Prince Darren Redrain
The North respects strong and decisive warriors who stare unflinching at the costs of protecting all we hold dear. The South respects wise and eloquent diplomats who can unite and settle matters without bloodshed. For House Redrain, I must be both.
Description: Fair of face and temperament, Darren's youthful countenance is offset slightly by a well-groomed beard, grizzled enough to satisfy his Northern counterparts, but trimmed fine enough to rival the fashions of Southern courtiers. His bright blue eyes are often kind, but not overly encouraging of familiarity. His auburn hair tends toward the vibrant reds of the north, and curls softly, without becoming completely untamed. He boasts a strong, well-honed frame, built by hard martial training, while moving with an easy grace.
Personality: Since the loss of his father, Darren has tried to walk a line between two worlds. Among his people, the young high lord will drink, and fight, and hunt as well as any might expect from a lord of the North. Walking through the streets of Arx, he can conduct himself with the charm and subtlety of southern nobility, observing the courtly niceties as well as a Grayson prince. He may do it ably, but without any particular enthusiasm, being polite but withdrawn in his affairs, without the easy familiarity that some may expect from unrestrained Northerners. The young prince will often listen calmly and reasonably to two sides of a debate, making judgments without rancor, and often keeps his own counsel. Although his siblings may sometimes be called brash or wild, none have ever said that of Darren.
Background: Darren possesses a bone-deep love for the North and all it represents, rejoicing in the individualism and unrestrained love of freedom that is unmatched through the rest of Arvum. He knows full well that House Redrain of all the great houses has almost certainly the most contentious array of vassals and he wouldn't have it any other way. But ever since he was young, he watched his father very carefully, and learned that the Prince of Farhaven didn't just bully the submission out of each of the powerful houses that serve Redrain and watched how the wise strength of his father backed by strength constantly won the respect and love of his people. Unfortunately, Darren also saw the worst elements of fierce northern behavior when he was very young at his uncle Bjerarg's birthday.
A simple drinking contest that led to a drunken exchange of insults that grew steadily more ugly and led to a brawl that left four dead created, by almost any standards, one of the most stupid and wasteful wars Darren can think of. The Alespill War, as it was known, was as brief as it was idiotic. A few hundred dead over quite literally a spilled ale as one thing led to another and a prince of Redrain was killed, then vassals that refused to give up the murderer... idiocy. Darren loves his people dearly, but to this day he knows full well that there is merit to the Southern notions of decorum and courtly manners. The young prince of Redrain can sing drunkenly and revel with the best of them, but his enjoyment of Southern grace is not the least bit feigned. He'd never force it on the North, but his experiences with waste from the proud, drunk and foolish have made him determined to rule with wisdom that will never see needless carnage again.
|Agatha||Fatherhood seems to be agreeing with cousin Darren, coming on out to get drunk and have a grand old time with his subjects!|
|Ainsley||Fatherhood seems to have settled Darren just a little bit. Still he's always seemed like cool, placid waters. Calm under pressure.|
|Alarissa||The High Lord of those frozen north. Nope, I visited once, it was far too cold for my liking and that was the spring. The spring. He is a man suited for his home and the stories I hear and what I see, he has my respect. Especially since it seems Donella quite adores him.|
|Astraea||You've been gone and it's been hard but I'm glad you're back. Even if it's just to say goodbye. Such a good man and one of the greatest leaders I've ever had the pleasure of serving.|
|Barik||He had me at my worst. It seems like everyone does nowanights. I can't believe he'd spare some coin for a worn-down creature like I, but I suppose not all nobles are made of the cold iron, but the shining steel.|
|Clara||I've known Darren a long time. He's great! A pain in the rear but great!|
|Cybele||High Lord Darren took me in when the Faith told me to go away. He is a good High Lord.|
|Echo||Darren's behavior is so outwardly 'Redrain' that anyone would easily come to the conclusion that he's the High Lord without any proper introduction. He holds himself as incredibly approachable and fun-loving, but that's not to say he ignores his duties. Rather, he knows exactly how to act under every circumstance.|
|Gareth||Fiercely loyal to his people as always. Redrain is better off for having him, though I am still curious to see under his rulership if his unwavering compassion for his people will benefit his land, or break it. It will be interesting to see as history unfolds.|
|Gwenna||My cousin Darren seems to employ the same methods my mother always has - those of throwing one in and letting them learn by their mistakes, should they make them. While it can be terrifying, one does learn more from failures than successes. That he trusts me not to fail more than I might succeed is something I have always appreciated. There are few I trust in Arvum so much and am so proud to call him family. His faith in me and respect for my opinions is an honor I can barely describe and hope I continue to earn.|
|Ian||A family man. Prince Galen seems to like him.|
|Jarel||My cousin, Darrel is the Highlord of Redrain. We couldn't have a better person to lead our House.|
|Jeffeth||The High Lord of the North is in a word intense. I thought I was in trouble at first. Or he was upset with me. I don't think he was. He greatly values the safety of his people and it is clear he will do anything to protect them.|
|Jordan||His Grace Darren Redrain is courteous and kind, and seems actively interested in the affairs of his people. I look forward to getting to know the High Lord better, and learn more about the burdens and benefits of leadership from his example.|
|Luca||I'm sure the man hates me. I don't remember why. I just woke up with a hangover and a note I scrawled to myself that he was probably going to hate me. But he still seems as handsome and as personable as ever. Alas. Love me, Darren!|
|Lucita||He struggles with numbers and banking just like I do, though his on a greater scale, of course. He has a delightful sense of humor and an amicable personality. Am looking forward to more conversations with him.|
|Lydia||Prince Darren is honest and forthright, a worthy liege but also a friend. He works so hard for all of us.|
|Magnus||The High Lord of Redrain and the North. He has proven thus far to be a good leader, able to laugh and smile without losing track of the demands of his station, and the needs of his people. I must prove worthy to him, and have every intention of doing so.|
|Marian||My High Lord has a heavy burden to bear. Our financial difficulties coupled with our military losses from Stormwall. As much as I feel the pressure, I think he feels it more.|
|Morrighan||Our kind ruling bear. It's so good to have him home, and I can be much more at ease now, being able to ensure he's safe and well. He's a skilled and formidable leader with a heart of gold, it makes me proud to have him as Redrain's High Lord.|
|Mydas||It's always refreshing to meet someone willing to cooperate. I should put more effort in keeping communications open with him, I expect it'll prove instrumental in the future. He's a good ally to have, and family, if by alliance rather than direct blood.|
|Petal||Seems like a good leader who reaches to and talks to lots of people.|
|Reese||A good man with with the safety of compact, Redrain and the forest in his mind and heart.|
|Sabella||Only Refrains can handle drinking THAT early in the morning! Still, the Prince is as charming and charismatic as ever and I think should we spend more time together we will become good friends! But I'm still not having whiskey with breakfast.|
|Snow||He seems kind enough. Maybe he will be a good new family for me...all with time...|
|Vercyn||High Lord of the North, heir of my Liege and friend Prince Sherrod. He understands the ways of the southerners, arguably moreso than his father ever did, and presents the North with a unique opportunity to be seen as equals within the Compact. He is young, but he learns quickly. For my Liege and friend, and for the future of the North, Prince Darren will have my unwavering support.|