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Count Duarte Amadeo

If you knew how dark man's soul truly is, you would never sleep again.

Social Rank: 5
Concept: The Silk Spider
Fealty: Velenosa
Family: Amadeo
Gender: male
Age: 32
Religion: Pantheon
Vocation: Chief minister
Height: 6'1
Hair Color: Jet black
Eye Color: Dark brown
Skintone: Caramel

Titles: Count of Bravura

Description: A handsome man with an unblemished caramel complexion and mysterious dark eyes, everything about Duarte Amedeo seems perfectly polished. His teeth are perfectly straight, his eyebrows perfectly neat, his fingernails perfectly clipped. Never the slightest bit of dirt or hint of imperfection seems to ever mar his skin or clothing. His dark hair is kept stylishly short and a faintly amused smile seems to ever-linger on his lips.

Personality: Charming, affable, with a disarming manner, infectious humor, and quick wit, very few individuals realize how much danger they are in while speaking with Duarte Amedeo. As chief minister of Information and Safety for House Pravus in Setarco, few nobles let alone commoners could rival the man's importance in the Silken City, a fact seldom realized by many of his companions. It's not that Duarte is humble by any stretch- the dangerous and cool confidence in his eyes gives lie to that. He merely knows how much easier it is to get precisely what you want with a kind or clever word... even if it allows one to destroy the person that revealed it. He is in many ways a reflection of Pravus itself- smart, charming, and utterly ruthless.

Background: The third son of a cobbler and his wife, Durate Amedeo had an unremarkable early life, but he did learn extremely important lessons quickly. His father was mysteriously assassinated after he had loudly spoken insults about a merchant prince whose wealth he resented, his eldest brother was killed in a duel, and his second older brother was forced to flee Setarco in a hurry after he insulted the wrong people. These lessons gave Duarte a profound appreciation for the weakness of an uncontrolled temper coupled with a careless mouth, and he quickly decided he would take his life in a rather different direction. Duarte spent time with courtesans and courtiers attempting to appeal to the famously fashionable and charming nobility of Setarco, those who tried desperately to win the approval of House Pravus. Duarte quickly learned that charm and grace was useful and admirable, but what really could win over the nobility was simply useful information acquired through the right words and catching the right whispers. Duarte quickly gained a reputation as a charming young man who knew so much, and soon found himself in the employ of House Pravus itself.

He was acting as the ears of the former Duke of Setarco inside Arx, and even joined the Inquisition for a time, using the contacts there to keep the southern house informed of the goings on in the capital. It infuriates Duarte that he was not in Setarco to help Duchess Belladonna when she set her house to rights against plotters and schemers, and he feels more than a little ashamed and frustrated his talents were not in Setarco when it was needed the most. He resigned his post in the Inquisition in order to devote himself once more to House Pravus, redoubling his efforts to insure that the duchess to whom he owes his devotion is never again surrounded by her enemies. He might operate with a smile and a laugh, but more than one enemy of House Pravus has underestimated that smile to their downfall.

Along those lines, he more recently helped oversee the destruction of the treasonous House Argento, a powerful vassal of House Pravus that was plotting against Duchess Belladonna. Though the nature of his actions are not publicly known, he was rewarded with a Peerage following the conquest of the city-state of Nilanza, being named Count Duarte Amadeo, the Count of Bravura.

