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Duke Cristoph Laurent

The formula for good luck is preparation plus opportunity. In other words, a good quartermaster.

Social Rank: 3
Concept: Vibrant Leader
Fealty: Valardin
Family: Laurent
Gender: male
Age: 32
Religion: Pantheon
Vocation: Noble
Height: 6'1"
Hair Color: black
Eye Color: brilliant blue
Skintone: tan

Titles: Duke of Artshall, Vanguard of the West

Description: Tailoring -- or armoring -- mostly obscures the most dramatic feature of Cristoph's looks, the latticework of arrow scars that write pale white lines over the broad bulk of his chest and shoulders. One of those fine lines surges past his collarbone to a visible mark left on the skin of his neck. His next most distinguishing feature is the brilliant clarity of his blue eyes, their summery hue as arresting as the intensity behind them. His features are mostly even and pleasant without being drop dead gorgeous, but the expressiveness of his eyes and the dynamic mobility of his mouth lend more charm to his face in motion than it might be entitled in stillness. Tall and sturdy, his stocky frame is lent grace by the length of his limbs, and there is an energy to his carriage that suggests his dynamism.

Personality: Vibrant and dynamic, Cristoph is a doer: one of those men who thrives on action, and whose energy seems to flow from some innate wellspring that simply does not fail. In short: the man is nonstop. Pragmatic and intelligent, his chiefest struggle in life is probably how much of himself he can find fault with. It's difficult to tell where exactly Cristoph's need to prove himself comes from, nor to what inner ghost he seeks to prove, but it drives him. Organized as well as active, he yearns to take the field and lead, only to sometimes be held back by practical necessity. He is also the man to whom the Valardins can go to make sure that something gets done. Unburdened by high idealism, it is not that Cristoph lacks the fortitude of a personal code as that he simply finds honor to be a practical construct of integrity and effectiveness rather than an unblemished philosophy. His sense of humor is dry, but warm; his core attitude is realistic, but positive; his basic nature is grounded.

Background: Because he was the second child of Duke Edmund Laurent by a number of years, Cristoph was educated as the 'spare' to his sister's heir. He showed considerable aptitude for the soldier's trade, and generally expected that it would be the knightly service of the ducal seat that would be his life's work. Yet his path was not so set when she struck herself from the rolls of House Laurent. His sister was in her early twenties when she left the laity sisterhood of Gloria to be truly godsworn and throw herself into the Faith. That left Cristoph a boy coming to his adulthood in a changing universe. (It also killed a potential marriage alliance with another ducal house, but never mind. There will always be more potential brides, right?)

Yet the mantle of heirdom did not sit easily on Cristoph's shoulders. He was accustomed to a soldier's trade, a soldier's goals, and he hungered for the glory of the battlefield. He risked himself early and often, leading from the front and leading the charge ahorse against the Shavs even as a young man. Badly injured to within a few inches of his life in a skirmish a few years ago, his men prevailed upon him to control his more glory-hound impulses; his father had lost one heir to a different kind of duty, and it would be terrible to lose another, particularly with his younger sister so very much younger. In order to accustom Cristoph to responsibility and grow him into his role as the future duke, he was made Voice of Laurent, and threw himself into the work with a will to prove himself, first while he lay recovering in an infirmary bed, and then afterwards when he was wholly recovered. He proved a pragmatic thinker and a capable organizer.

So it was that when the duke fell ill and died in the spring of 1005 and he took the reins of the duchy, it was with several years solid experience under his belt, as a leader of men whose vibrancy was newly tempered by patience.

