Prince Ettore Mydas Velenosa
Rumours of my death were greatly exaggerated.
Description: Tall, slim and darkly handsome, the man formerly known as Mydas and now going by Ettore clashes with the typical Lycene appearance on noticeable points. For one, very little of his skin shows. Favouring outfits that cover him from neck to toe, he is often seen wearing gloves no matter the season, even as he avoids public bathing or swimming. A second, possibly more important point, is his eyes. Golden like a wolf's, they're striking, almost eerie, especially when his gaze is focused with unblinking intensity. The last point, his glacial exterior, does not help at all the impression. Polite, and with the warmth of the Everwinter, Ettore shows the fire of the Lyceum containing the frost of the North.
Personality: Once known as Mydas, Ettore is a confident man, a mountain upon which one may rely, lean against to catch one's breath, knowing it will be there, immovable. He is no volcano, instead one of the tall spires found in the far north, cold yet no less solid. Polite and with a sharp, nimble tongue, he prefers to get to the heart of things rather than dance around it. Yet despite that preference, he is a patient, cautious man, ever calculating, ever weighting.
Background: Once, Ettore was known as Lord Mydas Nightgold. Raised in the far North, the eldest of three siblings who lost their mother far too early on, he came to Arx as Nightgold's master of coins, though quickly showed an aptitude for scholarly pursuits.
Involved during the War of Silence as a logistics expert, Mydas also found the time to join the Mirrormasks and become a familiar sight beneath his mask of swirling stygian and iridescite. His duties grew after the end of the war, after receiving Aviaron's Peak as his lands, to rule after the previous occupants were killed to the last by the Bringers and their forces.
It is at that time that he married Princess Freja Redrain, though their union was tragically short. Found beaten to death, she left Mydas a widower, and alone before the many plans they had made for their new home. Would he press on alone? Would he marry again? No, he would not, for before he was Marquis Mydas Acheron, before he was Lord Mydas Nightgold, he was Prince Ettore Velenosa.
And the time has come for his return home.
|Aerandir||A cordial man by the looks of it, though his brief outburst upon entering the establishment was telling of this aforementioned Aislin being someone of importance. Yet another of the gentry whose path intertwined with mine in the Ambassador Salon.|
|Agatha||Very calculating. They're going to send me to him if I need more math lessons, aren't they? I totally hope I don't need math lessons again.|
|Aleksei||A curious sort! He came around to ask some clarifying questions about the First Choice and his Reflection. He's clearly a thoughtful kind of brainy one.|
|Ann||Glacial - a true Northerner. Cold. Cool. Calculated. Level headed. I don't want to see him angry. But then again, it'd be really interesting...|
|Cadenza||Easy on the eyes and nice to talk to. I should have washed up long time ago....they don't look like this in the places I was traveling.|
|Calaudrin||He should probably build a new house. But I don't blame him for wanting to track down and research every shred of information that he can find. We're better off being as prepared as possible for whatever we might face. Nice and pragmatic, I'm a fan.|
|Darren||I've not spent a lot of time with Lord Mydas, but when we do come together for drinks or for meetings, I always find him to be a good conversationalist with a keen mind.|
|Darren||Mydas is shrewed, there's no doubt about that, but he seems to genuinely want to improve his standing in the North and to carve out a name for himself. The North is about freedom, and Darren intends to give Mydas the freedom to stand on his own and make his mark. The fact he'll do it with Freja by his side is only an added bonus.|
|Derovai||Clever and perceptive, but hides it under genial warmth and a very strong glass of vodka -- or three. At least he doesn't seem to stand on tradition terribly much for a Marquis.|
|Duarte||Freely helpful in giving advice on matters of state.|
|Echo||Marquis Mydas has got a sharp mind and is a wonderful person. Right now is a troubling time for Freja, and though I may have spilled a bit of emotion his way, he quickly reassured me that things would be fine.|
|Emilia||A well-learned man whom I came to respect from the first moment I met him. We share the same core principles, and his humility and nobility only affirm my belief that he is an honorable and just man, who leads his people well.|
|Freja||Cold and heartless, in all of the most pragmatic and beautifully, deliciously cruel ways possible. Gold leafing to encase the blackened alaricite beneath. I look forward to seeing what echoes we cast back on one another, what facets of reflection cut from the same gem.|
|Gareth||A man with a countenance I can respect. And doesn't seem to have any fear by my looking at him. If we work together, I believe we would have great success.|
|Giulio||Cold, cool and calculating -- and keeps things close to his chest. A pleasure to work with, and one with whom I hope to work with again, in the future.|
