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Baron Thorley Farwatch

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.

Social Rank: 6
Concept: Washed Up Knight
Fealty: Valardin
Family: Farwatch
Gender: Male
Age: 36
Religion: Pantheon
Vocation: Knight
Height: 6'2"
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Green
Skintone: Tanned

Titles: Sword of Westrock Reach, Baron of Sandreef Point

Description: The man who stands before you has what could easily be called a solid, if aged build, much like the land that he is the Sword of. His shoulders seem almost as broad as a doorway, and stands six feet and a pair of hands. His hair is thick and luxurious, with natural easy waves of dark chestnut browns that borders on black that is starting to turn to silver. Falling to just a couple of inches beneath his broad shoulders with a wind swept look and falls about his rugged sun tanned countenance complete with laugh lines and small scars. His is a very masculine vestige with chiseled cheekbones and a firm brow that bears expressive uncultured eyebrows. Those brows shadow a gaze of primal intensity in his brilliant sea-glass green eyes. Upon a solid squared jaw grows a thick beard that like his hair seems to have been slightly lightened by the sun, dark hairs in which invading silvery platinum randomly grow marking the march of time upon him. His beard is thick but short, its length reaching to his throat, while the mustache has been trimmed slightly to reveal expressive full lips which often holds a solemn serious expression.

Personality: Sir Thorley Sandreef is a man of few words, though when he does speak it tends to be cutting and sharp. He prefers the company of the drink, and the occasional brawl, than he does the company of others. Though he serves Westrock loyally, he's not a typical Valardin Knight. His former sailor days show through here and there in his mannerism and his speech; unpolished and bordering on crude.

Background: Sir Thorley Sandreef is a sailor from the Westrock Reach. He was born and raised in the shadow of Lightsreach Keep as an orphan adopted by the Sandreef family. For most of his life he'd been looked at with knowing looks, pity, and sometimes derision for how much he looked like the former Duke of Westrock Reach. Thorley shrugged off most of it, and spent his life learning to sail the merchant boats that the Westrock Reach was known for.

In his late teens he met his wife-- Abigail. They married after a short romance. Less than a year later, they had a daughter, Lysa. For six years, the pair built upon a partnership, but she and their daughter died when one of their merchant vessels were attacked by pirates on their way to trade with the Laurents.

He took to his drink after that. For nearly a decade, he lost himself into the abyss of the bottle, drowning in the darkness and content to do so. That is until the old duke became ill and for some reason the duke's nephew, Ryhalt Farshaw, approached Thorley. Ryhalt pulled Thorley out of the drink, and had him squired to the Sword of Westrock Reach. In 1002, when Duke Warwick perished, and Duke Ryhalt came to power, the old sword retired and Thorley became Sir Thorley, Sword of Westrock.

For whatever reason he know serves Duke Ryhalt as faithfully as he can. Having started his knighthood late in life he's not as polished as most Valardin Knights, but he tries.

Relationship Summary


Frenemy:
  • Eventide Blade - The heirloom blade of Westrock Reach. Found that it is made from demons and diamonplate. The sword has scared me. It has guided me. And as much as I may fear it - I feel it is driving me to higher purpose. And to replace it makes me reluctant, as I feel as we are setting aside history for fear.

  • Patron:
  • Gwenna - A Redrain Princess that Violet suggested to take me as a protege. I am surprised by her strength and her kindness. And I am pleased to try to live up to the tasks that she has given to me in making myself a better (and more sociable) person.

  • Family:
  • Tala - I knew that we were eager and excited to start a family, I was still surprised when Violet brought home this child from the Tragedy. But she has already started to enamored herself to me, and I like the way she sits through my stories.
  • Ronja - My only child with my first wife. I thought she perished 11 years ago. Instead, she was raised and trained by pirates. She told me that she wanted a relationship with me, and I told her to prove it. And she is doing so. Now it's time to remember to be her father again. Is it too late, though?
  • Sorcha Farwatch - Welcome to the world, my darling daughter. You came to us with a cry on Courtkeep of 1009 - little did we know that our gift to you would be a land to call and claim as your own someday. May you hold true to what makes your mother so wonderful, and may I at least raise you as best I can.

  • Ally:
  • Ryhalt - My lord - the Duke of Westrock Reach. He pulled me from the bottle I was in, and dried me out before pressing the Eventide Blade in my hands, and made me want to become a better knight than I ever was a sailor.
  • Lisebet - The youngest sister of the Farshaw family, she is rambunctious, a social butterfly, and always challenging me to smile. Sometimes she actually succeeds.

  • Spouse:
  • Violet - We married in such a rush - and in my fear of my own thoughts and dreams, I fled. She brought me back. And then she took me back. It's more than I deserved. And I will spend the rest of my life living up to the promise she has in her eyes for me.

