Prince Ainsley Grayson
I thought I was supposed to be The Warrior; the Sword and the Shield, but now I think I'm supposed to be more.
Description: Around six foot tall, with light brown skin and gray eyes Ainsley Grayson holds himself with a Knightly bearing. His black hair is often shaved shorn and cropped close to his skull. A hint of stubble there on occasion. His form is athletic and lean; full of muscle without being bulky or too broad.
Personality: Genuine in all he does, it seems almost as if Ainsley cannot lie. In truth he simply prefers not to. Finding the pressure of being a political body from his family too much he tends to seek other paths while still doing the Grayson name proud. Politics, lying, and intrigue is far too much effort and work. He would rather throw himself into exhausting physical labor than have to remember what web has been weaved. He would rather be a protector than a rule. There is honor, he finds, in being the guard and the knight. Ainsley takes a straight forward approach to most things. His moods may be mecurial at times but they are all genuine and honest, to be otherwise is too much work.
Background: Born to Daniela Bisland and Rodric Grayson, Ainsley Grayson is a distant cousin of the Crown Prince. His parents tried to groom him for politics and the spotlight. Wanting him to shine like a star. They had many a plan for him. He created for none of them. As a boy he was far more interested in being outside in the training yard. As he grew he found it far too exhausting to deal with politics. Don't say this, don't do that. Pretend you like that person, don't talk to that person even though you like them. Why can't he just tell people whether or not they are annoying him? Why does he need to act a certain way?
His parents saw it as a rebellion when he pursued a career in the Iron Guard. He saw it as a way to still do the Grayson name proud, without spending all that time exhausting himself trying to weave political webs. He'd rather just be himself. So he has thrown himself into the Iron Guard. He wants to do the Grayson motto justice: 'None greater than Grayson'. He wants to the best knight in the Iron Guard.
His parents eventually found peace with his choice in life, and have stopped putting as much pressure on him to be some political maestro. He was, aside from his parents expectations, quite spoilt as a child. He spent time as a child with his Bisland cousins but his Grayson ones as well. Though most of those connections have not been very strong. Connecting with his family is something he looks forward to in the future.
|Aethan||Brave enough to get shot at with arrows, though to be fair, he had armor.|
|Aiden||The Paladin of Gloria, first known to me as my brother. I'm not surprised he turned out to be what he is, as he was always trying to protect me when we were younger. He will have to let me stumble and fall on my own now, as much as I love him watching over me, life takes us on different paths.|
|Atherton||I'd feared this city was the source of spoiled youths with undeserved treasures I'd been hired to guard so many times in the wilds. I have a new bruise to show me that sometimes they are very deserved indeed. A good man.|
|Austen||A most noble man. Took the time to educate me, clearly kind and generous. I shall enjoy serving under him.|
|Caspian||Seems like a decent enough guy and a decent fighter. Meeting lots of decent fighters I need to surpass!|
|Christine||He seems like a nice kid. And he can fight! Although he seems to need a bit more patience... And shoes. Although I didn't get why.|
|Cirroch||He has a beautiful dog! I bought him a drink and he seems friendly enough.|
|Coraline||A fantastic host, this has to be my first enjoyable party in a very long time!|
|Cristoph||Prince Ainsley is just a regular hero, doing hero things, out in public. Definitely a great guy.|
|Cullen||Prince of Grayson, seems to be quite martially adept. Like some others though, my very presence depresses him with Dusk hanging at my side. I cannot fault anyone though, Gods know how I am still unable to get over my fallen cousins either.|
|Edain||He's a great knight, it's in his blood, his heritage is Grayson and Bisland which is the perfect cocktail for a superlative knight. I have heard some question his temper, but those are people that don't understand that a knight is a creature of passions. He's a good man. He's done great things, and he will continue to do great things.|
|Emilia||First time I saw him, he introduced himself as simply 'Ainsley Grayson'. I could tell that he was honorable, and righteous, at a simple glance.|
|Haizea||A very tired-looking Grayson prince. Perhaps we met at a difficult time. He seemed quite keen to give me a wide berth, though he tried not to let on. I wonder why?|
|Jeffeth||A very passionate prince. Way he would roar and yell reminded me of boys I grew up with, not princes. He wants the best, badly.|
|Jordan||A Prince who is concerned with the betterment of the whole Compact, not just his frontyard. That is important for the Compact that struggles together; to prosper together as well.|
|Killian||Sure, he's a Paladin. A hero. Blessed of Gloria and a capable warrior, Voice of the house I'm sworn too and all that. But none of that really matters. He's Ainsley. He's a dear friend and ally, and one of the very few people I trust and rely upon.|
|Leola||The Paladin of the Sword. He lives up to his name, not only in skill, but the honor and dignity of the office. He stood for the Compact, and is our champion. I have, and do, trust him with my life.|
|Luca||He's better each time we spar. I think he practices more. I'm going to have to start napping less and working harder. Maybe? Nah. Still, I'd never turn down having him fight at my side. Even if he's a tea-drinker.|
|Lucita||Kind, caring, married to a friend of mine and an old, very dear friend of other family members. I look forward to getting to know him better.|
|Lydia||Willing to spar, to train, at the drop of a hat. Selfless in pursuit of making everyone better.|
|Monique||He's terrified. I can tell. That means he's highly intelligent.|
|Nierzen||Who in the hell wears all that to the Murder? Prince or not, that fellow has perhaps taken a few too many blows to the head. Lucky if he doesn't wind up dead in an alley - a family could live for years off the proceeds of selling his cloak alone. He should see a Mercy...|
|Olivia||One of Killian's companions, and therefore, one of the greatest living heroes of the compact and all of that. I don't know him very well beyond that, but his whole 'glowy sword' routine proved handy in keeping me from being eaten by horrors at Stormwall, so I am surely in his debt for that, alongside the more general heroics.|
|Samael||My beloved nephew. It is good we are both finally in Arx together. I look forward to connecting with him again.|
|Shard||I didn't exactly come to the Compact expecting to meet many princes, but I've ended up meeting a few. This one I've only encountered a few times, but in each one he's surprised me. Sometimes a little. Sometimes a lot. None of them have been unpleasant surprises, and that's the most surprising thing of all.|
|Silas||Silas's trusted second-in-command and a treasured friend. He'll be there when Ainsley needs him... unless he's unconscious or something!|
|Sorrel||Tikva's husband seems really nice, even if I did meet him under really stressful conditions. And he seems to be very fond of Tikva, as well. Protective. I approve. Not that it matters if I approve, but I like approving. Ainsley is okay by me. And he was very helpful, too. Despite the stressful conditions.|
|Thesarin||The man took the head off Tolmar Brand, and who at a stroke took from my House our Voice, my best scout, and my sister by marriage. If she spoke of him even the least bit less well, I'd be much disposed to mislike him.|