The Crown´s Gentleman Leonardo Dewinter (a.k.a. Leo)
Leonardo Dewinter was born on 25th June of 1441 in Wallerys as the youngest son of Nadine Dewinter, countess of Rhaben, and Nomad I. King of Vandaryen. Even if his parents expected a girl they were pleased to have a second son. Less delighted was Leonardos brother, Craven, because he saw him as a rival of the throne.
Leonardo lived the most time of his childhood in Wallerys. His mother didn´t want him to be raised in a dark wet castle. Like many members of the high aristocracy, his parents owned a recidense in the capital city. There Leonardo could grow up without any worries. Besides the days when Craven visted him. Paranoid and jealous his older brother interpreted everyting as a compition. Often mocked by his older sibling Leonardo regular complained by his parents. Dreyan, Leonardos father, saw it as an opportunity to temper him. In his opinion his son was to soft.
Since Nadine was generally travelling through the provinces, she never really witnessed of their children behaved. Leonardos father never bothered to tell her and he thus forbade the nursemaid to speak about it.
Leonardos only refuge was his nursemaid Regjiana Melen, an Half-Wood-Elf, and the books collected by his mother.
YouthIn his teenage years Leonardo attended the royal academy in Wallyres.
After the king´s death he immediatly returned home. There he convened the council of lords to organize further attempts to solve the unusual death of his brother. After long and harsh hours debating about Vandaryen´s fade, Sara Woodmark, speaker of the great house of Dewinter, and other high ranked lords elected Leonardo as the Crown´s Gentleman and thereby provisional ruler of Vandaryen.
Accomplishments & Achievements
Moreover his first published book The blood of the rose brought him fame and recognition from many scholars.
Failures & Embarrassments
The murder of Caleb Kronen
Do not dare to forgive me for what I've sinned for, because I know exactly what I did.
When Leonardo was 18 years old his first love and best friend Caleb was found dead in his bedchamber in the magical Acadamy of Wallerys. Witnesses testified that they last saw him alive in Leonardos presence. Although there was no further evidence, Dewinter confessed the murder and described exactly how he executed his best friend.
Surprisingly, Caryn Morges, supreme judge, spoke him free.
The jousting of Clayster castle
He's a coward who cannot even withstand his own brother.
It was no secret that Dreyan Dewinter didn´t liked his second son very much. In fact, Leonardo was rejected by him.
At any moment the king tried to devalue the prince. Even in front of the court of lords or the 80th Jousting of Clayster castle which Leonardo had surprisingly won. Not until Leonardo´s mother solely demanded a rematch which Dreyan only agreed if he could select the opponent.
Wistfully for Nadine her fear that one day her sons would fight each other came true. In the end, Leonardo had lost miserably against his brother because he refused to compete against Crevan. Yet his brother attacked and pushed him relentless of his horse.
Afterwards Leonardo was mocked by his father that he could´t even withstand his brother.
Trust me, one day you will become a truthful leader or an enthusiastic writer.Through the rejection by his father and brother, Leonardos only light was his mother and his nursemaid. Of course, his mother wasn´t often with him but periodically he recieved letters and gifts from her. She supported his writings and even sent his stories to an librarian who was responsible for publishing.
She is the reason why Leonardo had started a party to help outcasted children. Through his mother Leonardo accomplished to be lenient with his brother. That´s why he volunteered to be an royal representative in Meryn.
Furthermore Leonardo doesn´t want that someone would suffer like him so he tries to tolerant everyone. Moreover his priority is the well-being of vandarysh people which was the main reason why he negotiated that the royal troops would only serve as a reserve army.
Vices & Personality flaws
Leonardo is addicted to Scorvyth, an plant which can cause strong hallucinations when it is smoked. Some of his servants are telling that you could not enter his private sleeping room without pressing something against your mouth when you don´t want to get addicted too.
Whenever Leonardo is nervous he bites on his lip or kneads his left ear.
Young master Leo, don´t let you fool by your older brother! Your parents wanted and, more important, want you.Regjiana Melen, Her Master´s Nursemaid
As member of the royal family he got used to it quickly.
Of course I am not my brother. Neither am I worthy to be crowned king. To be honest I would rather shit on the throne than to sit on it all day long. Then I am just the throne warmer until my niece and rightful heir of this bloody crown, Fabienne Dewinter, has returned alive to Wallyres.
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