Lord Jace Redreef
If I do not have my honor, then I have nothing.
Description: Jace Redreef looks like a man who has spent a good amount of time outdoors. Tall, without an ounce of fat on him, he has the typical broad-shouldered frame of a man who has been athletic instead of indolent. His handsome face is blessed with a strong jawline, and and abundance of laugh lines at his mouth and eye make him look "rugged" more than "old." His black hair is long, curling against the collar of his coats and shirts, often falling over his eye when he isn't paying attention. He only has the one blue-gray eye. His right eye seems to have fled him, and to cover its absence, he wears a leather eyepatch whose purpose is to be functional and protective rather than stylish.
Personality: To Jace Redreef, honor is everything. Once his word is given, he will do everything in his power to keep it. The risk of death is perfectly acceptable if it's the alternative to breaking a pledge made. Don't try to reason with him about this, because in his eyes (well... eye), you'd be the unreasonable one. He is resolute in his loyalty, even when it's to his own personal detriment. Of course, it's not all oaths and vows and promises. Jace is a born sailor, who's never happier than when he's out on the water, whether he's reaving, hunting pirates, exploring, or anything else bearing the banner of Redreef Shores. His manners are better suited to the company of sea dogs than dainty nobility, but he makes up for it by being a talented raconteur, the life of any party that'd have him.
Background: Lord Jace Redreef is the nephew and salt-son of Lord Tiberius Redreef, who was the brother of Baron Landis Redreef. Baron Landis had twin daughters and no sons, and so Tiberius ensured that from a young age, Jace was given an education befitting one destined to inherit the title of Baron. After all, if Landis died without a son, the law of the Mourning Isles would not allow the domain of Redreef Shores to pass to a daughter. In the eyes of traditionalists like Tiberius, such a thing would be borderline heretical.
One of young Jace's tutors was a retired Knight, who impressed upon the boy the importance of honor and duty. These lessons dug in deeply, and became an unshakable part of Jace's personality. He was never under any illusions as to why his uncle was overseeing his training. He knew that he stood to inherit a tremendous responsibility. He knew that he might be a Baron.
When Baron Landis was slain, Redreef Shores did not pass to either of his twin daughters, but rather to his brother Tiberius. Landis's daughters, Ember and Marina, objected to this quite strongly, and their objection took the form of raising an army and instigating a civil war within Redreef Shores. They took and held the Crimson Keep, the barony's castle, for the duration of a grueling conflict. During all of this, Jace served as an aide-de-camp to his uncle, rarely seeing combat against "the rebels" himself.
The end of the conflict came when the Mourning Isles' law changed to allow women to inherit titles directly. The question of Redreef's heir was immediately put to a trial by combat, and Jace was present for the duel to the death between his cousin Ember and his uncle's champion -- a duel which Ember won, and where she became "the Bloody Baroness." In that moment, the idea of Jace ever becoming Baron of Redreef Shores seemed to evaporate into thin air.
Honor compelled Jace to do what he felt was right. The purpose of the duel was to end the conflict, and so the conflict was ended. Rather than seethe, he accepted his cousin's right to rule, and put himself into the service of Redreef Shores. He overcame any suspicion through dedication to the needs of the domain over any desires of his own, and in time was named Sword of Redreef. As Redreef Shores became one of the most stridently progressive domains within the Isles and his Baroness gained increasing fame (and notoriety) as an iconoclast of traditions, Jace kept his thoughts to himself.
In 1015 AR, the Compact of Arvum went to war with the Dune Kingdom of Skal'daja in the Battle of Pieros. Jace was there, captaining one of Redreef's ships, right in the thick of the fighting. Improbably, his ship suffered no casualties other than Jace's own eye. Upon his return, he was hailed as a hero. Jace himself is more modest about it, even uncomfortable. The things that happened in that battle have changed how he sees the world in more ways than one.
|Gehenna||The man who by all rights should be Baron Redreef, he certainly acts the part more than Ember ever did.|