Gerrard Philippe Shahrizai nó Mandrake
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Fullname: Gerrard Philippe Shahrizai nó Mandrake
Played by: Matt Bomer
Gender: Male
Age: 25
Birthdate: March 25
Class: Courtesan
House: Shahrizai
Occupation: Courtesan
Province: Kusheth
Country: Terre d'Ange
Parents: Damien Claude Shahrizai (d. 1303), Eleonore Anne Shahrizai (b. 1257)
Siblings: Laure Shahrizai, 1 older sibling
Marital Status: Single
Children: None

Known Information

Gerrard is the youngest of the Saumur branch of Shahrizai and was a courtesan in House Mandrake up until three years ago when he went independent.

Background

Gerrard was born March 25, 1286 to Damien Claude Shahrizai, former Vicomte de Saumur, and Eleonore Ann Shahrizai. He was the youngest of four, even though his eldest sibling died before he was born. At a young age, he was underfoot and would act out in order to get attention. Being as far down the line of succession as he was, his mother and father decided that it was best they send their youngest son to Mount Nuit in Elua to be entered in holy service to Namaah. This would keep the boy out of trouble, teach him discipline, and bring honor to their family.

It was the right decision, after a fashion. He had a rebellious streak in the beginning and was impulsive in his desire to stand out, but was quickly broken of this during his time in House Mandrake. It was to this particular House of the Court of Night-Blooming Flowers that he also felt the strongest draw. He'd passed the candy test, enjoying watching the Valerian candidates suffering through the experience at the time.

Gerrard gained a strong interest in how people worked during his training and subsequent holy service to Naamah. He was one to take initiative in bettering himself, seeing the holy calling as one that he was ultimately responsible for. His Debut was a matter of discussion and praise. Although certainly not a record-breaking Debut by any means, the bidding went very well and reflected positively on the House.

Determined to make his own way, Gerrard was quick in earning his marque and had done so halfway into his eighteenth year. This was a turning point for the young courtesan as pursuits in a variety of interests opened up to him. In particular, fencing. As an adept, any type of swordplay was discouraged as it could potentially damage what still was property of House Mandrake. The precision and skill it took appealed to his desire for perfect control of the self. He spent four more years in House Mandrake on Mont Nuit, parting ways with them and striking out as a fully independent courtesan at the age of twenty-two.

Even as he continued in service to Naamah, he dutifully showed for family functions including summering in Kusheth to spend time with his sister Laure Shahrizai, Vicomtesse de Saumur and her family. Dutiful as he believes a younger brother should be, he has decided to travel to Marsilikos where his pregnant sister is on sojourn.

Inspiration

Contacts

laure Vicomtesse Laure Shahrizai de Saumur : Gerrard's older sister. He came to Marsilikos out of worry for her pregnancy, but arrived too late for his neice Emanuelle's birth. The plan has changed to keeping his sister company and getting acquainted with his new niece.
anais Anais Joie Cherevin : Although they've been off and on for the past 4 years, Anais and Gerrard have spent long periods of time being nigh inseparable.

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