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Description: Warlord Prince. Summer Sky to Blood Opal. Played by Gavin

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Kain Eskola
« on: Mar 26, 16, 09:27:49 PM »
The Basics
Character Name: Kain Eskola
Nicknames: "Prince" will do just fine.
Age & Birthyear: 43 (Born 151 AP)
Race: Short-Lived (Glacia)
Caste: Warlord Prince
Birth Territory: Glacia, Kaeleer
Home Territory: Glacia, Kaeleer
 
Birthright Jewel: cut Summer Sky
Offering Jewel: uncut Blood Opal
 
Role:
Faction: Midnight Keepers (The Summit)
 
Appearance

Play By: Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Distinguishing Features:
 
Kain cleans up nicely for formal functions, but prefers to wear a bit of a beard. His eyes are flat and cold unless he’s looking at Lydia. Even then the warmth in them is muted, as though his mind is a thousand miles away. When he's hunting a target, however, he moves swiftly and efficient.

If one looks close enough, there’s a scar on the left side of his neck, starting just below the ear, that leads further down into whatever tunic he’s wearing. He tells people that it stings in the presence of smugglers, though most consider it an exaggeration. A smuggler fought back in desperation and landed a knife strike. Kain later used that knife to return the favor eighteen times.

Out of respect.
 
Personality

 
Personality:
 
Kain Eskola is not a pleasant man to be around. He's attractive. He's wealthy. He carries a conversation well. Give his own choice, though, he’d rather be working or hunting. Lydia speaks for them at most functions while Kain remains silent and keeps his eyes on his fiancee. When he must speak, his answers are brief and pointed. Flowery talk doesn’t make him or anyone else feel better so he doesn’t bother with it. Yet unkind words undermine Lydia’s position and he respects the Priestesses even more than Queens. He is possessive and protective of Lydia, though not outwardly so. Save for her and his brothers in the Midnight Keepers, Kain despises most people. He tolerates his future-sister-in-law, Queen Miina and carries out missions at her command, but she fascinates and irritates him simultaneously due to her status as Queen.

On assignment, Kain is a professional. He'll follow whoever is in charge if he isn't leading. If he's the leader, he expects his subordinates to know their jobs and execute them. Once it’s over, he returns home to brood on Alethea’s escape and ready his weapons for the next mission.

Kain doesn’t fear his Ruts; he enjoys them. Hunting can’t cure all of his ills; a good Rut allows him to burn off the extra energy and enter a hunt with a clear mind. He doesn’t subject Lydia to his Ruts, though he knows the Priestess would submit if desired. She’s the public face of their cabal and he’s the fist. He likes it that way.

 
 
Likes:
  • 1. Lydia – His betrothed is a manipulator and a social climber. She’s obsessed with power and status. And she’s the only one who is completely honest with him. They know where they stand with each other. Her drive and will to power is deeply attractive to him.


  • 2. Hunting- Kain started hunting as a boy with his mentor and has made it a lifelong hobby. It keeps his skills sharp in the name of service to the Midnight Keepers and keeps him active and at the top of his game.


  • 3. Physical Contact – Kain enjoys being touched. Alethea rarely left his side. He asks Lydia to touch him when they speak. While his betrothed can’t replicate the Queen’s Touch, Kain finds a bit of peace in being near Lydia. It never lasts but it does exist.
     
    Dislikes:
  • 1. Parties/Court Functions – Kain believes these things a waste of time. It’s little more than a bunch of lickspittles and rumor mongers trying to ingratiate themselves to the “in” crowd on a regular basis. He’s required to attend them because of Miina and Lydia, but he’d rather be out hunting.


  • 2. Inebriation - Kain does not imbibe spirits or drugs. These things impair his judgement, coordination and senses. He doesn’t say so aloud, but his respect diminishes for those who need drinks and drugs to get by. He could be called on a mission at a moment’s notice and will not risk reporting to a commanding officer at anything less than his best.

  • 3. Being managed – People whisper that he’s out of control. They whisper that he’s as dangerous as an unbound Warlord Prince. They try to control him, redirect him, or generally treat him like he’s only moments away from slaughtering everyone. People often approach him through Lydia as though she has some power over him that no one else does. Lydia often has to talk him down from snapping someone’s neck. He accepts it, but it grates on his nerves.
     
    Fears:
  • 1. Old Age - He keeps himself in excellent physical condition but Kain understands he’s growing older. Each year that passes brings the chances of a major injury closer to fruition, either during a contract or during a hunt. Even worse, the chances that his senses will dull or his memory will go haunt him daily. He pushes himself harder than he should to convince himself he’s still the man and the warrior he’s always been.

