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Site Name: Sufficient Unto the Day

Site Link: http://untotheday.jcink.net

How to contact me: PM through the site via Livie_Marie/Discord Livie#4357/site Cbox/Reply to this thread

Preferred Playby: (For specified adoptables) Zhu Zhu for Chang Biyu (Lady's Maid for Pricha House), Colin Firth (Bathelmy Leveque), Zoey Descanel (Amiee Leveque), Dylan McDermott (Gwyilliam Obray), Russell Crowe, (Jacq Gabriel Leveque), 

 

Character information:

The Pricha Household
The home of Master Pricha, Noble and Private Diplomat, for Siam and the Yorkshire Fellowship. His wife, Madame Pricha, who servers as his translator, adviser, and holds sway over the Fellowship. Their high ranking servants are often Fellowship members, with rich histories of their own, including more open-ended adoptable choices and involved backstories to fill in and create in deeper contexts.
Additional Background Info in the Original Site Listing: Here
Yorkshire Fellowship: Here
 

Chamber Maid
Age and PB your choice, recommended age range very open, 18-25
Ethnicity and origin story also open, only requirement is familiarity with Oriental culture via exposure

She goes from room to room, making sure everything is neat and tidy. She is that quiet presence, and when needed? The diligent maid given leave to serve during meals, teas, or whenever needed. Where she comes from and how she came to be are the choice of the writer, but one thing is certain: she is a clever little thing, and in mentorship with the Housekeeper and Major Domo, is learning a great deal on more than just how to keep a household.  She will be on the verge of promotion through the household ranks. She speaks the household language of French well, and is learning Tai at a good pace. What does she want, what are her dreams?  Another thing that is for sure: she would have been left alone in the world had it not been for the Yorkshire Fellowship granting her a placement with such a good family. The founding family. One objective she has is finding out why her brother who came to India disappeared not so long ago, and if any foul play was involved. 
 

 
Major Domo

Age and PB Your choice, recommended rage of early 40's - later 50's for seniority
Eurasian/Full Siamese/Full Indian/European descent, raised in host culture
Every household needs the faithful general to see to the Master's needs and keep the troops in line, and herein is where Major Domo comes in to play! He remains a figure who could make the rain fall from the sky with a snap of his fingers. Masters things are always where they ought to be, his laboratory and office equipped, and his effects in prime condition. He often answers to the Madame with the upkeep of correspondence, office, and laboratory items as she takes pride in maintaining them herself, but he also does so as it takes only the most trusted of servant to be near anything sensitive of politics, secrets, and alchemy. How he acquired his understanding of Thai culture and European house staffing is your choice, but he is the prime for what he does. Major Domo has a good record and is trusted among the most noble and discrete households. He served those prior until they were lost to war, illness, subterfuge etc, as he learned to serve those households involved in things beyond the status quo. Being his a curious Major Domo, he also comes equipped with a host of useful martial skills. His language fluency in English, Tai, and French allows him to whip through the main languages of the house without fail.
 
 
 
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Biyu Martin/Chang Biyu - The Lady's Maid
PB Suggestion:  Zhu Zhu
Age: 26-32
 
 
Born Chang Biyu, she is the daughter of Chinese silk weavers from Northeastern China. Her life was for many years watching her parents lay out silk worms on mulberry leaves, only to weave their cocoons on the great loom. While her mother was not literate, her father was. Both he and her brother daughter her the written language and numbers of their culture, while It would be a former Jesuit, safe to remain and teach the faith to the working classes, who taught her family of the wider world through Christ Jesus. In his lessons, he found a zealous student whom wished to learn as much of his people as he did of her own. In addition to catechism, she learned to speak French.  While her mother and father remained adherents to Confucianism, herself and her brother took up Catholicism. The name of the Jesuit who brought them in to the fold was Jon Martin, leading to the taking of the name Martin as a European surname on baptismal records.  Life did not too much change after that, until the day that Father Martin offered to take her and her brother back with him to Europe, in particular, to the seat of the Paris Foreign Missions Society. Concerned for the lack of prospects for their daughter, and feeling betrayed by their son's choice of conversion, the parents let their two eldest children go in the direction of the setting sun.
 
