Prince Darren Redrain
The North respects strong and decisive warriors who stare unflinching at the costs of protecting all we hold dear. The South respects wise and eloquent diplomats who can unite and settle matters without bloodshed. For House Redrain, I must be both.
Description: Fair of face and temperament, Darren's youthful countenance is offset slightly by a well-groomed beard, grizzled enough to satisfy his Northern counterparts, but trimmed fine enough to rival the fashions of Southern courtiers. His bright blue eyes are often kind, but not overly encouraging of familiarity. His auburn hair tends toward the vibrant reds of the north, and curls softly, without becoming completely untamed. He boasts a strong, well-honed frame, built by hard martial training, while moving with an easy grace.
Personality: Since the loss of his father, Darren has tried to walk a line between two worlds. Among his people, the young high lord will drink, and fight, and hunt as well as any might expect from a lord of the North. Walking through the streets of Arx, he can conduct himself with the charm and subtlety of southern nobility, observing the courtly niceties as well as a Grayson prince. He may do it ably, but without any particular enthusiasm, being polite but withdrawn in his affairs, without the easy familiarity that some may expect from unrestrained Northerners. The young prince will often listen calmly and reasonably to two sides of a debate, making judgments without rancor, and often keeps his own counsel. Although his siblings may sometimes be called brash or wild, none have ever said that of Darren.
Background: Darren possesses a bone-deep love for the North and all it represents, rejoicing in the individualism and unrestrained love of freedom that is unmatched through the rest of Arvum. He knows full well that House Redrain of all the great houses has almost certainly the most contentious array of vassals and he wouldn't have it any other way. But ever since he was young, he watched his father very carefully, and learned that the Prince of Farhaven didn't just bully the submission out of each of the powerful houses that serve Redrain and watched how the wise strength of his father backed by strength constantly won the respect and love of his people. Unfortunately, Darren also saw the worst elements of fierce northern behavior when he was very young at his uncle Bjerarg's birthday.
A simple drinking contest that led to a drunken exchange of insults that grew steadily more ugly and led to a brawl that left four dead created, by almost any standards, one of the most stupid and wasteful wars Darren can think of. The Alespill War, as it was known, was as brief as it was idiotic. A few hundred dead over quite literally a spilled ale as one thing led to another and a prince of Redrain was killed, then vassals that refused to give up the murderer... idiocy. Darren loves his people dearly, but to this day he knows full well that there is merit to the Southern notions of decorum and courtly manners. The young prince of Redrain can sing drunkenly and revel with the best of them, but his enjoyment of Southern grace is not the least bit feigned. He'd never force it on the North, but his experiences with waste from the proud, drunk and foolish have made him determined to rule with wisdom that will never see needless carnage again.
|Artur||He's not that much older than me, but I've always found myself looking up to him. He's got some pretty huge responsibilities these days, but all of us are right behind him. "To the Last" and all that!|
|Astraea||He is every bit the High Lord I am glad to serve. Smart, kind, generous and well meaning. I think House Redrain is lucky to have someone so worthy running the day to day. Diligence is as diligence does. My only hope is that he starts picking up the sword again and that maybe, just maybe I get to be there to knock him on his ass. Just once.|
|Cirroch||The north has the best High Lord without question. Strong, wise, fair, and not a stuck up southerner who worries about little things like manners and such.|
|Delilah||He was really egging on one of his own, giving them a really hard time. It's so strange to be seeing a High Lord laughing and teasing others, but it's also quite charming. He treats his own very good.|
|Drea||A confident, thoughtful leader - worth being very proud of!|
|Echo||Darren's behavior is so outwardly 'Redrain' that anyone would easily come to the conclusion that he's the High Lord without any proper introduction. He holds himself as incredibly approachable and fun-loving, but that's not to say he ignores his duties. Rather, he knows exactly how to act under every circumstance.|
|Edain||If you told me 5 years ago that I would have counted the High Lord of House Redrain as one of my best friends I would have laughed at you. But here we are, and by the gods I do. I think it is more than just the tragedy we have both suffered in our families. I think it is an understanding that we have to do what is best for our people. Being thrust into a position we weren't ready for but.. I think we both help the other more than we know. Of course he teases me mercilessly for my love of tea. I don't get it. Tea is lovely!|
|Elgana||One of the wisest men I know. The Head of my House is as charming as he is wise. As sweet as he is thoughtful. I would do anything he asks of me for it would always be in the interest of our great House. How fortunate am I to call him family.|
|Isolde||Although deaths and war have dimmed his smile--the light in his heart has not faded. We may have married different people, walked different paths but I will always love him. But now, as a brother.|
|Jeffeth||A kind Prince that seems to like being friendly and milling with the masses. Seems a good sort.|
|Lydia||I could not ask for a kinder, more insightful liege lord. He is patient in explaining matters, and genuinely mentors me to be a better Duchess in service to Nightgold, Redrain and The Compact.|
|Marian||I am lucky to serve such a great man who listens to his people and tries to do his best. It was hard leaving Edain but I can say that Darren has made the transition easy to House Redrain.|
|Mirari||It's hard to keep up with all of your friends sometimes, but I need to make a point to keep in touch with Darren. He gives the best advice.|
|Mydas||Some rulers view their vassals as servants, or extensions of their will. Some rulers look upon their vassals' lands as extensions of their domains, the vassals themselves only stewards, serving their liege's will. These rulers are tyrants, and Darren? He's no tyrant. No, he creates the link between vassal and liege from far stronger stuff. Through trust, honour, and freedom. He is a fine High Lord.|
|Reese||Intelligent and willing to work with others. He seems like a good leader.|
|Sorrel||He has good hair. And a sense of humor. I really ought to send him some good Wyrmguard chocolate. It'd probably go very nicely with his cherries and whiskey.|
|Tallius||Though he has the authority to command and control, he gives options and asks opinions. It's a trait to be respected, and why he's a man worth serving.|