Marquis Fairen Leary
Knowledge must be preserved and fought for. There is no greater legacy than memory.
Description: Tall and stocky, there is much about Fairen that suggests hidden strength behind his spectacles. Perhaps the strong bones of his face and jaw cannot entirely be obscured by the general shyness he presents. His eyes are pale and clear, gray-blue behind the round frames of the glasses that almost never leave his face. His lips are thin, edged with the shade of lines at the corners of his mouth, beneath the bold nose. His hair is short and thick, prickling in dark spikes with just the earliest seeds of gray to glint amidst the brown strands. The hairline is just barely beginning to recede.
Personality: Fairen has a powerful weight of intelligence behind a dry reserve that occasionally goes past crisp into sharp and spiky. Though basically caring and decent and warm, when his patience snaps he wields snark and sarcasm like bitter daggers. He has an intuitive knack for people, which also means his social intelligence is good at helping him find weaknesses. Study and knowledge are his primary pursuits and the goal and love of his whole life, which in a universe that contains massive quantities of information lost to time and memory primes him for a life occasionally colored by staggering disappointments. He can be shy socially and also has a tendency to dither and to use a few too many words to say what could otherwise be simple.
Background: Fairen's older sister Hianara was the March. Throughout their childhood, she was an active, aggressive child, with ambitions to leadership, cavalryship, generalship. Fairen studied quietly a lot, and although he enjoyed walking outdoors amidst the trees and occasionally growing things in little garden plots on his own, he was disinterested in most of the rougher games the other children played, finding more solace in books and in the teachings of the priests and in the quiet of the stone passageways beneath the fort.
As an adult, the military pursuits that had always intrigued his sister drew Fairen hardly at all. The human drama behind the history of warfare drew his attention far more than anything related to strategy or tactics. Hianara married a young Malvici cousin and began right away on the task of making new heirs only to lose her first two children still in the womb.
Fairen was almost married out into the Oathlands due to an arrangement with the Laurents, but it didn't work out for a couple of reasons; the first was that shortly before the treaty signing, Hianara died in a brutal and bloody battle with some Shav'Arvani. So instead the Laurent cousin in question married in instead, tying herself firmly to the new March and essentially proving essential in teaching him to rule and lead. For the first few years of their marriage, their relationship has been one of crisp, competent tolerance, cut with occasional furors of rage-fueled drama and what Fairen testily refers to as "hullaballoo". With the Grayson banners called and war and disaster brewing on the horizon, though, even a kind-of mismatch like Fairen and Iliana must learn to set aside their differences and work together.
|Amund||Someone who is both eccentric and pleasant to be around. The studious type. Perhaps he can help with some research.|
|Apollo||Some who come seeking my expertise in my field are quick to dismiss it when it doesn't match what they'd like, and others are quick to accept it without thought. Marquis Fairen is another sort entirely - curious and diligent and thoughtful. It's rather refreshing.|
|Arcadia||My older super nerdy cousin. He makes it too easy to pull tricks on.|
|Arianna||What an ass. Yes it's a sexy ass but that's not the first thing that one gets to see in the stacks with the white journals. Luckily I have gotten the opportunity to try and smooth these things over and start anew.|
|Athaur||I do appreciate it when people let on that they will think less of me before even being introduced. It makes the interactions that much smoother.|
|Bhandn||At least somebody agrees with me that talking about burning books is questionable.|
|Braith||A far more measured member of Arcadia's family. Though I think maybe she's been like that too just with a healthy dash of freedom. I like him.|
|Catalana||What a gorgeous and friendly Marquis. Simply charming. Though, I do think he may actually think books are his friends.|
|Cyril||Poor soul to subdue like that but still, he was strong enough to endure it. I hope his sleep is not disturbed.|