  • 2. Abandonment– Kain recognizes that he and Lydia are more compatible than he and Alethea ever were. She asks little from him and accepts him as he is. Still...there are other Warlord Princes in the province and she is the High Priestess. Are they simply means to an end for each other? Alethea abandoned him. Why wouldn’t Lydia?

  • 3. Not Being Good Enough - Every hunt is another chance to prove himself. It’s also another chance to miss a vital clue, make a mistake, and get snared and defeated by the enemy. Kain is an only child and the heir to his family’s legacy. The Smugglers are good at what they do and they’re inventive in their traps and tricks. Kain worries, deep down, that the right Smuggler on the wrong day will get the best of him because they caught him unprepared.

    After all, they took his Queen right out from under his nose.

     
    Craft Strengths:
  • 1. Advanced Tracking Craft – Kain’s innate predatory instinct has made him a master of hunting and tracking in his role as a Midnight Keeper. With a glance at a foe’s personal belongings or a location they’ve been in, Kain’s mind strips away their human characteristics and reduces them to prey, allowing him to determine where they are headed and pursue with accuracy and efficiency.

  • 2. Jewel Management- Kain substitutes raw potential for an uncanny ability to get the absolute most from his jewels without endangering them. He’s one of the best hunters/trackers in Glacia and would put his ability against anyone’s at a moment’s notice.
     
    Craft Weaknesses:
  • 1. Seduction Craft – Kain doesn’t have the patience necessary to learn this Craft and he can bed women without it. When a Rut comes on, waiting is not an option. Save it for people who need pretty words to get by.

  • 2. Telekinetic/Fine Telekinetic Craft- Kain loves finishing kills with bare hands. It would be easier for him (and safer) if he could snap someone’s neck from several yards away, but it wouldn’t be nearly as satisfying. Feeling bones snap in his hands and watching the light fade from a target's’ eyes is a powerful thing.

     
     
    Life Story

    Family:
    Mother: Anya Eskola, Opal to Green Priestess- Age 73 (Born 121 AP)
    Father: Edric Eskola, Summer Sky to Opal Prince - Age 68 (Born 126 AP)

    Siblings: None.

     
    History:

    Kain Eskola was born on his mother’s birthday in 151 AP. Due to this, he has always been closer to his mother than his father, though he enjoys warm (for him) relations with both. Exposed to the Dark Religion at a young age, Kain wanted to be a law keeper when he grew older. Receiving the Summer Sky as his Birthright worried his Father, who had high hopes for Kain’s upbringing. His mother believed that Mother Night would not saddle them with a Light Jeweled child and enrolled him in several activities.

    Scholarly pursuits bored him, but hunting, fishing, and tracking captured his attention. Nurturing his love of the outdoors and the rugged lands, Kain’s studies improved and the Warlord Prince became further devoted to his family and Dark Religion. He took honors in a number of hunting contests held within Glaica during his teens and prepared himself or his Offering Ceremony, taking Communion as often as allowed in the hopes that Mother Night would hear his prayers and grant him a darker jewel.

    The receipt of the Blood Opal reaffirmed his faith and earned the esteem of his parents. It was from here that life changed, as his hunting guide and teacher revealed himself as a member of the Midnight Keepers. He offered Kain a chance to defend Glacia’s people and aid his mother even further in her role as a voice of Darkness. Kain’s belief in Glacia’s status as the Star of the Kaeleer  and the supremacy of the Dark Religion was absolute. He never considered turning down the offer.

    Kain still despised Court gatherings but ten years ago, he bonded to Alethea Ecklund. Her scent drew him to her side from across the room and he pushed his way through a throng of would-be suitors to meet her. When he did, he knelt and kissed her hands, swearing to protect her and keep her safe. As one of the Light Jeweled, she was in need of a powerful patron to keep her on the right path. Kain considered this another confirmation of his faith that the Darkness would grant him a ward to take care of while he served the Keepers.

    Sure, he was rough with her during his Ruts but was it not his Queen’s duty to serve him as he served her? She belonged to him. When his mother demanded that he marry Lydia Kalas, Kain accepted. Alethea would enjoy his Ruts and Lydia would have him otherwise. Both of his women would be spared the whole of his dark nature and everyone would be better for it. For eight years, things were fine. 

    Then Alethea vanished without a trace. He returned home, expecting to sate his remaining bloodlust through sexual release, to find that she’d vanished like a thief in the night with a hefty sum of his money. Lydia arrived to find Kain standing in the foyer with the lifeless bodies of Alethea’s staff surrounding him. That was two years ago.

    When he is not dealing with assignments as a member of the Summit, he pores over information from the days and weeks following Alethea’s escape. He believes he’s close to a breakthrough that will locate her. He wants to know why she left him; he can’t imagine any reason she would do so. She had everything she could ask for.

