Name: Gerard of House ven Sancte
Aliases/AKAs: Gold Stork, Gard, King Shrub, The patriarch
Title(s): The Elect of God, Foundation of the Realm, Guardian of the Boundaries, Herald of the Angels, Holder of the Vault of Scripture, King of Dolovai, Lord of the North, Master of the West, Scion of Forests, Overseer of the West, Watcher of the South
Hair Colour: Blonde
Eye Colour: Blue
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Distinguishing Marks: Full beard
Dick Size: Above average
Relationships (Romantic and/or Sexual): Georgina of House ven Sancte (wife)
Family Relationships: Gabrielle and Gavin of House ven Sancte (children), Gretchen of House ven Sancte (daughter, deceased as an infant), Grey Rain and Greg of House ven Sancte (grandsons), Owen and Franz of House ven Sancte (sons-in-law), Grace and Edward of House ven Sancte (sister and brother-in-law, deceased), Gloria of House ven Sancte (niece), Giles and Geneva of House ven Sancte (parents, deceased), Genevieve and Belinda of House Blackspire, Irina of House Huntrose (aunts, deceased) Gabriel and Archibald of House Huntrose, Eugene of House Draughten (uncles), Bartimaeus of House Blackspire, Belle of House Redwater, Iphigenia and Gary of House Huntrose, Esther and Mason of House Draughten (cousins), Ginny of House Blackspire, Brenda of House Archerloft, Isaac of House Glakken, Easton of House Draughten, Simon of House Suntower, (cousins, deceased), Boris, Jane and Ben of House Blackspire, Andrew and Allison of House Redwater, Imogen, Tabitha and Ira of House Huntrose, Landon and Bradley of House Archerloft, Randy, Rachel and Isabelle of House Glakken, Susanna of House Suntower (cousins, once removed), Emmanuel of House Draughten (cousin, once removed, deceased)
Preferred Positions: On top, eating his partner out
Kinks: Oral sex, throne sex, role play, sensation play
Orgies Attended: The Prince’s Birthday Orgy
Bio: The eldest son of Dolovai’s royal House ven Sancte, Gerard’s claim to the throne was contested in his youth by his twin sister, who claimed that she was the older of the two. Despite Grace’s best efforts, however, Gerard was named heir, even before her unfortunate death. Now the king of Dolovai, Gerard has two children with his wife Georgina and two grandchildren through his younger son Gavin, and has ruled Dolovai through two decades of peace, including the largest trade agreement ever written between Dolovai and Kyaine, which includes a marriage between House ven Sancte and House DiGorre. All of his strides towards peace, however, have been guided by a concern about the growing power of Aergyre, and he fears that as much as his reign has been marked by peace, his daughter Gabrielle’s future rein is likely to be marked by war. He is doing everything he can to prevent that or, failing that, make sure that his family is set up to deal with the impending crisis as best they can be.
- Though Gerard always knew he’d be king, he never thought he’d have to take on the burden when he had young children. He’s always wished he could have had more time to spend with his children, especially Gavin, who was born after Gerard was already king
- Gretchen’s death nearly destroyed Gerard; he almost abdicated his claim to the throne to his sister when it happened
- Gerard and Grace were always very close despite their animosity over her claim to the throne; when she died he considered adopting Gloria, and only didn’t because Gloria asked him not to
- After Gerard was coronated as king, he found a letter from his father telling Gerard he was proud of him, and warning him to be careful of the Empire and not to go into the palace’s second floor west sitting room alone at night
- Gerard generally acts in what he believes is the best interest of the kingdom, and though he knows that not everyone behaves the same way, he believes he is clever enough to see when he’s being lied to
- Gerard believes that the best defence Dolovai has against the Empire is to merge with Kyaine and fight them off as one unified force. He agreed to Georgina’s proposal to marry Gabrielle to a member of House DiGorre for this exact reason, and also made the decision to urge Franz to take Kyaine’s throne after the coup, though he didn’t like how that made him feel
- Gerard trusts Helena Quate implicitly, because her information has never been wrong and she’s one of the only people he knows for certain is working only for the best of the kingdom
- Gerard used to think that the fact that he was a cousin to nearly every noble house in Dolovai was foolish. As an adult, he looks for ways to be related to as many more nobles as possible to foster the strongest possible alliance against their mutual enemies
- Gerard isn’t optimistic about his plan to marry Gloria to the Imperial prince Emir. He’s fairly sure the Empire will see it as them trying to negotiate from a place of desperation. He’s fine with that because he also hopes they’ll see it and not notice that they have several other plans in action
- Gerard has always been closer to Gabrielle than Gavin, which he sometimes worries makes him a bad father, but he’s simply more similar to Gabrielle than to his son
- “I’ve received a letter from Gabrielle. She and Gavin are returning to the capital.”
- “I can’t help but notice that there’s no outlaw in your presence.”
- “Well, as I’m the only one who’s a king, I’ll be the judge of that, son.”
