Count Ruprecht Aliswichen
Ruprecht is average for most Pallernians, but in recent years he has been putting on a lot more weight.
Ruprecht has large, bushy eyebrows. He keeps his beard short, but his mustache is impressively large and curled upward.
Early LifeRuprecht Aliswichen was born on the 29th of Illisiavar, 1532 AA. His father was Count Wilhelm II of Ebersted and his mother was Amalia Eriswichen, daughter of Duke Ferdinand of Gofflan.
As a child, he was taught how to fence and rule over his family's holdings. The fencing didn't interest him, instead, he went out around town, disguised as a lost merchants son, hoping he could make friends, but most children his age considered him abrasive and haughty. Ruling his own county did interest him and he did his best to learn all he could. His father, a man known for his skills in combat, was disappointed in his lack of interest towards fencing, but nonetheless, he encouraged his son to do what he liked and helped along by sending him to Aurkustel, to the emperor's court.
Palace ShenanigansDespite his personality, Ruprecht managed to find a few friends in the capital, one of whom, Katerin Holsvike, he would marry in the future. Together with his friends, Ruprecht traveled around the countryside near the city, knocking on the doors of unsuspecting peasants and then pretending to be tax collectors. Most saw through their poorly disguised lies, but a few did give in and handed them their share of the harvest. The young nobles hadn't expected to receive anything, so when they reached the Pallern, they dumped the harvest into the river and carried on back to the capital.
Besides pulling pranks on the peasants, the group also caused many embarrassments for other nobles in the palace. During the Victory Day celebrations in 1544 AA, young Ruprecht managed to sabotage a noblewoman's dancing dress, causing it to fall off as she was in the middle of a dance with Ederich Pentiwichen, the Grand Duke of Jegrim. The embarrassment caused a large scandal and although Ruprecht had been a suspect, no one could prove his guilt.
Return to EberstedFive days after his seventeenth birthday, Ruprecht revived a letter from home. His father had been assassinated, and his mother was severely wounded. Without hesitation, Ruprecht borrowed two horses, grabbed his lover and soon-to-be wife, and rode north, to Ebersted. Upon arriving, Ruprecht found the city the same as he had left it. The residents all kept doing their normal things, not a care in the world that their lord had recently died. Disgusted by the filthy peasants, Ruprecht went to Alishald Castle and discovered that his mother had died a few hours before his arrival. He stood by her corpse for half an hour, but then got back to his senses, and ordered his new servants to publicly declare that he was in charge, and that suspicious individual, who might be assassins, ought to be reported to him.
Invitation to the InquisitionIn the late winter of 1564 AA, Count Ruprecht Aliswichen sent a letter to the Inquisition of Athe, asking for assistance in the fight against illegal magic users, heretics, and infidels in Ebersted. The Inquisition agreed as long as their men would have the same authority to conduct their business as the count's own guards. By the early summer of 1566 AA, the Inquisition had established themselves in the city.
Ruprecht studied from the best tutors the Empire of Pallernia had to offer in the palace of the emperor himself, Pentiwichen Keep. He learned mathematics, bookkeeping, etiquette, customs both local and foreign, everything he needed to one day rule over the County of Ebersted.
Ruprecht has only ever worked as the Count of Ebersted. He wasn't employed before his father's premature death.
Failures & Embarrassments
Count Ruprecht, paranoid about potential threats to him and his family, suspected that the kirijksus of St. Brent's Foarkirijk might have been interested in his demise. As a way of foiling the plot, he worked together with a Jegrimian man named Teffer, and a group of Inquisitor's under the leadership of Knight-Inquisitor Hovner. Their plan was to fabricate evidence that the kirijksus had been doing illegal experiments on a few captured residents of the city and they wanted to publicly accuse her at the city's main marketplace.
Everything had gone according to plan, but then the subjects of the experimentation who the count's guards had captured, escaped. Not long after, Knight-Inquisitor Diederich Vikehol arrived with his inquisitors and after a confusing skirmish, Vikehol had rescued the kirijksus who the count's loyalists had held captive, and Knight-Inquisitor Hovner's men surrendered.
After such a collosal failure, Ruprecht was charged with heresy, and is currently still waiting for Empress Sofia's judgement.
Ruprecht became paranoid of assassins after his father's assassination. Now he keeps himself surrounded by loyal guards.
- Current Location
- Honorary & Occupational Titles
- Count of Ebersted, Kertinlan, and West Lestver
Baron of Alishald
- Year of Birth
- 1532 AA 35 Years old
- Current Residence
- Alishald Castle, County of Ebersted, Empire of Pallernia
- Biological Sex
- Dark grey
- Black hair that reaches his spine and is shaved from the sides
- 1.73 m
- 73 kg
- Known Languages