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Marquis Valerius Malespero

Every noble house expects its children to gloriously surpass the acts of heroism of its ancestors. I really hope the rest of the family handles that.

Social Rank: 5
Concept: Cheerfully Idle Rich
Fealty: Velenosa
Family: Malespero
Gender: male
Age: 23
Religion: Pantheon
Vocation: Soldier
Height: 5'9"
Hair Color: Dark brown
Eye Color: Deep brown
Skintone: Lightly tanned

Description: Valerius looks the part of the greatest heroes of old - strongly built, tall, with broad shoulders, square jawed. Valerius styles his hair and dresses in a way that rugged and brutish Thraxians find almost foppish. His muscle is practically wasted, only maintained so pretty women think he's brave and tough. His rich brown hair often sports a well kept style, with a great deal of time spent on it. His deep brown eyes sparkle with good humor and occasional mischief. Make no mistake, Valerius is an extremely handsome man, simply preferring fine clothing of nearly Lyceum proportions than anything remotely resembling armor. He can fight, and is trained to do so, but it might mess up his outfit.

Personality: Valerius enjoys people. He enjoys impressing pretty women, whether or not he ends up in bed with them is kind of just extra bonus. He likes to make them laugh, bring a color to their cheeks, and make himself look amazing with one on his arm. For other men, he genuinely enjoys making friends, joking, gambling, generally carousing with the boys. He sees little need in all the anger, senseless violence, and posturing for dominance that one would think is in his blood. He might describe life at court as a battlefield of intrigue, but really it's only to make the rest of his family leave him alone so he can get ready for the next party. He will fight if he has to, and do so well, but it's so dull and boorish. Settling matters over a drink or poker game is far more appealing to him.

Background: On the surface, most would imagine Valerius has the makings for one of the greatest warriors House Thrax has ever produced. Grandson of the ruthless Prince Donrai Thrax and son of a Redrain champion who was murdered during the Tyde rebellion while he was quite young. House Thrax certainly trained the young man relentlessly as a warrior and weaned him on tales of vengeance against those responsible for killing his parents, expecting him to turn into another fearsome weapon for the noble family, and he has undeniable talent at arms, but he's... nice. There's perhaps no worse adjective in the Thrax lexicon than 'nice'. He's amiable, agreeable, and has far more interest in idly spending time with other nobles in polite social settings than bathing in the blood of Thrax's enemies. It horrifies the Thrax leadership.

Sure, Valerius is an extremely capable warrior when he's pushed and shoved in that direction, but it is painfully obvious that his heart is at court. A political calling isn't the worst thing in the world, as far as House Thrax is concerned, since enemies need to be manipulated, but the trouble is that Valerius doesn't even seem interested in that. He just genuinely enjoys talking to others and trying to solve their problems, and despite their best efforts, the man is dedicated to being one of the friendly, amiable idle rich.

Relationship Summary

  • Ford - A bit thin-skinned, but loyal and strong. What’s good for Thrax is good for me
  • Driskell - If he can make me drinks as good as he did, he’ll never want for anything in his life
  • Reese - I think she’s let success go to her head. And with one as beautiful as hers, I hope she does
  • Calandra - A beauty among beauties. She shows how impressive the Whispers can be
  • Orathy - Rough, improper, and fun to drink with. My sister chose a bodyguard well

  • Friend:
  • Calista - Fun flirtation
  • Hadrian - Kindred-spirit Duke
  • Cassius - I have your back if you have mine. Actually, I have your back regardless
  • Valencia - She’s seen me at my worst and stayed, it means a lot
  • Julea - She’s been played an interesting hand and made the best of it. I’m just along for the ride
  • Max - I like to think of him as my protege. Not quite as handsome, nor smooth, but it works
  • Nadia - You didn’t put up with my bullshit. You made me laugh. I’ll miss you
  • Natalia - Fun and beautiful. It’s hard to find someone as adept at just one of those things
  • Calliope - Not the typical Grimhall, she’s so smart it’s terrifying

  • Family:
  • Denica - Artistic cousin
  • Leona - Both my protector, and the protector of the King. A sister I couldn’t be more proud of
  • Donrai - Terrifying grandfather who will be remembered, for better or worse
  • Jaenelle - My sister is the sweetest woman in the Compact, with a temper to match
  • Dagon - My cousin has changed, but he’s more honorable and courageous than ever
  • Victus - Grandfather raised him well, but he’s a better man than Grandfather ever was
  • Donella - Commanding and confident, Victus might wish she was born a man, but I'm happy with her as she is
  • Margot - A diplomatic Thrall turned into a Duchess. Surprisingly, I think my father would be proud
  • Abbas - There’s some pride in knowing my cousin is the best sailor in the Compact
  • Dominic - If I ever had to experience loss like he has, I’ve no doubt I’d be just like him
  • Jasher - Quiet, conserved, too smart for his own good. But he’s family, and I’ll stand with him
  • Remi - I didn’t realize you were alive until recently. It’s a good surprise
  • Michael - Funny, handsome, and full of himself. I feel bad for his mother
  • Iona - A force to be reckoned with, one I wish my father was around to see
  • Gabriel - How many can say they’ve had a Lord Commander and a Regent as family? He makes me proud of my Bisland side
  • Darren - Kind and strong. If there’s hope for our families to get along, he’ll be the reason for it
  • Anze - Find me a Redrain more Redrain than Anze. I dare you
  • Kieran - I hear he’s trying to beat me out as best drinker in the Compact. I like a challenge
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