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|Spouse||Marriage annulled by Imperial decree|
|Offspring|| Justine Chloe, Lady Baronet Caerdach|
Antony Ambrose, Lord of Caerdach
|Full Name||Leon Julion Maritus|
|Father||Lord Ambrose Maritus|
|Mother||Lady Justina Soranus|
|Born|| August 12 487|
Gwencalon, Caerdach, Guardian
|Died|| October 24 508 (aged 21) (resurrected)|
|Occupation||Templar, Order of the Sons of Providence|
|Eye Color||Ocean blue|
The Captain of the Gate:
"To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his gods."
Thomas Babbington Macaulay, Lays of Ancient Rome
- Leon was born the youngest son of Lord Ambrose and Lady Justina of Gwencalon. He was raised in the traditions of Guardian, his father's isle, and of his mother's faith -- he was a Purist. He served for a time in the Legion, spent several years on Draught, in Ethos. At nineteen, he wed Linette Barca, Baroness Caerdach, and became Baron of those lands. He rejoined the Legion, and rose to the rank of Centurion Primus in Gateway's Cohort.
- And then, in October of 508, he led a contingent of men to Mists to aid Enchanted Coral in fighting some terrible beast. He returned to Gateway in company of knights, and was not seen for almost a year.
- The Keeper confirmed in public Court that Leon Maritus was one of those heroes who conspired to close the Gateway and free the Empire from threat of death and demonic servitude -- albeit, of course, not in those words. He was, it is said, raised from peaceful death by necromancers in revenge for this crime; and in payment for it, the Keeper stripped him of all ranks, titles, and citizenship, dissolved his marriage, and sentenced him to a life (such as it is) of servitude to the Empire.
- Several months after the quiet Tyrean takeover, Leon left the Empire, released from his servitude -- though the release was never publicly announced. Some months later he returned and, after almost a year in training and preparation, has been inducted into the Order of the Sons of Providence as a Templar.
- For more information about his life, see Leon's timeline.
- Leon occupies a peculiar position: from his father and his elder siblings, he's inherited the Maritus grit, guts, and a stiff pride in name and family; and from his mother's family, the Soranus love of all things true, moral, upright, and pure. Half of Gwencalon, half of Ethos, he's not always quite sure where he fits in best -- or if he fits in at all. At times, he's hesitant and, when uncertain, he's known to speak too quickly and stumble over his words. At others, confident and sure of both himself and his faith, he's a force to be reckoned with. This confluence of counter-traits isn't all bad: he's as quick to laugh and joke as he is to forgive any slight or injury to himself, though words against his family he'll take ill, and he finds falsehood most distasteful.
- His father's house: House Maritus
- His mother's house: House Soranus
- Immediate, extended, and other relations: Relations
- He's well known for a constant appetite and a willingness to try new foods, no matter how exotic. His favorite food? Pastries with jam, followed closely by gingerbread. No baked good is safe in his presence.
- He quit the Legions after just over a year's service. That is, he completed his mandatory six months' service, then signed up for three more years, but quit before it was even half over (thanks to his daddy pulling some strings) and scarpered to Draught.
- ...and he re-enlisted in autumn of 506, some three years later. He can be found from dawn to dusk on the training fields outside Gateway Village, among those of the Legion stationed on Gateway.
- He's a Purist, a peculiar occupation for a Guardians boy -- or a Guardians baron. As such, he's known to be especially dedicated to honesty, truth, and the solemnity of oath-keeping.
- He doesn't stutter. Rather, he often speaks before he's quite sure what he's going to say and, as a result, his words tend toward hesitant and uncertain, especially when he's a nervous or excited. When he's sure of himself, there's no such impediment.
- Some people are possessed of a poker face. Leon is not. His features are a bellwether of his thoughts, and the color in his ears, especially, tends to give them away.
- He died, they say, during the Schism. Some -- particularly on Mists -- attach his name to the catastrophe, and necromancers raised him five months later in revenge for the crime. He lived, for the duration of his servitude, with Oksana Zakov at the Apothecary, though swore he had his own room.
- No one announced his release from servitude, but after two years and change, Leon disappeared from Gateway. They say he spent the better part of a year traveling outside the Barrier and then on Draught. He can now be found in the Temple of Providence on Gateway, a Templar.
- 509-05-03 Court of the Living Dead - Leon is stripped of his titles, rank, and citizenship, and sentenced to indentured servitude to the Empire for the crimes of treason and betrayal.
- 507-12-15 Ancestor's Day - Ancestor's Day celebration on Gateway, hosted by the Baron and Baroness Caerdach.
- 507-12-01 Hope and Believe - What is faith, anyway?
- 507-05-05 Spring Festival Eating Competition - Leon the Lion-Stomached triumphs at the Spring Festival Eating Competition
- 507-05-01 Good Intentions Go Astray - A brief, charged encounter with John Cooper.
- 507-01-17 The Good, the Bad, and the Righteous - Kidnapping and exile.
- 506-11-17 The Whole World Blind - The execution of Arcadius Athelstan gone horribly wrong.
- 506-09-30 A Caerdach Wedding - Finally.
- 506-08-10 How to Talk to Girls - Leon gives his buddy Josh a bit of advice on how to talk to girls.
- 506-05-21 Requiem Aeternam - The funeral of Ambrose Maritus.
|Nobility of Guardians|
30 September 506 – October 24 508
with Linette Barca (505 - Present)
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