Let me know what you think and/or what needs changing. I edited one of my former characters. I will write up the Greyjoy later, as I need to do revision (final tomorrow).Name:
Lord Douglas ArrynHouse:
Arryn of the ValeTitles:
Warden of the East, Overlord of the Vale, Lord of the Bloody Gate, Lord of the Eyrie, Seat on the Small CouncilAge:
not sure if this is necessary?Strengths & Skills:
Intelligence, wealthy, proven commander, handsome, holds power, shrewd, confident, ambitious (maybe too ambitious?), observant, capableWeaknesses:
women, atheist, obstinate, prone to outbursts, violent, decadent and even perverted at times, vain (sensitive to flattery), sensitive to those he lovesPersonality:
Lord Douglas has a strange character, appearing... incongruent at times to the outside world. A reserved man at first, he likes to have his conversational partners do most of the talking while he analyses them. However, when he speaks, people tend to listen. Though, when not conducting business or engaging in politics, he can be quite charming toward others. As such it is difficult to know the 'true' Douglas as he is a man of many masks. Seemingly senseless and cruel one time and incredibly passionate or moved the other. The man has learned to control his emotions over the years and bridle them with reason and logic. He is considered a good friend, but a dangerous enemy.
The Lord of the Vale looks out after his own, trying to make the most gainful arrangements when it comes to marrying or trade. He rules his household and lands with an iron fist, wanting to know exactly what goes on in his domain. A group of trusted delegates travels his lands to report on the actions of his bannermen and officials. When not at court, he travels his own lands, visiting towns and keeps to keep his subjects close and remind them he is there to watch over them.
However, his sternness and stubbornness have given him the reputation of being narrow and obstinate, often engaging in disputes with others. Though Douglas holds great respect for his liege, as up to now his rule had been just, giving his bannermen enough liberty to do as they please, (but still keep the King’s peace) he finds. The recent death of King Robert has left him in somewhat a weakened position. History:
Ser Douglas was born the eldest son of Lord Geoseph Arryn and Lady Elysa Grafton of Gulltown. Being the firstborn male he was groomed from a very young age to rear the lands of Storm's End once his father would pass away. As such he was taught statecraft, diplomacy and economics by Maester Elrik, martial prowess only took second priority as Lord Geoseph thought that was the responsibility of his second born son. One to steer the lands, the other to do battle.
However, Douglas often snuck out when he was supposed to meet the Maester and spent the afternoons outside, among the common folk at work in the fields. Often he dragged his brother and sister with him. At first lord and lady Arryn (Grafton) allowed him his little escapades, till he became 13. He was deemed too old to still engage in such petty activities and they forbade him to mix with the common folk. Lord Geoseph had a hardy word with his oldest son, but to no avail. He was caught on the field on one of Geoseph’s holdings and brought before his father. The beating he received disabled him for almost two weeks.
Needless to say being beaten within an inch of your life changed Douglas behaviour permanently. And just as Lord Geoseph had desired, his son now focussed all of his efforts on learning how to govern a demesne. Though the seed for a more perverse, violent nature had also been planted.
When he was nineteen years of age, Douglas negotiated his own marriage with the lord of Longbow Hall (house Hunter). One year later Geoseph saw his son marry the daughter of the lord of Longbow Hall. Douglas was affectionate to his wife, but it was clear the marriage was more of a strategic decision than committed out of love.
The most sad turn of events, perhaps, was the death of Lady Anei in childbirth, losing the child as well merely a year later. The lady had been fair and was loved by the populace and smallfolk as she often dealt out alms to the poor and made bi-daily visits to the septs. Douglas was disappointed, not grieve-stricken, and lost himself in wine and decadent parties, until his father intervened.
By his late twenties, Douglas - knighted after partaking in a skirmish to root out highwaymen and bandits - had become his father’s right hand man. Lord Geoseph was nearing the age of sixty-five and began to retire from public life, relying on his firstborn to represent the interests of house Arryn and support Robert's Rebellion against the Iron Throne.
When Douglas turned thirty-one, Lord Geoseph died. Though he put the old stag to ground with as much respect as he could muster, he was still scornful towards his father. Afterwards he rode to King's Landing to take the oath of fealty and receive the title of Lord of Storm's End officially.
Lord Douglas’ rule has been largely uneventful and saw the prosperity and wealth of the Arryns and their holdings continue to grow. With a friend as King, influence and prosperity came easier than normal. Being one of the generals during Robert's uprising, saw Douglas rewarded with a position in the small council. Gradually Douglas invested in brothels, transportation and shipping, ensuring him of a generous income in King's Landing to fund his life at court and escapades. Though naturally not as wealthy as the Lannisters or Tyrells, he can dispose over a sufficient amount of coin.
Though often at words with other members of the court, they have an understanding. With Robert's death, new opportunities arise; in spite of mourning. Douglas is an opportunist and damned if he sees anyone else profit from Robert's death more than him.
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