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Prince Augustus Grayson

You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.

Social Rank: 3
Concept: Charming Elder Statesman
Fealty: Grayson
Family: Grayson
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Widowed
Age: 65
Birthday: 10/10
Religion: Pantheon
Vocation: Noble
Height: 6'3"
Hair Color: Greying-Blond
Eye Color: Blue-Green
Skintone: Tanned Caucasian

Description: Tall, at over six feet in height, this man has the bearing of elegance and refinement. He is an older gentleman, looking quite well for his age. Sandy-blonde hair, much of it turning to white, brushed back over his head to reveal a dashing widows peak. He has a short, well maintained beard that wraps around his mouth and extends up both sides of his jaw to form sideburns that meet his hair, with his cheeks kept clean shaven. His nose is rather aquiline in appearance, a traditionally noble masculine feature. His eyes are a deep blue-green colour, and are almost always totally devoid of humour, there is always a clear, cold and calculating intelligence hidden behind those eyes.

Personality: With a natural thirst for knowledge that showed itself early in life, Augustus was often given the title of "bookworm" as a child. While this have may been intended as an insult by his peers, he grew to identify with it and is even proud of how well-read he has become, greatly enjoying his broad and deep body of knowledge. A paradox to many observers Augustus appears to live by glaring contradiction that nonetheless make perfect sense - at least from a purely rational perspective.

For example, Augustus is at once an almost starry-eyed idealist whilst also being the bitterest of cynics. But this is because he believes that with effort, intelligence, and consideration nothing is impossible, while at the same time he believes the average person is too lazy, short-sighted, inept, or self-serving to actually achieve anything of note.

Rules, limitations, and traditions are anathema to Augustus. Everything is open to question and reevaluation - and if he finds a way, Augustus will often act unilaterally to enact his technically superior, sometimes insensitive, and almost always unorthodox methods and ideas.

This isn't to be misunderstood as impulsiveness, Augustus is a being of rationality no matter how attractive his end goals may be, and thus every idea whether internal or external in origin must pass his ruthless and ever-present "is this going to work?" and "what does this do for the family" filter. This mechanism is applied at all times, to all things, and all people.

In short, Augustus is defined by his tendency to move through life as if it were a giant chess board, with pieces constantly shifting with consideration and intelligence, always assessing new tactics and strategies (with more than a few contingency plans), attempting to constantly outmanoeuvre his peers in order to maintain control of any situation whilst maximising his freedom to do as he needs. This isn't to imply that he acts without conscience, but his own ego and emotional needs are tertiary to the rationality and the pragmatism that drive he and his kin.

Background: Born the younger brother of King Alerius II and Tommen Grayson, and the youngest son of Thalia Grayson, Augustus was trained as an administrator and academic rather than a warrior or an heir. Constantly engrossed in books, texts of all kinds, and the sheer environment of academic learning, Augustus did not entirely shirk his martial duties either - though his education has lead him to be more of a strategist than a combatant.

Unlike most Graysons, Augustus was not born in the Crownlands and was instead born when his royal parents were conducting a tour of the vassal princedoms. It was during a stop in the Lycene capital of Lenosia that Augustus was brought into the world. As it was that Augustus was destined for a life of courtly matters and intrigue, it was decided at some point during his youth that he would be sent to Lenosia to continue his education.

Whilst in Lenosia the young Augustus, a gentleman of around twelve years of age at the time, met Livia Velenosa, a young princess of the Grand Duchess' extended family. The two had been betrothed since birth, an attempt to show the continued Grayson support and admiration for the Lycene people and the Velenosa specifically. The pair were not an ideal match when they married several years later. They knew each other well and their personalities could not have been more different. Where Augustus was a cooler, analytical sort Livia fancied herself a patron of the arts, investing great sums in poetry, songs, and the like; much to the consternation of her young husband.

The pair eventually, after some great difficulty and perhaps with the aid of a good-natured spirit of some kind, came to fall very much in love. So much so that many bardic songs exist of their romance and their treasuring each other long after their children had grown. Together they had three sons, Aberforth, Aerys and Tiberias, along with three daughters, Matilda, Elysia, and Cassandra. Their marriage would come to an end in the sixty-first year of Augustus' life with Livia's death at fifty-eight.

Relationship Summary


Sibling:
  • Alerius Ii - What would you do in my position? Don't blame me if what you've left goes to hell.
  • Tommen - This was supposed to be your job.

  • Acquaintance:
  • Silas - He has thus far served adequately.

  • Family:
  • Lydia - One of my grandchildren, very much my favourite though I'd never openly admit such.
  • Dawn - Lady Regent and Protege.
  • Loucia - Fellow Voice. Restless.
  • Nadia - I regret not having the fortitude to stay long enough to see you succeed. Your mother would most definitely have been proud of you.
  • Reese - Interesting first conversation. How strong can you get, I wonder.
  • Name Summary