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Author Topic: Haakon Gunvaldsson  (Read 3576 times)

Description: Prince. Opal to Red. Played by Idariel.

Offline Haakon Gunvaldsson

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Haakon Gunvaldsson
« on: Jul 14, 16, 08:55:05 PM »

The Basics


Character Name: Haakon (high son) Gunvaldsson (war ruler)
Nicknames: None.
Age & Birthyear:  39 as of 192, b. 153
Race: short-lived
Caste: Prince
Birth Territory: Glacia
Home Territory: Rjukan, virratt province, Glacia

Birthright Jewel: uncut Opal
Offering Jewel: uncut Red


Role: Serving at the Virratt Province Court.
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Appearance



Play By: Tom Bull

Distinguishing Features
Haakon sports a remarkable and lush beard, either cut close or allowed to display it's fully glory at several inches. It is always meticulously cared for. He has classically Glacian Blue eyes, stern features, blond hair with dark undertones, especially in his beard. This makes his captivating face his best features, despite his habitually cold demeanor. Every expression is measured, but none more so than his slim smiles; they are all thin lipped, crooked, threatening or coolly polite. He neither laughs, not grins fully.

His voice is strained and harsh, from long winters spent yelling across battlefields and practice grounds. He is a man of fluid, smooth movements with all of the grace and power of the athlete he is. There is no evidence of any injury or scar anywhere upon his body, save that his left ring finger is entirely missing. His demeanor is stern; while he is not icily cold and incapable of warmth it is necessary in Glacia that people believe this to be true. (6'4, lean)


Personality

Personality:

Haakon is a wary, wary man who has remembered one thing which all of Glacia seems to have forgotten. A Jewel only intensifies who you are, it does not define you. The power-mad Dark Jewels would be just as power mad, if less power-full, did they have Light Jewels. And the Light Jewels would be just as unstable, did they bear Dark Jewels. They would simply be pressed less brutally towards their breaking point.

In another Territory, he would have been a peaceable man, content to play with mathematics and administration. But Glacia has left its mark, chilling compassion and reason into ice shards meant to torment, not comfort. He is too much the diplomat to be obvious about his fears, or those he feels mercy for, choosing instead the classically cool demeanor of the Glacian people. Mercy and compassion, once revealed, cannot be hidden or taken back.

Hunted from above and below, he is at risk from smugglers and heretics for every Light Jewel whose ring he holds. He is equally at risk for his family and friend's deliberate betrayal, either by fleeing or defying him in such a way that he must bring harm to them, and of their accidental betrayal, from the swift vengeance and terrible Price he would extract from any Dark Jewel exercising their authority over those who are his. From above he is at risk from Province and Territory Courts who desire his Jewel strength, and to bind him to a female. Threatened by females desiring to wed him, and thus take over his family, the Light Jewels under his protection, his wealth and his property.

Darkly enough Jeweled to be of note to the Province and Territory Courts, yet hardly strong enough to be safe from the gathered powers in those areas, he holds himself carefully aloof, even when he served at Kenna Andersson's Province Court in Viratt. He chose it only for the distance it gave him from the Territory Court.

Hidden in the jagged striata of his soul are the broken, shattered corner pieces of who he might have been had he not been born of Glaica. A man of reason. Of compromise and harmony. One with a love of nature and music. Somewhere swallowed up in the fear-based aggression that rules him was a young man much given to concepts like justice, and a fair chance.

The twin burdens of duty and fear often drive him to extreme athleticism, where he can face risks which can be mastered. Equally, his hidden compassion makes Power an allure he has a hard time resisting. He enjoys the status and authority the Dark Religion grants him.

