Duke Dagon Tyde
Honor is not currency. It cannot be weighed upon a scale for value and then traded when expedient or forgotten simply because victory can no longer be purchased. Honor and chivalry are a part of us that can not be sold, but only surrendered- and in doing so we die, perhaps not in body, but in the soul and in how we might be remembered.
Description: There are paintings all over Maelstrom depicting Donrai, the former High Lord, in his prime: a severe-looking man with austere cheekbones, a strong jaw, and cold blue eyes. To say that his grandson, Dagon Thrax, is the spitting image of those paintings would not be far off from the truth, and those that knew Donrai back then would think that they had gone back into the past upon looking at Dagon, for he is a mirror image. Except this particular side of the mirror has been distorted, and is visibly less cruel than the other. Dagon has lines from laughing rather than frowning, and while his face shows the well-earned stress of a leader, his eyes are light with the sparkle of youth all the same. His voice, when it comes, is low and reserved, but also soft and soothing. His hair has been cut well away from his eyes, and left loose in the barest of black curls across his forehead and around his ears. He bears the lean physique of a fencer, with muscles made more for action than appearance.
Personality: In all of Arx, few are as capable of surprising someone making first impressions as Dagon. He looks so much like his grandfather, many fear angering him from the moment they meet him. Quickly, they find that the young heir recalls the old ways of chivalry and nobility rather than the brutal ruthlessness House Thrax is known for. He is quieter than one would expect, choosing his words carefully for maximum effect, focused on bettering those around him and defending the defenseless, and leaving things better than he found them. He works hard at it, humble and focused, always careful to keep his emotions in check. He eschews deception and corruption, favoring to be the better man whenever possible. He doesn't seek attention, even if it naturally comes to him, simply wanting to lighten the hearts and minds around him. He is not weak, even if many whisper behind his back, but he feels no need to display strength in brutish and unnecessary ways.
Background: Most in House Thrax are weaned upon tales of hard men in hard times, pragmatic men who brutally do anything necessary for victory. Dagon’s father Elton was instead a more gentle sort, much to the consternation and disappointment of Dagon’s grandfather, Prince Donrai Thrax, who is every bit as brutal and ruthless as any Thraxian vassal could hope for. But Prince Elton was a quiet dreamer who raised Dagon upon tales of knighthood, chivalry and honor, hoping to not have a brutish reaver as a son, though it is doubtful he ever could have suspected how closely his lessons would have been taken to heart. Dagon grew up a true idealist, one who is determined to change the way that House Thrax is perceived… much to the consternation of many of his fellows in Maelstrom.
After his father’s death during the House Tyde rebellion, the very young Dagon dedicated himself to knightly ideals. He -never- lies and is visibly uncomfortable with anything like a half-truth: he takes honesty to a fault. He is unfailingly polite in a true courtly fashion, standing in marked contrast to the crass way his fellows comport themselves in House Thrax, though he never attempts to shame them conducts himself with the quiet humility that doesn’t pass judgement on his fellows. He is dedicated to the defense of the weak and helpless, taking this to the old fashioned and romanticized ideal as a defender of women, while placing a great value on purity.
In the year 1006, Donrai Thrax died under mysterious circumstances, leaving the seat of High Lord of Maelstrom open for the rightful heir, Dagon Thrax, to take. However, it was not to be. Prince Victus Thrax challenged Dagon to a duel to the death for the right to rule. Accepting, as is honorable, Dagon lost that duel -- and with it, his inheritance. Victus spared Dagon his life, and that very night Dagon bent the knee to High Lord Victus Thrax, on the single condition that he would be given Margot Tyde’s hand in marriage. This came as a shock to many in Arvum. After all, the Tyde Rebellion had killed thousands in Maelstrom, including Dagon’s father. To Dagon though, it seemed the best way to make good on the wishes of both Elton Thrax and Titus Tyde, and find peace within Maelstrom under the new regime. Now Duke Tyde, Dagon has renounced his claims to his birthright, and instead serves as Sword, and protector of Maelstrom, while commanding the northern head of the Leviathan as Voice, under his wife Duchess Margot Tyde.