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Astor Urvon

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#1 Astor Urvon

  • Heir to House Urvon

5th Tier Elariel

Posted 02 June 2015 - 11:03 PM

Astor Urvon

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Name/Handle: Eclipse
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Name: Astor Urvon
Type: Noble
Age: 18
Gender: Male
Place of Origin: Luthadel
Occupation: Heir
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(If Applicable. Remove section if your character has no powers)
[b]Type of Powers:[/b] Misting
[b]Metals Used:[/b] Steel
[b]Degree of Skill:[/b] Intermediate
[b]Status:[/b] Hidden

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Astor is an average nobleman’s height of 5’10, however his perpetual slouch makes him seem like he’s 5’8 or shorter. He is thin, but not so much as to seem sickly. He is lean, but not noticeably well-muscled. His posture indicates that he is constantly uncomfortable, something he has been attempting to correct.

He has dark brown eyes that always seem to be focused on something far away, and never on what is happening right in front of him. He has a quiet, contemplative demeanor, and shortPosted Image brown hair that he keeps neatly combed. His clothes are tailored to fit well (Bernard makes sure of that) but his outfits never look as sharp on him as they would on anyone else. His tie is always just a bit too loose, his shirt tucked in slightly improperly, his shoes slightly scuffed, etc.

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On the outside, Astor is quiet, and is prone to letting his mind wander. He is always content to listen because he is not fully comfortable with the subtleties of noble interactions, though when directly conversed with, he is polite, if not particularly talkative. This stemsPosted Image from his well-hidden discomfort with noble society, and the subtle politicking. He never really understood the politics well, and so despite his best efforts, he struggles to really fit into noble society.

Astor is not unintelligent though. He understands the theory of politics in great detail, and understands how he should be implementing the lessons he was taught, but can’t seem to actually do so. He loves a good academic debate, but is a terrible negotiator. He isn’t very strong willed, and only enjoys debate for the new perspectives it brings up, not for the argument itself. Arguing and negotiating makes him uncomfortable, as it is closely entwined with the subtleties of noble politics.

When Astor gets comfortable with someone and gets past the subtleties and formalities inherent in normal noble interaction, however, he shows a warm side that his quiet, contemplative, polite exterior doesn’t hint at. This is usually only shown when he is talking with his father Bernard, with whom he shares interests and gets along with well, or when discussing books or dueling, his two great loves. He is friendly, quick to laugh, and becomes much more amiable.

He has always felt inadequate in his father’s eyes as instead of being the proud heir his father wanted, he is a quiet, socially awkward heir who never really wanted to be heir. His sister reinforces this self-view by humiliating him in private every chance she can get as she thinks she should be heir, since in her mind, she is a perfect noblewoman. She sees Astor as a failure who doesn’t deserve to be heir, and the fact that Bernard made him heir makes her extremely angry.

As Astor has begun to learn how to run a house, his confidence has begun to grow. It is still only budding, however, and only comes out in small bursts.

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Special Skills: Dueling, Reading, Writing, Debate.

Strengths: Intelligent, Well-read, Good duelist,

Weaknesses: Socially awkward, insecure, not very strong willed.

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Astor was born in 900, and from the beginning he made it very clear that he had no interest in the subtleties of noble politics, nor in the endless stream of balls, luncheons, and the requisite etiquette. Astor would skip his etiquette and dancing lessons whenever he could get away with it, running off to practice dueling or to read in the library.

However, after a few years of avoiding a good portion of his etiquette lessons, he fell far behind his sister Aurora, despite her being a year younger than he was. Aurora, already an extremely self-assured noblewoman at the young age of 8, did not hesitate to tease her older brother for his struggles. Her ceaseless teasing, combined with the stern reprimands of his tutor, pushed him to skip more and more lessons, to read and duel more, and he continued to fall behind. While he ultimately mastered most of the basics, he is often a bit off on the finer points of etiquette and the subtleties of noble society.

While he was falling behind in the skills needed to navigate a ball or a luncheon, he was rapidly improving his dueling prowess as well as becoming much more well-read. He devoured any book he could get his hands on, learning about topics most would consider far too advanced for a child. He honed his debating skills by talking with his father, Bernard, and his dueling skills by practicing with him.

Astor continued on this path until he was beaten at the age of 10. He was discovered to be a Coinshot, and whereas before his snapping he had never really seen himself as more important than Aurora, given her skill in navigating the subtleties of noble society, now he felt more important. He was an allomancer, and while Aurora hadn’t been beaten yet, she couldn’t claim to be an allomancer like Astor.

Astor, after recovering from his beating, had allomantic training incorporated into his daily lessons. He was taught new techniques for dueling, and completely new styles of combat suited for Coinshots. He took ever chance he could get to rub his newfound power in Aurora’s face. When she was practicing walking in high heels, he would nudge her just a bit, not enough to be noticed, but enough to cause her to lose her balance and fall. The only other person who noticed this harassment was Aurora herself, and while she had no means to retaliate then, she vowed that if she snapped she’d get payback. She continued her teasing of him in their lessons on politics and social events, but Astor had a newfound security in his allomantic powers. He felt special, and nothing Aurora said could get to him.

