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Lord Ian Kennex

It's going to be alright.

Social Rank: 5
Concept: Half a man
Fealty: Thrax
Family: Kennex
Gender: male
Age: 24
Religion: Pantheon
Vocation: Noble
Height: 5'11"
Hair Color: dark
Eye Color: blue
Skintone: tanned

Titles: Sword of Stormward

    An overwhelming sense of calm and focus surrounds this dark haired twenty-something man, at once detached and dangerous. It's there in his drawn and graven features, where pain and determination are carved deep, but especially, it's there in his eyes. His eyes are a deep, pure, fantastic blue, and his level gaze, when it fixes on someone, is electric.
    He's dressed in somber, simple black that flatters his compact, athletic form; the only thing remarkable about his clothes are the thick leather boots laced tight to the knee. Someone who cares to look close might notice that the boots are reinforced on the inside with simple metal braces. There's a cane to go with those braces, and this man who looks to be in the prime of his life nevertheless seems to need it.

Personality: Ian is at once serene and driven, ruthlessly efficient to a degree that doesn't always seem human. Duty is what drives him -- duty to his wife, duty to his family and his people, duty to his fealty, duty to the Compact, and duty to the Gods -- and he's tireless in its pursuit. He doesn't feel as deeply most people do, and this, combined with his drive and uncompromising nature, make it hard for him to connect with people or understand the nuances of social interaction. In a lot of ways, his social limitations frustrate him more than his physical ones. It's only when he has a weapon in hand that everything snaps into focus and the world makes sense to him; it's no wonder that he only really inhabits his own skin when he goes to war.

Background: Ian was born the third son of a lesser branch of the family, far from power... but nevertheless, he seemed destined for greatness. He was hardy, athletic, and fearless, and he added to that a focus and ruthless drive that was almost inhuman. He found his calling at a mere five years old, the first time that he picked up a blade. From that moment on, he turned all of his being towards honing his skill, making himself into a more efficient weapon and, as he got older, a better killer.

Ian followed his brothers Aethan and Porter to sea when he was nine. For his first few years, they stayed on relatively safe convoy duty, until it was judged that Ian, at fifteen, was ready for more. He'd already killed, after all, two years before -- the only one who was worried about him was Aethan, and only because Ian had handled that experience a little too well. With the youngest of them ready, the Brothers Kennex were transferred to hunting pirates. Intense Aethan, affable party boy Porter, and calm, driven Ian were making a name for themselves. It was with them that Washburn Grayson, soon to be Wash Kennex, learned to sail. Ian was starting to be acknowledged as one of the best swordsmen in the Isles. Aethan even gave him commands of his own from time to time. Only prize ships, but a real command was sure to follow.

And then his life came crashing down.

He was seventeen. Aethan had given him command of a prize ship they'd taken earlier that day. They set off for home together, but Ian's ship, severely damaged, fell behind. As darkness closed in that night, a powerful storm overtook them, and Ian soon realized that unless a broken line high in the rigging was spliced, the ship wouldn't bear the strain of the wind, and would sink... and the only person he was sure could get that line spliced was him. With the mast swaying wildly, he managed to repair the line, but on the way down, he fell. At first everyone thought he'd died, and maybe he should have had the sense to do so. If he had, he would have died a hero, instead of living his days as half a man, a paralyzed cripple.

But Ian's focus and drive hadn't deserted him. Feeling started to come back after a little over a year, and he pushed himself the way that he always had, determined to walk again. It took years, but walk he did, and as soon as he could move around he was sent away to Arx, where he would find "more opportunity". There, his healing continued; under the tutelage of Duke Harald Grimhall and Duke Arn Telmar, he picked up a weapon again, and after that there was no stopping him. He led the Grim Fleet home after Duke Grimhall's injury at the battle in the north, and guarded a critical asset during the Pirate War in Setarco. He'll never again be the warrior he was, but in these desperate times, what he's become will have to do.

Things are looking up for Ian. Prince Galen, the Warlord of Thrax, has put him in command of Thrax's special forces. He's married to Lady Zoey, formerly of Bisland -- a match far better than he had any right to expect -- and has even reunited with Wash, and with his brothers. War looms on the horizon, but Ian is a man more comfortable at war than at peace, and he's ready to fight.