  • Friend:
  • Felicia - Felicia Harrow, the Dame of Harrow. She is one of my oldest friends in Arx - she has always been supportive of Violet and I. She makes me feel at ease around her, even when we're on dangerous and complicated missions together.
  • Norwood - A trusted friend when we were both Swords, and now that he is a Baron, I am pleased to know that I can support him further. He has earned his place, and I could not be prouder.
  • Name Summary
    Aella Saw a hot thing burning up a fire on the dancefloor and just had to get a closer look. I don't blame him. Not at'all.
    Aethan Having a baby -- seems a good time for it.
    Andry I'm glad to see Tala looks well
    Appolonia Another House Sword. I swear I was collecting them this day, but this one was far different from the last - this one was polite, charming in his way, and duty-bound in both love and honor - but in the best ways. I wish nothing but happiness for this man and his ladylove. Hopefully he won't mind pestering questions if we ever get to meet again.
    Arianna Obviously a cool dude if the Commandant likes him. He seems like the kind of knight who could fuck your shit up with ease. I'll pass on seeing that side.
    Barik An old sight weathered down by flame and time. To witness him again in tumultuous times must be considered as signs for a great undoing. Good luck to us all.
    Caspian I have a connection to this man. One I did not realize before. I have to speak more with him, to know more.
    Enoch Sir Thorley Sandreef. He helped host this Polar Plunge in honor of the Goddess Mangata. He seems an interesting fellow, apparently also associated with the Crimson Blades.
    Gwenna Sir Thorley Sandreef is a Valardin and Sword of Westrock Reach. We both serve the Crimson Blades as support staff, which lead to my becoming his patron. His adoration for his wife is the thing of tales, and his martial prowess is among the greatest in the city. I hope we will grow to be friends as well as patron and protege!
    Harlex The Commandant's husband, a good match for her and a keen swordsman. Easy to get along with, which is sayin' something for me.
    Jeffeth Sir Sandreef, Violet's husband, we've got on well together in the past and he seems to generally be a good man.
    Jordan An able knight and a menace at tourneys, Sir Thorley always presents a challenge on the sands. It is likely we'll be called to fight together against a common enemy very soon. It'll be an honor.
    Joslyn A fellow champion, he let me throw beanbags at him for Dodge training. Really, that's all I need to know!
    Jyri Respectful, and likes animals. Don't know a whole lot of knights, but he seems a good one.
    Kaldur I am sorely disapponted to have missed the swim he hosted. Sorely. Definitely someone I should get to know.
    Lou Another person with a past life that I've come to meet. It'll be interesting to see how his plays out, and whether or not his findings will be useful to the Compact.
    Macda Delightful Tala and father were a pleasantly unsurprising arrival to my visit in Solace Square. Seems there was a force pulling all lots together this morning.
    Melody Sword of Westrock Reach and good drinking partner alike. He's got some good connections in the city and he's probably swamped in duties, but I'm sure he knows how to have his fun too. He's got a really perceptive eye; I like it.
    Mirari I've only met him a time or two, but he seems very polite and very happy with his wife. That's always good to see.
    Monique Hrmph. Beat me with the weapons toss. More skilled. That's annoying.
    Neb Surprisingly calm considering every person he has ever killed with that blade is now trapped in torment within. Did they understand that bit?
    Niklas A fellow member of the gonna-be-a-dad club. I'm glad to hear that he and Violet appear to have worked things out.
    Norwood It is good to see Sir Thorley back in the city again. I'm curious to see what he will decide to now, it's difficult to reestablish relationships once time has passed.
    Ouida Seldom have I met a lord who seemed so well suited to his place, and to his beloved! It will be a pleasure to draw swords beside him, besting foes. Certainly I am glad that the Blades are our allies in this.
    Paloma A courageous knight with a questionable blade. I don't feel the urge to ask the questions. He seems reliable despite it.
    Petal He seems very distracted by Lisebet, but I cannot blame him. He has nice gear and is polite.
    Reese A calm guy, a good husband, he has a kind of empathy not that everyone has, he doesn't let pride hold him back. He is an honorable sort of warrior.
    Rosalie This is the first time I've been sought out specifically because of my family. I do hope I did the right thing in being honest with the man. He was certainly pleasant enough, and perhaps I will get to find another family member from this.
    Rowenova Sir Thorley is incredibly amicable, a Valardin knight who deeply loves his impressive wife (Commandant Violet). Every time I have ever seen them in their adorable dynamic, I cannot help but feel like the world is a better place... and smile.
    Sabine He'll need quicker feet than that to survive as a newly risen nobleman.
    Samuele A lord who doesn't wear his Nobility. It's refreshing to see someone so practical. Though maybe I have it wrong.
    Sasha A knight who I can see has determination. I see many great things coming from him in the future.
    Shae Easy going, by all appearances. A nurturer of sorts, like a man who's loved and cared for tender things that need to be protected.
    Sparte I couldn't ask for a better knight to fall off of boats with. Repeatedly. You sort of had to be there.
    Sunniva As capable as his wife I heard just a bit of what he intends to do and find his actions heroic. May the Gods keep him.
    Valarian Commandant's husband. Not sure what to make of him, he seems overly formal and prickly. Not sure if that is the situation or normal for him.
    Vanora He's been mentioned to me as someone my husband fought beside in the most recent war. My impression of him is quite positive upon our first meetings, he seems thoughtful.
    Veronica Alas, Sir Thorley does recall our patrols in Southport. If the most stoic knight remembers that episode and continues to find it amusing, I have no chance of living that one down.