All About Alexander

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Where was your character born?
Alexander was born in the city of Tharovace

Who raised him?
Lutharo was technically raised by his family. However, when his mother died he was eleven. During this time his father enrolled him in various schools to better educate him, but he was very rarely under his father’s personal supervision until he reached sixteen. At this time he refused to take the test of Citizenship, preferring (he claimed) to further his studies at temple.

What was happening in the region when your character was growing up?
Duke Antaris the third had taken control of the city five years before Alexander’s birth. During his leadership there were few real hardships, no overt wars or large scale military issues, and due to the success of the city as a whole militarily, there were few issues or problems that made it dangerous.

Does your character have any relatives?
Lutharo has a father, but no siblings. His mother died when he was eleven. Lutharo has no other known relatives.
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Motivation

What are your character’s immediate goals? What would he like to do in the coming year?
Both immediate and long-tern goals are the same: gain power. Lutharo is a complex man whose personality is split between a subconscious desire to placate his mothers teachings in him; namely trying to do good and honest work and decent things. This is juxtaposed by his father’s aggressive prompting to mold his son into the ruthless man that would assume the mantle of heir. Gaius Lutharo has pushed his son relentlessly to be a cold, calculating, masterful man, and Alexander struggles against this, as the desire to be his own man shines through.

He is currently adventuring because he believes that Tharovace, while strong, is a nation in a vacuum. It adheres to values and a code that, though honorable, is unchanging in an ever-changing world. A responsible leader is one who is willing to make compromises for the good of everyone, not adhere to his values to the detriment of the people. Therefore, he has left Tharovace and its boundaries to “find himself”. To discover the truth of the world, and something of the people outside of the realm of his city.

What are his long-term goals?
Power, again, is the long-term goal. Lutharo wants power not because he has an innate desire to rule over people or control people, but because he wants to be safe. A man can be happy and his family and friends can be happy, but without power to protect himself and those he cares about, all of it can be lost. Lutharo wants power, then, to protect the things that he cares about and holds dear. With power comes safety, security, and stability.

What type of person would be his ideal mate?
His ideal mate would be someone who challenges him. But it couldn’t be just anyone, they would need to be someone with class, refinement, and above all: style. Lutharo has come from wealth and education, and prefers a woman with class and dignity. Though a gentleman to all ladies, he finds himself attracted typically to the “Femme Fatale” type of girl. An example of this might be Angelina Jolie’s character from “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” or Caesar’s mistress Servillia from the television show “Rome”.

Who is his patron deity? Is he a devout worshiper?
His patron deity is Wee Jas. Though he is a devout worshiper, being a cleric of his goddess, he is not overt in discussions of his goddess. He is found of saying “politics and religion are two things that I don’t prefer to discuss. It is enough to say that I respect all gods and goddesses equally for what they are.”

Is he a devout member of any nonreligious cause?
Another complex question. There are some who would say that the only cause Lutharo is committed to is the advancement of Lutharo. All the actions that he performs seem to indicate this, as he typically behaves somewhat selfishly, but not in his opinion. He will keep secrets from his best friends, for example, if he believes it is in their best interest not to know. He is constantly seeking information, striving to find whatever he can about the gods, the true dispensers of power; and magic for the same reason.

However, this is perhaps a harsh criticism of Lutharo. He is also his mother’s son, and her influence acts as a moral compass for him often, even after her death. Lutharo is a man who tends to speak with courtesy to everyone. He is good to the elderly out of respect, and the same to women. Though he is not very good with children personally, he will treat them very well.

Is there any race, creed, alignment, religion or the like against which he is strongly prejudiced?
Not technically. Lutharo struggles hard against the concept of prejudice, an illogical and dangerous concept for weak-minded individuals. Prejudice is literally the choice to judge someone before you know them based on preconceptions. Judging a dwarf as a miser, or an elf as noble, or a Halfling as barbaric… these assumptions may all be accurate, but it is better to study, listen watch and observe your opponent, and friend, and then (when you have learned about who they are, what makes them tick, their strengths and weaknesses), then you can judge.

