Windsor D. Esperanza (ウィンザー家・D・エスペランサ, Uinzāke Dī Esuperansa) is a former World Noble of the Windsor Family. Having taken issue with her headstrong nature and her independent yet knowledgeable temperament, the woman was disinherited, though not before taking what was to be her fair share of the family wealth and holdings. Illegally transferring over shares and other properties that she would later sell or keep for her personal entertainment. However, Esper would soon find the life of a comfortable if wanted aristocrat far too boring for her tastes. Ultimately entrusting her current wealth to select overseers as she searched for a way to the Grand Line.
Stumbling upon the Silver Scarf Pirates, Esperanza would ultimately work her way in through a display of keen intuition and a knack for shipbuilding; despite her pampered upbringing, she was a hands on individual. Thus she became both a Pirate and Shipwright of the SS, preparing for the sights of a world rarely seen by her kind.
Upon closer observation, however, her ambitions appear far less naive and more vendetta filled. Able to walk among the masses due to that same intelligence coupled with a silver tongue. Backing up her grand words with actions that included embezzlement, funding of various revolutionary groups, capital charges, and other heinous crimes. All of which can sum up her existence as an enabler. As her own abilities were lacking at the time, she chose to give people the means and resources necessary to take back what was their own.
Such actions while discreet nevertheless earned her the ire of the World Government. Operating under the pseudonym Fireheart (火意気, Hīki), a nickname given to her by the woman's late grandmother, she plans on bringing this corruption to its knees while completely inverting the world. Believing One Piece to be the key to accelerating this affair. Because of her continued defiance if not outright treachery, her bounty has ballooned to 100,000,000, her capture increasingly important as she wields a growing influence over the masses, determined to be their champion even if she dies in the process.
She would eventually part ways with the pirate crew as her ambitions outgrew their means, though she retains ties with crew members, albeit in a more professional and business-like manner as opposed to the carefree ventures of the past. As follows, Esperanza continues to funnel resources into various efforts she deems worthwhile, continuing to accumulate hundreds of millions in berries from the various properties she holds under specific alias while focusing on her primary ambition: the fall of Mariejois.
As a child, she was but a peanut of a thing, innocence the calling card of the day. Due to her status as a World Noble, she would be dressed as such. Only clothed in the finest fabrics available, Esperanza would don formal attire at just about every occasion. Sky blue eyes wide as saucers as she fidgeted impatiently in her chair. The most common attire was a collared ivory blouse, designed as a button down with long sleeves. Matching it was a long skirt that reached her ankles, designed with a taste for modesty. Fortunately for Esper, she would not be subjected to the ridiculous hairstyle common among nobles, instead having her blonde locks artfully arranged in long ringlets with a curling bang framing each side of her some-what chubby face. Her petite figure, formal attire, and pinch-able cheeks resulted in a individual synonymous with cuteness. It helped that she displayed a persistent curiosity that showed in her body language, rewarding those who absolved this curiosity with a winning smile. That was enough for many to overlook the small flame of ambition burning in her gaze, a fire rapidly cultivated by her grandmother.
The passage of time would be kind to a girl turned young woman, childish fat worn away by time as she slowly ascribed to the feminine virtues. A more buxom figure would be accompanied by a small variation to her hairstyle. No longer interested in the cheek length bangs, she would allow them to grow out until they were nearly as long as the rest of her hair, framing the rest of her body as they stop just short of her midback. As a result, the ringlet structure is somewhat lost, becoming wavier as a result of the pronounced length. She continually refuses to adopt the "fucking pole" hairstyle that is synonymous with Celestial Dragons, finding it conspicuous and in poor taste not to mention ugly. Her eyes remain the color of a clear summer sky, with hints of cunning and rebellion smoldering in their depths, contrasting with fair skin the color of french vanilla and an expression that speaks of inbred arrogance. As a sign of conflicting interests, she chooses to dress more casually, with a taste for less expensive clothing, such as dark or blue jeans and the occasional tank-top. Occasionally she will pick more "formal" clothing, such as a deep red ballgown adorned with a low neckline and black lining. It is accompanied by flounced white bottom and semi-detached sleeves, freeing up her arms a bit. Regardless, it is her go to, for almost all occasions, preferring to mediate some of her family's perceived arrogance.