Likes:
  • 1 Skiing. Haakon loves ice and snow, winter storms and freezing rains, because it ensures a lovely snow pack, for skiing. He loves extreme, risky routes where he must use his Jewel as well as his skill to survive. He once skied down an avalanche, and longs to repeat the experience despite it almost killing him.
  • 2 Control. Mostly, he demands control and clear thought from himself; yet one of the few ways to attain his respect is to demonstrate a mastery of yourself and your powers. Self control, even in the face of fear or pain, is impressive to him. Which means he is in the awkward position of usually having more respect for a Light Jewel than a Dark.
  • 3 Power. He likes that the Dark Religion sets him apart for more training, more power, more wealth than others. Yet it also denies him, chaining him firmly behind any female with a Dark Jewel. He is determined now to have enough power to protect those he has taken into his protection, without getting close to the Territory Court.

    Dislikes:
  • 1 Alive enemies. He is no Warlord-Prince to delight in killing everything, all the time; he does not need to beak things to feel powerful. But he does prefer his enemies dead, to merely plotting vengeance. If they can die in a way that the Price falls on another's head, so much the better.
  • 2 Personal Questions. He won't ask, and won't tell. He doesn't need to know anything about other people he can't find out on his own and he surely has no intention of volunteering any information about himself to others.
  • 3 Dark Jewels Entitlement. To Haakon, the Light Jewels he has has collected over the span of his life are his the way his sword or underwear are. Other people inspecting their minds, harming them beyond a mild shove or harsh word, are direct insults to him. He will take action, though he usually gives one warning, and then kills the perpetrator. He makes it known that if anyone wants anything to do with his Light Jewels they are to come to him. While he is not soft on Light jewels, fully believing they are often unstable, he also extends them the courtesy of dealing with their keepers, rather than with them directly, whenever possible.

    Fears:
  • 1 The Price. Those whom he has taken under his protection are closer to him than blood kin, persons for whom he is able to see beneath the surface. He trusts them, within the limits of their abilities. He cares what becomes of them. Their wounds are his, and an injury or insult to one of them is damaging to him. He lets himself care about those he controls completely, and he fears harm coming to them, and the actions he would then take, as much as he fears their betrayal of him.
  • 2 Children. He has none; he has even been to a Healer to ensure that he cannot father children. He discourages the rest of his family from doing so, though he doesn't forbid it. But children are a gamble he isn't wiling to take in Glacia; they are too vulnerable and have too much potential to be a disaster. If he had a dark jeweled daughter, she would take over his family and his life. Dark or Light Jeweled, they are to be avoided at all costs. He doesn't much like other people's children either, though they are tolerable once into their teens. Children are erratic, but that is not the problem. It is the way otherwise sane people become irrational about their own children that alarm him. In Glacia, the only way to be safe is to act always from a place of cold reason and malicious forethought. Unfettered emotion will get everyone killed.
  • 3 The Territory Court, and the Ebon-Gray Twins. For all his Red Jewel, it is hardly remarkable within Glacia. The power gathered in the Territory Court is the same as having two Black Jewels there, and no one seems to notice or care. He will viciously defend what is his, but he fears Glacia will soon be swallowed in a tide of Grey and Ebon-Gray power unequaled since Witch walked the land. And look what SHE accomplished, all by herself. Haakon's most meaningful and long lasting relationship was with Yrian and Aksel's older sister, Priestess Marja Winterton. However, the Ebon-Gray twins destruction of their own Aunt caused him to put distance physically and emotionally between that entire family and himself. (Approved by Dani & Nicole)


