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Duke Hadrian Mazetti

Be what your House and your people need you to be - revered, feared, entertaining, clever, reliable. If you can't manage the contradictions, then at least pretend. You might enjoy yourself. I know I do.

Social Rank: 4
Concept: Wicked Duke With a Heart of Gold
Fealty: Velenosa
Family: Mazetti
Gender: male
Marital Status: married
Age: 29
Birthday: 05/01
Religion: Pantheon
Vocation: Noble
Height: tall
Hair Color: cold black
Eye Color: harlequin green
Skintone: fair

Titles: Voice of House Mazetti, Duke-Consort of Ostria

Description: Lithe and narrow, Hadrian is a tall young man whose angular face, deep-set green eyes, and high forehead stake out a striking challenge to traditional notions of male beauty. Smiles both dazzling and knowing are rarely far from his expressive lips. The blue-black hair that curls ever so slightly about his ears contrasts with the rosy undertones of his pale complexion. The exuberant zest for life that animates him can scarcely be contained by his slim, wide-shouldered frame. Above all else, the intensity and confidence in Hadrian's gaze and gestures make him a spectacle that is difficult to ignore.

Personality: Hadrian has crafted his public persona the way a playwright creates a character, and he has been honing and playing it more than half his life. He is a philanthropist and playboy, loved by Southport's commons for his incorrigible habits as much as his public works. Some wonder if his playful demeanor masks cruelty, for he ruthlessly punishes malfeasance in his government. The true Hadrian Malvici encompasses kindness and cruelty both. He keeps his friends and enemies off-balance, rarely reveals his true motivations, and relishes being larger-than-life. He is a textbook example that over time you often become what you at first pretended to be. If he didn't enjoy himself so much, that might disturb him.

Background: When Hadrian was ten years old, there was the war between his cousin Count Lucien Malvici and Duke Leo Fidante for control of Tor and the Fidante family. He did not know the Count's intentions when the Count pursued a marriage to Leo's mother, the then-ruling Duchess of Tor. The death of the Duchess of Tor and Count Lucien's attempt to delegitimize Duke Leo in favor of Lucien and the Duchess's infant daughter came as a surprise. So did the war and its conclusion with Lucien's death at Leo's hands. Publicly Hadrian's mother the Duchess Malvici of Southport supported Lucien's claim. Privately, she provided him funds as a stake and then offered no more. Lucien risked everything in a single move. It almost worked! In failing, however, he lost everything, including his life. He had been so openly dishonorable even Tor's commons rose against him.

Hadrian drew three lessons. First: daring to defy all convention can achieve what seems impossible. Second: never risk everything in a single throw of the dice. Third: appearance can determine reality. Accordingly, he continued his mischevious behavior so people would expect it from him. At the same time, he began claiming more authority than he had in order to intercede in conflicts among merchant princes, make donations to good causes, and launch unexpected festivals and other spectacles. Many expected his use of power he frankly did not possess yet would be checked by his mother. When protests and questions arose, she would laugh, and explain why she was confirming the young man's judgment in the matter. "He is spirited," she said, as if that explained everything. When he made mistakes, she explained the errors in private. In public, he had her full support and a growing reputation as a maverick Malvici, a roguish youth with compassion for the commons of Southport.

In the eyes of many nobles, to show kindness is to show weakness. Following his mother's abdication in Hadrian's favor, one of her old ministers began skimming from House Malvici's finances. After the minister's execution, the new Duke's bouts of compassion were rarely confused with softness.

His mother died of natural causes, a proud feat for a Lycene aristocrat, and had the pleasure of seeing her son come into his own before she passed.

It was all duty and fun until a previously reclusive ruler from a city-state of the Lyceum came proverbially knocking. Bearing a contract signed by their mothers from two decades past and fulfillment of that contract sought. With the word and honor of not only himself, but his home of Southport and his House on the line there was only one option in the mind of the Duke of Southport. Ever one with a plan, the Duke of Southport accepted the terms. Shortly after Hadrian abdicated from his rule of Southport and went on to marry Marquessa Cambria Mazetti with a most unusual agreement from the past, joining her rule of the reclusive and arguably mysterious city-state of Ostria where once his cousin, Lucien Malvici, had briefly called home.

