A smile and a few honeyed words can open gates that would be shut to a thousand swords.
Social Rank: 7
Concept: Courtier Extraordinaire
Marital Status: Married
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Deep green
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.
|Bahiya||Tenacious tone of voice, thoughtful pauses before he speaks. A minister of Finance.|
|Cassandra||I have not had many direct dealings with the Crown financiers, but Rook is open and warm and he gives off an air that the King's silver (as well as gold, platinum, and even coppers) are in good hands.|
|Evaristo||Rook Champagne is a man of legend - I heard money just falls off of him when he stands up! I'll keep looking for that.|
|Medeia||Is it fair to say I have a favored drinking companion within the city? If it is, I'm daring enough to say Rook is it.|
|Nina||What an incredible sense of style! I love it when a man isn't afraid to wear colors. I'd have fun dressing him up!|
|Piccola||He seems like a man who knows a thing or two about commerce, obviously. This means that he and I should get along exceedingly well in the future.|
|Svana||A charming man who has a host of skills and talents that I would personally like to see in action someday; however, I hear he's a Minister of Coin, and his talent there must be lucrative too.|
|Thea||I swear he mentioned something about having me help with social obligations. We must have had too much too drink. Other than that social thing, he's pretty ok. He's friendly and all those important things women seem too look for.|
|Zoey||Always such wonderful company. With our common interests, it is a wonder we do not work together more often.|