her fragile slenderness and flawless pale skin — Cereus House was as interested in buying her marque as the fun-loving Orchises were in selling it. (Meanwhile her younger brother Clovis, also fostered in the Night Court, failed to grow into the requisite beauty of face and form and became instead a ne'er-do-well who lives by sponging upon his female relations.)

She was dedicated to Naamah at thirteen, an adept at sixteen, marqued at eighteen. In lessons and in milestones she was never the first but certainly never the last: a good all-rounder who proved herself more gifted in the salon and the ballroom and the bedchamber, than in the classroom. Her particular gifts are the harp and the lute; court dances old and new; and the encyclopaedic knowledge of names, faces, lineages, and political minutiae one would expect of a Cereus courtesan. More than that she has an uncanny gift for dissimulation, for smiling through boredom and sorrow and pain, for paying close attention to the most tedious of talk and committing it to her memory as if precious snippets of wisdom.

Cereus House is the natural playground of royalty and between the years 1301 and 1304 Héloïse was the favoured companion of a certain Prince of the Blood, enjoying a long-term contract that placed priceless pearls about her throat and considerable coin in her pocket, as well as lending her an ineffable prestige.

When it became known she was carrying his child observers concluded that an offer of consortship must surely follow. It did not. The gambit failed; during the pregnancy the lovers drifted apart. But Héloïse's love for her beautiful daughter Sidonie is sincere — whatever her regrets, maternity isn't one — and that Royal Courcel blood exquisitely mingled with her own secured for the child a place amongst the fosterlings of her house. It may be that the next generation will succeed where Héloïse has not. Then again, with each passing year the steel grows more refined beneath this Cereus's delicately fading bloom…





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