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Author Topic: Cesare Libertinus  (Read 3409 times)

Description: Warlord, Summer Sky to Broken Opal. Played by Reid.

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Cesare Libertinus
« on: Dec 22, 11, 06:08:20 AM »
The Basics

Character Name: Cesare Libertinus
Nicknames: None
Age: 2748, approx 43 (2561 BP)
Race: Hayllian, Long-lived
Caste: Warlord
Birth Territory: Hayll
Home Territory: Hayll

Birthright Jewel: uncut Summer-sky
Offering Jewel: cut Opal
Appearance


Play By: Rupert Graves
Distinguishing Features: Cesare's a good-natured bloke, and his easy smile and relaxed posture shows that. He's gone gray early, and wears his hair cropped fairly short. He is of medium height, rather stocky, and a bit pale for a Hayllian; his eyes tend towards whiskey gold rather than the pure yellow-gold of other Hayllians.

Personality


Personality: Cesare is very careful to appear a good-hearted man with very little on his mind beyond ensuring the gladiators in the colisseum enjoy safe brutal fights. He is an attentive member of the Queen's second circle, with a keen eye for gladiatorial talent, an appreciation for the combat skills of guards, and also fine wines and sweets. He has a reputation among the lower-level Colosseum officials for being very difficult to bribe. He is, to all appearances, a genial old man coasting by on his job.

The facts are, Cesare gets bored, and he gets bored very easily. Watching fair fights and judging them fairly doesn't hold his interest for very long; he considers himself beholden only to himself, in the manner of one of the scions of Hayll's Hundred Families, and isn't much fazed by the idea of his duty as the Judge. When Cesare gets bored, his apparent respect for the sport mysteriously vanishes. When he's bored, suddenly there is no combat too sacred. Though he will wax poetic on the errors of his past, the truth is he misses the days when he could spend time watching landens and slaves fight to the death. He relishes power, and has never known power such as what he wielded then, when he and only he could call a stop to combat and let the loser live.

He is capricious, and doesn't like to deny himself things he likes, which can create quite a fluctuating balance in his purse. However, he also has a good man of business, and there's always bribes being offered to the highest power in the Colisseum. If things ever tip too far into the red, he'll accept a few bribes and smooth things over that way. Cesare is well aware that he doesn't need to wear Jewels at all if he holds his position as the Judge; he holds the power of life and death for those who wear Jewels far darker than his Opal ever was. More than that, he holds the power to make life miserable.

He does, however, miss wearing his Opal, and is very sensitive about the subject of its breaking.

Likes:
  • Bloodshed - Why else become the Judge of the coliseum? Cesare might not be a Warlord Prince, but he has more than healthy appetite for seeing blood shed in the sand and sawdust of the Colosseum floor. It's interesting, and reminds him of the power he wields in his position.
  • Blackmail(ing others) - Sometimes intentionally mis-judging the fights in the coliseum just isn't enough, and he needs to find some other way to put those Darker-Jeweled than he is under his thumb. Plenty of people are willing to bring him information in exchange for a fixed fight, and although that's fairly boring, he can get ages of entertainment out of these tidbits.
  • Fine wines and sweets - He's Second Circle in a Territory court, he serves as the Judge of the coliseum. Appreciation of the finer things available to a man like himself seems only sensible.
Dislikes:
  • Boredom - Obviously. He can't stand being bored, the way it makes his thoughts turn ouroboros and devour each other. When he gets to a certain point, he will literally do anything to be stimulated, whether it's drugs or sex or ruining a gladiator's fight.
  • Fighting - He likes to watch people fight, he admires the skills needed, but he himself is no warrior. Of course he has basic escort skills--most Blood males do--but he doesn't maintain them, and won't use them if he's not forced into it.
  • Interference - If there's one thing he hates more than anything, it's things that don't go according to his plans. When he plans an amusement for himself, he wants to enjoy the twists he has set out, not someone else's flourishes.
Fears:
  • Being broken - He's already experienced it once and doesn't wish to repeat the experience if he doesn't have to.
  • Losing his position - There's a reason he's careful about playing his games, and that is because he couldn't deal with losing his place of power.
  • Poison - He'll die eventually, and as long as it's interesting he couldn't care less how. Unless it's poison; poison is never interesting, just painful.
Craft Strengths:
  • Obfuscation - Cesare is good at getting in your head and making you doubt what you see. It doesn't need to be overt; just a simple statement wrapped in a subtle spell will do. Darker Jewels are less susceptible to this, which is one reason he misses his Opal.
  • Sense enhancement - It’s useful as the coliseum's judge, as it allows him to in essence “zoom in” without having to use cumbersome oil lenses.
Craft Weaknesses:
  • Illusions - He can make you ignore what’s in front of your face, but he can’t make you see what isn’t there. It frustrates him that he can’t do this when technically he should be excellent at it.
  • Death spells - It’s not his style to do the dirty work himself for a good reason. A good reason.


