Lord Pharamond Ashford
Some talented men and women have been praised as warriors for their ability to fight all day and then love and drink all night. I think I'll skip the former and go straight to the latter whenever possible.
Description: The Ashford Lord would be unremarkable if not for his presence that results from his mannerisms. It's rare to catch Pharamond without one of his bright smiles of infectious good humor that make the man seem far younger than he is. Not particularly tall, he moves with the driven energy that he devotes to anything that catches his fancy, possessing a vibrancy that helps explains his toned athleticism as well as making him seem larger than he actually is. His short brown hair alternates between popular styles and a state of being perpetually unkempt, of a man too caught up by indolent pursuits to manage it, and his rough hewn, somewhat weathered features speaks of more than a decade of hard living that shows no sign of abating anytime soon. His deep blue eyes are almost perpetually glimmering in amusement, as if he's always reflecting upon a joke, or seeking out another form of entertainment.
Personality: Some have accused Pharamond of being lazy. That's not even remotely true. He's downright energetic and driven, it just happens to all be devoted to having a good time and trying to not be saddled with anything that could prevent that. He's quick to laugh, even at himself, and his infectious sense of humor is far removed from the prickly knights that might take offense at any slights upon their honor. Despite his single minded devotion to enjoying himself, he is reluctantly (but grimly) aware of the scope of his responsibilities, which owes to why even now he remains the Sword of Ashford Keep. He might try his best to keep it from coming to a fight, but once it starts, family and friends know he can be relied upon to the end. He just can't be relied upon to be sober, of course.
Background: It's not so much that Pharamond hates responsibility, as almost everyone imagines. The older, unmarried Sword of Ashford Keep has borne the duty of acting as the champion for House Ashford for years without complaint, and he takes the obligation seriously, but it wasn't exactly his first choice compared to a life of indolent luxury pursuing whatever happened to catch his fancy at any time. Of course he trained at arms like most nobles, but it was just one of a hundred different passtimes he pursued along with art and dealings at court, and he never imagined it would completely define him. It's not as if slashing his fellow man with sharp instruments while they tried to do the same to him was Pharamond's idea of fun, but it very unfortunately happened to be the one he seems to be very good at after he distinguished himself repeatedly on the field of battle. Pharamond of course doesn't -regret- saving the life of Duke Barton Ashford in a desperate battle with shavs a decade ago, but he sometimes wishes he had did it in a less spectacular manner that's flamboyance owed more than a little to Pharamond's habit of not being a strict adherent of Grayson rules forbidding going into battle intoxicated. Or he could have wished that his older brother Duke Barton had just rewarded him by letting Lord Pharamond embrace a life of doing absolutely, glorious nothing, but it was not to be.
Perhaps it was some insight by the duke into Pharamond's character that the younger man was able to escape any sort of command for House Ashford's troops and instead only be called when he needs to represent House Ashford in a matter of honor. It's rare enough that there's no great obstacle to spending his days in an intoxicated haze and moving from one social event to the next, and he would just be as happy if he was never actually called in an official capacity. Ever. The more warlike houses might be surprised at Pharamond doing his best to defuse any sort of tensions that could ever lead to him being called to serve as the Sword of Ashford Keep in a duel, and he can more than live with the disapproval it sometimes gets him. Life is too short to not spend it in an alcoholic haze while laughing with courtiers, and it is -considerably- shorter if someone takes offense to every damned trivial thing.
|Aleksei||A fun kind of guy! Sounds like he could just use a drink. And he likes my kid, so.|
|Ardee||A kind, gentle heart. He has a love of adventure that I can truly get behind.|
|Belladonna||I know many tales of sages seeking the secret for eternal youth, and a drunken knight has them all beat. That is why those are my favorite knights.|
|Berenice||He always seems to know exactly where the drinks are in any given location! Quite a talent.|
|Berto||A kind lord, who has good and proper appreciation for the works of a humble brewer|
|Bianca||A pleasant man, though it seemed he felt a bit out of place within the hallowed walls of the Cathedral. He is good-humored and maintains a level of respectful charm. Fond of children, or at least knows how to speak with them. Bearing the Sword of his House, I assume he is also a superb combatant.|
|Brigida||Oh, if I were ten years younger.|
|Cullen||A diligent and serious Sword, but not too much - a good thing, especially wearing two such weights upon his hip. I know what that feels like. Hopefully it won't lead him down a bitter path.|
|Elora||Quite a spirit in that one. Loud, boisterous. He seems like a man who knows how to have fun, and does so.|
|Emily||The lord is a delightful dancer, if not sneaky in how he goes about it. He can easily lead anyone around the dance floor and stands the test for conversation. A great pleasure to share company with.|
|Faruq||Gregarious and outgoing. Verbose and loquatious. I am certain he will make many friends in this city and beyond.|
|Faye||A friendly man, quick with a jest. Seems to be a fine drinking companion, but I won't know for sure until we share a couple more rounds.|
|Gaston||Amazing tenacity and speed, especially since he'd been drinking already. A great warrior, and one I hope I can face again.|
|Gianna||The Sword of Ashford Keep. Necessity seems to have required his taking on more responsibility. Hopefully he remains at least somewhat playful.|
|Harlex||I like this one. Good swordsman. Look forward to testing him myself sometime.|
|Helena||Friendly, warmhearted, complimentary, and can hold his northern whiskey, so he's quite all right by me.|
|Jasher||A man with a flair for the dramatic, but a taste in alcohol that would challenge any sailor. Not bad. For a Grayson.|
|Jordan||Bon vivant and carefree. Pharamond's pretty much the embodiment of the light side of Ashford adventurousness and that's why it's good to count him among my friends.|
|Juliana||What else do I need to know then he is friends with my brother? I can see why and it has so very little to do with the reputation that proceeds him.|
|Jyri||Interested in the dogs, so he can't be that bad. If he comes around, he'll get a tour.|
|Kenna||Such a charming young man who let me bash right into him.|
|Leonidas||A nice lookin' fellow. Seems to know how to drink and tear up the dance floor. I like it!|
|Liara||He's quite a serious fellow, more so than people tend to be when they get chatting with me, anyway. Conversational and friendly all the same. Fairly inquisitive in a way.|
|Lys||There is something to be said for experience and wisdom. Lord Pharamond shows a keen mind for fashion, but better right a keen insight into the minds of others.|
|Macda||Why do we keep meeting in dimly lit places where I'm sneaking out with stolen boots? Booze, not boots this time. Boots last time, right. Right...|
|Mailys||A darling man with a thirst for life. Quite a thirst. He has a taste for the good stuff. I can respect that.|
|Malcolm||Lord Pharamond - I think - is as Ashford lord. He seemed quiet and attentive. After all, it was the Assembly of Peers.|
|Miranda||This Sword's sense of humor has wit! It was a joy to watch him spar!|
|Niklas||A lord with a finely tuned sense of humor. Probably great for a round of drinks.|
|Reese||He seems to be friendly, empathic, experienced and well spoken. He carries himself well too.|
|Sabella||The Voice of house Ashford is one of my favorite people to banter with! He has a wonderful sense of humor and a conversation is made all the better when he joins it!|
|Sebastian||Before we were even introduced, he was offering me wine. That speaks well of him, and further conversation only strengthened that opinion.|
|Sorrel||He dances pretty impressively, especially when given a pretty partner and the opportunity to imbibe some liquid courage. He seems like a cheerful sort, ideal for parties.|
|Verity||I met Lord Pharamond at the Badger, and found him to be more delightful than the Boardinghouse's name might imply. Impeccable taste in drinks and witty company? I would definitely seek him out for more.|