Judging based on anything other then cold hard facts is an emotional decision, and prone to error. A good leader doesn’t allow himself the luxury of errors.

What is his greatest fear?
Becoming his father. Lutharo hates his father’s influence in his life, the preconceptions of being his father’s son, of being a Tharovacian who did not seek Citizenship though his father was a city Patron and Council member for many terms, as well as a lord, descended of lords from the foundation of the city.

Lutharo desires to be his own man, judged by his own decisions and actions, not what his father does, or how he lives up to his father’s standards or his father’s opinions. Gaius is an intense man, typically cold and harsh, pushing his son to be merciless with his enemies, demanding the law when it can be used to crush the enemy, and pleading a “Higher or nobler cause” when the law itself won’t serve.

Lutharo knows his father’s reputation and despises it. He wants something more, something greater. To be judged as his father, a man obsessed with power for its own sake, forsaking friendships and family for the lust for power… Lutharo is often haunted by that fear, that his quests for power to do good, will ultimately be a remarkable failing.

What is the one task he absolutely refuses to do?
Comprise his will under force. Lutharo compromises many times for many reasons. But he will let no one subvert his decision. Logic, reason, persuasion, all of these things may get him to change his mind, but not force. When all is said and done, he will not compromise his will under threat of force.
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Idiosyncrasies

What is your character’s motto or favorite saying?
He has no motto or favorite saying, per se. He prefers to say something best suited to environment he is in; adaptable, flexible and changing to survive. A motto or code is too stagnant, hems him in, and keeps him reliant on old adages as opposed to new possibilities.

What is his favorite color?
He doesn’t really have a favorite color. He prefers dark, muted colors in general, however. Burgundy, black, royal purple, midnight blue… they suit his complexion and he prefers them.

Describe what he would wear if money were no object?
Money has never been an object for him when he chooses his clothes. However, even if he only had the shirt on his back he’d prefer it well tailored, well made, latest style and well cut. He doesn’t dress this way out of vanity, but an idea his father taught him to “dress the job”. Namely, dress like a man of power and influence and people will assume it when they look at you.

What is his favorite food? Drink?
Elven wine, and seafood. He has a preference to fish, rice and fruit, as all of it were basic staples in his diet growing up. As an aside, his father was always interested in getting him to eat meat as his father believed that meat made a stronger body, and that because it was expensive to import it was a sign of power to eat. Luthoro, rebelling against his father’s dominance, prefers not to eat meat generally, then. But as a whole, food and drink, like clothing, is best enjoyed in its finest form. Best cheeses, freshest fruit, fresh fish; quality is his preference.

What is his favorite animal?
The tiger. It is a beautiful animal, and unlike most predators it is a solitary hunter. It does not run with the pack, but kills alone and stands alone.

What habits of his friends annoy him most?
He does his best to contain his emotions, at least, any emotion that could give an enemy (or a potential enemy) an advantage. So if he is annoyed with a person, he tries to mask it. The qualities that annoy him most are when a person demonstrates weakness. Of course, how “weakness” is defined changes from each situation.
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Traits: rank each trait from 1 to 10

Courtesy 9
Valor 4
Self-sacrifice 5
Generosity 5
Sobriety 9
Calm temper 8
Optimism 8
Curiosity 7
Forgiveness 5
Cheerfulness 6
Patience 10
Honesty 5
Helpfulness 6
Loyalty 8
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Miscellaneous

What well-known media figure from sports, movies or politics most closely resembles your character?
Lex Luthor. Possibly Michael Corleone from “The Godfather” and perhaps a bit of “Julius Caesar” from HBO’s ROME.

What would be his theme song?
“The Imperial March” from Empire Strikes Back, also he may go with “Semper Fidelis” by John Philips Sousa.

If his friends were to write his epitaph, what would it be?
No epitaph could be written at this time. He has too many great things to accomplish to think about dieing. But if he were to die now, at this time, they may write “here lies one who, having died, was no man’s slave.”

What would be his job in modern society?
Independent Contractor. He works specific jobs for specific goals, but has no overreaching task or plan.
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