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Lord Aethan Kennex

Love is a lottery for which the prize is death. You're lucky to have lost, and if you're wise, you'll lose always.

Social Rank: 5
Concept: Brooding Perfectionist
Fealty: Thrax
Family: Kennex
Gender: Male
Age: 32
Religion: Pantheon
Vocation: Noble
Height: 5'11"
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Skintone: Tanned

Description: With an austere courage and a placid demeanor that almost never forsake him, Aethan has a noble countenance that is enhanced by a generally well-trimmed beard, and short brown hair that is neatly kept. His tanned face is lined by care, more frowns than smiles, and a profound melancholy has dimmed his blue eyes almost to gray.

Personality: Aethan is a man who lives always by a strict code of honor that he'd die before he broke, but he's also a man with demons. A moody, sometimes violent perfectionist who can only see his mistakes, he has a lot to feel guilty about, and a lot to regret. Like a good man of Thrax, he keeps all of these feelings bottled up, and the face he shows to the world is composed, with a noble bearing that inspires respect, if not love. He speaks with a scalpel, never wasting an extraneous word.

On the very rare occasions when the darkness within him break through, Aethan can turn into a cruel and dangerous man... which leaves him with even more to repent, when the spell passes.

Background: From childhood, Aethan never forgot that he was his father's oldest son, and someday, the weight of heading his branch of House Kennex would fall on him. He was given a typical Thraxian education, and was sent out to sea at sixteen to learn to sail. His younger brother Porter followed a couple of years later, and then a year after that, his much younger brother Ian.

The pressure of being the oldest son only got worse at sea, where he was responsible for his brothers, especially Ian, who was ten years younger than him, and more like a son than a brother. But he drove himself hard, taught his brothers to do the same, and by the time they'd graduated from escorting merchant ships to hunting pirates on a ship that Aethan himself captained, the brothers Kennex were a force to be reckoned with. Aethan got so much respect for how well he'd taught his brothers that he was the one tasked with teaching the ungovernable Washburn Grayson to sail.

These few years, riding high on the waves with his brothers by his side, were the happiest of Aethan's life, and they ended too soon when Ian, while trying to sail a prize ship through a storm, fell from the rigging and nearly died. The fall left Ian paralyzed -- and Aethan knew that it was his fault. He should have seen the signs that the storm was coming. He should have checked the prize ship's rigging. Unable to stomach the guilt, unable even to look at his broken little brother, Aethan lost himself in the bottle.

He also lost himself in the comfort of a woman. Invierna Winter, the daughter of a very wealthy Thrax-sworn merchant, came to him in that darkest night, listened to him, soothed him, and -- or so he thought -- loved him. Only weeks after meeting her, they were married. Aethan loved her ardently enough that, at least for a couple of years, he was able to drown out his own self-loathing.

But this happiness was even more short lived and ephemeral than the last. Aethan lost his father, his mother, and his wife all in quick succession -- his father died of a lingering illness that had plagued him for months, and then a few weeks later, his mother and wife died suddenly during the same night.

Aethan is now the head of his branch of House Kennex, just as he always expected to be, but his branch of House Kennex -- his family -- is a ruin of what it was. Now he has come to Arx to try to rebuild what he can... or maybe just to try to escape the ghosts of his past.

