The Human KingName:
Arkand of KrumAge:
MalePhysical traits (picture and description):
Though not physically imposing in terms of bulk, Arkand still stands averagely tall and keeps a rather good conditioned physique. Though appearing rather young, a trained eye can see the experience of fighting within his eyes and the strength within his body. If that was not enough, much of his body is covered in various scars. Often times he appears as quite bored with his position in a frustrated way, but isn't too opposed to smiling a nice warm smile.Moral traits:
Arkand's own personal view of morality has shifted within the past few years and he's had to try and push himself towards an archetype that, in a political standpoint to his people, is "Good" This is of course more easily said than done. Though his intentions are pure, he's spent much of his life free and not tied down, as well as being morally ambiguous, not considering morality in much of his carefully planned actions. With the flux of his morality and with it messing with his usual hardcore planning style, it's left him in quite a vulnerable state morally as he often tries and tests the waters to see if his choices are actually helpful.Strengths:Seasoned Warrior
- Though still rather young, much of Arkand's life was spent in local and foreign wars and, most of those were spent in a command position. This has caused his mind to develop a rather good and calculating approach to things and of course trained his body well. The term "Learn to fear not 100 battles" rings true to him.Been Around
- Though his travels, Arkand has seen many things and his understanding of the supernatural (At least in the small aspects and not the big picture), gives him a bit more understanding than others. This includes giving him a small edge in confrontation than the common person would.Weakness:Struggles with himself
- Arkand's learned to regret much of his choices in life and it puts him in a very awkward position. His careful planning and his second guessing to try and help others in his kingdom have left him easily frustrated and can often lead to him still making bad choices. Much of this may be also caused by unknown hauntings from his past, plaguing his mind.Wanderlust
- Often Arkand's mind wanders from his life as king and distracts him heavily. A life at court is quite a bit different than a life as a mercenary and often, without being able to participate in true combat or adventure as much, the love of freedom becomes unbearable. When it becomes too much, he's been known to completely leave his court and wander out into the country side. It worries many of his people, but efforts to find him have been hard due to him blending in quite well with the crowds and in the forests.Lack of "Nobility"
- Though a Noble by blood, the lack of proper etiquette and manners have gotten many of the more traditionalist nobles quite concerned about his behavior and many see him as a scoundrel or vagabond. Neither of which he denies.Apathetic Religiousness
- Many can get over or not see his other faults, but his apathy in matters of religion is well known and disturbs quite a lot of people. Though he attends much of the ceremonies and rituals dealing with worship of the angels, Arkands seems not to care deeply about religious subjects and merely goes through the motions. He even to have been seen in the presence of a demon, but talking, rather than fighting. That particular fact has caused a minority to think of him as a heretic, though such a thing is still quiet and unfounded, especially because of his past conflicts with other demons. This all of course stems from the fact that Arkand, over the course of his life, has come to disbelieve and even lose respect for the power of heaven. While he does, of course, realize that they have power, he refuses to see them as legitimately as others.History:
Arkand was one of the few of his many stillborn brothers and sisters to survive childbirth. Their mother the queen, though well loved by their father, had a rather low mortality rate for her children, Arkand being the first one to survive and making him heir apparent. However, it became quickly clear early on, that Nobility wasn't exactly what Arkand wanted. Unable to convince his parents to find a way to pass his title onto one of his other siblings, he took a different approach, he ran away from home, determined to find adventure and see the world.
This turned out to be much more difficult than he had originally intended, and just to survive, he had to sign up to the first thing he could, a mercenary company. It was hard work, and he was able to work his way up through the ranks, starting from a simple squire of sorts, to actually fighting in the army. By the time he reached his 20th birthday, he had challenged the leader of the company to a leadership claim, and won, taking over the company. With the company, he was able to travel the land, fighting in foreign and local wars and conflicts, all the time learning and experiencing an unprecedented amount of freedom. In this time, he began to be known for his love of the pubs and brothels, as well as his steely will on the battlefield. With enough coin, his company boasted they would fight any enemy. But this was truly tested one day. Some foreign nobles paid him and a couple members of his group to investigate a town and hunt down a group of criminals supposedly hiding there. It was strongly hinted, that demonic influence was involved. They had dealt with demons before and on those few occasions they had come out on top, and believed this would be similar.
Days passed and they were overdue for their expected return. Then weeks, and then finally, 4 months, when Arkand finally showed back on his own doorstep, completely alone. It was odd though. It had been clear that he had been in rather intense fighting, but much of the fatigue he had, came from something else, something unidentifiable. One this was certain, something had changed. In the past he was known for a rather lack of "Good" morals to many, which, was why his group had been so effective. However, this all changed, he even spoke of taking care of a group of bandits for free. His company went along, but when he said he was returning to his kingdom to rule and protect his people, that was the final straw. Much of his company left and only a few die hard comrades stayed with him. When he returned, his family was surprised, but took it as a blessing; the return of their prodigal son. It was not a moment too soon either as his father lay on his deathbed and soon passed the crown to him. Arkand showed publicly he was honored to take the throne and rule the kingdom, but those who could see past the facade, showed a man deeply troubled about his past and the future he was supposed to provide the kingdom. And somewhere, hidden in all that emotion, was also a large amount of reluctance.