Relationship Summary

  • Alarissa - Not what I thought she was.
  • Orazio - If he can't learn to bend, he's going to break.
  • Dianna - It was my mistake, but she paid.
  • Denica - Different than she was.
  • Hadrian - I don't know what happened.
  • Victus - Obedience. An oath is an oath.
  • Valdemar - It will be a sad day for Grimhall, when he becomes Duke.
  • Vanora - Glad she got out. Wish she'd stayed out.

  • Family:
  • Octavia - Myopic.
  • Jan - A kindred spirit
  • Ford - A bridge too far.
  • Catalana - Naive enough to be dangerous.
  • Victoria - Tied to some unhappy memories.
  • Niklas - Strange.
  • Constantine - Effective.

  • Sibling:
  • Wash - Not a brother by blood, but a brother all the same.
  • Porter - He stuck with me when no one else did. I'll never forget that.
  • Aethan - As much a father to me as a brother.

  • Ally:
  • Skapti - A good sailor, and a good man.
  • Arn - The best teachers are the unforgiving ones.
  • Galen - Not sure what to make of him.

  • Spouse:
  • Zoey - Pragmatic, even in her innocence.

  • Deceased:
  • Anton - Wish he'd gone below like he was told.
  • Titania - She shouldn't have been there.
  • Harald - He went out like he wanted to.

