Forsilvra :: Winds of Change
Old 07-28-2012, 12:00 AM
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[OOC Information]

Your Name: Jacob
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Your Character's Player Base: Daniel Sunjata

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[Basic Information]

Character Name: Yusuf SanJar
Character Age: 26
Gender: Male
Birthday (including year): September 25, 216
Home Castle/City: Susa
House [Birth and Marriage if applicable]: House SanJar

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[Personality]

Yusuf is a serious man who is devoted to chivalry. In his youth he was brash and overconfident, but a year of defeats in tournaments led him to find humility. Yusuf's defining characteristics are perseverance, loyalty to the Crown, and a love of learning. Yusuf is patient and usually quiet in social situations, as his true strength is in a battle of steel, not a match of words.

If Yusuf fails at a task, and it has been known to happen, he persists until he is successful. He expects the same from others and is shocked whenever he finds one who does not strictly adhere to chivalry.

Yusuf has a sister, Tahira, who is married out of the family. Tahira is somewhat younger than him, and they never spent much time together. His brother, Ibrahim, died a few weeks after birth. His father was often busy with his duties and his mother in her studio. Following his mother's death and his father's order, Yusuf has withdrawn somewhat. He does not form close relationships easily.

Yusuf believes that he has been chosen to succeed as the Horn of Ahestere. To him there can be no other life course. He lives for king and country and nothing else.

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[History]

Yusuf was born in 215 to Suleiman SanJar and Hadasa Sanjar, formerly of House Saliba. His father was a minor knight in service to the main branch of his family, while his mother was an artisan. Yusuf spent the majority of his early years in the vicinity of the Gardens at Susa.

Yusuf's education began at the age of seven. While he received a well-rounded curriculum, Yusuf truly thrived in his studies of history. It was from these studies that he learned the legends of men like Seth, the first Horn of the Burning Axe. These stories inspired Yusuf to aspire to be the pinnacle of chivalrous knighthood, in hopes of one day serving the king as had Seth and his successors.

Yusuf began training in martial areas one year later. Naturally, he focused on the axe, but did not neglect study of the sword and of horsemanship. His preferred axe style was to use a buckler and short tabarzin for defense and speed. While mounted he would always use a long tabarzin with no shield. His methodical and practical manner of learning brought him to the attention of the representatives of David Saliba, Horn of the Burning Axe. Yusuf was encouraged to enter youth tournaments as soon as possible.

Yusuf won his first exhibition as a squire at the age of thirteen. A simple test of form, where young competitors merely showed their abilities by dexterity and in the amount of damage that they could do to a wooden dummy in one strike. The young man displayed more grace and prowess with the axe than did the other children, and his early success went to his head. Trading on his success and assuming a superior attitude, Yusuf was no longer an eager student but an entitled brat. The next year he finished in second place in each of his three tournaments.

Sensing a need for an attitude adjustment, Yusuf took six months off from competing to focus solely on his studies and practice. He sought solitude and truly sought to purge complacency and haughtiness from his heart. The humble youth who emerged from this effort was now three times the fighter that he had been and bore an infinitely more noble character.

Yusuf grew a reputation as a fine warrior and a good sport. Upon reaching full knighthood in 233, he stepped up his efforts to become the next Horn of Ahestere. Yusuf won three tournaments that year, one each in sword and two using the axe. Despite his triumphs, the achievements were bitter when Yusuf was not selected as one of five candidates to become apprentice to David Saliba.

Though crestfallen, Yusuf determined to live his life in service to the king, and if possible to his Horn. In 235 Yusuf and his father were assigned to a punitive army led by David Saliba that was tasked with annihilating a bandit tribe within Hazrim. It had taken a lot of finagling to get the assignment, much to Yusuf's surprise.

When his army met the bandits in battle, Yusuf saw his first true combat. The fighting was intense, leaving many slain and wounded on both sides. Yusuf's father, Suleiman, had been grievously wounded, and Michel Fleuret, apprentice to David Saliba, had been crippled. Yusuf had managed to save Saliba's life during the battle by slaying a bandit attempting to sneak up on the Horn of the Burning Axe.

For his service Yusuf was finally accepted as successor to the Horn. Yusuf's life changed in the span of a day. Whereas before he had been Yusuf the Somewhat Competent, or Yusuf the Overlooked, he was now Yusuf the Heir. Living now as a major personage, Yusuf had many adjustments to make. Fortunately, David Saliba was more than adequate to the task of tutelage.

Yusuf found life as an apprentice to be challenging yet rewarding. While he was often out of his depth socially when working at courtly functions, he appreciated having the time to learn before he accepted his inevitable duty. Sir David was Yusuf's maternal uncle. Yusuf had never met the man before the tournaments, and throughout his time with the Horn, Yusuf was never once referred to as Sir David's nephew. Yusuf suspected that Sir David's devotion to his duty kept him away from his family for so long that he actually did not know that Yusuf was his blood.