The world was more tumultuous than the one he had left behind. Even greater than the end of the Jesuit Order as a whole was the chaos that the world after the French Revolution was in. It was a frightening time for Biyu, whose dreams of seeing the West were torn at the seams by the harrowing sound of the guillotine, the public unrest, and the oddity of the alien world. Still, determined to endure, she put her knowledge of French to good use. Martin managed to find his family in Paris, arranging for Biyu to have lessons in what it was to live in the West as a woman by his sister, a well to do silk merchant's bride before the family fell on hard times, bringing her to the point of companion. As much as she spoke the language of fabric, she was also taught to speak fashion, accessories, and all of those things a woman would wish to know to be fashionable. For while the world was afraid of the Revolution?  French words, French fashion, and French servants were still a sought after commodity. Even more so was one who had someone managed to learn the art of poison craft, for even silk weaver's daughters have secrets. After a time, the turmoil proved too much for her hosting family. Once they reached England, she resolved to try freedom as she would have otherwise never known it, ending up a lady's maid to a family traveling back in the direction from whence she'd come years ago. The references of her teachers had proved more than sufficient. Her command of spoken and written English grew more so, thanks to the instruction of her lady's companion, governess, and the lady herself. 
 
Housekeeper
Age and PB your choice, recommended range of age matches Major Domo
English/British Citizen/European colonial/Euruasian
If ever there was a general in a skirt and a faithful heart inside of an iron breast, it would be with Housekeeper. Was she wed once, a mother once, never wed? Up to you, but what is known is that she has a genuine love for the Pricha children and the Eurasian family she serves. When to take off her shoes in the house, what few rooms allow them, and the curious ways in which things are served, not served, or observed don't even cause her to bat an eyelash. Whatever the Madame of the house desires she can make appear, and is not afraid to work close with the Lady's close companion and lady's maid to serve and protect the household both in and out of the house. She keeps a very critical eye on the cleanliness and food of the household, being familiar with the English and Siamese customs of household particulars they favor, as well as things such as preferences of tea types and drinks should the lady of the house be with child. She, too, possesses a host of skills and abilities that make her perfect for a family who is involved in private diplomacy and shadow-work. Like Major Domo, she has become fluent or could have been raised fluent in the principal house languages of English, Tai, and French.
 
Household Staff
General house staff of mixed genders and ages. Thai, Indian,English, and any culture of European colonial highly sought after, but will accept any character of any nationality created to fill the rolls. Opportunities for very diverse staff due to the family head being Siamese, the household having Siamese customs, and a British expatriate wife who raises the children in a balanced mix of Asian and European mannerisms. There were some things native servants would or wouldn't do based on caste/faith, and others who did everything. Seeking servants who came with them from Siam, followed from England, or have joined them in India! A perfect opportunity for those who have curious skills, half-caste due to mixed race, or born in strange circumstances to be valued highly.
 
Maids/Male domestics/Male Ground and Care Staff -- The positions of maids and male servants who are domestic would include keeping clean the household, kitchen, and storage area. Could work to ascertain rank For women -- scullery maids, pantry maids, maid-of-all-work to be a go-between in different areas and chamber maids. For men -- domestic range positions across the household and kitchens, also to care for the grounds, gardens, and transportation modalities (palanquin, horse, and carriage)
 
Manservant Specifics -- Duties could include serving general or specific guests, answering doors, or specific errands based on position. The rank specific from highest to lowest is page (general go-for, errand boy in training to be a footmen or valet ), footman will serve as both palanquin carriers and carriage/horse attendants.Also open/shut doors, carries luggage, sets dining tables or other specific duties. Valets would be in in close proximity to the Master and important men of the family, working with Major Domo. General labor for things such as the garden and stables. 



