Prince Laric Grayson
The Inquisition is terrifying, but terrifying does not mean evil. A blade dripping blood is fearsome indeed, but those who shudder at the sight of it may never know the blade is wielded by the righteous defending the innocent against the worst among us.
Description: He is a handsome man, his cheekbones high and his jaw strong. He is tall and elegant, laid back and lordly, with an easy smile like a playboy's and a smoldering, lazy laugh. His eyes are the blue of a night sky -- far-off as that night sky, too -- and impossibly dark. Yet, when his gaze comes into focus, it is with an intensity and a clarity of vision that can be compelling -- indeed, overpowering. As his dark hair falls across his eyes, that intensity is again undone.
Personality: On the surface, Laric seems to be a self-important cynic who -- when he acts -- acts out of self-interest, even when he's doing good. He'll laze about, only striking quickly when there's some glory or notoriety to be gained. It's not precisely an act, either. He is a Prince, a Grayson, and there has never been a Prince of Grayson who grew up unsure of his importance.
Beneath that, Laric is a keen and curious intellect sparking around an iron-clad core of honor and loyalty. As a man of power, he perceives a responsibility, a duty, to those without it. He is clever enough to gain advantage for himself with each victory for justice, which adds to his smug reputation.
Background: The grim circumstances of Laric Grayson's childhood are a matter of public record. His parents were killed during the Gray Forest Campaign of 970AR, accompanying King Alaric III in what was meant to be a minor action against bandits. As a young Prince, he was in no danger of being discarded. Nonetheless, it was a lonely life for the young royal. He was 'raised' in part by a previous Master of Questions: Berthold Ruger, father of his closest friend Faye. Berthold instilled in him a sense of unflinching duty to the Compact, and he has always felt a need to follow in the man's footsteps, to make certain the Inquisition remains a powerful tool to serve the realm -- rather than a political weapon to be used by the powerful to terrify the weak. He quickly learned that being serious and dedicated was one of the quickest ways to alienate potential political allies.
Berthold's disappearance while investigating the shipwreck that killed King Alaric III was the final straw that pushed Laric to become an Inquisitor himself, though Faye had just as much to do with it. She had already joined the Inquisition, and encouraged him to do the same, to make use of his title to make a real difference -- or at least make sure the real work got done. They were abroad investigating delicate matters for the Crown for most of the King's Rest, but returned in late 1005AR, setting to work on an investigation that would, months later, result in an attempt to arrest Master of Questions Shreve Tyde for treason. It ended in the man's death, and Alaric IV's regent Gabriel Bisland appointed Laric as Shreve's successor.
At some during the year, he found time to marry Cara Ashford (nee Rubino), a Voice of House Grayson. Their first children, Petra and Kieri Grayson, were born 7/8/1006.
|Aislin||The first time Aislin met Laric, he struck her as a very serious individual. Almost humorless, perhaps verging on sinister. But as they've interacted more, and especially after Cara married him, she's come to realize he's got layers to him. And one of those layers is, apparently, someone who can make Cara laugh, so presumably he /does/ have humor to him. She hopes to get to know Laric better in his own right, eventually, not merely just through Cara's stories.|
|Alaric||It's hard not to be incredibly impressed by my cousin's work in purging the Inquisition of its disloyal elements during my absence. He's capable, organized, and clearly reliable.|
|Alarissa||He is my cousin and a stalwart man to whom, I would offer nearly everything to help. I confess, he is also my favourite cousin.|
|Ann||Not what I was expecting. I was expecting an extremity of either ice or fire, but what I got was pleasant warmth, moderation, and level headedness. Temperance.|
|Daemon||He is for all intents and purposes, phenomenal at his job.|
|Echo||They call him the Master of Questions, but I much rather enjoy our discussions on bacon-things than what he might bring home from work.|
|Eleyna||He has wit sharp enough to cut and humor drier than a good Lenosian wine. I find that intimidating enough before it's paired with the fact that he's the Master of Questions.|
|Emilia||A man of great wisdom and knowledge. He is very eloquent and patient, even when speaking of difficult matters.|
|Esoka||While she doesn't know what to make of the Inquisition as a whole, all Esoka has heard of Laric speaks of him as a brave man trying to fight the darkness in the world in his own way. Also, he might have webbed toes. Does he have webbed toes? She must know.|
|Fortunato||Stern and staid inquisitor turns out rather thoughtful, also funny. Driven and wise and appropriately favored. He has my admiration, trust, and friendship.|
