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Figaro Beauchamp
« on: October 25, 2015, 06:34:15 PM »
"It's a genuine pleasure to meet you!  My name is Figaro Beauchamp.  I used to be a noble of some repute from a small kingdom some distance from here.  Khorsburg?  No?  A very small place, I'd be surprised if you knew of it, you don't appear to have the bearing of a seasoned traveller.  I'm here because I've left all the politics and parties behind for the time being.  Living in the lap of luxury was EVER so tedious, you know?  A bit of rough and tumble with the salt of the earth, that's just the ticket!  Gives a man a respectable air, a steely gaze and a firm handshake, what-what!"

Figaro Beauchamp genuinely was a minor noble from a moderately distant country and did indeed come from a wealthy background of privilege.  He was generally regarded by his peers as being more than a little dim and completely oblivious to the lives and struggles of those beneath him in society.  Despite that, he always meant well, always tried to aid his fellow man and had enough of a winning smile that he normally didn't cause offence.

Two years ago, he got the idea that to truly be respected, a noble should aid his country by offering himself to the service of his military.  He hired the greatest fencing tutors money could buy and threw himself wholeheartedly into his studies becoming, academically, quite an accomplished duelist.  He enrolled, waving away the offered clerical and command positions and instead stating that "one wishes to be one of the lads, to really get to grips with what it MEANS to be a man!". He joined with the White Hussars, believing them to be dashing and romantic, something that fit with the persona he believed he conveyed to others.

A life of leisure and luxury means a life with very little danger or conflict.  During his very first experience of real combat, Figaro learned that he was a coward.

The enemy charged, his company roared and threw themselves into the fray but Figaro hesitated, tears welling in his eyes.  He retreated in the confusion and miraculously survived, avoiding both physical injury and the attention of his commanders.  He left his nation that day, knowing he'd find greater honour in being unaccounted for, assumed dead, than he would as a coward and deserter.  His country and family would mourn him as a hero while he fled as a traitor.

Now Figaro is a mercenary for hire, though he prefers the term "freelance saviour of the unfortunate".  He still has the yellow streak and the same perception of himself, an honest and fair ruler of men, but now he must make ends meet and is willing to apply himself to any task that he seems capable of so long as it helps him to reach an end goal that he perceives to have been the "right thing to do" for all parties involved.  While he tends to plant his foot firmly in his mouth around those less fortunate than himself, a much smaller group than it used to be, he's fairly charming in conversation having been extensively trained in etiquette from a young age.

As a self-proclaimed people's hero, a career as a paladin felt appropriate, swearing to serve the public good and defend the downtrodden.  He serves Khors, having been told he was a god of nobility, but has since been told of the implied obligations to throw himself into honourable combat and hopes that fear of upsetting a divine being will be enough to spur him on to feats of bravery in a pinch.  Figaro may be the only paladin who feel apprehensive about his daily prayers, especially in light of his abdication.

He's also very, very unwilling to go anywhere near his former home.  If he were discovered to have lived, he expects a prison sentence at the very least and the humiliation would be more than he could bear.  He's used to shame.  He's not used to being a villain.



Physically he's around 5"9, solidly built and has blonde hair pulled back in a ponytail.  Has suspiciously white teeth and equipment that looks well polished.  In conversation, he makes eye contact rather more than most and adopts stances that suggest he was taught to use conversation as a diplomatic weapon before he actually learned to chat socially.
« Last Edit: October 28, 2015, 01:38:01 PM by BioSpark »
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Re: Figaro Beauchamp
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2015, 10:15:43 PM »
A fine fellow and no mistake, apart from the unfortunate bravado-deficiency of course.  8)

One naturally expects young Figaro to have been inducted into the Order of the Undying Sun, where all the finest young gentlemen go... Would you have trained for action on a war wagon, as a heavy knight or dashing light hussar?

Zobeck's an excellent place to stay out of the notice of your kinsmen: The old Khors temple was associated with the nobility, and burned to the ground during the Great Revolt. There is a garrison of the Undying Sun here though. Best to get out of town before the Autumn Festival of Svarog-Volund, though... that's the major Khors-related festival (a couple of weeks off yet, though).

Anything to take your mind of the Oaths would help... sooner or later, every paladin must swear to a cause: Devotion, The Ancients, or Vengeance.
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Re: Figaro Beauchamp
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2015, 01:39:54 PM »
Righto, a couple of changes made.  Let's be a hussar, that sounds more fairytale heroic, fighting one-on-one with some other chappie rather than rubbing elbows with the rank and file plebs.

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Re: Figaro Beauchamp
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2015, 07:39:11 PM »
Excellent!

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