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Prince Aiden Grayson

You are going to lose some of your feathers along the way, but it doesn't have to stop you from soaring.

Social Rank: 3
Concept: Indomitable Falconer
Fealty: Grayson
Family: Grayson
Gender: Male
Age: 20
Religion: Pantheon
Vocation: Noble
Height: 6'1"
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Gray
Skintone: Light mocha

Titles: the Officiator of the Menagerie, House Grayson Minister of Upkeep, Speaker of Wings, Commander of the Grayson Archers

Description: While this man boasts a rangy build that stands him to 6'1" tall, it's the incredibly light gray eyes creating a dynamic contrast against his light mocha complexion which steals the show. These gray eyes are tucked underneath thick brows and set above prominent cheek bones that soften downward into leveled cheeks and an angular jawline, face being tipped at the end with a jutting round chin. Aiden's expression is often intense and focused. When he smiles it lights up his face and makes him appear boyish that a lack of facial hair adds to. As for hair, it is black with spiraled tips turning a shade of chestnut as it hangs around in a riot of springy curls that are often home to feathers or bits of down. He doesn't have a particularly muscular build but neither is he overtly skinny. He has the build of one who spends time outdoors, but does not devote his life to physical training. His hands and arms are home to a lattice work of scars from avian talons.

Personality: Aiden is an extroverted introvert, to put it simply. There will be situations that he'll be a man of few words; words that when they come out, are laconic in fashion. It isn't that he hates people, rather, social situations can grow to be too complex and he loses interest or focus easily - or simply put, he finds them emotionally exhausting. People have far more subtle cues that he doesn't fully grasp, and in large crowds, this is entirely overwhelming for him. Certainly he will turn into a wallflower or simply leave when at his limit.

Instances where he becomes a focal point of a social function are often inherently linked with a passion for the subject matter, drawing on his own expertise and beliefs that tend to showcase his intellect. And let it be known, when he's determined, he tends to follow through with his actions. When Aiden is 'on' socially he has the energy to enjoy conversation, to be bubbly, to be amiable, which surprisingly means he manages to be a sufficient public speaker, as long as he's prepared. He can also exude a quiet confidence that is strikingly commanding when presented.

Furtherto, he's grown up enjoying the company of his birds, finding them and other animals to be more unconditional and simple to be with. Birds are easy; look at how their feathers move to gauge their moods. If he gets pecked at, it was his fault! Sometimes with people, nuances of subtle emotions go over his head and he spends days trying to riddle them out. Respectively, he's at peace and contented in the company of his feathered friends or his fur-bearing buddies.

In sum, Aiden is genuinely kind, has a big heart, and is gentle in nature. He abhors conflict although objectively tolerates what must be part of the world.

Background: Born the middle child of Prince Rodric Grayson and the Lady Daniela Bisland, Aiden Grayson was raised alongside siblings Ainsley and Ailys in Bastion. From the start Aiden was a quiet child and often considered the 'odd duck' by the others, adult and child alike. Friendship wasn't easy for a child who would barely manage to speak a word under pressure; a problem which often escalated into him becoming a target to be pushed around.

Ainsley would take exception to that and eventually ensured that most would leave his brother alone, which tightened their bond at an early age. For in return, while young, Aiden became the unofficial squire for his brother and would care take after Ainsley on days when his brother would push himself too far. Or there were other times that Aiden would find ways to get Ainsley out of trouble with their parents if his brother did something rash, usually at his own expense. His loyalty to Ainsley was unquestionable.

Aloof and introverted as Aiden was from early on, he was a relatively good child, save for those instances that Ainsley wasn’t around to protect him. That’s when he’d run off, hide,, and cause his parents and caretakers grief. It would be his sister Ailys that knew where his hiding holes were, either in the forest, the mews, or some safe place in the house. She’d spend hours at his side when he was anxious like this, offering him teas and sweets, until he was ready to come back out of hiding. But it was not unheard of that there were a few nights he slept where he hid, likely to teach him a lesson.

His parents undoubtedly then, were harder on their ‘odd duck’ for his father could ill afford to have a son that couldn’t live up to the Grayson name. Aiden was subjected to long days and nights of tutoring, in states-craft, politics, and history, and topics that would make him a capable mind if he wasn’t physically following his brother’s footsteps as a warrior. His parents were quite aware that he wasn’t ever going to pick up a sword, much to Rodric’s chagrin. Aiden’s Uncle, Gabriel, was the one who suggested the boy be given a bow instead, which appeased the situation for the most part. His parents did have him tutor under a proficient scout to make use of the bow.

