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Garrett Atwood

noble mistborn

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#1 Garrett Atwood

  • House Lord

Member of Lucille Deveaux's Book Club
  • Age35

  • Relationship StatusSingle

  • OriginTremredare

  • Allomantic StatusHidden

Posted 01 February 2018 - 04:12 AM

Noble Mistborn

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Name/Handle: Moooooru
Contact: Challenge me to a duel.

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Name: Garrett Atwood
Type: Noble
Age: 35
Gender: Male
Place of Origin: Tremredare
Occupation: House Lord.
Relationship Status: Single

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Type of Powers: Mistborn
Metals Used: All
Degree of Skill: Intermediate -- all except: Novice - Atium
Status: Hidden

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Garrett is gifted with all around average looks. He has a strong jaw, and dark brown eyes. His face is attractive, but he does not stand out of a crowd as particularly nice to look at. His hair is long enough to look a little shaggy, but he tries to keep it trimmed to socially acceptable lengths. He also keeps his face cleanly shaven. His beard grows in patchy, and he does not like how that looks. He is six foot, and covered with lean, willowy muscle.

Being a widower, Garrett wears a lot of black. While he is technically out of mourning by society’s standards, he has not changed his wardrobe back to add colors back into every piece. He has a long black coat that he usually wears over black trousers and a black shirt. The most colorful piece of clothing he added back a few months ago are vests. He prefers vests with embroidery. Some of them are muted colors with silver or gold embroidery on them, and others are black.

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Garrett Deveaux, if left to develop how he would have liked to, would have been a prolific composer. He would have spent his time quietly studying the art of music. He enjoys solitude, and he has always been sensitive and kind to others. The reality of being an heir to a noble house took those pleasures away from him. He was not allowed to be who he thought he should be, and instead forced into extroversion.

Garrett finds most of his joy and energy from being alone. When he has to be with other people, he tends to put on this persona. The persona of what he feels a nobleman should be. This version of Garrett is proud, pragmatic, and harder than the man underneath the visage. Since he took up the title of Lord Atwood, this persona has become a part of his everyday routine.

He does keep some of his true self in this nobleman persona, but they are only the overlapping qualities. He is fiercely loyal to his family - and will always do what is best for them, even if it turns him into the villain. He is faithful to his word at every point, and has never even considered hurting someone for his own gain.

Garrett is also filled with sadness and guilt almost all of the time because of the death of his family and his wife. He is still in mourning for Edith (in his heart, if not in public). He is also terrified that something like that may happen again. He feels that death follows him around at this point, so he is very protective of those people he does care about, namely his sister.

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Special Skills: Piano, Dancing.

Strengths: Garrett has always been good at following orders. It is much less thinking on his part, and he can do it easily. He also counts confidence and acting among his strengths. He has always been good at hiding his true emotion, and displaying only what he wanted people to see. He is very good at redirecting his thoughts away from unpleasant matters.

Weaknesses: Garrett had to spread himself so thinly as Lord Atwood, he did not have the time or ability necessary to develop any skills to advanced skill levels. He became mediocre at everything he tried, but never strove for excellence. He is particularly terrible at strategy when it comes to infiltration or planning attacks. His affinity for following orders always made it hard for him to lead. He also holds everyone he knows at arm’s length. He rarely lets anyone get close to him, for fear of losing someone close to him again. He has learned to live with grief, but it still follows him like a shadow of the Deepness.

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From the moment Garrett Atwood was born in 883, he was the center of attention. To say his mother doted on him would be an understatement. Lady Cecily Atwood had thought herself infertile. She and Lord Miles Atwood had been trying for several years to have children and it was weighing heavily on her. When they finally had a child, a male, an heir, she was elated.

Garrett grew up, spending a lot of time with both of his parents. He spent a lot of time watching his father work, and when father was not available, he would play piano with his mother. She taught him an appreciation for music, and his father taught him an appreciation for maths, metals, and business.

When he was 10, he was taken to be beaten. He was tested for Allomancy as many other children were. He was beaten by several men in his father’s employ. By the time it was over, he couldn’t stand on his own and he passed out from the pain… but he had Snapped. He could feel a new power surge within him as his eyes closed and the world went dark. He woke up with several people waiting by his bedside.