  • Friend:
  • Valencia - An escape to a kinder place.
  • Regla - Trouble.
  • Edward - Dependable, solid, and experienced.
  • Marian - A warrior.
  • Sorrel - Brave.
  • Lucita - I walk on eggshells with her.
  • Eirene - She wears that armor for a reason. I respect that.
  • Luca - He has salt in his blood.
  • Name Summary
    Adalyn Shared a drink with him at the Hart. An interesting man with interesting tales.
    Aerandir A seasoned warrior, if his knowledge of current affairs - the outlandish foes threatenning us in particular - is any indication. He has grim tales to tell, perhaps why our paths met by a bar, with drinks in hand.
    Aethan My youngest brother, who hardly needs describing.
    Agatha Speaks truth to power gracefully and tenaciously.
    Ainsley The first time I met this man he was helping me to try and save four children from a burning building. Afterward he offered to help my new ward. He's got a true hero's spirit.
    Ajax A man with a cane, a tragedy that. Part of me wants to fight the guy when he's strong again. I like that look in his eyes when he sees the fighting going on.
    Alaric His guiding ambition seems to be to have all the presence and emotive capacity of a cloakpost. Don't let the neutral facade fool you, however; behind it lurks a sharp mind and an alarming supply of alcohol.
    Alarissa Oh, I think I could come to enjoy this man and his company. There could be conversations I am sure.
    Aleksei He's pretty quiet! I fortunately talked enough for both of us.
    Alessandro Lord Ian seems to be a good, earnest man, if not the most expressive one. The latter hardly matters when the former is present, though.
    Alessia An easy man to talk to and he seems knowledgeable in the ways of combat. He also seems to have a lot of respect and admiration for his wife.
    Alexis Lord Ian Kennex. Does not put people in sacks. Also apparently looks like he's about to eat people, per the Chief Magistrate's complaint. Silent Thraxian Mystique.
    Amantha A man who knows when to keep his peace. A rarity.
    Amarantha I wish I had met him in better circumstances. I was never a fan of Thrax but the bravery he showed defending Zhayla and helping Marian is a credit to that House.
    Ann I've heard more than a little about this man, and he didn't disappoint. He's sharp and attentive.
    Anton It's good to see Ian found a wife here, and a Sword, although neither of us are looking too good these days. Well, whatever. Still alive, that counts for a lot.
    Arcelia I met Lord Ian at Sameera's shop. He seems like he is a nice man and I can hardly blame him for getting defensive of his cousin. That he rose to defend his cousin when he thought she was being insulted says something of his family ethics and I can respect that. I hope to meet him again in the future, maybe have a glass of wine with the man and see more of who he is.
    Ariella My men say he's deadlier than the plague. After having let him batter me around the fighting pit, I don't doubt it.
    Arn Solid looking lad. Has a bad leg. If he doesn't right past that then it's a waste. Nice and quiet too. Nothing wrong with that.
    Arn Crippled Kennex lord. Has grit, though, and a strong will. Good for him.
    Arthen That's a man what comes off as a closed book, at first. I've noticed that. But I think there's a lot on his pages, you just have to know what page it is you're looking for instead of waitin' for him to open right up to you.
    Artorius A quiet and reserved man. I met him via a meal with the Lady Melinda. He has a pain in his eyes, and I hope that even though he has a calm and perhaps disinterested persona, I hope he finds purpose anew.
    Austen A sturdy lord, with incredible hidden depths. A most excellent fighter.
    Baltus Politics. Boring. I need rum.
    Barric A quiet man, thinks before he speaks, something I should get better at. Does not let adversity get him down, he soldiers on and through while helping others to better themselves. It is easy to see why he is so well spoken of.
    Berenice The most cheerful man of the Mourning Isles! Along with Lord Aethan and Prince Jasher.
    Bianca A very stoic man. Quiet, but poignant.
    Brigida Walks with a cane just like me. I think he probably handles himself a bit better, though.
    Cadenza An interesting fellow....though he always seems to drinking and appearing stressed. Then again...aren't we all stressed?
    Cambria Quiet, with little affect. He does seem quite astute, however. The way he grips his cane did not escape my notice.
    Caspian He seems to be the very serious sort. Not that it's a bad thing, mind you.
    Christine My cousin is always so serious and grave... I'm not sure why I feel so attached to him because we couldn't be more different, but he's one of my favorites.
    Cirroch A quiet man who drinks a lot. Also, I am three fourths sure that he had a woman behind those high seats.
    Cirroch A calm, cool, and collected man, though not one for parties, it seems.
    Clover I. Saw. Him. Smile. At. Zoey! I did! Don't you say I didn't! I saw Lord Ian smile at his wife!
    Coraline He knows so much! I hope I can learn from him soon.
    Cristoph He was quiet, a people watcher. A little strange but then we didn't speak. So I can't tell how accurate my impression was.
    Cullen One of the few of House Kennex I have actually spoken with. Seems to be rather even tempered...and since cousin Marian spoke well of him, that makes me disposed to be more favorably inclined. Fond of whiskey, another good trait.