Name Summary
Aeryn It's been great to get to know my brother better these last few weeks in Arx. My heart swells with pride when I look at him. He's really doing this family proudly and I think it couldn't be in better hands. Thank you for being my big brother!
Agatha It's not every day you meet a man that thinks he can bore the room to death. Impressive! But his friends and loved ones seem to know his worth.
Agostino Friendly, and connects well with the people for such an important noble.
Aiden While I don't know this man well, I know after the unveiling of the masks that he isn't afraid to step out into a social setting and challenge his dancing abilities! I also admire the plans that he has sent for the water fountain. I suspect he likes bees... and wolves. That he is at the menagerie is enough for me to one day get to know him better!
Alaric The ruling Duke of Mother's family, Cristoph is a pleasant and engaging sort who seems to be carrying on the Laurent tradition of industriousness in fine fashion.
Alarissa None throws a game of cornhol quite like him.
Alexis Duke Cristoph Laurent, the Duke of Bees. A charming man with a very loud voice who knows how to inspire a poor athlete running herself ragged.
Amari The Duke always seems very congenial and approachable, with a good sense humor and an easy way about him. It's wonderful to see him up and about again. I can't wait for him and Sir Norwood's demonstration with the bees, and their fancy bee hats.
Andry It's hard to not respect someone who puts in so much effort to try to figure out a way to make a better world for everyone even while I remain blissfully unaware of how to even plant corn.
Arcelia I met Cristoph briefly at my bonfire party but he was polite and seemed to enjoy himself. I'm glad he came.
Arn Duke of Artshall. Likes bees a little too much, but I guess everyone's got their quirks. Otherwise, competent enough for a Laurent.
Austen His grace seems to have a most interesting family. We had an interesting conversation about siblings and bears.
Berenice What an obliging sort! He didn't even try to murder me when I pulled out a mirror.
Bianca Even minded, honorable and quite good company. The Duke is well deserving of his title and it is clear in how he carries himself that he holds a deep love of his people and the safety of all beneath his care.
Bliss A determined man. An idealistic man. He can keep even boring things light-hearted and fun, but he definitely seems to always be doing boring things when I find him. A pity, that, really. I like him, though.
Cambria Duke Laurent is, actually, the first Oathlands Duke I have had the pleasure to meet. Though we spoke largely of matters of trade, I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening in his presence. I look forward to the day I can meet more of his family.
Caspian Strong, skilled, and easy tempered. All combinations I feel a good warrior needs. House Laurent is lucky to have him.
Celeste Meetings at shrines are all well and good, but I look forward to sitting down with Cristoph over drinks. Or when he has me visit my nieces and nephews.
Courage Surely a kind Duke who does not, unfortunately, bleed money like most dukes. The orphans will lament his lack of coin. But I'm sure some other orphans will get it eventually. He's surely kind, after all, surely kind.
Cybele Duke Cristoph of Artshall is a duke of bees and honey and had a splinter in his finger, but I got it out. He forgot to say he was a duke first. He is also a Knight of Solace. I hope the splinter is the worst wound of his I will have to treat, for he is nice.
Daemon He invited me into his home and gave me a sugar rush. That is a fine host and a fine man.
Delilah A light-hearted and surprisingly refreshing nobleman, though to be fair, he was welcoming a new baron into the fold. But between his charm and the capacity to entertain me greatly from the sidelines, the Duke of Artshall seems like a grand man.
Derovai Intelligent, if in a rather different way than I am. I /think/ he's a kind man, although he seems appropriately circumspect considering our conversation. As I told him, I'll have to see him with others to make a fairer judgment. Still, he clearly values intelligence more than strict propriety.
Echo Sometimes the best way to meet someone is in a sparring ring. And when you meet someone in a free-for-all, it can be pretty hectic but he is a really tough warrior. I'll have to keep an eye out for him.
Edain The Duke of Laurent is a good man. Good fighter, good night, incredible mind for tactics. His efforts bringing down the supply lines during the Seige of Arx was an amazing feat. I am glad to know he's on our side.
Eddard The Duke. The Man. The Myth. The person Norwood won't stop talking about.
Eirlys Seems like a good man, caring of our people and wanting to help. Could we ask for better?
Emilia An amazingly vigorous warrior, who is extremely skilled with sword in hand. We crossed blades in the training center, and I haven't had so much fun in a long time.
Emily The Duke is a man of action and recently a man of great losses. I am glad to have made his acquaintance during the Keaton dinner. I pray to the Pantheon that Laurent and the Valadrin will find steady reprieve from their dead. May it be.
Estil Amiable and seemingly gregarious, a man who knows what he wants but is content to utilize the pleasantest means to achieve his goals. I feel like he might harbor an exceptionally kind heart. Makes doing business much more of a pleasure.