Name Summary
Agatha I do not know why they call him Count Mutt, and I did not want to ask, but it is a GOOD nickname. Mutts are tough and they are often healthier, and a little saner than other dogs.
Alarissa Suave Lycene gentleman.
Alban Likes Whiskey. That alone makes him a possible drinking companion some day.
Alessandro The man knows how to clear a room. You have no choice but to be impressed.
Alexis Count Duarte Amadeo. Friend of Valencia's and pourer of mead. Seems like a nice enough man.
Alrec What a disgustingly sexy animal. Honestly I'm offended by it. He needs to cease and desist immediately. But seriously, I must say... I'm impressed.
Amari Impeccably handsome and keenly intelligent. A terribly dangerous combination to be sure.
Ann Entertaining. And gracious, thankfully. And once you get past the silly moustache, handsome.
Appolonia Intelligent and keen, this Count seems charming enough of a conversationalist. I wonder if he has managed to get those messengers under control or hired any more help to keep them at bay.
Ardoin Despite his disappointment at the lack of proper drinks in the bar, he diplomatically had a coffee and carried out an engaging discussion - I imagine moreso should I be able to speak to him in the future.
Arianna The man was having talks with the Marquis, who seemed a bit less than enthused about the situation here in Setarco. Yet, he was still pleasant.
Armani Quieter but he does seem to have good stories. Should talk to him more.
Astraea He's a kindly man who is well informed and quite orderly. There's this inkling that I know him from somewhere but I didn't spend too long in the Lyceum as a child.
Austen A typical Lycene. Quick of tongue, but disregarding of boundaries. I am not sure we get along.
Barik A generation away from the commons and more noble than the rest of them. This man is a fountain of ironies waiting to be expunged.
Bianca From the first day we met, to the present he has and most likely will always be a puzzle box to me.
Bianca He has been a puzzle box since the day we met and continues to be so despite the length of our friendship. Even so, Duarte's quiet compassion is a welcome solace though he'd be quite upset were I ever to make a to-do about it.
Bliss A man who knows how to take a joke and run with it. He didn't quite manage to turn it back around on me. But that's not really to his discredit, is it?
Caith He is so smooth and gracious. Did I mention clever? Clever, very clever indeed!
Calista Dastardly and dashing. Two out of three D words I like.
Carita I had not expected to find the Count so amusing at a tea party, but then, it was an amusing tea party. An interesting man, to say the least. Wouldn't mind getting to know him better!
Catriona Quiet, but attentive. He seems to take in everything.
Clara He handled my abrupt annoyance at a topic I am sensitive towards fairly well. Can' be all that bad.
Daemon A fine Lycene fellow who I told a short little story to. He seemed to enjoy my tale and I enjoyed his enthusiasm!
Dante I like this man. Regal, outgoing. Witty. He may well be my fancy-party-spirit-animal. Which is convenient, for I did not know I had one.
Delilah I've seen Count Amadeo in passing a time or two at the Hart, but I haven't had the opportunity to speak to him until now. He seems like good company, a welcoming presence who is happy to observe but also just as willing to invite others to join him in interesting conversation.
Demura Ah, I should make a point to remember where this Bravura place is.
Donato Count Duarte still seems rather at ease about things in general. I try to pretend I am. Something I think the mask slips. Who can sleep the same after Setarco?
Echo I want him at any dinners I host. He's got a lovely manner of speech and if I didn't know any better, he made a Grayson Marquessa near stumble in her speech with gratefulness.
Elara I am have seen him about in many places. I finally got the chance to meet him and sit and talk over, of all things, a beer. He plays things close to his chest, but was a warm enough drinking companion. Of course he probably doesn't realize that now he has me curious.
Eleyna The Lyceum is full of people who have dragged themselves up from nothing to something just by their own ingenuity and wit. The Count of Bravura is an example of this writ large. Clever with a hidden edge to his glittering intelligence that he clearly wields like a weapon.
Elgana Quiet. Perhaps it is what is beneath the surface that is worth taking a look at. I have been wrong before. What could be worse than being put on display or made into a rug? Guess I shall never know.
Ember Tarts are my jam.
Emily The count seems quite measured with his word, it is something to watch. Though he is quite impressive with a speech.
Faye Sneaky, sneaky!
Fecundo The Count is astute and inquisitive, though seems to play charm as a distraction or a shield, even to the point of playing the jester you might not notice. Intriguing.
Fiora He has absolutely no idea who I am. This is hilarious.
Gareth A Count who I'm sure has enjoyed puzzling and befuddling, tricking and lurking using his intellect to best his adversaries.
Grazia Clearly, Count Amadeo could help me teach Nobility 101 lessons to the foolish youth of this city, squashing their romantic notions fiercely.
Haizea Courteous and ever prepared with a silken reply, even at our rather abrupt introduction. He was the picture of intelligent grace. And so, a dangerous man. One does not find themselves a Count elevated from the commons without exceedingly good reason, after all.
Helia He's fun! Humorous and witty, just the sort of person I like to be around. Magnificent moustache too.
Ignacio Seemingly a good and honorable man with a sense of humor, that is two good traits to have together.
Iseulet What a handsome moustache. A little overly dramatic, but I have never seen someone pull it off so well...
Jeffeth He tried to trick me at a very serious sermon. But he's been vouched for, so I'm sure he's fine.