Years away from the suffocating presence of the superfluous World Noble hierarchy appeared to do her good. A young woman blossomed into a mature beauty, accompanied by a voluptuous figure that lends itself to the imagination with ample breasts, a slim waist, and toned thighs. Given her increase in height, these features flow harmoniously with long, supple legs, a hint of athleticism from her work with Capoeira. Creating an opulent hourglass figure that makes her the target of affection. Furthermore, Esperanza's long ringlets are no more, replaced by cascading sheets of golden hair kept in place by dark barrette. She typically wears her hair in a ponytail for the sake of manageability, with her locks now stretching beyond her waist. Additionally, bangs now cover her forehead, serving as a complement to the side bangs that still frame either side of her face. Perhaps the most marked difference is her expression, no longer possessing the youthful curiosity or inherent haughtiness of yesteryear. Now it is distinguished as cold indifference or brooding boredom, aiding an ice queen mentality that hides within. Remaining her grandmother's Fireheart (火意気, Hīki). When relaxing at her estate, the former World Noble will don comfortable clothing that is reminiscent of pjs, alternating this appearance with a black strapped dress, parted the middle to reveal a significant amount of cleavage. Overall, she chooses to embrace the facets of life available to her now that she is no longer under the thumb of the World Government and her mediocre brethren.
Immediately noticeable about Esperanza is her domineering and fiery temperament. Originally subdued during her time as a World Noble due to remaining firmly under the thumb of her family. They desired for her to remain snobby, sheltered, and obedient before being married off to another family for the sake of improving their already indomitable power as one of the twenty families. Yet they could never completely extinguish the flame that was nursed within her heart. Many attribute this to her grandmother's presence. An outsider noble that had been married into the family by her a group of Non-Worlds, the woman never properly acclimated to their way, desiring the freedom and enjoyment of the world's open oceans and magnificent forests. Hence, when the woman saw the potential of her granddaughter slowly squashed, she chose to intervene. Nurturing the child's hunger for knowledge and distant lands while cultivating the sense of independence and steadfast sharpness that Esper would need later. It was only a matter of time before it bloomed into a full splendor, the girl finding subliminal ways of circumventing her parents desires. She began to empathize with her grandmother, seeing World Nobles for what they truly are. Esperanza herself noted that she always planned to leave, hating the idea of being tethered to such miscreants. However, when her parents announced her pending betrothal, she decided enough was enough. Only worrying for ancestor's sake. But the woman's grandmother believed the time was ripe, and thus Esper packed up and left. Finding out a few weeks later that her grandmother was killed for the seeds of rebellion she had implanted within Esperanza's mind.
Notably, such a discovery crushed the girl. Ranza herself admits that the only person she ever loved among her kin was her grandmother, because of all that she had taught her. This included attaining the facilities necessary to steal away vast amounts of material wealth from her family, before redistributing it among the masses. She knew well of their hatred for the World Nobles, recognizing herself as a target while entrusting a very small circle to protect her. Esper in particular presented a shrewd employment of empathy, making note of what they done to her and her beloved grandma. While promising to dismantle such an organization by any means necessary. Thus one can attribute a certain level of charisma to the woman, furthered by her own desire to know all there is about the world, refusing to skim even the most minute of details. That she instills a sense of equal importance within all that she encounters is paramount to her, as she believes its the primary way for her to overcome the aristocracy she was born into. Every individual could potentially contribute invaluably to her campaign to obliterate this nobles as far as Esperanza is concerned, affording her the keen observation necessary to realize their potential. Nevertheless, she harbors a growing hatred for her "birthright", seeing how it had deprived not only her but all of those she crosses paths with. Angering the woman to no end. It is for this reason that she abandoned her life as a wandering blueblood, selling off her holdings that she resided in during her wanted noble period. Giving the proceedings to revolutionaries while she herself continued to peel away all of the lies and looks of a decrepit noble. Esper has said that beyond her quest to shutter the World Government she also wants to find herself. Not the spoiled rotten princess that her family desired her to be, but rather the willful, proud, yet kind individual her grandmother knew her to be. The Fireheart that lights the way for her team while bringing the day of reckoning forward. While protecting those she holds dear.
Perhaps more innocently, Esperanza is shown to have a knack for hands on activities that clash with the perception of her pampered upbringing. Part of the reason why she was elected Shipwright of the Silver Scarf Pirates was due to her proficiency with building and repairing ships. Proving the only one capable of figuring it out in a timely manner. Despite the extensive manual labor required in such a profession, Esperanza quickly fell for it, enjoying the satisfaction that came with producing a construct that she knew would guide her teammates safely on their journey. However, she also inadvertently gained the disposition of a perfectionist, hence Ranza can be found below decks constantly tinkering with various parts of the buoyant mass, always believing there is something that could improve the effectiveness of their mode of transportation. Likewise, she began developing other things as well, most notably weapons, having recognized how defenseless she had been during her time as a noble, surviving the crusade of the commoners by wit and charisma alone. It is for this reason that she is often accompanied by floating swords, which she is capable of directing at opponents in a moment's notice. By her own admission Esperanza notes herself to be a bit of workaholic if not outright tech-head. Claiming that the act of constantly creating, refining, and further molding allows her to think and formulate strategies. Cementing the necessity for having an object in her hands at all times; this had led to rumors of ADHD on the part of her crewmates, though she vehemently denies such suspicions. Nevertheless, she knows when to restrain herself, acknowledging the "If isn't broke don't fix it" mantra that quite a few live by. Though her own creations cause her to recognize just how broken the current system is. Only furthering her desire to fix it or rather replace it.
