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Old 09-04-2011, 05:08 PM
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[OOC Information]

Your Name: Marty
RP Experience: 7-8 years
Your Character's Player Base: James Purefoy

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[Basic Information]

Character Name: Tysilio Faerald
Character Age: 38 (As of January 1, 242)
Gender: Male
Birthday (including year): June 21st, 203
Home Castle/City: Caerthynas
House: Faerald

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[House Information]


Banner Appearance: http://www.forsilvra.net/images/newranks/faerald.png
House Words: Our Words Resound
Castle Name: The Keep of the Harp (also Harpskeep, Caerthelyn)
Original Castle Name: Caernarfon Castle

House Description:
A proud and ancient house boasting its descent from the mythical Bard-King Faeral, House Faerald ruled as Kings of Great-Caelain from their ancient seat of Caerthynas before relinguishing that crown to rule as lords under the Fontenot Kings, once their most trusted bannermen. Their centuries-old rule over the Caelish Isles started when Brennan Faerald united the Island of Caelain under his rule, becoming the first King. Under the rule of various other kings, most notably Artur Faerald the Conqueror, who first landed on the isle of Cemria in 580 BF, conquering its coastline and enclosing it in castles, the kingdom gradually expanded to cover the whole of the Caelish Isles.

As rulers of a kingdom consisting of three isles, the Faeralds are skilled at keeping their lords together. They accomplish this through a mix of strength and political skill, and they have a reputation for being especially skilled at politics. They also have a reputation for being true to their word. In addition, they are very committed to family values, and loyal to the Fontenots, with whom they have a familial bond that goes back ages, most recently to the King's mother, Corenna Faerald Fontenot.

Faeralds are fair-skinned and brown-haired, with green or brown eyes. The House words are Our Words Resound.

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[Appearance]
Like all Faeralds, Lord Tysilio is brown-haired, green-eyed and tall. His body is well-trained from his daily training with his sword. He has a handsome face with a stubbly beard and his hair is kept in as tidy curls as he can, which isn't too tidy at all. He usually wears shades of green, the colour of his House. His armour is enamelled green plate, with the golden harp and birds of House Faerald emblazoned upon his chest in gold.

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[Personality]
Tysilio is a jovial, friendly man with a good sense of humour, and that makes him a man loved by his subjects. His charming and intelligent conversation aside, he is not exceptionally intelligent (let's say of average intelligence), but he has a knack for resolving conflicts with a smile on his face. He is also an idealist, seeking the best for his people and the Kingdom, according to his own vision.

This idealism stems from Lord Tysilio’s upbringing: being raised to the example of Maelrys of Valldeveles’ History of the Kings and Lords of Caelain and the rich myths and legends surrounding his family, he believes he has inherited from his ancestors a sacred charge to keep his people safe and well. He believes a Lord should reign for the sake of his people, with justice, kindness, mercy and a common touch. In wishing the best for his people, his Province and the Kingdom, he has difficulties letting go: injustice and suffering he cannot do anything about will pain Lord Tysilio, and every man unsaved on his watch is one too many for him. He also tries to keep his lords to the same standards, for better or for worse. Finally, he is devoted to keeping and guarding the traditions of Caelain.

Easily making and keeping friends, Lord Faerald nevertheless is a demanding friend. He seeks to uphold his House's reputation for keeping its bargains, but that also brings with it a demand for others to keep their promises and bargains. This makes Tysilio a good friend and ally to as many as he can get with his political talents. Perhaps he is a little bit too unwary at times, seeing as personal friendship might also entail political obligation and he might not fully realise that.

In addition to being a good friend, Tysilio is also a family man. This care for his family extends to his nephew, King Adrien, as well as those bearing the Faerald name. He maintains an open-door policy for the problems of his kin, and likewise likes to see to it that the honour and reputation of his House and family are upheld. In judging the affairs of his family, he is strict and just, but always loving, trying to juggle the care for his children with the honour and position of his House. Often, the balance is in favour of the latter.
Tysilio may be well-mannered and friendly, but cross him at your own peril. Though not easy to anger, the Lord of Caerthynas is quite a hothead when angry, and is not like to forget any slights to him. He is not a man of underhanded methods though, preferring to settle things by honourable means, preferably then and there. Threaten his family, slight his honour unjustly or threaten Forsilvra or Caelain openly, and you are like to find yourself on the wrong side of Lord Tysilio's anger. Honesty is also one of Tysilio's virtues. He is not one to silence his own voice, though, like others, he can veil it in courtesy to soften his impact.