There was a nurse, redressing a small wound that Garrett could have sworn felt bigger when it happened. His mother was also at his bedside. She had been spending more and more time in her room lately, unable to leave her bed, but she made sure to be there next to Garrett when he needed it. His fondest memories were of his recovery bed, when she would read stories of famous Mistborn to him. She told him that he was important, loved, and talented. She was the biggest confidence boost a young boy could have asked for.

When he had recovered, he began his training. He spent hours a day training with several instructors trying to hone his newfound skills. When he was done in the training yard, he would go straight to his father’s office and get lessons there. From there, he would go to another academic tutor to do exercises in arithmetic, grammar, and history.

He had been training with this schedule for almost a year when his mother took ill. She had always been sickly, spending several days in her bed every month. Some days she was unable to leave the dark, heavily curtained room. Her illness was chronic, and it was one of the reasons that she had thought herself infertile.

She passed when Garrett was eleven. He sat at her bedside all night before she was taken to be put to rest. This was Garrett’s first brush with death. He was angry. His mom had been taken from him and no one could give him a good reason why. Whenever he had gotten sick, he always got better. Why couldn’t his mother do the same?

It was at this same time that Garrett and his father stopped seeing eye to eye. Garrett couldn’t understand his father’s reaction to his mother’s death. His father buried himself his work. Buried himself in business so he didn’t have to think about his wife’s death. Garrett worked out most of his frustrations in his Mistborn training, learning to fight and duel as best he could.

It was almost a year before Garrett was back to his studies at full force, and it was only with the help of a Terrisman steward that he actually started to study again. As he got older, the days became longer. He had a similar schedule, except he had cut his father out of the day. He instead learned basic business practices, how to negotiate, and public speaking with his steward Urshek.

When he was 15, he began attending balls, making friends, and fulfilling social obligations as well as those to his house as Mistborn and heir. He was decent at talking to people, and it was a welcome change to his usual Terrisman and books company that he had at home.

He met Edith Trellis at one of these balls. He was immediately taken with her, but he knew that his father would never allow him to officially court her if her house did not hold anything of strategic value to them. He danced with her at practically every ball. They even attended a ball once or twice together in that time. She was charming and interesting, not to mention beautiful.

When he was seventeen, his father started looking for potential matches for Garrett. Garrett did not spend much time talking to his father, even so many years after his mother’s death, but things had cooled down between them. They had very superficial conversations, and conversations about what was happening in the business. They were cordial with one another, but not close any longer. Miles started compiling a list of women that would be suitable for a match with Garrett and handed it to Garrett one afternoon.

Garrett was supposed to rank these women in order of who he thought were the best choices. Miles had ranked them in order of importance, social status, and most financially beneficial. Which houses they gained the most by being allied with. Much to Garrett’s surprise, Edith Trellis’ name was on the list. The whole concept of using a list to choose a bride seemed so strange to Garrett. His father was a fan of lists for everything. Need to choose next month’s dinners? Make a list. Need to decide which parties to attend? Make a list. Garrett could have told his father without a list that Edith would be a good choice for him.

His father began the arrangements, but he did not want it to be an “arranged marriage.” Nor did he want it to look that way to anyone. It was much better if it appeared that Garrett chose his bride, in Miles’ eyes. In fact, Garrett had chosen. If his father had said no, he would have asked her to marry him anyway. Their families negotiated the contract, that ended up being mutually beneficial to each house.

During the search for a wife for Garrett, Miles found a new wife for himself. Garrett never understood how his father could remarry after losing Cecily. Garrett was nice to his step mother, who became pregnant very soon after the marriage to Miles, but he didn’t care to interact with her. It was not until his sister was born that he took an interest in the family.

There was so much potential in the tiny child. He loved to spend as much time with her as his studies would allow. At times, he would unintentionally let his sister distract him from his studies by playing games with her that would last too long. He loved being an older brother.

Soon after his sister’s birth, Garrett and Edith began courting, attending balls regularly together, and were engaged before the year was out. Garrett could not remember a time where he was happier. As he spent more time with her, he knew that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. They were married by the time Garrett had turned twenty. What was more, they were in love.

