Schneizel of Bronze Damocleth

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Schneizel of Bronze Damocleth

SCHNEIZEL
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"Mankind's history is war. Peace is an illusion. To turn illusion into reality is an arduous task. It requires discipline."

BASICS

RETIRE INFO: Let Lelou kill him off or drive him out
NAME: Schneizel
GENDER: Male
PRONOUNS: He/him/his
ORIENTATION: Manipulative

BIRTHDATE: Early Spring 2734
AGE: 33 as of Fall 2767
LOCATION: High Reaches Weyr
OCCUPATION: Junior Weyrleader, Wingrider, General Prick
WING: Firestorm Wing

APPEARANCE
EYES: Ice blue
HAIR: Platinum blond
HEIGHT AND BUILD: 6'7, slender and athletic
PLAY-BY: Schneizel el Brittania
FULL APPEARANCE: This devil has the face of an angel. With his white blond hair, eyes as blue as the sky and smooth pale skin as fine as any Lady Holder's, Schneizel looks very much the hero every starving refugee and desperate holder wants to save them. It is an image he cultivates, for appearances are a powerful thing. That means fine clothes, ornate when grandeur is called for, simple when he wishes to appear the man of the people, always in white. Because white is the color of hope and life and knights in shining armor. In the minds of the people, devils wear black. And what is good and evil but a matter of perception?

That is not to say Schneizel always uses his looks to win affection. No, that would be too simple. He just as often chooses to appear distant and intimidating, using his great height and ice blue eyes to make himself seem above the whims of men and dragons. All it takes is a change of expression, a switch from warm and comforting to cold and emotionless. Because sometimes, the old aphorism holds true and it is better to be feared than loved.

PERSONALITY
PERSONALITY: Ambitious, ruthless and utterly brilliant, Schneizel is exactly the sort of bronzerider who would have thrived at High Reaches of old. And while gaining power may no longer be as simple in a place wary of power-hungry bronzeriders, Schneizel remains a force to be reckoned with. He is clever and manipulative, willing to be charming or cruel as the situation calls for. There is no one he would not betray, no rule he would not break, no principle he holds most dear except for one. Power, power is the only thing worth fighting for.

Schneizel is undoubtedly capable of terrible things, but that is not to say murder is his first resort. It's messy and prone to failure and awfully troublesome if you get caught. He is willing to take a lighter touch, to play magnanimous and kind, to preach nobility and values and all the other things simple people want to hear. He may even grant his victims the illusion of freedom, if that is what it takes to keep them pliant and in line.

Schneizel is not above harming his family in the course of his schemes. His feels no particular loyalty to them, considering them useful tools at best, possible rivals at worst, and would not balk at the prospect of killing any of them if it proved necessary. He is also rather good at games of strategy and enjoys them on occasion as a chance to show off and use his innate intelligence. Except for when he chooses to lose. For sometimes it is better to be underestimated.

HISTORY
FAMILY:
Father: Lord Harel
Mother: Dead
Half-brother: Lelou, Clovis
Half-sisters: Cornelia, Euphemia, Nunnally
Other half siblings
SIGNIFICANT OTHER: That would be a weakness. And Schneizel does not accept weakness.
BIRTHPLACE: Minor cothold beholden to High Reaches
HISTORY: Schneizel was born to rule. His father's precious heir, he spent his childhood at Lord Harel's right hand, learning to manipulate and cajole and do whatever it took to cling to power. And Schneizel learned well. He was always a strange child, eschewing the tricks and games most children play, preferring to watch it all with those eerie blue eyes. From the time he was seven, he astounded the Harpers with his intellect. But there was no kindness, no softness to him. He didn't play with puppies or smile at babies. He never knew his mother, cared little for his siblings and rarely even hugged his father. He just learned and watched and waited. Lord Harel was pleased.

And then the war came to their little cothold. Lord Harel decided to join in the hostilities, in opposition to his weyr. It was a disaster. An ambush involving exploding firestone killed the Lady Holder and maimed two of Lord Harel's children. They negotiated peace, sending two of the children to the weyr as hostages. Schneizel was furious and humiliated, but the experience taught him a valuable lesson. Their hold was too small, too weak, to ever be a force Pern feared. No, true power lay elsewhere. In the dragon weyrs.