Relationship Summary

  • Adona - Oh mother if you only knew where I was today. I know that you'd simply sigh with a small smile and excuse the behavior, because you would likely be two steps ahead of me.

  • Family:
  • Theron - The only thing more majestic than his spirit is his hair.
  • Giulio - He has chosen his future by his own voice.
  • Vitalis - He is like a gentle gust of wind. There one moment, gone the next.
  • Eirene - Coarse like the voice of a sixty year old haze smoker. One of the finest actors I've ever met.
  • Caelis - An excellent soldier who has a keen understanding of the chain of command.
  • Alessia - #1
  • Dianna - #2

  • Lyceum:
  • Eleyna - While not the singular hope the Lyceum needs, she's a damn good one.
  • Talen - The secret is to never take him too seriously. Except when it's apparent that it's in your best interest. We work well together because I respect his capabilities and he respects mine.

  • Rival:
  • Isabeau - Ever the person one can look to for help in aiding others. She is as wonderful as she is selfless.

  • Sibling:
  • Calypso - We've gone astray from the unified front that once was. Thankfully the world allows for second chances. And thirds. And fourths. And more. One just has to learn lessons from the last chances.

  • Acquaintance:
  • Derovai - A keen wit and excellent taste in clothing.
  • Audric - Perpetually mercenary and I love it. Especially on account of his aiding my thirst for justice.

  • Deceased:
  • Kima - I did what I could to ensure that you were given some justice.
  • Estaban - An unfortunate end for a good man.
  • Eos - I will not let you down, my friend.
  • Valerio - The best worst interior decorator ever. He put himself forward and showed the world the traits of a hero.

  • Spouse:
  • Cambria - In her slippers I would have done the same.

  • Friend:
  • Orazio - He gives the very best birthday gifts, advice, and puts up with a great deal of antics.

