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Prince Victus Thrax

Talk, talk, talk. Too much talk by nobles. The big questions aren't settled by the endless talk in the Assembly of Peers, but by steel in the hands of men worth a damn.

Social Rank: 2
Concept: Bastard of Maelstrom
Fealty: Thrax
Family: Thrax
Gender: male
Age: 29
Religion: Pantheon
Vocation: Soldier
Height: 6'5"
Hair Color: steely brown
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Skintone: tan

Titles: Prince of Maelstrom, Highlord of the Mourning Isles

Description: An imposing and powerfully built man, Victus' hulking frame and the battle scars splashed across his handsomely chiseled visage lend him an intimidating countenance. Even those unfamiliar with the warrior's storied history can see the tales of his victories written on his face, and his powerful arms. Tall, with skin lightly tanned by time in the sun, dark brown hair and nearly-black eyes, the soldier would be hard pressed to appear approachable even if not for his perpetually unsmiling, grim features. Weighing a couple hundred pounds without an ounce of fat upon him, Victus looks like a man that could (and almost certainly did) kill with his bare hands.

(A man recently returned from war. Beneath his clothing several bandages and patched up cuts can be made out. Most notably though is the fact that his right arm is currently suspended in a sling that wraps around his neck. Second most notably is the flurry of bandages that cover up his left cheek, where hints of a deep burn are scolded into the flesh.)

Personality: Lord Victus Thrax knows full well where his talents lay, and they most certainly do not involve flowery speeches or clever schemes. A laconic warrior favoring (brutally) direct solutions to problems, Victus seems to represent the barbaric warrior stereotype that enemies of House Thrax decry. But he's not a truly bloodthirsty man; he simply sees no good reason to put his soldiers at risk by being foolishly merciful with defeated (but not helpless) enemies and his grimly simple outlook on the proper treatment of enemies colors his treatment of them off the field. A fiercely loyal soldier well aware of his own limitations, Victus knows he has neither the training nor the temperment for machiavellian political leadership or for limp-wristed diplomacy that caters to perfumed weaklings. Enemies of House Thrax have called Victus joyless or humorless, but that's not entirely true; give him a bloodied sword in hand, a vanquished enemy on the field, and the cheers of soldiers around him and Victus will be all smiles.

Background: Lord Victus Thrax is the very embodiment of a warrior of House Thrax. As the illegitimate son of Prince Argus Thrax, Victus might have expected a difficult childhood, but he was nonetheless raised raised in the household of his uncle the Prince Donrai Thrax and suffered few of the hardships many bastards have come to expect. Not that he had a warm, loving environment. His famously cold and stern uncle ruthlessly cultivated the hard strength expected of a Thrax man in the young Victus as he raised him, but Victus surpassed even the unreasonable expectations set for him. During his late teens serving aboard Thrax vessels, Victus demonstrated both ferocity coupled with terrifying natural talent in skirmishes against the pirates that prey upon shipping in the Saffron Chain, earning the respect (and fear) of house soldiers. While Victus had extremely little patience for scholarly works at all and would never be accused of a keen natural intellect, he proved surprisingly alert on matters of strategy and distinguished himself in several field engagements. His uncle decided to trust the baseborn warrior with command of a full company of soldiers during the Rebellion of House Tyde which proved to be one of the better investments the high lord has made in recent times, as Victus personally slew House Tyde's lord on the field, led a charge that routed the rebel forces, and was the first one over the wall in storming the rebel redoubt. For his heroism in battle, Victus was raised up to Lord Victus of House Thrax, legitimizing him even if he still stood far down the line of succession. That suits the Lord Victus just fine, as politics bores him utterly and he has considerable mixed feelings about being sent to Arx to 'round out his rough edges' and 'culture him somewhat'. The high lord told Victus that he expects him to behave in Arx and learn how to solve problems without violence. Victus supposes there's a first time for everything for a veteran of scores of battles.

Relationship Summary

  • The Gyre - The pretender.

  • Frenemy:
  • Edain - Dragon Lord. We've gone at it time and time again. We don't usually agree. But we both just want our people to fucking survive and I respect him for that.

