Marquis Giorgio Proscipi
The world is ruled by power, and money -is- power.
Description: Giorgio possesses the kind of refinement that is seen so often among the nobility and very rarely among the highborn commoner. He is devilishly handsome to the point he is almost pretty, he most definitely does not look his age and carries himself with the vivaciousness of youth. Dirty blonde locks that are almost a shade of light brown fall softly around his shoulders and are always meticulously styled. His clean shaven face and well groomed hair complement his dark, hazel eyes and chiseled features. He is always very well dressed and very well put together. Much like the lycene all of this is a rather effortless endeavor on his behalf, he woke up like this.
Personality: Giorgio is a man of practicality, ambition, passion, loyalty, and utter creativity. Where others without his ability to see the world the way he does might not see an opportunity he is already finding ways to turn it into another. There is a cool, collected air of calm around him that is practically unshakeable. When one comes from a family as distinguished as his own, it's quite easy to forget that he is not a member of the Peerage and is in fact a prodigal for his refinement and poise. Very rarely when pushed far enough one might be unlucky enough to see the man's dark temper.
Background: The Merchant Prince of Tremorus. Giorgio was not born to the nobility and like the rest of his exorbitantly rich, highborn commoner family he does not care in the slightest. A title does not make a man, but his fortunes do. In the philosophy of the Pontelaeus, money -is- power, no matter where you live in the world. His ambitions and breeding mark him as interesting and 'a cut above' for sure, but it is his family's ancient trade routes that make him and the rest of the Pontelaeus indispensable. They would never outright say as such but the Pontelaeus have strong ties to a small few very rich, very connected merchants and bankers that have afforded them a life of privilege, although in Giorgio's generation those connections have waned a great deal -- leading them to explore new avenues of maintaining their wealth.
The Proscipi have historically gone to the Pontelaeus to bankroll any civil endeavor they were pursuing and this puts Giorgio's family in a position of influence that runs deep. Breaking away from the Pontelaeus would quintessentially impoverish the House and as such it is practically unthinkable. Every now and then one of their number has the 'honor' and 'privilege' of marrying into the principle House of the city-state but this is assuredly more beneficial to the nobility than it is to this particular family even if it is mutually beneficial.
Giorgio feels hopeful and upbeat about the direction the city-state has taken and he sees a whole world of opportunity; new connections with the Compact means new money, new associates, friends, and circles of influence for him to get involved with and explore.
This was the motivating factor behind his joining the Silver Consortium when he was approached by some of the current Spokes of the wheel to serve as the representative for House Leporidae. Even this far away from the rest of Arvum he has heard tales about the Great Road. To tell it true, the merchant prince has been very curious about how it all works and whether or not he can try to replicate something similar in the Saffron Chain.
|Aella||He's gonna do alright, leading, I can feel it. Once the shock and grief give way some. One needs a chance to breathe sometimes.|
|Alarissa||The finest merchant in all of the city, a master at the markets.|
|Andromeda||As the Merchant Prince of Tremorus and a speaker for Pontelaus, Giorgio is a pride to his family and a blessing to Leporidae. His gifts, tongue, and talents all ensure that we become the best we can be. My blade stands in defense of him and all who would swear their efforts to our cause.|
|Anisha||Minister Giorgio has an impressive stature, not just because he towers about most of the people of Arx physically. No, he's thoughtful and ambitious, able to carry himself well in conversation. I fully expect the Merchant Prince of Tremorus to have quite an impact here in Arvum.|
|Apollo||Easygoing and entirely capable of managing business well - I look forward to when fewer matters press, and we can perhaps work together.|
|Audgrim||The business brother, clearly. They seem to complement each other, Giorgio and Savio. Probably someone I should remember the name of.|
|Belladonna||I heard he was a banker, or a man of books, but he sure seemed to not shy away from battle or chaos, a trait that will serve him well in Setara and the Saffron Chain.|
|Calla||Another fellow newcomer from the Saffron Chain. He seems friendly and keen on building trade connections, which is fine by me.|
|Caprice||Focused and driven, and with a clear vision of what he wants. I'm excited to see what we can accomplish together.|
|Dio||By reputation a talented merchant of the Saffron Chain. He seems both shrewd and discerning, and could perhaps be a valuable ally.|
|Drake||A merchant who works with one of Pravus's vassal houses... polite, good with books, not a fighter it seems. But if he's already up to some special projects, he must be skilled at the merchantile side of things.|
|Evaristo||I can tell why he makes such a good merchant - you just take one look at him, and you feel like you can trust him to keep your best interests at heart.|
|Ezmeralda||Driven and ever seeking greater opportunities I feel there is a vast opportunity for our island with the both of us here. Historically the Proscipi and the Pontelaeus have worked hand in hand, there place is assured in Tremorus. It will be my absolute -pleasure- to show him that Leporidae is of the same mind.|
