Lucius is quite a handsome looking young man. His hair is a tussled dirty blond, and his eyes are a pale grayish blue due to his mother's Ulfen descent. Being somewhat vain in nature, Lucius takes care of his appearance, keeping his face closely shaved and his stylish clothing clean. Lucius is very athletic, possessing a tall, lean and wiry physique, though he is young and hasn't quite yet finished adding muscle mass to his frame.* His expression is often mischievous, but at the same time calculating and shrewd.
Lucius is quite intelligent and extremely athletic, and sometimes overly cocky. He is confident almost to a fault, though he is generally a good judge of his abilities. His overall sense of self-assurance can grate on folks at times, though his easy-going disposition and sense of humor leaves him not without his charm. Lucius considers himself to be something of a smooth operator when it comes to the opposite sex, but he is probably greater in his mind than reality would indicate.
Whatever negative influences living life among the children of Nobles has had on Lucius, he is a man of possessing strong morals and principles. His parents raised him to have a sense of duty and compassion towards others, and to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Lucius believes in the rule of law, though his pragmatic understanding of the law leaves him generally more flexible and reasonable towards its application.
Finally, while court life has proved to be lax and decadent, Lucius does still have a strong work ethic when it is required of him. During his time in Restov, Lucius worked hard and proved his ability beyond any doubt to his superiors.
Lucius grew up in Restov, the youngest son of Theodric Baradain, a loyal soldier in the employment of the Lebeda household. Lucius grew up in Silverhall with this parents, and led a fairly simply childhood. Baron Lebeda recognized the intelligence and talents of the young Baradain boy, and paid for Lucius to be trained in the sword and the art of war in Restov. His natural gifts apparent to his masters, Lucius excelled in his study of engineering and his training with the blade.
When he was sixteen and finished his studies, he came home and found employment serving under his father for the Lebeda household. By this time, Baron Lebeda had died, and Dame Sarrona Lebeda was regent while the Baron's eldest son Lander was still a minor. Lucius being of an age with Lander became fast friends with the future Baron, and found himself spending time on Royal Hunting expeditions with Lander, and other such privileged activities.
Worried that his boy might be getting soft by spending too much time in the court and gaining considerably more influence than himself, Theodric volunteered Lucius for the assignment of traveling to the River Kingdoms to investigate issues with banditry on behalf of the Baradain household. Though unhappy at the prospect of leaving his friends and family, Lucius begrudgingly decided to take on the task.
As his eyes scanned over the document, an unmistakable scowl began to form on the brow of young Lucius. Glancing up from the document to look his gruff middle-aged father Theodric square in the eyes, Lucius suspiciously inquired "Just why exactly are you showing me this? Why should I care about bandit activity in the River Kingdoms?"
With a sour, yet bemused demeanor, Theodric responded curtly to his cocksure eldest boy "Because you’re going on expedition Lucius; Lady Lebeda has asked for volunteers to put an end to the banditry bordering her lands and harassing trade to the west." With a shrug, Theodric smiled and added "This is good for you Lucius, you need to get some field experience."
Growing ever more incredulous by the minute, Lucius wave the document about as he retorted "Field experience? This is a sheriff’s work father; I didn’t go to study in Restov to skulk about in the woods hunting for petty thieves!"
Unmoved and intransigent in his position, Theodric flatly stated "You have much to learn Lucius, and this kind of experience can tell you much about the Kingdom." Walking across the room to the wait table, Theodric poured himself a cup of wine before smugly addressing his son once more "In any event, there be no use in arguing with me; I’ve already put your name forth to Dame Serona, so you’re going lest you wish to disappoint her. You leave in two days."
Though he was now seething with anger, Lucius controlled his emotion as he coolly countered his father "Lander and I were supposed to be on a hunting expedition in two days…"
"Aye, you were Lucius, but I guess that will have to wait." Without any further discussion, Theodric got up and left the room, but not before adding "Better get packing son."
Standing somewhat dumbfounded, Lucius shook his head as he considered the exchange that just took place. After a few moments, Lucius gradually resigned himself to his fate with a sardonic grin; indeed he couldn’t very well say no to Dame Sarona Lebeda, and his father knew that.
So, it's off to the River Kingdoms is it? Well then, time to go make a name for myself…
Lucius would make an excellent General, and future skill points will go towards any skill that helps develop him in the art of war such as Profession Soldier.
While General would be his first choice, Lucius could also excel as the Marshal, and he would make a fine Ruler if given the opportunity, even though he is young (he is fairly well balanced in design, which I believe makes for a strong leader).
[spoiler=Character Direction]From a game play standpoint, Lucius will be a front-line warrior, definitely in a tank-like capacity with only moderate damage output. As a Fighter, he'll favor heavy armor & shield for high armorclass, and will be selecting all feats that lead towards and effective dual wielding sword & shield basher. Lucius will also be dual classing as a Paladin at level 2, opting for the Sacred Shield archetype which fits into the motif of a protector.