Ruprecht Aliswichen

Count Ruprecht Aliswichen

Count Ruprecht Aliswichen is the current Count of Ebersted, Kertinlan, and West Lestver.

Physical Description

Body Features

Ruprecht is average for most Pallernians, but in recent years he has been putting on a lot more weight.

Facial Features

Ruprecht has large, bushy eyebrows. He keeps his beard short, but his mustache is impressively large and curled upward.

Mental characteristics

Personal history

Early Life

Ruprecht 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 Shenanigans

Despite 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 Ebersted

Five 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 Inquisition

In 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.

Education

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.

Employment

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.

Mental Trauma

Ruprecht became paranoid of assassins after his father's assassination. Now he keeps himself surrounded by loyal guards.

Current Location
Ebersted
Species
Human
Ethnicity
Pallernian
Honorary & Occupational Titles
Count of Ebersted, Kertinlan, and West Lestver
Baron of Alishald
Year of Birth
1532 AA 35 Years old
Birthplace
Aurkustel
Current Residence
Alishald Castle, County of Ebersted, Empire of Pallernia
Biological Sex
Male
Eyes
Dark grey
Hair
Black hair that reaches his spine and is shaved from the sides
Height
1.73 m
Weight
73 kg
Known Languages
Pallernic

Comments

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1 Dec, 2018 17:32

Really well written, I found myself getting angry at him but then the next paragraph I felt bad for him. I like how much detail you've put in and how you've told many different events in his life. It really makes him seem like a fleshed out person :D

1 Dec, 2018 18:06

Thanks! He is a minor character in the first few chapters of my NaNoWriMo novel. I can't exactly remember if the main characters actually see him, but since those chapters take place in Ebersted, his name does come up a few times.

2 Dec, 2018 08:50

Haha, first I imagined him as this sterotypical BIER UND WEIßWURST eating bavarian dude, but then he tourned into that kind of mischievous brat, and later even into a broken, paranoid man. Nice work!   But I have to say your background image made reading a little tough. You should choose an image with less visual noice and with good contrast to the text.   P.S.: Bist zufällig auch'n Deutscher, wie ich und mein mich? :)

2 Dec, 2018 09:07

Thanks for the feedback! I'm still working on finding a better background that fits the mood of my world, the current one feels a little bit too happy and bright.   I'm not German nor do I speak the language (I foolishly chose Russian over German in school and then instantly forgot pretty much everything I had learned), but I just like using German names and I like the culture and history.

2 Dec, 2018 09:21

I see. Had the same with french. Today I'm calling myself proud to at least be able to decently speak and write english ^^*

Belladonic_Haze
Belladonic Haze
16 Dec, 2018 20:52

Lot's of German inspired stuff here, especially the name "Wilhelm". Interesting

Master Redclaw123
Elias Redclaw
20 Dec, 2018 11:05

I really like this fellow! One moment i feel like he is an asshole and the next i feel sympathy for him. It is well fleshed out and i like it. Keep up the work Mike!

29 Jan, 2019 17:07

It's a good article and an interesting character! It's short enough to keep people reading but covers all the important bits! <3   "Ruprecht is average for most Pallernians, but in recent years, he has been putting on a lot more weight."   I really like this touch. It's strangely humanizing.. That's a fate that awaits us all once we settle down. Consider nuking the second comma there. Two in a row there makes the sentence sort of stutter a bit.   "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."   This sentence is pretty long and with a lot of commas. Maybe consider breaking it up into two sentences and nuke some commas :)   "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."   Another kind of long run on sentence with a lot commas. Consider a little bit of a rewrite and splitting it into two sentences :)   "Despite his personality, Ruprecht managed to find a few friends in the capital"   It might be worth adding something previous to this about what kind of child he was. The one clue we have is how other children found him, but an interaction between nobles and peasants versus nobles and nobles are bound to be very different. :)   In the same vein, why is he pulling these pranks? What part of his character makes him do these things? It would be great to dig a little deeper into these parts of his personality and how they still affect him now that he's fatter and older. ;D   Also: palace shananigans = shenanigans :)   "Five days after his seventeenth birthday, Ruprecht revived a letter from home."   Revived = received   "His father had been assassinated, and his mother was severely wounded."   You probably don't need that comma.   "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."   Another long sentence :) Consider splitting it in two and rewriting it to fit.   Also, did he catch the assassin? What happened? How did the peasantry's reaction color his interactions with them? :)   "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."   You can probably nuke the comma after Teffer :)   Also, in this section you're dropping a lot of terms and phrases on us that we have no real idea what they are. Tooltips could help, and I am fond of using the sidepanel to add little asides about what things are. I can send you an example, if that sounds interesting!   "Everything had gone according to plan, but then the subjects of the experimentation who the count's guards had captured, escaped. "   I think it might read smoother without the commas.   "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."   Another kind of long sentence with a lot of commas. Maybe split it up and expand a bit - who is Vikehol? Why did he arrive? Did anyone die? :)   "After such a collosal failure, Ruprecht was charged with heresy, and is currently still waiting for Empress Sofia's judgement."   collosal = colossal and you can probably nuke the second comma   The one thing I feel is missing is something more about his personality. We get glimpses of it (pulling pranks, standing by his mothers corpse, prone to elaborate schemes) and doing it entirely through implication like that could work well. It might help to reinforce it with some more details or clarifications on the character traits you wish to convey, though!   All in all, I like it! He might not be the most imposing figure as far as antagonists go but never underestimate a desperate, cornered man. :)

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