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Lord Valdemar Grimhall

Do not fear death, men;defy her, and you drive her into the enemy's ranks.

Social Rank: 4
Concept: Eager Warrior
Fealty: Thrax
Family: Grimhall
Gender: Male
Age: 25
Religion: Pantheon
Vocation: Soldier
Height: 6'2"
Hair Color: Blond
Eye Color: Blue
Skintone: Pale

Titles: Sword of Grihem's Point, Voice of Grimhall

Description: Tall and broad of frame, Valdemar is lean and powerful, a natural warrior and athlete. His blonde hair falls freely to his shoulders most of the time, as he rarely wears it bound in any fashion. While he is naturally fair of skin, he does typically have a light tan thanks to long hours spent in the sun aboard ships and at weapons practice. Prominent brows and cheekbones give him a stern countenance, something which is accentuated by a strong jaw that is most often covered in a well-groomed beard. In spite of this, he smiles more often than his family name might lead one to expect, a charming curve of the lips that brightens his features when it happens.

Personality: Hungry for greatness in the way most young warriors are. He is proud of his family and legacy, and wishes to earn an exalted place in the annals of Grihems Point, but it not entirely chained to tradition. He enjoys being liked and is better at it than many might expect of a Grimhall, but loses no sleep if he must settle for being feared.

Background: The oldest son of Harald and Anneke, he was an obedient child brought up in a firmly traditional Thraxian manner. He always knew what his role was expected to be: captain of a ship, with steel in hand. If he did well enough, perhaps one day he'd lead a fleet against great foes in a famous battle. Grimhall boys often dreamt of such things.

Respect for his people's traditions was hammered heavily into Valdemar as he grew out of childhood, though he showed hints of a more intellectual bent, at times. Now a young man freshly given command of his first ship, he has been part of minor skirmishes with petty enemies, but no battles worthy of the name; small raids as much for practice as plunder. He wasn't old enough to fight in the Tyde Rebellion, but fate has delivered a new war, and legendary new enemies. Despite any orders otherwise, no warrior worth his spear would sit at home when great deeds await doing.

Relationship Summary


Acquaintance:
  • Ian - A good thing he's not a Grimhall then, isn't it?

  • Family:
  • Harald - Father and Duke, he casts a large shadow.
  • Ingrid - Sister, a quiet and reliable presence, it is good to have her in Arx.
  • Ingvar - Brother, the family explorer, his backing means much.
  • Arkyn - So much rides on this little one, my firstborn. It would seem his voice is up to the challenge, at least.
  • Antony - My quiet second-born, your brother will need the resolve you seem to possess. The whole family will.

  • Ally:
  • Talen - First Liar to Antony, my second-born, and fellow Mirrorborn commander. Formidable with an interesting sense of humor.
  • Asger - It has been good to reconnect with the Duke of Stormwall lately.

  • Spouse:
  • Vanora - She is stars and sunsets and storms on the sea. My wife, my partner, the mother of my children. My forever.

  • Friend:
  • Cassima - Few in the city have been as trustworthy.
  • Derovai - Valued teacher and advisor.
  • Galen - Another steadfast friend, valued enough to trust as Salt Parent to my sons.

