Simon Dranshen

The current Steward of Sigard is really Sigard’s ruler in name only, and he is very aware of that. Simon Dranshen is also very aware that his rule endures, not out of respect for his post, but because Lierkist is far too valuable an asset for any of the Earls to agree to to place in the hands of one of their peers. Still, this gives him little security.

Description


Dranshen is a small man, slim built and slightly bent standing shorter than most of his kinsmen. He wears his greying hair and beard neatly trimmed and his keen, pointed features and clear, alert eyes give him an intelligent and almost furtive look. His speech is concise, clear and diplomatic and he is capable of delivering a well thought out and persuasive answer to any question almost instantly. He tends to dress in heavy fir lined robes of velvet and linen, giving his stoop an almost hunched aspect, and on a heavy chain around his neck he always wears the royal signet of the royal line of Sigard.

Personality


Dranshen is a studious and cautious man, diplomatic and astute. He has a keen eye for detail and for people’s behaviour he usually says little and observes much. He can deduce a man’s state of mind and the likely implications thereof within a few seconds of talking to him, and this tends to unnerve people who meet him. Despite his obvious lack of actual power Simon is a slow moving man, who manipulates rather than commands. A dozen tiny civic decisions might go unnoticed while a grand sweep to the same effect would be immediately barred. He has learned to do his best with the situation presented to him and to get the best from it, and out of a sense of genuine respect for his people and a desire to see to their well-being he is a contentious and efficient ruler. He is also aware that so long as he does not choose to rock the boat that his presence and post will not only be tolerated but, in the current political climate, is convenient.

History


Simon Dranshen was never a stand-out diplomat, he worked within the Guild of Scribes as a secretary for the court of the previous steward for most of his early career. Though he does belong to a line that had produced stewards in the past Simon never expected or aspired to such lofty political position, and ironically this is perhaps why he has attained it. When the old steward died many candidates from his staff were put before the Earls' Council, and all were rejected. The Earls were simply unable to come to an accord no matter how much they argued and debated, and the Steward's post was empty for more than a year as they worked their way down through the ranks until they reached Dranshen, a man so low ranking that no Earldom had seen fit to try to exert any influence over him. In this position as the highest of the low as it were Dranshen was summoned to Daultin and made Steward, and since has devoted himself to careful and minimal husbanding of the resources of Sigard and trying to keep as low a profile as possible in doing so.

Associations


The Steward’s lack of ambition has earned him many enemies, and the Kommeron have made no secret that they have labelled him a traitor to Sigard. Conversely the people of Leirkist and old Sigard are generally happy to simply overlook him and he has earned the respect and appreciation on the Earls' Council for his collaboration and his service to their cause. He is even allowed to observe at the Council by special invitation, an honour never before accorded to any of his predecessors.

Statistics


Race Male Ahlonian Skills
Age Adult (35) Skill Points: spent/220
Profession Steward of Sigard (3) skill value rationale
Faith Orthodox Church of the Dioune (n)
Class Senior Statesman (6/6)
Talents Inventory
Fast +1 weapon cap threshold reach
Graceful +0
Hale +0
Strong -1
Tough -1 armour hard tiers enc/limit
Clever +3 tool cap test
Insightful +1
Knowledgeable +0 attire environment
Perceptive +0
Wilful +0
Brave +0
Persuasive +3
Forceful -2
Lucky +0

Character Traits


Meek and Mild (2)

Simon is an inoffensive man, given to small steps and quiet progress to achieve his ends. This gives many the impression that he is ineffectual and weak, but equally it means that his activities are not nearly so scrutinized as they might be, and what he loses in respect he often gains in efficiency.