Faye A friendly and cheerful man, very pleasant to talk to. I'm certain there is more to him than the surface pleasantries, though.
Gianna The Duke has the same troubles I do with coffee, and is good company.
Gisele Literally the first person to let Gisele show her history geek side and rattle off obscure points of the long long ago without interruption or complaint, which means the Duke of Bees ranks high in her esteem. Though she is still a little nervous as to what "that Gisele?!" might mean.
Gwenna It has been some years since seeing this Laurent cousin, though word of his doings always managed to reach us in Farhaven. The responsibilities he's taken on since we were young have not seemed to change his warm and friendly nature. It will be nice to be close to so many more members of this side of my family.
Harlex 'The Honey Duke.' Good-natured fella with a sharp sting.
Ian Huh. Another one.
Ida Tales so often mention a knight in shining armor who swoops in to save the day. I think, truly, I have met one genuinely in Duke Cristoph Laurent truly arrived when he was needed most, saved my fellow knight, and still had the presence of mind to make sure someone looked out for me.
Jael We had a nasty case of sibling rivalry growing up...at least I did...but I feel like we've come a long way, especially during the Siege. I am proud of him, even if he's my brother and deserves a glass of mead on his head every once and awhile.
Jaenelle Duke Cristoph Laurent seems a gentle sort, which speaks well of his Valardin fealty roots as a defender of women in Inns. His ability to unarm awkward situations subtly and without much effort will be a good quality to possess as business ventures are explored between our two houses.
Jeffeth A Duke. A very nice Duke. He is a fierce fighter and I'm surprised I managed to survive a bout with him. He seems a very good sort.
Jyri Friendly and gives good tips on what to eat - and interested in art. A warrior too. A duke of my own heart, if I can claim such a thing. Hope I get a chance to talk with him again.
Kaldur Entirely too calm about a baby-talking-dragon-salamander.
Katarina Honeyduke, and one Katarina has limited interactions with ober the years. He has always been pleasant to her, and welcoming, despite her foreign origins. That in itself, that he welcomed her into his fealty, regardless, leaves little to be said on how she feels; eternally grateful and pleased to have.
Laric 'To bee a man, you must be as swift as a coursing courser'. Quote by an amateur Artshall bard. I do not envy the man. The puns are far too easy and abundant. I do admire his tact and dedication. A fine example of what the peerage should be.
Lorenzo An interesting man with an excellent sense of humor, even though his habit of doing paperwork in bars is a little strange. If he chooses to defend the Oathlands' reputation from being called "stuffy," he will be very busy indeed.
Lorien Lighthearted and of good humor, a gracious host and a pleasure to finally make the acquaintance of when not attempting to dunk him into a tank of water.
Lou Cristoph is an affable fellow, and brother to Jael - or so I think she mentioned. He has lungs of steel, able to over-shout anyone in a crowded field. He invited myself and Mason to dinner, and I hope to take him up on that offer at some point.
Mabelle There is a kindness in him, a gentle strength which has been a balm to me, these last few months. That he was willing to trust me, and to believe when no one else around me would is not something I will soon forget. And now he has welcomed me into his home, and has offered only kindness and compassion, bow could I do aught but be grateful for that? He is not only a man I have grown to admire, but a Duke that I am proud to follow. I am very much looking forward to being of service to his house.
Magpie Some people are fast, but Magpie has never seen someone run so fast with a woman on his back and wearing a bear costume. Truly impressive.
Margerie He doesn't quite get my sense of humor, though it can be a bit of a highwire act. But he's always been a good lad.
Marian His Grace is a fine example of House Valardin's penchment to duty. When questioned on the best ramparts, he gave a proper response and called out House Valardin. I wish more people had his brand of loyalty.
Marius The Duke Laurent seems like a fine fellow. He was willing to send bees to the Grove whenever we get it built. I wonder how often he's been stung...
Mason Mason met Duke Cristoph at a dinner party he and his sister Jael invited the prince to. Overall the evening was highly enjoyable, but Mason did misstep when asking Cristoph about Thrax thralldom. There was palpable tension in the air and Mason is terribly curious as to why an Oathlander would react so sharply to the inquiry, but he dropped the topic and things seemed to ease up again. Overall, he liked Cristoph and wants to get to know him better, hopefully without further discomfort.
Merek %bHe is pretty fast. Merek wishes he could be that fast.
Mia The first time we met, the man was unconscious. And bleeding rather profusely, come to think of it. However, I'm quite pleased to report that he makes much more pleasant company over a dinner table than over a stretcher.
Monique Cheerful. Very cheerful. Smart, too. A man who knows not to argue with a woman is a man who will live a longer, happier life. No wonder he's so cheerful.
Naka My cousin the Duke is a good man. Met up again recently in the gardens. He's got a lot of responsibilities but we all trust that he can handle them. As a bonus, he's a pleasant man who genuinely cares for his family and everyone under his care.
