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Raphael Perrault - Nobleman


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#1 Francis Perrault

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Posted 08 May 2015 - 02:28 PM

Raphael Perrault

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Name: Raphael Perrault
Type: Noble
Age: 47
Gender: M
Place of Origin: Fellise
Occupation: Noble
Relationship Status: Widower

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Raphael is tall, standing at 6'2", and holding himself with a regal and confident bearing. The younger brother of Lord Mainfred Perrault, and Uncle to Sebastien Perrault; Raphael conducts himself in a manner that befits a man of his station: poised, firm, and utterly proud.

Though at times caught in more relaxed attire around Fellise, he is almost always dressed to impress when outside his family's holdings - usually seen sporting a fashionable suit and cravat, with the pins of Perrault on his collar or breast. His hair, a dark and wavy black, pairs nicely with his blue eyes - a combination that lends a sense of depth and grace to his carefully measured expressions, and finely crafted features.

In action, poise, and movement Raphael is a paragon of Noble culture; demonstrating all the talents and traits of a natural born lord and leader, and ever striving to propel Perrault to success through his efforts to match or outdo the Great Houses both in fashion sense and presence; almost bordering on arrogant, but often flirting the line with it and simple proud and aspiration both in dress and manner.

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Raphael is a primarily strict man, with little tolerance for tomfoolery or foolishness, and no time for the distraction of easy women or incessant chatter. He is a paragon of self-discipline, and holds himself to a high and regimented standard of behaviour. Though not overtly cruel, he does view the skaa in a derogatory light, and has little to no respect for them - foregoing the indulgence of many lords, and refusing to touch skaa women no matter how simple. He is rather neutral in his morality and ethics, though believes firmly in the Lord Ruler and the word of the Law.

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Special Skills: Fencing, Duelling, Reading, Painting, and Horse Riding.

Strengths: Raphael is commanding and decisive, and loyal to a tee, standing firmly behind both brother and nephew and giving them all the support required. He has worked hard to hone his political and social acumen, and is also a (now retired) duelling tutor when asked. Raphael has a healthy understanding of economics, and of account balancing, which has proved valuable in many instances.

Weaknesses: Raphael's primary weakness is his consuming pride, and the manner in which it can often blind him to his own missteps or overreaches, and his own prior dalliances of youth. He is, still, haunted by his mistakes with past women and it shows each time he looks upon his sons; both illegitimate and legitimate.

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Born 871 as the younger brother of Mainfred Perrault, Raphael was raised to respect and follow his elder brother and heir, and to pursue the greater good of the House. A child of seriousness and intent, he spared little time for idle amusement and instead focused heavily on his continued development and tuition to become the best asset possible to House Perrault and its future.

In his adolescent years, Raphael came to adore the art of duelling as well as the recreation of Horse riding, and became highly proficient in both throughout his teenaged years, excelling in both fields masterfully before pursuing higher learning in economics, logistics, and the handling of accounts and money. At the age of twenty, he was involved in a Dalliance with a Noble woman of unknown origin, the union with whom birthed his first - and illegitimate - child, Lucien Perrault.

Some eight years thereafter, he married a young but beautiful girl from a noble House in Urteau, and through her had his second and legitimate son Victor Perrault. His wife passed away some ten years following his younger son's birth. As he grew older, Raphael endeavoured to train both his children in the arts of economics and logistics, but primarily in self-defense and combat - determined to turn both boys into men that could be used as weapons and tools for the benefit of the House.

For years, this was Raphael's primary goal, and by time his elder son had turned twenty-one, he left for the military, leaving Victor behind as Raphael's sole progeny. Though it is believed Lucien is alive, Raphael of the current day will not comment on his oldest son, be it from embarrassment, stubborn pride, or simple lack of desire to think of a potential fatality - the cause is unclear. All that is known is that Raphael himself is far removed from his days of young foolery, and stands beside both Mainfred and Sebastien unwaveringly, alongside his sons.

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Raphael tapped his pen, sitting straight-backed within the chair at his desk, a small glass of wine untouched upon his oak writing desk. His eyes, narrowed in thought, stared critically at the piece of parchment before him - silently willing the material to produce the words in lieu of his own impotency at that moment. It shouldn't be this hard. He cursed mentally, lips downturning at their corners in frustration. He's my son. It should be simple. Another few moments of stern contemplation, and then the Lord rose, pushing back his chair and abandoning the desk in favour of his balcony; throwing open the doors and striding out.

The mists were out in force, but Raphael paid them no heed - intent moreso on simply breathing and trying to clear his thoughts. Did he even know what he wanted to say? That much was still in question. He's been gone six years. A soft curse escaped him, and he braced his hands upon the white railing, tapping his signet ring against the stone. It isn't this hard with Victor. The immediate followthrough of that thought, however, was swiftly intercepted and crushed by his own mind - though the words nonetheless found their way to the fore.

Victor isn't a bastard.

