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Harlex Valtyr

Only a conquerer bothers to honor a fallen foe.

Social Rank: 8
Concept: Gloomy Swordsman
Fealty: Crownsworn
Family: Valtyr
Gender: Male
Age: 30
Religion: Pantheon
Vocation: Soldier
Height: 5'11"
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Malachite
Skintone: Olive

Titles: Captain of the Crimson Blades

Description: There is a startling intensity to his eyes and a coldness sprawling from their black pits. They are bright, like wet green stones and stand-out against the deep charcoal colour of his long hair and road-weathered beard. His frame is lean with iron muscle and wolfish and his gait is steady. He carries himself tall when in the company of others but the grim-faced mercenary carries with him, too, a lingering shadow and an undisturbed solitude like a forlorn and abandoned monument half-slanted and cracked in the deep woods. Scars adorn him. The half-crescent, knotted mark at the right-base of his neck, another on his left hand which appears from some vicious bite-wound, and lighter white slashes across his knuckles and on his forearms when he turns in certain lighting. There are more hidden under his clothing, as any soldier would bare, but it's clear enough, from what is seen, that violence is his calling and his great curse.

Personality: As with most men-at-arms his features are rough-sawn, his eyes are troubled and dark from restless sleep. But he is a consummate professional in the trade and danger moves through his aura like the glint of a knife in the dark. His careful and quiet approach to conversation begs more questions than it ever answers but though the pool is cloudy, it is shallow. He seems resigned to brevity for the sake of it, complete upon the hour rather than eluding to some mysterious silence.

Background: It was winter in the Gray Forest when Harlex was born on Valtyr family’s farm, healthy and pink. His father, a soldier before him, died nine months later when cutthroats set upon him on patrol. He was found, stripped and butchered, on the side of the road. His mother in desperation married her late husband's brother. He was a devout man who lacked in any useful skills. He could not hunt, farm, nor fish. All he could do, in Harlex's eyes, was pray and drink. It didn't seem to do his family any good.

At the age of sixteen his stepfather died when his heart ruptured while trying to clear ear-rot from the corn fields. Harlex watched him writhe on the ground, deciding then to avoid this fate.

A year later his mother died from a fever during one particularly cruel winter. This he perhaps still regrets. But afterward he sold the land for next to nothing, bought a long-knife and some traveling supplies and set out. The world proved remorseless and these two years were marked with violent conflicts in taverns, on the streets of cities where he sonjourned, whose names he can not recall, all under the banner of the Sellsword Guild. Until at last it reached its terminus. He met an outfit of mercenaries, the Dead Crows, and plied his trade in service of their cause. It was under this banner and the leadership of the enigmatic Captain Nazares where he became a full-blooded reaver.

Harlex was never allowed to have any enchanted views of war. Glory and honor were beaten out of him by sword-wounds, arrow volleys, and burying fallen comrades. Eventually this all led to the Dead Crows disbanding, and Nazares’ murder. Leaving Harlex with nothing but the rough-worn gear on his back, the sword on his hip, and scars deep on his soul.

Relationship Summary

  • Arianna - Kindred Spirit.
  • Carmen - My favorite mercenary.
  • Violet - The Commandant. My second chance.
  • Starra - Sharp-eyed. Determined comrade in arms.

  • Patron:
  • Astraea - Light. Tremendous Light.
  • Miranda - The Peregrine.
  • Reese - Lioness. Former Teacher.
  • Artur - The Hound. Never dull.
  • Jyri - Red Wolf. Hunting Companion.

  • Client:
  • Rook - Gilded Ivy. Ever upward.
  • Yasmine - Suffers no gloom.

  • Friend:
  • Rowenova - Young wolf.
  • Constantine - Steady. Drinking Pal.
  • Bianca - True. Hasn't forgotten me.
  • Juniper - Miner's Daughter. Mountain-sized Heart.
  • Lore - Trouble from the Sea.
  • Jeffeth - The Bull. The Untaken Road.

  • Deceased:
  • Bashira - Rest well.
  • Barric - Won't ever know now, I guess.

