Archlector Aureth Grayhope
Why, I'd never claim to see all the truth, because who can? ... but I can see so many possibilities.
Social Rank: 5
Concept: Accidentally a prophet
Hair Color: blond
Eye Color: gray
Description: Built on lean, rangy lines, there is a wiry strength to Aureth that does not so much lend him bulk as give him the understated air of something slim and surprisingly effective -- like a mongoose. A blond mongoose. His fair hair is worn long but usually pulled back in a loose tail at his neck, a dusty gold in hue lightened by premature gray at the temples and threading through its fall that gives it an almost silvery look. His eyes are gray, hinted with blue in certain light or if he dresses for it. His thick, defined eyebrows and neat, well-kept beard are a richer, more brownish-gold than his hair, though both can bleach lighter in summer. His skin is a little weathered and marked by lines at the corners of his mouth and eyes. He tends to freckle. He has a strong jaw and a bold nose, and the faint pinch of a frown at his brow rarely entirely fades. When it does, it is to a wide, brilliant smile that transforms and youthens his face, and invites the observer to join him.
Personality: Restless energy defines Aureth, a hot core of righteousness beneath alternating layers of humor and reserve. Easy charm and frank affection come as readily to him as quick repartee or sharp insult, and he wields them all with the careless acumen of a man who developed conversation as performance art. Keen acuity occasionally blunted by the raw force of an impatient temper, the forge of life has taken him from a pattern of chameleonic social camouflage to an almost reckless forthrightness. A man of deep loyalties to persons over principles, he has flowered in the grip of late blooming faith into a new and fierce purpose.
Background: A younger son of a branch off the main line of the Grayhope family, Aureth was an odd child: quickfingered and resourceful, the middle class child of an artisan with questionable ties, his most frequent punishments were from wandering away from the family and being a focused observer of the human animal. Apprenticed early to an older woman who decided his powers of observation might be useful, she taught him to tell fortunes. When she grew too old to patter convincingly, he eventually inherited some of her customers and made a name for himself as a predictor, a card player and a source of sensible advice to those who knew to ask the right question. Unlucky in love (or resistant to social pressure), he claims he just hasn't met the right girl.
|Aleksei||The first time I ever met Aureth, he did a card reading for me. I thought it was probably bullshit, but it was fun, and then he offered to read my palm so that he could flirt with me by groping my hand. Which was /more/ fun. And now -- well. Now he's one of my best friends. So there's that!|
|Calaudrin||Another day, another Grayhope. I honestly don't have much experience with Aureth, except he's a cousin to Magpie and Thena. They both don't seem totally corrupted. He also didn't turn on us and direct the undead to devour and slaugther everyone in the city. So I'm going to cautiously assume he's on our side.|
|Dagon||One would think the Archlector of Death (that's what he is, even if you want to give it a pretty name) would be a scary fellow, but he really seemed alright. Bad at digging holes and maintaining wheelbarrows, but otherwise friendly and encouraging of the people. Dagon knows the value of the faith and how much we will need it and its servants going forward, so this man seems a worthy ally-candidate in future things.|
|Esoka||A respectable representative of the Faith and the Queen of Endings, wise in the ways of the occult.|
|Fortunato||Partner and rival, but mostly partner. My magnetic brother, my daring delver into vision and Faith. My friction that makes me burn brighter, my shelter. My dear friend.|
|Gisele||Lagoma must be as proud of him as Death is, to have come so far and changed so much. The charlatan twinkling silver from the purses of the well to do has become the prophet who's led a nation to the goddess they lost, and stood unwavering before an army of the living and the dead. His smile is the same, though, and dear to me.|
|Hana||Hana grew up never knowing her father; the first she met him was shortly after her arrival in Arx. She introduced herself to him in the Trader's Tavern, and ended up wearing a mouthful of cider when he spit-took it all over her. Their first conversation was short, wet, and ended when he fled the building. It /did/ get better, though, and Hana is now pleased to /have/ a father. (Even one who has an army of undead minions.)|
|Isolde||I still feel bad for forgetting his brother's name! We're both bad at tree planting which I can respect.|
|Killian||Killian's dealings with Aureth have been somewhat limited in the past, but the Archlector can't fail to be impressive as hell. I mean, Death seems VERY fond of him, and Killian only rated 'adequate' by Sentinel's judgment. He's always seemed kind and friendly, if a bit, odd...|
|Leola||It's hard not to be jealous of the prophet of the new faith that's caused to much attention among the city, with the appearence of the Queen of Endings. It's easy to see how she's drawn to him, though; he has an easy charm and a warmth in his ways. I can see a lot of what I see in Hana in him; that purpose and intent put to good use for all, not just for themselves.|
|Magpie||Having grown up among the Grayhope family and eventually inducted into it, Magpie can think of few he's closer with than Aureth. He's learned a lot over the years from the man and sees him more as a mix between a brother and a father figure, so perhaps a cool uncle. Not many are fortunate to have such a reliable mentor and advocate... Though all that Death business is still a little bit creepy.|
|Malik||When asked a question that might make a lesser man very mad, the Archlector took it as an opportunity to speak passionately about his Goddess. The Eurusi may have different beliefs, but I am thankful he took the time to speak to me and answer my questions, and I was happy to be learning!|
|Merek||%bMerek doesn't know what to make of Aureth. Thinks he can be a bit rough around the edges, but is generally a faithful man, and can be counted on, from what he saw when he first met him. Knows him for his unwavering devotion to the Queen of Endings.|
|Reese||Reese doesn't know Aureth very well, but she would like to know him better. She finds him to be good friend of Luca's and sees him as an ally to Luca. She respects his command of the undead army, but it makes her a little nervous as well. She believes that Aureth could be an ally to her as well and well she believes that he is good for Luca and plans to be supportive of them. Although the sometimes the way Luca talks to Aureth, does bring her to blush.|