27th of December, 177 3A NE
Goals & MotivationThe Earl of Forestwatch is a plain man with little aspirations above his duty to preside over his lands prudently, as well as look after his family. His relations with House Belinus are well known, with some inspiration from the proud traditions of his southern counterpart. He considers himself the guardian of the North, the one man tasked to prevent southern aggression - but because of that he also resents the decadence of the north that so infuriates those he keeps his watch upon.
Little did he know that the attacks upon his lands would eventually lead to civil war in Tnarem, but when he came he was prepared. Only, instead of fighting to the death he met with the then Crown Prince Alexius and forged a path without blood, the Guardian of the North did not guard - he surrendered the North. It is a decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life, to fight a futile war that would lead to the extinction of his house and destruction of his lands or to save countless live. He swallowed his pride and saved the lives. Given the heresy and accusations of blasphemy in the North, he turned his back upon the King and people who abandoned him and ushered in the Beringar legions.
All that he cared about was doing his duty to his liege lord, House Beckwyth, and protecting his lands and those that resided upon them. Since the institution of the Tnaremi Imperium, he has kept in contact with Duke Beckwyth and worked to restore damages from the war. The most important thing has been working to deal with the food crisis from devastated lands, since the Earl presided over some of the most fertile lands in the realm.
ReligiosityA humble man, Alaistar swore his oath to the Creator and attends Church regularly to confer with the one true god. He takes his family to mass, pays his tithes, and does his part to uphold the Creator’s doctrine. He believes the South is weak because they have no steadfast allegiance to one almighty deity, but he is taking a chance that matters of faith will not lead to further strife in the Imperium.
appearanceHardened blue eyes glare from grim and stoic face; deep curves forming upon his wizening face from much time spent outdoors overseeing his territory. Course dark curly hair rests crowned upon the man’s head. Taller than many members of his liege house, yet smaller than the colossal Beringar men, Alaistar is of good height and stocky enough to competently lead his men from atop his mount. Whether he can land blows from upon his steed is another question, but he looms formidable when in armor and doing his job.
The leader of House Burkett possesses a slighter darker complexion than many of his northern compatriots, the results of much interaction and relations with House Belinus among other southern families. Under his layers of steel and clothes he hides scars and from riding accidents, tournaments, and perhaps the odd skirmish with bandits. He oft can be found in his armor with sword at hip, but when attending court he is mindful of portraying a softer courtier’s style.
personality‘We stand vigilant’ are the words that define House Burkett, they are the watchers of the southern woods. It reminds the Earl to remain steadfast in his duty, to protect the vassals and commoners under his protection and defend Argonne. By default he is also the first line of defense for the entirety of the North should the brutes of the March drool for war and blood. There is no room for Alaistar Burkett to gallivant off to court in Moorcastle or Ulrich, living high on the hog getting fat at ease. Such glamorous lifestyles of decadence are gluttonous and descend into comfortable sloth, such vainglories parading around like peacocks in their finery lead to the moral decay and decline of society. No, if one man in the north has to reject such immoral hedonism it must be the man who takes his commitment and duty more serious than his peers. It is his faith that grounds him, leading the Earl to live a humble and plain life doing as he swore to do when arising to his station in life. He has personally overseen the training of his cavalry; keen to keep them in good form should the peace in the realm break. He’s not a man that would wish war upon any, but he also feels it is a force the Creator intends to maintain balance to prevent decadence on one hand and barbarism upon the other - both two sides of the same coin that leads to decay. It is for that reason he can begrudgingly respect southern military tradition, yet also repudiate their savage and bestial ways. This is where he finds camaraderie among the members of House Belinus - men who employ tact and at least more caution in their demeanor than many of their Marcher brethren.
Beyond security, Earl Burkett is very active in hearing the grievances of those that reside in his land. He will mediate disputes as justly as he can, and letting punishments fit the crimes committed. There also is a certain manner to Alaistar that personified the elements of noblesse oblige, his responsibility as a privileged ealdorman to act with generosity and nobility to those less privileged. No voice is too low for the Earl’s ears, no matter too small for him not to find resolution for. He prefers being out among the people helping them recover from harsh winters, or when drought may strike in summer, calculating grain stores and purchasing meat from the butcher in person. Alaister will not let his mind and soul be overcome with the decay that destroys society. It is unwise to forget one’s roots and the origin of man.