    He’ll burn her world to the ground if she gives the wrong answer.

     
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    The choice is simple.” Kain said, staring across the table at the man before him as the last of his patience waned. Bearded, bruised and trembling, Kain thought the old man had seen better days. He served the Underground with the smugglers who repeatedly broke Glacian law. Try as he might, Kain didn’t understand them. What advantage did they gain in fighting the system? What moral victory did they gain by aiding misguided citizens in escaping Mother Night’s will? The Dark Religion wasn’t the monster so many of them railed against. It wasn’t even their enemy.

    Their inability to cope with their sorry lot in life was their enemy. Kain pitied them. Or he used to, before he learned the truth.

    Answer one last thing for me and I’ll release you.” Kain said.

    The old man’s face was grim considered it. He wanted to go home. He wanted to live. Most of all, he wanted to be away from the gaze of the man before him.

    I don’t know much. I just help with paperwork from time to time. Just...you’ll release me if I talk?

    I’ll release you if you answer one more thing for me.” Kain said, reaching inside the fold of his tunic and drawing out a piece of parchment. He opened it and passed it to the old man.

    This woman was aided by your people a little while ago. Where did she go?

    Recognition lit the old man’s eyes. He nodded as he picked up the parchment. Kain restrained the urge to break his fingers one by one. “I remember her. She was nervous. Offered to pay extra to speed up the process. I don’t know what was on her papers. Just know she went east.

    East. You’re sure?” Kain asked.

    Yeah. Like I said, I don’t know much. But she was memorable.” The old man confirmed.

    Kain watched the old man in silence for a long moment. He trembled but his tone remained even. He was scared, but not scared enough to blurt out the first lie that came to mind. The recognition in his eyes was real. He’d seen her.

    He’d seen Alethea.

    Kain rose from his chair. “Thank you.” He said, his tone genuinely grateful.

    The old man nodded. “So you'll release me?” he asked hopefully.

    Kain nodded, coming around the table. He helped the old man to his feet.

    His hands closed upon smuggler’s skull with alacrity and squeezed. The old man cried out in pain and terror, blue eyes widening in fear. Blood vessels burst inside his eyes. A rivulet of blood slid from his nose as his skull fractured.

    Kain focused his craft, enhancing his strength.

    But...you said...you’d release me…” the old man rasped plaintively. His eyes begged for the mercy his lips couldn’t manage.

    His head shattered like a ripe melon in Kain’s hands, spraying the Warlord Prince with blood, brains, and skull fragments. Still, Kain squeezed until his hands met in the ruins of his captive’s head. The body dropped to the floor with a thud and Kain looked down it on, no sympathy in his eyes.


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Re: Kain Eskola
« Reply #1 on: Mar 27, 16, 01:24:20 AM »
Per your private message request that I just saw! Sorry!!

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Weighed by Mother Night...

You've risen from the Darkness twice blessed with a cut Summer Sky birthright Jewel, and were gifted with an uncut Blood Opal Jewel at your offering.

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Re: Kain Eskola
« Reply #2 on: Mar 27, 16, 11:18:17 AM »
May I also have two family rolls?

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Re: Kain Eskola
« Reply #3 on: Mar 27, 16, 11:29:23 AM »
Two family rolls:
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Re: Kain Eskola
« Reply #4 on: Mar 27, 16, 12:11:59 PM »
It is clear that Mother Night cares about this family.
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Re: Kain Eskola
« Reply #5 on: Mar 27, 16, 02:41:34 PM »
Ready for review.

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Re: Kain Eskola
« Reply #6 on: Mar 29, 16, 04:13:10 PM »
I love this guy.

And he scares the crap out of me.

Has my official approval or whatnot.












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« Reply #7 on: Mar 29, 16, 05:23:06 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: Mar 29, 16, 10:12:13 PM »
Date with Destiny, Part 2!

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Re: Kain Eskola
« Reply #10 on: Dec 02, 17, 04:27:21 PM »
May I please have a roll for Kain’s Adoptable Dark Apprentice Ally?


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Your Dark Ally was Weighed by Mother Night...

...and risen from the Darkness twice blessed with a cut Opal Birthright Jewel, and were gifted with a cut Red Jewel at your Offering.

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« Reply #12 on: Feb 21, 18, 05:04:54 PM »
Congratulations!


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« Reply #13 on: Dec 30, 18, 09:49:52 PM »
May I have three more family rolls, please?

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« Reply #14 on: Jan 08, 19, 02:49:19 PM »
Hi, bumping this request back up :)

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« Reply #15 on: Jan 08, 19, 07:25:47 PM »
1. White - Rose
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