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[OOC Information]

Your Name: Rae
RP Experience: Weird numbers
Your Character's Player Base: Robert Downey Jr.

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[Basic Information]

Character Name: Ian Harcourt
Character Age: 46
Gender: Male
Birthday (including year): February 21st, 195
Home Castle/City: Fyrsbruck, Arbrecht
House [Birth and Marriage if applicable]: Harcourt

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[Appearance]

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5'9, not exactly an intimidating fellow.
From John (It sounds like the right voice lol)

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[Personality]

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Ian Harcourt is a man who knows how to get around in the world, and how to get what he wants. And when he zones in on his objective he doesn't stop until he gets what he wasn't. He plays a careful, ruthless game of cat and mouse with his opponents, and he almost always comes out on top. He's been able to negotiate himself several important marriages for his family and get trading rights in most port cities in Forsilvra. So in other words, he loves his job, and he's damn good at it.

Ian hates the Fitzwulfs with an intense passion. With every fibre of his being, he despises the family, especially the late William Fitzwulf. That was the man who conquered Heldenbrecht, and the man who kept Ian from fulfilling his side of an alliance when his ally needed his help the most. Up until that point Ian had always come through for his partners in whatever way they needed him if he had a remote chance of coming out of it on top. After they took Heldenbrecht the Fitzwulfs became a much larger threat to the Harcourts, and not only that they became the head family on the island -- so now, proud Ian had to kiss his most hated enemies ass. He despises them because they aren't even from Westerland; they came from the Vandermark!

Ian isn't afraid to do what needs to be done, and he's damn stubborn. Unless and option clearly presents a better ending he'll often go with his first instinct. He also expects others to talk to him the way they would everyone else -- unafraid to share their opinion or knowledge, able to speak clearly and not trip upon their own tongues. He expects people to be frank and to the point, and to say what they mean and mean what they say. He hates asking people twice, and if he has to ask you a third time he'll find someone else or do it himself. He's as honest and manipulative as he needs to be to get what he wants. Ian is decisive, and he sticks with his decision through thick and thin if he can.

Ian hates owing things to people for an extended period of time. If theirs an opportunity to clear a favor, he'll do it. If theirs an opportunity to stop paying tribute and crush that person he was paying in one fell motion, you damn well better know Ian Harcourt will take it. Ian loves his family, dearly. He included his sons in meetings when they reached the age of seventeen, and spent plenty of time teaching them how to sail a ship as youth. He tried to be a good father for them. His daughters he left mostly to Iona, thought he was always there for them. He wants to find good husbands for the girls and good wives for the boys as soon as he can. He wants to make sure they all stay safe and happy. That's one of his greatest worries about open war with Westerland, if it ever came to that -- The penalty for treason is death, and if your unlucky, that spreads to your family; and he's got no doubt that the Fitzwulfs would LOVE to have a reason to chop the Harcourts up and place a puppet in Fyrsbruck. He hates the Fitzwulf name and William -- The son, Jon, might not be anything like his father, but Ian cannot forgive him no matter how hard he trys. He wants vengance for the corpses of plague victims thrown at his men. He wants vengeance for being embarrassed. He wants vengeance for his fallen allies, and theirs only two ways to get that -- Westerland returns Heldenbrecht to it's rightful rule, or Fyrsbruck takes it over in fire and hell-storm -- or maybe some other nation that wasn't Westerland. He can't bear to have them rule with the way they conquered it, as much as Ian would love to be at peace. He feels patronized every time John apologizes for the plague catapults, for he had never known that plague -- he had never known fear like that, never seen it in a mans eye. It was unforgivable. When William was alive, it would of hardly been possible; but with the young boy Jon at Westerlands head, he might have a chance -- he was still wet behind the ears.

Ians a fair man that might worry a bit too much for his own good. In Fyrsbruck, most of the laws in Fyrsbruck apply equally to both the nobles and the commoner. He worries about the common man from time-to-time, and tries to keep them in mind when enacting new laws. He's also worried about the economic state of his city -- the rich get richer, and are already fabulously rich, while the poor get poorer and poorer. He has no idea what to do; should he let it go, and assume it'll work it's self out? She he install a minimum wage or increase taxes on the rich and lower them on the poorer? That's an active dilemma he faces everyday.

But he's not all business, all the time. Ian likes to relax with his brothers and that includes his goodfather and the rest of the Montroses. He likes to keep up with whats going on in his children's lives, and likes to pose questions on them that are out of the ordinary. He likes to find out what people are thinking. Ian especially likes to find scenic places in his kingdom, and go out for a good sail from time to time and forget his troubles. He loves to fish and hunt, and play games. He loves to perform tricks that involve slight of hand.

