Name Hiram Jollenbeck
Alignment Chaotic Neutral
Social Class Clergy
Occupation Hierophant of Morrim
Jollenbeck is a squat man, 5'6" and thickly-built. Years of seated study and sporadic eating have given him the softness of an academic; he's somewhat portly and his shoulders sag with a tired scribe's terrible posture. He possesses the sort of gold-tinged pallor of a man who would have a healthy olive complexion if he saw much sunlight. |
He has a large nose and a thunderous, bushy brow that casts a deep shadow over his eyes, rather comical when combined with a very weak chin. His black eyes seem ever rimmed in red, prone to dark bags and watering due to dryness; they have a raw, personal quality. He has a variety of facial tics and twitches that seem to open a window on his heart (albeit a warped one). His hair, dark and streaked with grey, is straight with a few odd curls out, usually pulled back at the nape of his neck but sometimes allowed to fall free in stiff tangles about his face. He's never quite cleanly-shaven, and is too lazy to attempt the maintenance of any respectable facial hair; he's eternally somewhere between a heavy four o'clock shadow and a patchy beard.
Hiram's attire depends entirely upon his current situation. "Priests" of his "order" often wear the usual shawl of Vespasian, but dyed black and without fringe, to signify their humbleness and alliance with Jollenbeck's reform. While Jollenbeck will often accept guests and discuss theology in this garb, he favors more secular clothing for his leisure and travel, depending on the climate--though he's extremely fond of furred robes and anything in brown or dark green. In addition, he wears a large brass ring on the middle finger of his right hand. It has no significance other than worry: being able to twist a ring round his finger comforts him greatly.
His voice has a fluting, sing-song quality, and he's soft-spoken so that he has trouble addressing large groups of people.
sᴇɴsɪᴛɪᴠᴇ § Hiram is an oddly sensitive, raw creature. As an empath, he will immediately "feel" the misery or happiness of his fellows; also, though intellectually secretive, he tends to display a lot of his own base emotion with his face and gestures. While he has no talent for swaying a crowd, he has a queer sort of energy one-on-one; the combination of his attentiveness and expressiveness can come across as quietly intense, and his fidgeting is to some disturbing and to some compelling (and to many, both).
ɪɴᴛᴇʟʟᴇᴄᴛᴜᴀʟ § Jollenbeck is a learned man, foremost, with a passion for the acquisition and spread of knowledge, having studied at Kinaldi and spent many years writing and reading as an ascetic. He's fluent in several languages, knowledgeable about a number of world religions and cultures, and quite a Humanist, fond of Sotoan practices. Ideologically, he aligns himself much with the Sotoans, making no bones about his disdain for the feudal practices of Morrim-- he would much rather have a religious commonwealth, he claims, that functions much like the Sotoans' republic but seeks guidance from Vespasian-- but practically, he'll say whatever will curry favor with the contemporary regime. (He's also surprisingly progressive; he allows marriage among the priests of his order and encourages female intellectuals.)
ғᴀɪᴛʜʟᴇss § Though he's eloquent and passionate in his sermons, he's begun heavily to doubt the existence of his god. Intellectually, he believes in having a private and transcendental relationship with Vespasian, skipping over the middle-men of priests and saints, but he doesn't feel he has much of a connection with his god anymore. He tries to live by the principles of his religion and prays that faith, in time, will return. In the meantime, he has focused his energies on political thought.
ᴀᴍʙɪᴛɪᴏᴜs § He's a grasping man at his core, and an envious one at that. A life spent cloistered-- a disappointment to his father and his ancestry-- and, worse, capable of reading snippets of the emotions of the men around him, has embittered him and made him prone to consider the different courses his life might have taken. The acquisition of political power and the exercise of his ideals on Morrim have become more important to him than he lets on.
ᴀɴxɪᴏᴜs § As his empathic abilities often overwhelm him, Father Jollenbeck is a very socially anxious person. At one point, he was a recluse; now, he has difficulties looking men in the eye, and feels a pressing discomfort whenever he has to go out in public. This is an unpleasant experience, but he can deal with it for short periods of time. Occasionally, he gets panic attacks. He depends heavily on his right-hand man, Julius, to get him through tough situations, a dependence extreme enough to be a hindrance (and to seem a bit pathetic from afar).
sɴᴀʀᴋʏ § If he knows and trusts you passably well, he has a sharp tongue and a good sense of comedic timing--and a bad habit of mouthing off when he thinks he's safe.
Political Aspirations It is nearly universally agreed that Morrim is in need of unity how this is to be done, however, is often a point of contention. Fawning and flattering though he may be, Hiram Jollenbeck is in disagreement with Emperor Leofric. Ultimately, Hiram would scrap the feudal system altogether and model Morrim after Sotos republic; this, however, is not an immediately attainable goal, and so he concedes for the present to the need for social order. Nonetheless, he is in the slow process of reshaping OrlKabbars own organization, attempting to instate more officials and refine the taxing system. While still somewhat lax about mandating religion, he heavily endorses his own view of Vespasian as a cultural point of pride and unity.
It may be his eventual intent to sow discord and split northwestern Morrim off from the southern and eastern regions, but only time can tell. At present, he holds a crucial area the land border between central Morrim and Ashoka, namely and one which has been permitted to fall into disrepair. His main focus is on the regulation of immigration, the establishment of bureaucracy and more efficient units of taxation, the abolition of large farms using slaves, and the cultural unification of Morrim's religion as a tool to accomplish much of this.
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