That is, until she snapped. A year after Astor, Aurora was beaten. She was a Rioter. As quickly as he had gained it, Astor’s sense of being special was gone. Aurora’s teasing gained another dimension. She augmented her insults with alomancy, rioting his insecurity, his anxiety, and other emotions that made his life much less enjoyable. She didn’t reserve her manipulations for just during lessons. She made it almost a constant assault on his emotions, something that took him a long time to get used to. Astor continued his allomantic harassment of Aurora in response, and this back and forth continued for years.

When Astor turned 13, his avid reading led him to grow bored with the few genres of books in the Urvon library. He found his father and asked him where he could find a greater variety of books, and Bernard told him about the Canton of Doctrine library. The next day, Astor took a trip to the Canton of Doctrine, and spent the entire day reading there. While he rarely can take full day trips to the library, he often sends servants to check out books for him, as well as always stopping by the library whenever he is in Luthadel.

Astor debuted at the age of 16, a year before Aurora. While he didn’t make any blunders, he didn’t feel comfortable in a ball situation, and didn’t really make any friends. Whenever he’d be set up with dates, he would try to discuss books with them. They looked at him with blank stares, obviously having never heard of the book he was talking about, and he would lapse into awkward silence. The dates never went well after that.

The only person who Astor could consider a friend at the balls he went to was Vance Penrod, from a house allied with Urvon. Vance was almost as interested in books as Astor. However, he was much more socially skilled than Astor. By the time Astor turned 17, Vance had found a girl he was interested in, and he began courting her. While Vance enjoyed discussing books with Astor, the girl did not, and so Vance slowly grew apart from Astor, ultimately finding new friends who the woman he was courting enjoyed talking to more.

Despite his lack of social skill and Aurora’s attempts to convince her parents to send Astor to the Ministry, Astor was declared the official Heir to House Urvon 6 months after his debut. Aurora was not happy. She threw a tantrum, saying, “Why are you the heir? I’m a Rioter, and you can’t even talk to people, let alone negotiate! I should be heir! You should just be my damned bodyguard!” She stormed off after that, and refused to talk to Astor for weeks. She still manipulated his emotions to make him feel bad, but didn’t accompany these manipulations with insults.

While Astor was not particularly suited to being the future Head of House Urvon, he knew he couldn’t allow Aurora to become the head. And so, despite his lack of social skill, he threw himself into learning what it took to be the Head. He learned all about how the Urvon businesses work, how they need to be managed, how to negotiate contracts, and other important skills. However, he still had one key flaw. While he understood, in theory, how to navigate the waters of Luthadel politics, he couldn’t actually understand and respond to the subtleties in the moment, nor was he a strong enough negotiator to get a good deal in a contract.

Astor has attempted to work on his lack of social skill, joining a dueling group, where despite his best efforts his interactions with the other nobles haven’t gone much further than dueling with them. He goes to balls, but still feels uncomfortable in those situations. He still hasn’t given up on overcoming his social awkwardness, despite Aurora’s constant discouragement, and his relationship with his father has stayed strong as Astor’s grown up. Bernard has been Astor’s strongest supporter throughout his struggle to become the heir House Urvon needs.

Despite Astor being uncomfortable in social interactions, his skill at them has slowly been improving, and Bernard has been entrusting him with more responsibility in running the house, especially in less socially-oriented tasks.

However, a few weeks before the present day, Bernard allowed Astor to organize an inter-house meeting to negotiate something not that important. In a conciliatory gesture, Astor chose Aurora to go to the meeting. However, a different attempt to prove himself to his father became the undoing of this one.

Astor had been attempting to memorize the allomantic talents of each Urvon allomancer, something his father had done years earlier, knowing their names, allomantic abilities, and always a tidbit or two about their lives. However, he didn’t remember the allomantic talents of some of his allomancers correctly when he was assigning them to Aurora’s retinue. He needed a Pewterarm back at the Mansion for reassignment to a different task, and so he called back the man he believed was a Pewterarm. It was actually Aurora’s Smoker bodyguard, and the man he had sent to replace him was the Pewterarm he had needed in the first place.

As Aurora rioted, oblivious to the fact she didn’t have a smoker to cover for her, the other House’s seeker quickly zeroed in on her. Before the meeting ended, he got word to the man meeting with Aurora, who confronted her about it. Aurora kept her cool at the meeting, but stormed out of the carriage, into the Urvon mansion and exploded at Astor.

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Edited by Eclipse, 20 August 2015 - 06:32 PM.

#2 Comatose

  • Shard of Brain Inactivity

Looking Good in Red

Posted 03 June 2015 - 08:09 PM

Looks good to me! Happy to see the other side of the story. Aurora and Astor definitely seem like a pair of squabbling siblings, so good work to you and Hael.

Approved, pending an RP sample.

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#3 KChan

Atium Chandelier

Posted 03 August 2015 - 11:56 PM

I could have sworn I approved this forever ago. So sorry for the wait!

You do seem to have forgotten the section on Astor's Allomancy, though. I'll go ahead and Approve him, pending an RP sample, but please edit that in before RPing with him. Thanks!

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