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Rook Champagne

A smile and a few honeyed words can open gates that would be shut to a thousand swords.

Social Rank: 7
Concept: Courtier Extraordinaire
Fealty: Crown
Family: Champagne
Gender: male
Marital Status: married
Age: 25
Birthday: 04/03
Religion: Pantheon
Vocation: Courtier
Height: average height
Hair Color: black
Eye Color: deep green
Skintone: fair

Titles: Crown Minister of Coin

Description: Moving with a sly grace, Rook possess the assured charm of the truly devastatingly handsome. Dark hair like shadows at midnight constantly sweeps into his eyes, so he can ruggedly brush it aside, as he smiles a rakish smile. A strong jaw with persistent rugged scruff lends a roguish look to the twinkle of his deep green eyes. His form is lean and athletic, like a long distance runner, rather than the large bulk of a hardened warrior, but make no mistake, the man seems capable enough, in whatever undertaking he decides upon. The emotion he puts forth seems so genuine, it's hard to tell if it's a mask, or his interest in his current companion is just as true as the one before, but his entire being makes it difficult to resist his charms.

Personality: Rook is a man who wants, knows how to get what he wants, and knows how to best utilize what he wants. His ambition is only outshined by his utterly unnatural, instinctive charm. Those that resist his swagger and smile are those that avoid him complete, which amuses him to no end. There's nothing supernatural to him, merely a sense of self and confidence that makes him fun to be around. He plays the games of politics and proprieties well, careful not to endanger the reputations of others too much, lest he bring dishonor to the Whisper House. He simply makes sure he is in the right place at the right time with the right person to further his goals and ambitions, and come out on top of any situation. His world is far more complex than a warm bed, and such pursuits are often the last resort, or the afterthought. The games and goals he has are more than a pretty face, and in his mind, the sky is not only not even the limit, it's completely attainable in its time.

Background: Some men always hunger for something more. Rook knows he should have been born to nobility, to exercise the sort of power and control derived from that accident of birth, but he's not about to let that stop him. He had at least the minimal good fortune to be born to wealthy merchant vassals of House Grayson, allowing the ambitious young man to deftly dodge all attempts to saddle him with the family business and smoothly transition to the capital city of Arx to move ever closer to power. Once there, it was a simple matter of charming the right people in the right places, saying all the right things to the potential patrons to become a well-liked courtier at court. Rook's burning ambition to make a name for himself was not about to be satisfied with being a liked courtier, and he has steadily expanded his circles of acquaintances to continually include potentially useful individuals to make ever elusive power all the more obtainable. Whether he's doing work with the Whisper House acting as an escort for high born noblewomen, or acting as a patron of the arts for the Black Rose Mummers, Rook seems to have a hand in just about everything.

Relationship Summary

  • Denica - The best patron one could hope for - supportive, creative, and dedicated

  • Protege:
  • Sira - My protege now but likely to outpace me soon

  • Family:
  • Mattheu - A truly delightful cousin who I need to spend more time with

  • Rival:
  • Wren - A truly delicious rivaly appears to have sprung up although we have yet to actually go head to head in a business dealing - will it survive an actual battle?

  • Friend:
  • Zakhar - A true visionary who pushes me in life more than just by the power of his work
  • Monique - She makes a dangerous enemy to have and so I am very glad to count her among my allies
  • Name Summary
    Denica A thoughtful man, smart, empathetic and caring. He sees the value in all things and seems to have his heart and mind in the right place.
    Fairen I can't say that Rook has changed any over the years - he's still the hustling businessman looking to bring merchants into the Consortium. This is not a bad thing.
    Ilira That lesson was perfection. I am thoroughly impressed by everything about the man and so grateful I can learn from him! Also, his 'I woke up like this' aesthetic is immaculate and I won't pretend I'm immune to it, but I'll never tell him. Ever.
    Jamie Though our exchange was brief it was clear the man had a sensible head about him. Smart and with a desire to do good, I look forward to future engagements.
    Lou Rook outdid himself. Really, he did. He ran an amazing auction in support of Bastion and I am complete awe of his efforts.
    Martino Master of Coin, weaver of words. Investigator as well of curious topics, has built something of an interesting sounding library.
    Mattheu A cousin by marriage to one that left the river. Being in the city more, maybe its time to get to know them better.
    Noah Hmm. At first, I was like. Meh, maybe. Now I'm like sure. Then I was like should he sit at our table? Then I was like sure why not? He use to be noble. He can be my token commoner.
    Sebastian A cautious man who is nonetheless driven by curosity. I admire his willingness to seek answers, and be open to all of them, even when they might not be welcomed; a rarer trait these days.
    Sira There's something to be said about a man who can bear scrutiny and talk coin. What that something is, I'll keep to myself.
    Wren A man of much talent and grace. It is far too soon to tell if he will be a friend, or a rival, or even the friendly sort of a rival, but I do so look forward to seeing just where we end up with that. Either way, a man to be respected, perhaps even admired. And watched for.
    Zakhar As shrewd as ever, strong and merciless.