Garrett wanted to spend every waking moment with Edith. He found himself shirking other responsibilities just to spend more time laying with her in the mornings. He cared little about responsibility when he could be with her. She was witty, smart, and the idea of having to leave her tore him in two.

Garrett’s father spent more time teaching him the intricacies of the Allomantic Metals business in the Western Dominance. They had controlled a set of mines and processing facilities in the Tremredare region for many generations. The mines were small, but lucrative, and they had negotiated contracts with other houses in the area that let them ascend to High House long before Miles was Lord Atwood.

Miles and Garret’s stepmother were killed in an accident while they were on holiday. Garrett was sad, but he could remember being more upset when his mother died at age eleven. Losing his father didn’t seem to impact him as much as he thought it might. He attributed that to the weight of being named Lord Atwood, and the fact that he and his father hadn’t had a genuine conversation in over a decade.

He wore the mourning black for the appropriate length of time, went back to wearing his house colors after that. When the house had recovered from Miles’ sudden death, Garrett was left to control the house. For a few months he did well. He had help from Edith, who seemed to understand the business as well as he did. She helped him to control his feelings of loss, while he tried to stabilize the business. Many of his father’s contracts were falling apart because of his death - they didn’t trust the new Lord Atwood yet. Until Garrett followed through on his father’s plans, they didn’t trust him.

It was Edith who helped him through that, and Garrett thought he had everything under control.

Until their keep was attacked.

Garrett was the house’s only Mistborn. There were several other Allomancers among them, but being the only Mistborn meant that he had to often be in two places at once.

Garrett had to make some difficult decisions when one of the mines was shut down due to a cave in. He didn’t give Lord Dawkins, an old friend of his father’s, a shipment of metals that Miles had promised him. He didn’t intend on fulfilling his end of that deal, in order to favor some more, important contracts. He didn’t perceive Dawkins as being a threat to Atwood because of the friendship Lord Dawkins had with his father.

He misjudged them.

They came in full force at the Atwood estates. He left Edith in their bed chambers with guards as he defended against attackers. Dawkins attacked from two sides. The east of the property was the most heavily fortified, but there were weak points. So, they attacked there, and to the south.

Garrett did his best to aid the guards in both places, jumping back and forth between the incursion sites. He didn’t realize that there had been three assassins sent into the keep from a different approach.

They assumed that Garrett would be in his bed chambers with his wife, because none of them knew he was a Mistborn, and none of them knew he, himself would be fighting to keep Lord Dawkins’ troops from taking the Atwood estate.

It was not until the battle was done that Garrett returned to his chambers to see his wife on the ground, bleeding from the stomach. She had been stabbed and left to die. Her nightgown was soaked with her blood, and the three guards Garrett had left to protect her were already dead.

They had intentionally left her alive.

They wanted to send a message.

Garrett couldn’t think straight. She was nearing death and Garrett applied pressure to her wound. He knew it would do no good, but his instincts took over.

His whole world came crashing down around him, and he didn’t see or hear anyone else. The rest of the world was dark. Urshek helped make sure everyone else was safe, including Garrett’s sister.

He sat with his wife until she passed. He sobbed into her hair as he cradled her body until the morning.

The next few months passed with great effort, not unlike slogging through a waist high vat of wet ash. Garrett felt like he was moving through a fog. It was months before he left his house again. Urshek helped him maintain the house business, and kept the books in order.

For those months, Garrett rarely left his room. Not even his sister could get him to leave. He didn’t go through a public mourning period, because he didn’t go out or attend balls for the full mourning period that was expected of him.

He did finally get up when Urshek convinced him to. There were certain things that Garrett was the only authority on and that needed his attention. It was only the matters of the house that dragged Garrett out of bed and back into life.

Almost a year after Edith died, the oldest of the Atwood mines dried up. Garrett was given the news through a series of letters from the mine’s foreman. The skaa hadn’t pulled up a node of metal in almost a week, despite being pushed harder than ever. This meant real trouble for Atwood.