Much to his parents' dismay he also did not become the politician they were hoping for. It isn't that he didn’t /try/. Aiden did try to be the statesmen they wanted, was even capable of it if he prepared for a particular debate or lecture. But by the age of ten he knew he just didn't understand people, which caught his tongue up into a mess when he couldn’t relate their reactions to what he said, or they said something that took him off guard. Sometimes his own mind would wander and he’d be very impersonal. Why do they frown like that when saying happy things? Why do they look angry when saying something nice? Why do faces do the things that they do? Faces are weird. People are hard. Aiden didn’t get it. Aiden wasn’t the best at thinking on his feet in conversation and was too honest and blunt to politic well.

At the age of eleven, when Ainsley was taken on to officially squire, he discovered The Mews at Bastion, and fell into falconry. It was something to distract him from the frustrations of his studies at the time. It helped with the gap of not having his brother there. The uncanny and natural way he had with the birds caught the attention of the Keeper of the Mews and he soon started teaching the Prince how to work with them, expanding Aiden’s knowledge and awareness of birds. Aiden took to it like a fish to water. Any free time would quickly be spent with the birds, often out in the forest and fields with them.

Over the years it became his passion. He expanded his interest to all birds, from song, to water, to raptor. He understood birds in a way that he did not understand people. It isn't that he didn’t like people-- he does. He simply prefers the company of his birds because words are frustrating, and people are frustrating. Birds are easy. At thirteen, Aiden came into the possession of the egg which hatched his very own gyrfalcon, which he later named Bulter (consequently six years later would rename Baron Archibald Chirpington). He was in his glory with this gyrfalcon. They were inseparable, like two peas in a pod. He’d talk endlessly about the desire to fly and wishing he could see through his falcon’s eyes. Ainsley was a good sport and would sit listening to Aiden talk about his birds without complaint, with a brotherly smile afforded.

It wasn’t long after having this gyrfalcon that Aiden stopped eating meat, yet again another thorn in his father’s side, which he made amends for by winning falconry competitions and going on hunts with important dignitaries. His parents eventually left him to his passion when fighting it would only create a scene. Despite being socially awkward and a reclusive, they educated him how they could.

Reality was, he would have to grow up at his own pace and find his own way in life. His adores his parents and is now making his own path, the first step was getting to Arx, ahead of Brand's army.

Relationship Summary


Enemy:
Frenemy:
  • Luca - Our fundamental values are completely different.
  • Shard - We see the world differently. The subject of the Menagerie will always divide us.
  • Sameera - I love her work but I've never gotten along with her. Still, she has some of the best jewelry in Arx.

  • Family:
  • Barric - A cousin who fails to follow through on bargains made
  • Valerion - That we're related is hard to believe but fun to be around.
  • Sasha - She's a little bookworm and we spent a lot of our youth in Bastion together.
  • Gabriel - He encouraged me to other pursuits when younger.
  • Reese - Recently I've come to appreciate my cousin a lot more.
  • Tikva - She loves my brother and for me, that's enough. How she is with Tiber makes me laugh. I'll be glad to call her sister.
  • Alaric - My Cousin the King... he has but to ask and I will serve. Perhaps why I have, helped get Zelda oriented with her duties.
  • Alarissa - A strong woman this cousin of mine. It's been a long time and hopefully we will get to talk more in the future.
  • Calarian - I am awestruck by his awesomeness

  • Ally:
  • Valencia - Working for Similar Causes
  • Octavia - She's supported me to further my education and career in law.
  • Lark - She's supported me in ways that I'm grateful for and continues to push me to my best.
  • Karadoc - He's supported my efforts with the Menagerie and is quite the man to have on one's side.
  • Petal - She's helped me significantly by setting up shop in the Menagerie. We'll be good business partners, I think.
  • Edward - He revealed a few things about me that others would miss. He's also come for my help. Perhaps in this crazy world we can be assured allies.
  • Torian - This man has come to set up shop in the Menagerie and has helped support the menagerie project in many ways. How far will that support go, is yet to be seen.
  • Orazio - We may have had a miscommunication but I depend on him for advice and knowledge of the Faith.
  • Geraint - He has accepted my request and will aid me in my expedition.
  • Leola - She's the Paladin of the Groves and I hope to have her as a mentor. She's taught me so much already.
  • Aislin - She wishes to help me with a quest that both of us desire to go upon. I hope to learn a lot from her, me and the rest of the city. I'll take what little time with her as I can get!
  • Ysbail - The Duchess will aid in the expedition and that makes us aligned on the same path.
  • Maeve - We work poop together well! She's passionate about the Gray Forest and she's a talented craftswoman. I hope to continue working with her.
  • Turo - Offering his ship in aid of expeditions, hopefully that aligns us on the same paths.
  • Gaston - Concerned for the freedom of animals and almost one himself. We have the same core values.
  • Selene - A special lady who let me care for her birds!