- “We’re probably going to have to let them stay together, aren’t we?”
- “I didn’t think it was too much to ask for a banquet with no assassination attempts.”
- “We’ll be knighting you, Owen.”
- “In any case. It’s time we dealt with the small issue of murder. A crime that a rather alarming number of people in this court have been accused of attempting recently.”
- “Some people believe there is benefit in wars.”
- “Our apologies for the small deception, but we thought it best if you didn’t have time to plan.”
- “I’ve written and told him politely not to do anything stupid. So that should prevent him from doing anything stupid, meaning we’ve nothing to worry about.”
- “The truth, Franz, is that this isn’t about vanity. It’s not about wanting House ven Sancte to have more land or power. It’s about self-preservation. Aergyre has been getting stronger and more aggressive lately.”
- “And do you swear on your soul eternal that you will make any sacrifice asked of you, not withhold anything, that your entire God-given person will be directed to upholding these vows?”
- “Being the king does have some benefits, surprising though that may sound.”
- As a boy, Gerard thought that being a mage was part of being king, and that he would develop powers like his father once he became king. He was disappointed to eventually learn this was not true
- When he was six, Gerard decided that when he was king, he was going to make girls illegal. It took four days for his mother to explain to him why he couldn’t do this
- Gerard’s first sexual experience was with a stableboy named Joshua, with whom he jerked off together one night when he was eleven. The next day, Gerard’s father talked to him about sex and about being careful not to take advantage of people of lower status than him
- Gerard had a big crush on Otto Feestings for years and they even secretly dated for a while, and Gerard was very jealous when Otto married Tabitha Archerloft, even though he was courting Helena Quate at the time
- Gerard believed as a teenager that it was not important for a king to be good at riding a horse, or to speak Dynese. He did learn how to do both of those things, but neither of them well
- Gerard has occasional extra-marital sex with Georgina’s consent, mostly with sex workers and of course a few times with a Yoel Fortress servant named Remi
- Gerard has always thought the crown should do something about the Sorcerer King, whose initial rampage happened the year before his own coronation, but as Solomon subsequently wasn’t seen in Dolovai and eventually appeared in Ech’kent, there was nothing he could do
- Gerard is in possession of a magical amulet that lets him speak with whomever has its twin. He does not know where its twin is and nobody has ever spoken to him through it
- Gerard and Georgina have a very active sex life, and their children learned very young not to walk into their bedroom without knocking
- Secretly, Gerard casts a vote in the castle servants’ ‘best ass’ contest every year
Modern AU: Modern Gerard is the mayor of a major Canadian city and as a result, has stepped back as CEO of Saint Holdings, though nearly everyone agrees that he’s still running the conglomerate from behind the scenes. His status as a modern-day oligarch aside, Gerard is well respected as mayor, and is known for his social programmes for disenfranchised children, as well as the expansion of public health care and beefed up public transit infrastructure and public works projects. He has also been criticized, however, for his apparent inability to do anything about the mob in the city, despite his claims that he has tasked the police with bringing them do justice. Aside from heading local politics, Gerard enjoys pretending not to micromanage his family, whom he is watching grow up with great pride at the happy, confident people they’ve become. Gerard also enjoys opera, art galleries, and porn parodies of famous movies.
8 thoughts on “Character Profile: Gerard”
“Gerard and Gretchen were always very close despite their animosity over her claim to the throne; when she died he considered adopting Gloria, and only didn’t because Gloria asked him not to”
I’m guessing this was meant to be Grace, not Gretchen?
Yes it was, oops! Thanks for pointing that out, I’ll fix it now!
“He has also been criticized, however, for his apparent inability to do anything about the mob in the city, despite his claims that he has tasked the police with bringing them do justice.”
I mean, in fairness, the mob includes Sam and Henry. Hard to do anything about them when they’ve got protagonist plot armor.
Yeah it’s a bit hard to do anything about them when that’s the case. Gerard is a supporting character at best, what’s he honestly going to do to two main characters?
“and not to go into the palace’s second floor west sitting room alone at night”
Does this have anything to do with the sitting room on the third floor’s east wing? Or is Giles just averting an unfortunate accident (or an “unfortunate accident”)?
This is very much Giles attempting to avert an accident or “accident,” yes. 🙂
“Gerard is in possession of a magical amulet that lets him speak with whomever has its twin. He does not know where its twin is and nobody has ever spoken to him through it”
Statistically speaking, it is very likely to be in a dragon’s hoard. That seems to be where most MacGuffins end up eventually.
Alternatively, Klaus or Cecil has it.
Yes, I think a lore post somewhere says that something like half of the world’s total wealth is in dragon hoards? So that’s probably why nobody is trying to talk to Gerard with it.
Alternately yes, it’s in the possession of some super powerful entity with too many secret plans, and Gerard shouldn’t listen to whomever is on the other side anyway. Hopefully he doesn’t, if it starts talking to him!