  • Ally:
  • Berenice - Fiercest of them all. Holds my heart.
  • Name Summary
    Aahana Rather quiet. Though I imagine when they do speak it is to ensure it actually means something and won't come off as just banter.
    Adalyn A splendid warrior. Very different to how I do it but someone to watch to pick a thing or two from. Mannerly.
    Adora Ordered something and paid on time. But was real chatty about it. I don't like him. Might if he orders more.
    Aella A pup who fancies himself a wolf. He was a fun distraction. But our revenge will be had and it will be warm and it will be mucus-y.
    Aiden A steadfast soldier, seems like. He gives orders well enough to keep units together in the thick of fear and terror.
    Alarissa Quietspoken hired blade, now working for the Crimsons. I wish him the best of luck, for we'll need every fighting hand in the years to come.
    Aleksei Sure hits hard, doesn't he?
    Alexandre It would be easy to dismiss Harlex as just another sellsword. Yet every individual is unique, with their areas of depths and shallowness, interests and not. In that regard, he is like everyone else. A human soul on its path on the Wheel.
    Alexis A mercenary with thorough thoughts and a look that says he's lived through a campaign or two. Stoic. Probably dependable. Even if his words can be a little disturbing, sometimes.
    Amantha Stoic, silent and skillful. Far be it from me to bemoan such traits. Certainly an impressive fighter.
    Amund Rugged. Seasoned. Reserved.
    Andry A friend of my brother is a friend of mine. He seems generous, a good drinking partner and he doesn't hold back in a spar!
    Aodhan A quiet man, but silence begets it's own strength. That, by itself, is admirable.
    Appolonia A sellsword who has embraced duality and does not shy away from what he sees reflected at him in the mirror. Not an easy thing as most people struggle with the very idea of their reflection, what lurks in the mirror. It is refreshing to see one that does not. I think we'll speak again if he doesn't run off from my musings on his writing.
    Arcadia The wolf in the garden. Another stoic man of the sword. But this one, I think, I can make smile.
    Arianna The man is good with a sword alright, sublime even. It was fun to goad it out of him and see just what kind of killer he is. I'm impressed.
    Armani Am I brave enough to let you take me into the forest? Maybe we'll make a trade.
    Arn Don't have much use for sellswords. That's what he is. Didn't make a complete ass of himself on the Gauntlet, which I guess is something.
    Arthen I came across this fellow in a bar, bought him a whiskey or three. He was real appreciative, and I like appreciative folks. Good talker, doesn't waste his words.
    Artur A seasoned swordsman I ran into at the training center. He gave me a close run for my money - that blade is no joke. He took it in good humor though and we joked about with Reese and Barric a little afterward. A solid sort of man.
    Astraea The darkness to my light, an unlikely equal whom I was blessed and perhaps fated to meet.
    Auda He might be quiet and gruff, but he clearly knows a good time when he sees one-- or wants to create one! Maybe I just have a soft spot for sellswords?
    Austen A fine fighter, and Captain of the Crimson Blades. I have more than met my match in him. Perhaps one day I might be able to come close to his skill.
    Avaline Quiet, reserved, and experienced as a soldier. Definitely someone I would prefer to have on my side in the battlefield.
    Belladonna There is such a thing as a nobility in the savage wolf, or something akin to it. I cannot fully grasp it, but I am charmed nonetheless.
    Berenice Such a suspicious mind! And all I asked for was a drink. Well, informed. Demanded. He /owes/ me a drink.
    Bianca A friend from my past now a friend in the present. He is somber, depths running deep beneath his coarse exterior.
    Bliss If someone wanted me to show them a person who absolutely embodies what it means to be a sellsword in its purest form, I would point them directly to Harlex. The man who accompanied me to the Twilight Court and took the whole thing rather more grimly than necessary has been hardened by Death, but I am not quite sure yet if he has learned the other lesson offered by Our Lady of Terrible Puns - that life is meant to be lived and celebrated. Still, he seems happy to indulge himself - I just hope that is not simply an escape.
    Cadenza Hits hard and pulls no punches.....I like him. I hope we spar more and get that drink.
    Calandra Absolutely cuts a terrifying figure! But seems very gallant.
    Caspian The man who captured my sister's heart. I haven't gotten the chance to really get to know him, but I hope to soon. Bashira speaks highly of him, even if he doesn't speak highly of himself.