Originally, the Esperanza wielded nothing more than the typical World Noble fare; undue political power. Like other members of this revolting group, Esper had potentially unlimited capital at her disposal for the sake of purchasing whatever she wanted at the time. No price would be too high for her or her family's wallet given the royalties they received from those under their thumb. Likewise, should any commoner strike as desirable, she could immediately take them as her slave with no questions asked. In addition, she possessed a firearm that unlike her counterparts she appeared to be rather proficient in using, capable of gunning down individuals in short, mid, and long ranges, though Esper notes that her accuracy suffers when her opponent is far away. More importantly, she possessed the ability to summon an admiral to her side should such support be necessary, adding an extra layer of protection. Notably, even as a heiress she possesses enough political clout and influence to overrule sovereigns regardless of whether or not they are residing in that regent's domain. Making her quite a powerful individual should the situation call for it. However, her hard-headed nature coupled with a nurtured free spirit caused her to forsake the World Nobles. As such, she lost all such attributes that arise with the title Celestial Dragons (天竜人 Tenryūbito?).
However, not all was lost in the exchange for she possessed something equally valuable (that her counterparts lacked); knowledge. Thanks to the timely intervention of her grandmother, the woman was grilled in all manner of history relating to pirates, the world government, marines and other manner. However, the impartiality of such lessons was shown in one last piece of information given to the girl; Great Kingdom. Because of their undue authority, she managed to pull what few remaining resources remained of this formidable foe; like everything else however, they were soon found and reduced to ashes. Nevertheless, Esperanza already possessed the knowledge stored within them, greatly aiding her own interests. It was knowledge like this that allowed her to evade the World Government during her deceit, taking her far and fast while probing the lands beyond. Expectedly, her manner of dress caused significant adversity as well as her recognizability, though the woman was quick to utilize what charisma and way with words she had at her disposal. Unafraid of a hostile mass while building her own war chest with illegally transferred capital, holdings, and other resources. Amassing an arsenal that she would gift to quite a few revolutionaries once they had her trust. Personally receiving her blessing to raise hell among the vile government. Her decision was cemented by her grandmother's "accident"; though anyone could tell it was murder pure and simple.
Nevertheless, she could not stay helpless for long, recognizing the danger of her existence as a Fallen One (堕天使, Datenshi). She resolved to find abilities that would allow her to survive in this cold world. Failing that, Esper would look to other options such as the arts for improving her capacity for combat. Ones that would allow her to sustain herself without resorting to bribery or diplomacy should either fail. Eventually falling upon a style that would not only cause her to shape up, but become a capable combatant. Adding this to her repertoire, she would utilize the skillset when on her lonesome, recognizing it critical for surviving a world composed of enemies. Though thriving would be her ultimate aim. She would further adapt her mobility to include the ubiquitous weapon known as guns, taking her skills as a child and developing them further, eventually becoming a gunslinger. However, Esper claims that her skills are still a work in progress, as she focuses on complete incorporation of the pistols and other gun types into her fighting style. Turning the wanted ex-noble into a bandit of sorts; not that she minds, integrating other forms of combat into her overall proficiency for war. Knowing quite well that the World Nobles will be looking to round her up.
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|Windsor D. Esperanza||"Fireheart"||100,000,000|
|First Bounty: Following her escape from the Mariejois, it was discovered that vast sums of money and holdings were missing from the Reinhardt estate, skillfully funneled and/or smuggled out by the woman herself. Due to the astronomical value of this blatant embezzlement, a bounty was set upon her head to the tune of 25,000,000, making her a wanted individual not only by the World Government, but by her former kin, angered at her undermining of their place in society.
Second Bounty: Continuing to withdraw massive funds under the codename Fireheart, she purposefully leeched away portions of the World Nobles resources. Perhaps what was worse though is that she began selling away the properties she had stolen, using the vast amounts of money gained to endow various revolutionaries with far greater capital for their ventures. Notably, she utilized such funds to purchase all manners of items, including armaments, ships, and other questionable materials. In particular, she was more than happy to aid in the success of several raids by said rebels that led to the deaths of several World Government Marines. Coupled with her divulging of information in regards to the location and protection of her former home, her bounty was increased dramatically to 100,000,000. The ballooning of her bounty was further justified by her colluding with the Silver Scarf Pirates, a up and coming group that desires One Piece.
- Appearance wise, Esperanza is based on the darling Elizabeth Mably and the resplendent Cassandra Aoi from Freezing.
- Esperanza is my first Will of D character, a fitting move given her status as an enabler of Revolutionaries and Pirates. Ultimately deciding which group will be most effective at obliterating the fortified Mariejois and weakening the World Government.