Archlector Etienne Telmar
Wealth should not be a goal. It is a tool, one to be used with compassion and caution.
Social Rank: 5
Concept: Forensic Accountant of the Gods
Hair Color: Pale gold
Eye Color: Silver-gray
Description: A man of average height and a solid build, Etienne's weather-beaten skin is proof of years spent traveling the roads of Arx. His tanned features compliment the pale gold of his hair, and the light gray of his eyes. His features are square, with high cheekbones and a firm, stubborn chin. His smiles are warm and frequent, and when they appear, they light up his entire face. He is approaching middle age, somewhere in his late thirties, and one can see the hint of laugh lines at the corners of his mouth and eyes, particularly when he concentrates on something. He moves with careful grace, years of schooling in aristocratic composure clear in every motion.
Personality: No one would call Etienne anything other than ambitious - but they'd be hard-pressed to name anyone who has been harmed by that ambition, except those who dare to abuse the funds of the Church. In conversation, he is warm, attentive, and well-mannered, showing a genuine interest in those around him and an easy compassion that invites confidence and trust. However, there is steel underneath the open smile - he is dogged and ruthless in pursuit of the truth, and he has absolutely no sympathy for those who abuse their position as priests or as recipients of the Faith's funds. He has an Oathlands concept of honor and dignity (including the occasional duel under his belt), and the political savvy of one who has moved up the ranks amongst the powerful, proud, and competitive Oathlands clergy.
Background: Born as third child to a branch family of the honorable and historic Oathlands House of Telmar, Lord Etienne Telmar was very well aware that no matter how clever or competent he was (and from an early age, he possessed a great measure of both these qualities), his most likely outcome would be as trusted adviser or Minister for his more prestigious relatives. It was not enough, and so the young Telmar convinced his parents to support his induction into the Faith at the quite young age of eighteen.
There, he discovered that his intelligence and familiarity with the movement of money gave him a gift for uncovering when the Faith's funds had been embezzled, stolen, or otherwise misappropriated. After a few years of instruction and training, he found himself often assigned to suspicious parishes across the Valardin lands, where he would plot out the flow of funds and discover any misuse of them. In the process, this ended up restoring a significant amount of charitable funds to their rightful recipients. This made Etienne quite popular in some quarters (particularly those priests who valued the charitable works of the Faith, and the recipients thereof), which he parlayed into increasing roles of responsibility. But not a Seraph's position, as that would have chained him to a single parish, rather than allowing him to expand his knowledge of how the Faith was run.
At least, until the Seraph of the Telmarch was discovered to be in conspiracy with the White Stewards, a secret cult which had a major part in starting the Silent War. This, and the accusations of collusion with the traitor Telmar in command of Arx's Iron Guard, could have drowned Etienne's career in suspicion and shared guilt. Instead, the priest thrived through his clear outrage and immediate request to help the Faith purge itself of other Steward collaborators. In the aftermath, he was appointed Seraph of the Telmarch, and it was thought that he would serve in that post for years before seeking another promotion.
However, after the resignation of Archlector Caras, Etienne quietly called in a number of political markers in the Faith to make it clear that not only was he interested in the post of Archlector of Gild, but that he was clearly the best candidate for the job. No one is quite sure if this is simply an ambitious priest taking advantage of a shift in leadership of the Faith, or if he has a personal goal which requires him being in the heart of the Faith.
