Baron Gavriil Aukes
Baron Gavriil Aukes
General Physical Condition
Apparel & Accessories
Gavriil spent the first few years of his life with his siblings at the medium sized estate just outside Aryia's capital Llyne. During this time his parents and tutors noticed Gavriil had intelligence that was quite advanced for his age, understanding concepts and ideas most children his age had a hard time comprehending. Gavriil quickly surpassed his older sister, who was also smart for her age, in their studies but especially in what would later be known to be his specialty: runes. Taking note of this interest, Earl Lucian wrote to the Remia when Gavriil was seven years old and requested the academy send someone to meet Gavriil. Two instructors sent by the academy came and were so impressed by Gavriil's knowledge that even though he was three years below the age of entry, they petitioned the Archmage to let him begin his schooling that year.
Gavriil immediately became a star pupil at the academy and was constantly praised by the Magus as he quickly mastered the basic runes. During his second year, his interest in runes became focused upon healing runes primarily because they were so difficult to master. His study of healing runes took up most of his time though he was able to make a few friends namely, Sasha Massey and Edgar Howland. Though his initial few years saw his knowledge and abilities expand by leaps and bounds his last few years were at almost a snail's pace as Gavriil lost all interest in anything except women and having fun. Even though he attended virtually none of his classes his final year his prospects weren't hurt in the slightest as he already had a guaranteed spot as a healer in the royal palace.
Llyne's Bloody Scourge
For three years Gavriil poured over every book, manuscript and text about healing runes he could get his hands on and chased down every theory or outlandish idea anyone had ever written about. Then on one rainy spring night, he moved from research to experiment. It's still not known what the exact trigger was but, on that night Gavriil knocked out and kidnapped a prostitute who frequented the slums near the port. It is unknown how long he kept her in his house, but it thought he kept her there for a couple of days during which he would draw various healing and protection runes on her and then injure her to see if the runes would prevent the injury from occurring. This continued until she eventually died from blood loss. The exact number of people he killed is unknown as most of the people Gavriil abducted were prostitutes, beggars, and drifters but he continued to abduct, experiment, and eventually kill a number of people over a span of two years.
His killing spree came to an end when his sister Katarina came by for an unexpected visit. Unknown to Gavriil, whispers had begun to spread about whether he was still alive and how an all-encompassing feel of evil that emanated from the home and made pets and small animals avoid the area. Spurned on by wanting to prove these stories wrong Katarina, using the key her brother had given her, entered the home and was immediately met with the smell of death and decay. Following the smell and expecting the worse, Katarina moved down into the basement where she discovered him, pale, disheveled, surrounded by corpses and in the process of experimenting on his latest victim. Her screams of terror and mad dash out of the house drew the attention of Gavriil's neighbors and two members of the City Watch nearby. Gavriil was immediately arrested and hauled off to the nearby jail. The whole time Gavriil was madly screaming at the City Watch and everyone standing around.
After his crimes were brought to light, Remia instituted a policy where no one could be admitted to the school before the age of 10 no matter how much potential they have. As well as one where the school kept in frequent contact with former pupils to make sure no one's interest turned into an obsession.
The Aukes Shipping Emporium saw a decrease in sales as their association with the serial killer Gavriil Aukes painted a negative image of the company. It was only under the direction of Katarina's daughter Janeka Warren the company saw the negative image fade.
Rumors continued to circulate that Gavriil was the birth father of Princess Lela's eldest son, Raynard as well as the father of a number of noble women's children including Lady Andrea Wright, Lady Cerra Black, and most scandalously Lady Thalia Argyris from the neighboring kingdom of Visea.
Additionally, a number of countries including the island nation of Kimiri, who already viewed the use of runes with unease, forbid the use of runes altogether.
Accomplishments & Achievements
Became a renowned healer in the royal palace at the age of 20
Owned and ran his own clinic at the age of 26
Failures & Embarrassments
Morality & Philosophy
Virtues & Personality perks
Vices & Personality flaws
Mother: Baroness Emilia Aukes
Sister: Katarina Warren
Sister: Sophia Bolton
Brother: Laurits Aukes
Sister: Janine Terrell
Wealth & Financial state
Rune casters are highly skilled individuals who are the only people in all of Iosis able to use rune magic at will. Those who cannot perform this feat may buy the services of a rune caster at a high cost.
Rune Casting is the method of using magical runes. During rune casting, the caster must maintain physical contact with the object or person the runes are drawn on. More commonly, casters draw runes using their blood as a way to maintain 'contact'.
Remia Academy of the Arcane
First major Rune Casting academy in all of Iosis
The Bloody Scourge
A disease that usually ends with the victim choking on or drowning in their own blood.
Sai & Tyme
I was surprised by the dramatic twist of Baron Gavril's mental state. Good job! One thing that confused me was the events surrounding his fiancee Sasha. It was mentioned she perished during the Bloody Scourge, but then she was alive under the "Later in Life" section.
Whoops, I forgot to change that. In an earlier iteration she dies but then I realized using her death to fuel his madness would be less of an impact than him just going crazy because he believes he can stop death.
Sai & Tyme
Gotcha, thank you for clarifying that! ^_^
Fantastic job on this article, I really enjoyed the legacy section and seeing how his life affected the people even after his passing.
I really liked this article, the sudden change in attitude brings to thought articles and reports of the Black Plague, though none were so dramatic. Very well written!
Interesting article! His mental health was a nice touch. Gave me a bit of a Frankenstein vibe.
Really well written article! Nicely formatted which made it clear and easy to read. Looking forward to reading more of your world :)
Gauntlet - my shiniest article this year!
The Legacy section was brilliant, hit the spirit of the competition!