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Lord Rysen Crovane

O sing, bright muse! Of Nature's myriad wonders, glorious feats of arms, and the mysteries of all-ruling love!

Social Rank: 4
Concept: Bardic Knight
Fealty: Redrain
Family: Crovane
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Age: 21
Birthday: 10/12
Religion: Pantheon/Shamanism
Vocation: Knight
Height: 5'11"
Hair Color: dark brown
Eye Color: storm grey
Skintone: fair

Titles: Voice of Crovane, Knight of the Northlands

Description: The young man's dark brown hair is short and wavy, and his grey eyes resemble the textures and colors of storm clouds. Though his face is expressive and open, his animal-like gaze often lingers. He is of average height, and a lean build, and his movements are fluid and natural. He has, on his left forearm, a tattoo in the shape of intricately arranged symbols.

Personality: Often respectful and curious, Rysen is a seeker of both knowledge and experiences. He is thoughtful and reflective, but wears his emotions on his sleeve, which often shatters plans and expectations in the heat of the moment. He seeks to earn honor and glory in the arts of war and poetry, but knows that he has much to learn, and is more at home in the country inn or wooded glade, than the glittering halls of court.

Background: Rysen was born the second son of Lord Bothas Crovane, the youngest of Erskine's children, and Lady Annya Crovane, formerly of House Telmar. Lady Annya is a devout follower of the Faith, and invited the famed scholar Dame Judyth of Sanctum to educate her sons on religious matters, court poetry and the practice of virtue in everyday life. Rysen was also trained by Grodin Vales, a veteran soldier of the north, and Sir Roland Sky of the Telmarch, who taught him marital skills, survival techniques, and the tenants of the chivalric tradition. He fostered for a number of years in the Telmarch with his mother's family, before returning to Stormwall in order to serve House Crovane as a knight and diplomat.

Shortly before the Gyre forces invaded Stormwall, Rysen was sent on a diplomatic mission to speak with Abandoned tribes in the west. When Negotiations broke down, Rysen's team was slain and he was taken captive. With the help of an Abandoned woman named Lygeia, Rysen managed to escape his captivity, eventually making his way to Stormwall only to find countless bodies of the fallen, and the city on fire.

After recovering from his time spent in captivity, Rysen is rumored to have gotten into an altercation with a godsworn relation of his former lover. He was sent to Arx by his father, where he met Princess Sorrel Thrax and Gianna Whisper and joined the Bard's College as a poet. When Duke Asger Crovane was murdered in Crackneck lands, Rysen led an investigation into his assassination, and was asked to became the Voice of his cousin and new Duchess of Stormwall, Fianna Crovane. He then sought and obtained an interview with the Master of Questions, Prince Laric Grayson, and joined the Inquisition in an effort to fulfill a vow to protect the Compact from the powers that destroyed his homeland.

Relationship Summary


Friend:
  • Peri - A fellow seeker, and an excellent leader.
  • Merek - Trustworthy knight and skilled weaponsmith.
  • Arcadia - Untamable, spirited, and wickedly charming, yet for me a source of solace.
  • Ian - More reliable than death.
  • Willow - One of Arvum's greatest artists, whose ideals I admire and friendship I cherish.

  • Spouse:
  • Mikani - Adventurer, champion of freedom, and beloved partner.

  • Ally:
  • Gianna - My ally in the pursuit of artistic glory.
  • Sorrel - A skilled warrior, talented singer and trusted mentor.
  • Faye - An intelligent and capable inquisitor with the fire of Lagoma burning in her heart.
  • Orrin - One cannot receive more wisdom than listening in this man's hall.
  • Marian - Legendary warrior, commander and mentor.
  • Arik - Mentor and guardian of the traditions of the Northlands.
  • Laric - A star in the void.

  • Family:
  • Fianna - My wise and talented cousin.
  • Kaldur - Cousin through marriage. He's thoughtful, strong and organized.
  • Clara - My cousin with a gift for healing and growing plants of all kinds.