When he came of age, he left the hold, leaving his father to find himself a new heir. Schneizel had no interest in joining High Reaches Weyr where his family was held captive, a reminder of his father's weakness, but recalled he had a sister in Keroon, who he could possibly use to establish a base of power there. So he rode to the territory of Igen Weyr, blackmailed a searchrider and entered the weyr as a candidate. He Impressed shortly thereafter, to a bronze, of course. They completed Weyrlinghood without incident, entered the wings and made wingsecond within a few turns, courtesy of some well-timed manipulations and an unfortunate "accident" that befell his predecessor. From there, it was easy enough to reduce his wingleader to little more than a puppet. Schneizel supposed he could have killed him too, but that risked drawing attention.

Besides, weyrleadership lay at the whim of the queens. And Schneizel did not like leaving his plans to others' whims. So he applied for a transfer, to High Reaches, where they had foolishly removed their bronze and goldriders from power. And a herd that's killed all its canine guards? Leaves itself open to a wolf. Schneizel would take their council and turn into his tool, controlling High Reaches more thoroughly than Golre ever could.

UPDATES
  • Early Spring, 2766- Schneizel is elected to the council as Jr. Weyrleader.
  • Early Spring, 2767- Schneizel is reelected to his Jr. Weyrleader position.
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Essa of Bronze Gectusith
Wingleader S'bor of Bronze Yugoth
ACM Estelle of Brown Jaehaeryth
Faralyn of Brown Grooth
Ieyasu of Brown Ieyask
Weyrling P'pin of Brown Palath
T'rin of Brown Celeth
G'er of Garnet Neozeoth
Lily of Garnet Eridieth
Relli of Garnet Rellivask and Blue Relsk
Augury of Blue Velveth
Chrysanthe of Blue Bidath
Lord Consort Corleon of Blue Corleosk (Fort Hold)
Gellera of Blue Virtrath
Miryem of Blue Riwenth
Thor of Blue Hinokath
Wingsecond L'ir of Green Byth
Numann of Green Rannath
Rhea of Green Rheask
S'atyl of Green Nineveth
Makoto of White Usakinth
Weyrling Riku of White Taissath
Wingsecond Tyrion of White Voluntauth
Candidate Quinn
Weyrbrat Norelli
High Reaches
Elyron of Gold Elysk and Green Elyrosk
Hela of Bronze Helsk and Brown Hesk (W)
Sr. Flightleader Schneizel of Bronze Damocleth
Di'a of Brown Kasshuth
Weyrling Dobby of Brown Kersuth
Wingleader Myalla of Brown Enarth
Weyrling Th'ou of Brown Pavith
Wingsecond D'ark of Garnet Masreith
Eliza of Garnet Riaath
Squadsecond Tomas of Garnet Tomask and White Tsk (W)
Allura of Blue Sendaith
Weyrling Master Camilla of Blue Kamuith
Jae of Blue Zappath
Sandy of Blue Rugrunth
Tamara of Blue Requeth
Jr. Wherleader Zhuli of Blue Zhusk
Ailee of Green Suventh
Kanon of Green Kibeth
Kip of Green Amizuth
Sokka of Green Wintrath
Semaca Weyr
Arena of Void Oscamith
Alayna of Gold Wyzeth
Al'bus of Bronze Matanuth
Noor of Bronze Nuunieth
Weyrling Hermione of Brown Echoneth
Sage of Brown Wisketoth
Shuri of Brown Motath
Varda of Brown Magmeth
Ly'nk of Garnet Sakuyath
Wherling Maui of Garnet Mausk and Blue Mask
Uruk of Garnet Georsath
Anoni of Blue Cermurith
Artemis of Blue Phoebuth
Candidatemaster Naxen of Blue Anitoth
Point Rigel of Blue Cygneth
Ya'ra of Blue Dymrith
Ariel of Green Kshatriyath
Captain Vella of Green Vellask and Magma Vesk (W)
V'rell of Green Peridoth
Wyatt of Green Emilith
Aeris of White Tarth
Kowal of White Kowalsk
R'tan of White Mazath
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DAMOCLETH
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Greetings, human. Tell me, what do you seek?