    Cassandra A grim warrior whose name I never caught, but seems to be torn by the horrors of war. All too common, but as long as he fights with honor, Gloria's blessing shall remain.
    Cassandra A man that has left me slightly confused. Strength and honor, but they are bound in anger.. and something I can't decide is necessarily is good or not. Perhaps I will learn more in time.
    Cedric A colonel of sorts who drinks whiskey and likes to impress lycene noble women.
    Cirroch A serious warrior. I have a respect for warriors who take their craft seriously.
    Cristoph An excellent sparring partner, he's very quick on his feet.
    Darren He seems a grave and serious man. I'm glad some time spent with us helped him loosen up a little bit.
    Delilah A man of few words and an acute focus on matters. Let it not be said the quiet ones overlook important facts.
    Denica Seems a rather gloomy man, but pleasant enough a conversationalist, and generous with the drinks. I'm sure he has some interesting stories to tell.
    Domonico Very rough around the edges. Poorly trained but seems to compensate with natural talent and aggression. Would be interesting to spar with the man again. Preferable to meeting in open combat.
    Duarte Incredibly direct and refreshingly laconic.
    Elora I am glad he's on our side. You can tell that he's a man who knows what he's about. I admire that.
    Emilia A powerful warrior. If he allowed the virtues of Gloria deeper into his heart, he would be peerless.
    Enoch A smart man with a good head on his shoulders. Seems to have a knack for strategy. I believe we'll get along quite nicely indeed.
    Estil A rather quiet man, perhaps slightly dour? I'm not entirely sure, because he said maybe five words within earshot of me.
    Eurion Like a dark vortex with that weapon. I am awed.
    Evaristo Mysterious and quiet - but with a dark sense of humor. I got this absolute feeling that if you went out drinking with him and trouble came along, he would end the trouble!
    Fairen I am both mortified and delighted to discuss what sort of book this man would make. Far from the normal conversation you would expect to share in.
    Faruq He's lived a tough life, by his own words, but he doesn't let it drag him down. I respect that more than any skill at arms he most assuredly has.
    Faye A sellsword lieutenant and plain-spoken man. Seems practical in his approach to things. I wouldn't mind speaking with him again.
    Fiora He seems capable, but a little off-putting. I wasn't sure if he was considering talking to me or eating me. Or maybe both.
    Gareth A quiet soldier. Saw me on a night where I did not play my best. Though he was pleasant enough company, perhaps I won't have him put away forever. Joking. Of course.
    Gaston Another wild beast of a man, but one I could not respect more for his skill with the blade. It was an honor to cross swords.
    Genevieve Quiet, thoughtful and observant. The sort of person who is always learning from his surroundings, I would think. Probably too soon for me to draw conclusions, but I feel like he'll be one of the steady, reliable ones. There might be lessons I can learn from him.
    Gianna A quiet man who perhaps isn't fond of crowds.
    Gilroy Also good at darts! Poor Gianna. She must play in a lower league.
    Hannah Definitely a soldier, and respectful to a fault. He seems kind though, if reserved. I look forward to knowing him better.
    Harper One of Violet's crew. He's obviously seen some things and been around a bit. We'll see how he adjusts to things here.
    Helena He seems very serious, but I know there is a nugget of humor in there somewhere. I'll dig it out if it is the last thing that I manage to accomplish!
    Helia Met him on the beach. He was wearing some awesomely intimidating-looking armour! I felt peaceful in his company, though. He was easy to talk to, and he even skipped some stones with me! I'd like to see him again and talk more. He's interesting, in a good way.
    Holt I know a blooded soldier when I see one. Shame we didn't get to talk much, at least this time.
    Ian A lot of practice, if not so much training. His footwork is sloppy, and he's got some bad habits, but I'd rather have him on my side than fight against him.
    Ignacio An interesting mercenary. The man's point of views seem to be worth listening too, I think I would like to talk to him more in the future.
    Iliana Polite, but clearly used to the rough of things. I'd like to see him at work sometime.
    Imane Have you ever looked at danger? Felt it stalking you in the darkness, and before you could pull away, teeth snapped out at you? That is what it felt like talking to Master Valtyr. All coiled emotion, just waiting for a release.
