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Author Topic: Ioan Rosu  (Read 1204 times)

Description: Warlord. Summer Sky to Blood Opal. Played by Zen.

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Ioan Rosu
« on: Jan 15, 18, 04:56:43 PM »
The Basics

Character Name: Ioan Cyril Rosu
Nicknames: Io (friends only); Echo (Shaos code name)
Age and Birth Year: 29 (born 164 AP)
Race: Short-Lived (Dena Nehelian)
Caste: Warlord
Birth Territory: Dena Nehele
Home Territory: Dena Nehele

Birthright Jewel: uncut Summer Sky
Offering Jewel: uncut Blood Opal

Role: Guildsman
Faction: Shaos Guild

Appearance

Play By: Taron Egerton
Distinguishing Features: Much of Ioan's visage is rather nondescript and unassuming, which is exactly as he prefers it. Average height for a male, typical Dena Nehelian features, he can usually be described as classically handsome but not overly memorable. His most prominent features, though, would be his very defined jawline and the dimples that present themselves when he smiles.

Personality



Personality: Ioan Rosu is a man of many masks, many names, many faces, both figuratively and literally. As any dedicated member of the Shaos guild should be, of course, but for Io it's always been more than simply just a job. It's his livelihood, one of the things that brings him true adrenaline and excitement, and he takes great care to excel in it and keep himself sharp even while not on a contract. Very few people can claim to know the true Ioan, and he goes to many lengths to keep it that way as he's a naturally distrusting sort, both for the sake of the guild and his own, personal safety. Sure, many of the things he'll offer up in conversation are true, or simply just minor adjustments to the facts, but what's what exactly is known almost exclusively to him.

Weaponized is probably too strong of a word that he'd use to describe his own nature, but that is, in essence, what he is where his abilities meshed with his personality are concerned. He possesses a very specific skill-set and it has helped shape him as a whole. He tends to take most matters pretty seriously, even if his current role requires a smile and good-natured behavior. When left to his own devices he's not the most social type, preferring to keep his own company with a good book or the newspaper. However, he's not wholly against fraternizing with fellow guild mates, so he'll generally tag along if invited to some kind of outing or social function, even if he doesn't say much while present.

The Warlord is observant, bordering on obsessively so. His parents told him that even when he was born he seemed to have a way about him that was always taking in anything and everything around him - eyes darting to and fro in a much more intent manner than any small tot should've been capable of. A child's curiosity was one thing, of course, but this trait remained long past the years of his youth and steadily into adulthood, making him incredibly adept at much of what the guild's work requires of him.

He'll pick out the most seemingly mundane details and store them away, his brain an endless vault of tidbits and random information about anyone from the beggar down the street to the aristo seated across from him at the table who won't stop whining about how much her neighbor's flower garden is so much better than her own. Naturally, this isn't always ideal as some information is truly just useless, and has ultimately led to bouts of overthinking and over-analyzing a situation, but most of the time he insists that it all does have a purpose. It makes him more chameleon-like, more adaptable to the situations he has to slide into. In reality this isn't always the case, but he's stubborn and isn't wont to admit it.

Ioan is also ambitious beyond measure and always has been. In his mind he has a legacy to uphold and live up to, and to achieve anything less than even his most loftiest of goals would be a disgraceful failure... even if that perceived failure is really only present in his own mind. Naturally, he understands his place as a Warlord in Blood society. He doesn't harbor any outlandish goals such as ruling anything, or even something more likely such as obtaining a leadership role within the Shaos guild (he prefers doing rather than delegating, anyway), but he'll be damned if he isn't the cutting edge best at what he chooses to aspire to. Furthermore, he feels a much greater degree of freedom to tend to his pursuits than if he was born a Prince or a Warlord Prince. Those castes come with far more expectations and restrictions, neither of which he really cares for in terms of anything but his own.

Morals are definitely a gray area for the man, and not unintentionally so. He was instilled with the beliefs that not everything is black and white from an early age by his sires. As guild members themselves, they made it abundantly clear to him that good and evil, right and wrong, are merely social constructs crafted by idealists and altruists. Good people can do awful things and awful people can do great things, it's all a matter of perspective and judgement. Of course, they educated him on what was socially acceptable and what types of things were highly frowned upon so he'd always take care not to land himself in hot water, but as far as his personal views and his work with the Shaos goes, there is no means that he's against resorting to in order to get something done.