  • Sibling:
  • Ainsley - My Heroic Older Brother
  • Ailys - My little sister who is older than me in many ways

  • Client:
  • Charlaine - Tea and No Bears
  • Ariel - She's allowed me to train numerous animals for her
  • Freja - Helped train her big vulture. That was an interesting moment.
  • Marian - I found Ender for her and will help her with him!

  • Acquaintance:
  • Branan - Maker of Great Books
  • Sparte - Hopefully one day he won't be so standoffish with me
  • Calaudrin - He's come to my aid a few times now!
  • Tobias - One of Arx's heroes and mine too.
  • Killian - Helped aid me once and aided the world as a Paladin
  • Agnarr - He squished that thug dead. Good to know his capabilities.
  • Samantha - Hopefully now she knows that I'm not an idle prince.
  • Katarina - I met her when she became a Valardin Princess!
  • Jhond - He witnessed me at my hidden talent. It's been a while since I had an audience.
  • Kima - Introduced to her just recently!
  • Fiachra - He taught me more with the bow that saved my life.
  • Alis - I found her Lord Flitzwilliam for a wedding gift and she's married to Fiachra. Like her so far.
  • Asher - He makes beautiful rings and hopefully I did not stress him too much.
  • Cesare - We're going to make music together.
  • Jaenelle - Our meeting went better than the first. We spoke of leadership and responsibilities.
  • Caelis - The Goldfinch. She danced so well, maybe she'll become a good friend. One can hope.
  • Violet - She bested me at the archery competition.
  • Tristan - He's teaching me to be better seated in the saddle. I'm very thankful for that.
  • Reigna - She was brave enough to drink Lowers Hooch. That makes her a very interesting sort, at least, adventurous.
  • Victus - Sometimes I wish I was born a Thraxian because this guy is hilarious. He never fails to amuse but underneath all that amusement, I know there's a strong leader.
  • Kael - A strong silent type.
  • Cybele - Walker Inbetween the Children and the Sun
  • Skye - I hope she recovers from her ordeal. I admire her strength.
  • Ian - I think he did something to my tea...
  • Mirari - She's always been willing to help and she made the most excellent dagger.
  • Mira - I like working with her and hopefully more of that is on the horizon.
  • Kenna - A lady who shares Whitehawk manor with us. Maybe I will get to know her better at some point.
  • Malena - Merek's sister and talented at massage.
  • Cristoph - A respectable man who understands the workings of nature.
  • Fiora - Mad Archery Skills.
  • Edain - A true Prince and one I hope to go on a falconry excursion with, when there is time enough for both of us.
  • Nicia - An interesting lady and we've tackled a few problems together. She's a great person to take on a date!

  • Spouse:
  • Silas - 06/13/1006 AR. The world became Brighter.

  • Deceased:
  • Kahlana - She was lost at sea and I still have guilts and regrets.
  • Dominic - You made me Officer General and then you died. What now? What do I do with the confidence you had in me? I mourn your loss.

  • Friend:
  • Estaban - Bonded in Battle and Brother of the Bow
  • Rickard - He fought well and deserves a little help up. He'll wear that armor well!
  • Malik - I consider him a friend and a wonderful artist!
  • Nisaa - A true friend and now my protege. My wishes for all happiness to her.

