Lord Sigurd Nightgold
Duty to love and family. Old and New. A name is such a small thing, after all.
Description: Tall and solidly built, this man has an erect, straight back and stands roughly six feet tall, perhaps a touch more. His hair is long, held in a tight ponytail to keep the wavy curls arranged. The hair is a rather chaotic mix of lighter and darker shades of brown, with some blonde highlights. His face is slightly broad and flat, with a strong, slightly hooked nose and thick eyebrows that frame his light blue eyes. His skin is fair in shade, but weathered by years of exposure to a slightly leathery texture. His hands are well-cared-for, nails trimmed, but carrying this callouses on the palms and fingers, his thick forearms and frame powerful.
Personality: Born into the noble house of Nightgold, but without direct inheritance, Sigurd has been groomed from birth for duty and (hopefully) to eventually lead Nadia's armies in the field. He is well aware and loyal to obligations, but prefers, when possible, to be alone in the wilderness with a loyal dog or wolf. He is outwardly very refined and polite, while still maintaining the tough, occasionally-fierce independence of his ancestry, equally at home at a noble Ball as in a tavern drinking his weight in drink.
Background: Born the second son of Osmond Nightgold, younger brother of Duke Neddim Nightgold, Sigurd had a relatively uneventful birth, although it was, of course, celebrated. For it meant that the family line was truly secure on this branch. And that is how young Sigurd was raised, to be a 'sturdy branch' for the family to rest upon. Developing a keen appreciation for the arts of the wilderness and the martial aspects of his duties, he has been, almost since being a toddler, groomed to be a leader of military men. It is hoped that, in time, he may even take his place as leader of his cousin Nadia's armies. To this end, he has been tutored in weaponry, riding, and archery all, as well as command and the responsibility of it. This, and his duties to family and realm, have been drilled into him since he first learned to speak.
This has led to a rather outwardly reserved, polite demeanour, but it is merely that, an outward appearance. In his spare time, he enjoys wandering the wilds, and adores wildlife in all forms, particularly dogs, an affection he shares with his younger sister, Signe. Always very close, both as children and now as adults, Sigurd and Signe would often roam the wilds together, the younger sister mimicing his martial and wilderness training to his endless amusement (and occasional annoyance). He is a Man of the North, and thus holds family, independence, and resourcefulness in high esteem. However, his grooming and constant drilling of duty mean he is able to hold his own in polite society as well, but does not conceal his northern roots and is proud of them. He can wear his silks, but it is clear that he prefers the practical over the fine, when given a choice.
|Alessia||A modest man. Easy to converse with too.|
|Arcadia||Oh a lord to cause mischief with. I like him.|
|Artur||A rather stoic Nightgold. Perhaps he softens up as you get to know him better?|
|Bhandn||I wonder if he realized I was being half-serious about the subject of liquor in the Valardin ward? I've certainly seen the stares happen, elsewhere.|
|Brigida||Too eager to get his weapon out for pretty women to coo over and touch.|
|Caspian||Nice enough guy, though we've met several times never really felt like we've gotten a chance to really talk and get to know each other.|
|Catalana||A tall quiet one from the north. Doesn't like crowds it seems.|
|Dante||A troubled Lord who seems to be honorable and finding that in danger due to some manipulation on the part of others. I hope he can keep his head up and resolve strong, by staying to the high road he will see it through.|
|Domonico||Minister of War for Nightgold. I look forward to sitting down for a no nonsense discussion on warfare with him.|
|Drusila||A Northern nobleman who has a significant call to defend his house and a desire to see to a brighter future for his children and the people where he's from. This is noble, if not a very challenging task. His sword, Moonfang, seems to desire to become a weapon of renown, however the hand that guides it desires to temper that desire. It will be very challenging, this future, Drusila thinks. She will be interested to seeing and hearing his story in the far future.|
|Esme||The honest Nightgold. He has opened my eyes to bear wrestling.. bare wrestling.. one of those? Both of those? Time will tell.|
|Estil||A young, lucky Lord who won a raffle at the First Aid Competition. He seemed a charming intellectual.|
|Icelyn||A man of tactics, with a calm and solid air. In my new position I might learn valuable lessons from him.|
|Lucita||Calm yet concerned about current events and expectations of himself. Polite and amicable.|
|Lucrezia||Pointed to me as an example of fashion, but really that I wasn't alone in disliking a show duel makes him interesting.|
|Mabelle||Looks all stoic, but his silver tongue might get him in trouble. The desirable kind though.|
|Martino||Came in swinging into a bar with a bottle of rum in one hand, whiskey in other. Either he has formerly Lycene blood and trusts no liquor, is proud of them. Or has a dependency. Beyond that, spoke fine and well. Good company and shared his views on wine.|
|Mirk||A proper Northern lord, in every sense of the word, and new to the city. Perhaps next time he'll see the Northlands victorious in their competitions.|
|Monique||Very clearly, this man has bravery in spades. Or a death wish. But either way, it speaks very well of him. That reckless hint and the fact that he is Nightgold combined is a heady mix.|
|Petal||A warrior Lord of Nightgold who seems like a decent sort of guy and good company.|
|Quenia||We met at the Jaenelle's honor duel and I completely forgot. That's how consumed I've been in the latest project for House Igniseri. Thankfully he was gracious about it when I introduced myself a second time at the Ambassador. He's also a fine connesieur of rum and whiskey, I hear.|
|Reese||Meeting Lord Sigurd at the coffee shop and now the bar.|
|Reigna||A northern giant, with a subtle and sly humor and very nice manners. He's a gentleman, which is more than I can say for many southern nobles.|
|Thea||Polite Lord. Rather large and quick to help. Curious.|
|Vittorio||It was a something of a surprise to find his words so firm despite what appeared to be a swimming amount of liquor, but he was both friendly and willing to engage a group of Velenosan nobles.|
|Volcica||Lord Nightgold seems to be kind, and quite enjoyable company. I think I'd enjoy getting to know him better.|
|Willow||A cousin I wish I knew better. He is painfully competent when it comes to anything martial or military it seems like, and we are definitely going to need that moving forward.|
|Zoey||Needs to expand his palette, but always a joy to be around.|