  • Family:
  • Jaenelle - Embracing the Lycene life like she was born to it. Which she wasn't.
  • Denica - Sweet and artsy as fuck. Makes a good addition to the few pretty faces we got.
  • Donella - Iceblock gumption.
  • Margot - Killed her father. Glad I didn't kill her too.
  • Dagon - He didn't have to. But he did. For all that's happened, he's always pointed the Sword at our enemies instead of ourselves.
  • Leona - She cut and run from the family, but she made something of herself doing it. I respect it.
  • Valerius - Don't break ya' back partying.
  • Galen - I'm trusting you with an awful lot, cousin. Don't let me down.
  • Cassima - Good mind for numbers, less so for morals. Which means she's the perfect girl for the job.
  • Caith - We all need a smiling mug to look back on when everything seems dreary as fuck.
  • Fatima - She don't look like one of us, but she's shown that she'll always be one of us.
  • Abbas - A prayer to take the right road.

  • Acquaintance:
  • Brianna - A red storm
  • Darren - Knows his way around a blade, less so a game of stones.
  • Merida - Your tongue is going to get you in trouble one of these days, Grimhall.
  • Arianna - Ambassador Grayson with a flare for the fiery. Watch your back.
  • Katarina - Valardin Princess with a mind for pranks. Dare you to try again.
  • Monique - Red likes her secrets and her thievery. I'd say watch your back but she'll probably already be pickin' your pockets before you tilt your head.
  • Calista - Duchess of Roses. Smells nice, owes me a lot of fucking hair cuts though.

  • Deceased:
  • Donrai - Tyrannical old bastard, but he made me who and what I am.
  • Maximilian - I tried.
  • Dominic - Thrax's angry giant. It ain't the same without his howlin' mutts.
  • Freja - Whiskey nights aren't the same.

  • Friend:
  • Talen - Can always have fun with a man who lets ya' throw his ass overboard.
  • Magpie - Look at your little ship go!
  • Mae - Her hugs ain't the worst they could be.
  • Marian - We'll be fighting forever and I couldn't be more excited.

  • Spouse:
  • Alarissa - Ahhh so THAT'S why she was looking at me funny!

  • Ally:
  • Titania - Mangata's own and a calm presence.
  • Arcelia - She didn't start as one of us but she's made herself Thraxian and then some. Good fucking talent.
  • Ailith - She doesn't irritate me like a lot of her order. She I like.

