Full Name: Athens Atticus Astoria
Aliases: Occasionally he is given unflattering names behind his back, usually quips about his nobility or how he doesn't belong among 'real hunters'. Once, he was known as The Knight of The Morning Sun, but that name was taken from him in days long ago.
Birthplace: Gryphon's Roost
Deity: His family worships Apollo, though he feels that Astra Aeterna may or may not be in his favor.
Faction: The Venatori
Education (High Achaean) - As a young boy, Athens studied under some of the wisest scholars in the Gryphon's Roost.
Venator Herbalism - Athens often chooses to go along with a hunt as a Herbalist, providing his fellow hunters with potions and elixirs to aid them in their quest.
Noble Combat - As a younger man, Athens would often in duel the Astoria name, and was an undefeated duelist for some time. Now, his skill with a blade aids him on the hunt.
Monster Lore - Countless hours studying in the libraries of Greywatch have provided Athens with knowledge on many of the creatures a Venator such as himself would face.
Marksmanship - Athens has taken to utilizing a crossbow while hunting monsters.
Athens stands six feet tall, and weighs nearly 165lbs. Just from a mere glance, one can tell that he is of higher breeding, by his high cheekbones, grey perceptive eyes, and strong chin, all signs of Astoria beauty, and he wears them with pride. This however occasionally brings unnecessary (but never unwelcome) attention to him, especially when he spends unnecessary amounts of time chatting with the cute barmaid about local rumors (usually granting him a slap on the wrist from his partner, or a wink depending on the circumstances). He does possess a few scars from mistakes made hunting, such as four light slashes across his lower left ribs. Although they have faded quite a bit, they serve to remind him that one must learn from their mistakes.
- 1 deepsilver chain shirt
- 1 set of leather armor
- 1 set of simple clothing
- 1 steel longsword
- 1 bow or crossbow (based on preference)
- 20 iron-headed crossbow bolts
- 5 silver-headed crossbow bolts
- 1 silver dagger
- 1 blue cloak
- 1 silver Venator brooch
- Flint and tinder
- Potion supplies
- 3 clean bandages
- 2 healing ointment
- 2 sense-enhancing potions
- 1 strength-enhancing potion
- 1 anti-lycanthropy potion
- Water and rations
- Athens' personal journal, a collection of notes, doodles, and poems for his sister.
- Astoria family brooch
Born to the noble Astoria family of Gryphon's Roost, vassals to the great Kallistos who ruled over the Northwest. Athens' family tree was ripe with legends and heroes, hailing back to when the Empire first rose to power in the west. It seemed that the first born son of the Astoria line would follow in the path of his forefathers, seeking to serve his King. Or so it would have been, but within the last few generations of the Astoria line, the link to the royalty of Coronaria had been severed, leaving the Astoria family looking to regain their position by building relations with the Kallistos' of Gryphon's Roost. They did not relish this position, but they prayed that they would one-day return to their status.
On the Winter's Solstice, Lady Helena Astoria gave birth to a healthy baby boy, of whom would be named Athens Augustus. On that same night, Ulysses Astoria made an offering to the god Apollo, asking that he bless his son with beauty and strength, so that he would bring honor and prestige to the Astoria name. In his childhood years, Athens' mentor, a scholar named Wenmire, taught him the languages of his ancestors, and would teach him about the feats of greatness of the heroes of the past. But from all the stories they told him, the ones he remembered the most were the ones about monsters, beasts that waited in the darkness for mortals to stray off their path and enter the realm of these creatures. At first, his mother and father were happy that he was learning about his ancestors, but they began to voice concerns as Athens would ask Wenmire if he would add more 'werewolf stories' to his lessons.
Claiming that Wenmire was filling Athens' head with fairy tales and myths, the Astorias sent the scholar away. Still, young Athens' mind was wrapped around these monsters, and more specifically those who would hunt them. Once his family took away the source of his stories, he sought to find new ones. Athens attempted to run away, to seek out the Venatori in his stories, though he didn't make it far. By morning, his father was dragging him back through the manor door, soaked from the rain. From that night onward, Athens' father made sure that his son was on the right path, he began building him to become a knight.
When he was old enough to balance a sword and ride a horse, Athens began to train in the art of combat. In little time, he could best his father. But it wasn't the blade that caught his passion, it was the lance. He was a natural jouster with expert accuracy and unshakable nerve. He began a career in jousting, traveling between Illikon and the surrounding cities, challenging knights, old and young. He was unbeatable, never once backing from a challenge and always coming out the victor. When he charged against his opponent, he seemed to shine with heavenly light, which would lead to his title; The Knight of The Morning Sun.
In this time he became quite a bon vivent, indulging in lavish parties, and womanizing ladies of the upper class. Some would say that he was setting himself up to fall, while he believed that it was just part of being a noble. Of course with all great climbs, come great falls. Athens challenged a young knight from Illikon, a knight who rode under the banner of Draconius. Athens thought that certainly his skill with a sword would not be translated on horseback. He was wrong, and in his insolence he paid for his recklessness with his pride. In two lances, Athens was knocked from his horse and promptly defeated. After being built up by his father, and pushed forward by his lifestyle, Athens fell from his glory. His name was forgotten, and his deeds died along with it.
While recovering from injury to both body and pride, Athens evaluated his life. He saw how his jousting career meant nothing once he had lost, and how his name would never shine a light next to those of his ancestors. He thought about how he could do something that would be remembered, something that would make him a hero. Athens remembered his youth, he remembered the stories that Wenmire told him. The stories of the Venatori, fearless monster hunters who hunted to save those who couldn't save themselves. It had been his dream to join them as a boy, but conveniently tossed aside by his father. He told himself that he would regain his honor, not as a knight, but as a Venator.
Athens packed his personal effects and prepared for his journey to the south. While his parents were not impressed, his younger sister, Cyrie, was fascinated by the thought that he brother would hunt monsters in the ranks of the Venatori. He left with a sincere goodbye and a promise that he would return, and while his parents were bitter that he chose the Venatori over his nobility, they were still saddened by his departure.
After a long road, he arrived at Castle Greywatch. His skill and education was refreshing, compared to the usual tragedy-stricken vagabonds looking for food or revenge. While his goals of reclaiming his honor and leaving a mark are still true... he actively tries to help the Venatori, and is thankful for the training and what the Venatori provide for him. Still, he wonders some days if he made the right decision coming here, and thinks about the day that he will return to the Astoria estate, and what stories will follow him.
None, as of yet.
Athens has some connections within the Venatori, though he hasn't made any real relationships with anyone within the order. Beyond the Venatori, he does have family in Gryphon's Roost, including;
Sir Ulysses Astoria - his father
Lady Helena Astoria (formerly Lindelm) - his mother
Cyrie Astoria - his sister
Athens values respect and self-sacrifice, qualities that he gained through becoming a Venator. Before he turned himself around, Athens was shallow and overconfident, expecting respect and honor from selfish desires. Now he devotes his time to serving the people of the Empire, doing good work for innocent people. But some days he looks at the state of Castle Greywatch, or the way that the common folk stare at him and he wonders if he will end up like those around him, ancient and forgotten. Athens knows he is attractive, and although he doesn't use it to further his own goals, he will not try to deny someone who seems interested in him, romantically or otherwise. However he harbors something of a doubt about his true romantic intimacy with someone who truly cares about him, this stemming from his noble lifestyle and the shallowness he found himself surrounded by.
Currency: 20 gold, 15 silver, 30 copper.