    Cybele That's a lot of blood for someone claiming to be ok!
    Daemon He doesn't seem to speak much, but I can hardly blame him. Kennex seems to breed stalwart men from the two I've met and he is certainly one I'll hope to know more of.
    Dante I like this fellow. Though I feel we may never get to know one another in such vast arrays of public. Maybe he's a sherry man, we could bond over sherry and losing at chess.
    Darren A curious man, very focused and mechanical, but direct and respectable. I wonder if he would notice if you swapped him a plate of stones while he wasn't looking and suspect he would not.
    Darrow A reserved Lord of Kennex, one who thinks before speaking. A rarity amongst many Lords, and a trait I respect.
    Delilah Skittish? Mindful. Definitely a man of fewer words and thoughts. I wonder. He is the husband of my beloved friend, and I can see why she favours him.
    Dianna I like the way that he looks at things. And by that, I don't mean his view of the world. I mean the way that he stares. So many people think that conversation means 'waiting for their turn to speak', but Lord Kennex leaves no doubt on the subject. He's drinking in each and every word you've said.
    Dominique I think he might be a little slow on the uptake. Or he's just innocent. Either way, I can appreciate that.
    Domonico He pays very close attention to detail. His advice given on swordsmanship is clearly spot on.
    Donovan Not exactly a fluent conversationalist, this man. I can hardly boast any social brilliance myself, though. It was a brief first meeting at the Ambassador when I met him first. He seems a well reserved sort, but polite in his manner.
    Echo I believe I have seen Ian prior to this meet, but when I actually got to sit down and direct my attention to him, I received it back in kind. He has a lot of good information and knowledge to share, and he even asked to join in on our hunt for caches of cobalt weapons. I'm in good company.
    Ectorion A skeptic from the sound of things, or perhaps rumor adverse. I can appreciate both.
    Elara Lord Ian is very calm and collected. I can appreciate that. He inspires me to be more so and I find it easier when he is about. Glad he is family.
    Elgana A quiet soul, but when he speaks it is never without merit. I hope we speak again.
    Fairen Surprisingly, a man who is even more quiet and internally focused than I am.
    Felicia Keen eyed and insightful, loves a good fight. One to keep an eye on.
    Ferrando Very calm and unruffled, with a quiet sense of humor. All in all, quite a model reception party guest!
    Fiora Yeah, okay.
    Fortunato A reserved, thoughtful man, quietly passionate about the sea. I like the set of his eyes and his patience, even if he's little enough use for paints and canvas right now. Sea-salt and stormed skies.
    Galen My good friend and a stalwart supporter. I'll be steady in my support of him, in turn.
    Gareth Another man with a cane. A lord who seems to keep to his business.
    Gaston Few better ways to learn a man than by sparring with him. My first spar since returning to Arx. I will have to call the man more often to knock the rust off these bones and get back to a proper balance with my blade.
    Gilroy No nonsense fighter. Good teacher. If a little rough.
    Hadrian He seems friendly enough. Part of House Kennex. He walks about with a cane while he stares at his feet. It's most unfortunate really and I'm certain there's a sad, sad tale to accompany his apparent injuries. He's had to watch me defend myself against legal matters. It's like we're family! He's a great guy...I think? We've only known one another for a short time.
    Harlex Keen with a sword, but the world has clipped his wings. So vast in it's cruelty. No less deadly, I'd wager.
    Helia I bet people try to get him to smile, or try to coax out his hidden depths or something. He's fine as he is. Brave and skilled in battle. I'd fight beside him again.
    Helle Moves like a tree, steady and with purpose.
    Ignacio A good man with seemingly a good head on his shoulders. He seems like a good companion for my friend Lady Zoey.
    Ingvar A rather unpleasant fellow that I met at the Ebb and Flow while speaking with Princess Katarina.
    Isolde It'd be a damn shame if his prank gets him killed. That mind for mischief should not be wasted.
    Jan Master swordsman. All around impressive man. So much to learn from him. Just have to keep my foot out of my mouth.
    Jan Perhaps the only one exactly as I remember. I'll have to wait to talk to the family about the things I saw. He'd be a better start. Best to work on the biggest challenge first anyway.
    Jeffeth A kind enough Lord. Seems like he likes to be in public but appreciates silence as well. He stares at fires a lot. But seems nice enough.
    Jennyva I met him once on a ship when I was young. He was awkward then. So sure of himself in some ways and not so much in others. He was responsible for giving me my very first drink of rum and getting me into quite a bit of mischief. I've never forgotten him!
    Jev Silent drinker; heavy thinker!
    Jordan Observant lord. Doesn't talk much, seems to be very intent when he walks. Probably has a story behind that, which is respectable.
    Jyri That's some nice staring. Wonder if he likes my tattoos?
    Katarina Lord Ian Kennex is a frequent fixture in Katarina's circles. It's only recently that she's actually had a chance to realyl spaek with him. He seems to be a man of depth and wisdom she'd be interested in exploring.