Relationship Summary

  • Porter - Middle brother
  • Ian - Youngest brother
  • Wash - Adopted brother
  • Name Summary
    Aahana He is rather quiet but I am curious what might linger in his mind
    Agatha I wonder if that's what I look like when I'm fighting. The baring the teeth, the crazy grin, jumping right back in when I get knocked around...
    Ainsley He's very serious. I didn't think there was anyone who looked more serious than Ian or Shard.
    Alarissa If ind him to be one of the more delightful Kennex's. A good sailor and certainly a must have at pool parties.
    Amanda A man with a story that thinks no one will want to hear it. Curious.
    Anton I'm glad my cousin is here to warn me about things that are tiring and very much worth avoiding. He's still the good man I remember, which is nice. There's probably a lot who aren't, and will just be noisy for the sake of it.
    Ariella Kennex Admiral. Seems very serious. Got him to laugh once, though.
    Artorius Aethan the Lionheart! I struck him mightily, but even I could not make him fall. A worthy opponent. He will go far based on his courage alone.
    Barric Quiet. Stoic. At least around most people. He opens up some around his closest friends and family but still not a talker for the most part.
    Berenice I want to bring him to every party in the city.
    Bethany A man of few words.
    Brigida An impressive admiral. A credit to family for which little credit is often given.
    Caith He was very understanding about Stumphrey slobbering all over him. Which makes him a good egg in my book! Anyone who is kind to animals must have a good heart.
    Calandra I'll teach the Kennex Lord to give a proper compliment if it kills me. And if it does, I'll come back to haunt him.
    Calaudrin I guess he saw me shoot some arrows once. That's nice.
    Caspian I wouldn't call him the most expressive man, but he seems like a good guy down inside.
    Col Stoic. Quiet. Seems very devout.
    Constantine Cousin and the leadership we need on the waves. Despite our distance I hold a deep love for Aethan. He is tempered and I appreciate his way of speaking. Never more words than needed to express his point.
    Coraline Was wonderfully friendly, maybe I can grab him for a spar and some more booze soon!
    Cullen A /very large/ Kennex, although his manners seemed quite good and his taste is obviously of the highest order, since Monique is rather the...charming sort, I suppose. Although I didn't say that. I should get to know him better, I suspect, as I ought to more of the Isles.
    Dante If the world ever felt it could use more Ian, it was only feeling so because it was ignorant of Aethan. If all of Setarco burns before the march of the foul foe... if all that I know and love is laid waste to ash and ember by the beasts of the abyss... I hope Kennex adopts me.
    Delilah He fears hugs, but he drinks coffee and clearly shows the Kennex sensibilities for the sea. In all, a good man on the face of it, and someone who endured my mirth well.
    Denica Ian's brother. They never told me they were brothers I could just tell. I'm still trying to figure out who's the nice one.
    Dominique One of Ford's cousins. There are so many Kennexes these days. Still, he's a pleasant fellow to be around an a good duelist!
    Elara My old reading and grumbling companion from Stormward. It is good to see him in Arx. I wondered how long he'd hide in his hole.
    Enoch Lord Aethan Kennex. Seems a friendly sort. Caught him having a snowball fight with a few kind others. I'd be happy to have a drink with him sometime.
    Evonleigh A broody but civil gentleman; I shall take the challenge on to make him smile or laugh each time I meet him.
    Faye Seems like a sensible man, easy to talk to. He's also rather reserved, though, and he's clearly carrying secrets. I hope one day he'll learn hwo to share them.
    Fiora I like my men the way I like my coffee: Weak and about as exciting as an old dish rag.
    Galen Willing to listen, and execute a plan. And if he can't, to suggest alternates. It's appreciated.
    Gareth Certainly more personable and slower with his tongue than his brother. It should also be noted that he does not drink. Perhaps this is a lesson he should pass on.
    Gianna With great responsibility comes great hats.
    Gilroy Seems like a capable admiral. Like I have any idea what makes an admiral capable. Far more serious than Alrec, though. So that's probably a good sign.
    Gwenna Lord Aethan Kennex agreed to a spar and did not go easy on me, which I sincerely requested. While some might not consider him a warm person, he seems honorable and quite considerate. He answered my every question about improvement, never once seemed disinterested in aiding me, and even agreed to possible spars in the future. I look forward to gaining the skills to make such a bit more of a challenge for him.
    Harper M'lord Serious. He sure doesn't smile much but he seems sincere. Think we could end up friends someday if he's what he seems.
    Helena We have in common that neither of us want to be Voice ever, but I suspect for different reasons.
    Helia Had a match with him at the Sip'n Spar at the Golden Hart. He was eager to get into the ring and he was fantastic to fight with. Gods, he hits hard! Quiet but easy-going aside from that, definitely the sort of person I'd want to spar with again.
    Ian I'm glad he's back. I've missed him.
    Ida Lord Aethan Kennex seems the type to keep to himself, but not in an unfriendly way by any means. Lucky for us both, I talk enough for two people as it is. That said, he would be a welcome visitor to the shop anytime.
    Ignacio A man that held his own with my wife in a sparring arena. Not many men can make that claim. He seems like a man I would like to get to know better.
    Iseulet This man makes brooding an artform. And sees straight through me - I can feel it.
    Jacali Dour like a winter's day, but there's a fire in the hearth! Could well like this one, I could.
    Jan Morose as ever, but there's still a little hint of humour buried in there. I saw it.
    Jan I think he did it. He looks a bit healthier. Maybe we should all cut back on the drink. I'm already missing sails above my head, but my family always does seem to cheer me up.
