Lord Jophiel Bisland
A little give, a little take. Only the wicked deal in absolutes.
Description: An agreeable contrast of soft and angular features, Jophiel is a man who might be able to get by on looks if he were so inclined. His dark welcoming gaze and broad nose find themselves framed pleasantly by dramatic upcropping of cheekbones and his full lips balance an equally powerful jaw. He has neither the posture nor build of a meek man, suggesting at least a certain degree of formidability despite his charms.
Personality: Jophiel displays a natural inclination towards soothing those hard-to-see wounds of the heart in other people. He radiates warmth, understanding, and strength of character. Not shy in the least, the Bisland lord wields a form of effortless humility that makes him a difficult man to dislike outright. One would need to dig for reasons.
Background: Having spent many of his formative years as a ward of House Melaeris, Jophiel's passions as an adult remain forever colored by the experiences and perspectives gained from his father's birthplace of Astarrea. Much of his professional reputation as a talented mediator and secular counselor centers around his work with former thralls and those members of the peerage responsible for helping to free them.
Never one to pass up an opportunity to foster new friendships, Jophiel remains famously slow to alienate or condemn those still economically reliant on the practice. In fact, marriage contract negotiations with a princess of House Thrax and the Bisland lord were in talks for some time. The arrangement might have been a great success had the relevant Voices not proved unable to reach a happy compromise.
In the wake of the Battle of Pridehall, Jophiel set aside his longstanding humanitarian efforts in Thrax fealty territories to return to the Crownlands. His work there soon shifted towards assisting those suffering from wartime bereavement and battle fatigue. It remains his focus to this day.