BASICS

NAME: Damocleth
BIRTHDATE Late Summer 2757
AGE: 10 as of Fall 2767

APPEARANCE
LENGTH: 56 ft
HEIGHT: 14 ft
WINGSPAN: 84 ft
COLOR: Bronze
HEX CODE: #cec284
FULL APPEARANCE: Holy forsk! What is that thing? Damocleth is an absolute monster of a bronze, about as large as they come. And Damocleth is all muscle, without a spot of fat or softness on him. He's a pale, gleaming bronze, with dramatic markings that look a bit like swirls of flame swooping along his legs and wing joints. The most eye-catching of his markings, though is on his wingsails. It looks like he has a second pair of wings running across them, but whether they're made of feathers or fire, who can say?

Due to his size, Damocleth isn't the most agile dragon in the weyr. But he makes up for it with sheer power. He's faster than one might expect. He tends to fly efficiently, in straight lines, with the occasional sudden burst of speed rather than doing any of the stunts smaller dragons might enjoy. He is decently proportioned, if a bit bulky, and is an excellent flyer in his own way.

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PERSONALITY
PERSONALITY: When Damocleth speaks, it comes as a surprise. He is quiet and soft-spoken, flawlessly polite and kind to just about everyone. Don't trust it. This bronze has a mind like a steel trap, gleaning information from each encounter to store in his rider's prodigious memory. He is a social chameleon, adapting himself to best flatter and manipulate whoever he is currently speaking to. He has an enduring love of secrets, especially the kinds hidden in plain sight. For knowledge is power and like his rider, Damocleth is extremely fond of power.

This isn't a bronze who has friends and enemies. He has allies and rivals and pawns. Everyone is a piece in his game, even his rider, when it comes down to it. He would never betray Schneizel, because Schneizel's death would mean his own, but he is perfectly willing to play his own game if their motives diverge. But rarely do their motives differ. Bronze and rider are very much on the same page and make a formidable pair indeed.
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Essa of Bronze Gectusith
Wingleader S'bor of Bronze Yugoth
ACM Estelle of Brown Jaehaeryth
Faralyn of Brown Grooth
Ieyasu of Brown Ieyask
Weyrling P'pin of Brown Palath
T'rin of Brown Celeth
G'er of Garnet Neozeoth
Lily of Garnet Eridieth
Relli of Garnet Rellivask and Blue Relsk
Augury of Blue Velveth
Chrysanthe of Blue Bidath
Lord Consort Corleon of Blue Corleosk (Fort Hold)
Gellera of Blue Virtrath
Miryem of Blue Riwenth
Thor of Blue Hinokath
Wingsecond L'ir of Green Byth
Numann of Green Rannath
Rhea of Green Rheask
S'atyl of Green Nineveth
Makoto of White Usakinth
Weyrling Riku of White Taissath
Wingsecond Tyrion of White Voluntauth
Candidate Quinn
Weyrbrat Norelli
High Reaches
Elyron of Gold Elysk and Green Elyrosk
Hela of Bronze Helsk and Brown Hesk (W)
Sr. Flightleader Schneizel of Bronze Damocleth
Di'a of Brown Kasshuth
Weyrling Dobby of Brown Kersuth
Wingleader Myalla of Brown Enarth
Weyrling Th'ou of Brown Pavith
Wingsecond D'ark of Garnet Masreith
Eliza of Garnet Riaath
Squadsecond Tomas of Garnet Tomask and White Tsk (W)
Allura of Blue Sendaith
Weyrling Master Camilla of Blue Kamuith
Jae of Blue Zappath
Sandy of Blue Rugrunth
Tamara of Blue Requeth
Jr. Wherleader Zhuli of Blue Zhusk
Ailee of Green Suventh
Kanon of Green Kibeth
Kip of Green Amizuth
Sokka of Green Wintrath
Semaca Weyr
Arena of Void Oscamith
Alayna of Gold Wyzeth
Al'bus of Bronze Matanuth
Noor of Bronze Nuunieth
Weyrling Hermione of Brown Echoneth
Sage of Brown Wisketoth
Shuri of Brown Motath
Varda of Brown Magmeth
Ly'nk of Garnet Sakuyath
Wherling Maui of Garnet Mausk and Blue Mask
Uruk of Garnet Georsath
Anoni of Blue Cermurith
Artemis of Blue Phoebuth
Candidatemaster Naxen of Blue Anitoth
Point Rigel of Blue Cygneth
Ya'ra of Blue Dymrith
Ariel of Green Kshatriyath
Captain Vella of Green Vellask and Magma Vesk (W)
V'rell of Green Peridoth
Wyatt of Green Emilith
Aeris of White Tarth
Kowal of White Kowalsk
R'tan of White Mazath
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