Sir Edmund Tiberius Silvaine
Male | 27 | Rodion, née Rosaria
Templar of Gravity
"Ah, the Pious Bastard rides in again... I wonder what beast he'll claim to have killed this week."
"If the Church wills it, it will be so, no matter the cost."
Minor Holy Sigil Location
The goddess' symbol will be placed upon the back of his left hand.
Edmund stands a little short of six feet tall, with a slightly thinner frame than some other knights of his stature. He is incredibly lean, with little fat on his bones as a result of a rigorous exercise routine and moderated diet. He sports his father's unassuming brown eyes and hair, and often has a slight stubble. His appearance is not as groomed as other Knights and Templars, but Edmund tries not to focus on appearance over his function and duties. He believes overindulgence in even his own looks would violate his vows and piety to the Church. He wears what is required of him and his station, but will often leave a button or strap undone near the collar to keep from being too restrained. He is hardly ever seen without his clockwork revolver prominently resting in its holster, and a short arming sword on his opposite hip. The rest of his belt is filled with pre-loaded cylinders for his revolver, which can be easily unclipped and loaded at a moment's notice. His expression is usually somewhere between a calculating stare and a full grimacing scowl, even when he is just lost in thought or peacefully meditating.
Edmund values his piety above all else, and truly believes in living a simple life without too many extraneous luxuries. His two indulgences are literature and music, though even these serve a religious purpose. Edmund believes them to be a reasonable and worthwhile enjoyment over the ingenuity of her creations. As a result of his rather harsh early childhood, however, Edmund is three things above all else: cautious, observant, and soft-spoken. Edmund was walking on eggshells as a child, and his responsibilities and duties as a Knight and Templar have only exasperated an almost paranoid caution in all his interactions. Of course, this lends to his nature to watch things like a hawk. He is a somewhat quick study when it comes to more practical labor, a testament to how he was able to learn the various skills he did so quickly in his youth. Lastly, Edmund is a man of few words. While some may interpret this as another form of piety or restraint, in practicality it is just a deep-seated awkwardness and discomfort when around others. He prefers to let his actions speak for him, and his actions have spoken loudly enough to earn him a spot in the Templars. Edmund has, more recently, begun to speak up a bit more around his Scion and in more private matters... especially when irritated and pushed to the brink of his abounding patience. He proves to be a bit sassy and clever when he draws to speak out.
Edmund's worst quality is his self-righteousness. He has a deep disdain for those who are unable to keep their oaths, be it lies or failure to perform a duty. He usually keeps this to himself, but poor influences on him have encouraged him to make biting comments about those who have failed to uphold their vows when he believes he is alone. For Edmund's part, his self-righteousness does bar him from dishonesty. After all, dishonesty and a broken vow lead to his very existence, and he refuses to make the mistakes his father has. It is also why he denies himself pleasure and overindulgence, fearing that even turning down that road could bring more of the pain he has always had lingering in his heart.
It is distinctly uncommon for even a minor noble within Rosaria to be born and not given a maternal last name. It is a distinct blemish on one's reputation from birth to be born under such a situation, as it implies an uncomfortable truth to one's very existence. Unfortunately for Edmund Tiberius Silvaine, he was born under these tragic pretenses. Edmund was born as a byproduct of an affair between an artistic commoner under the patronage of the Delarosa family, and the husband of Alexandra Beatrice Troyes Delarosa. Edmund's father, Oswald Silvaine of an offshoot of the Lorenzian Silvaine family that had relocated to Rosaria, was a poor father to the boy. He was acknowledged with great shame, though Alexandra of course played the part of a charitable host to the pathetic product of her husband's infidelity. In private, she spoke less than twenty words to the boy in his entire life. None of them were kind.
Edmund Silvaine was destined, as it were, to be relegated to a life of being forgotten and despised for even breathing the same air as his family. He had an older brother by the name of Edgar Lorenzo Silvaine Delarosa who was given all he could desire. Edgar was kind to his half-brother, older by a few years, and spent time in private helping his younger brother to read and write at a young age. Seeing the two boys growing close, Oswald and Alexandra settled on sending Edmund away. It was through some extant connections that there happened to be a Knight of the Church in Rodion who was newly appointed and in need of a page. So, the day before his seventh birthday, Edmund's bags were packed and his father took him on board a train headed for a distant land. To this day, Edmund has never seen Edgar, Alexandra, or Oswald since. The only person Edmund remains in good contact with through regularly scheduled phone calls is Edgar. To this day, they will send each other novels and books of poetry through the mail. As far as either of them are concerned, they are truly brothers. As far as Edmund is concerned, Edgar is the only friend he's ever truly had.
At the age of 7, Edmund entered into a pageship under Sir Kolya Ivanov: a man of common birth who through piety, determination, and skill ascended through the ranks to attain the rank of a Church Knight assigned to a small village deep into the Rodion Tundra called Gukoysk. Edmund joined the young knight at the start of his assignment, having replaced the church's previous knight. Gukoysk served a somewhat spacious region of rural farm workers and a small industrial mine. Sir Ivanov was a rather generous mentor to his new page, giving him the room and space to begin to grow and develop. Of course, Edmund still had to learn from a young age to help manage the knight's correspondences, clean his gear, and make sure the knight was ready at a moment's notice. Sir Ivanov, in turn, began to help train and drill the boy from a young age in the art of combat. Even with much physical training, Edmund was always a bit more fleet of foot than he was strong and sturdy. He was also born left-handed, so Sir Kolya began teaching Edmund to fight with a sword in both hands just to become even more familiar with this weapon. As for more formal education, Father Valerian of the Church of Gokoysk taught Edmund much when it came to piety and honor. He even taught the boy how to play the guitar, so that he could assist in the music for church services. The two became the parents Edmund had never really had.