  • Protege:
  • Iseulet - A capable woman and worthy colleague.
  • Name Summary
    Adalyn Shared a drink with him at the Hart. A delight to meet him, I'd like the chance to talk with him further.
    Aethan Ian respects him, and that counts for a lot in my book. Also probably a good fighter. I'll have to see how good sometime soon.
    Alarissa As stoic and steadfast as his father.
    Alexio A man of House Grimhall. He seems a brave sort. A good person to be friends with.
    Ann The Thraxian version of Asger? Which means a lot to me. I'll happily call him an ally any day. I'd love to see our two Houses working together more in the future.
    Bethany These fighting men can certainly take a lot of hits to the head, can't they?
    Cadenza Very charming and easy to talk to! Seems pretty laid back.
    Caith I felt so safe with him around! He was very nice and polite and charming but it definitely felt like something was weighing on him. Probably responsibility! Responsibility weighs /a lot/! I hope our paths cross again soon.
    Calypso I understand why his wife would take his hand for marriage. He does not need rank or title to be a man of position and principal. He stands on his ground and does not need you to tell him where he is. I deeply respect that fact, and his intelligence towards matters of stewardship to the Compact as a whole. Thrax has a valuable asset in the heir to Grimhall.
    Cambria Hardly a most auspicious first meeting, one could argue. Yet I do believe I found a kindred spirit. It warrants further encounters.
    Caprice A man who is not shaped by his heritage, but enriched for it. He was an unexpected, but delightful surprise that inspired Caprice to design a few pieces that may be some of her favorites yet.
    Caspian Little does he know I'm not down to earth! He explained to me the history of his house's sword, which was pretty interesting. Learned something new!
    Delilah Rather enjoyable company. He seems just as lost as I do in an event as big at this, but he's focused his attention on those around he seems to be enjoying the show.
    Delilah Not what one would expect to encounter a Thraxian, and yet someone who knows the nature of his land, and kin to it, in a fashion. Clarity to his words, affection for his family. He would not be someone I would wish to anger, but no doubt has a fascinating outlook on life.
    Ezekiel A gruff seeming fellow, but he has entertaining banter and did quite seem to enjoy my music!
    Faruq Thraxian if I recall correctly, likes the bigger swords. I'd claim he was just overcompensating but then I would be too! Hah! Seems a good man, if a bit to serious sometimes.
    Harald My eldest son and the Sword of Grimhall. Though he has a measure of. hiss mother's cheer, he will win his place as young warriors should.
    Ingrid My beloved brother. Valdemar has grown so much over the years and I am very proud of him.
    Ingvar My older brother, he seems to be handling family matters in my Father's Stead in the city, and seems to be doing a good job of it. It's nice to be reunited with my Kin again, even if it is on the mainland.
    Iseulet A capable conversationalist and hospitable host, I look forward to working with him and his House and being his protege.
    Jacque The Sword of Grihem's Point, working to earn his place amongst the great champions of our Compact. Humble, resolute. Good traits to have.
    Jordan Brave Lord, and one that spars knowing that practice is meant to teach one how to fight in real situations. I appreciate the candor, and the bravery. He charges like a man possessed.
    Karina Didn't realize how much I missed my fuzzy older cousin until I was laughing with him again. The world is a little less intimidating with him around.
    Luca A gracious host. I have not been to the Grimhall longhouse in the Thrax Ward in some time, but I never remember it being more welcoming. He has captured a wonderful bride. I will have to send him one of those 'On the Care and Feeding' guides, to Lycene women. But we all know every House could use one. Or ten.
    Miranda Thoughtful with a sense of humor. Spry for a guy in plate, too!
    Mirari He looks like he makes Vanora happy, so I think very highly of him just because of that. I've met him before, briefly, but didn't really get a chance to sit down and speak to him.
    Niklas Ford's boss' son and Ford's ex-wife's new husband! Why, we're practically cousins! Apparently a wonderful singer.
    Norwood I cannot help but think well of House Grimhall for the way that Lord Valdemar carried himself at the Sword Gathering.
    Orathy Young Grim, reckon he a chip off his pa's shoulder. He be having a few things to learn yet about opponents who ain't standing still. Reckon he takes a loss well enough, he does.
    Pasquale The heir to Grimhall. Newly wed to a Pravus, the house of Pasquale's liege lords. Pasquale is curious how that will work out, and suspects Malespero will be seeing the Grimhalls again often down the line.
    Prisila He seems to be level headed and understands the status quo. Lady Vanora has done well in landing such a man for her partner.
    Reese He fought with me against Zhayla's killing, coming at his father's side and quite the father he has! Duke Harald is great man, but I think that Valdemar probably is too. He showed great bravery in the battle. He was ready and willing to die. He took damage, but he was so strong about it. Grimhall blood is strong.
    Reigna A proud and noble seeming Thraxian. I want to trust him, I do, he seems to be the sort that is the definition of trustworthy. I just... It is difficult to trust someone willing to overlook Oathbreaking. I am likely being too judgemental, but it is in my bones, steel bends, honor holds.
    Roxana Such a thoughtful young man, and polite and kind as well. Almost sweet but Thraxians don't like hearing that sort of thing so I won't mention it out loud.
    Sabella Lord Grimhall has always been very kind and polite to me and even sweeter to his wife, which means he must be a very great man indeed!
    Sanya I'm glad to be surrounded by such a welcoming family. My cousin has been wonderful company and I look forward to working together.
    Saoirse Valdemar was in the bar when Saoirse delivered some of her welcome gifts of wine. He partook and seemed to find her amusing.
    Sorrel Serious and thoughtful, the heir to Grimhall seems like the sort of man it is good to know. Not quite as intimidating as his father, but gives a sense of power nonetheless.
    Talen A sober Thraxian man who happened to end up with Vanora as a wife. Eleyna's running commentary that he's not unlike Talen's more sullen moods were completely shaken when an entire tea party learned that he sings, too. The Singing Sword of Grimhall. Interesting.
    Theron The Sword of Grihem's Point had one of the most memorable fights at the free-for-all. Good man with a sense of sportsmanship.
    Thorley A worthy opponent in the field of battle. My hardest strikes were absorbed by him, but he continued to impress - I will make sure to break bread and drink with this man.
    Turo I respect honesty and forthrightness, which this lord demonstrates in abundance. I look forward to doing great things with him in the future, to benefit both our houses.
    Vanora They met in the Shrine of the Thirteenth actually, which if it is foreshadowing could be very good or very bad. Vanora was instantly intrigued despite herself. He may come off as an axe-wielding brute and no doubt he is just that, but to imagine that is the /only/ thing he is is to miss out.
    Victus His father casts a long shadow, with a mindset that's been set in stone for centuries. I wouldn't envy anyone in his position, but he does well by his family. I'm interested to see where the future leads.
    Vitalis A solid and steady presence in the unravelling chaos of armed conflict. I'd have him at my side any day - or better - at my back.
    Zaina A man of many questions is the Heir of the Grimhalls. He is polite.