    Iseulet Good fighter, poor scout!
    Isidora A man with many scars. Not figuratively. He needs to learn to wear armor when battling. Doctor's orders.
    Jasher A mirror where the serpent sees a wolf reflected. I suppose we can get along.
    Jeffeth A quiet soldier. He smiled at my jokes. Seems like a good sort all told!
    Jennyva I met Harlex at the Black Fox and the Training Center. They call him the wolf I think. I guess. He and Berenice make a handsome couple and he is a more than capable fighter, I hear!
    Jordan Good warrior, seasoned mercenary. You can tell he's been through Abyss and back, and he's still standing. We need those people on our side.
    Juniper The Queensrest staff actually noticed him which means he must be someone very important. A black knight, maybe? Or a dark prince! I've seen others with eyes like his but never on two legs and never down here in the lowlands.
    Jyri That was damn amazing.
    Kenna He seems the straight forward type, a bit of a dangerous cloud hangs about him, but I'm sure that's all due to being a mercenary.
    Leif This is a fighter to be contended with. ive never been hit so hard, so fast, or so many times by a mortal. I will have to truely train better to be able to stand against him alone.
    Leola A man caught between his job and his feelings. I respect the line he must walk, and I have stood in the line he must hold.
    Lilia Pleasant enough company, for a sellsword.
    Lilith A very taciturn mercenary. He could be a tough nut to crack, but not everything that looks like a puzzle needs to be solved. He seems content enough to just be left alone.
    Lora A somber wolf with a spectacular suggestion.
    Lore Mercenary. Lieutenant. Charming after a fashion. I'd share a drink with him.
    Lorenzo An interesting man. He seems to have quite a bit of experience at things, I'd love to hear his stories over a glass of something sometime.
    Lottie Stoic sorta' man. Those eyes could cut glass with a glance. Real nice, though. Sometimes I come across the mercenary types that look at me like I'm simple and don't know nothing about the world, he didn't though. Just treated me like an equal even if I never killed a man or never held a sword. Something special about that.
    Luca I can imagine many might think this man to be a little rough around the edges, and they're probably not wrong, but.. even just a short conversation with him left me with the impression that there's some good sense in there. Sometimes we make hard choices for good reasons. I can appreciate someone who has that sort of fortitude.
    Lucilia Tall, dark, and might burst into flames, if he drinks like that all the time. Eye-catcher.
    Lucita A sellsword with interesting tales of battles and camps, a sadness about him. He has an understanding of war and survivorship, and remembers the fallen.
    Lys The dark wolf, all brooding and still. I know there's violence underneath the surface, however. Just waiting to get free.
    Macda He might seem dour and grim when you first meet him, but this man can give you a workout. He hits as hard as any would like and has stamina to go for days. Would fight again.
    Macda Expensive whiskey and won't insult Macda with kid gloves. That's worth owning up to the fact he can still best her- for now.
    Maddox A powerful fighter and soldier. Very good with the blades. Ill learn and get good enough to even stand in the same ring with him.. eventually
    Malcolm Captain Harlex of the Crimson Blades. He does seem wolfish. Aside from that, seems a good sort if he was willing to train me.
    Melody Distant and somber. A soldier who probably has dealt to much, so here he is, flashing coins at the bartender when he probably once flashed smiles so readily.
    Mikani Amazing and seasoned fighter. I would do well to learn from him.
    Miranda As fierce-looking as he is thoughtful. He seems to be a man who has considerable weight upon his shoulders. It would be interesting to get to know this man.
    Mirella Mercenary, fittingly stoic and steady of nature. Likes buying things for his significant other, I think. Good. I hope he buys her something nice.
    Mirk A veteran Crimson Blades mercenary. A pleasure to work with, and maybe someone I'll be doing more business with in the future. I look forward to it.
    Modi I see much history when I look into this man's eyes. Of what leaves their traces on his mind. It is sad, but I do not feel pity. I feel proud to be able to stand beside him by our mutual employers. His is a strength I hope I might emulate one day.
    Monique A cold sort. The type a woman could dash her heart to pieces upon. The kind that's good to have at your back in a fight.
    Nijah Dangerous. The man exudes danger from his very pores and is someone Nijah can't quite figure out if he's best kept close, or at a distance.
