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Character Name: Corbin Blanchard
Character Age: 23
Birthday (including year): May 3rd, 218
Current Location: Arbrecht
The former royal house of Heldenbrecht, the Blanchards were once the most powerful family in Arbrecht. When the plain tribes split, the Blanchards were the original ruling family, and at one point claimed ownership of three major cities; Landerfell, now Westerland, Heldenbrecht, now a torn-down ruin, and Kelailles, an independent city state. Known as a charming, but devious, House, the Blanchards were reputed for both their sophistication and their arrogance. Centuries ago, they sent the largest contingent to help fight the invaders, and in turn lost Landerfell to the Fitzwulf family for this deed. Ever since, the Blanchards have hated the Fitzwulf Family, fiercely.
Their House Motto is 'Ever Bright, Ever Noble'. Perhaps one of the most educated and cunning ruling family, they relied on spies and assassins for many diplomatic interactions, and could call up the largest army in Arbrecht – relying mostly on the Feudal system of Knights and Levies. They were steadfast allies with the Harcourts of Frysbruck and interrmaried with them frequently. However, William Fitzwulf smashed this army by successfully bribing their Chief Spymaster, so that his Fyrd Milice could fall upon the unready Heldenbrecht Army outside their Capital. After four pitched battles, in which the Fyrd Milice hounded and battered the flailing Blanchard Army, the Royal Family was captured by Elrik Kingbreaker. The King of Heldenbrecht signed over all his land and possessions to the Fitzwulf Family; in return, his kin were treated fairly and well, and his eldest daughter was betrothed to Jon Fitzwulf. No male sires of Heldenbrecht live.
Player Base: Ben Barnes
Standing at 6’ 2”, Corbin is a very handsome man, who knows this, and always tries to remain clean shaven as he feels it is a better look for him. He is slender, but not so slender as to be skinny. Instead, he ranges more towards the fit end of things. He has dark brown hair, which is often kept a little longer, though he has been known to cut it short as well. Corbin is generally considered with his appearance, and always wants to look good.
Corbin’s personal preference leans towards the traditional Blanchard colors, in fabrics befitting of a province family. However, he has not been granted such luxury as of late, and is most happy for whatever he can wear. If he were to regain power, however, or preside at court, Corbin fancies himself towards intricate detailing on his cloth, and lots of leather pants.
Corbin Blanchard is a bundle of contradictions, probably from a tumultuous life that was a short amount of peace, then agony and death for most of his family, and finally hiding. As a young boy, he was cheerful, and lighthearted. As he grew in hiding, that changed. Anyone who knew him prior would almost not recognize him.
At first appearances, Corbin is an asshole. And he is. He’s narcissistic, arrogant, emotionally distant, and promiscuous. He makes no apologies for who he is, and holds no regrets. Of course, he’s also intelligent. He knows when to behave, and who to suck up to. Corbin is not one to bad mouth a king. You will never see him ill-behaved in front of someone important.
When you begin to dig deeper, you see that Corbin is a man who has all of his vain and unfavorable traits, but he is also a man of his word. He is willing to make great sacrifices for both his family and friends, and does love them dearly. For someone who appears to be incredibly amoral, he actually has a very deep set of morals. They do not fit with normal societal norms, but he has his own code and follows it very deeply. As such he is always there when a friend is in need. Even though he has not seen his sisters in a long time, he remains faithful to their safety and would never see them in harm’s way. On the other hand, Corbin would have no shame in marrying them off for political benefit.
However, he is not going to be nice about most things. Corbin is blunt, and straight to the point. The execution of his family and overthrow has left Corbin cold. He often feels disconnected from the world, as his goal has been for so long to strike at the Fitzwulfs, it has practically consumed him. Most of the time he is not even aware of when he hurts other’s feelings. Corbin is not one for fanfare or praise... Everything he does is calculated, and all he needs is his own self-satisfaction. When he does do good deeds, he prefers not to speak of them, and pretends that they were either not his or for selfish reasons regardless if they were.
He does not dominate others to build himself up, yet he is not tender either. He has dim views of life, not believing in love and instead believing in money, lust, and political alliances. Corbin believes the world to be a cruel, hard place and has trouble seeing the beauty within it. Everything is another slight or another thing to achieve. Deep down, though, if you’re lucky, you may see a sliver of tenderness, but it is gone in a second.
Corbin was born in May, the first Blanchard child to Cesaire and Rohine Blanchard. It was an easy birth, and a blessing for them, to be born with a boy right away. Cesaire had his rightful province heir, and as such, Corbin was groomed to take over the province from the day he was born until the day the Fitzwulfs invaded.
