Ian Hawke

AKA Ian Swayville Helgram Barriman. Not quite as estranged as he was Son of Bleys.

Trump Description

Ian Hawke - Official Trump

Mayoral Trump (in the Family deck)

Ian Hawke - Family Trump

Family Trump

Ian currently looks to be in his late thirties, a little older than when he first came to Amber. He stands around 6’0”, and is lithe rather than muscular, looking as if he keeps himself fit. He has somewhat boyish good looks, although the effect is often lost under a slight case of four o’clock shadow, and nowadays he comes across as a little older than he used to. His hair is cut fairly short, receding slightly above the temples, and is light brown with distinct auburn tints, harking back to his father’s legacy as one of the “redheads”. He has hazel eyes.

For his more informal family Trump, he is pictured standing at the foot of an ornate staircase, beautifully carved with what looks like some kind of leaf and flower motif. The panelling above the steps suggests some kind of olde worlde stately home. He is dressed simply, in jeans and a plain black t-shirt. His chin is resting in his hand, as if he was trying to do thoughtful, but he is looking at the artist with a slightly mischievous look on his face and the trace of a smile.

For his formal Lord Mayor’s Trump, which has recently been reissued and is in the Amber Family Deck, he is shown standing inside the main Council Room within the Guildhall. He is dressed in a long sleeved striped shirt, open at the neck, under a smart jacket; and dark smart/casual trousers.

There is no visible weaponry in either Trump.

Astral Form

In his astral form, Ian looks somewhat younger, and his hair is more red and noticeably longer. He’s dressed in a leather jerkin over a woollen tunic, dark breeches and riding boots, with a cloak falling from him shoulders. There is a heavy, cross-hilt sword at his hip and a dagger in his boot.

Day to Day Activities

Since his change of status, he lives and works primarily in the City. He rises early and spends an hour or so before breakfast either working out or training with the city militia. He spends most weekday mornings, and not a few afternoons at the Guildhall in Amber City, where he has been heavily involved in the rebuilding after the recent riots and the later bombardments courtesy of the Pretender Random.

He also spends time at the Barony of Chippenham, making sure he overnights there at least once a week, where he is getting to grips with the responsibilities of being a local landowner. In addition, he is a regular visitor to the Saltspray Island immigration centre, which he set up in his capacity as Amber’s Home Secretary.

More recently, he has become more involved with House Helgram and his Helgram relatives in Amber, and spends a certain amount of time down there every week.

For those that notice such things, one obvious change since the assassination attempt at Bleys’s wedding, is that he is now usually armed around Amber. The main exception is when he’s doing Mayor stuff, as a long sword just doesn’t go with a business suit.

Titles and Distinctions

Amber

Amber Arms

Ian’s Amber Coat of Arms

His Royal Highness, Prince Ian of Amber
The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Amber City
Duke of Amber City
Duke of Upper Essex
Holder of the Barony of Chippenham

Home Secretary of Amber

Admiral of the Amber Merchant Marine
Commodore of the White Fleet

Grand Commander of the Order of Unicorn
Grand Commander of the Royal Bleys Order
Knight Commander of the Order of St. Maud and Albert
Knight Commander of the Order of the Arden Woods
Knight Companion of the Order of the Golden Sword
Commander of the Order of the Jewel of Judgment
Founder Member of the Order of the Horn

Prince of Avernus
Conquerer of Cabra Shelf

Brandenberg

Prince of Brandenberg by decree (behind Brand’s sons but ahead of grandsons)
Knight Commander of the Order of Brand
Holder of the Order of Brandenberg
Commander of the Order of the Comet

Chaos

Chaos Arms

Ian’s Chaos Coat of Arms

His Royal and Imperial Highness, Ian, Archduke of Chaos
Prince of House Barriman-Swayville
Prince of House Barriman-Dworkin
Prince of the Royal House of Swayville-Barriman
High Grandson of King Swayville and Prince of the Void
Archduke of Thelbane
Crown Prince of the Grand Duchy of Helgramways
Duke of Ianways (aka Stokesay)
Master of Ichlergard, in Swayvilleways

Other

Supreme Guardian of Tenterden
Sir Ian Hawke, KCMG, Baronet (Tenterden title)
Companion of the Inner Circle, Germania

Known Family

Of his acknowledged children, Ian has four sons and three daughters.