    Craft Strengths:
  • 1 Psychic Craft: Jewel Management and Shielding. this is an area he is still studying. Not for duty, or love; it is from fear. He has not mastered all of it, even yet. Memory Crystals have been partially learned, though it is not the clear, non-judgmental thing he desires, carrying great emotion with it and never limited to what he is trying to preserve. Jewel Breaking has been studied in theory, although he has rarely performed it, and it is costly and painful to do. Psychic cleansing and masking is his current area of study, though he is not yet experienced at it. Communication Craft has been learned to the standard levels. Psychic monitoring and reading psychic scents is also an area properly studied, being one of the things which assists with mimicking the proper use of his rings and collars. Jewel Management and Jewel Shielding however are where he truly excels. This has been studied deeply to prepare him for that bitter, feared showdown.
  • 2 Psychic Craft: Craft enhanced Items. He creates Shield Enhanced Clothing for the express purpose of protecting himself and his people. His goal is to augment himself so that he would have a chance, however slender, of surviving the wrath of one of the Ebon-Gray twins. He isn't there yet, but that is his hope; to gain at least enough of an edge to survive. He layers and binds shields into either a sustained protection, or smaller arm bands and other one-use items that trigger a shield at need but are then destroyed. he studies this area obsessively, and protects his Light Jewels with these items as well as himself.
  • 3 Advanced Item enhancement. Haakon's Shield Enhanced Clothing has been honed to the point where he can weave his Red Craft as both woof and warp, resulting in a much more powerful shield than normally can be achieved with his Red Jewel.


    Craft Weaknesses:
  • 1 Power Bolts. He is a man of reason, of skill; seeing his younger sister Break her own jewel in a fit of passion, there is a part of him that can never fully commit to a Power Bolt. He instinctively holds some back, weakening the blast from the the full fury it should be. He will usually avoid Power Bolts, unless nothing else will do.
  • 2 Mind Craft. This area of Craft is exceedingly difficult, as if his Caste Craft has eaten up parts of this Craft and masked it. He has tried to master it, in an attempt to protect himself, but he simply cannot seem to master most of this craft. He cannot force down a Mind barrier, but would have to try to finesse or fool a person using his contract ability; he cannot use compulsion or deception craft at all, but would have to use his Diplomacy skill. Emotional manipulation is limited to his ability to project an aura that shows no hint of his own emotions; only a blank slate. It is not the same as either faking emotions or affecting others. He has had to learn to use the rings and collars of those under his protection, but even that is not what it should be. he keeps carefully concealed his difficulties in this area, often using his Find Weakness ability and Long Range Communication to mimic the actual control of the collar. he keeps his weakness in this area concealed even from his own people. Likewise Mediation craft is subsumed into his Caste Craft. He has sufficient ability with reading emotions to get by in Glacia, augmented with reading body language and his training in diplomacy. Mind delving he would not attempt at all; it would be too likely to resort in harm to himself.

    Life Story

    Family:


    Immediate Family and Significant People
    Grandmother Annbjørg Gunvaldsson, deceased, b. 121 AP, Summer Sky to Opal witch.
    Mother: Svanhildr Gunvaldsson, deceased, b. 141 AP, Yellow to Summer Sky Witch.
    Father: Guðfriðr Gunvaldsson, deceased, b. 131 AP Rose to Purple Dusk Warlord.

    Siblings:
  • Njála Gunvaldsson, F38 as of 192, b. 154 AP, Summer Sky to Purple Dusk witch (travel specialist). (Jewels from Eirá Gunvaldsson, family rolls)
  • (me) Haakon Gunvaldsson, M36 as of 192, b. 156 AP, Opal to  Red Prince
  • Eirá Gunvaldsson, F31 as of 192, b. 161, White to Rose Queen

    Light Jewels he has taken under his protection.
  • Ketilriðr Ahlström, F26 as of 192, b. 166 AP, Tiger Eye to Summer Sky Healer (bone-shaper) (Jewels from Haakon's family rolls)
  • Øydis Kjeldsen, F28 as of 192, b. 164 AP, Rose to Summer Sky Black Widow (Jewels from Haakon's family rolls)
  • Valdís Tjäder, F31 as of 192, b. 161 AP, (part long lived) witch (hearth-witch) Tiger Eye to Summer Sky (Jewels from Haakon's family rolls)`

    Other relatives:
  • maternal uncle: Hinrik Nurmi, M49 as of 192, b. 143 AP, Rose to Purple Dusk Warlord  who misbehaved publicly. Ring held by his wife, and then his daughter. (Jeweles form Hjordis family rolls)
  • His daughter: Hjordis Nurmi, F29 as of 192, b. 163 AP, Purple Dusk to Sapphire Priestess by Haloriel (Jewel from Haakon's family rolls)


