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October 27, 2005, 1:33 pm

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Master Simonus

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Simonous has a sardonic wit which often escapes out of his mouth at the wrong times. Given all the touchy nobles and honor bound knights in the Three Districts, this could be a lethal problem given that dueling is legal. This twitchy unassuming young noble would appear no physical threat. Yet in reality he is one of the most dangerous duelist in the Three Districts.

Special Equipment:

Nothing special, just a courtly noble’s kit and a servicable family sword of some antiquity.

Appearance:

He is a small rabbit of a man. His demeanor is that of a nervous scholar who has had one too many mugs of Klah (Caffinated beverage). He seems uncomfortable carrying a weapon, but his station requires him to do so.

His hair is dark. His skin is fair. His eyes are an unassuming brown. He is quite thin and a touch short. His hands are small, but his nose is large for his face. He wears courtly clothing of good quality, but nothing overly expensive. The clothes are often stained, as he keeps knocking things over or bumping into people drinking. He appears to be just another courtier, admitedly a clumsy one.

Background:

Simonous comes from Good Stock. His is a long and noble line, though most of his family’s credits are many generations past. He is the second son of the Duke of Colmous, who took over the Dukely duties at court, when his brother was struck with a strange illness.

Simonous wished he could of gone to seminary or university instead of court, but noble duty and all that. (Though in hindsight, many of the court wished he had too). Simonous came to court equipped with his family sword, his good name, his strong sense of what was right and good, and a rapier wit that he can’t always curb.

It is his wit that keeps getting him in trouble. His keen intelligence would make him a formitable courtier, but his strong sense of right and wrong interferes with his political skills. His wit makes him fashionably daring, but he can never seem to stop before someone takes actionable offense.

If that was not enough, if he is excited, he never watches where he is going or pays attention to the world around him. He is forever bumping into people or knocking over drinks, or slipping on the floor. 

He should of been a priest. It only took him four hours before he stumbled (literally) into his first duel.

There a marvelous thing occured. He survived. He had some basics of swordsmanship… every noble does. But he was not skilled by any strech of a bard’s tongue. He spent the entire duel appologizing to the Sir, but he was jumping about (avoiding thrusts), picking up his dropped weapon (dodging a trust), and bumbling about in a very warrior like way. In fact, the final strike seemed almost accidental (it was according to Simonous).

The first duel seemed a fluke. After the fourth or so, people began to talk. Nobody seems to believe it, but people are talking.

Since he seldom pays attention to where he is going, he fequently gets lost. He keeps finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time to overhear things or see things he really shouldn’t of had. Despite himself, he keeps getting embroiled in intrigues. He has the Queen’s ear, should he choose to bend it, after stopping a few plots. 

Simonous is now at court with more status and enemies that he can handle, still trying to do the right thing for the people of the country. He genuinely wants to help the various peoples of the country, poor peasants, cityfolk, and nobles, that nobles should run the country for the betterment of the country… not their position in court or holdings worth.

Roleplaying Notes:

He is stumbling and bumbling his way to success. He is apparently a comedic character.

He believes in the phrase, “Let Justice Be Done, though Heaven Falls.”  Though he frequently adds the caveat, “and I’m not hurt”.

Though he seems twitchy and nervous, he is effectively an excellent fencer. As a conventional fencer, he is a failure. He has the basics down, but is not very aggressive. In fact his fearful and kinetic demenor and his partial dodges and avoidances, effectively give him a drunken style that is very, very efficient. No classically trained swordsman seems to know how to handle him.

Think of him being played by a young Rodney McDowell.



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Cheka Man
January 23, 2005, 12:56
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He reminds me of Rincewind, the failed Discworld wizard. 5/5
Scrasamax
January 23, 2005, 15:43
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interesting and well done. An improvement on the Bumbling Goody Noble.

5/5

I wonder how many people know who McDowel was without looking him up on the 'net.
CaptainPenguin
January 23, 2005, 16:31
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You took my saying! :)

4/5.
Dragon Lord
January 24, 2005, 9:12
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Oh the possibilities

5/5
EchoMirage
January 24, 2005, 14:32
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An interesting character to have at a court - not a paramount of goodness, just an honest and decent man who thinks people shouldn't hurt others and all'd be good.
Through him, many a plot could spring into being, and manya player will like him.
Voted KendraHeart
July 10, 2005, 14:57
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Character actors as NPCs. I love it.
MoonHunter
October 27, 2005, 13:34
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Master Simonus makes a perfect "side kick" for Lady Julia
Voted Murometz
April 16, 2006, 16:28
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I like him a lot! He can obviously be involved in a zillion plot hooks. I love characters like this!

Oh and thats "Roddy" McDowell (no inet necessary :D)
Voted Ria Hawk
April 16, 2006, 16:35
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Oh, I like him. He's got so many possibilities, and I can well imagine that some of his various enemies are driven to distraction by him. The inevitable assassination attempts would be interesting, since he's like this all the time. He reminds me a lot of Captain Jack Sparrow, only without the associated exaggerated ego. He WILL be used.
Voted TheSnakeRoselynAlexandra
April 17, 2006, 0:53
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I can see this man as a big loving father! An his sharp tongue to keep him out of the lines only makes him ever more so of a funny person. It is truly not his fault that he stumbled into all this trouble. It only happened to him. No wounder Lady Julia is the way she is. Keep going with this one!

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