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Author Topic: Soren Iliescu  (Read 383 times)

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Soren Iliescu
« on: Feb 08, 18, 11:48:26 PM »
The Basics
Character Name: Soren Filip Iliescu
Nicknames: Ren
Age: 22 (born 171 AP)
Race: Short-Lived (3/4 Dena Nehelian, 1/4 mixed other)
Caste: Prince
Birth Territory: Dena Nehele
Home Territory: Dena Nehele

Birthright Jewel: cut Tiger Eye
Offering Jewel: cut Rose

Role: Steward
Faction: Rookwood Village Court

Appearance

Play By: Neels Visser
Distinguishing Features: His left earlobe is pierced and he has two, small tattoos (one on each wrist). Soren's eyes are a startlingly bright, intense blue and his hair is prone to changing shade depending on the season (lighter in the summer with all the sun and darker in the winter due to lack thereof).


Personality

Personality: Soren is, and has generally always been, rather precocious. If there's something he's passionate about and fascinated by he'll have very little trouble figuring it out. Usually on his own, though, as he tends to avoid trying to ask for help in his endeavors unless it's a last resort. Not that he couldn't or would be denied it as the Iliescus are incredibly close-knit and have always encouraged their kids to either come to them or each other with their issues or tribulations. This is a trait the Prince has inherited and while he won't always seek out advice or assistance for himself, he has no hesitance in offering himself up as a warm and doting presence, happy to give aid to anybody who asks it of him (and even some that don't).

Growing up with two older brothers and a younger sister has put Soren in the unique position of enjoying having people to look up to, but also thriving on being the one who is admired and sought out for advice or guidance. He definitely suffered a bit of middle child syndrome growing up for the first few years after Cecilia was born, but managed to grow out of it once he found his own hobbies and niche in life. Soren has never actually harbored any long-term grudges or resentment against any of his siblings (except maybe Nicolae for the slew of headlocks he had to endure during any bouts of roughhousing, but that's what happens when you have a Warlord Prince for a brother) and generally tries to maintain this behavior with most people he encounters.

Something of a pacifist, he'll literally try and say just about anything to avoid a needless confrontation, even moreso to prevent things from turning physically violent. It just wasn't how he was raised and despite his brothers insisting on teaching him how to throw a proper punch, he doesn't enjoy it. Always more a man of tactful words and negotiation rather than action. Even on the rare occasions that disputes do go beyond arguments, he'll take the defensive route and throw up shields and duck out of the way before allowing himself to hit someone.

Soren is meticulously organized, attentive and dedicated to his work, though not so much that he doesn't know how to enjoy himself and relax a little bit. Life in Rookwood requires a balance of the two ends of the spectrum. Take yourself too seriously and you'll be the butt of jokes for weeks on end about needing the stick removed from your behind, but don't pull your weight within the court or community and you'll be equally frowned upon for laziness or unwillingness to contribute. A person can't be afraid to get their hands dirty and do some actual, hard work if they want to actually succeed, and Ren has never been a person with such an aversion.


Likes:
  • Nature: While obviously nothing compared to a Queen's proclivity to the outdoors, Soren has always loved nature. Much of his childhood was spent hunting or climbing trees or playing games with Ory and their circle of friends outside. While they don't always get those same opportunities as adults now, he still makes sure to take time out of his day to bask outside, rain or shine. Whether its taking a stroll with his Queen or even relocating his stacks of paperwork outside to do his work for the day (he has occasionally been caught filling out forms while hanging casually from a tree branch, don't judge), he never fails to get a large dose of fresh air.
  • Pears: Despite the rough terrain of Moesia Province, they possess some of the best pears (if not the best) in the Territory, many of which come exclusively from Rookwood Village. Soren's family owns and runs a few of the pear tree groves near the village and has tended to them for generations now. While he won't be inheriting the family business  - he's more than occupied serving his Queen and the position is already designated to his eldest brother - he can frequently still be found helping out his family with any of the tasks associated with keeping the business going. Not to mention he almost always has several pears vanished away in his psychic cabinet to munch on throughout the day.
  • Enabling people: Soren firmly believes that his friends and family should pursue whatever brings them the most joy in life, and he is always the first one to show his support and encouragement for any flights of fancy his loved ones may possess. This has occasionally gotten him into some mischief as the aforementioned flights of fancy aren't necessarily always the best ideas, but the Prince is always up for such adventures. This extends to Oryon as well, encouraging her sometimes unorthodox methods of ruling and taking care of her people rather than trying to be some kind of tempering force who would only bring down her natural zest for life.