  • Protege:
  • Rukhnis - Not an optimist, but utterly trustworthy.
  • Name Summary
    Aethan An artistic lord of Crovane with a keen eye.
    Alarissa A strong minded but clear minded man with a heart that beats strong for his house.
    Arcadia He is kindness and compassion and yet he can tease and mock just as easily as any brother I have.
    Arthen I can respect a man what has got some obvious leadership qualities to him. I was real impressed by how he handled that mess up north when we went along to Grassmere. Even if he missed out on the bear attack and the White Raven shav that tried to murder us, it's a good sign just knowin' how to keep a level head a bunch of folks come back wounded from what was goin' to be just a bit of a sight-see.
    Athaur A good natured lord, and a good hand with the Lute.
    Beatrice One can't attend a party of any note in Arx this season without Lord Rysen's voice accompanying it. A treasure.
    Bianca Courage, compassion, grace, faith... his words are a thing of beauty, old tales told brought back to life as though by magic.
    Brady I remember wanting to dislike him sooo bad. He makes it hard, though.
    Braelynn Smiling. Direct. I like that.
    Cahal I don't know much about him yet but I think it will be pleasant to learn.
    Caspian Sure, you have a 'battlecry' at that stuffed wolf. I believe you.
    Dante Sharp eyes and wit, there's no stopping a duo such as ours!
    Delia Well-spoken and witty, and with a wish for diplomacy some would do well to share.
    Domonico Another person who carries a mirror around to see things clearly. This man probably would be a very good person to pay attention to.
    Evaristo Getting the hang of the dancing. Is he not the poet I've heard about? Would love to meet more properly at some point.
    Evonleigh The lord poet has a good sense of humor and is a good sport when jests are made at his expense.
    Faye A colleague within the Inquisition, sharp and apparently willing to chase down leads. I like that. I'd definitely work with him again.
    Gianna One of the finest poets I've ever met; I'm beyond pleased to have him as part of the College. He does our establishment proud.
    Gilroy The Northerner Warrior-Poet. Maybe one day he'll end up in the Hall of Heroes and balance out all the Northerner heroes with the big beards.
    Gretchen He has a great way with words and if Princess Reese doesn't kill him in the ring I hope to see a lot more of him at the spa!
    Gwenna Lord Rysen Crovane is not someone I know well, at least yet, but without doubt he is a driving and inspiring force for House Crovane. A true knight of the Northlands, his reputation has quickly grown in the past year. He and Princess Marian have worked together a few times, and her high opinion of him alone leads me to consider ourselves fortunate he is part of Redrain.
    Helena A charming and talented poet who I am sure will find confidence in his voice with time.
    Ian Level head. Reasonable drawing skills.
    Imi Aeterna's got its uses for long travel on the road. He carries himself well and shows that the luxury of aeterna doesn't define him so much as his own purpose.
    Jeffeth He seems a good man. A good sort indeed, many of the Crovanes seem wonderful and this one is no exception. It was an honor to meet him.
    Josephine Such eloquence. His words make me smile. IT was a lovely poem and I look forward to hearing more of them in the future.
    Julian Quite the fighter. Stubborn and hard to get off his feet. I am sure he is a boon to Stormwall.
    Juniper Where there was danger, he ran towards it, at risk of life and limb. That says a great deal about the man!
    Jyri Smart one, this Lord - would probably fit right into the Iron Guard. Looks like he can use those weapons, too.
    Kaia A most courteous gentleman and gracious dancer! I hope he doesn't hold my little stunt, at the dance lesson, against me later on!~ *giggles*
    Kaldur Popular with the ladies, this one. I can see why my sister favored him. Gracious, attentive. Michael Bisland could take some notes.
    Karina Lord Rysen has a keen eye and appreciation for art, and thus I have an appreciation for his candor and insight. The sort of warm soul that made me feel at ease even in the House of Questions. Better keep my nose clean!
    Lora Compassion in a curious place, like a rose found growing in the snow. I wonder how it works when he asks his questions.