    Life Story

    Family:
    Grandfather: Benito Libertinus, Rose to Opal Warlord, deceased
    Mother: Serenia della Florenze, Yellow to Rose Priestess, deceased
    Father: Rodrigo Libertinus, White to Tiger-Eye Warlord Prince, deceased
    Sister: Anderona della Florenze, Yellow to Rose Black Widow, 1629

    History:
    The scion and inheritor of one of Hayll’s Hundred Families, Cesare has never wanted for much. This never stopped him from feeling an overweening lust for power, one that he has fed in any way he can throughout his long, long life. Even when he was young, he exhibited downright abusive traits towards the servants; he also didn’t feel apologetic at all, which was the far greater crime in his parents’ eyes. Their solution was simply to deprive him off attendants until he could treat them fairly and kindly. It stopped the overt aggression, driving it underground, beneath his parents’ and teachers’ notice.

    When he reached his fifties, his father had had just about enough of the terrified silence around his home. Rumors were spreading that the Libertinus heir was more than controlling, he was willfully hurting people; desiring not to draw a Queen’s attention, he decided to send his son far away. The family’s businesses in the south, the vineyards that had originally brought them to the revered status of the Hundred Families, needed a closer eye, and Rodrigo sent Cesare.

    Cesare was a good taskmaster, if strict and occasionally brutal. Being largely concerned with results--he wanted, no, needed to succeed at this--he was most attentive to the yards who were underperforming, sometimes to the detriment of the workers there. He had rightly realized that, should he be seen to bring the vineyards to a greater period of prosperity than they had been under his father’s direct watch, he would be seen by the head of the family to be a clear choice for inheritor. He put his nose to the grindstone, foregoing all the little pleasures he had learned to appreciate in Draega. For a while, this entertained him; there were always new problems, whether it was an uprising of the workers or a group of overseers desirious of more pay. He kept himself from boredom by finding new ways to reduce the capital he had to spend, while increasing the marks he brought in.

    Then he got bored.

    At first he reminded himself of the goals, of the power over all of this he could achieve, but it’d been five hundred years of work, of looking after short-lived slaves, of putting his own pleasure and enjoyment aside in order to achieve, what? The control of the vineyards? What did he have to gain there, he’d been running them since he was barely older than one hundred and doing pretty well fine at it, too. Profits had gone up and he’d reduced costs considerably since his early mistakes. Why didn’t his grandfather realize Rodrigo hadn’t been the one running things, and that Cesare deserved to run the business?

    He found himself making plans, not for a dramatic overthrow of his father’s control on him, but a subtle one. There didn’t need to be blood and decimation. No one had to die (unless they got in his way). All it would take was certain of the family retainers just... switching things around, on deeds and papers. Cesare spent time convincing, coercing, and even bribing the people who could make his plan happen--and if they said there was no way they would betray Rodrigo, he spent marks to have them quietly removed. It took another hundred years, but he managed it; on his seven hundredth birthday exactly, the family men of business switched over the inheritance of the vineyards to Cesare.

    Appalled, Rodrigo first came to the family’s vineyards to rage at Cesare; his caste was higher than Cesare’s, but the Opal shield between the son and his Tiger Eye father said clear enough where he placed his faith. Even more than the shield, the mocking lack of attention towards his father’s words would get the point across. Rodrigo had been weak, and Cesare was not going to budge. It’d taken time, money and work to remove his father from the vineyards that had been meant to punish Cesare, but he’d done it.

    When his attempts to convince, terrify, and bribe Cesare to return his inheritance didn’t work, he left. If he tried anything else, Cesare never heard of it; and by now, he had eyes and ears throughout his grandfather’s system. It was entirely possible that his grandfather had simply told his father to give up, retire, and spend his time with his wife. The evidence tended that way, for soon after his younger sister was born and his parents ceased dealing with him entirely. He didn’t mind that; he had work to do, interesting work.