Dislikes:
  • Being underestimated: "Too young." "Not experienced enough." "Too unrefined." All things that Soren has heard over the years and all things that the young Prince stubbornly aims to disprove. He recognizes that his position in Ory's court is usually one held by older males, but he's convinced that there is nobody more qualified and dedicated to the position of Steward than he is and he'll continue to serve his Queen to the very best of his abilities. Naysayers be damned.
  • Conflict: Why do people need to resort to aggressive words or actions when things can almost always be simply talked out calmly and rationally? Growing up in the close-knit village of Rookwood has spoiled Ren a little as there's a very congenial sense of community and large disputes don't tend to happen very often (or when they do they are usually solved via conversation and a really nice fruit basket). That being the case, he generally dislikes going elsewhere and seeing fights break out as he finds them to be excessive and unnecessary. When such things are turned on him personally, he will turn somewhat skittish and evasive, doing whatever he can to dissuade the aggressor until they hopefully move on.
  • Big cities: They're crowded and dirty, they smell funny (the mountain air of Moesia is so much more crisp and clean), and if he doesn't have some kind of map to navigate or guide to assist him (he has some spatial awareness trouble) he'll usually end up getting lost and walking around in circles. Not to mention most of the city folks he's encountered tend to be condescending and rude towards the country folks like those of Rookwood.

Fears:
  • The Guilds of Dena Nehele: Everyone knows that the guilds are the things that go bump in the night, especially the Shaos and the Myos. They're subtle (minus the Jacks, usually) and powerful, reputation preceding them for a very good reason. The fact that anyone can generally hire them on for any sort of nefarious purpose is unnerving to Soren and he takes care to hopefully never have to deal with them.
  • Losing Oryon: She is both his oldest friend and his Queen. They grew up together and have been inseparable since they were children. Aside from his family, Ory is the one person who losing would absolutely devastate him beyond simple grief. Furthermore, it's a known fact that the halt on guild contracts against Queens is only in place because of Riley Vlas. Should that ever be lifted for whatever reason, it would make Ory fair-game once more which utterly terrifies Soren.
  • Cougars: His brothers took him on a hike through one of the more rough trails up in the mountain range when he was younger (it was a dare and he didn't want them to make fun of him for chickening out) and he got separated from them for a couple hours. During that time he accidentally stumbled across a small group of mountain lions in one of the dens they're known to inhabit and it terrified the piss out of him (figuratively and literally). While he's older and knows how to proceed against the threats of the wild now, he'd be lying if he said that they didn't still unnerve him.

Craft Strengths:
  • Diplomacy: Soren knows how much large and "proper" Court functions and gatherings make Oryon uncomfortable. Thus, as her best friend and earliest Bonded, he took extra care and time to specifically train in this sect of Craft in order to make her life easier. Anytime Rookwood is needed to be present at a more formal function, Soren is never seen trailing far behind Ory and her escort for the night, voluntarily schmoozing and taking as much of the weight off her shoulders as he can. He navigates the tricky, political waters with a practiced ease rarely found from someone of his age thanks to his dedication to this Craft.
  • Travel Craft: Moesia is known for its rough terrain and the mountain range is infamous for being exceptionally deadly, especially during the winter months. Growing up in such conditions has made him adept at riding the Winds to get around the areas where they happen to be particularly turbulent as if it were nothing. That being the case in areas where the ride is notably more smooth and less dangerous, Ren is also able to travel more quickly and efficiently than his peers, making the lengthy scaling of the mountains (or such similar journeys) far more painless and less time-consuming.

Craft Weaknesses:
  • Power Bolts: Maybe it's the fact that he hasn't practiced them enough, or perhaps it's due to him not really having the heart to use them pretty much ever in the first place? Maybe a little bit of both. Whatever the reason, Soren's power bolts are laughably ineffective anytime they come into play. His aim isn't great, first of all. Secondly, the strength of their raw power falls below that of what it should be in correlation to his actual jewels.
  • Seduction Craft: Ren's brothers dragged him into Bidea to try and teach him how to use this sort of Craft after he made his Offering and it ended quite abysmally. Girl dumping a drink on his lap-level abysmally, in fact. The Prince is still fairly sure he won't live it down from his siblings and has effectively sworn off trying to woo people via anything other than traditional means. He's much more of a textbook romantic anyway, truth be told.