  • Protege:
  • Nisaa - I hope to help you find your wings to soar.
  • Name Summary
    Alaric He's grown so much from the somewhat introverted lad I remember. The care and attention to detail with which he's transformed the Menagerie speaks well to his talents. He's greatly enhanced the prestige of the office of the Officiator of the Menagerie and I look forward to him continuing in the same vein for the Crown and House Grayson.
    Alarissa Cousin! IT's been a long time and he's just as passionate about things, as one might remember, though it's been some time. As good a Grayson as you can get.
    Arcelia I first met Aiden at the Whisper 'Social Tournament' where I danced briefly with him. He left seemingly a bit frustrated and I followed up with him later to see if he was alright and check to see if he might be interested in friendship. After that we had a date... I don't know how that really happened but it turned into a date. He was very sweet, I still wear the necklace he gave me every day.
    Asher First met Aiden at the fundraiser for the Menagerie. He's a good guy, if perhaps a bit odd. Who's not odd anymore, though? At least, which interesting ones.
    Caelis The quiet prince! He is a kind, soft presence. I was delighted to finally speak and even dance with the young man Estaban has become such close friends with. He seems to be a wonderful young man.
    Calarian My young cousin Aiden is capable and enthusiastic to serve the House and the Crown. Now that I am here to help him, I have faith in him and in his future. I know bright things await for him, if he keeps a clear head.
    Calaudrin I don't know Aiden Grayson that well. But from what I've seen, he's an exceptional young man with a bright future in this city. I appreciate all the efforts he's taken to working on the menagerie and how reaches out to others around him. He seems like a kind soul.
    Cristoph Aiden did a magnificent job hosting this party! I was very impressed with all of the work he put into it. I look forward to seeing what other things he comes up with in the future.
    Dominic Is not softness I see from him, rather a collected calmness. Like the familiar sea, miles and miles away from shore. Also, allot like my men, calm with their hounds at their side with a lack of aggression until one crosses the line. Failure is not in the stars for this man but should me and my men are the gauntlet that tests him, it would be my honor.
    Esoka Esoka was impressed with the kindness Aiden showed the shavs they met on patrol in the Gray Forest. And a little taken aback by his concern for the beasts, at the expense of his own safety, even, but his heart seemed in the right place.
    Fiachra A member of House Grayson who seems to share Oathlands ideals, understanding that it is the people we serve, and not the other way around. He impressed me with his courage, and it was a pleasure to help him on his way to becoming a protector of his people.
    Harald Some sort of scholar. The sort that wants to study a monster, so at least he doesn't seem a coward. Well, unless faced with a cut of steak.
    Katarina Officiator of the Menagerie, breeder of falcons, and now newly minted adventurer setting off on a dangerous expedition. Katarina cannot help but respect this courageous fellow, and hopes she might have the opportunity to finally become better acquainted.
    Killian It's always hard to tell what to think of Aiden, or what to expect of him. He seems to be a young man ruled greatly by his emotions. Not a fault, but it makes interactions..interesting.
    Laric He's made something of himself over the last year. We're not close, but I'm proud of him and curious to see where the future takes him. None Greater.
    Leola Well. It seems the Prince of Grayson is a kindred spirit in several ways. Birds, birds ... I wonder what else, or who else, shares this gift? The Lodge will benefit, and I am grateful for this
    Maeve I was so positive that a man who loves animals enough to run the Menagerie would be willing to help me with my endeavors in healing the Gray Forest! I was right! He is going to help me get a whole lot of poop! It will be used for making compost which will heal the soil. furthermore, he offered me a chance to help with the animals in the Menagerie. I am so excited!
    Malik I was not taking him for a piano player, in truth. But I can see why Nisaa considers him a friend. He is nice and talented, and very good at the conversations.
    Merek %bMerek first met Aiden at the Hall of Heroes when Bringers came to assault it. While the man seemed flighty, he likes him well enough, and has since learned he has an adoration for birds, thinking him a wonderful man and worthy Prince.
    Mirari Serious, polite, and dedicated.
    Petal Petal likes the prince and is glad he survived the siege battle. She is flattered that he purchased her tunics and thinks he looks very nice in them.
    Samantha My first impression of Prince Aiden came through reading his White Journals rather than meeting in the flesh. He seemed listless, uncertain of himself, and somewhat despairing. Finding causes that he is truly passionate about has allowed him to grow and change into a man of purpose, and he has revealed a highly organized mind and intuition for developing creative concepts. We will not always agree, but I respect his efforts.
    Sameera Timid. Skitish. Has a thing for animals.
    Silas Initially, Silas mistakened Aiden for Ainsley due to their near-identical appearance (at least at a glance!). He felt obligated to protect Aiden out respect for Ainsley, whom he believed was likely to be killed in the impending battle with Tolamar Brand, thus spent a hefty amount of silver on crafting the young man a fine set of leather armor. As they began to spend increasing amounts of time together, Silas bonded with Aiden and soon found himself attracted to the young prince in spite of being in a committed relationship. Over the course of roughly four months he struggled with his budding feelings for the Grayson until it finally culminated in a confession. Silas decided to break up with his current lover for a variety of reasons, this chief among them, and began to pursue a romance with Aiden. Silas fell for the man's big heart, sensitivity, intuition, and even his social fumblings.
    Tallius He's got something to do with the menagerie, which is some sort of animal collection I hear. Seems nice enough, and he obviously appreciates good quality craftsmanship..which considering his praises for Petal's work, certainly up him in my book a few points. He seems a bit frivolous though, so hard to get a good idea of whether that's just because he's one of those that really likes shopping, or he's not very serious about things. All in all though, a nice enough fellow it would seem, especially for a noble.
    Tarik I am a lost for words. He has his own dog, and he bought me an outfit! Was it because sounded so desperate or pathetic? At the this moment, I care not. All I know that is a kind man, and even this small bit of kindness I shall remember. He had his own dog!
    Tarrant A pleasant gentleman, very relaxed in manner. Two ladies have spoken well of him to me, which is much to his credit.
    Victus Prince Grayson and Prince Hawk-man all in one. If I didn't know better I would say he had wings of his own. The menagerie was pretty alright and he did just fine as a host, wouldn't mind seeing him around the Thrax ward more often.