Likes:
  • Coffee - If you were to cut the Warlord open, you might have an equal chance of finding coffee as much as you would blood. Io is almost never without a mug of the stuff regardless of the time of day, so incredibly fond of the various types and flavors he is. And if you try to even speak to him in the morning before he's had his first cup, you'll usually wish you hadn't.
  • Cats - Felines are subtle, clever, and independent. These traits ring true of Ioan as well, so it has always left him fascinated by and fond of the species. He currently has two cats of his own and treats them no less than as if they were actual people. It could be argued that he treats them better than he treats most people, in fact.
  • People-watching - Despite not being the most talkative, social creature, Io has a fondness for people in the sense that he enjoys listening to and observing them, whether from afar or up close. Everyone has different quirks and idiosyncrasies, and the Warlord finds learning about them to be a fruitful endeavor. It has a twofold benefit in that memorizing these things makes him look like an astute, attentive friend and acquaintance, even if half the time he's only doing it for work and not because he's actually interested.
Dislikes:
  • The agreement between Riley and the Guilds - It's stupid, and quite frankly undermines everything the guilds stand for, in Ioan's opinion. They are supposed to provide a sort of balance within the Territory, and nixing the ability to take out contracts on Queens shows blatant favoritism and only provides the potential to further hamper what the guilds do and how they operate. Nobody should be allowed a say in how the guilds function aside from guild members themselves, it'll only lead to trouble.
  • Being bored - This generally isn't a problem for Ioan, as he'll occupy his time with work or any of his various hobbies, but needless to say the man highly enjoys keeping busy. Idleness is not his friend and this is another annoyance he has stemming from the agreement between Riley and the Guild Master. With many of the more lucrative contracts being pulled off the market it leaves for more downtime and many of the remaining contracts just simply aren't as challenging or riveting.
  • Open heights - After a nasty accident in his earlier years involving a trip to another Territory on the Winds and the landing web not activating properly, Ioan staunchly avoids traveling them without a Carriage as much as possible. This has extended to an overall aversion towards being excessively high off the ground unless it's an enclosed space.
Fears:
  • Getting caught - So far, Ioan's disdain for the current state of affairs within the guilds has been kept more than well under wraps, as has his bond to and alliance with the foreign crime Queen, Toyani no Kagen. Both of these things would undoubtedly bring ruin to his reputation and membership of the Shaos guild, so he goes to great lengths to make sure he's not found out on any front.
  • The guilds collapsing - An incredibly unfounded fear, to be sure, but the guilds of Dena Nehele have been a long-standing pillar in the Territory and to see them no longer in action would be a definite blow to the numerous members of society who've made it their livelihood. Nobody wants to be out of a job, and even spies are no exception to the rule.
  • Loss of his senses - Hearing, sight, touch, taste, smell. The five senses are important to any person, but to someone who makes his living as a Shaos, they are exceptionally important, each of them honed to an incredible precision after years of training. To lose even one of them would be a devastating blow and would require almost a complete retraining of his abilities.
Craft Strengths:
  • Memory Crystals - The man found himself enamored with this sect of Craft from an early age, anything to help him retain information for later use. He has a habit of creating a series of crystals after most major encounters, sort of like a reference guide to go over and study later about potential targets and topics at his leisure. If there's anything he can't recall immediately about someone or something, there's no doubt he has a crystal for it to assist.
  • Aural Enhancement - Second to his memory, his ears are his most potent tool as far as gleaning gossip and information goes, so this was another skill he took a shining to and focused on during his training over the years. He possesses the ability to greatly enhance his aural sense and hear between uncanny distances or hone in on even some of the most hushed conversations in the most crowded and noisy of rooms as if he were standing right next to the person.
  • Stealth Craft - As a Shaos, this sect of Craft was ingrained into his repertoire from even before he started his training as a teenager and it has become one of the tools that he's managed to master effortlessly at this point in his life. Ioan possesses the ability to warp the space/aura around him with this Craft in such a way that it allows him to slink through crowds and bypass certain wards/security spells without being detected or triggering the latter.
Craft Weaknesses:
  • Death Spells - Much to the dismay of his Myos guild member father, this was not a section of Craft that Ioan ever showed much ability for. His attempts at this method of killing are cringe-worthy and sloppy, usually ending up making far more of a mess of things than helping matters. Thankfully, as a Shaos, his targets are usually required to remain alive anyway (whether for information or ransom), so he's managed to avoid the disasters that ensue with him using these.
  • Combat Shielding - He's never been much of a fighter to begin with, but it's probably a good thing given how flimsy his combat shields are. His other shields are reasonably up to snuff, but whenever he's engaged in physical combat these shields are flimsy, easily shattered and constantly flickering in and out of existence against his control. Needless to say, this isn't ideal.
Life Story