Hadasa SanJar died of the plague in 237. Yusuf mourned for a week, preparing to journey to visit his father when David Saliba was set to travel to Susa. Yusuf received a letter from his father stating that he was not to visit him, abandoning his assignment for even a brief time, and instead to grow stronger in his service to the king with fewer personal attachments. The last time Yusuf ever saw his mother, he was 20 years old, and he vowed not to return to his father at the age of 23. Yusuf's family became his comrades, his charges and his king.

Three days ago, Yusuf's mentor, David of the Burning Axe, was thrown from his horse while riding and killed. The peacetime death of such a great hero disturbed Yusuf a great deal. He is to begin his duties with eagerness tempered by sorrow.

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The high song of night birds pierced the air, penetrating above the low crackle of kindling as a cool breeze carried sweet cedar smoke to Yusuf's nostrils. The night was not overly chill, and the pyre provided ample heat, but the young man shivered nonetheless. For the first time in years Yusuf found himself alone.

Surely now, there would be hangers-on and toadies and sycophants and all of the other words that Sir David Saliba had used to describe those weak individuals who sought to better their lives by sponging off of the success of others. Sir David, the former Horn of the Burning Axe, and the man whose mortal body was burning on the pyre, had had his fill of such people. And Yusuf was certain that with Sir David gone he would be alone, despite the crowd of so-called friends ready to accept his generosity.

Just three months before, Sir David had finally told Yusuf why he had chosen the young man as his heir following the crippling of his previous apprentice when just two years earlier he had rejected Yusuf's service. ”It's the fact that you've known failure, boy, and you've known what it's like to be the source of your own failings. You've made mistakes that nobody of intelligence makes twice. And you persist. None of the other Little Horns wanted anything to do with service after I'd chosen another over them. You reported for duty, ready to serve as a footman if need be.”

Yusuf finally smiled a bit at the pleasant memories of happy instruction. He reflected on the irony that the great warrior lying before the small crowd had died, not in glorious battle, but in peace and at his leisure after surviving countless perils. It was ironic that he was soon to be more alone than ever before despite being surrounded by associates. Most ironic of all was that he was to assume a position where failure meant tragedy for an entire kingdom, when it was his previous failures that had earned him his place.

The wind picked up and the fires flickered. The night birds took flight and whatever was left of who had once been Sir David of the Burning Axe was reduced to cinder and carried to the dawn. Yusuf nodded silently and turned back to his quarters. Yusuf hoped to dream of heroes and glory during his last night as a mortal before he would awake and join the legends of history.

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[Timeline of Events]


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[Time Line Events]

Year 215: Born to Suleiman SanJar and Hadasa SanJar, nee Saliba.
Year 223: Begins weapons training. Focuses on axe, sword and horsemanship. Is selected as a possible Horn candidate.
Year 228: Enters and wins his first youth exhibition, using the axe.
Year 233: Continues to distinguish himself, winning his first tournaments as a knight. He is not selected as an apprentice, however.
Year 235: Distinguishes self in battle against a bandit army in Hazrim after persisting to be appointed to an army led by David Saliba, the current Horn of Ahestere. David's apprentice is crippled in battle. Yusuf slays a bandit attempting to sneak up on David Saliba, and is selected as the next apprentice.
Year 236: David Saliba takes Yusuf to his first courtly event.
Year 237: Mother dies of plague.
Year 241: Appointed Horn of the Burning Axe after David Saliba dies from being thrown from his horse while hunting.



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Old 07-29-2012, 12:24 PM
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:22 PM
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oh damn, another rookie on the squad? time for some Horn-hazing. he sounds awesome! APPROVED
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:28 PM
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Yusuf has a sister, Tahira, who is married to Melchior Iravar. Tahira is somewhat younger than him, and they never spent much time together.
The sister is actually wed to Melchior's Uncle. Mel hadn't yet wed in the game, but House Iravar was deleted, so I may just remove the reference or I may just assume they're a lesser house in Susa. But, not sure the marriage is worth mentioning.

And then just c/p the entire geno into your profile and add your character, PM me the character's secrets (even if the character has none, I still ask for a PM for my records) and you're golden.

With minor changes, I approve! <3
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:13 PM
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I did PM the secrets to you?
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:17 PM
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Changed the reference to just read "married out of the family."
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:23 PM
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You totally did. Now that I read them again I remember. I don't know why my brain sucks! Anyway! Go join your Horns and post post post! PS, if you want to thread with Cyrus while he's in the capital ( and his other cousins) we so should!!!!
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:39 PM
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:57 PM
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What needs to be updated? I swear that I updated everything.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:58 PM
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That is for the mods, you are all set!
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:33 PM
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Ah, thanks!
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