  • Protege:
    Name Summary
    Agnarr High Lord's still more or less the same as when I'd seen him first, except don't ever recall him owning a cat before. Makes better drinking company than most silks.
    Aiden His shark mask was very fitting and made me grin at seeing it. In fact it was so unique I was incredibly impressed by it. While he curses a lot and comes off as a strong presence, I'm eager to sit down with the Thraxian Prince and converse at some point.
    Aislin The High Lord of Thrax... though I first met him during Donrai's reign, first sparring in the training center, and then again when we traveled together to search out the fate of the former Legate of Concepts. It seems since taking the throne of Thrax, he's tried to learn diplomacy, and I actually think he may be turning into quite the competent leader.
    Alaric Victus' propensity for speaking his mind is well known, but what I think tends to get lost amidst other aspects of his large personality is that he absolutely refuses to quit. There is no 'give up' in the man, and if the Herald of Devastation somehow doesn't yet understand that doubtless he will in time.
    Alarie Fuck he's tall.
    Aleksei Well, we didn't murder each other! That's a start.
    Amarantha The High Lord has a very cute baby. I'm sad they both witnessed my ass kicking.
    Arcelia That there is a man that can drink and get into a night! I met him first at my bonfire and he seemed enjoy all the wine and really get into the evening the moment I mentioned honoring Mangata.
    Arianna A strong man who leads a strong House. Respectable in every way, some might shy away from someone so unbridled but surely they are not me. I sense potential, perhaps he knows what I know about the happenings, perhaps I will have to illuminate him. Either way surely we will be working /close/ together.
    Calaudrin Hey, not a bad sort of guy. Took a beating by a bunch of people and didn't even really complain about it.
    Caspian He has to be the tallest man I've ever met. Also, he seems to be a down to earth man.
    Christine Well, he's nice enough, and a good drinker. Now let's see if we can make that party a thing...
    Cirroch He's my sort of man. He likes whiskey and large axes. Princess Sasha and I attended his surprise birthday party and I was happy to have met him.
    Cristoph I think I sort of like Victus. Maybe. Not sure. It was pretty funny that one time he dropped a teacup.
    Dagon My first re-meeting with the fearsome usurper saw him playing with a kitten and saving a princess. Something seems backward here.
    Darren I said before that I thought he'd do right by the Thrax and I stand by that now. There is a noticeable change in him since the siege, but only for the better in my opinion. Wars change you .. and wars where you're responsible for the lives and deaths of so many change you that much more. He remains one of the few people left in the city that I'd like to kick back and have a drink with, and I hope our friendship carries on.
    Darrow Victus was one of the few who could best the Knight of Sorrow in combat. They trained together in his early days within Arx, and he supported him when he bested Prince Dagon to succeed the throne.
    Dominic I saw him come out of his momma's hole. Have had his back ever since.
    Eleanor A very large Thrax, that's what he is. But needs must, and on the bright side this situation does seem likely to require a very large response.
    Eleyna You can practically smell the scent of seawater drifting off of him and his scowls are just as fierce as have been rumored. Yet, he's far more clever than anyone gives him credit for. They hear the gruff tone, see the big blade, and let their assumptions take over as to what and who he is. I'm not sure if it's done that way on purpose, but I rather hope it is.
    Fatima The salt runs through his veins and he is everything a Thraxian High Lord should be. I look forward to seeing him lead us to victory again, and again, and again. I am all to glad to serve him and further his ambitions.
    Ferrando The shortest distance between two points is the path the High Lord takes to get from one to the other.
    Freja Not exactly what I expected, but in a good way. Can keep up with the drinking of a Bear and banter to boot.
    Gian He has risen high enough to be blunt and speak plainly. If such were not improper, I'd be jealous.
    Gisele To see the High Lord of Thrax in a Rite to Gloria was fearsome, and impressive. To see him cuddling a cat in the days after? Quite a different facet and a mark of how the Mother of Beginnings favours more complicated souls.
    Harald At last it seems the Highlord is growing into this new battlefield. Woe unto all enemies if the Isles are united behind him.
    Joscelin So when I first met him, I thought him a prig. I did for a long time after the Hair Incident. That being said ... I believe his little wife, the lovely Alarissa, has changed him for the better. A thousand small ways, but is it not the case for small bits of snow to begin the avalanche? Many small movements in a game of war to win it all? So while I'm not going to invite him over for scones any time soon, I daresay he's a different man, a better one, and I hope that this growth in character may even lead to a friendship someday. He's close to getting my respect, so... anything is possible, yes?
    Juliana Harsh, coarse and somewhat crude. A Thrax's Thrax. No doubt exactly what is needed in this day. No doubt he will do exactly what is needed.
    Katarina Bastard of Maelstrom who carved out for himself a place upon the throne of the Isles through most interesting means, which Katarina respects as that is how she became royalty in her own lands. Two birds of a feather, perhaps, plus he has a rugged sort of charm.
    Laric However unconventional his crowning was, Victus Thrax has proven himself a capable leader for the Mourning Isles.