Life Story
Family:
Mother: Dorina Iliescu; Yellow - Rose; Black Widow (b. 138 AP)
Stepfather: Costin Iliescu; Tiger Eye - Summer Sky; Prince (presumed biological father; b. 136 AP)
Father: Alexandru Petrescu; Rose - Blood Opal; Warlord Prince (unknown; b. 147 AP)

Aunt (paternal): Tatiana Petrescu; broken; Queen (unknown; b. 159 AP)
Uncle (paternal): Artur Woden; Opal - Red; Prince (unknown; b. 151 AP)

Siblings:
Nicolae Iliescu; White - Tiger Eye; Warlord Prince (b. 160 AP)
Andrei Iliescu; Tiger Eye - Summer Sky; Warlord (b. 163 AP)
Gabriella Robles; Purple Dusk birthright; Queen (unknown, paternal half-sister; b. 173 AP)
Cecilia Iliescu; Opal birthright (will descend to Sapphire); Priestess (b. 175 AP)


History:

Dorina Iliescu likely couldn't tell you now what Alexandru Petrescu was doing in the small, mountain village of Rookwood twenty-two years ago; only that he was there, devilishly handsome and willing to climb into her bed. Her husband, Costin, was away in Sevastopol on business and while the dalliance with the Warlord Prince who only gave her his name wasn't the Black Widow's first incident of infidelity (secrets she'll take to her grave, to be sure), it was certainly the first one that she'd slipped up and forgotten her usual contraceptive brew during.

Thankfully (in her mind), the timing just barely worked out in terms of when Costin had left for Tulzbruja's largest city and when she realized she was with her third child upon the man's return home. Costin and the rest of the family were none the wiser as to the affair and the little Prince who was born nine months later was simply presumed to be his. It mattered to her none as she'd been fully aware that the night with Alexandru was just that and she held no childish fantasies of anything more significant. Besides, it would only air dirty laundry that the Black Widow hardly wanted all of Rookwood to be privy to. The lie was only further cemented eight years later when Dorina granted her husband paternity of Soren as the boy walked out of the altar, beaming as brightly as the newfound Tiger Eye that glittered in his clutches.

That was that in her mind, the matter effectively swept under the rug as far as any involved parties were concerned and she could resume resting easy while continuing to raise her slowly growing brood. Cecilia came a few years after Soren had been born and the pair of them decided that four children was their hard limit, having their hands full with a couple of pre-teens and now two younger children as well as running the family enterprise.

It was shortly after Ren's Birthright Ceremony that he experienced the most life-changing event any male of the Blood can lay claim to. At the tender age of 8 years old is when he first ran into Oryon Rivers, a girl his own age and a Queen. His Queen, he was soon informed of after the encounter had taken place and he found himself mystified upon returning home from the play-date with the other child. She was energetic, playful, friendly, perfect.

The boy's time after that was a precarious balance of Craft and caste lessons and trying to spend as much time as possible with his new friend. Although the former and latter did tend to overlap as the Prince and Queen were permitted to have several of their lessons together since several of the subjects they learned were the same. This pattern proceeded for many years after and he was the ever-present shadow tagging along on whatever mischief she decided to get into, even if sometimes he'd much rather have had his nose stuck in a new book of some kind.

Many had assumed that Soren would grow up to be Oryon's First Escort when she took on a court of her own (presumably that of Rookwood Village, their home), but for as much devotion and fondness as he held for his delightful Queen and her safety, he harbored an almost equal amount for, well... paperwork and numbers and organization. Very Princely tasks through and through.

So as much as he desired to serve his best friend, he held a lack of inclination to take that specific role, knowing First Escort would leave him unfulfilled on some level; though that didn't really stop him from tagging along where he was allowed anyway. When Oryon was taken under Adamara Pavel's tutelage, Soren was not far behind her as many would expect, their training within the much larger court taking more formal, forked paths at that point for the years that followed.