|Aahana||A very kind and knowledgeable Archlector who is educating me about Gild. Quite a wonderful educator.|
|Alarissa||Heft that hammer archelector, you're doing good. He has a lovely hammer throwing arm.|
|Alessandro||Archlector of Gild, and yet willing to get his hands dirty.|
|Astraea||All of the Archlectors have a special place in my heart but Etienne makes it hard to tell if it's a crush or not. He's definitely an inspiring sort of person. Who I greatly enjoyed throwing snowballs with. I mean we won and I don't think he threw a single snowball. See, the Gods do love us.|
|Berenice||I would kill for his rotten, stupid luck.|
|Bianca||Warm, kind and calming. The Archlector of Gild and I share in our diligence to our work, but perhaps together we can find opportunities to simply spend time with one another outside of the bounds of duty.|
|Bliss||The Archlector of Gild is not exactly the kind of man you would normally associate with the idea of priest, but then, who is? Another Telmar, full of their same charm, though less reserved than much of his family. It makes me wonder.|
|Cassandra||Seems rather good natured and enjoys his calling to Gild as I do to Gloria. Always fortuitous to meet another Archlector during a priest taking the vows.|
|Coraline||Archlector of Gild, surprising that I haven't met him before being a Diciple of the Knights of Solace all the same he seems like a solid and nice sort but I get the feeling he thinks far more than he says.|
|Delilah||A man of appropriate sobriety and self-control when it comes to humour cast in his direction. Suitably impressive for a person of his station. I suspect there lies a much deeper, gentler spirit underneath the Archlector's surface, but I still don't know how he avoided laughing at the joke about Gild.|
|Duarte||Archlector of Gild. He seems to have his hands full at the moment but is handling things with aplomb.|
|Ectorion||It's good to see a ranking churchperson who can throw down and have a good time for no reason other than enjoyment.|
|Elgana||The Archlector of Gild. We've met so briefly a few times now but from what I've experienced he is friendly and keen. Definitely someone I should get to know better.|
|Faye||Archlector of Gild. I'm sure he knows more than he says, though that may be due to the diplomatic nature of his job. Perhaps I'll have the chance sometime in the future to talk to him more directly.|
|Gwenna||The Archlector of Gild is both warm and welcoming, seeming to be a light himself within the open temple. Recently arrived from the Telmarch, is appears he has taken up his duties in Arx with no hesitation. Speaking with him was comfortable and a true pleasure, which I hope to have the fortune to do so again.|
|Jeffeth||He's here! He's really here! The Archlector of Gild! I will have so many questions for him, and venting to do, and confession, and guidance to ask for, and silver to donate, and financial planning to go over, and hugging! Oh there will be so much hugging! I'm so glad he's here!|
|Jordan||Archlector of Gild. This Telmar-born man is knowledgeable about matters pertaining to war and diplomacy and the reality of it.|
|Josephine||The Archlector of Gild, a lovely young man and one who has good fortune. Long will he serve I think and rightly so.|
|Kenna||The Archlector of Gild - I hope she does give herself more than a little time to learn all the names ever!|
|Lorenzo||Archlector of Gild. Seems kind and generous, as well as a good listener. Seems to be a good man to go to for advice.|
|Luca||I have a rather good relationship with /most/ of the Archlectors, but /this/ one.. has escaped me, so far. Still, there's humor in him, I've noticed, and he seems to have a strong faith (shocking, I know), and there wasn't anything unpleasant about my conversation with the man. I'd sit and speak with him again.|
|Lucita||Amicable, personable, well spoken, knowledgeable, seemed intuitive during our talk within the shrine and offered good advice. I look forward to getting to know Blessed Etienne better.|
|Magpie||Magpie didn't have a long conversation with Etienne upon first meeting the archlector, but the man proved polite and easy to talk to. Their exchanges were smooth, pleasant, and touched with notes of both criminal and Faith-related bouquets.|
|Mirk||Not, perhaps, what I expected from the Archlector of Gild, but one who does credit to his title all the same. Never have I heard someone more sincerely wish for my prosperity and the prosperity of my endeavors.|
|Neb||The Gods are meant to be beseeched for aide. Teammates are meant to be assisted. The Archlector may have spent to much time in their shrine.|
|Niklas||Just what you'd expect when someone says 'archlector'. Old.|
|Pasquale||Pasquale met Etienne in the Shrine of Gild, and the Archlector struck him as thoughtful about the nuances of both the virtues of the Goddess and the baser ambitions that drive mere mortals.|
|Quenia||I had the pleasure of meeting the Archlector during the Whisper House Ball, and run into him a time or two in other locations. He seems. . . ravenous. For food, that is. And, possibly, drink. Though, apart from that, he's a rather nice fellow.|
|Reese||braves the cold, seems friendly and up for challenges.|
|Reigna||The Archlector of Gild and a former Telmar. He is as kind and charitable as a man of Gild should be, and he is clearly close to Lady Monique, another of the most generous people I know. I believe I like him, though I should likely get to know him better yet.|
|Rinel||The Archlector of Gild. I had expected more formality, more rigidity, more... gaudiness? Instead, I have come to find an amiable and humble man. I believe he is exactly what the Faith needs.|
|Sabella||A very clever man who is quite fun to debate with!|
|Simone||He may be an Archlector, but to me he shall always be my cousin. I adore him and always have. His help and guidance shall always be invaluable to me.|
|Sparte||It was hard getting to meet them properly with that thing in the room. I'm still in a bit of a daze over the whole thing. Still, they were pleasant and friendly and helpful. I hope I can be less distracted next time.|
|Starling||A handsome and merry sort -- I did not expect an archlector to be so merry! To be fair, he's the first I've met.|
|Sunniva||The Archlector is a fine conversationalist. I do believe we would have a great deal that we agree upon regarding the Pantheon and its figureheads. I must say I am rather looking forward to his visit to our household. Perhaps another visit or two for tea to discuss the faith is needed as well.|
|Tynan||I don't know what I expect from archlectors. They always seem to be something different than my expectations. The archlector of Gild is warm, friendly and sociable, which makes sense if you consider it all.|