His eldest son, Wolf Ulrich, is from an ill-starred affair in his youth, through whom he also has a number of grandchildren. He has now been officially recognised as Ian’s heir, both within Amber and on Tenterden, and succeeded Ian as Bleys’s heir in Amber when Ian took himself out of the Amber succession.

His eldest daughter is Eleanor, by a Hendrake mother, who was until recently a prisoner of the Pretender Random. She, in turn, has one son, Theodore. They are both currently on Tenterden.

His second daughter, Caroline, is the product of an affair on E1, before it was taken over by Matthew. They have a difficult relationship, and she is currently living on Ancient Earth.

He is married to Marina Acker, daughter of Dieter of Germania, with whom he has a second son, Artur Acker, who he is finally able to get to know. He and Marina also have a pair of twins, Rowan and Linden, and Ian has recorded them in both the Amber and Helgram genealogical records, although as yet neither has been seen in either location. He has also recorded the birth of a little boy named Thomas.

He also recently acknowledged that Jowan Daveth-Helgram is also his son, from long before his marriage to Marina, thereby confirming rumours which have been going around House Helgram for some time. He has also been recorded in the House Helgram records as guardian to twin boys, Fergus and Donal, who are being brought up within the household of Duchess Marguerita.

It is assumed that he has other children (he has referred to Artur as his seventh son in an unguarded moment), but at this time, their identities have not been recorded.

Known Capabilities

In the time since he came onto the Family radar, Ian has demonstrated that he is an experienced ritual magician, used to working in both individual and group settings, and in a number of traditions. His involvement in the attack on Rebma, and his efforts to prevent a Jewel-fuelled hurricane from devastating Amber, have probably given more insight than his previous activities into just how experienced he is; and moreover, later events have shown that his  skill in this field is still improving. While other members of the family have shown significant skill in the ritual area, Ian is probably one of the best of his generation.

By now it is also probably reasonably well known that he has taken his study of the Pattern to the higher levels.

He has shown himself to be an able a military commander, first in the Amber riots and later during the Random uprising. Subsequently his skill as a small-unit specialist has been demonstrated in a variety of other engagements in both Amber and in Shadow. In addition, he has proven as a decent administrator in his position as Lord Mayor of Amber.

More recently, he has demonstrated a number of slightly more unusual skills. He is a proficient healer, through both arcane and mundane means, although the arcane mechanism he uses hasn’t entirely been explained. He is also a skill interrogator, with a knack for getting people to tell him what he wants to know.

Residences

Rooms in Amber

Ian’s rooms in Amber Castle’s NW Wing were cleared of virtually personal possessions after he renounced the position of Crown Prince. However, they are still maintained in his name, and a couple of sets of clothing are still  in the closet for emergencies.

The Mayoral Apartment in the Mansion House

Since moving out of the palace, Ian has made the Mayoral Apartment in the Mansion House into his primary residence in Amber. The apartment is located to the rear of the first floor, above the main state rooms on the ground floor, and comprises a lounge, dining room, office/library, four bedrooms and bathroom facilities.  The initial impression for visitors is that the furnishings are “official”, but as they look around, more personal touches are apparent – a painting here, a photograph there, and much of the Celtic-style art and hangings which were originally in his Amber apartment. He has turned the smallest of the bedrooms into a Working space.

Other Residences and Properties

Amber:

Chippenham Castle, seat of the Barony of Chippenham

He is also in the process of rebuilding a ruined castle on the lands he was given as Duke of Amber City, which will eventually be restored as a fortified manor house.

In addition, he is the owner and operator of the Eagle Island Resort in the Amber Islands, which has recently opened to the public.

Tenterden:

Wittersham House, Ian’s family estate

3 Albion Close

Chaos:

Ian is also the proud landlord of Ianways, within the greater Helgramways. On being assigned his own Ways, he renamed it to Stokesay, and requested that the Keeper of the Ways pattern the arrival area on Stokesay Castle, on his home world.

He also holds title to a palace in the greater Swayvilleways complex, named Ichlergard.

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Further information about Ian (including the inevitable background stories) can be found on his character site.


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