Originally conceived in November 2010, drawn in January 2013, but not uploaded until now. I'm sorry but I simply don't have the motivation to draw anymore. Basic Information:Name:
Robert Victor GuiraySpecies: Red FoxDate of Birth:
9th February 1760Place of Birth:
Montia-Verne, VeruliaCurrent Residence:
3ft 11in (119cm)Weight:
5st 11 lbs (36kg)Voice: Ralph FiennesMarital Status:
Baron of Montia-Verne / King's AgentKnown Relatives:Jacques Patrice Guiray :
Robert's father, 63 yrs old. The Earl of Metze, a north-western region bordering Albea. Natalie Marie Guiray (nee Desjardin):
Robert's mother. 59 yrs old.Siblings:
Leonard Hugo Guiray - Robert's eldest brother, 47 yrs old..
Christophe Robert Guiray - Robert's elder brother. Died in 1780, aged 23. He was killed while on a trip to Aldanfelde.Spouse:
None that are officially recognized.Natural Abilities:Agility:
What Robert lacks in sheer strength, he makes up for in agility, able to dodge most attacks and leap to great heights.Senses:
Robert has very sharp hearing and a very good sense of smell.Speed:
- A fit and athletic individual, Robert is able to reach a maximum speed of 30 mph.Likes/Dislikes:Likes:
Fine Foods & Wines (Mignolet wine in particular), Music, Power, Theatre, Wealth and WomenDislikes:
Being Taken For a Fool, Cheap Wines, Commoners, Combat, and Warrick BeckettStrengths:Intelligence:
Robert received a wide and varied education in his youth, as well as being very well travelled. As a result he is very knowledgable about a great many things, and is always willing to learn more. As he so often says, 'Knowledge is Power'.Perceptiveness:
Despite his vanity and arrogance, Robert is a very shrewd, observant and intuitive individual, able to pick up on the smallest details and shifts in moods. It is this that makes him so excellent in negotiationPersuasiveness:
Eloquent, articulate and quick-witted, Robert usually has little trouble in persuading others to do as he wants, whether it be be through flattery, wit or simple deception. Some even say that he has the 'gift of the gab'. Others however, simply reckon that he's full of hot air.Weaknesses:Boastfulness:
Vain and self-centred as he is, Robert loves to be the centre of attention, and loves to boast about his past exploits, often greatly exaggerating his own part in the tale.Narcissism:
Vain, arrogant and self-centred, Robert is always out for his own glory, loves to be the centre of attention at all times, and spends an excessive amount of time on his appearance.Women:
Robert is a notorious womaniser, and will reputedly 'chase anything in a corset'. He is quite easily distracted by a pretty face.Personality:
As the youngest son of the Earl of Metze, Robert prides himself on his refined and cultured tastes, and scorns others who do not share his tastes or interests. Having grown up in a world of vast wealth and luxury, he is used to having the best of everything, whether it be foods and wines, to education and arts, to trips to far distant lands, and he will absolutely not settle for anything less. Having grown up as the youngest son with no real responsibilities, Robert is used to getting what he wants, and can be quite irresponsible at times.
Among those that he considers his equals or superiors, many will find Robert to be a most charming, intelligent, generous, eloquent and well-mannered man. He loves to be the centre of attention, and sometimes he can come across as being quite vain, smug and self-centred. He also has a reputation as a notorious womanizer, with some reckoning that he would 'chase anything in a corset'. Having left a trail of broken hearts over the years, he is reputed to have fathered several children, but none that he will officially recognise as his own.
However, when dealing with people considered to be 'inferior' to him, Robert's gentlemanly mask can and does slip. He can be much more unmannerly and more condescending, cruel even. Unless he can make use of them, or he can help him in some way, he pays little regard to them, and will dismiss their plight without so much as a second thought. Even though he pledges his loyalty to his King, Ranier D'Alviers, his true loyalty is purely to himself, and no one else.
Robert is a very accomplished swordsman and excellent strategist, considered to be one of the best in the kingdom, but is a poor leader. However, Robert much prefers not to fight, considering violence to be crude and most uncivilised. Instead he considers negotiation and alliances to be a much better use of his time and energy, and will use others to do the dirty work for him. However, it would be a mistake to think that Robert is a pacifist; if pushed hard enough, Robert can and will resort to violence, and the victim would soon learn the true extent of his cruelty and ruthlessness.Backstory:
Born in 1760 as the youngest of three brothers, and the son of the Earl of Metze, Robert Victor Guiray grew up in a bubble of great wealth and privilege. He wanted for nothing as he grew up; his parents would give him everything that he asked for, and he wanted for nothing. Except for the full love and attention of his parents. Although they did indeed love and care for him, Robert's parents deemed him as being the least important of their offspring. They instead gave their full attention to their eldest sons, Hugo and Christophe, being the 'heir and spare' that they were. So even though he had everything, Robert could not help but feel resentful, jealous even, of his brothers. His parents lavished their true love and affection on his older brothers, and their plans for him amounted to nothing more than marrying him off to some noble girl. That was not enough for Robert, however, and he began to make plans to forge his own path in life.
Everything changed however when his older brother was killed when on a foreign visit to the capital of neighbouring queendom Aldanfelde, Leonefeld in 1780. Christophe Guiray was found lying dead in an alleyway in a pool of his own blood, with a knife sticking out of his back. The killer was never caught, and it was never known for certain why Christophe was killed. His money purse was missing from his person, so it was assumed that he was killed for his money and valuables. While Robert felt no great loss towards the death of his brother, as they were never close, he did feel a great deal of anger towards the person responsible, and intensified his dislike of the lower classes.
With his older brother dead, Robert was now required to take on his dead brother's mantle, and assume his duties in the Verulian Royal Court. This Robert did, and he found himself caught up in the scheming and intrigue of the court. Robert adapted to this new life quickly, and in short order he was able to earn himself many valuable 'friends' and allies. However, he only ever acted in his own interests, and he would discard these allies as soon as they outlasted their usefulness. His intention was to gain as much power and status for himself, and proving that he was better than his brothers. In this he was successful; before long he caught the attention of the King of Verulia; Ranier D'Alviers.
The great eagle King sensed Robert's great intelligence, cunning and resourcefulness, and he began to employ the fox for his own ends. Mostly Robert was used for intelligence and even assassination, as he was quickly proven to be a poor leader, and in this Robert proved especially adept. In time he became the favourite of the King, used for the most important of missions. But while Robert never once forgot his original intention, and simultaneously worked towards his own ends, including hunting down the person responsible for his brother's murder.
(full bio still in the works)Additional Notes:
- Robert is right handed.
- Formally known as 'The Honourable Robert Guiray'
- Robert often dresses in the Verulian officer's uniform, despite not being a military man.
- Originally he was meant to be a dog, but he changed to a fox for reasons unknown. (I think I'd forgotten what species he was supposed to be!)Appendices:
Part One: Human Robert