Lord Valerian Kennex
That sounds dreadfully exciting. You can tell me all about it when you get back.
Description: A slightly-built young man, Valerian's appearance is touched by a lovely bird-like fragility. His fine hair, which is just long enough at the nape of his neck to be tied back with a ribbon, is the color of moonlight. This accompanied by a generally lighter complexion makes his warm, dark eyes all the more striking. Dramatically larger than the majority of his features, his intelligent and sensitive gaze dominates the rest of his features, offering a glimpse behind the curtain of his otherwise shy exterior.
Personality: Growing up under the domineering influence of a powerful parental figure has left Valerian under-equipped where the real world is concerned. Social anxiety leaves him fussy and bashful; he experiences spikes of fear when plunging into unfamiliar situations, and for him, almost all situations are unfamiliar! Accustomed as he is to the quiet sanctuary of the seaside estate of his childhood, chaos is by far his greatest obstacle.
Those select few individuals fortuitous enough to get close to Valerian discover in him a loyal and deeply affectionate friend. Valerian's sensitive nature allows him unique insights into the inner lives of those he cares about. At the same time, anyone who has earned his trust finds out that the reticent young man, who can barely be induced to say a few words upon first meeting, sometimes won't stop asking questions. An omnivorous consumer of knowledge, he's interested in whatever his friends are interested in, and will talk late into the night about literally any subject!
Background: It's not the easiest thing in the world, being the only son of a free spirit like Christine Kennex. Valerian's father died when he was an infant, and his mother left him in his grandmother's care and took to wandering, coming back to see him so rarely that she's practically mythological to him. Even less easy was growing up under the thumb of the indomitable Lady Tanya Kennex. A seasoned social arbiter of Stormward, his grandmother purposefully intended not to repeat the "mistakes" that she made with her daughter, and thus kept Valerian on a very short leash. Save for those other aging Mourning Isle aristocrats for whom Lady Tanya "held court" in her sitting room, Valerian was practically cut off from the rest of the world for much of his life. A revolving door of tutors saw to his education, each one sent away by Lady Tanya the moment her grandson seemed to start to finally get attached. Thus, she reigned supreme as the only stable figure in his life. He remained entirely dependent on her.
Valerian didn't turn out to be a free spirit like his mother, but he did inherit her love of reading and knowledge; on the few occasions when she came to visit, she always brought him a few books, wonderful, exotic volumes from strange, faraway places. Valerian cherished these stories and often sat up well into the night turning their pages, living vicariously through the new information they held, and imagining how his mother might have come across them.
As difficult as life under the thumb of Lady Tanya was, it was the only existence he had ever known. Her death cast Valerian into a sea of uncertainty. Suddenly free from the comfortable confinement of their grand but isolated Stormward residence, he set out to join his other relations in Arx.
|Aethan||The Lamb of Stormward. I'm quite proud to see what he's become, even if he thinks he's different from the rest of us. He has a larger part to play yet, in the story of House Kennex than I think he realizes.|
|Amari||Someone who appreciates books as much as I do, maybe more. I'll have to find him a proper book on the topic of baking, one that includes no mention of married barons with inappropriate desires for pies.|
|Cirroch||A most interesting design and function for making artwork. never would have thought to use that part of the body.|
|Lou||He's another Kennex lord. He seem a bit bashful, but I'm every bit as confident that he'll heroically rise any the challenge put before him as Ian and Wash do when times call for it.|
|Mabelle||Timid but amiable. He's sweet and has a fascinating way in which he remembers the people he met.|
|Orchid||My lord Valerian is a good person. I haven't fully decided my thoughts on him but we worked out a wonderful deal that benefits both of us. I don't mind his company.|
|Orland||What a timid little mouse, seeking reassurances in the skirts of someone he just met. But if it's true, I will hold him too my welcoming sentiment. Anchors are effective. At the same time, the fact that is a scholared and well read, leaves me with some desire to help protect him. Strange.|
|Raimon||So much learning in a person so young. Organized. Forward-thinking. A reputation as a scholar -- well-earned.|
|Savio||So nervous! But I can't figure out why he would be? Maybe we need to get him very very drunk, that's the ticket.|
|Wash||The artistic son of Christine Kennex, he has come into his own I think.|
|Zakhar||Many nob'les will demand and press for what they feel is theirs to belong to them, even if the item may or may not be currently in use. This lord, doesn't do that and is very calm in their requests. If they wish to do more business in the future, I'll be happy to oblige.|
|Zoey||Innocence both endearing and enduring. He has much to learn, and I am happy to guide him.|