First Officer Alessaunder Fortunus Godwinne is an intensely well-groomed man. His entire attire as well as his hair and meticulously trimmed beard is a carefully cultivated image of finely dressed, masculine ruggedness. Tall, healthy and strong, Alessaunder is a presence to be reckoned with, whether on the bridge of a voidship or in the finest dining halls of the Imperium; and he is equally confident in either situation. Despite his humble, fringe world background (which he rarely cares to talk about), he has the carefully learnt mannerisms and habits of nobility. His posture is immaculate and he carries himself with a clear and innate pride not dissimilar to the Lord Captain's- incidentally the only man who he seems to unconciously give way to from time to time. He looks approximately in his mid-thirties.
Alessaunder's early years were spent on the fringe worlds, as part of a nomadic tribe of gun merchants who were always looking for the next big score or fleeing from the authorities; often both. Alessaunder was the son of the tribe's chieftain and was being groomed to succeed him someday.
A common theme in Alessaunder's life is that providence ensured he was often at the right place at the right time. As a teenager he happened to be in one of the settlements looking for work for his people when the rest of the tribe was massacred by a vengeful arms dealer. To protect himself, Alessaunder hastily enlisted in the Battlefleet.
The ambitious young man already harboured a suspicion that the Emperor had chosen to preserve his life as he was destined for greatness in His name. This new-found conviction drove Alessaunder harder than any of his comrades and gave him a drive and zeal that was intense to behold. It was not long before he had achieved a comfortable rank, an expertise in the Battlefleet few of his age could match and even the piloting skills to steer a mighty warp capable voidship.
He also met and befriended Ludicos Marleno, the finest shot with a pistol he had ever seen. This would of course, become significant later when he contacted the man offering him a position within the Tyr dynasty.
Eventually, Alessaunder felt the Battlefleet was not his calling. Discretely paying the right man the right sum of money, he had himself 'retired'- and found himself once again in the right place at the right time; for Alessaunder swiftly stumbled into a chance meeting with the heir to the Tyr Rogue Trader dynasty, Silas Tyr. The two men were much alike and each sensed the burning ambition in one another; and Alessaunder soon became firm friends with the young duellist.
The friendship was tried and tested though, when a duel Tyr fought went awry as in revenge for a slain offender, several noble houses of the planet began to raid and destroy Tyr's holdings on the planet. Proving his loyalty, Alessaunder assisted Silas in fighting a 'gang war by proxy', and after a year of hard fighting and scheming, the pair finally stood together atop the rubble of their former enemies headquarters- although Silas mentioned that he had discovered that the implications of this incident hinted at the existence of another enemy in the shadows... Alessaunder had tied himself explicitly to a powerful man destined to inherit even more power; luck was once more on his side.
Although Silas' inheritance was not as lucrative as perhaps it could have been, Alessaunder nevertheless stood proudly as First Officer on an ancient and grand vessel of the Imperium, with the (ailing but still potent) power of the Tyr dynasty. His ambition was nowhere near extinguished, but things were looking up...
Alessaunder is fiercely loyal to his Lord-Captain and to his crew, often having difficulties controlling his rage if the honour of either is called into question- a trait that bonds him and the Lord-Captain, who has the same issue.
Alessaunder is calm, calculating and confident in almost everything he does; and is not afraid to admit a lack of expertise in an area and call upon a true expert to provide the necessary knowledge. He is charismatic and driven, with little to prove to himself or to others. Alessaunder is a man who has a firm measure of himself and other than his possible delusions of a higher purpose provided by none less than the Emperor is quite healthy in mind and body.