2. Is there something she is afraid of?
3. Favorite writing utensil?
4. What type of laugh does she have?
Valerius thought the sound of her laughter was like the joyful bubbling of a singing fountain or like the spontaneous gushing of a spring. - The Crown of Life
At this stage in Claudia's life, she would be saddened. It is not so much the loss of life that would cause her to be heart-broken as much as that she would be leaving behind those dearest to her. If she found she were dying, she would have spent her life without having really found her place or the purpose of her existence. But after the initial shock, Claudia would try to meet it with as much fortitude as was in her and comfort those around her, and try to make as much use of the time left to her as possible. As yet, she does not know the hope of eternal life that is in Christ, or the strength that comes from knowing Him who has conquered sin and death. Not yet.
When Claudia was but a young child of three, her mother, Lady Helena, taught her the skill of playing on the lyre. She learnt quickly and loved fingering the strings of her mother's harp, playing a sweat tune on it. Just before the Lady Helena's death, she gave Claudia her harp as a gift, knowing how her young daughter had a talent for it. The harp becomes one of Claudia's most treasured possessions, a wood-carved instrument of exquisite beauty that brings forth an even fairer and sweater timber between the silver strings and gems studded on its gilded pillar.
11, What colour are her eyes? Hair?
The colour of her eyes are the brown of hazels, gleaming almost golden in the sunlight or when she's laughing/crying. In the shade, when she is solemn, her eyes can take on a slightly darker shade. Claudia has a long cascade of jet black hair, dark as a ravine, and wavy.
12. What is her life dream?
Claudia longs to be happily married to the man she loves, and to bare a son for Valerius and own a happy little family of her own. But beyond that, Claudia longs to find a place, to find "home" and a hope in the midst of the darkness of her life; she has a wistful feeling that it can never be found within the confines of earth or the world she's living in...
13. What is her biggest secret?
Having always confided in her father, Claudia feels a twinge of guilt when she secretly starts attending the meetings of the Christians at Lady Pomponaea's house once a week and fears that he would be displeased if he found out, thus she tries to keep her visits a secret for as long as possible. Besides this, at this time, Claudia's biggest secret would be her own self... the struggles of her own heart that she allows very few to see or notice.
14. What is one of her strongest childhood memories?
Some of Claudia's vividest memories as a child are simply the "ordinary" days with her family during her "growing up years" and she carries a tender memory of her mother before her death...
She remembered her mother’s soft sing-song voice, whispering beautiful stories into Claudia’s ear, about when she was little herself. She could still feel her mother’s gentle, smooth hand fondle her cheeks and rock her to sleep when she had been a little child. Claudia could recall her glee as she wriggled into her lap, enjoying everything about her dear mother: her perfumed fragrance, her starlike eyes that always sparkled with youthful joy and enthusiasm. But what she most remembered, was her tender motherly love. "Love is stronger then death," her mother used to tell her. Only now, she understood, for her mother's love lived on. - The Crown of Life
Perhaps, though, her strongest memory was the birth of her young brother, Antony. It was also the day her mother died, so the emotions and memories of that day are strong and mingled between terrible grief and a quiet joy, both as dominant as the other.
15. What are her thoughts on politics?
Claudia abhors political intrigue and how politics affects people and hurts them without repair, but she is by no means ignorant of what happens at the Palace, the Senate and the Army. In the words of her father, she is "a shrewd politician in her own right, one to be reckoned with!" But if I were to describe the ins-and-outs of her thoughts on politics it would demand an essay to sufficiently do so.
16. What languages does she speak?
Claudia speaks Latin as her mother-tongue and almost as fluently she can speak Greek as well, which she often does.
17. How old is she?
When you first meet Claudia, she is sixteen
18. What does she do with her spare time?
Claudia loves to create and play music (playing the lyre/harp and singing songs that she's made up) and would write in her journal or letters to her father or Valerius in her free hours, pouring her soul into her writing. Since she was seven years old, she had been tutored by an old priest, Mater Glaucus, who taught her how to write poetry, gave her advanced music lessons (as her nurse Rosa knew only the basics of music) and nurtured in her a love for reading the classics. Now that she's older, Claudia helps the old priest in making up melodies and poetry, who in turn gives her a more advanced education in law, arts and politics. However, she does not spend all her time in study and learning! She also likes to do needlework and when Rosa is not looking sneaks up to the kitchen to help the household slaves in preparing the evening meal. Besides these things, she loves to spend time with her father, helping Antony with his studies, enjoying a lesuiraly walk in the gardens or spending some time with her friends.
19. Does she see the big picture or live in the moment?
Claudia tries to live in the big picture, but most times, she finds herself imprisoned within the narrow confines of the present moment.
20. What is her full name?
Claudia Helena Albinus