    Jarel Ah, a man of Thrax, I have heard they take to the sea, just as well as on land. Thus seems a bit too formal for my tastes.
    Jasher Quiet. A much appreciated quality in all the bustle.
    Jeffeth Lord Aethan, Lord Ian's brother! He seems a very nice man. Lord Ian is a kind man when you get down to it, I believe, but Lord Aethan you don't have to get down to it, you can tell he's kind and friendly right away.
    Jordan Lord Ian's sibling and an Admiral. As with the Kennexes, he seems to follow along a trend of commanding ships and sea combat. He probably has a lot of experience in the field, given the exploits told by Lord Ian during drinking. I wonder what stories he has to tell, himself.
    Karadoc He seems very serious. Very Thrax. Are all Kennex this way? Poor fellow. But, talk of silks and wines in the Lycene Ward may help him yet. If not, it seems that Juliana will.
    Kenna Ah, another Kennex. Loves his ships, and prefers to avoid parties. It's rather interesting that he doesn't drink, I wonder what brings about that particular preference.
    Luca Can I even give praise to a Kennex anymore for being the sort of person I might sit and have a drink with? They're all like that. I quite like them all. I haven't had a chance to sit for long enough with Aethan yet, but I've heard enough tales to wonder if he lives up to them. Quite the display he put on in the melee, though.
    Lucita Ian's older brother, Dignified seeming perhaps due to a more somber expression yet amicable enough. We seem to get along pleasantly and feel relaxed in his company. One senses he can be an interesting conversationist when one takes time to listen to him, he'd have to be to warrent Lady Juliana's attention.
    Magpie Magpie is always a bit reserved when it comes to Kennex. It's a personal problem. However, Aethan has proven a man worth talking with. He's direct, bold, and willing to negotiate. Hopefully the two of them will continue to have business moving forward.
    Malika It took a few meetings in passing for Malika to finally get a grasp of Lord Aethan. Why she finds him polite and welcoming there always seems a distance to him that she finds Curious.
    Monique Most definitely a claimed man. Nice hair, though.
    Niklas The oldest of the Kennex cousins and possibly the most serious. Like any Kennex, a good person to have at your side. It has been some time, but it's good to see him again.
    Niklas My favorite of his group of cousins. Aethan is a man of few words, but great deeds.
    Norwood A composed and polite Lord who put on no airs with his arrival.
    Petal He seems like a friendly and welcoming man. I like running into him, he always welcomes people and is easy to be around.
    Quenia One of the brothers Kennex. I've met him a time or two, and he's even come to dinner before. I'm glad he's back in Arx, if only because I know Ian cares about his brothers very much from the stories that he tells.
    River Stoic I think is a pretty apt description. Not necessarily bad description of him though. The quiet ones see everything I hear.
    Rohran I first encountered this man while he stood on a plank laid across a barrel, dueling in what was also a balancing act. His skill was obvious, and his execution was pleasant enough. Some time later, I had the chance to sit with him for a drink and I learned that he is a man who knows the value of family, and also that
    Sabella Aethan is definitely somewhat of a flirt, but I find him to be very sincere in some moments and that speaks to a very deep soul. I think we will be very good friends! Especially since we are going to be in-laws!
    Sable One of the stoic Kennex brothers. Seems like it might be difficult to get him to laugh.
    Sebastian The Lord Kennex gives little away in his countenance, but Juliana has never had anything but good things to say of him. He sees what is in the piece, the potential, and perhaps the anticipation. No, it is not the sort of thing one should gaze on every night.
    Seth The older brother of Lord Ian Kennex and a man I met briefly during my training at the Gauntlet. From what I've learned, he was the man who taught Ian to hold a sword. If that's the case, Lord Aethan may very well be as expert a swordsman as my father is.
    Seymour A man who spends his words like a poor man spends coin, carefully.
    Sidney He has the impressive ability of managing to look as if he isn't having any fun at all while, I suspect, enjoying himself quite a lot. I'd very much like to see him drunk again.
    Simone Not an extremely expressive person, yet it seems the small bits of emotion that he reveals tells more than some who show a great deal of emotion. He is interesting.
    Sorrel The eldest of Ian's brothers, this one's reliable and good-hearted and charming.
    Talwyn The Kennexes are a blended symphony in their own right, each a remarkable note in that. Aethan has the saltblown and iron bar of an allegretto: quick, precise, his words a movement of ease.
    Theron Pleasant Lord of House Kennex. This one is like Ian, I think. Dutiful and able in service. It's a House of contrasts, in my opinion. The two brothers have the better half of it.
    Thesarin Seems grim, on the main, but knows how to laugh when he needs to.
    Thorley A curious lord. I wonder if he will find his own winning ticket in the lottery of the heart.
    Tynan He's hard to read. Must be because of the business, probably loosens up when dealing with less costly matters.
    Valdemar A serious sort, who also seems a good sport. I look forward to finding out how good a fighter he is.
    Victus Looks just like an older Ian, but ironically has the better working legs. I'd say he might have a little more humor in him too.
    Yasmine A quiet man, but one gets the sense that it's not because he has nothing to say. He's like a man with his fingers in a dam, holding back the flood.
    Zebulon A fine man and a great sailor. Well suited for Lord Admiral! Was a pleasure 'fighting' him at the Sailor's Ball! (And winning!)
    Zoey Quiet and stoic on the outside, there is great emotion under the surface. I see why Ian idolizes him so much.