    Controlling everything to do with his family’s vineyards interest was a lot of work, but it brought him to a level of society he’d only had access to through his parents previously. He enjoyed his new position, the attention it brought from young ladies of suitable class; this, he thought, was what he’d been born for. Not sitting around a country estate tending to boring things like caring for the landens he employed. He was a scion of the Hundred Families, not some jumped-up bastard!

    Still... being so far south, so far away from Draega, was becoming boring. The society there was ever-changing, different people every evening; here, the sort of enjoyment he could take from the women around him was limited. Of course he could go to a Red Moon house, but he wasn’t sure he cared to. Not because they protected the women, but because it rankled that he had not been able to lure a woman to remain by his side. Centuries of the monotony passed, punctuated by reports about his younger sister (her caste--her Birthright--her Virgin Night--her Descent) and his family (still unmarried, still unmarried, training a young cousin, still unmarried).

    His patience failed him. He appointed a man of business to watch over the vineyards for him, to handle the day-to-day detritus while Cesare went to Draega.

    Now this was what he had been looking for. New faces every day, different women, different opponents--his decisions weren’t so widely affecting as they had been over the vineyards, but he had that too. Things only got better when he met the Queen Aleyia; she drew him to her in the strangest of ways. When she stepped up to rule the territory--oh, everyone knew it was only until Tyella Chiaro wanted to rule--he offered to serve her, and was given a place in her Third Circle. It was below him to accept, but he did. He liked her Court; it was exciting; it gave him something to do. He had a place, he had power, and while he might have to answer to others there was more opportunity to move up in the world while waiting for his old grandfather to die.

    When his sister decided to join the Coven of Hayll, their parents sent her to live with him. This bothered him; she had obviously absorbed all of their parents’ questionable habits, and she made more trouble for him than she was worth. He spent more time smoothing over slights caused by her country manners than enjoying himself, and it irritated him. Still, he never would have caused her to come to harm. He had done nothing to arrange her rape and shattering; it appeared, on all fronts, to be an accidental crime. The men who had done it were Cesare’s friends, other men in the Hundred Families, so Aleyia did not find it necessary to punish them. They were, after all, very sorry.

    So of course his father blamed him; he came to court enraged, coldly angry, with the patriarch’s approval. His grandfather was mercurial, but he was a powerful man with many friends, and withdrawal of the support of the Libertinus family would have seriously undermined Aleyia’s rule. So a solution was negotiated. She would give Cesare a position of prestige, and Benito would not withdraw his support.

    Cesare became the Judge of the coliseum. And it was great; he thought being Third Circle was fun? Well, now he held the power of life and death over people many jewel ranks deeper than he. By simply withdrawing his favor, he could end lives and make fortunes, and that was intoxicating. Still, enough life and death confrontations and he began to get bored of those, too. There were times when he could predict the actions of the combatants simply because he’d seen the pair of them fight so many times; he could have made a killing, gambling, if only he wasn’t the Judge.

    He put his mind to new ideas, new ways to entertain himself. Landens fighting to the death, fights against beasts procured from faraway lands, staged battles: Each of them brought relief to the crushing boredom, and his life was fun and exciting once again.

    Then came the Purge. When the Black power battered his inner shields, he tried initially to resist; but when he shattered the Opal, he gave up and resigned himself to death. Death never came. He survived the Purge broken only to his Summer-sky, but his family wasn’t so lucky. Benito had died, Rodrigo had died, and Serenia killed herself in the aftermath. He was finally the patriarch of his family, but at the cost of the rest of the direct Libertinus line.

    The first few years after the Purge, he spent splitting his time between the coliseum and the stabilizing of the family assets; when that was done, he returned. With the resumption of Elettra’s rule, he had to behave. No more landen death matches, no more fun. He had to behave, and treat the Coliseum with respect. If he didn’t, he would lose the Summer-sky at the least. But he was so dreadfully bored by behaving. There was no real risk, and the thrill of holding fate in his hands was marred by the checks and balances of the new Coliseum. He decided to take advantage of his new status as Light-Jeweled, though; he currently gets his thrills by selectively accepting bribes, and by “accidentally” passing poisoned or flawed blades.