 
The Leveque and Obray Family
A Family of Academics, Priests, Missionaries, and Travelers
Additional Background Info in the Site Listing: Here
 
 
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Barthelemy Leveque - age 54
Suggested PBColin Firth
Father/Grandfather/Retired Professor/Land Manager/Patriarch 

He has always been an outgoing man just as he has always been clumsy. It was said he came feet over head from his mother's womb on the outskirts of France on the day he was born. Since he found his feet? He has always been a person who enjoys taking notes at the source of what he studies to be able to make his classes that much more enriching. The son of middle-class men who had fallen on harder times, he worked for every bit of his education from his time in Catholic run school rooms clear through to University, when he worked as a clerk and assistant to professors to supplement his income. A fan of Arthurian Lore and chivalry, he made a study of the cloudy, overcast British Isles so spoken of in Le Morte d'Arthur in order to make his own accompanying notes to the French classic, ratify history, or find whom legend was based from. Despite his ability to speak several languages, he was still a man apt to get lost. While in Wales, all but running head long in to a wall for looking at her? He found his Lady of the Lake, Ebrain. Having been a widower for nearly two years, he took his daughter Aimée every place he went. Out of all his discoveries, he says the Welsh-Catholic Obray family, especially Ebrain,is the best one he ever made. She is the love of his life. Without her, he would forget his hat, where his research notes were, and how to anchor himself in to the world around him. 

In China, he was charged with research, writing, and cultural transmission of ideas and concepts. While it was the mission society that sent him? It was a man who would become a friend, and later family member, Renshu Zhang, who sponsored it.  The East was kinder to him than the West. He ran into trouble during the Revolutionary years, finding it hard to teach until doing so would have meant his neck. Once his family was smuggled out of France thanks to sympathizing Girodonists, on the advice of Renshu? The family took to settling in India for the opportunities there, and it being one step closer to a possible return to China.  In the mean time, he is thrilled to see his daughter's dame school take off so!  He enjoys the life it brings to their home just as much as he does telling his granddaughter the same legends he told his girls. 
 
 


Ebrain Leveque (nee Obray)-- age 45
Suggested PB: Lucy Lawless
Wife/Mother/Grandmother/Professor's Assistant/Matriarch

From Carmethanshire, Wales, this wonderful woman was the key to unlocking joy, happiness, and perhaps some common sense in the life of an absent minded professor and his small daughter.  She grew up in a devout Catholic family of shepherds and weavers. A far cry from the libraries of great noble families, she was educated by the first generation of Obray men who had gone off to become soldiers or better laymen of faith, returning as mayors, town officials, and well read sheep keepers. While she keeps a bushel over just how clever she is out of modesty, she is no one's fool when it comes to displaying it. Barthelemy tried to yell at her for blocking academics. She yelled back, saying it was far too cold to have his daughter outside without a good shawl and wool dress, and had he eaten?  Had his daughter?  He was such a subdued man after that she apologized, gave him a meal, and the rest was history. He remained in the town not only to study, but to court and marry her. His little daughter became her own, and together, they had another they named Eirian. 

 

At first, she decried the idea that all of the men seemed to have in their heads of the entire family going to the far outposts of the world. However, it didn't take her long to fall in love with the notion of travel. Having gone from Wales to Paris already, a larger leap was not too bad to do!  She kept house, schedules, and order for every man and child within the household then as she does now.  She taught her daughters the benefit of a calm, patient hand with the right blend of cleverness, how to play piano, and started them on the course to most exquisite needle work. She encouraged them to study all of the land they could while they could, so it was she who sponsored of a sort the start of their education in Chinese artforms. Her careful hand that helped her husband make matches for both of his daughters among converted Chinese Christians, and a hand that now holds close her first, and only grandchild, Esperer. 


 
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Amiee Leveque -- age 28
Suggested PB: Zoey Deschanel
Sister/Widow/Aunt/Tutor/Teacher

The oldest of the Leveque sisters born outside of Paris like her father was, half-sister is a term that would never do to describe Aimee's relationship to Eirian. The two might as well have shared the same womb!  Her mother died at a young age, leaving her father heart broken. Throwing himself in to his work, she became his connection to the world at large, his littlest adventurer, his companion.  While having no memories of her own mother, she lacked for nothing. She loves Ebrain as much as Ebrain loves her. Memories of life in Wales and France are with her, though the great majority of her story after age ten began during the years in and around Peking, China. She thrived on challenges, surmounting them with a warm smile, inspiring words, and beauty. Like her sister Eirian, she is a teacher in the school and a tutor. Her list of talents include needle work, playing piano, as well as the impressive Orient skills: Speaking and Reading Manchu and Chinese, playing the erhu and flute, calligraphy, water color painting (all of the Chinese style of course) and playing Go. To the Western end of things, she also thrives in several languages and shares an Uncle's love for mathematics. 