Family:
Mother: Andreea Rosu; Summer Sky - Green Black Widow; deceased
Father: Vasile Rosu; White - Tiger Eye Prince; deceased
Siblings: n/a

History:

From the day Ioan was born, he had expectations placed upon his shoulders. Not to inherit some family business or to become a high-ranking courtier. Not to serve as a guard or to continue some aristo legacy.

But as a guildsman.

Vasile was part of the Myos, Andreea belonged to the Jacks. It was a fateful co-op contract that had brought them together all those years ago, and it was an instant spark of chemistry that kept them together long afterwards. They never married officially, but they hardly needed to, practically glued to each other's side they were when not out on their respective guild missions. It came as quite a shock when the Black Widow found herself with child, and she was effectively benched towards the later trimester of her pregnancy, but she fell right back into work soon after their Warlord son came into the world.

It was definitely a challenge in its own right to balance a family and guild work, especially when both parents were so deeply involved with their respective organizations. However, they managed to make it work between the occasional nanny and tutor when Ioan was smaller and younger. As he grew older though, their parenting methods became a bit more unorthodox. Lessons in Craft, Protocol, arithmetic and all the other usual subjects were present, of course, but scattered among those were things like lockpicking, self-defense, pickpocketing, scaling buildings. All things that would turn their son into the ideal member of the guilds someday.

Naturally, each parent had their own bias as to which Ioan should've been groomed for, but as he grew older and his lessons became more thorough, it became clear that he possessed the makings not of a Jack or a Myos, but of a Shaos. He had a natural curiosity about him (though some would've gone so far as to say outright nosy) and an uncanny ability to digest and recall information and details that many other people would overlook. There was some disappointment (albeit mostly good-natured and in jest), but his parents were overall delighted that he even showed a knack for the profession to begin with.

Coming away with the Summer Sky was a blessing, not too dark as to attract excessive attention or add additional responsibilities to his plate, but not so light to where he'd have to work that much harder to master certain aspects of his training because of a lack of reservoir depth. Naturally, after his Birthright Ceremony his training intensified in all aspects, and the youth was even occasionally brought along on some of the less-dangerous and harrowing contracts his parents took on. Mostly with his mother, as the majority of Myos contracts were definitively not suitable for a pre-teen boy to tag along for.

This was the way of things until just after Io's 14th birthday when tragedy struck. His parents had been killed in action on a contract. Someone had double-crossed them and the target knew they were coming, catching them by surprise and besting them via ambush. However, despite the unexpected nature of it, Vasile and Andreea had proven themselves entirely prepared for this day, even if they hadn't known when it would come. They had already arranged to have their funds transferred over to their son, as well as having pulled the appropriate strings to get his foot in the door with the Shaos guild.

It was a member of said guild who showed up at the door of the house that the teenage Warlord now inhabited alone one evening and did just that. Ioan was given a brief series of skills assessments before the cloaked member departed, only to return a couple days later and claim the young man as an official apprentice to the guild. The next few years of his life were consumed by little else than the grueling training set by the organization of agents, but much as his sires had surmised, he showed a natural proclivity for what the guild did and reached the rank of journeyman a couple years later. After undergoing his Offering at 18, he left the altar both with a Blood Opal jewel of rank as well as being inducted for the last leg of his testing and training, emerging on the other side of it as a fully-fledged Shaos member.

It's been a decade since that day, and Ioan has thrived within the ranks of the guild, making allies and receiving additional, varied training from other members, learning other skills and tricks from the group that he had slowly begun to consider family. Ever determined to prove himself, he essentially eats, breathes and sleeps work-related things, finding it far from any kind of a chore. There hadn't been much of a roadblock to his continued success until the ascension of Rilandra Vlas to the Territory Seat. He recalls the night vividly, skulking about in the shadows as the former Queen of Tulzbruja took on a new title, as well as apparently destroying a chunk of what the guilds even do.