|Gisele||When I was a little girl in the Lower Boroughs, I always thought princes and princesses were remote, and glorious, and cold. As distant from us as the stars. This Prince isn't. He's a good man, though he wears an Inquisitor's cloak. There's warmth beneath the surface, and kindness and wisdom too.|
|Giulio||The Master of Questions is exactly the man we need to... help restore trust in the Inquisition. Commanding, understanding, without seeming tyrannical.|
|Godric||Out of anyone else, he probably knows best about who I am. Better man than Shreve by far. Hope the job doesn't change him.|
|Harald||He is better than an infernalist Tyde.|
|Holden||Interesting insight, and willing to take time out of his schedule to address a personal matter. I am grateful. Curious little pet, too.|
|Isolde||He'll do a fine job of finding this murderer. I miss our days of meeting over brandy and having pleasant talks.|
|Jayanthi||Seems like he cares for his wife a great deal. He is the buyer of resources, though.|
|Killian||Well, Killian and Laric didn't really hit it off from the first moment, but Laric has certainly grown upon him. He considers the Prince one of the stalwarts of the trustworthy folks he can depend upon, and though they tend to run in slightly different circles, he certainly values the man's solidarity.|
|Lark||A man of much energy and much focus. It is hard not to feel swept up by it. I imagine that is why he is so good at what he does, my cousin.|
|Liara||My inquisitorial relative. Terribly helpful - I had questions and they were answered and my problems, petty little things though they were, were solved right there and then. What sort of effect does he have on others in the city with that big coat and whatnot?|
|Lucita||Not so scary as I thought he might be! He's insightful, gives good advice, is supportive, has an enjoyable dry humor. He's like family and has adorable children. Will look forward to talking to him again.|
|Mae||Serious, to the point, business-like. Guess that's the best kind of Inquisitor?|
|Magpie||Magpie doesn't make a habit of hanging out with the Inquisition, but after a particularly royal body turned up in the Murder of Crows (which is where Mag lives) he decided to have a chit-chat with Laric rather than run away screaming. It was actually a pleasant conversation and the many has a good sense of humor. If Magpie ever ends up tortured and questioning by the Inquisition, he'd like it to be by Prince Laric.|
|Mercedes||Accomplished beyond reproach. Gets to the point, considers input, makes the big decisions, leads by example.|
|Mia||A man who not only admits to his ulterior motives, but to ones that serve the Compact? I whole-heartedly approve.|
|Mydas||Direct and to the point, he makes a fine Master of Questions. Pet salamander seems to point towards some eccentricities, but that's to be expected in a Master of Questions, I hear.|
|Olivia||The Master of Questions is far kinder than his formidable reputation, although also also every bit as formidable as it would paint him. Olivia could wish for no one better to spearhead the investigation into her sister's disappearance. She could do without the slimy lizard, though.|
|Petal||He looks like money and talks like money too. I had to make my pitch. We will see!|
|Reigna||A hard man, but those of honor and honesty usually are. There is something more to him than the stoic surface, and while I was initially afraid of him, his quick mind and his apparent sincerity tugged at my instincts to trust him. I must be careful, however. I always see the good, and that is when I am most badly burned.|
|Silas||The High Inquisitor and one of Dash's many spoilers. Silas likes him more than he likes his boss. They met initially to train for a tournament and he did comparatively well as a human shield, though he's terrible at swordplay. They have since become friends and Silas was kind enough to make him free furniture for as a wedding gift. Laric sent over the leftovers of the banquet and Silas ate like a prince for two weeks. Good man!|
|Skye||I was very initimidated to speak to him, but once I got over my fear, he was kind and thoughtful. I should stop listening to rumors. He gave me the impression of caring and I definitely want his help in the future untangling the web my uncle weaved.|
|Sparte||His highness. I mean, not to mistake for a different highness, he is the master. Which isn't to say he is just 'Master Laric' but - Oh! I should say Prince Laric. Yes! Prince Laric.%R%RHe is, um, nice?|
|Talia||Generous and intimidating. I think he can pull off pink.|
|Theron||The Master of Questions is an insightful man. I look forward to working with him, in the future. Perhaps not in an official capacity, yet, but the Inquisition fights against dark things and their cause is just.|
|Tikva||I first met Prince Laric at his wedding, which is a strange time to meet someone for the first time, but there you go. I met him again walking the shrines in the dark, and it was... enlightening. I'm not sure when exactly it was that I decided he is my friend, but he's trapped with it now, poor man.|
|Victus||The Inquisition has always been so fucking dreary to me. Their 'tea-time' especially doesn't make me fond of them. But you know, not all of them are bad. Laric is one of those that I don't hate.|
|Zoey||He's quite nice, actually, for an Inquisitor. Maybe a little scary, but I love his Salamander.|