Ory has large ambitions to bring more prosperity to Rookwood and make it more accessible to trade routes and safer travel up and down the mountains for resources. She desires to establish and refine the natural mines that lie within the mountainsides and provide better security and training for the people she rules over. For tasks such as those she didn't need a competent First Escort or a proficient Master of the Guard (though she does still require those things), but a Steward who understands her inner-workings and knows the visions she has inside and out. Who will work diligently to bring all of her potential successes to fruition through any means necessary.

Soren felt (and knows) there was nobody more qualified for that position and the work it entails than him. As such, it was the Steward's ring that the young Prince insisted upon and accepted after both friends had made their Offering and their training underneath Lady Pavel's court was deemed complete, and it has been that role that the attentive and amenable young man has been thriving in ever since.


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"Prince!"

Soren heard the voice, somewhere in the recesses of his mind, and even then it sounded somewhat distant physically. He ignored it for the moment (there were many Princes roaming around, no guarantee they were yelling for him specifically, right?), legs idly swinging as he sat perched up on the sturdy tree branch while he scrawled away at some paperwork that he'd neglected earlier in the day. He definitely looked a bit of a sight, seated up within the tree with a stack of books, papers and ink hovering nearby, precariously balanced with Telekinetic Craft.

"Prince!"

There it was again. One of the maids? Or maybe one of the patrols that scouted around the village and its surrounding areas? Ren still couldn't quite tell and still couldn't be bothered to check precisely who it was. He sighed, shaking his head and narrowing his gaze a bit as he tapped his pen against his chin. These missives were particularly urgent and he needed to reply to them promptly, then obtain Ory's signature before mailing them back.

"Ren, I swear to the Darkness if you don't get down here right now I'll knock you out of this blasted tree myself and feed you to the mountain lions!"

The threat combined with the sudden proximity of the shrill voice beneath him caused him to jump and nearly lose his balance up within the tree, knuckles whitening a bit and knees locking around the branch so he didn't fall right out. Inhaling a breath and then huffing it out in mild indignation, he leaned over enough to stick his head out from the mess of leaves and stared down at the source: none other than his baby sister. "Now now, let's not get hasty here. Don't joke about things like that, Cece!"

Shifting a bit, he conjured in a pear from his psychic cabinet and took a generous bite from the delectable fruit, still gazing at his sibling with his head cocked sideways inquisitively. "What's all the shouting for anyway, huh? Whatcha need?"


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Re: Soren Iliescu
« Reply #1 on: Feb 08, 18, 11:49:28 PM »
Could I get a General Roll and 5 Family Rolls? Please and thanks! <3


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Re: Soren Iliescu
« Reply #2 on: Feb 09, 18, 03:31:33 AM »
Per request for General Random..

Weighed by Mother Night...

You've risen from the Darkness twice blessed with a cut Blood Opal Birthright Jewel, and were gifted with an uncut Red Jewel at your Offering.

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« Reply #3 on: Feb 09, 18, 03:37:58 AM »
o.o Good Lord. Okay wow, not what I was expecting lol. Much obliged, as always~ <3


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Re: Soren Iliescu
« Reply #4 on: Feb 12, 18, 02:27:51 AM »
I swear I'm not normally this needy, you all know this. x_x

BUT, this lovely set is a bit much for my child here, so I'd like to bank it per this purchase and get another one.

Many thanks to the troller and its humble messengers! <3


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Re: Soren Iliescu
« Reply #5 on: Feb 12, 18, 07:57:18 AM »
Weighed by Mother Night...

You've risen from the Darkness twice blessed with a cut Tiger Eye Birthright Jewel, and were gifted with a cut Summer Sky Jewel at your Offering.

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« Reply #6 on: Feb 12, 18, 11:17:50 PM »
Last thing for this boy, I swear!

Can I go ahead and reduce this to Tiger Eye - Rose and take the +10 for the single descent (purchased here)? TE-SS is stalking me, I think. Thank you! <3


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« Reply #7 on: Feb 13, 18, 10:57:25 AM »
With addtional +10 to Descent & request for Tiger Eye to Rose...
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« Reply #8 on: Feb 26, 18, 06:07:24 AM »
Ready for review! Just needs Wren's sign-off for the Oryon/want ad references. <3


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« Reply #9 on: Feb 26, 18, 08:41:50 AM »
Reeeeen! *grabby hands*

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« Reply #10 on: Feb 26, 18, 11:03:15 AM »
Added to the queue.

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