The Warlord has been incredibly discontent with the new rules instated, but has kept that facet of information to himself, simply going about his business and awaiting the day the Guild Master gets his head out of Riley's ass and reverts the policies back, though the more time passes the less likely this seems. However, within the past couple months, an opportunity has presented itself in the form of a Tacean Queen - his Queen - and he has every intention of seeing just how beneficial this new alliance can be to him.

Show Us What You've Got

Character in Play:

The guild bulletin board.

What used to be a sea of envelopes and parchment rife with potential and profit had, as of late, only been a constant source of disappointment and continued boredom for the Warlord. Generally, Ioan didn't check the board unless it was a last resort, as many of his contracts were provided to him either by the leaders of the guild itself or through the clients getting in touch with him personally. Word of mouth was a valuable thing, even for a spy.

However, the wellspring of opportunity had been drying up at an unfathomable rate, and many of his usual clientele were withdrawing, simply because certain contracts were no longer permitted. Thanks a fucking lot, Lady Vlas. That being the case, the man had been checking the bulletin board almost on the daily, hoping for something, anything of actual challenge and interest for him to pursue, but most of the time he ended up disappointed with what he snagged from it. He completed them posthaste regardless, but they hardly posed much satisfaction for him.

Today though... well, today it seemed like his luck might be turning around for the more interesting. As his eyes scanned over the board, he'd been about to turn away in his usual dismissal of it before his gaze caught the familiar scrawl of the Guild Master himself, pinned right onto a small spattering of very new and very intriguing-feeling envelopes. Reaching up a hand to touch each of them in kind, Ioan took his time contemplating which one seemed the most promising, his mind trying to analyze the possibilities of what sort of person may have sent each one.

People wandered past him while he deliberated with himself, but he was hardly in a rush and barely seemed to notice them in his thoughtful reverie. Eventually, after giving each potential contract a thorough look-over, inspecting any scents, psychic residue and even considering the weight and quality of the paper itself on each letter, Ioan let his fingers settle on the soft, gray envelope before he plucked it promptly from the board.

The Warlord glanced around a couple times before slipping the envelope into an inner pocket of his jacket, turning on his heel to head back home where he could open it in undisturbed privacy and contemplate his course of action.

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Re: Ioan Rosu
« Reply #1 on: Jan 16, 18, 07:41:36 PM »
Alrighttt, let's see if the troller missed me as much as I missed it! Could I get a general random and 2 family rolls? Please and thank you!





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Re: Ioan Rosu
« Reply #2 on: Jan 16, 18, 07:51:57 PM »
Per General random and 2 family rolls.

Weighed by Mother Night...

You've risen from the Darkness twice blessed with an uncut Summer Sky Birthright Jewel, and were gifted with an uncut Green Jewel at your Offering.

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Congratulations!

1. Summer Sky - Green
2. White - Tiger Eye
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Re: Ioan Rosu
« Reply #3 on: Jan 17, 18, 05:59:01 PM »
Could I reduce the Green to a Blood Opal? Love me some BO combos tbh. Please and thank you! <3





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Re: Ioan Rosu
« Reply #4 on: Jan 17, 18, 06:25:28 PM »
Weighed by Mother Night...

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

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Re: Ioan Rosu
« Reply #5 on: Jan 19, 18, 03:03:54 PM »
Ready for review (finally)! Pending Dash's approval from a want ad perspective, of course. <3





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« Reply #6 on: Jan 19, 18, 04:21:06 PM »
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Re: Ioan Rosu
« Reply #7 on: Dec 09, 18, 03:22:17 AM »
Redeeming my purchase of Stealth Craft for my murderson, as per this post! Writeup for the additional strength is below:

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Re: Ioan Rosu
« Reply #8 on: Dec 09, 18, 11:09:08 AM »
Congratulations!


Ioan has been blessed with Stealth Craft!

You may add this specialty to this character's existing Craft Strengths section as written.
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« Reply #9 on: Sep 10, 19, 09:30:00 PM »
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