But most of all, Ian loves to swim, and he loves to Sing(He's a tenor!), and often sings with a choir at noble funerals. He also loves to sing sailors songs while at sea.

Ian's demeanor makes him easy to follow -- he speaks eloquently; he says what he means, and he's not afraid to get his hands dirty. The man would sail with a ship full of commoners as quickly he would hop on a boat with the king himself. For this, the people love their lord; the day he dies will be a terrible day, and if killed by a Fitzwulf in cold blood might make him a martyr in the common mans eyes!
Written by John

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[History]

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Ian Harcourt is the first son and child of Illan Harcourt and _____ Blanchard Harcourt. He was born in the year 195, a time when Fyrsbruck was quite prosperous and it's ally Heldenbrecht was at it's height of power. Shortly after him followed William, his sisters, and then Alexander, the youngest Harcourt brother. Illan was only child, but gods be damned if his children suffered the same terrible fate! From an early age, Ian stood out. He was obedient and quiet, but not shy; he was quick to grasp complex concepts, and he was like a fish in the water.

He learned everything an heir would from his father -- how to make the hard decisions. How to balance the good and the bad. How to dance without stepping on another nobles feet. He learned everything a Harcourt would learn -- how to sail a ship. How to read a map. How to swim, and how to be a leader of men rather than a follower. But he and Illan differed in more than a few regards -- Illan himself was a poor commander. Illan appeased his enemies, rather than getting in their face and forcing them to back down. He even went so far as to pay the more brutal clans in the Green to stop raiding Fyrsbruck. He married his son and his daughter to the Montroses to further strengthen ties with the clans.

With his sibling she was always close, and he made it a point to include his younger brother Alex whenever it was feasible if he and William were up to no good -- he watched after him and still has a severe case of big brother syndrome. He swam with them and practiced with them and sailed with them, he helped his sisters whenever they needed it without batting and eye. Overall, Ian was always a kind and generous person who went out of his way to help.

Well, Ian was by no stretch of the mind the greatest commander that Fyrsbruck had ever seen -- but he was better than his father. And if he had a choice in marrying a Montrose gal -- he'd of probably said no thanks. Prior to marrying Iona he had figured them uncivilized, and that every Montrose lass would hike her skirt up for a drink and a good time. Iona certainly changed that; they married as soon as she was old enough -- Ian was twenty six, and she was seventeen. He'd seen her when the deal was arranged and hadn't thought much of her. But when he saw those wild red locks and her pretty face a few years later he wasn't so mad as he had been. His brother William took to Montroses perhaps far too well. Ever since the wedding -- where he joined in the jokes about Ian and Iona's named and drunk himself silly with the earl of the Green -- he'd been friends with Ian's good-father and good-uncle.

Ian went with his father and his siblings around the world on the traditional Harcourt visiting of every province. He thoroughly enjoyed it, being at home with the sea and being able to experience brand new scenes. He found each province beautiful in it's own way, though he wasn't much a fan of any of the province families. It was during this time that many of his siblings found their wives and husbands, though William opted to take a girl closer to home for his children and bed.

His relationship with his wife was quick to come to a head. She was shy at first, but Ian broke the ice quickly and they immediately hit it off. His first precious treasures -- the twins -- were born within the year of his marriage. At first, he thought all he got was a girl for his first child -- not bad, but every man wants a son -- and then Isaac poked his head out of his wife and came to say hello. He was so excited to be a father and to continue his line, he spent as much time as he could with them when they were babes.

The plague broke out in the north and the Harcourts went mad with caution. No one was allowed to enter or leave the castle in Fyrsbruck -- if you left it, you couldn't be let in because you might've got the plague. Still, even with these precautions Alexander lost his youngest and William lost his wife, and on those days every Harcourt mourned and rejoiced, for they would join Geralt in the west.

In the war Illan perished and left his son to lead. They were defeated despite a huge numerical advantage; the Fitzwulf's troops were too quick and managed to get terrain on the Fyrsbruck forces. It didn't stop Ian as he knew the Fitzwulf's couldn't hold the pass forever... except they fired plague victims from catapults into his forces. He had no choice but to retreat; he cared too much for the common mans life and feared for his own with the Fitzwulf employing such underhanded tactics. Who knew what they'd do next -- assassinate Harcourts in their sleep?!