    History:


    Spoiler: Timeline (click to show/hide)
    Haakon's story starts with his grandmother. Annbjørg Gunvaldsson was not an avid proponent of the Dark Religion, paying it lip service and enjoying her consequence due to being Dark Jeweled, but with little more care for Landen or Blood than the Light Jewels. She was more concerned with maintaining the family fortunes and keeping an eye on the several marble, one slate, two granite and half dozen limestone quarry's the family had collected over the last few hundred years. They were pretty good at large, physical Craft back when they had to work the pits themselves and even now maintain a keen sharpness with this Craft.

    But not so much with people. Grandmother Annbjørg's refusal to discipline or tightly watch over her Light Jeweled family members resulted in disaster. Her son's disobedience resulted in mandatory service at the District Court for her only daughter (Haakon's mother), despite the lady being married with young children.

    Haakon's Opal birthright was celebrated with such joy that his one request - the return of his mother - was granted. When she returned though, she was different. Almost unrecognizably so. No investigation was forthcoming, the answer was merely that she was an unstable Light Jewel.

    She held on to some semblance of sanity until her Queen daughter's Birthright was a White. That grief was too much for her, and shortly thereafter she suicided. That could have been the end of the matter, but was not. Haakons' father grew in bitterness and hate, often condemning and blaming the grandmother for his wife's fate. But he held on to control expecting his oldest daughter's Offering to be to a Dark Jewel, allowing her to wrest control of the family away from the grandmother.

    Yet Njála's much anticipated Offering was only a single descent, to the Purple Dusk. While the children cowered outside, their father brought the entire family home down upon the head of the grandmother, killing both himself and her. Abruptly, before even his Offering was complete Haakon found himself ruling his family.

    The following year Haakon's Offering resulted in the Red.

    When Haakon was 22 he embarked upon his only serous affair of the heart, with Priestess Marja Winterton, the elder sister to the Ebon-Gray Twins. Their treatment of their family however was not something he could either ignore or accept; they frightened him. He broke it off and began working to avoid service anywhere they would be.

    The following year, while skiing, Haakon came across a dying Light Jeweled family. They had been seeking to leave Glacia, but the Smugglers hired had merely led them into the mountains and left them there to die.

    At 24, he was present for his sister Eirá's Offering. The Full Decent should have been a thing of joy, yet it was still only a Rose. The silent Civil War and widespread distrust of the Light Jewels was reaching new heights of terror, and the young Queen was determined to prove herself. Yet Haakon was no more attentive to the risks of his family than his grandmother had been; he didn't watch them close enough, didn't offer enough reassurance and protection. Just two years later, Eirá cracked and damaged her Offering while trying to give the Queen's Gift. This terrible event cost Haakon a finger. But it was a lesson he has never forgotten. Now his people are kept close to him at all times, not allowed to scatter and wander. Obviously, in Glacia as we know it, Light Jewels are unstable and unsafe on their own.

    As the Silent Civil war warped people's perceptions, Haakon found himself in the odd position of both zealously following the Dark Religion and protecting those harmed by it. At 27, He rescued Øydis just before her Offering, for a group of Dark Jewels had decided to play with the Light Jeweled Black-Widow in ways Haakon would not permit. He slew them and acquired her as a dependent.

    At 30, he rescued the Healer Ketilriðr just after her Offering, taking her by force from her own family. She was so badly damaged that she had to learn bone-shaping before she could repair her face sufficient to be seen in public. Hauntingly beautiful now, her face still makes Haakon furious, for the harm she suffered.

    At 32, he came across yet more smugglers, these worse than the last. They were acquiring people trying to escape and selling them into slavery in other Territories, and sometimes taking exotic Light Jewels from those territories to sell into Glacia, or kidnapping lovely natives with no desire to leave at all. He rescued Valdís, who was striking indeed, with her mix of partial long-lived/Raejian ancestry. The young Hearth-Witch was the only survivor of the 'refugees' the Smugglers had been 'helping.'

