Name: Sigismund Alrich Merving
The people of Gallatria was not only well-known for their fine winemaking and artistry. The high number of its population combined with their proud military tradition had been putting them into constant warfare with their neighbors. Though the ancestors of their leaders had never aspired for unification of their realms or even expansion, the lords of the Merving clan had a different idea. Beginning from a humble principality, the realm of Merving had been growing for several generations that its rule now encompassed the whole lands of Gallatrian-speaking people. Sigismund's great-great-grandfather was merely a Marquis of Mervmarch, but now the young prince had been appointed as a potential inheritor of a far greater title, the High-King of Gallatria.
The tales of his brave ancestors had inspired Sigismund to do better. Having so little interest in trivialities of life, the prince surrounded himself with veteran generals, martial artists, senior treasurers, and retired diplomats. Eager to learn from them, he committed himself to become their apprentice. The current High King had been concerned with the ambition and sternness of his son. He was surprised that the elderly Steward of Mervmarch had been delegating his duties to the prince for years in which somehow he had been able to conduct it very well. Sigismund was eager to prove to his father that he was ready to become the lord of the land and requested a demesne for himself to rule.
Instead of granting his son a demesne, the King decided to ease his son from military and political matters. The King insisted that his son would take another couple of years to study and appreciate the subject of arts of the prince's liking. The King also demanded his son to take a woman as his consort. Only then, the King would grant his son a personal domain to rule. Obviously, Sigismund was quick to notice of the news from the neighboring Kingdom of Apura, brought to himself by his own Spymaster.
Sigismund realized that the other kingdoms would take advantage of this situation. In his vision, the realm of Apura looked like a banquet being prepared for a feast. Gallatria had to take a portion, as significant as it is necessary. Yet, care must be taken for it to only pay the least cost if any violent scramble should ever happen.
Role: A Prince
Other: Expect similarity with any characters from Frank Herbert's Dune