Jordan Count of Bravura. He's a nice person, even if I don't really understand Gild's sign to me.
Joscelin Not severe. Reserved, maybe. Collected, well put together. Intriguing too but ... something else.
Juliana There is still trouble behind his eyes but maybe it is tempered with something more.. dare one say maturaty?
Laric His time away from the city did him some good, I think. There's a new gleam in his eyes and he's wasted no time getting back into the thick of things.
Leola A smart man who is far too quick to think he's put his foot in it. Common trait among the military lords. I suppose it breeds circumspection, knowing your life is in your hands.
Liara A Lycene count who made for sound conversation. He seemed very intent on his business after some initial pleasantries and introductions, which is quite alright. An interesting encounter.
Luca He can talk, can't he? I find myself laughing when he does, and for the best reasons, as well. Who knew olives could be so amusing in the right hands.
Lys Okay, he was up in the rafters. In the rafters. This man is either a genius or a little touched.
Mailys Intelligent and astute combined with a winsome personality make for a dangerous combination.
Mailys Lord Duarte, quite the charmer, and one with some fine business opportunities as well!
Melody A bit of a skeptic, but who would blame him when we're all eyeing our tea? Unlike me, he seemed rather happy to bring his own drink. A good choice, most definitely.
Michael A man of depth that I have not yet ably plumbed. I do not know if I would ever be able to do so. At least he has fun friends.
Mihai A very serious and businesslike man with a cordial streak. He is someone who definitely observes first and speaks later, which means he's going to have control over where the conversation will flow most times. If it matters, of course. Meaningful conversation.
Mirari I get the feeling that he is up to something, always. I can appreciate that, but I still have urges to slap him around like a cat bats at a mouse.
Monique I like his sense of humor. Also, his novels. A man worth knowing.
Mydas He has a good head on his shoulders, and possesses the qualities required to rule a difficult county. I shall be happy to spend more time with him in the future.
Niklas Lycene count always willing to say the least appropriate thing.
Orathy Man who pays, gets service. Ain't for me to decide what be what. Reckon he be one to watch.
Orazio A Lycene lord, even one recently raised from the commons - or perhaps /especially/ one raised from the commons - is always a bit of a mystery. Orazio finds Duarte to be perceptive, pleasant company, and - of course - working on his own agenda. He can appreciate that in a new acquaintance.
Petal He seems like a nice Count who is not as flashy as most nobles.
Prisila Count Amadeo is a very intelligent man who seems to think two steps ahead. His charm and sense of humor could keep me enthralled all evening if I let him. Roguish to the bone.
Quenia He tries very hard to fit in, I think. I suppose I get it. But, I'm sure he has some natural charm of his own, without needing flowery words to make it happen. Even if he claims not to be romantic!
Reese Polite, friendly and smart enough to keep out of trouble.
Rinel He seems to be very interested in procuring my services. I don't know why.
River Very professional. Glad he likes my thighs though? I think that's what he said. Gods, mhm.
Rue Didn't talk too terribly much him but if he's good with my family, he's good with me.
Sabella He is always absolutely delightful and I am happy to converse with him. We are clearly destined to be great friends!
Sabella Always hilarious and a great conversationalist! Even if he is unimpressed with everything shared at a tea party!
Salvatore Perhaps we arrived at a bad time, but the Count made a couple of odd statements, then went quiet altogether. Or it could have been the horde that descended upon the place. Seems a witty fellow, I imagine I'll run into him again at some point.
Samael A gracious man. I messed up his title and he didn't get offended or anything.
Saoirse The count is in charge of a mission in Setarco, but he also assumed Saoirse was good for nothing but boning, so...
Stygia Fine. I'll admit he has a fabulous moustache.
Talen Count of Bravura, a man with many angles, the kinds that you want to keep an eye on. The kinds you want to know. Sometimes stabbing isn't the answer, or so they tell me.
Tessa I've decided to make him part of my team. He's a thinker, I need a thinker. Yet sometimes he's too smart, like he's making fun of me while saying nice things.
Theo I don't quite know what to make of this man. He's charming enough, but I don't trust him.
Theron Count Amadeo is a man who doesn't mind a debate, and he seems very friendly. While I don't know much about his goals, he's approachable and I should endeavor to know him better.
Torian A reasonable Count who seems to have a practical mind about him. Nice thing that he's personable too. Guess they can't be all bad.
Vanora He has risen far through his connections to Pravus, and deserves no less. His wit amuses me, and clearly holds wisdom beneath.
Venturo An interesting man whose path crosses my own frequently. A warm demeanor that fits in well with whatever situation he finds himself in.
Vercyn The Count of Bravura threw a napkin at me. Well!
Veronica Count Amadeo seems particularly jovial for a member of the Inquisition, but he did confess to being a secret member. Maybe his joviality is part of his cover.
Violet A warm and fun man. He enjoyed my antics, crude though they were, at The Spirits. A sense of humor is always welcome.
Vitalis A fine Lycene gentleman with refined manners and companionable personality. Seems like a good sort to spend an evening drinking and talking with, I need to know him better.
Vitalis Interested in people who are interested in people in the Lower Buroughs. Intersting.
Zaina What a strange man. He speaks in circles... until he finds out for whom I work.