    Magpie Magpie never thought he'd have a conversation with the High Lord of Thrax, let alone *like* the man. He does though. Unlike most silks, Victus keeps it real and doesn't mince words. Magpie might actually find himself trusting the man if this trend continues.
    Marian He's crude...not one to stand on ceremony. He seems to gartner the respect of his people. All signs for a good leader. We haven't interested much, much of my dealings have been with Count Darkwater and Prince Dominic but seems to be a man worth knowing.
    Melinda My High Prince, seems to have a good head on his shoulders, and he found me pretty, thats always nice
    Mikani I have to say that he might be one of the most intimidating men I have ever had to stand before. Not just because of his appearance mind but because he is a Thrax Prince. He didn't try to kill me, beat me, or otherwise assault me but I did get a bit chastised for apparently actually seeming a bit intimidated by him. All is well though and I'd like to meet him again and see more of who he is.
    Mira Terrifying! Crude! Very, very large! And I completely botched my introduction to him!
    Mirari Dour, strong, with a lot on his shoulders. Not bad for a Thrax. For a War Lord, and *the* Thrax. Mirari rather likes him.
    Monique A woman could cut herself to pieces on those rough edges, and do it with damnable joy. He'll get me in trouble, mark my words.
    Mydas Did admirably at the game, something that seems to have taken his fellow players by surprise. Well done, could not approve more.
    Petal What I mostly now about the high lord of Thrax is that he likes rum. The Thrax nobles order alot of dresses from me, but I don't think he ever will.
    Reese He seems like a serious man, which is possibly a good thing in a high lord. He has heard of me, which I find flattering. He talks with intelligence and control, also good things.
    Saedrus The first time I met Victus Thrax was in the Hundred Cities, long before he was High Prince of the Thrax. I cannot say a great deal has chanced other than our titles. He is a bearish man, with bearish tendencies who referred to me as not entirely pleasant things, but then I do not think I awarded him any kindness either. It is, less horrid now, and more amusing. I do not loathe the idea of seeing him now, at least.
    Samael He's a gruff man but he hosted me on his ship during the 1st Annual Compact Crew Race and that was an exciting race.
    Samantha Truth be told, we have very little to say that's complimentary about each other. I think he's a brute, he thinks I'm an imposter, but we both know the other acts in the best interest of our domains and the Compact. I'll give him this much; his taste in spouses is quite exemplary, even if his table manners aren't.
    Sameera Confident. Self assured. Has indicated she look at him directly when speakign with him. He does not take pleasure in the fact her own father forced her into thralldom by causing her to inherit her debt. He is, of sorts, what she knows just in a different way.
    Sebastian The High Lord. Impressive in combat and good natured drinking conversation.
    Silas The High Lord of Thrax is easier to understand and get along with than one would normally think. Silas discovered it is largely dependent on whether or not you're a moron.
    Skapti Reminds me more of a Bosun than a High Lord, in how he deals with people. In authority sure, and he expects to be obeyed, but he'd rather they get shit done than be a ponce and worry about how a thing is said. Oh, and he apparently beats people with other people. Can't fuckin' bloody forget that, now can we?
    Sorrel Serious and gruff, this man is in charge, perhaps unforgetably so. He roars, and yet there's also a sense of humor that seems buried inside. I find myself inspired to respect him and maybe a little intimidated.
    Talen A bastard, turned high lord. Funny, that. Talen's life is a living example of people from all walks finding themselves on a path to something wildly different. Victus is a blunt, simple man on the surface and perhaps that's why people often misjudge his ability to manoeuver. Not that he can do it all alone, he'll have to have allies. Just like Thrax and Velenosa stand side by side, Talen imagines he'll be doing more of the same with Victus in the future. War is coming from every direction, after all.
    Tallius Wow, a High Lord of Thrax with a cat clawing up onto his shoulder? That's..interesting. I wonder if it swims.
    Tarik He likes to drink. I have drunk too much to know what he does. His cousin also arrived and she likes to drink too. He seem to be another one of the jovial nobles who likes to have a good time. If all the people of thrax enjoy a good drink like him, then we are going to have one grand party when RedRain and Thrax houses are joined in marriage
    Tesha Judging him by any standard I might have seems foolish; like judging a fish for how well it can fly. He is as he needs to be for the Thrax and such is an object lesson to any who would have dealings with the family.
    Theron The current Admiral of the Compact and a man who gave us our first direct victory against the Marinites. He has stories that are of interest to me, as I seek to find ways to combat our foe in common, and prevail despite the horrors untold that they may unleash upon us. It is not fear that will stop me -- it is ignorance. And I must address that. He is a wellspring of such information in addition to being a respectable, fearsome warrior.
    Thistle A strange man but I find his blunt nature endearing. If I wouldn't be hanged for it, I might consider stealing his cat.
    Tikva I have now seen the High Lord in person. He was both grumpy and forthright and swore like a sailor, which makes sense, because he is! It must be hard for him, leveraged so high. I wonder what he sought the Lord of Love for tonight.
    Torian The man knows darts shouldn't be done sober. Probably the most welcome Silk in the Murder, if I were to tally my boys about it.