Sir Ambrose Vespasian Maurlias
(Birthday: January 25, 1611)
Ambrose was a very prim and proper, repressed musketeer, desperate to prove himself the perfect gentleman and impress his distant parents. Unlike the carousing and cavalier of his fellow musketeers, Ambrose was stiff and repressed, completely buying into the tenants of being a gentleman and moderation of emotion. Ambrose was logical, cool-headed, and down to earth.
When Ambrose contracted Lycanthropy, his whole world turned upside down - calling everything he knew into quesiton, making his honed art of repression no longer fully possible, and dealing with becoming an /animal/. First overcoming the savagry of the curse and having to come to terms with what he always had in his blood.
January 25, 1611
Musketeer, eventually Captain
[u]Mother:[/u] Ambrosia Maurlias
[u]Father:[/u] Andrew Maurlias
[u]Oldest Brother:[/u] Dreu Maurlias
[u]Middle Brother:[/u] Sebastien Maurlias
In human form, Ambrose is tall, thin, lithe, and graceful, maintaining his poise and impeccable grooming if at all possible. His face is long, narrow and distinguished, his features very sharp and angular, and his hair usually pulled back into a very smooth ponytail. His eyes are sharp and discerning. He is most frequently seen wearing the traditional outfit of a Musketeer, a rapier at his side, and a musket nearby. He is stylish, but not to excess.
He is dashing, but mainly for the purpose of never seeming like he is in over his head. To him, the most important thing is to never lose control of himself or a situation – everything about his demeanor speaks this. Because of this, he is highly rational, and derisive of superstitions and the like. He is very stubborn about what beliefs he does hold, and does not like to compromise with others – liking to be the one in control of a situation, and his own fate. Because of this, he might be thought of as uncompassionate in many situations, but this is not the case – he believes strongly in the good cause, and protection of the weak – he just does so in his own fashion.
However, as the campaign developed, Ambrose actually (gasp!) loosened up somewhat - partially due to needing to choose his battles. Keeping everything repressed just gave strength to the more dangerous side of his lycanthrophy.
Ravenloft (Dungeons & Dragons / D&D)
authoratative and controlled. Chivalrous terminology.
18th Century Real World turned Ravenloft.
Ambrose was born the third son of the noble house of Maurlias in the country of Guillaume (France) – the first son, Dreu, about 4 years his senior, inheriting the title and the estate, the second, Sebastien, only a year and a half older, joining the clergy. As a boy, Ambrose had the tutors and swordsmanship training common to a boy of noble upbringing, but was made painfully aware that he would not be able to maintain this lifestyle after reaching his manhood. As a boy, ironically, Ambrose was full of passion – both creative and destructive. However, his tutors in knowledge, etiquette, scripture, and the sword all maintained (as was common for the time) that vibrant display of emotion was a weakness in man, and to be a holy person/ a good fighter/ a man of noble status – that one must never let emotion rule you. They beat into his head the ways of an ideal gentleman, maintaining ones' even demeanor and to hold oneself above earthly passions. This did not change Ambrose's inherent passions, so instead of expressing them, he began to bottle them up from an early age – trying to grow into a fine young man to impress his father and his tutors. Dreu, also did not help in Ambrose's attempts. No matter how formal, and how reserved Ambrose acted, Dreu always seemed to be the epitome of a gentleman - earning the fawning attention of his father. His father also seemed to always be able to catch Ambrose whenever he slipped and displayed his anger or passions. His father would chastise Ambrose, and compare him to his brother, using Dreu as an example. To Ambrose, Dreu seemed to have no passions at all, the ideal gentleman - always reserved and cool, with perfect manners. Ambrose's only real outlet for his emotions was with the sword – and even that – while training – was highly restrictive. This led his hand to decide to become a musketeer – he didn't have the privilege (or really the desire) to stay at home and become a man of the court, and since what emotional outlet he had was with the sword, he used his good name to join the ranks of the Musketeers. All the years of lectures of restraint has been taken to the extreme with Ambrose – he is uptight, and anal to a fault, bottling up his frustrations and passions. His main desire, his driving goal became to impress his father, to prove to himself that he could change his fate, and that if he could outdo his brother at his own game, that maybe he could get the respect that his brother received. While he does not particularly care about the wealth of an inheritance, he wants the position of respect from his father, to be considered a son of worth, not "my other son", and for his father to be proud for him to carry on the Maurlias name.
Since becoming a musketeer, he has proven himself a gentleman and a man of courage and dependability to the musketeers and the crown, but still had not really garnished the desired attention of his father despite his heroics and actually completely changing his demeanor and suppressing his passions to fill the role that his father expected of a gentleman. Attention was still lavished on Dreu, and Ambrose was generally thought of by his father, and the rest of the courts, as "Dreu's brother."
Part 1: http://arania.kamiki.net/ambroseadventure.html
Part 2: http://arania.kamiki.net/ambroseupdate.html
Part 3: http://arania.kamiki.net/ambrosestorycontinued.htm
[b]Likes[/b]: Angelina, proper hygiene, fencing, Doing the right thing
[b]Dislikes[/b]: Undead, Ravens, most magic (particularly enchantment/mind control magic), Ravenloft, the idea of fate,
* Fantastic Swordsman
* Self-control (to a point)
* Silver - it burns him on contact
* Ranged weapons - Ambrose is terrible with them
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