|Graziella||Ah, my merchant friend, let's sit and chat about what wonders you have arriving on your next ship.. shall we?|
|Haakon||He's a thinker. And at least he's more tolerable than his fucking brother.|
|Ian||Merchant, I think. Doubt he fights like his brother does.|
|Jadara||The Merchant Prince. While the name implies him to be a shrewd man with only the mind for coin, I have found him to be much more thoughtful than that and a man of great company and excellent conversation. His manner is akin to that of those who occupy much higher station.|
|Lianne||Self-assured in his ambitions. Shrewd. I do appreciate an man who takes the time to read what's before him before drawing any conclusions.|
|Liara||A merchant working on behalf of one of the Saffron Chain Houses that recently joined the Compact - I trust they will integrate well in the coming years. Well-mannered fellow. Certainly prosperous. Suitably conscious of the Eurusi matter and the need to resolve it - his ships cannot properly move until it is solved, after all.|
|Lore||His keen mind and wit are matched by his charm. I can definitely see the resemblance, even if neither would be overly happy with it. Still, I can see doing great things together with Giorgio Ponteleaus and I can't wait to get the opportunity.|
|Lottie||While we didn't get to talk much about it when we first meant, I think it's real exciting he's a trade prince. I've never met a trade prince before and I do have quite a few questions about it!|
|Lucrezia||As fine-looking as the wares he deals in. Makes buying stuff rather than just stealing it a pleasure!|
|Lustry||A talented merchant who has many gems he is bringing into the city. I am eager to see more.|
|Mabelle||A kind merchant that seems to have a keen eye for the markets and offers his assistance. I shall take him up on that.|
|Martino||Able to get quality goods into the city. That in itself is a truly masterful skill and one I can appreciate. The city needs men like Giorgio to ensure the silver keeps flowing.|
|Medeia||The elder brother of Savio is as much of a delight, but for entirely different reasons. Opportunity is a grand thing, and he seems to have it dripping from his fingertips.|
|Mirella||The Merchant Prince of Tremorous, and it's easy to see why. Knows well his trade, and he has an unaffected dignity about his speech and mannerisms. I've met nobles who would do well to learn from him example.|
|Monique||The Director. But more than that, Giorgio is a bright flame, a relentless lure to ambition. Talented, resourceful, with a silvered tongue that anyone would long for.|
|Monique||Even with all the time in-between from when I left Arx, to now when I've returned, our friendship is not forgotten. I truly cherish his words, his company and I have no doubt in my mind that he can see Tremorus prospering once again under his leadership.|
|Nina||A merchant from Tremorus. He says they have jungles there! I would love to see a jungle some day. I'll bet they lead to adventures... but is he the explorer type? He's so posh.|
|Orland||A gracious man to have offered me a round for throwing a bucket. He's well educated too, being a Minister of Economic Development. Perhaps a man to mentor with, at some point.|
|Piccola||Monique's Director and a man from Tremorus. It seems that House Leporidae's influence extends well into Arx, if he is an ally of the Lady Greenmarch.|
|Poppy||A quiet new Marquis. The perfect counterpart to Savio's loudness. I imagine he will lead his house well.|
|Porter||A newly ennobled Marquis. My gods, do I wish him luck. But I'm certain perseverance will bring him to his goals.|
|Raimon||Observent, incisive, and prudent and wise. Life has given them stern hardships to deal with, but, I am betting they won't keep -this- man down. He will find a way. We all will.|
|Raja||Seems nice enough. Got to meet him when attending one of Lady Monique's lessons on Eurus.|
|Raven||Very proud of his wealth. Seems friendly enough. Curious what he is hiding.|
|Ripley||He owns a caraval. A huge ship! How successful do you have to be to have a caraval? Just ask Giorgio! He's an A plus merchant!|
|Romulius||The Marquis Proscipi, somehow, and a loyal friend of House Eswynd and their scions. He certainly has a talent for words, and if he is anything like the rest of his people, possessed of a great deal of resolve. Tremorus will have need of it, I'm sure.|
|Rosemary||He definitely doesn't make it easy to make a decision on patronage. I honestly never thought I'd get so many tempting offers. We need to do business one way or another though.|
|Rowynna||A chance encounter in the Ebb and Flow. It was refreshing to meet the Minister of another House, which probably goes to prove that I should push myself out of the Archives more often. Easy to talk with, and has me wondering whether there might be trade opportunites between our houses.|
|Savio||My brother, the Merchant Prince of Tremorus! Nothing has changed. He's still the golden boy with all the right answers, and always will be.|
|Sebastian||My protege continues to surprise and delight me with his unshakeable, wise considerations. What a wonderful happenstance we were introduced and can benefit so much from each other.|
|Sorrel||This man is smart! It's not hard to see why he serves as a Minister of Income. He negotiates like a champ, and he's quite perceptive.|
|Sudara||A merchant-prince who can present a polite facade is no surprise; one who can admit and seek to build upon his weaknesses is perhaps rather rarer, and certainly more trustworthy.|
|Vulpiano||A man of means and directed will. Perhaps my highest compliment.|
|Yrsa||A generous southerner. He'll be surprised and appalled by snow, no doubt, but I hope he survives both winter and the coming war. He's interesting, and the city is in desperate need of interesting people.|
|Zakhar||Would be a good one to know further|