As a Faerald, Tysilio has not only been educated in arms, but also in arts. He has a good singing voice, and he likes to sing (everything from drinking songs to poems) in private, playing the lute to accompany him. He also likes reading, though nothing too literary, and he enjoys the knightly epics most of all. Furthermore, he enjoys a good debate or discussion at his table.


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[History]

Tysilio Faerald was born on the summer solstice of the year 203 after the Founding of Forsilvra, the first child of Lord Maereus Faerald and his wife. When he was born, the Faeralds had ruled as High Lords of Great-Caelain under the Fontenot Kings for about 200 years, and been their staunchest allies. As the heir to a Great House, he was educated at home by the brightest scholars the Province had to offer (even some from beyond), and trained with his father's knights. He did not excel at his education, but he could talk his way out of not knowing an answer excellently. In contrast, he was a very gifted knight, training hard and making fast progress. Escaping the busy schedule during the midday rest period, he went exploring the castle and city, striking out on adventures with his younger brother Calhad (his other brother, Haluin, was a more dutiful son to his lord father in this regard).

This inevitably brought Tysilio into conflict with his lord father, who, thinking it was time to teach his son some responsibility, started to require his presence at audiences. It will not surprise the reader to know that although young Tysilio tried to better his ways, it didn't help to stop any but the most irresponsible of his forays into Caerthynas and the castle. Reluctantly, his father cancelled this responsibility of his 10-year old son, but arranged that in a few years, he would be sent to court in Belleile, to squire for none other than King Alexis Fontenot, a close friend to his father. He was glad to know that his sister, Corenna, an intelligent girl who much resembled him in personality, would be going with him. Although reluctantly leaving his brothers behind, he was all excited to go to Belleile and train with the knights to receive his own spurs.

He trained with the likes of Sir Geoffry of the Iron Bow, distinguished himself and was knighted by King Alexis at age 16 for valour during a battle with pirates on the seas near the capital, when the pirates were attacking the shipping lanes keeping Belleile supplied. During the battle for the flagship of the royal fleet, when it was attacked, he and a knight of the Horns held the line at the place where the pirates were coming up on grappling hooks. Upon his return to Belleile, he went through the customary ceremony and was knighted Sir Tysilio Faerald.

The heir to the Caelish Isles stayed at Belleile for two more years, just until the betrothal of his sister Corenna to Crown Prince Joseph Fontenot. During this time, he rode in many tourneys, and quickly gained fame from his knightly exploits, recording several wins on the lists. When his lord father recalled him to Caerthynas, he went home with a mixture of reluctance and relief. There he was betrothed, and, two years later, married to his wife, a young woman he soon came to love despite the political nature of the match. He also assisted his lord father in his duties, growing up into a true lord during this period.

He had not lost his appetite for knightly exploits in jousts and melee though. At age 27, Tysilio rode in a joust at a tourney in Belleile. It was the semi-final, against a knight of high reputation. Both knights managed to tilt each other simultaneously, and when it came down to sword, Tysilio outmatched his opponent - despite a growing pain in his leg from the fall. Though victorious, he had to be supported by his squire while exiting the list. His leg has since mended, and he still rides in tourneys, although not with his former skill.
When Tysilio was aged 29 and he and his father were visiting Corenna in Belleile, the plague struck there. Both Corenna and his lord father died of the plague, leaving the 29-year old with the lordly titles of his ancient house. Taking his lord father's body home for burial, the first thing Tysilio did upon arrival was burying his father, even before summoning the grand council to renew his bannermen's oaths of fealty. He started off his rule trying to calm the panic caused by the spreading plague, and he was rather successful at his endeavours. He kept visiting Belleile as often as he did when Corenna were still alive, dealing with his brother-in-law Stephane and later counselling his nephew.