  • Protege:
  • Arcelia - We have worked together for years. It has been my great pleasure to watch her rise to and surpass the challenges she has faced.
  • Name Summary
    Adora Marquis. Likes walls. Or maybe he dislikes them. He talked a lot and I wasn't listening for the most part. I don't like him. These are good pickles though.
    Aisha The Marquis is entertaining and quite skilled in teaching and investigation. He reminds me of why I enjoy being with those of my own feality.
    Alarie There is little to say that isn't seen. He's an ambitious Marquise, who knows what he likes and a good negotiation. No matter how ridiculous the opening volley is. The man is ridiculously well connected and a little eccentric. Understandable. This could be beneficial but only time will tell. A year and a day.
    Alarissa Perhaps I overstepped, perhaps I didn't. The man is ineresting none the less. it is either the start of a wonderful relationship that will be cultivated over time, or we'll find ourselves never to cross paths. I dear hope that it is the former. He has such a lovely smile after all. As well as an endearing sense of humor.
    Alessandro Seems to be able to get things out of just about anyone -- an admirable skill.
    Antea Would that I could believe that he is only the charming dilettante he makes himself out to be. He is far too shrewd for such a lowly moniker, however. He has more than proven his worth and his loyalty to Mazetti, and I for one look forward to seeing what he has up his sleeves for the future.
    Apollo He seems self-assured and curious, tempered by a good deal of restraint. Of course, if you told me all that about him I wouldn't have any idea how to imagine such a person - just... trust me, you'll understand if you meet him.
    Arcelia I really met Duke Hadrian for the first time when I got to Arx and within the first month of my arrival he became my mentor. The Duke has shown himself to be a wise and kind man so far. I look forward to working closely with him in the years to come.
    Aslaug His sense of humor matches his sense of style. This noble is entertaining, to be sure, but I'm not sure I would count on him to divulge a truly TRUE tale. Clearly, were he a bard, he might divulge lots of tall tales, especially with THAT beard.
    Athaur A most skilled moderator of discussion
    Bliss The Marquis-Consort of Ostria might have the misfortune of being from Southport, and yet, that has never been something to change my opinion on him. I do wish we both weren't so busy because he remains one of the only people who can easily and consistently make me laugh and challenge me to try to really reach my level - and the rest of those? Are usually elves. Quick-witted and humorous, but with a real danger to him, this man is everything that the Lyceum should strive to be.
    Braith Quirky, genuine and with a vicious sense of humor. He also chose the wrong story teller but I am biased. Does not mean I do not admire him any less. ((That I will admit to))
    Brigida I'm old, not blind. This man is a truly gifted dancer indeed. His dance partners are lucky indeed.
    Caelis Caelis has known Hadrian for as long as she can remember. Her clever cousin, there is no better fit to lead the family in her mind. She admires his ability to be so dangerous and never need to lift a weapon.
    Caith What a wonderful fellow! He taught me a bit about linguistics and showed me the gorgeously overgrown garden at his manor. And! OH! And he threw a lemon /at least/ 900 feet. Probably more. It is a pity that Carys' head got in the way but her noggin played its part in helping the piece of fruit along. Onwards and upwards! As the saying goes: if life gives you lemons, chuck 'em. I do believe I have made a friend in Hadrian Mazetti, Marquis-Consort and Count of So On and So Forth.
    Calaudrin He comes with a lot of guards. He was also looking around on the floor for candy, but I'm not sure I can blame him. I was probably two minutes away from it myself.
    Caprice Fun to dress, fun to talk with, appreciates art and the art of negotiation. An all around delightful Duke, he may just inspire me to do something worthy of earning one of his (in)famous crisp high fives.
    Celeste The Marquis-Consort is very polite and has a rather interesting home in Arx. I'm sure he's terrifying to his enemies if they took the time to consider his wit as the weapon it is.
    Cirroch If one believes in free will in this dream then they are futher into a nightmare than expected.
    Clara Well... Lively fellow. Got down to me level and spoke with me. Guess he might not be so bad if he takes that extra step to look at me in the eye. Nearly made him fall over though, I think. ...but ya... lively. Maybe I'll meet him again, maybe not, but certainly was an interestin' experience.
    Coraline I find him fascinating, there are few who catch my attention so completely and so quickly and he has managed to achieve it. His interests seem to align quiet well with my own, I hope to speak to him again soon, in a quieter setting to talk shop as it were.
    Daemon The Mazetti's man in charge. He was incredibly polite and welcoming to me at the lovely bash in my honor, for than he has my thanks.
    Dianna How I have missed the mystery, the intellect, the humor of my lord cousin, the Marquis-Consort. I am glad to be home again.
    Edain He is very much of product of the Lyceum. Everything he says is very measured, and I always feel like anything I saw to him he is disecting careful and cataloging all the things I revealed I did not mean to. Yet despite all of this, he is gregarious and charming, and his love of his family is easy to see. I think he is a example that just because someone is a product of their enviroment, does not mean they are what you expect of them. Always take the time to look and see how a person is, not what you expect them to be.
