Of Smoke and Mirrors
[Parliament] Lord Nicholas Windsor
The Earl of Oxford, Father to Eveline, First Lord of the Admiralty, “The Lord Winter”
Lord Nicholas Windsor is an Eldren already growing near to his hundredth year, more precisely ninety-seven, though this hardly seems the case as Lord Nicholas possesses the longevity and beauty of his subspecies to its fullest. He appears a handsome man at his prime, perhaps nearing to his fortieth year, healthy of body and appearance. His skin is ruddier then most Eldren, though still of a very bright complexion and with a certain vital quality to it. Like most Eldren he is tall, though not exceedingly so, laying somewhere around one meter, eighty-nine, though his bearing and demeanour certainly does give one the impression of him being even taller. For the Lord Windsor carries himself like a military man, ramrod straight, with a stiff neck and a haughty disposition to compliment it. Framed by a cascade of hair both lustrous and thick that would be the envy of many a debutante, a shade so brilliantly silver it almost seems like the white foam of the waves when caught in sunlight, lies a sharply cut and hard face, denoted by a solid jawline and a prominent chin. His nose is a little pointed and a tad perked, with a ridge that has been noticeably broken once where a faint scar cross it and run up to just under his right eye, the only blemish on an otherwise unblemished face. The scare however merely serves to underline his face’s most noticeable and indeed startling feature, namely a pair of clear, intelligent eyes under a wide forehead most often drawn into wrinkles of displeasure. Much like his daughter’s Lord Nicholas’ eyes could perhaps be described as a shade of blue, though if so they are a blue so deep no ocean could every hold it, bordering rather on a deep metallic indigo colouration faintly speckled with hints of golden flakes, likened to a dark yet starry night.
When it comes to dress and fashion Lord Windsor is, for an older Eldren, surprisingly in keeping with the times. While many of his peers still keep to the finery, wigs and puffery of the 18th century Nicholas prefers the vest and modern tailcoat, always of exquisite make though often of styles a few years behind fashion. In particular, he seems to favour deep green or burgundy with patterns and accessory in muted grey or silver tones. It is however in his navy uniform the Earl of Oxford truly feels at home, whether it be the practical everyday uniform or his far more extravagant dress uniform. In this regard however he refuses to follow the modern trends, dressing still in an admiral’s uniform mainly used half a century ago, meaning white undergarments with a heavy, navy blue coat without raised shoulders, epaulettes or any of the, in his eyes, modern nonsense.
The Lord Windsor is a military man to his very core, emphasising correct conduct, calm and effectiveness in any and every situation. His voice and demeanour is sharp and stern, trained by more than half a century aboard a man’o’war, brokering no lax discipline or disobedience. This disciplinary attitude carries over in his civil and indeed even family life, and gives the Earl of Oxford a tone and demeanour which few dare disobey. He rarely raises his voice in anger however and most would find him a gracious, if stern, host and a pleasant guests, both knowledgeable and entertaining when he so desires.
Having since moved into politics the Earl of Oxford has become a prominent voice in the parliament with clear conservative and slightly hawkish sympathies. He rarely takes the word, and his speeches are few and far between, yet when the Lord Windsor speaks it is often with great gravity.
The Earl of Oxford, being nearly a century old, has seen much of recent European history first hand and has, for the better part of his long life, served in the Royal Navy. Born in 1757 as the second son of the former Earl of Oxford to two Eldren parents he joined the navy at the early age of fifteen, as was the tradition of the time, and worked his way up from midshipman to Admiral by the age of fifty-two, 1809. Through his long career he has served in several of the most noteworthy conflicts of his days, spending most of his early years in the West Indies and Americas but during the American War of Independence he transferred back to Europe. As a Captain he partook in the Great Siege of Gibraltar (1779-1783) in which his actions won him a Rear-Admiral position which he still held at the start of the French Revolutionary Wars. He served under the famed Admiral Nelson on several occasions, notably as his second in command during the Battle of Copenhagen where the British burned the Danish fleet at anchor after a fierce battle. It was here that he lost his hand when his flagship, the HMS London, came under the guns and spells of the Tre Kroner fortress as they shielded the withdrawal of Captain Riou. He also served for a period as Commander of the Rock, ie Gibraltar, during the Napoleonic Wars. After the Napoleonic Wars he continued to serve the navy, though mainly in higher-ranking functions.
As a second son, with no initial hopes of inheritance, Lord Windsor remained a bachelor for many years (not uncommon for Eldren males) and it was not until after his older brother’s premature death, after an accident with a Wyvern, in 1809 that he started considering his marital position. He had however long nursed a deep affection for Miriam Standford, daughter of the rather unknown Baron of Rushford. The two had first meet at Rushford manor when Nicholas returned to England wounded in 1801 and the care the young lady had shown him during his recovery seemed to have touched him deeply. He promptly proposed to her in 1810 and in 1814, shortly after the final conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars, Nicholas Windsor married Miriam Standford. The whole affair was quite the scandal, for the Baron of Rushford was practically a nobody in the eyes of the peers and what was worse, his daughter was an ordinary human.
This did nothing however to dissuade the couple, though it led to a certain cold between Nicholas and his father, and together they got five children between 1915 and 1920, four boys and one girl out of whom only the second boy and the girl was eldren. When the former Earl of Oxford passed away in 1823 Nicholas inherited everything, making him one of the most notable peers in England. He shortly thereafter moved into politics where he has remained a man of note ever since.
The only tragedy to befall him came in 1833 when his wife passed away having contracted the dreaded Blue Fever, and those who know him well whisper that the Earl of Oxford has never been the same since that day.
Eveline, is, despite being his daughter, treated with a firmness and strictness that most would consider far too hard. He does however truly seem to care for her well-being and future.
James, though they have but briefly meet, he treated in a civilized and pleasant manner, seemingly respecting him as a fellow military man.
Mr. Auri, he clearly disliked for his poor breeding and eating manners.