    It is just so dreadfully boring.


    Show Us What You've Got


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    The day just started off boring, thought Cesare as he descended to the armory. The cook hadn’t listened to his request for breakfast, there’d been a problem with his broken sister shrieking at her reflection until they’d had to call a Healer for her throat, an attempted uprising on the vineyards in the south, boring. Three fights had been scheduled for the afternoon: Two display bouts between prissy aristo children, one challenge to the Champion. It was boring, so boring that he wanted to scream, but that wouldn’t be appropriate and he wasn’t stupid enough to undermine his reputation that way.

    He smiled at the herald guarding the place and proceeded to the weaponry for the day’s bouts, all laid out for inspection. This part of his job was an odd mix of boring and exciting. He liked to find the flawed weapons, the ones that would shatter after one block or fall off a fighter’s arm. Just the possibility of letting it go and saying he didn’t see the poor construction gave him a little thrill. He liked to find the spelled blades and issue punishing fines. Most especially he liked the poisoned blades. It was astonishing, what people thought they could get past him.

    He crossed his arms as he crossed the room to examine the six blades and the shields paired to them. No blade or shield was identical; he knew that after three hundred years of service as the Judge. This pair, here, had a design on it from another of the Hundred Families. Boring, but visually perfect. No spells he could detect; but Cesare had a Black Widow’s spell to reveal power where it appeared, even if it was deeper than the Summer-sky. He dug the little crystal chip out of his pocket, dangled it over the blades and found them all to be clean, except for...

    Cesare tucked the chain and its pendant back under his shirt, rounded the table to look at the weaponry for the Champion’s challenge. In the light from his little spell, it had had an odd sheen; one that blued-steel never had, unless it was... He untucked the green kerchief from his suit pocket and ran the cloth along the edge of the blade for a short distance. Poison, he thought, eyes widening as he examined the crisping of his silk handkerchief. He wouldn’t have guessed it from this particular challenger, but then, Green against Red always had need of a little cheat, he supposed...

    What to do about it, that was the puzzle. He could fine the challenger, but then, today was going to be so boring without something to look forward to. The poison probably wasn’t fatal, because the fines for poison would be pocket change compared to the fine Cesare could bring for death in a challenge match. The Champion wouldn’t die for passing this blade, probably. Even if she did, though...

    He vanished the handkerchief, and pulled the Judge’s seal out of sub-space. There was a protocol for this; he wrapped the weapons inside stiff canvas, tied it shut and sealed the string holding the wrapping closed with his wax seal. There would be no changing of the weapons once they were inspected by the Judge, because no one else would see them until the seal was broken by the fighters. He sealed the Champion’s weaponry last and vanished his seal.

    “Thank you,” he said politely to the herald. “They’re all clear.”

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Re: Cesare Libertinus
« Reply #1 on: Dec 22, 11, 06:12:50 AM »
Weighed by Mother Night...

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

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Re: Cesare Libertinus
« Reply #2 on: Dec 22, 11, 07:11:09 AM »
Cesare would like three family rolls please = o=

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Re: Cesare Libertinus
« Reply #3 on: Dec 22, 11, 09:30:58 AM »
1. White - Tiger Eye
2. Rose - Purple Dusk
3. Yellow - Rose
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Re: Cesare Libertinus
« Reply #4 on: Jan 16, 12, 10:39:22 PM »
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Re: Cesare Libertinus
« Reply #5 on: Jan 17, 12, 04:55:17 PM »
mine :O






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Re: Cesare Libertinus
« Reply #6 on: Feb 04, 12, 12:12:49 PM »
Bluh, one more family roll?






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« Reply #7 on: Feb 04, 12, 12:54:01 PM »
1. Yellow - Rose










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Re: Cesare Libertinus
« Reply #8 on: Feb 04, 12, 03:09:17 PM »
Ready for review!

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Re: Cesare Libertinus
« Reply #9 on: Feb 04, 12, 09:25:34 PM »
Based on the discussion of further editing of the playby occurring,

As a side note, I am really looking forward to playing with Cesare in Hayll!
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Re: Cesare Libertinus
« Reply #10 on: Oct 15, 12, 09:59:33 PM »
Can I retire this guy for now?






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« Reply #11 on: Oct 16, 12, 02:17:47 AM »
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