At the age of 20, she was wed to a young Chinese convert in what would prove to be two permissible marriages of this sort with her sister taking the second.  Tragically, injury and infection would pull her husband from this world in under a year's time, with no children left of the match to speak of.  While in Paris in her adult years, she served as a governess to a family found by a man who claimed to be a "Friend" but was proven wrong. She was nearly beaten with her virtue stolen. While the events of Paris have stayed with her? India is healing as she throws herself head long in to learning local languages and history with her sister, uncles, mother, and father, teaching, or chasing after her capricious niece.

 

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Gwyilliam Obray -- age 44
Suggested PB: Dylan McDermott
Brother/Uncle/Great Uncle/Secular Priest/Mathematician/Scientist

Ebrain's brother had never wanted to be anything more than a priest, and happened to stumble in to his scholarly pursuits along the way. He had served in the Orient for many years by the time the supression of the Jesuits came to pass. It was a sad thing to him, for they represented a way of teaching God and seeing the world that did not remove a person's host culture. By the time it all came to pass, he had returned to what was now a combined home with his fellow brother in spirit, and now by law, Jacq! God works in mysterious ways does he not? Just as he joined to be friends with the man in the Orient, it would be that their sister and brother wed in the West. Along with Father Louis de Poirot, they became a trio of Jesuits who remained in favor of the Emperor. Even if they were not, by holy law, Jesuits any longer? It was what they would always be called. Skilled in mathematics and science, he took to the history of the Church in the Orient with zeal. He read through the science of the country, finding things in the East the West had only began to touch on. A man of many opinions, hit finds him authoring many books, and being in the habit of teaching older male students the art of debate. 

Returning to the West proved the hardest thing him and his family had ever done. The Catholic nation of France had then become secular, the Church dismantled, and priests had become servants of the state. Beliefs once held up saw him beaten. Schools he had gone to now closed. He tutored to help the family survive, and though sworn to serve the state of France? In secret, he continued to teach catechism to those who would ask. England proved a little better, but he was glad to return to the far side of the world. He is now a priest with no real order, having taken no new vows, and is happy in secular service. Like his fellow brother-in-law, he assists the family by balancing books, teaching, and tutoring. It is not uncommon to hear him clapping his hands or going "No that is not it!" in his debates, or being toppled down by his great niece. 


 

Jacq Gabriel Leveque -- aged 50
Suggested PBRussell Crowe
Brother/Uncle/Great Uncle/Secular Priest/Historian 

Jacq was the brother far more strong, steadfast, and stable on his feet. So that he became a priest was something of a surprise to everyone, even given the birth order.  However, his love of learning was surpassed only for his love to the Lord Almighty. Missionary work became a passion of his, not only because it took God to foreign lands? But it taught people like him that the world was wide, different, and broad in scope than some in Europe would have him believe. Even for his place in the Church, he had to work as hard as his brother did to become a Professor.  When one is poor? One learns the value of hard work, patience, and gratitude. He is full of all three of these. 

He never agreed with the suppression of the Jesuits, which he may call one of his greater faults given to not agree with such suppression would be to disagree with Holy Mother Church. However, it was men who complained long before His Holiness had, and men who saw fault where God might not have. Like his brother-in-law, he is very opinionated. He is apt to share them with those who will listen with an open mind, albeit with more care since his time in Revolutionary France. He agreed with the reason for the revolution, but was vocal against how it was being carried out after seeing whom it was harming. For this, he was beaten and imprisoned on more than one occasion. Now, he is less of a rabble rouser for public justice, but will help those in need irregardless of their ethic origin. Like his niece Eirian, while he respects the culture surrounding them, he finds the treatment of the Untouchables on par with the hardships faced by biblical Untouchables of the Old Covenant, and finds it sad and wrong.  On a happier note, he much enjoys his loud debates with his brothers in law and nephew in law, walks with his nieces, and chasing after his great niece much to everyone's chagrin around the entire house.
 
Family & Staff
 
Family - open to the creation of other cousins from both sides as well as sons and daughters of the priest brothers! Brothers and sisters for the elder family member! Open to the fact the priests may not have been priests in their much younger years, and would happily include their children within the present family with ease. Age ranges, PB's, etc all open!
 