By the age of 14, Edmund had proven himself to be well-skilled and suitable to serve as a Squire. He continued serving in Gukoysk, where he would continue his education and training with some more laborious responsibilities and training. He had his own horse on call at the local stables, where he developed a connection with a stablehand his age named Katarina. Edmund was trained to ride a motorbike, one of the few more luxurious possessions the local Church owned, though he spent much more time making use of a horse as his means of transportation. Most importantly, Sir Kolya Ivanovich began to take Edmund out into the countryside to train with a pistol. He proved a prodigy with Kolya's firearm, as it suited his sharp perception and swift nature. When Edmund was 15, he encountered his first monster. Sir Ivanovich did the slaying, but Edmund had finally truly seen eye to eye the dangers that the Knighthood was sworn to destroy. From that day forth, Edmund had somehow doubled his already intense training and study to become a knight. As the years passed, Edmund became more distant from Katarina as he focused on his training.
Unfortunately, when Edmund was 19, Sir Kolya Ivanovich was slain by a monstrous, overgrown wolf. Edmund watched as the wolf had turned its gaze to him, and everything clicked into place all at once. He had no weapon of his own, except for a hunting knife he was gifted by Kolya for his 16th birthday. Edmund charged towards the wolf, and it charged at him. At the last moment, Edmund redirected his momentum in a feint and was able to dive past the confused beast, and was able to pull the clockwork revolver from Kolya's belt just in time to lift it and fire a shot directly into the eye of the charging beast. He was covered in the beast's blood and Kolya's, and was a grisly sight when he rode into town on his horse with his master's corpse. He returned later in the knight for the motorbike, and helped oversee the funeral rights and prepared the body for burial with Father Valerian. Edmund dug the grave himself overnight, unable to rest. He was the last one left mourning at the grave site, before he was dragged away by Father Valerian.
By the dying recommendation of the respected Sir Kolya Ivanovich that had been prepared before his passing, a glowing request from Father Valerian, and a rather tedious interview with a local bishop... it was only natural that Edmund was graciously granted the role and title of Knight at the age of 19. He has been serving in this role for 5 years, where he was assigned yet again to Gukoysk. He took up Kolya's former page, Pavlina Vladimovna, as his own. She has served as his reliable squire for a few years, and has taken after her new mentor rather well. Edmund's primary responsibility as the sole Knight of Gukoysk has been to stave off monsters in the surrounding wilderness, which Edmund has proven to be exceptional at. After many years of service, Father Valerian has moved up to the role of Bishop to fill a vacancy in the nearest city. It is in this position where Father Valerian pulled some strings and old favors, and managed to get Edmund's name circulating in the running for Templar. With his most recent promotion, and his frugal spending habits leaving him with money he felt he had no need for, Edmund purchased his squire a revolver of her own as a parting gift before he left for Veradis.
He never said goodbye to Katarina. She was going to ask him to stay. He tries to forget how he felt when he first saw her.
He spent one year in formalized training to serve as a Templar under Commander Fyodor, and has proven himself to be an upstanding Knight of traditional values. His first loyalty has always been to the Church. He has taken to heart a letter that had been slipped into his bags when he first left for his pageship that was from his mother: She hoped he would learn to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. He does to this day, as he enjoys times of quiet contemplation he gets and the time he can spend admiring nature and the landscape while on assignment. Though, his duty will always come first. The Goddess has given to all who serve her a charge to protect and use well her gifts. He does not wish to squander these gifts... but does relish in the beauty of the world the Goddess has created. He has been serving under his scion for two years.
Weapon of Choice
Edmund's most distinct weapon of choice is a specialized clockwork revolver that can auto-eject its cylinder for easy reloading. He is also always seen with a short arming sword at his hip, and a barbed dagger tucked in a sheath in his boot. He has been known to integrate both his sword and pistol into his fighting style concurrently. He does, at times, carry around a taser to deal with his Scion's potential stalkers in a more non-lethal manner.
- Edmund's Theme Music
- He is a lover of classic books and poetry, especially those influenced by the doctrinal theology and mysteries of the Church
- He does not make use of the most modern telephonic communications. He prefers to use landlines and carries a flip phone, deeming smartphones an "unnecessary luxury."
- He knows how to ride a motorbike, a horse, and drive a car. He has never been in an accident, despite the urgency and speed at which he usually travels.
- Edmund did learn how to play the guitar for Church services, and does play it in private on occassion as his guitar is one of his few earthly possessions.
- Edmund is a light sleeper, and has been mildly sleep deprived since he took his vows as a Templar. He has not slept more than 6 hours a night in 2 years, and always stays awake an hour after his Scion falls asleep and is awake an hour before they stir.