Baldur Arwin Gender:
Baldur is from a long line of traders and his family line always married off or sold off their daughters if the price was right. His mother was sold off to a mercenary who was strict but fair and earned his money hunting down criminals. He still allowed her to visit her family once she had earned his trust and bore him a child. Due to the difficulty of Baldur's birth it left his mother unable to bare any more possible children. Baldur never got to know his father's family because his father was an orphan and had no idea who his parents were, which wasn't uncommon in the Empire. Growing up he saw the values of males vs females and was raised with great expectations.
Through his mother's family he learned that women were servants to men and were just ends to justify whatever goal one wished for. Be it money, land or high social ties. Women were the gateway to it all and were animals that needed to learn their place by their master's side. However, through his father he learned that women weren't just servants to men but were also to be valued, loved, protected and cared for. Once when he asked his father about why he treated his mother so respectfully he told him a man's wife is as beautiful as passion and happiness that she possesses with the man she was tied to in this world. And that it was a man's duty to provide for a woman if he were to expect anything in return. From his mother he learned that respect and trust were things to be earned and that love always came from unexpected places.
As a result of this all this Baldur learned to balance of his upbringing. To him women were beautiful creatures that were entertaining but at the same time were very useful to befriend and charm in high places. He also learned the best way to woo a women was to gain the trust and respect of her family and peers. Overall he became a master at manipulation and playing the games that came with it became something he did to get what he wanted.
Due to pressure from his mother's family Baldur's parents was forced to send him to schools in which he mingled with some of higher societies children. His mother's family were also quick to exploit the friendships he made, much to the annoyance of his parents. Because of this he learned that trust and respect were not to be given freely and how to manipulate odds in his favor. What was of great disappointment to his mother's family but was considered a victory to his parents was the fact he decided he would go on survival training with his father for a few years before going to serve the Empire's army. Once he was finished with both he then went onto to study politics and philosophy and slowly rose through the ranks until he was appointed a diplomat for traders, farmers or land owners who had quarrels.
He has had offers of marriage but has turned them down due to the fact they were all arranged by his mother's family in some way or another. However, that hasn't stopped him forging friendships of convenience, which has proved useful both before and during his career.
Tired of being harassed by his mother's family to settle down he took the opportunity to escape this annoyance he decided to serve his nation by going onto the expedition in case they encountered anyone on their mission to gain more materials to keep their Empire going. He would also be there to settle any quarrels before mutiny broke out. Personality:
When Baldur firsts meets people he is polite, warm, charming and easy going, however, underneath the seemly none judgmental exterior he is in fact paying attention to everything being said and done to evaluate a person on their intentions. Due to the amount of conflicts he has seen in his life time he has become a good at reading body language, a skill that has proved useful in his career as a Diplomat. Baldur isn't normally one to create conflicts but will jump in before they go too far, unless he thinks the conflict would be good and/or of benefit to him. He has no fear of people in authority but does not show this, as he learned from an early age that people in a higher position than he preferred compliant submissive personalities. He will usually do as he is requested unless it comes into conflict with his own code of morality. Baldur isn't easy to to anger or annoy as he has a good understanding on the human psyche, however, if he is angered enough he won't resort to his fists, he will resort to words. Everything he has learned about the individual he will twist against them until they either break down or flip out. He has never had to raise his hand to anyone but knows how to defend himself should he need to.
Even though he seems trustworthy and respectful, Baldur himself does not trust anyone and part of him is always questioning a person's motives. When he first interacts with someone new he will be respectful to them for a short amount of time, after which if they have earned his respect he will continue doing so, however, if they haven't he will become manipulative towards them and if he sees fit to do so he will also direct them into trouble and come out as the innocent party. Unfortunately he has become like this because of how his mother's family have treated him his entire life. It is also the major reason why he has never been in a proper relationship with anyone.
I am considering cutting down the background if needed. I hope he is ok. ^^;;