Poppy, is the pen name of Patrizia Gallia Gatto, a female human born in Year 12.
Poppy is the newest reporter at The Kordavan Informant, Chaldea’s most prominent newspaper. She has a sassy writing style that’s entertaining to read, a disarming charm that gets her into places other reporters can’t go, and roguish skills that get her out of places she perhaps shouldn’t have gotten into in the first place.
Poppy is from the city of Regia in the kingdom of Latium, where her father, Gallia Gatto, serves as a senator. Her family is quite wealthy, and as such, Poppy was raised to behave like a proper lady; at this duty, however, she was an utter failure. At one point she was sent to be a lady-in-waiting for Princess Lian in the country of Modava, but she was sent home within a few weeks.
When she was a young adult, her father tried to arrange weddings for Poppy on several occasions, but she managed to scare off every one of her would-be suitors. Eventually, her father resigned himself to the inevitability of the situation, and they’ve both been happier for his decision.
Poppy was well-tutored in all the skills expected of a young noble—fencing, horsemanship, archery, falconry. But the one that surpassed all others was her talent for writing. With time to compose her thoughts and put pen to paper, Poppy’s natural wit evolved into an entrancing storytelling ability.
When Poppy first saw an issue of The Kordavan Informant, the Hessen newspaper that was not widely distributed in Regia, Poppy was immediately captivated by the concept of such a publication and wondered to herself, who is fortunate enough to write these articles?
So, she sailed to Hesse, tracked down the owner of The Kordavan Informant, Otvard Stigvard, and convinced him to hire her on as a reporter, where she has since found uses for many of her talents and skills.
The city of Regia is inspired by the real-world city of Rome of the Principate Era. Regia was a Roman palace built by Numa Pompilius, the second king of Rome.
Poppy’s name, Patrizia Gallia Gatto, is structured in the manner of Roman names from this era. “Patrizia” is her praenomen, a personal name close friends and family might call her; “Gallia” is her nomen, a gens (clan) name derived from her father; and “Gatto” is her cognomen, the Roman equivalent to modern-day surnames.