    Niklas A no nonsense mercenary. Seems a good enough type. I hear he's why Arcadia Leary left town, so that's a good point for him too.
    Norwood He fought well in our bout together, with a mixture of styles. I think I would prefer to meet him in the safety of the training center, and not in battle.
    Nurie Scarred and distant sellsword. Eyes of the purest green, clear and bright. Those who wear so many stories unspoken and unknown upon their skin are the most intriguing of all. And yet, the hand that offered me crumbs to feed the silly fat koi in the pond was gentle. I hope that our paths cross again, and not at the wrong end of a sword!
    Ophelia He's a friend of my cousin's and now he's a friend of mine! I'll have to tell him so when I see him again!
    Orathy One mercenary be like the rest.
    Ouida Fellow Brute With A Sword. Lieutenant of the Crimson Blades. In some few words means greater competance in one's deeds, and I am willing to wager Lieutenant Harlex is one of those.
    Perronne Gosh, he's quiet! And dangerous. But /quiet/.
    Petal A serious warrior who has a big appetite and offered me protection. Seems like a quietly good person. I feel grateful.
    Pharamond Dear sweet everything holy if we're ever on the same battlefield please let him be on the same side.
    Preston A capable fighter, and even if he is a mercenary he seems reliable. But he is with the Crimson Blades, so that is understood.
    Prisila The man knows his worth and that's something I can respect. Dread Wolf they call him. Interesting reason there I'm sure.
    Reese He seems rather serious, which is not a bad thing. In battle one has to be calm and pulled together. I think he probably is such.
    Richard Master Harlex Valtyr is the Lieutenant of the Crimson Blades. I have no doubt that he must be an excellent warrior. I would like to spar with him some time.
    Rinel He's seen more horror in his life than I hope I ever will, but he seems to bear it without being crushed. I wonder how.
    Rook A severe looking man, a tale to be told, and yet unspoken. A courtier's senses tell him, and perhaps the Ravashari senses of Yasmine are true too. He will be a fine tenant for Hyacinth Cottage, no doubt. Plus, a contact in the Crimson Blades, should needs ever require a mercenary.
    Rosalie I was so very afraid of his mere presence for so long. I would literally run from the room when I saw him. He was like my very nightmares come to life. But then I came across him in the most unlikely of places, a sun-drenched garden, feeding Koi. And we spoke! I have faced my fear, and he is actually quite perceptive and witty. I may start looking for him now, not out of fear, but out of a desire to know him better.
    Roxana The strong, silent type. Really silent.
    Sabella A future theater lover! I can just tell! Even though he is reserved and soldiery. We'll get him!
    Sabine There's much to be said for a man who seems willing to give his all before an audience, whether it be in battle or softening a Duchess' thighs.
    Sable A warrior and wolf. He bears the scars of experience and holds himself as an experienced soldier. He seems quiet and wary.
    Samuele Not showy, but not very gracious when it comes to caring about other's pride, still an excellent swordsman. Arrogant? not so much sure yet.
    Sasha Quiet but I can sense he is resilent and courageous. I have faith in him and his abilities and am sure we will all succeed in the mutual goal.
    Selene He doesn't seem quite so brutish as first appearances would suggest - always good to give people a proper look - and his intermittent unease at various things made him seem less brutish still. He was respectful, if not the best-mannered, and happy to converse.
    Skriggs There's no better first greeting than a brawl! This chap had some fine moves and while he was sporting and let me get a few in, he was quite the wolf! In the end, he put me in my place with a superior speed. If his charge is ever in need of a guard without overt weaponry, he is a grand choice in speed and strength!
    Snow He seems so gloomy. I wonder if there is anything the matter with him. I will have to find a way to make him smile.
    Solange I think he is more of a poet than a swordsman, if I am quite honest. I would love to talk to him more.
    Sophie I like him. He doesn't put on airs or pretend to be other than he is. I find his company refreshing, even if he does drink his coffee black. I must introduce him to tea with honey. It's much better tasting, honestly.
    Sorrel This Crimson Blades Lieutenant is a helluva fighter, quick with a sword and quite intense too. He's got a warm way about him, and I feel a certain camaraderie with him. Plus, if he wants to kiss other princesses, who am I to say boo?
