An Encyclopedia Realmgardica Every Day in May: Dorian Darkstone

Man of many hats, both metaphorical and literal.

Apologies for the delay on this one. Today was my Mom’s birthday party. On the plus side, I’ve decided that Week Three shall be pirates.

Weeks One and Two are here and here, if you missed them.


Dorian Darkstone

“Don’t do anything I’d do.”

Dorian Darkstone, contemplating a treasure map.
Age: 42
Occupation: pirate (retired), part-time seller of nautical bric-a-brac
Likes: grog, booty (no, not that kind; grow up), the family legacy
Dislikes: the youth, aging, that someone clearly snuck into his wardrobe and shrank all his clothes

Daughter (favourite): Dunstana
Daughter (other): Kat
Wife: Estelle Darkstone (née Winfield)
Brother: Jonas Darkstone

Circumnavigated the world of Terrace: once or twice — not like it’s a big deal, or anything
Threatens his enemies with: creative punishments, eloquent to the point of convolution
Secretly very, very fond of: themed tea-cosies

Living the life of a world traveller, Admiral Dorian Darkstone has worn many metaphorical hats: adventurer, navigator, swashbuckler, businessman, husband and father.

He also once boarded a merchantman bound for Pelayo and caused the crew no harm but to demand the sailors’ literal hats, his own crew having lost theirs the night before during a particularly wild night of carousing.

Even among the lengthy annals of the Brotherhood of the Coasts, Dorian’s career stands out and legendary, and he is more than happy to tell anyone with ears, regardless of their own thoughts on the matter. Dorian is particularly concerned in teaching the youth of today a thing or two, in hopes that they might just learn something useful.

Dorian’s long, frequent absences during the formative years of his elder daughter, coupled with Kat’s avowed disinterest in following him into the Darkstones’ longstanding family tradition of piracy, has created a strained, distant relationship between the two. Despite his difficulties in relating to Kat’s interests, he will not hesitate to aid his daughter in times of crisis.

On the other hand, he has an excellent relationship with his younger daughter, who has eagerly embraced the piratical profession despite being a mere ten years old.

Ultimately, it was his regrets over missing one too many of Kat’s birthdays while at sea that convinced him to leave the pirate’s life mostly behind him. Since doing so, he has managed to keep himself busy working with the Brotherhood of the Coasts and pursuing various part-time business ventures, finding novel new ways to peddle novel new maritime trinkets.


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