Full Name: Alexei Ilyin-Melikov (Margrave Alexei III, Lord Protector of the North Basilevsa Republic)
Appearance: Alexei isn't what one would call intimidating at first glance. Only a little above average in height and unintimidating in build, only the numerous scars adorning his body indicate that the nobleman had ever been anywhere near a battlefield. Following the latest fashions of his country, Alexei's hair is currently cut short- far shorter than most nobles in the south would tolerate- and the beginnings of a beard can be seen on his face. While he wear no typical outfit from day to do, red is usually incorporated in some form, the primary color of his house, and all of his clothing is clearly of expensive make. A clear indicator of his status, if his self confidence and ease of giving orders weren't enough.
Weight: 162 lb
History: Firstborn of four sons to Margrave Gigoriy IV, it was always Alexei's place to inherit his father's title, though the power that came with it had faded generations ago. The North Basilevsa Republic (South Basilevsa having been absorbed long before) had been governed by a parliament for almost a century, and their lord reduced to more of a figurehead than a ruler. Still, the family was expected to represent the NBR within the Grenheim Empire, and in times of war lead its armies of their Lord Protector.
That did not mean, however, that life was any easier for Margraves. With less time spent on governance, it had become a tradition to patrol the border with the Royal Dragoons and root out any raiders that might have slipped past the vast northern border intending to loot the countryside. Whether on a diplomatic mission, attending parliament (For the Margrave too carried a vote) or traveling on a diplomatic mission, the Lord Protector of the Republic was always on the move.
Alexei himself would prove to be no exception. Though his childhood was unremarkable, he began riding out with his father and the Royal Dragoons at the age of fourteen. At the age of eighteen he rode back with his father's corpse, and assumed the mantle of Margrave. Since then he has spent most of his time patrolling the border with his men, and keeping in eye on the south for trouble within the Empire. Having little time to make any close friends outside of the mean he leads and his family.
Brief Personality: Amongst his family or men Alexei could be considered almost normal. Always mindful of his station, but free to joke and have fun. Though remaining mindful about the status difference between himself and commoners. Even while relaxed he isn't one to let someone rise too far above their station. Still, this is the least that can be expected from one of the nobility. This of course does not apply to his family members, the only people which he can act unrestrained around and comfortable that nothing he does will degrade the status of both him and the title he carries.
While in public however he is duty-bound and gravely serious. Trading pleasantries but not indulging in small talk if it can be avoided, and trying to get down to business as quickly as possible. There is a sense of self assurance and power that radiates from him as someone who knows and takes pride in their position, though this does not prevent him from bowing to the few people in the Empire who are above his station. The NBR has always bowed its head willingly to the Empire, and enjoyed a good level of autonomy as a result. A trend which he has no intentions of breaking.
Emotional Bond: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Partner: Yulia Zykova
Fighting Style: The NBR is famous for its light cavalry, and the Royal Dragoons exemplify this. As their leader, Alexei fights as they do, often using his maneuverability to disable his opponent, before moving in for the kill once weakened. Generations of fighting against raiders has generally removed any notion of there being honor in combat in the north, and any opening that presents itself will be exploited by Alexei. Whether this means a well timed pistol shot during a melee bout, or throwing a handful of gunpowder in the opponent's face to create an opening. While mounted none of these tricks are needed for him to beat most opponents, but on foot it helps to level the playing field against those more skilled than him.
Equipment: 2x flintlock pistols
A 32 inch cavalry sabre, in the style used by the NBR, and with a blue&gilt blade.
A thick overcoat commonly worn in the north, provides good protection against bladed weapons but is horrifically warm in most seasons.
Tundra, his grey gelding.
Gwaecledd, the blunt celestial sword.
Weaknesses: He can be quick to anger and slow to forgive, particularly if he feels an insult to his family name/title. Also, his extreme sense of duty can prevent him from getting close to people of a lower social class. Not because he thinks less of them, but because the association might cause others to think less of him, and more importantly harm the prestige of his family.
Celestial Gear Information
Function: Life's Blood - Prevents the wounds of the user the bleeding, but does not actually heal any injuries or regenerate lost body parts.
Likes: Above all his family, the satisfaction of protecting his realm, fencing, riding
Dislikes: Recalcitrant behavior, warm weather, parties
Hobbies: Riding, literature, fencing, hunting.
Character Theme: La Madruga (Theme of the NBR)
Other: Current living family includes Anna (Mother, 50), Sergei (Brother, 20), Boris (Brother, 16), and Nikolay (Brother, 11)
Alexei shoots left handed when wielding a pistol.