    Kenna He's so quiet and strong. I've been impressed with him from the start.
    Killian I'm not sure what happened to him, but it looks to have been severe, and it takes a strong force of will to not only keep going after that, but to do it despite how society must look at him. It makes me ashamed of having worried over my own scarring, to see him shouldering such a burden.
    Laric Quiet, serious. Has a habit of cutting through straight to the point when he speaks. It's appreciable, though you can't help but wonder what's going through his mind at any given moment.
    Liara Seems polite and mild-mannered. Kept himself somewhat to himself, but perhaps just had things weighing on his mind.
    Lore I've only ever seen one other person able to read peoples' movements the way he can. Maybe I can talk him into teaching me -that- too.
    Luca He sure seems to liven up when there's a sword in his hand and another coming for his life. Not that I don't prefer Somber Casual Drinking Ian to Serene Wall of Swords Ian. They're each very special in their own way.
    Luis Knows what it takes to fight and likes whiskey, what more can a man ask for? :D
    Lydia I like dark humor. Ian is a master. He may have been injured in body, but I can tell his spirit is still strong. And he's kinda cute all done up in black.
    Macda I watched Lord Ian go through a rather impressive display of will and stamina at the Telmar guantlet. Without moving an inch, he traded blows and parried quite a few with the Marquis Blackram. Outside of combat he was taciturn, inside of combat he was a true song of movement.
    Magnus A quiet man, but he seems to be a good enough sort. He did not seem to mind me joining him at the Sip n' Spar when I didn't know anyone. Even shared his whiskey with me. That's a good man in my book.
    Malesh He's to wed Lady Zoey Bisland, and I gather he must impress Samael as a young intellectual or man of reason. Curious boots though, very curious.
    Margerie There truly is a sense of humor to be unlocked in there, if after a couple of drinks.
    Marius Lord Ian Kennex was the one to recommend whiskey. Not me. This might mark a first, but I'm so happy it occured. I look forward to seeing this friendship bloom.
    Melinda His eyes are startling, not so keen on his manners but perhaps time will tell.
    Melody I've seen Lord Ian here and there; something of an oddity, this one. But strange things often allure, and I mean - I just have so many questions! How can the Sword of Stormward have such a pronounced limp?
    Meriah We are not our wounds. He proves that, as much as I.
    Mikani Good advice from the sidelines. Maybe we will duel one day.
    Miranda A patient man. I'm not sure my own brother would be as tolerant as he. But I did very much like his welcome. Nuthouse indeed!
    Mirari A man of few words. Every word he does bestow on someone has weight. So if you want a real opinion of something, ask Ian Kennex.
    Monique It's the quiet ones you need to worry about. Especially the quiet ones with a sharp wit.
    Naomi I've never seen someone as resilient. The sharpest sword in House Kennex's arsenal, and a valued teacher.
    Niklas Auntie Vic asked me to make friendly with Ian, but he doesn't seem to be in short supply. Odd, but clearly an accomplished sailor and fighter, reticent to speak but still with something to say.
    Niklas My cousin and I are as alike as the sun and and a horse, but I do not doubt he would stand up for me in a heartbeat.
    Norwood Damn the man doesn't go down! A few more blows and it would have been me on the ground.
    Orathy Reckon he be silent as the fucking grave and reckon probably me favorite Silk of all the Silks. Reckon I be thinking I be losin to him in a stare down, cause he be having practice at doin watching.
    Orazio A hard man to get to know, but Orazio likes what little he's been permitted to see. He considers Ian to be steady, sensible, and rational, and is fast becoming to consider him a friend.
    Orelia I expect his quiet manner has him oft overlooked. But I note a shrewd manner and wry wit are to be observed. And I swear I saw an almost-smile... I shall strive to see it full-fledged!
    Oswyn He's very good at being deadpan. I wouldn't want to play cards against him.
    Pasquale A lord from the Mourning Isles. Seems to be working rather hard to perform the Thrax stereotypes, with the rough clothes and personal flasks in one of the city's finest taverns. Interesting fellow, for all that. Sees much, says little, qualities I usually approve of.
    Petal He is rather quiet, but maybe that is a good thing. Lots of people are too loud. He is not your average noble and seems very thoughtful.
    Quenia I met Ian at the Golden Hart. He told the tale of how he, his brother Aethen, and a man named Porter all challenged Lord Wash Kennex to a duel. It was an amusing story, and allowed me to see a less harsh side of Lord Wash than I witnessed in Coldrain Crafts.
    Reese He seems okay. Is kind of quiet, which might not be a bad thing. He seems attentive the the Thrax Ladies. If I had to guess, I would say he is probably thoughtful and loyal to his friends.
    Rey A man who refused to be fooled by one seeking to "Fix it all". I hope to run into his and his again soon. I am curious.
