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Baron Christian di LaurentisHair color:
Although the family has a trusted land steward, Christian was raised to be a hands-on leader and regularly surveys the businesses run by the estate. Of course, he also participates in other leisurely activities associated with a noble, including frequent visits with other nobles, holding and attending balls, and the occasional hunting party during the season. He is also interested in politics, as a rule, but does not always understand the nuances or actively participate.Expertise:
Having been taught to understand markets and the economy, Christian is best known for his business acumen and his single-handed efforts to greatly increase his estate’s worth. He has also been trained to handle various weapons from swords and sabres to pistols and hunting rifles. As part of his classical tutoring, he is adept at playing the violin and piano, though he prefers the violin as what he considers the less feminine of the two.Weapon Description:
Christian is both an excellent swordsman and an excellent marksman. However, due to his father’s death by pistol, Christian prefers the blade. His cup-hilted rapier, Amaranth, is a family heirloom dating back over 200 years. The blade was once broken and replaced with a stronger alloy, and the hilt has been refined in shape and decorated with crystals over the years. As dictated by proper etiquette, Christian only wears his sword on certain occasions and has no need to constantly have it by his side, though this may change with the changing times.Accessories:
Dueling pistols - In addition to his rapier, Christian may occasionally carry a pair of dueling pistols also passed down through his family. His slight aversion to guns, and especially the fact that his father last used this particular pair, means that he prefers to avoid carrying them, but he will when the situation calls for it.
Pocket watch - Whenever he goes out, Christian carries a gold pocket watch, both as a way to always be on time and as an indicator of his status and wealth.
Journal – Tucked in a pocket, Christian always carries a small black journal—a “little black book” if you will—in which he takes note of important transactions, people he meets, social events, and major occurrences. It has been said that his journal contains details of every major scandal among the nobles of Marseine in the past decade.
(He also regularly wears various pieces of jewelry for decoration, but nothing of personal significance.)Personality:
Everything that Christian does is promptly carried out with a sense of duty but no purpose. Not one to do work for the work’s sake, Christian measures his own success by “proper” societal standards. Much of this lack of passion carries over to his personal affairs as well. Some of this may be due to stunted emotional growth from childhood, and some due to his boredom on finding everything easy. Christian has not yet met with a task or a person who could really challenge him. On the other hand, when he begins something, Christian will stubbornly see it through. This doesn’t mean that he will not listen to reason, but he is occasionally blind to problems and faults when his mind is made up. He has a strong sense of right and wrong, which includes both the law of the land and the rules of society. In some ways, he is fiercely protective of social standards and irritated by poor etiquette.Background:
One major childhood event, more than any other, has been a large influence on Christian’s development. At the age of 7, Christian lost his father to a duel with another noble. Since he was taught to respect the rules of society and to uphold them, he never questioned the way his father died and accepted it as an unavoidable tragedy. Up until that point, Christian had been carefully groomed by his father as the heir to the di Laurentis estate. Although a bevy of tutors continued to teach him the standard lessons in literature, music, history, and so on, he lacked the personal touch of a father’s tutelage.
Upon the death of Christian’s father, his mother succumbed to depression and bouts of hysteria. The Baroness di Laurentis had always had fine sensibilities, and the sudden death of her husband was too much to take. She became an invalid, confined to her room and refusing all visitors except her handmaid and her son. This second shock was harder to accept, and it was many years before Christian could look at his mother with pity instead of fear. This string of events forced him to mature quicker than most. Luckily, both the butler and the late baron’s personal valet were kind people who were fiercely loyal to the di Laurentis family. The two of them advised Christian on matters he was too young to understand, and they even alerted him when the house steward began to embezzle funds from the family coffers. However, as servants, they kept a certain emotional distance from the young master, and Christian grew up without the warmth that children so need.
As an adult, Christian now runs the family estate and its affairs with the continued assistance of most of the family’s old staff, though a new house steward had been hired of course. The di Laurentis barony had been in the family for many centuries, long before peerage was divided into different ranks. Discontented with being made a lower class, the family has been trying to climb the social ladder ever since. As the current Baron di Laurentis, Christian partakes in all the social and fiscal duties expected of him, but he has no real goals beyond that of expanding his estate. In the past, he has dabbled in political affairs, and the topic certainly comes up often enough in his social circles. But without a personal sense of ambition and lacking a thorough knowledge of interpersonal relationships, he struggles with the details of political conflict, and the aspirations of others often escape him. The recent shift in public opinion, however, has him uneasy for the first time.Purpose:
Coming from a long line of nobility, Christian has been taught to respect the monarchy system. His father had been a fierce defender of the previous king and instilled a strong sense of loyalty in the young child. Even though he holds a firm belief in the current government, Christian is not unreasonable. Some of his acquaintances have pointed out flaws in the system, but no one has yet been able to shake his loyalty or convince him of a better alternative. Conservative and practical, he prefers the stability of a known government to the abstract ideals of radicals. On a more selfish note, Christian also dislikes war and conflict in general as they drain resources and are bad for business. He has become comfortable with his life and would not necessarily know how to act and survive in another environment. Much of the reason he remains a Royalist is simply due to habit and lack of a better option.Romance:
Christian has had a few flings in the past. But being the impassionate person that he is, he has yet to find the one person who might move his heart. From a purely social perspective, he has a few prospects in mind, though he has no real feeling for any of them and evaluates his prospects in cold standards of beauty, status, and wealth.Quirks:
Under some circumstances, Christian might tend to exhibit OCD tendencies. For instance, he may frequently attempt to correct others’ grammar without thinking. This occasionally causes him trouble, especially if he is speaking to nobles of high rank. If he has to deal with commoners on business, especially in areas that appear drab or dirty, Christian will afterwards vigorously wash his hands or, if he had worn gloves, dispose of his gloves. This also means that when he frequents whorehouses or dance halls, he avoids contact and simply watches (though this is probably also prudent).Location:
The di Laurentis estate is in the northeast, close to Cerais. Christian conducts much of his business in Cerais and the nearest port.Relationships:Royalists:
Lily Avery - Their families know each other, and Christian is familiar with Lily's older siblings. He doesn't quite approve of her current lifestyle, but they're on friendly terms and have formed an alliance. In other words, she's playing hard to get.
Elva de Rosiell - Christian fell off the roof into her garden during a covert op, and the good doctor has been treating his wounds. And giving
Frostella Alexi - TBDRebels:
Damus Thatch - They haven't officially met, but there would definitely be some sort of goatee-off if they did.NPCs:
Thibault - The di Laurentis butler, he has loyally served the family for decades and now additionally acts as a proxy house steward after discovering the previous one's embezzlement.
Peppin - Christian's valet, Peppin is young but hardworking and trustworthy. He is somewhat shy and timid, but follows his master's instructions to the T. He most often follows Christian when traveling.
Dagger - His true identity a mystery to everyone, including the di Laurentis servants, Dagger has numerous underground connections, especially as an assassin-for-hire, and helps Christian with undercover missions for the Crown. Together, they are "Cloak and Dagger".
Earl Gabriel Duchamps - A young man of 20, he's a bit mischievous and flirtatious. Christian took him under his wing years ago and tries to keep his protégé in line. He sees Gabriel almost as a younger brother and fondly calls him "Gabe."
Baroness di Laurentis - Christian's mother has not been mentally sound since her husband died in a duel when Christian was a child. Most of the time, she stays in her room and receives no visitors.
Lady Blanchette Olivier - A distant cousin of Christian, she spent some summers at the di Laurentis estate as a child and is a bit of an airhead. Heiress to a viscountess title, Blanchette is quite the social climber and eager to please.