    Lorenzo A friendly and interesting man, with ambitions to write a saga. A gifted poet and storyteller, and I look forward to hearing more from him in the future.
    Lucita A poet who likes music and is charming. He was kind enough to share some of his poetry and listen to a song. I look forward to hearing more from him and sharing more with him.
    Mabelle A man who appreciates good humor. I'd love to talk to him and know him better one day. Guarntee some amusement.
    Marisol The Lord Rysen has time and again proven himself a man of taste and decorum. His musical ability is much the same. It would be a benefit to get to know him better.
    Martino He has some - amazing - scars which means he has likely some incredible stories. Remind me to ask him about them, okay?
    Mikani Tattoos and scars. Sounds like he has many tales of adventures.
    Miranda I don't think I've met this fellow before, but his poetry is divine! And he plays the Lyre! A true bard! Beautiful from the music to the words. Such a glorious song. To have such words to express oneself...
    Mirk A Crovane lord, newly arrived to the city. A swordsman, but a thinker. I doubt a fighting man is all he is, but time will tell.
    Monique An incredible poet, he truly does have an elegant way of turning a verse.
    Niklas As much a bard as any who have ever been given the title. His verse is genius.
    Niklas A bard, a lord, a warrior. What can't he do?
    Orrin A well-spoken and thoughtful young man - it is no wonder my daughter speaks so highly of him.
    Petal A very talented poet. Seems like an interesting and thoughtful man.
    Quintin A Northern lord, handy with a blade and quite the poet, as I understand it. A good fellow.
    Reese Seems like an interssting and talented Lord. I hope to learn more about him and see some of his work.
    Reigna A Lord of Stormwall, whose bravery, chivalry and honor serves him exceedingly well. A friend to the Physicians, and a man I am glad to know.
    Riagnon I suppose being an Inquisitor explains being so inquisitive! A friendly Northerner and HIS shamanistic wedding was allowed to be PUBLIC. Ehem.
    Rosalind He plays the lute but self admittedly confessed to growing soft of the cold. Oh no! I really like that smart woman he keeps near! Shes great!
    Rukhnis Suffers from deplorable lapses of either memory or understanding, but a decent and truly chivalrous person at heart.
    Sabella A wonderful poet! There is so much creativity and passion in his works. He seems a bit nervous to present them, but I'm sure with enough praise that will fade in no time!
    Sabella Lord Rysen is definitely a kindred spirit with his love of song and poetry! He always organizes the most fun events and brings people from differing social circles together to mingle and make friends. He is an absolute delight!
    Selene An experience to hear his poetic soul in action. Those words traipse across the tongue and the soul, quivering with promise, and speaks to his particular brand of creativity. I look to hear more from him.
    Shard Seems well-meaning, with a decent head on his shoulders. No problems whatsoever with walking up to negotiate with a giant angry wolf, though maybe a little more hesitation would have been wiser.
    Sigurd A good man, likes his drink, much more gregarious than I am these days.
    Sorrel A bard and a swordsman! Someone after my own heart. He's got a lovely singing voice, and he's learning to use his sword so that his swordplay might match his poetry. A poetry of motion in addition to poetry of words!
    Tescelina He says nice things to the stars. A waste I'm afraid, alas.
    Valdemar An effective leader, at a time when the Compact is sorely in need of them. I am grateful that Asger's house appears to be in good hands.
    Venturo Lord Crovane demonstrated tremendous talent during the Kismet Hall, commanding a crowd who wasn't certain what to expect when it came to the carnival in Arx. His choices were perfect and perfectly performed, and I look forward to future viewings of his works.
    Vitalis Keen mind, though not one to leave to his own devices in the wilds. Strange, I thought Northerners came by woodcraft with mother's milk.
    Volcica A lover of poetry and lore, and a good friend.
    Wash A hunter first, but a socializer second, and that is where Wash can meet him as equals. He's been very outgoing and gives Wash hope that long-term ties with Redrain may be viable.
    Willow So, attractive, Northern, and a poet. What's the catch?
    Zoey Level-headed and well-spoken.