Less successful he was in his dealings with the Cemric Princes. Encouraged by the plague's progress, the Cemric Princes refused to renew their oaths of fealty to Caerthynas and House Faerald, and started raiding Weallan with ferocity. It took Tysilio 2 years to get to the point of being able to deal with this problem in a campaign, partially because the death of his brother Haluin and his youngest son, Artur, prevented him from leading the campaign in person. Despite proving able to force the lesser Cemric Princes to swear fealty, the Prince of Dun Eamrath, while originally swearing fealty, tried again to strengthen his position in the year the plague ended, and never stopped his raids. Lord Faerald nevertheless intends to settle this score now his lands are free of the plague, and to have Prince Owyn's oath or his head.
To this day, Lord Faerald is still very popular with his people and influential with the Court of his nephew in Belleile. He has recovered from the deaths of Artur and Haluin with the support of his family, and he intends to take every opportunity to do what is best for Forsilvra, Caelain and House Faerald.


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[Writing Sample]

Tysilio was standing in the council chambers with Lord Kyffin and two Cemric Princes when the news came. To make things worse, he wasn't in a good mood. "Owyn did what?"

Tysilio Faerald was not amused at the news brought to him where he had expected to see the Prince of Dun Eamrath in his Grand Council. He had feared that the intensification of the raiding parties on Weallan would bring no good news, but he definitely had not expected news as bad as this. "Y-your Grace," stammered Prince Rhodri of Twyned, intimidated by the angry tone in his liege's voice. He used the royal style the High Lord of Great-Caelain was still entitled to, which was not a good sign, seeing as 'm'lord' would have done nicely too. "Owyn refused to answer your summons. That means..." Tysilio knew well what that meant, and he liked it not one bit.

He laughed mockingly. "Yes, Rhodri," he told the Cemric Prince. "Of course I know what that means. Obviously, it is an invitation for a visit to Dun Eamrath." The bastard has forsworn his fealty to Caerthynas yet again, he thought angrily. "Well, I'll pay him a visit," he decided. "And I'll return with his fealty, or with his head. I've had enough of his oath-breaking ways." He was about to say 'Cemric' ways, but decided against it, seeing as Prince Rhodri would be insulted. It would not do to have the whole of the Cemric Princedoms against him yet again. "Rhodri, my quarrel is not with you," unless you make it so, "I trust Lord Kyffin and I will have your assistance in our effort to get Prince Owyn's fealty?"

He did not wait for an answer, but instead took his leave. He had far more important things to do than getting that weasel, Prince Rhodri, to fight his own peer. He should just see whether Rhodri would turn up or not. For one, he had to find Aiden a suitable match - and convince him to take it. But he thought he could convince Aiden once he'd chosen. He hoped so, surely, for he didn't much like compelling his children to marry.

He put the anger aside as he crossed the Bridge to the Courtyard of Eagles, into Faeral's Keep.


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[Timeline of Events]


Caerthynas


203: Tysilio Faerald is born
215: Tysilio is sent to squire with King Alexis Fontenot.
219: Tysilio is knighted by King Alexis after a valiant defense of the royal flagship against pirates.
221: Tysilio is recalled to Caerthynas by his lord father and betrothed to [wife]
223: Tysilio marries Elwen Kyffin
224: Aiden Faerald is born.
226: Deirdre Faerald is born.
228: Brennan Faerald is born.
230: Artur Faerald is born.
230: While riding in a tourney in Belleile, Tysilio falls from his horse simultaneously with his opponent. Despite winning the swordfight, he has to be supported by his squire when exiting the lists.
233: Lord Maereus Faerald and Queen Corenna Faerald die of the plague while in Belleile. Tysilio Faerald assumes lordship over the Caelish Isles.
233: Prince Owyn of Dun Eamrath and his peers refuse to renew their oaths of fealty to Caerthynas.
234: Haluin Faerald dies of the plague. Shortly after, Artur Faerald dies as well.
235: Delayed from personally leading the planned campaign by the deaths of his brother and son, Lord Faerald arrives in Cemria to lead his planned campaign against the Cemric Princes. He forces all of them to swear fealty, but Prince Owyn never stops his raids on Weallan despite repeated injunctions to the contrary.
240: Prince Owyn again reneges on his fealty to Caerthynas.
241: Current year.

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Looking all like the new format! I also added an additional section to personality because I felt one side of Tysilio's character was underrepresented there, being the way his idealism works emotionally.
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