Raphael had lived his life, without fail, attempting to paragon the respect and dignity of House Perrault. He had endeavoured to ensure its sanctity, infallibility, and surety throughout his life - yet always, that one lapse in judgement haunted him; a sin from his youth. What was it about his eldest child that vexed him? Was it the nature of his birth, or simply the coldness within him? He would have been a force to be reckoned with if not for his birth.

Therein, perhaps, lay the crux of his ineptitude in forming a letter to his warfaring child. Raphael sighed and bowed his head, closing his eyes as he considered. Would it be less to do with his regrets, and more his guilt? Lucien had turned out brilliantly; serious, intelligent, skilled, and loyal. Yet, because of his circumstance of birth, he had been lesser in the eyes of the Nobility - and also, Raphael was loathe to admit, himself. Perhaps it was guilt, after all. Guilt that what should have been his legacy, his greatest accomplishment, was by its very existence a smear on his reputation.

Conversely there was Victor, his legitimate child through Feona, and his most glaring frustration. Victor was smart, talented, and had a knack for combat that made him a superb student and hazekiller. Yet even so, for all his son had talent and skill - he lacked motivation and more than that, he seemed naturally inclined to utter laziness. He is far too much like his mother. Feona had been beautiful, and certainly she had a fine mind - but she had a natural and pervasive inclination to utter laziness that seemed to have translated to their son. As horrible as the thought was, he was relieved she had been taken by the sickness: it had liberated the House of her tantrums and ever growing demands. He has been loving to Victor befor and after her passing, in an attempt to ensure the boy did not develop the same harshness as his brother... But Raphael was not sure the end result was truly much better. Victor was his legitimate child, and by all rights should have been his greatest: yet his brother had overshadowed him in every aspect of training. Raphael's frustration and disappointment in this, most likely, had been the very thing to sour his younger son against him.

All his life Raphael had been Mainfred's pillar and unbroken rock of reliability, yet his single sin in Lucien had always cast a shadow over that. Considering it as he was now, it was clear that he had never truly understood what it was his older brother had tried to warn him against. Victor had been loved, and because of it, because of Raphael being soft with him; he has developed into a flirtatious layabout more inclined to look at pretty ankles than do his duty for House and family. Conversely, he had been harsh with Lucien where he had never needed to, since the boy had always been attentive and willing to learn and push himself. Mainfred had warned him he was being too stern, too harsh. He had not listened. He had forgotten the central reality of the situation.

He's my son. Even so, the words were poisoned, laced with the toxic reality of his own epiphany: He had never accepted that fact, because he had been trying to fix a problem that by its very nature was irreparable. Lucien was a bastard, it was part of what he was, and the fact that Raphael had found that untenable had poisoned his relationship with his child more than he could ever fully hope to repair.

Mainfred was right, he concluded bitterly, I never rewarded him as I should have. I hated him for what he represented; my own weakness. The Noble lifted his head and sighed, turning to the inside of his room and moving back within, sitting down and pulling in the chair - his pen taken in hand and pressed to parchment. A man must be responsible for what he has wrought. After a moment of consideration, he began to write, slowly forming the words of what he knew he had an onus to say.

My son, he wrote intently, allow me to begin by apologizing.

Raphael lost himself in it, thrown into his own guilt, and the unburdening of it, by coming clean in the letter - saying all the things he had never been able to say, all the things that a Father should say to their child. He bled out his pride, and allowed humility to rightfully take hold, and expressed everything that had ever been locked within him, trapped by the vicegrip of his own self-recrimination.

By time he'd finished, it was well into morning.

Edited by Lucien Senus, 12 May 2015 - 12:50 AM.

#2 KChan

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Posted 10 May 2015 - 09:08 PM

That RP sample was beautiful. As Raphael grows as a character, I'd love to see more of his past explored - particularly his relationship with Lucien's mother, and how some of those events shaped him into the man he is today.

Approved! One more vote to go!

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#3 Comatose

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Posted 11 May 2015 - 11:47 PM

I also would like to see more from Raphael, especially surrounding his relationships with the rest of his family. Perhaps this is partly due to how he came to be, but much of his characterization seems centered around Lucien, so it would be nice to see more of how he acts and thinks when his eldest son is not on his mind.

That being said, he seems well rounded enough. I like how his pride and sense of self discipline conflict with the mistakes he has made. That conflict makes him very interesting. I'm excited to see his motivations and individuality develop as he spends time in the RP, and what his support of Sebastien and his father will look like.

The RP sample was great, but I think I'd like a little more specificity about what his relationship with Victor, and perhaps his deceased wife, before approving him. It would be nice to see how his fostering of an illegitimate child (an uncommon thing for a man to do) affected his relationship with his wife, and how his desire to turn his children into weapons for his house has affected his relationship with Victor.

Flesh out that history a little on those points, and I'll be ready to give a second vote of approval. Thanks for the hard work!

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#4 Lucien Senus

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Posted 12 May 2015 - 12:44 AM

There you go Coma. :D

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Posted 12 May 2015 - 03:11 AM

Thanks for indulging me! Approved!

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