Servants & Teachers  -- a maid-of-all-work or two for the household,  meaning they help with everything from people dressing to cooking, cleaning, organizing, gardening, and errands. people to serve as assistant to the adults of the house, perhaps studying for things such as clerk positions or teaching positions. For the school, since it is growing, additional teachers welcome, especially fellow Catholics or those who followed other Catholics on missional purposes! Someone to assist the family with the scheduling and book-keeping of the school and multiple clients for tutelage and book-keeping highly sought after.This person would be very important! 
 
 
 

 

Other Information:   The links to the original site listings hold additional information such as background history on each family group, organization, or associate person(s). There is plenty of room for your originality in features, quirks, and personal history to expand, grow, and flourish!  Looking to make something easier to grow at the start? Each ad also has listings for things such a variety of maids, footman, laborers, fellow Catholic travelers, teachers, and more! These characters will be apart of growing story elements such as a local Catholic mission in Visakhapatnam, part of an fellowship of academics and those who use their learning in everything from salon culture, private diplomacy, and secret society spies and assasins!  There will be artists, Middle Kingdom Culture meets the West, and all manner of adventures! 

 

 
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All of the characters remain available for adoption, both expanded and more general listings! Come join the plot of a warehouse being raided right beneath the nose of the local Marines! The household of Pricha is getting ready for a season of social obligation, balancing the East India Company and the native population ears, and perhaps a little espionage along the way!  Soon to come will be a Catholic Mission, perfect for pairing with a pair priests. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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The Yorkshire Fellowship has its first major subplot under way, and the servants in Pricha Household could play a major role by those who desire, who pick the up!  How far would you go to create the change you want to see in the world? Would you be a loyal servant or keep dark secrets in your wake?  Is it a world created by books by supporting spread of knowledge and sitting as an even, neutral field between all parties, or is there more to influencing change?  The heart-kin of Durga Nellore are well loved references in a growing story of cultural collision and difference turned in to proving that prejudice can be changed, darkness challenged, and growth is never done. A British soldier from earlier days in the Deccan now looms within Vizag, waiting to seen again. How shall they react?  As the city seeks to flourish under the British East India Company rule, where will the Leveque and Obray families fit in?  All of these questions and tid-bits are waiting to be explored by the great writers out there!  Expand a story and make your own, unique one!  Plenty to fill between major characters with expanded history and characters with a more blank slate! 

 

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Laleh and Farhad are much loved and much wanting a writer to further expand their place in a family meeting different cultures, befriending, and changing by the day!  The Leveque's School will be going in to more world building to expand the purpose, history, and subjects taught. Will you come in as a teacher for hire, or take up one of the available family members. A sister who lived in the Orient? The retired professor father?  The uncles who serve as priests in the secular population without an order?   Middle class, servants, and the rich alike are asking what they will do for a chance for influence among the Yorkshire Fellowship Elites. What is your path? Only one way to find out. Come join the fun! 

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All of these characters are still available! Lots of world building going on and subplots rolling out!

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The Geese siblings have been removed, but every other role is available.New adoptables for the Family Zhao, who look after an artistic Cantonese actress Diva!  Happy to accept original spins and views on details!  After a sleeping period, the energy on the bound abounds with creativity and talks of future plans to include a processional for Kali-Devi, and the upcoming symposium the Yorkshire Fellowship shall put on at their Yorkist Club!

 

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Giving this a nudge and looking forward to seeing you on the creative side! 

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Great things underway, including a period academic club setting event, people looking to make enemies and alliances, talk of smuggling rings, and old memories returning to the present. See you on the writer's side!

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The Leveque Matriarch, Ebrain, is now available!  A Chamber Maid with many free choice for age, PB, and history points has been added to Pricha House! Play is heating up in Sufficient Unto the Day with new British officials and families joining the lot and officials from China as well! We have a themed IC month and localised event under way! Join in the fun!

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Everything listed is still up for adoption! Stories still underway with new ones coming down the pike!  A new character is being discussed who has ties to the Leveques via Jesuits and being smuggled out of France with them. Emerys Leveque, aka Ai, Eirian's husband, is in the works.  The Leveque School is well underway, and the French are ever on the outskirts of English supremacy. What will your place be? Take up a character, one of the more fleshed out adoptables or create your own from these listings and join in the fun!

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