|Hadrian||A new best friend, perhaps? Our philosophies and opinions seem to mirror one another rather well. Careful manipulation or genuine similarity? Only time will tell! Regardless, we seem to understand one another in an uncanny way and it's rather refreshing to see that out of a Northerner. If he can chew with his mouth closed and bathes regularly, I may have to invite him to be my new best friend.|
|Isolde||A devoted mirrormask. One day he'll learn to not stick so rigidly to the rules of etiquette.|
|Joscelin||Shrewd. A depth to him that unsettles more than reassures. But he's astute.|
|Khanne||It has been a long time since I met Mydas. My main memory of him from back then was the talk we had sitting together at the wrestling matches. His conversation was more entertaining and engaging than the event itself. Unfortunately, he left for quiet a long time after that, and since his return, it's been harder to enjoy those sort of conversations. Busy lives for busy people. Still, when I see him, I smile, recollecting that time - things were simpler then. I still always hold out hope that we can enjoy such deep but light hearted conversations again.|
|Laric||Sharper and a hair wiser than the average business man. Thank the Gods.|
|Lydia||Oh he is so literal. I expect his every shirt buttons all the way to the collar and he fastens each one religiously. But he's my bedrock right now. I don't know how I would do this without his advice and council. And while he's shepherding me, he has his own affairs to run. Maybe I'd be a little short with people, too, in his shoes.|
|Marcas||Beware. Responsible for the toxin known as Foolsbane, which made an appearance in the Spirits...and made fools of more than a few of us. One has to admire that.|
|Margerie||Never easy to meet someone at a funeral for their spouse. Not quite sure why people are wagering on whether he has gold or hunting trophies over his fireplace... He seems a decent enough man, moved by his wife's death but welcoming|
|Marian||Interesting...he's not like the Valardin scholars I know. Seems more at ease with these other rowdy Redrains whom I'm very fond of. The idea of him checking the size of his hardwood seems a little farfetched but the man takes a joke well.|
|Merek||He seems to trade in many goods as a nobleman. Merek thinks that he is a curious man, and seems to have an interesting view on Merchant services! At least from what he has seen.|
|Mirari||A fellow mirrormask; intelligent, keen, and philosophical. His knowledge of Tehom's teachings is impressive.|
|Pasquale||Former Northern marquis, now a Velenosa prince. It's probably not the most convoluted family story going on in the Lyceum right now, as Pasquale can well attest. He seems an interesting man and any friend of Lianne's has Pasquale's good opinion.|
|Quenia||I spoke to him regarding the Silver Consortium. He seemed well informed, and very affable. I am looking forward to doing business with him and being a part of the group.|
|Reese||I remember him the most strongly form Nadia's funeral. That feels like forever ago and yesterday at the very same time. Then I remember when he was directing our wresting contest. He did that well. Now I see him again. I messed up his title, but it is still nice to see him again.|
|Rhea||You know, the best thing about my cousin Mydas is that you can REALLY, TRULY, HONESTLY tell that he is always, *always* smiling on the inside. He's great!|
|Sasha||Bearer of vodka though seems much more fond of whiskey|
|Skapti||Some sort Redrain noble, from what I gather. Interested in trade, maybe of salt and fish. But trade agreements are Turo's problem, not mine, thank Mangata for that.|
|Stefano||Eleyna's newly returned to rediscovered brother. As I told him, we have been robbed of twenty or more years of friendship so we will have to make up for that time. I hope he does well here.|
|Tallius||Good gods, that man is really trying to murder all of the Redrains with liquor, what in the hells have I gotten myself into!? Seriously though, enabling -can- be taken to too great of extremes..and at least a few of these look like they're going to be suffering for it for a few days at least. On the other hand, it looks like a great party.|
|Theron||The Archduchess's brother, now returned to the embrace of House Velenosa. A resourceful, talented man, and a Voice in both Velenosa and the Silver Consortium. Naturally, given our associations in common, and the fact we seem to agree on a great deal of things, I'll look forward to working with him. A friendship is a definite possibility with him.|
|Valery||He seems nice and wise. Val liked talking with him when she worked for his House.|
|Vanora||A fellow Mirrormask who was extremely supportive during my first attempt to lead worship in Tehom's temple. I think well of him and look forward to knowing him better.|
|Vayne||A valued member of the Shrine. His insights and energy is encouraging and I look forward to continuing to work with him to advance Tehom's precepts in Arx.|
|Veronica||Composed and thoughtful, the Marquis Acheron seems to me a dedicated man and devoted leader. We will bring justice to this scum who murdered his wife.|
|Victus||Met him when I played his game of war and diplomacy. Think I may have lost a few friends that night, but he seems like good company all the same.|