|Race/Species||Trompe l'oeil of a Human (Taldan)|
Source: Songbird, Scion, Saboteur, pg(s). 54-55
Duchess Veleto Lotheed was a brilliant woman who served in her youth as a spy and infiltrator and then in her later life as a formidable presence on the Oparran social scene. Veleto Lotheed was married to the immortal conjurer Duke Panivar Lotheed and thanks to her well renowned wit, guile and ruthlessness she was one of the few people Panivar considered his equal. His quest for immortality unfortunately granted no reprieve for Veleto from death's cold embrace. Having spent a life researching immortality Panivar thought himself beyond petty mortal feelings but the death of his wife devastated him.
After Veleto's death Panivar tried desperately to resurrect her, despite knowing the futility of doing this with someone who died of old age. When this inevitably failed he turned to stranger, more arcane methods. Panivar experimented with crafting a new soul from a combination of planar dust and the memories of those who loved her most. In the end he succeeded, in a manner of speaking, in creating a trompe l'oeil, a living painting. It is ultimately a sterile facsimile of his real wife. While the so-called 'Duchess Veleto Lotheed' retains her skill with a blade and her cunning she is fundamentally lacking the spark of the original. Still the new duchess is a capable guardian of the Lotheed family mansion, the Palace of Birdsong.