    Eris Boisterous and amusing, but obviously seriously devoted to his role. I think I shall like him very much.
    Evelynn I am truly honoured to be named 'best twin.'
    Faye A clever and personable Marquis, sure to be a reliable work partner and savvy planner. I look forward to speaking with him more in the future.
    Fortunato Certainly seemed to be having a better time than I did. We all got our wounds. I can envy someone their leaning back and experiencing.
    Giulio A wit, to wit. And what a delightful wit indeed. I do so look forward to future sparring sessions. My cousin chose well.
    Haakon A funny fucker. If folk are going to be long winded, least they can do is make the wind entertaining.
    Helia Granted I was a bit tipsy when I met him at one of the Redtyde dinner thingies, but I did pay some attention! He's witty, elegant, and in possession of some fabulous dramatic flair. Fun!
    Ian The best way to judge a man is to see how he handles himself at his worst. By that standard, Duke Hadrian is someone who I would like to know.
    Imi How he sparkled, all the gems and aeterna on the field of black. A peacock in inks. The lure of an angler fish. The smile the belies something cunning and deadly. That is the way of the Lyceum, and the Marquis does embody it. Or he puts on a good show.
    Isolde With everything going on, it seems like it's been such a long time since I've spoken with Duke Hadrian. His wit and charm have not dulled any. Though, I wonder what's hiding behind his careful smile?
    Jenessa My gut instinct told me this nobleman was a wasn't wrong. The Marquis Hadrian Mazetti - while having scandalous ideas as to the improvement of entertainment, the like of which I dare not utter - seems to be personable, if not as well intellectually engaging. Despite the fact, I don't believe I'll be going to any of his parties anytime soon.
    Jordan The danger of having power is losing the part of you that makes you human. We'll see how this man walks that fine line, but what do I know? I'm just a peasant boy who got lucky, in the end.
    Josephine A man of... singular... well. He's singular. There's little to be said about the man that is not already said. Stellar.
    Jyri Strikes me as a slick one but in the best of ways - made me feel welcome and took me serious. He really seems keen on helping the needy, and I'm as keen as he is, so we'll work well together I'm sure.
    Katarina I have known Duke Hadrian for a long time, and there are many things about this man that are worth appreciating. Most of all, I admire his courage. To be so bold and decisive is not merely a consequence of being Lycene, it is a consequence of being brave, and I hope that I might learn from his example. Though I feel sometimes that he's trying to subtly goad me into singing...
    Kenna Well, I have no idea what I expected, but it wasn't this Lord. He reminds me a lot of Rhea, but at the same time, the Rhea who doesn't shriek a lot. I wonder what they would be like in a room together.
    Kia We met briefly when I was first here in Arx. That he remembered me at all is a great surprise but hints to the nature of the man. I look forward to bettering his acquaintance, especially since he appears to think well of House Magnotta.
    Klaus A man with a mind and temperment like mine own.
    Korka An amusing and entertaining companion at dinners that never happened.
    Lora Never, have I ever, seen such a dance.
    Lorien There's something about Hadrian that is almost playful. I very much look forward to the opportunity of going on a hunt with him and learning more of the Marquis.
    Lucita Strength of character, compassion for others, dignity and wisdom. That's a summary of the initial impression Hadrian made on me during an ARRG meeting and a later dinner at our house. I look forward to working with him and learning more from him.
    Mabelle Very poised man. Seems lofty and yet still pleasant.
    Marisol The Marquis is a sharp mind and eager to discuss philosophy and deeper thought. Not only can he do so but with a flare of levity and openness that makes it easy to speak one's mind. I can say for certain there is a bond forged through this shared interest. I look forward to the future conversations we are bound to have.
    Martino The Former Duke of Southport is a refine gentleman and someone who is lavishly coated in intrigue. I must admit my distant cousin, I am hooked.
    Marzio It was good to see the man again. He seems to be as light and enjoyable as I remember, even after all of this time that I spent back home while he was in the city. It is refreshing to see that some things do not change.
    Medeia To know him is, in many ways, to know the Lyceum. Pragmatism meets curiosity, drama meets solemnity. What a joy it is to reconnect as adults.
    Mercedes One of the kindest and most entertaining hosts it's been my privledge to meet.
    Merek %bMerek has met Hadrian before, but it was for a simple exchange he believes. Still, he trusts the man and knows he has a level mind. As such he thinks they can possibly get along well enough!
    Mirk A real charmer. Perhaps a bit too casual, but he has an easy manner that helps put people at their ease. Rather intelligent, all the same, and not afraid to say something controversial.
    Monique I'm not really sure what to think of him. He seems like a man of mystery. But one with good spirits.