    Sparte A mercenary who went right into it off the farm, sort of like I went right into guard work off the farm. Harlex is a fun name too. Did you know if you resort the letters it spells relax? I did use the h, it was just silent. Like in honor, or ghost, or gullible.
    Stygia Just how I like my coffee - strong, dark, and possibly lethal. Jokes aside, he's even tempered as far as I can tell, his surface is all still waters and you can tell they run deep - but just how deep? Maybe I'll find out.
    Sunaia The man moves like thunderstorms collecting, and knows how to time and frame his questions. I'd break bread with him again.
    Tabitha He looks somewhat intimidating? Not ugly at all, just a bit daunting with that manner about him that probably comes from being a sellsword. He was quite pleasant to talk to, though, even if he made me blush a bit -- and he's a friend of my cousin, I think, so he must be a decent person. That aside, I'd rather like to paint a portrait of him. He has an interesting face.
    Talwyn Met at the Queensrest. A gruff old soldier, with a typical soldier's lack of decorum. I find this pleasant and scandalous in equal measure, but I'm far too poised to bother indulging either. I would share a drink with this man, though perhaps not in the company of people who insist on propriety.
    Terese What a force to be reckoned with. He must also be a champion I imagine. A man of strength, I can see in him a wealth of experience I may learn from if he allows, and should I be able to aid him in good causes, we may actually become friends.
    Theo A sellsword of the Crimson Blades mercenary company. If he's half as good with a sword as he is at cards, I'd imagine he'd be quite dangerous indeed.
    Thesarin Sellsword Colonel. Damned fine hand on a blade. Reckon we've got some understanding.
    Thorley The right hand to Violet. As much as he may grouse about it - he's a natural leader, even when he doesn't want to be. With Violet assisting me with the new Barony, she will need him more than ever to step up in a leadership role. And I believe he can do it.
    Tomwell Not a man of many words, but he keeps good company.
    Tovell You can tell without thought the man has fought many battles and is a formidable opponent. He is very intense. I'll be angling to test my skills against him sometime.
    Tynan A serious sellsword. Friendly enough, perhaps lightens with drink. Most people do.
    Valarian Definitely a gritty mercenary and very good at what he does. Professional. Not sure where Violet found him, but he's been an asset the whole time. More serious than I am, but that's a necessity with Gen gone.
    Vayne A complicated man with a complicated story. I wonder if he has the strength to focus what he is into what he can become.
    Venturo Of all of the people I meet, the ones I love the most are those who have come seeking the Raconteur out to discover what it holds from word of mouth. The Lieutenant is surely a man of many words, but speaks few of them. It's the ones he does offer that shows his love of alcohol, at least, and this makes him a welcome addition to the brewery whenever he might wish.
    Verity A quiet and gruff man with plenty to say once you get him going. No simple sellsword carries diamondplate, and I think if I keep company with him often enough he might push aside that kind of modesty.
    Veronica A world-weary sellsword of the Crimson Blades, I learned from him today that there are Giants in the northlands... and he has the wound to prove it. A frightening prospect in and of itself, but to have survived such a battle, this man must be a skilled swordsman.
    Victus A soldier turned commander, finding his way from one life to the other. I sympathize with anyone who has to walk a path like that. It's always going uphill. The fact that he's still alive is a good sign.
    Vincenzo Geode and Steelsilk. A surprise. Mysterious. And apparently sleeping with Berenice. That adds a layer of information that just really spools my twine. He is all hard edges and killer's eyes. I would not have thought that to be her style. I admit, there are depths to this man that I want to explore. And he gives really good stares.
    Violet A vetran of war and, I think, atrocity. It has made him hard, but also a very fine soldier. With time he will come to realize the Blades are more than just mercenaries, they're family.
    Yasmine There are these cookies that bakers make that have these crunchy hard outsides with soft, gooey insides. I think Master Harlex might be a cookie. Or maybe he's a scone. I don't know. I'm hungry now.
    Zoey I swear, there are more taciturn men who enjoy fighting than Arx can shake a stick at. Harlex has a rather aggressive technique. It's good he keeps plate about him...