    When Haakon was 33, Collars of Obedience began to work their way into the Territory. Given his family's history, his was one of the first groups ordered to be collared. By the time he was 34, all of his siblings and his dependents were collared and he wore the rings at all times. He had learned his lesson and kept his people close to him, even taking them to court when he served rather then leaving them alone.

    Show Us What You've Got

    Character in Play:

    Haakon Gunvaldsson was weary.

    Before him stretched a vast, pristine plane of ice and snow, riddled with hidden crevices and treacherously deceitful ice. He ran not merely his gaze, but his Craft over the deceptively beautiful glacier. And his Craft echoed back into his mind, revealing weakness and strength alike to his probing senses. He studied the glacial ice most carefully, and plotted a path that would not merely lead him safely through it.

    Oh, no.

    Safety was not his goal. Far from it. He felt his pulse increase, the icy daggers stabbing into his lungs with each breath invigorated him. For all of her flaws, there was no land like Glaica, the Jewel of Kaeleer. And to prove it, he chose to challenge not merely his health, his agility and his strength. But the very foundations of his Craft. With a sudden, death defying move Haakon Gundvaldsson pushed off from the safe landing he had attained and plummeted down nearly verticals slopes. The icy wind was blinding, but only for that first, furious dive wherein he sought speed above all else.

    He had to have enough speed to not merely land safely upon the icy, glacial plane below but to drive into the frigid caves beneath it. And it was there, in the icy white and brilliant blue tapestry of the hidden glacial fissures that Haakon found his rebirth. He saw ice sculptures of such beauty and rarity that no woman's face could rival it; felt a pull and passion as he gambled his life that simple lust could not match. It was here, in the deadly and hidden heart of Glacia that he found true purpose: to outwit and outlive his foes.
     

    Petitions (if any): None.

    Wanted Ad Fulfillment (if any): No formal, just plot approval by Phinneas.

    Player Name: Idariel


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Re: Haakon Gunvaldsson
« Reply #1 on: Jul 14, 16, 08:59:07 PM »
Birthright and Offering please, per the

Dark Descent roll purchased here:

http://www.bloodrites.net/points-scheme/(july)-points-transactions-9544/?topicseen

And five family rolls please !!







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Re: Haakon Gunvaldsson
« Reply #2 on: Jul 14, 16, 09:01:55 PM »
A roll, per your Dark Descent purchase...

Weighed by Mother Night...

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

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Congratulations

And your five Family Rolls!

1. Tiger Eye - Summer Sky
2. White - Tiger Eye
3. Purple Dusk - Sapphire
4. Tiger Eye - Summer Sky
5. Rose - Summer Sky
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Re: Haakon Gunvaldsson
« Reply #3 on: Jul 15, 16, 11:53:40 AM »
I don't remember seeing this guy on my hit list RSVP for our wedding.

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Re: Haakon Gunvaldsson
« Reply #4 on: Aug 03, 16, 06:35:21 AM »
Ready for a Phineas review!!

let me know if he isn't trouble some enough <3

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Re: Haakon Gunvaldsson
« Reply #5 on: Aug 04, 16, 09:17:40 AM »

This application has been reviewed!

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Offline Haakon Gunvaldsson

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Re: Haakon Gunvaldsson
« Reply #6 on: Aug 04, 16, 02:22:45 PM »
Ready for round two!!!

<3<3<3


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Re: Haakon Gunvaldsson
« Reply #7 on: Aug 04, 16, 03:15:01 PM »
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Re: Haakon Gunvaldsson
« Reply #8 on: Dec 12, 16, 03:30:44 PM »
Congratulations!


Haakon has been blessed with Advanced Item Enhancement.

You may add this specialty & its description to this character's existing Craft Strengths section.
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