Atwood dealt in Allomantic metals. The metals came from the various mines they controlled throughout the Western Dominance, but the biggest and oldest mine they had was of course, the most important. It would be a big blow to their finances, and they wouldn’t be able to keep up the production levels to keep all of the terms of the contracts they held.

So Garrett was forced to reach out to an old ally of his father’s to pull them out of the hole. He contacted Sureau and worked out a deal. Atwood would make a Luthadel bid, take control of a mine that Sureau owned the deed to, and then they would be in the clear.

Garrett started making the preparations and spreading the right rumors in Tremredare. He wanted the news that Atwood was taking control of Sureau’s mine to provide them with Allomantic metals to spread. He wanted it spread to Luthadel.

He knew that the moment he tried to make a bid for Luthadel, the hammer of Deveaux that Atwood had avoided thus far would come crashing down on his house and they would be dead. It wouldn’t even be a negotiation that he could bargain for their lives. Deveaux controlled Allomantic metal mining and refining in the Northern and Central Dominances. He could not compete with an old, powerful house that did not abide others trying to encroach on their business.

Not to mention that Garrett did not trust Sureau to keep them safe while they moved their operation to this mine that was too close to the Central Dominance for Garrett’s liking. Garrett decided to take the contract from Sureau, despite the danger, but he wasn’t going to move his mining operations there.

He planned to give the deed to Deveaux. With this deed as a condition of the deal, Atwood would offer itself as well, to be absorbed into Deveaux. They needed Deveaux's protection from being obliterated, and Deveaux needed a foot in the door of the Western Dominance. It wouldn't work if Atwood was just made a vassal of Deveaux, however. As far as Garrett was concerned, he would need to get the entirety of Atwood dissolved and reincorporated as members of Deveaux's family in order to get the kind of protection that he would need from Sureau.

Garrett didn’t tell anyone of this plan - not even his sister, with whom he tried to share everything. It would not work if anyone in Sureau got wind of what they were going to do. He didn’t believe his sister would betray his confidence on purpose, but idle conversation made even the best of plans go awry.

Garrett met with Stefan Sureau and worked out the details of a contract, through which Atwood would provide Allomantic metals they refined from the mine that was certified to be a wealth of metals. The contract, once signed, also provided to Garrett the deed to the land the mines were found on. The deed was the important piece. Without the deed, he didn't have the right to operate on the premises, and therefore he couldn't offer that right to Deveaux.

Once he was in possession of this deed, Garrett got back in his carriage and left Keep Sureau. He had made it through one stressful meeting and instructed his driver to take him to Keep Deveaux at a leisurely pace… and to make sure they were not followed. It took an extra two hours, with three stops at various marketplaces in between to make the distance from Keep Sureau to Keep Deveaux.

He was overly cautious, but he had every right to be. Sureau … had a reputation.

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#2 KChan

House Sureau

Posted 02 February 2018 - 02:18 AM

Garrett is very well written and I can't wait to RP with him. That death scene was particularly wrenching. Approved!

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#3 Comatose

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House Raisaal

Posted 23 February 2018 - 08:18 AM

Love the character.

Two things: (1) I know I probably missed some brain storming sessions on this, but as an uniformed reader Im a little unclear on his current status. His appearance says he wears Deveaux colours but in his history it says that he is just about to make a contract with House Deveaux and mentions nothing about joining the house. Since we use these for reference, I would personally like to see a little more exposition (even if its just a sentence) before approval to clear up the confusion.

(2) This is a post-approval HOUSE keeping item (see what I did there?) but as a major allomantic metals house from Tremredare we should probably work out Atwoods relationship to Elariel :).

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#4 Moru

Member of Lucille Deveaux's Book Club

Posted 23 February 2018 - 11:06 PM

I have edited the last 5 paragraphs of the app to reflect his plan to be absorbed into Deveaux, and I've also taken out the part about Deveaux's colors (thought I had removed all of those references, sorry!)

Let me know if there's anything else. and I can't wait to do some brainstorming of Atwood's (former) relationship with Elariel.

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#5 Comatose

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House Raisaal

Posted 25 February 2018 - 01:03 AM


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