|Dariel||Seems like a Leary through and through. In the best ways. Couldn't leave a messy stack of papers alone and yet still easy to talk to.|
|Delilah||The wisest of men, time has tempered him in a way that mellows the edges. Just like a good cognac, the inner fire comes out as a glow. He seems happier, more certain in himself, than our earlier friendship. For that, I am glad. He bears a heavy burden and carries so much knowledge of the world.|
|Dianna||A brave Marquis, but could definitely use a suit of armor, and perhaps a few more lessons in directing his will. Possession is a dangerous thing.|
|Domonico||His loyalty and support for his House and his family is a credit to his integrity|
|Elias||My cousin, the Head of my House, a Leary. Is there a need to say more? He loves his books more than anyone else and is more dependable as a Marquis than anyone else.|
|Elloise||A+ Book Lover.|
|Evangeline||Something tells me there is more than meets the eye. The Marquis presents himself in a manner that is quite becoming for his station, however, behind those spectacles, those eyes of gray-blue tell a tale not many are privy to.|
|Evaristo||I like his sense of humor and easy manner!|
|Hickson||A great scholar and Marquis of House Leary. Even though he clearly knows a great deal, he is a very fast learner.|
|Iliana||Still full of surprises, even after all these years. Our road will never be lonely, our lives never empty. Nor dull. Possibly a little bit too exciting, if such a thing is possible.|
|Lisebet||Marquis Fairen is one of the first folks I met in Arx and he's become a good friend. He's a very thoughtful and thorough scholar who I believe can be trusted. Oh, and I'm worse with a sword, I'm sure of it.|
|Lou||It's good to see that Fairen wants to get more involved in the Society of Explorers. We need more people who are willing to be leaders, and get more involved in the organization.|
|Mabelle||Kind man, seems rather shy and obviously into books.|
|Martino||Truly hardworking, putting his House first and giving his all to the improvement of his oeople|
|Miranda||I'm not entirely sure what the Marquis is doing, risking his neck and all. But it's always good to our leaders out in the field. Even if he's not my Marquis, they bring with them a bit of encouragement and morale! Every battle is better when the troops' morale is high!|
|Mirari||Marquis Fairen Leary is an excellent tudor and a man of refined manner and taste. I believe there is more underneath the exterior than can easily be seen. I see something in that smile that holds a touch of sauve slyness.|
|Mirk||Quiet, but has the rare quality of speaking up only when he has something valuable to say. Or maybe that's only in crowds? Either way, I prefer it to the other way around: Loud, and saying nothing of consequence.|
|Olivia||One of our houses Vassals. Smart. Ambitious, and good company|
|Petal||Thoughtful, interested in commoners even ones not from his house. A gentle man and he seems very kind and like he really notices people.|
|Reese||The Marquis of Leary! He loves his books and has a grace with works and a calm presence. He is someone who is easy to be around in the good way.|
|Renata||The marquis has that rare gift of someone that listens to others. No, not just listens, but hears. He heard me, where others do not.|
|Rosalie||Just as sharp and witty as I remember. He seems more relaxed now, as well, I do hope he has found his stride and is enjoying it. I will look forward with working with him again.|
|Rosalind||I offered him my hair, he offered me...I dont know! But he was looking for a woman behind a plant! I found him smart, but not for that. That was strange.|
|Sabella||The Marquis is as personable and charming as always! I find him to be a most pleasant conversationalist and am always happy to run into him!|
|Sophie||There's a quiet strength about him. I will do whatever I can to help him.|
|Sorrel||He's a clever man. He's always been a clever man. It's great when he uses his smarts for the good of all. I think he'll be a very handy ally to have.|
|Thea||Pleasant with good ideas on how to work together. I'm sure we can learn from eachother.|
|Tomwell||My brother has very much grown into his position as Marquis, these past couple of years. It might've been rocky after Hianara's death, but it seems we've both made it through and turned into decent men. I'm still glad he's not angry at me, though.|
|Veronica||An oddly considerate man, considering his position. He seems thoughtful, interested in everything. I found him interesting and easy to speak my mind to.|
|Zoey||Socially nervous but obviously intelligent.|