Post by Gareth Trakand on Mar 4, 2019 18:08:23 GMT
Name: Gareth Trakand
Place of Birth: Royal Palace, Caemlyn
Place of Residence: Black Tower, Caralain
Affiliations: Andor, House Trakand/The White Tower, Tar Valon/The Black Tower, Caralain
Rank/Title: Ishara's First Prince of the Sword & a Black Tower Dedicated
One Power Strength: 5(7)
Air: 7(12) | Earth: 5(6) | Fire: 9(12) | Spirit: 0 | Water: 4(5)
Date they were raised to Warder Trainee: 101 FA
Date they were raised to Novice/Soldier: 109 FA
Date they were raised to Accepted/Dedicated: 112 FA
Date they were raised to Aes Sedai/Asha'man: N/A
Martial: 9 | Hand-Held: 10 | Stave: 6 | Thrown: 7 | Ranged: 10 | Mounted: 5
Eye/Hair Color: Blue eyes/Sandy brown hair
- Piercing blue eyes
- Infectious smile
- Scar above his left eyebrow
A youthful and quite attractive Andoran of royal blood, Gareth has caused a few heads to turn his way. Despite this, he doesn't realize that he can do so and thinks himself to be unattractive. He has thick, very dirty blonde curls that fall to the nape of his neck. His eyes are a brilliantly piercing blue color; they are deep and mesmerizing pools to gaze into and are almond-shaped. He has a full mouth formed often into a warm, deep smile or a sheepish grin. Some say that he has quite the infectious smile to behold.
Gareth has a rectangular-shaped face, an average-sized nose, and a non-blemished complexion. The man has a short beard upon his face that he keeps trimmed and brushed, giving him a more masculine look. He has a small scar above his left eyebrow on his forehead from when he was thrown from his horse, causing him to hit his head on a rock and almost dying.
This young royal is a man with a tall, thin frame that is well-toned and muscled. He stays active and in shape, often practicing with weapons or opponents to keep his skills honed. His complexion is a soft cream color, while his body possesses no piercings or tattoos. Being Ishara's 1st Prince of the Sword requires Gareth to always be impeccable and regal with his attire. But he also ensures that his clothes are still breathable and relatively comfortable to move in. After all, he cannot achieve adventuring and heroic deeds in stiff, decorative coats. Gareth wears a military-style black jacket made of wool with a silver sword pin on the left collar if he's at the Black Tower.
Lastly, according to those who knew him, Gareth bears a strong resemblance to his Great-Uncle Gawain, which put him in the sights of Black Sister Zamara Dagaron. She would convince him that it was due to his likeness of why his grandmother Moranna kept her distance. It was merely one of the many lies used to break his spirit.
The arts often inspire Gareth’s mannerisms, and the heroes within the stories they often tell formed him into a hopeless romantic and a dreamer. His kindness and boundless courage give him the drive to speak his mind and to act when necessary. He also stands up for what’s right and finding joy in the adventures he partakes in alongside his sister, even if he doesn’t always agree with her methods. But he does his best to support and understand her while also doing his duty to keep her safe. He tends to be the voice of reason where she’s concerned, but he lives for the experiences almost as much as she does. Plus, Gareth loves his sister dearly as the two have always been quite close. He would do anything for her, including lay down his life to save hers. He also profoundly loves both of his parents and is very close to them, but his bond with Ishara is his most robust connection to his family.
When his sister was 5, they began tutoring; Elaira Taravin and Adela Traemane came to learn alongside them. Together they learned the basic skills and politics, diplomacy, world culture, history, science, arithmetic, court etiquette, riding, and much more to prepare them for life as rulers and nobility. When he was in his teens, his mother also often nudged him to consider courting one of the young noblewomen, explaining what an advantage it would be for the Trakand house to join with one of theirs. But Gareth disliked the pressure to 'earn a wife' from one of his childhood friends, especially when he still didn't quite understand his feelings for Elaira or Adela. The young Prince also studied hand-to-hand combat for self-defense under his father and began weapons training as one day, his duty would be to serve as the General of the Andoran army. Ishara learned self-defense from their father, too, sometimes sparing off with Gareth. And while tradition dictated that the two royal children would go to Tar Valon, it was an unexpected event that expedited their travel date.