Niklas The Honey Duke is quite a wit!
Norwood Cristoph has a solid head on his shoulders and cares about those who are in his leadership. The muzzle for the dragon was a bit of a long shot, but he makes up for it by helping those in need.
Nuala The Honey Duke does have a bit of the golden to him, doesn't he? Sweet tempered and friendly man, eager to converse with others. He seems to favor studious affairs more than riding much. I appreciate someone who speaks so well of their family.
Olivia A duke she hadn't met! Not the sort of thing that happens every day, even if Olivia is far from the greatest social animal in Arx. Though they did not speak much, he seemed a polite and pleasant enough man. No doubt, she'd want to introduce him to her brother, so they could discuss... whatever important Dukely things such people do!
Petal I finally get to meet the Duke he shops so often in my store. He seems like a nice man.
Philippe Good to see the Duke enjoying a traditional race. These sort of events do not happen as much as I like and seeing him supporting Venturo and this race is a good thing.
Quenia I have helped this lord with an investigation once or twice, and it's good to put a face to a name from messengers. He definitely knows how to take a beating, having seen him fall from a horse during one of the jousts the city has, without taking nary a scratch!
Reese The Duke seems to be a good man and seems to be a fan of Prince Aiden's work.
Roxana Charming Oathlander Duke, we met just after I watched him sparring. He's almost handsome enough to be distracting, but I focus very intently when I watch sparring.
Rymarr Duke Laurent. We knew one another growing up and he seems so very cheerful, upbeat, and altogether happy. I'm happy for him. My family has been the vassal of his for longer than I can readily recall. Centuries, perhaps? Either way, they continue serve his House, while I went off to join the King's Own and..eventually..marry into a new House. I hope to close that divide sooner than later. Samantha keeps saying I need friends. Why not just reaffirm old friendships, instead of worrying about NEW friends? New friends are often terrible.
Sabella The bee whisperer! I don't know him very well, but his honey demonstration was extremely informative and delicious! Well, the honey was! I should like to get to know him better for I think we could be good friends!
Saedrus Duke Cristoph Laurent is exactly what one thinks of when pondering Oathland nobility, in personality. You can tell he is absolutely a man of action -- it is rather charming, really. I am also always partial to a man with a taste for fine foods. I do hope I see more of him.
Samael I see the Laurents as family and the young Duke is no exception. Sabitha speaks highly of Cristoph and I can see why. I look forward to getting to know him better.
Sasha A very polite and generous Duke. I look forward to getting to know him.
Shard Fought in the training center. Hits hard and fast. Good armor, even if I question the wisdom of such obvious colors.
Sorrel The Duke seems very nice if a bit formal. Friendly, though. Not a bad fellow to spend time with, really.
Stefano A seemingly cheerful man, Duke of Artshall. I think they have something to do with bees? If I ever want to win Conquer, I should steer clear of him!
Sunniva He's taken on the role of Duke in stride and it suits him. He has changed but not truly at the heart of him. I am only glad that Arx can house us all so near. It shortens what otherwise would be miles.
Tesha There are many things you'll find in the families of the Oathlands. A young heir that came to his title, expectant and pleased with his position? Scarce as anything. Maybe he has the appearance of a young man yet sitting on his father's throne but these things yet take time.
Tessa My first Duke. So tall. So taken. A pity.
Thena Duke Laurent is too busy with other responsibilities to devote a large quantity of time to the Order, but when he is able to he's all-in. A staunch ally of the Solace.
Thesarin I've heard tell of the Duke's powers in battle, but I ain't fought beside him. Can say he's a fine host.
Tomwell Duke Laurent. It was good to finally meet him, given the... complex relationship between our families. I hope we can draw closer connections, perhaps through the next generation. Diplomacy via playdate.
Vanora I have always known the Duke to be an honorable and worthy man else my cousin Belladonna would never have agreed to him marrying her sister. As it is he is my...cousin-in-law? I'm not sure. But we are kin of a sorts, even if very removed.
Venturo A Duke of honey and horse riding. An attentive listener, and well connected within the city of Arx. I look forward to his future visits to the brewery.
Verity A fine example of Oathlands chivalry, without being the example of knights too stuffy for their own britches.
Victus He's got the name and look of a tolerable noble and by that I mean he looks like a strong pretty-boy. Polite though and he'd probably hold his own in conversation.
Yasmine Admittedly, I am much better acquainted with his wife, yet the Laurent Duke is the very image of an Oathlander knight. Not the one in sparkling armor from the fairy tales that we tell to small children, but the one in the tales that I performed when I grew older. Knights that have seen darkness and held it back with nothing but iron will and a sliver of steel. I can understand why Duchess Nicia married him.
Zalika A Duke who is a wonderful conversationalist while having drinks. And his cloak is quite stylish.