King Alaric Grayson IV
The Compact bled for me. I will prove myself worthy of every sacrifice.
Social Rank: 1
Concept: Awoken King
Marital Status: married
Hair Color: golden blond
Eye Color: grey blue
Description: With his golden hair and strong-jawed, attractive features typical of the male line of descent from Queen Alarice the Great, King Alaric the Fourth looks every inch the classic Grayson monarch. Vibrant in a way that makes him seem taller than his six feet of height, he has not a single ounce of fat on his toned and impressive frame. Since the days of the King's Rest, subtle changes mark his passage through that terrible trial; he's cut his hair down to a more mature yet still stylishly moppy length, and he now effortlessly possesses a sober and regal bearing that commands a room. Yet in his less guarded moments, hints of the frivolity of his younger days still shine through: his easy, infectious smile, the twinkle in his eye when he makes a playfully subtle joke.
(The King has grown a beard! It's a darker blonde than his hair, fully grown-in and long enough to be soft to the touch (and as his children have discovered, very tuggable). It is shaven neatly to follow the contour of his jawline, as well as in a smooth line below his cheeks.)
Personality: Turns out that having a soul trapped in a horrifying mindscape for years tends to mature someone that was callow and irresponsible. Remarkably, he doesn't seem very haunted by his experiences except in least guarded moments. He's still personable, friendly and warm, with an energy that few can match. There's still hints of the man that deeply wanted to be liked, but with his marriage to Symonesse he seems to have gained much more balance and confidence, and is comfortable with showing restraint and delegating from the top. Very slow to anger, he's learned the lessons of acting rashly or speaking without great care for his actions- rarely one to give offense, nor one to overlook what needs doing.
Background: When his father, King Alaric III was lost at sea during the Tyde Rebellion, King Alaric IV was just a boy- a boy who greatly resented the regency of Duke Gabriel Bisland, a duke who had no intention of attempting to shielding the young boy from the harsh realities of rule, but wound up alienating his ward. After Alaric IV's majority when he came of age at 18, he dismissed Gabriel as regent, ruling as a well liked but intensely frivolous king, who had little interest in the advice of sober ministers and listened to corrupt flatterers- ultimately resulting in the King's Rest, when his tragic trip to the Night Grove resulted in the death of his entire royal retine, and his coma for three years.
Finally freed from his illness, the King of the Compact is determined to make right for the sins of the past and prove himself a true king, leading with strength and wisdom as he rules over a hard won peace. A peace that almost certainly will not last.
|Alecstazi||I have every reason to hate him, to be honest I am jealous of the man. I was ready to despise him. And yet... the man I met is one I cannot hate. He laid bare the facts and understands what must be done. Fucking Graysons. Why are they always so damn charming?|
|Anisha||His Majesty is, to my mind at least, a humble and gracious soul eager to learn what he can from his subjects, the better to rule the Compact. I find him unafraid, but not reckless, and I am eager to see how his curious alchemy will bring us to future greatness.|
|Apollo||Well he's sort of charmingly humble, isn't he. Not at all what I expected.|
|Belladonna||Was there ever a wiser ruler? I don't think so. Needs a better wine selection, though.|
|Delia||Our King is at once as regal as his station deserves, and as human as any of the rest of us. It must be a difficult line to walk, but you wouldn't know it to look at him.|
|Dianna||Warm. Amenable. Charmingly easy-going. ...I wonder what the king is like when he is angry - and what stirs his passions....|
|Esme||He's the king. It's not like I'd say anything bad, but we are also going to be very best friends. Very best! He might even get a say.|
|Evaristo||Once, the king stopped and listened to me perform on the street and he said it was good and that was the high light of my year. And now he's at the Midnight Ball of Death too! And the Queen! I am the luckiest!|
|Hamish||There's something to be said for a man in a position whose power relies on the inertia of tradition who decides to upend that tradition. Bold or foolhardy. Not that these two are mutually exclusive.|
|Mabelle||King in day, party-crasher by night. I can appreciate that.|
|Orrin||I didn't expect the King of the Compact to crack a joke. Which just shows what I know, really.|
|Rosalie||A pleasure to talk with, regardless of his decision, I do hope to get a chance to work with him in the future. Every inch the monarch I would hope for.|
|Sanya||A remarkable dancer, it pleased me to witness!|
|Sorrel||Charming, good-natured, always down for a party, though he knows when and where to be serious and wear his crown properly. And when he's allowed to play, surely there will be a crowd around him.|
|Thesarin||He's always seemed a good man.|
|Vanora||His Majesty seems to have matured in the years since last we spoken, and I find him wise, interesting, and engaging. Perhaps I will get to know him better.|