    Mydas A true thinker, one who looks upon the long-term and does not shy away from facing the realities of striving for the greater good. Further meetings will see if that first impression holds, but I am optimistic.
    Niklas His people make that good good cherry brandy. Tops in my book.
    Norwood I am not at all sure what to think of this Mazetti lord. He seems to care for his people and family, but at the same time, I am not sure I have a firm pulse on what he really is like.
    Nuala A man in firm command of his information and emotions. He doesn't dabble in speculation or awe. In short, an excellent host with fine tastes in liquor and company.
    Oddmun My brother via Braith's marriage. He shares a love of horses. I hope to perhaps grow that relationship between Ostria and Sanna's horses. He shows genuine affection towards Braith, which is all most can hope for from a marriage.
    Orathy man likes his titles 'n his poker to entertain 'em while he's bored... but the loss of silver seems to strain 'em with those heavy breaths he lets out after a hand.
    Ouida Having seen the Marquis now at more than a handful of gatherings wherein he deftly danced both attendance and respect and encouraged the same amongst several parties that could have easily grown peevish without one who knew just when to take a gentle hand but not to interfere before then...there is much to admire.
    Petal The Duke is very intelligent and helpful. He has a wisdom and patient that few have and is certainly someone worth listening to. I feel very blessed that he took me as his protege.
    Quenia Lady Cambria's husband seems to be a fine gentleman, who really cares about the people. I'm really glad I joined the ARRG.
    Raymesin Silks are strange. Some silks are stranger than others. Feels like I've met this one before, for some reason.
    Reese He seems quite wise and calm. I think they were delaying us and he was right about that.
    Rinel A noble who confirms the worst of the stereotypes I hear in the Lowers--in other words, a typical Lycene.
    River Seems very interested in business nd cards. Polite as well.
    Roxana He is admirably working at pulling The Salon out of the ashes. Admirable, as I'd like to do the same.
    Sasha Duke of House Malvici. Very charming and wonderful at entertaining guests within his home. I look forward to working with him upon this project
    Savio A wise moderator of discussion with thoughtful talking points and well considered responses. I respect his approach and his willingness to undertake a difficult subject; this is a noble man in the proper sense of the word.
    Sebastian A man who truly knows how to drink with a zeal and committment that I have not seen from soldiers upon the battlefield. And with that goblet, he is fit to go to war against the vinyards of Arvum.
    Selene A master of philosophy and rhetoric. The questions he poises to the Salon are hard, but essential to learn and adapt preconceived notions. He holds up a mirror and I find myself deliciously challenged to excel. Conversations ought to be stimulating, and Marquis Hadrian will have my invitations in the future.
    Shae The Duke of Southport seems to be a rather amiable man, though he does not seem to have much regard for his gaggle of assistants and attendants. Always walking so fast, that they must almost run to keep up with him. A good alpha would be sure the whole pack could keep his speed. Perhaps it is time to find faster assistants and attendants. At the very least I hope he buys them good sturdy shoes. Though I am interested in learning more about this shark wrestling and master baker titles he seems to possess.
    Sparte I feel like he wants something from people, there was that sense the first time I met him. I admit with most people what they seem to want when I get that sense is something worthy of suspicion, but Duke Hadrian just seems to want human decency. I hope he finds it at every turn.
    Stefano Former duke of Southport, current Marquis of Ostria. Really saved us during a hunt, stepping in to deal with some forest folk.
    Sunniva The Marquis Mazetti is a man who resembles all that is good in the charitable notions of the peerage. He seems to genuinely care about the wants and needs to those unable to get the basics in life. It is my pleasure to join his organization and House Harthall will gladly pledge its support in any way we can. His own situation in life is something I am unfamiliar with though he seems to accept it despite his words. Strength through perseverance.
    Tanith He wears his face wrong. I don't like it. It's unsettling. But I don't want to wear it 'right', either. I don't know what Raymesin was thinking saying they look the same. They do not. At all. It's just all wrong. They have good taste in wine, strange taste in humor, too.
    Thesarin Lots of laughs. Lots of smiles. Lots of... life in him. But there's an edge in there too, how I reckon.
    Vercyn A boisterious Marquis, but with quick wit that has a pleasant bite to it.
    Verity Few conversations can enchant the way his can. I am very curious to see what's beneath the carefully crafted exterior.
    Vincenzo The Duke makes a great sparring partner. Verbally, that is. Questions are posed to counter already posed questions in a game that makes everyone think about what is being said.
    Wash A man of many passions, but chiefly among them burying those that he cannot pursue first and foremost.
    Willow A delightfully interesting fellow if the meeting of his I attended is any measure.
    Zoey I so wanted to like him.