A short while after turning 17, he and Ishara had gone for a brisk ride in the countryside. At Ishara's urging, the pair raced their mounts, and his horse caught a hoof on an unseen fieldstone. The horse toppled, rolled, and trot away, but Gareth was thrown from the horse and hit his head. His sister Ishara rushed to him as quickly as possible but unfortunately found him bleeding, unconscious, and barely breathing. A desperate need to make sure he lived filled her as she wept over him. Out of nowhere, his body arched upward, and he gasped deeply, eyes flying wide open! He then settled back, blinking at her, asking what under the Light had happened. They returned to the Palace, and Talana verified between lectures, reprimands, and exaltation's that they were both safe and well. Ishara had unknowingly healed her brother. Only a small scar above his left eyebrow remains from where he hit his head on the rock. The pair went to the White Tower a whole half a year earlier than planned.
While Ishara began her training to become an Aes Sedai, Gareth started his to become a Gaidin. He already had quite proficient combat skills from his father's lessons, yet he still pushed himself to the fullest of his abilities to be the best he could be. He even practiced against visiting Asha'man when possible. And though Gareth longed for heroism and adventure as Ishara did, he was the more disciplined of the two. He understood his duties and responsibilities; thus he always strove to make his parents proud. Ishara often visited him in the yard in her free time, which he always immensely enjoyed. And while Gareth trained to become a Gaidin, he met another young man named Taivin Rashai. The two men became fast friends and often trained together. Gareth also found ease with telling his troubles to Taivin, especially when the matters involved Ishara. And before long, the man became Gareth's best and closest friend.
At 20, Gareth developed the spark in the One Power. But though he'd taken quite ill with a fever for three days afterward, the young Prince brushed the incident off as being the flu. Without realizing he could channel or believing he ever would, he developed an unconscious block. At every occasion, Gareth did channel, which wasn't often; the man convinced himself that the incidents were mere displays in physical growth and nothing more. The headaches they produced became written off from fatigue, while he dismissed fevers as overexerting himself. Since detecting male channelers is complicated, his abilities remained undiscovered for five years. During that time, Gareth channeled here and there in such small measures that it did not register for him or anyone else, leaving him unaware of what he was doing.
Infrequent trips home were necessary from time to time for various political reasons. On one such trip, Ishara overheard a report brought to their mother, Queen Talana, of a suspected male channeler running around in Caemlyn. And, as always, the temptation to seek him out was too great for Ishara to resist. Of course, she quickly convinced Elaira and him to play as her partners in crime. But the adventure went nothing as they had planned... One such unplanned event was running into Adela once more, whose chastising of their actions helped the young Prince to realize that he had a lot of growing up to do still. Also, the whole incident resulted in tongue lashings for the ages from Talana. It also resulted in Elaira discovering a rare Talent. It would also be during this adventure in which Gareth would first display undeniable channeling capabilities. He went to the Black Tower alongside Cirus.
Three years more would pass when Gareth would rise to Dedicated as well as a Blademaster at the White Tower. His test was held at the White Tower instead of the Black because his sister was also testing. If she were successful in her test, she would become an Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah, and she would bond him to be her Warder. It had been the plan for him and his sister to bond for several years, but fate has a funny way of changing events unexpectedly. Though they both passed their tests and Gareth agreed to the bond, they both realized that their paths had changed. With this knowledge, they decided not to bond but wanting to uphold his promise of always protecting Ishara; he asked his best friend Taivin to travel with his sister to the Borderlands and defend her for him while he worked towards becoming an Asha'man. After a night of extreme alcohol consumption, a blood pack, and other shenanigans, Taivin agreed to go with Ishara in Gareth's place.
Before Ishara, Taivin, and Elaira ventured to the Borderlands, Gareth and Elaira professed their love for each other. The plan was to explore these realized feelings upon the return of the trio. Unfortunately, fate would not be on the new lovers' side as Jadin al'Vyron, M'Hael of the Black Tower, would meet his end before the Bonding Ceremony. His assassin was a young boy that Julian sent Gareth after to arrest and return to the Black Tower. Unfortunately, Zamon, a member of the Shadow, kidnaps the young Prince before he can fulfill his duty. Zamira Dagaron, a Black Sister at the White Tower, then fakes Gareth's death to keep the Black Tower and his family from sending out search parties for him. For several months he was tortured, broken, conditioned, and brainwashed into believing he's an orphan named Leon Aldyr that Zamon rescued off the streets.
Books read: Eye of the World