Gem Valtara (also known as the Man In The Maze) is a human male most known for being the Defacto leader in the Triumvirate of Ceyreto, leading the Kingdom of Valtara in the absence of King Robert, and his involvement with the Loyalists in the Valtaran Civil War.
|Citizenship||Valtara | Ceyreto|
|Occupation||Lord Commander | Hand of the King | Triumvir|
|Title||Lord | Triumvir|
Gem is a 6'2" human with dark brown hair, grey eyes, and pale skin. He has an athletic build attributed to lifelong military training and some combat. He typically wears a long dusty brown coat, a mask covering the lower parts of his face, a black glove on his left hand and a red one on his right, and black boots. He seems to keep this attire throughout most of the day, even in rather inappropriate situations.
Gem, named so after the last item his mother left for him, was born to Enriq Valtara III as his bastardized firstborn son on XXXX XX, XXXX, the king during the Valtaran Civil War, and is the elder half-brother to King Robert Valtara I. Gem was born as a result of relations that his father had with a servant girl thus making him a bastard. His mother however had died at childbirth and so his father, ever merciful, took Gem in as his own. He continued his bastard status until he was 5 years of age, at which his father, having no eligible heirs after years of trying with his wife, had declared Gem his heir, now fully embracing him. Enriq's brother, Ignacio, took this as a grave insult to allow someone as impure as 'that bastard' rule and thus started the 20-year civil war.
Valtaran Civil War
Gem was trained by his father to lead armies at an early age, making his first appearance on the battlefield at 14. Originally, he was sent solely to battles where victory was guaranteed, but as time went on Gem was given the opportunity to show his prowess in combat and strategy.
Upon the reunification of Valtara, Gem was immediately placed as Hand of the King by King Robert. With this, he was burdened with becoming the unwilling leader of Valtara in his brother's stead, who saw better fit to spend his time drinking and partying rather than running his nation. Gem humbly led the rebuilding efforts of their once great nation, remaking Valtara into the sole dominant force on the continent of Ceyreto and one of the strongest nations in the world.
The Triumvirate of Ceyreto
Gem became one of the founders of the Triumvirate of Ceyreto when 5 towns (one now lost in name) including Wrensbath, Tirean Ura, Zhar-Dorahl, and Kalikhan approached Valtara about joining the nation. Gem informed his friend and ally, Addrian von Attasio, of the predicament, and he put forth the idea of their two nations, Valtara and Vinçois, should merge along with the 5 towns. Robert was a drunken wreck at the time and had given Gem the go ahead on this plan, despite Gem's reluctance. Though upon his brother's vow of sobering up and finally taking responsibility for his nation, Gem signed onto the agreement, foolishly one might say. And thus, Ceyreto was born as a nation, accelerating to the largest and strongest nation in the world. Its wealth was abundant, and its dominance certain. Having assumed that Robert would take the reins any day now, Gem sat on the back burner as Addrian would become the forefront of the Triumvirate. It would remain this way for many months until after the banquet that celebrated the new nation's founding, mysteriously the entire nation of Vinçois had become derelict with no trace of its former inhabitants. With the Triumvirate lacking leadership and Robert having gone back on his vow, Gem found himself once again thrust into a role he has no desire to play. To his credit, he played it well. As well as he could anyway. Under him Ceyreto prospered...until it didn't. Slowly, Valtarans had voiced their displeasure with the current system, until finally, they broke away and declared war under the new name of the Kingdom of Zydel.
Within days of the war against Zydel being declared, Gem was confronted by his cousin, Benicio Valtara, and his bodyguard. Gem was accused of seizing power from Robert and forsaking the oath he had taken to give up the throne. Gem put forth no struggle and willingly let himself be arrested in the coup that became known as The Black March and was sentenced to exile into The Black Maze, where he remains to this day.
Currently Gem's whereabouts remain unknown. It is assumed that he died within the maze.
Lord Commander (Former)
Gem was appointed Lord Commander of Valtara, giving him command of all military forces of Valtara, by his father just before his death.
Hand Of The King (Former)
Following the Valtaran Civil War and the coronation of King Robert, Gem was made hand of the King so that he may take up the responsibility of ruling the nation while his brother slacked off.
Triumvir Of Ceyreto (Former)
Gem became one of the three founding members of the Triumvirate of Ceyreto and during his time as Triumvir became the most prominent member of the Triumvirate.
Prince of Valtara (Former)
Gem was declared heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Valtara by his father even though he is a bastard. This title was revoked upon conclusion of the Valtaran Civil War.
Robert Valtara | Half Brother
Benicio Valtara | Cousin
Jonathan Bercker | Friend
Adrian von Attasio | Friend
Enriq Valtara III | Father
Ignacio Valtara | Uncle
Sigeric Ehlsonn | Friend
"He is a tyrant"
"He is a traitor"
"He is a coward"
"He is a bastard"
"He caused the civil war."
"That man had no money. Up and gave it all away."
"Supposedly he can get you anything, no matter what you ask for."
"I've been told he was a better ruler than any other modern Valtaran."
"I heard that he's the owner of that one sword relic."
"I wonder sometimes if he's ghost. Some people say you can still see him walking around Old Blackthorn."
"I heard somewhere that he's the grandson of a god."
"There came a point when people began to talk about Gem as if he was a god. He was not a god, he was a man. A man with many great dreams and many failings. But in the end just a man."
"He's a guru. That man is skilled in pretty much anything you can think of."
"To him we're all just pieces on a chessboard."