    Roxana He seemed careful with his words when Roxana first met him, as if he is only given a certain allotment per day and must be frugal with their use. Yet he also showed a dry and amusing sense of humor, even if he was not terribly verbose in sharing it.
    Rue I accepted a Thrax lord to be a lot scarier. He seems nice if all quiet-like.
    Sabella He is a wonderful listener and not once did he seem annoyed by my chatter. And he clarified pirates/sailors for me, which will undoubtably help me from causing a serious incident with important people in the future. Probably. About that, at least.
    Sabella While he is terrible debate practice, Lord Ian has always been very kind to me in his reserved way and if I didn't already think he was a worthwhile person to know, I'd be sure of it from the way Zoey looks at him!
    Sable One of the stoic Kennex brothers. Doesn't say much, probably doesn't miss much, either.
    Saedrus I first met Lord Ian at the Queensrest, and he was kind enough to help me with a little game. He seems a very quiet man, reserved and more thoughtful then I think some would give him credit for. I am sorry to admit I might not have noticed him at the bar if another had not gotten me to turn my attention -- I am terribly glad they did though. It would be a shame to not have met him. The surface might be still and calm, but the well is deep.
    Sanya A man of few words but he seems very insightful and I appreciate the respect he has for my late uncle.
    Sasha A lord of Kennex who seems fond of Whiskey and quite a pleasant conversationalist
    Sebastian Gifting the Marquis with a goblet the size of which one might bathe in was truly entertaining. I have seen the quiet lord a number of times, spoken to him a couple, but it was entertaining to see this side of him.
    Seth A Lord who is far more skilled with the sword than one would first think. He is also very economical when it comes to his words.
    Skapti Apparently he used to be on the Salt. Men'd still follow him if he proved cunning enough, but that's a hard oar to row. Doubt he'll try it.
    Sorrel When I first met Ian, he was practicing his walking due to an older injury. Now I have the opportunity to get to know him a little better, and I discover he seems injury-prone. I hope that his luck improves the more I get to know him, or I shall have to keep a healer on call.
    Sparte A sailor who gets the rough end of sailing, but shoulders it just fine and moves on through it. A solid sort of person to know, though I can't say I really know him more than in passing. Saw him teaching a nice lady the basics of sailing, without asking for a single silver in return. At least I don't think he did.
    Talen Lord Ian Kennex has been seen more than a handful of times by Talen. Unassuming, he's nevertheless the kind of guy that seems to serve his family dutifully. Any time Kennex are mentioned, Ian's there shortly after.
    Talwyn In truth, a man difficult to really pin down. Quiet, watchful, he is not given much to talking. Someone who listens, and thus probably learns.
    Tarrant A silent and very intent sort. Rather unsettling at first, but not a bad sort. I wonder if all Thraxians wear so much black.
    Thena A quiet man. He's probably filing everything away, I know the type.
    Theron Even if Lord Ian and my cousin Dianna aren't on speaking terms, the Kennex Lord has been courteous, a good fighter, and has given me valuable information about what I am to face. I am glad he and Marquis Hadrian are friends.
    Thesarin Seems a solid sort, what I've seen. Calm as anything. Not much like to shadow the first time I saw him, climbing a burning building to save them children inside.
    Thorley I'm not sure what to make of the stiff movements and actions - however, he is far more fluid with a weapon. And what weapons he carries - and the stamina to match. I would fear the amount of punishment he can take - and be fortunate he is on our side.
    Tomwell A man of few words. I don't understand it, but I can respect it.
    Torian They were at the Merchant West fire and The Compact owes them a debt of gratitude!
    Valery He is a very quiet guy, so Valery isn't sure how would he really be. He seems hurt on his legs, which makes her curious.
    Vanora There is always a learning curve getting to know my Kennex family, and Lord Ian is no exception.In fact he might cultivate more mystery than most. Lycene blood is thick stuff though, and an air of the unknown is not enough to send me slithering away. We will keep working at it, whenever time permits.
    Vayne I would very much like to speak with him more. He's a keen mind, and I think he could grasp some of the complexities of Tehom's precepts if he chose to do so.
    Victus Lord Kennex is a good drinker. What he lacks in working legs he's made up for in his attitude and his desire for conversation. It takes a lot for a man to come back from that kind of injury into a different life, but by Mangata he's giving it hell.
    Violet A capable soldier in a matched against Norwood. I was impressed at how he held his own. Certainly has...stamina.
    Wash The youngest of three brothers that taught me to ride the sea. None of them have ever tamed it, none of them will. He's learned that lesson the hard way.
    Wylla Clearly this Kennex needs to practice ship artwork! And perhaps he could be a bit happier.
    Zoey I am deeply curious of the man. I'm certain that under his taciturn demenor lies great determination and true grit. Getting him to open up, however, will prove a task that likely requires patience and time.