Post by Uther Pendragon on Mar 15, 2019 19:38:26 GMT -5
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.:Name:. Uther Pendragon
.:Nick Name:. None
.:Age:. 45| ~ • ~ | Appearance | ~ • ~ |
Uther is a tall, well built man. Although lean and knocking on in years, his physical bearing can dominate even a crowded room. He is commanding and sometimes overbearing. Despite being King, he's not given to fancy clothing, preferring the practical over the finery. Despite his old warwounds still giving him grief, he's still perfectly capable of weidling a sword and could still hold his own in a tourney. He's strong, clean shaven and the strongest indication of his advancing years is grey hair and a stubborn attitude.
.:Height:. 6ft 2
.:Portrayed by:. Anthony Head| ~ • ~ | Personality | ~ • ~ |
Although quick to anger and short tempered, Uther means well. He does what he does to protect not only his son, but his people and his realm. He's stubborn as a mule and once his mind is made up, it can be an exercise in frustration to try and change it again. Even when he's patently mistaken. When it comes to his position as King, he can be ruthless and unyielding. He's executed innocent people to make a point and his fear of magic borders on the pathalogical - but he truly believes magic is evil based on his own life experience.
Where his family is concerned, there is nothing Uther wouldn't do to protect them. However, he does adhere to the principles of tough love and isn't afraid to stand up to his children's wilfullness. He takes no nonsense from anyone, and that includes his offspring.
As a King, he could be called tyrannical. He persecuted those with magic ruthlessly, although this was borne of a great personal tragedy.
- Strength. Despite his age, he's still a strong man who enjoys good health.
- Military. He's a brilliant General who has founded the city of Camelot.
- Determination. Once set on a course of action, he sees it through to the end.| ~ • ~ | History | ~ • ~ |
.:Family:. Ygraine (deceased wife), Morgana (illegitimate daughter), Arthur (son and heir)
.:Occupation:. King of Camelot
Uther was a young man when he proved his military might by conquering the kingdom of Camelot and he wasted no time in stamping his authority on his new realm. From the get-go, he was a strong ruler, with a clear vision of what the future would be like for his people. However, he knew he couldn't do it alone. Not long after his conquest of Camelot, he married Ygraine de Bois. Although hardened by war, he loved his wife dearly. Together, they ruled over a Kingdom where magical folk lived peacefully alongside the non-magical, and where herbalists and sorcerers feared no persecution. As such, when the newly weds found out Ygraine was barren, they turned to the sorceress Nimueh for help. Uther, perhaps unwisely presaging his later ruthlessness, readily agreed to pay a life for a new life. And Ygraine soon fell pregnant.
However, when the life Uther bartered turned out to be that of Ygraine's, a wave of tyranny and bloodshed was unleased on the land. Sorcerers and magical folk of all varieties were rounded up and executed en masse. Fair trials, never Uther's strongest point, were a thing of the past as wave after wave of persecution was exacted against the people Uther was sworn to protect. Meanwhile, Uther's son was alive and healthy, bringing the King the dynastic security he had craved. But this was not enough to stay his hand and the great purge of magic continued unabated.
Naturally, such draconian measures were not without their consequences. Uther made enemies left, right and centre. He alienated his neighbouring Kingdoms, creating a diplomatic mess for his son to inherit. His own people had come fear and loathe him in equal measure. But the King had hardened his heart against public opinion a long time ago. It was the loss of Ygraine that had turned him from a firm but fair ruler to a bloodthirsty tyrant. Hers was a loss he would never recover from. However, she was not the only woman he lay with.
It was a shameful, guilty secret that he cheated on her in the early years of their marriage. Worse, he cheated on her with the wife of his closest friend and confidente, Gorlois. Just in case things couldn't get any worse, the woman, Vivienne, gave Uther something his wife thus far had not - a child. The fact that the child was only a girl would hardly have made things any better. But the situation was salvaged by the infant being passed off as Gorlois'. All the same, Uther loved his illegitimate daughter and had to watch from afar as she was raised as another man's child. Ten years later, Gorlois was sent into battle believing Uther would send reinforcements. A promise Uther failed to uphold, resulting in defeat and the death of Gorlois. Despite his guilt over the broken promise, Uther grabbed the opportunity to have his daughter, Morgana, brought to Camelot as his ward.
Although Morgana now lived under Uther's protection, he swore never to tell her (or anyone) that she was his daughter. But it was noticed that he was uncommonly close to her, just as much as Arthur. All the same, no one even guessed or rumoured at the possible reasons why - putting it down to the close bond he shared with Gorlois.
Nor did this unified family life still his rage against the magical folk. The persecution continued, those with magic fled to neighbouring kingdoms and not even the dragonlords were spared. All the dragons were killed, with the exception of one - Kilgarrah. Kilgarrah was imprisoned deep below the castle of Camelot, kept as a symbol of Uther's victory over magic. His was a loathing of magic that he tried to instill deep in his own children as they grew up in the castle. A prejudice to be handed from father to son, as the crown would eventually be.
And this is Uther today: a King feared more than respected. By his children and kingdom alike.| ~ • ~ | Member Info | ~ • ~ |
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