He never forgave William for firing those rotting corpses at his men and gloating over his victory. And now the mans memory taints every Fitzwulf in Ian's mind, and he finds it difficult to forgive the family for their patriarchs transgressions, despite the constant apologizes. The simple fact is that the Fitzwulfs were ready for another war and if they had been hard to beat before they'd be nigh impossible to beat now without help. He's extremely wary of this very real threat but he nevertheless talks to Jon like he would any other man, albeit with a hint of disdain in his voice. The Harcourts do what their told, generally, but not always

Then another came, and another and another... he was fortunate to avoid any complications in childbirth, and every child made it through their youth. He loved them each for their personality, and often performed tricks and and asked philosophical questions. He taught each and every one, even the girls, to swim and sail and fire a bow. Iridia -- technically his first child -- liked it a bit too much, even going so far as to question why her twin was the heir, if she was first born! Ian admired her free spirit, but deep down he knew he and Iona still had to make a lady out of her, and only recently has she taken to it.

Isaac, his heir, is as good looking as his father -- black hair and dashing good looks. He would have no trouble attracting the ladies, of that Ian was sure. But Ian was not sure about his son; he loved him no matter what, but recently he's had a gambling problem and Ian is unsure how he feels about this. He wants the boy to stop, because gambling is a terrible habit and the quickest way to drain the family coffers. But knowing how to take calculated risks is an invaluable skill, and the reckless boy needed to learn a thing or two on thinking before he acts.

Keegan, his other son, was a funny little boy. He always seemed to have a witty one-liner to chuck out when it was appropriate, and Keegan always had the quickest reflexes of his children. Vivian was a beauty, no doubt. Sara was always closer to her mother than she was Ian, and Erin was the baby, who brought her cousin, Erica, with her. Erica was sickly as a child, and nothing short of divine intervention has kept her alive so long. For that he's grateful -- he needs his brother William, especially with Westerland being the biggest threat it's ever been. He needs his whole family. He needs to start setting up marriages and preparing the trip round the provinces. He's decided to go with Isaac and Iridia first, and then go again with the rest in a few years time. The trouble is he has to stop by the Fitzwulfs out of tradition, and the cost of the trip will be quite taxing on the coffers with the spring ball so close. New dress, new outfits for his sons and brother -- gifts for the king and queen and all the province lords -- Ian dreaded that.
Written by John

Addition by Rae:
Iona and Erica are killed by the Fitzwulfs, driving even more hatred for the house into his heart. He yet again swears vengeance until Jean Fitzwulf is in turn murdered. Ian still feels robbed of his vengeance.
After the Blanchards regain control of Westerland and Arbrecht, Ian continued to work his family's way up the line of respect. He started with marrying his favorite daughter Iridia to Corbin Blanchard, making himself the father of the Westerland queen.


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Westerland 11/3

Things were finally looking up for Ian Harcourt. He stood once again in the castle of Westerland, on a balcony breathing in the cool fall air. The Fitzwulfs were just about obliterated, leaving only Elanor Fitzwulf. The lord of Fyrsbruck could live with that. Iridia was about to get married to a Blanchard, also another good note. The rest of his children were doing well enough; they were all together and that's what mattered. Ian would be happier if his sons had wives lined up though, but how picky could a man be at a time like this?

The darker side was that Iona was gone. In the eyes of men, justice was served for the Harcourt lady, but Ian wanted to see the blood drain from Jean Fitzwulf's face himself. The man wasn't even killed by a Harcourt, the great injustice to his house in his eyes. "Iona, oh Iridia would be so happy if you were here with her on her wedding day. We miss you my dear lady wife..." he murmured softly, letting the wind carry his words away. It was only on calm autumn days when he had let himself pause for thoughts like this.

Looking down from the balcony he heard some commotion.
"Rianne Brabant, Lady of Ernsaw!" a voice called. A redheaded girl in trousers rode in, not at all like a lady. It wasn't his problem, Jager Brabant could deal with the girl he figured. Now it was time for him to find affairs of his own to make dealings with.


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[Timeline of Events]


Fyrsbruck

Year 195 - Ian Harcourt is born
Year 201 - William Harcourt is born
Year 2?? - Audrey Harcourt is born.
Year 203 - Iona Montrose Harcourt is born.
Year 205 - Alexander Harcourt is born.
Year 212 - Ashleigh Harcourt is born.
Year 216 - Ian to Iona and Ashleigh to Cameron is arranged.
Year 220 - Ian and Iona get married.
Year 221 - Twins Isaac and Iridia are born.
Year ASSORTED DATES - Saving space, all those other kids get borned, too.
Year 229 - Ashleigh and Cameron are married.
Year 234-238 War of Heldenbrecht. Plague Victims are fired at Hacourt troops, resulting in the thick rivalry existing now.
235 - Illan Harcourt dies of natural causes. Ian is crowned King Ian IV of Fyrsbruck at forty.
Year 240 - Ian's most hated enemy, William Fitzwulf, dies in his bed. Jon Fitzwulf steps up to become Province Lord and King of Westerland.
Year 241 - Game start!





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