Growing up, Corbin was a highly relaxed, friendly young boy. He was open and curious and would often make conversation with anyone who walked by. All in all, he was rather sweet. Lessons were not a problem; he just seemed to go along with him without much fuss, which for him seemed easier than rebelling. Though he paid attention in all of his lessons, the military ones were his least favorite, and he had a hard time understanding the hate with the Fitzwulfs. It seemed a foreign concept to him.
All of this changed when the war with the Fitzwulfs first began. Suddenly, at the age of 16, the Blanchard rule was in threat. Corbin began to scramble, trying to remember any knowledge taught to him in his military lessons. Of course he was not active in the fighting, as the Blanchards needed to hold onto their heir, but he did his best to help. He would listen in on meetings, look over the battle plans. Corbin did anything to absorb knowledge of military strategy, as he felt it was the only thing he could do. When he wasn’t doing that he was trying to watch over his sisters and his parents, hoping that they would be alright.
Unfortunately Corbin and the rest of the Blanchard family, the war did not go so well. In 237, there was a huge turning point, with the capture of the Blanchard family by Elrik Kingbreaker. Though his sisters were not sent to the prisons, Corbin was. Their father during this time refused to admit surrender, and so the war dragged on with the Blanchards being captured. Corbin was imprisoned for about a year, which was a miserable experience for him. Though he was not in the worst cells of Forsilvra, he was not treated greatly either. The food was barely edible, and the guards treated him poorly.
In 238, however, Cesaire Blanchard died, finally ending the war. It was right before this time that Corbin managed to escape, bribing several of the guards to get free. It was a hairy escape, but in the end Corbin he managed to make it with the combination of bribes, dumb luck, and the aid of the Vulferam family. Unfortunately, there was no time to rescue his sisters who were being kept separately. The Fitzwulfs played it off to the general public that he died, so as not to cause conflict for them. In reality, Corbin has been hiding in Kellailes since 238.
Since being in prison, Corbin’s demeanor has changed greatly. He is no longer the innocent little boy that couldn’t understand all of the political tension. Instead, he is bitter, angry that he has had to go into hiding. The fact that his sister was forced to marry a Fitzwulf scum was another insult. As a result, Corbin has become obsessed with plotting the demise of the Fitzwulf family. There wasn’t much else to do, trapped and in hiding, anyway.
It took a month or two for Corbin to recover from the conditions of being imprisoned. Afterwards, however, he began his plans. Soon after his arrival in Kellailes, Corbin began and to plot and plan. Being restricted in where he could go, Corbin spent much of his time with the Vulferam family, growing close to Conor and Aibihilin as well as the rest of the siblings. Corbin was indebted to them for rescuing him, and this is something he has never forgotten.
For the past several years, Corbin has focused his efforts on how he can destroy House Fitzwulf. It has been a slow process, gathering the resources and planning, but Corbin Blanchard is almost ready for his comeback.
Corbin sat in a private drawing room, in the Vulferam manor. The drawing room had long been concealed, hidden away for private meetings, but Corbin had taken it over since his escape from the Fitzwulf hands. The room was cozy, with a fire life off to Corbin’s side. He himself was sunk into a worn leather chair, set off to the side from the desk he had been working at. He was taking a break, his eyes beginning to hurt from straining over the documents which messily sat on the desk.
Sighing, he then took a long, slow sip from his glass of whisky. It was late, and there was no one around to keep him company in his melancholy. Though the only person he would have liked to spend time with was Aibhilin, the woman was off on another escapade or task. Corbin wasn’t too upset, as he was often the one who sent her off on such tasks.
This was going to work. It had to, as his life was dependent on it, as well as Alaine and Madelaine’s. Corbin was going to take back the province because he had to.
[Time Line Events]
Year 218: Corbin Blanchard is born.
Year 221: Alaine Blanchard is born.
Year 224: Madelaine Blanchard is born.
Year 234-238: The Fitzwulfs overthrow the Blanchards. Alaine Blanchard is betrothed to Jon Fitzwulf.
Year 236: Queen Blanchard dies from the plague.
Year 237: Blanchards captured by the Fitzwulfs.
Year 238: Cesaire Blanchard dies. Corbin Blanchard goes missing and is presumed dead.
Year 240: Alaine Blanchard weds Jon Fitzwulf.
Year 241: Game start.
House Blanchard, Landerfell
"Ever Bright, Ever Noble"
- *Corbin Blanchard
- Alaine Blanchard Fitzwulf
- Madelaine Blanchard
- Aurelie Blanchard Hallvador
- Sepphora Blanchard Vulferam
- Doriane Blanchard Harcourt
The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands
To fight the horde and sing and cry, Valhalla, I am coming
Last edited by Corbin Blanchard; 12-12-2011 at 11:08 AM.
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