Marquis Dio Seraceni
If you can take it, it's yours.
Description: He is slightly over average height, with a physique composed of lean muscle. His hair is a lustrous black, and his eyes a dark but vibrant shade of brown. A scar marks the lower right side of his cheek and jaw, creating a memorable fishhook pattern causing a subtle break in his beard. Like the sea, his expressions are sometimes fierce and full of wrath, and other times serene. Something in his eyes always seems to suggest a depth and vastness like that of the waters over which he's prone to sail.
Personality: On the seas, Dio is fierce and stern - a man who understands necessity and uses the force of his personality to enthrall his crew with a sense of purpose and destiny. At other times, he can be personable and warm, a master storyteller, who can draw his listeners into foreign lands or times not their own, to taste victory on their lips, or feel the weight of silver coins passing through their fingers. The nature of his speech is also as mutable as the sea. He can be formal, even eloquent in the courts of Velenosa or Arx, or spit the most vile and base curses with the lowliest of cutthroats. To those inclined to pay close attention, it is clear that whatever lies underneath these cultivated personas has been locked in a well wrought chest, and buried deep.
Background: Little is known about the true origins of Dio, who claims, or at least fails to deny, that his father was Count Paolo Seraceni. His name is first associated with an enrollment in the School of Steel and Silk in Setarco, where he studied under Captain Guelio Busemi in the arts of naval warfare. According to official school documents, he killed another student in a tavern brawl, and was expelled from school. He was given the choice to serve in the Setarco navy or to rot in prison.
After surviving the devastating battle against the forces of the Gyre, Dio was under consideration to become an officer of the Pravus navy, but was captured by a group of Lycene pirates off the coat of Ostria. After apparently managing to murder the captain and dive overboard, he survived four months on a small island near Esterhold, before being rescued by Seraceni sailors and brought to Morisco, where Prisila greeted him as a brother, and granted him command of a ship to sail under the Seraceni banner.
After meeting a woman formerly of House Blanchard while on shore in Ischia, it is said that Dio offered a mountain of silver to Count Philippe, with the promise of much more to come for the hand of Lady Imogen. The offer was accepted, and it was only shortly after that news of Prisila's passing reached Ischia, setting into motion a series of events that culminated in the newly married couple being named Marquis and Marquessa.
|Alarissa||Fine taste in clothing and such manners. A pirate you say? Interesting.|
|Aswin||He does not seem like your typical Silk, the Marquis of Seraceni. He sails and takes risks and seems keen on adventure rather than resting in a manor letting his subjects do all of his dirty work. That says something for the man.|
|Calypso||I won't have anyone talking about a bunch of sailors jerking off to pictures of my younger cousin. I don't care who he is. She deserves more respect than that.|
|Cerys||Ruthless Pirate or Dashing Marquis? What does one do when the two may find their way into the same person? Why, you offer them the best damn scotch this side of the ocean, that's what! Seraceni seems a House to watch, not the least of which is due to its Head.|
|Charlotte||A shark. A lycene shark that will eat me whole if I let him.|
|Dianna||A lion and a sailor? What a curious combination.|
|Dimitri||The Marquis Seraceni is obviously not a man to be trifled with. Quick of wit, even if he claims his sister to wield those particular gifts, he makes for a great drinking companion.|
|Elgana||Marquis Dio is a very intriguing man--especially with talk of a knife-dance!--and I look forward to getting to know him better. I've heard whispers he's a pirate, and if it is true, he's a rather charming and friendly one.|
|Evaristo||The Ceraceni pirate that pirates like a legendary pirate pirates. If anyone pirated more piratey, they are surely a dead pirate now.|
|Gerald||Charming and urbane. Something screams -- don't trust him as far as you can throw him. But, probably a good potential business partner.|
|Giorgio||The Marquis of Ischia. He seems to be a man of vision and purpose. I can appreciate that.|
|Ilira||Pretty eyes, pirate smile--and the kind of soul to make me open mine.|
|Kastelon||A generous fellow who shares his fish and fire. Perhaps he enjoys the taste of his tongue burning, but he was kind towards Resolute.|
|Mabelle||A Marquis that appreciates art and rum. Winning combination.|
|Martino||Rakish man and that is something that I do appreciate. An air of knowing just what it is they dearly do, who they are and their role in our dear Compact.|
|Mikani||Barely met, only know he really is focused when it comes to treasure.|
|Monique||My new patron, with ambitions to match my own. I have to wonder if all pirates are so alluring, or if it's just this one, whose bearing is mercurial, whatever it needs to be in the moment, and whose intelligence (he chose /me/, after all) is clearly unparalleled.|
|Moros||Seems like someone I'd be willing to go to sea with. More importantly, seems like someone capable of making it back.|
|Narcissa||An assuming, presumptive man who fits the caricature of a pirate. His men appear loyal though, and that bespeaks some qualities worth following.|
|Niklas||Genial, friendly, and ready with a smile. They say Ischia breeds cutthroats and pirates. It's always a good idea to befriend a pirate who knows how to hide it behind a smile, because you really wouldn't want one as your enemy.|
|Nina||Not what I'd say a genteel one, but he certainly has a commanding word! Quite grateful that he knows how to break up a fight.|
|Nurie||Almost...ALMOST...as frightening as my sister. For a moment! I think that I'll hear more tales of his adventures with the Explorer's Guild sometime in the future.|
|Orelia||A pirate with the charm of a Lycene lord. That's a dangerous combination.|
|Orick||Aye, that's one of the pirate Lords I met on my first night in Arx... I hear he's a charming fellow - to some.|
|Orrin||What. Are. Your. Priorities.|
|Pasquale||A rather notorious Marquis of a rather notorious house. He always seems to be surrounded by some of his crew and they clearly respect him, which labels him a good leader. Given their boisterous nature I bet their presence is at least partly meant to make sure it is them, and not him, that most people actually remember.|
|Peri||Dancing to the edge of avarice.|
|Piccola||They call him a pirate king; I think of him as a practical trader. I'll bet he has better stories than I to tell.|
|Poppy||His associate pulled two knives when he spilt wine all over himself. I don't think he's a very good or noble man.|
|Raja||A man of mystery. A Marquis of the Seraceni. I find him rather intriguing.|
|Ras||Used to think silks were ridiculous. Maybe that's why he didn't get tricked by Allicot Percival Thoroughgood. Dunno him, but he loves his wife. The kinda person who's down for change, at least some sorts of change.|
|Rowenova||My favorite pirate of all time! Would sail again!|
|Rukhnis||He is both more sentimental than I would have guessed and more considerate regarding the fate of those he freed from slavery upon the islands. In short, he is not entirely what I would expect from a man with the reputation of a ruthless pirate.|
|Sabella||I knew that the Countess' party would be delightful, but I was quite happy to meet the Marquis and his wife! An art-lover and possible Bard's College patron who sings sea shanties? I know that we are going to be the best of friends just from that eclectic description!|
|Samantha||What a charming corsair. He's got the roguish good looks too, hard to find any complaints when a man looks that good. He's got this honesty about him that cuts through any of the other qualities of his person, even though it seems reserved for those he respects and only then.|
|Thea||A sailor who seems to...have fine tastes.|
|Thomas||A pirate he may be, but the man does the work of the gods. I am glad he called on my blade, and would proudly fight beside him again...I hope this is the start of a beautiful friendship.|
|Valdemar||He seems to be a shrewd businessman, whatever else he might be as well.|
|Veronica||As good at shouting as he is at dancing, which is not something to sniff at!|
|Zoey||You seem charming and kind enough, but the company you keep makes me wary. I'll be interested in what the family says about you.|