Artur Acker

Elder son of Ian Hawke and Marina Acker; grandson of Dieter of Germania and Bleys of Amber.

Trump Description

ArturArtur stands around 6’2″, and weighs probably 175lb. He looks to be is in his early thirties, although he often seems younger at first glance. He has a lean, wiry build, and well defined musculature that reveals there isn’t an ounce of fat on him.

His hair is worn longer than military cut and is inclined to curl. It is also decidedly more red than blond nowadays, and is probably getting more so . This frames a sharply defined face, with a complexion tending towards the pale Celtic, distinct cheekbones, and hazel eyes which are now showing more green, and appear to observe everything keenly. And yet behind the intelligence, there is something which makes him look old beyond his years.

He is pictured wearing a dark blue suit over a lighter blue shirt which is open at the neck. There is an oakleaf pin on the lapel of his suit jacket. He is standing in some kind of stone-built, underground chamber, with a vaulted ceiling, illuminated by carefully positioned lighting.

Astral Form

Artur’s astral form seems to have become more than just his idealised view of himself. It now links directly to one of his past lives. His hair is longer and redder, his eyes are green and more piercing, and his build is more solid than his usual light frame. He also has more presence in that form, probably related to his strength of mind and occult knowledge, although his expression is considerable more manic. He is dressed in some kind of high-necked jerkin in dark green leather, with green leather trousers. Blue and orange flames seem to flicker about him, although they seem part of him rather than showing any sign of causing him harm.

About Artur

Artur was born on Tenterden. He was brought up in the Berlin Lebensborn Centre. His parents are listed on his birth certificate as Marina Acker, a German journalist, and Ian Cushing, an English spy.  This didn’t help how how was treated as a child, and the fact that he saw his mother occasionally made things worse. His  closest childhood friend was Armand Becker, and after university (where Artur earned a Double First in Classics), the met up again to go through Waffen-SS officer training together. They served for a while on the Russian Front, before Artur was transferred to Auslands-SD, Germania. It looks as if flames are curing around him like smoke, but they don’t seem to be doing him any damage, as if they’re part of him.

He was promoted to the rank of Standartenführer as a reward for his service in Dieter’s cause during the attempted Germania coup, and was transferred to the Führer’s personal staff. He has since been further rewarded with the ranks of first Oberführer, and then with multiple promotions to his current  rank of Obergruppenführer, after returning the traitor Sebastian Beyer to Germania. His loyalty is definitely to Dieter and Germania, rather than Amber, although he is beginning to spend more time in the Eternal City.

He is a skilled ritual magician, and is something of an expert on a variety of occult groups, including the Lynx Cult. He has also recently discovered a knack for working with computer systems of which he wasn’t previously aware. His duties on Dieter’s personal staff involve intelligence gathering on arcane matters, in which context he first met Ian Cushing – aka Ian Hawke. As reunions went, it wasn’t entirely successful, but since that time Artur and Ian have been working to get to know each other and Ian has acknowledged Artur as his son.

Artur AmberUntil recently, Artur wasn’t a man who makes friends easily, although that’s changed somewhat since the incident in the Boar’s Head, and he seems more inclined to smile now than he used to be. He is still close to Armand (with whom it appears there is a shared history back through various lives), and also his elder brother Wolf. He has been married once, but in the end he and his wife divorced.

In recent weeks he seems to have adopted more appropriate clothing around Amber, rather than his previous modern dress. On a typical day, he will be seen wearing simple, open-necked long-sleeved shirts, which don’t look out of place for the Medieval period; loose trousers which would be comfortable for fighting in; knee-height boots which seem to be selected for comfort rather than style ; and he often wears an older-style leather jacket. He has also taken to carrying a blade when he’s out and about in the City.

Early in January of the second year of Bleys’s reign, he was involved in an incident in Amber City, where he apparently stabbed an unarmed man in the back in front of fifty witnesses. However, high-level investigations have since ascertained that the man in question was a member of the Lynx Cult, and a traitor to Germania.

 

 

 

Titles and Distinctions

Artur ShieldFreiherr von Rüthen and holder of the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves and Laurels, Germania.
Honorary Obergruppenführer, Knight of the Inner Circle and Guardian of the Wewelsburg, Germania.

He has walked the Brandenberg Pattern, and is accredited as a Prince of Brandenberg.
Commander of the Order of the Comet, Brandenberg

He has also walked the Amber Pattern and has been formally acknowledged as the son of Ian Hawke, and a Prince of Amber.
Officer of the Order of the Unicorn, Amber.

Prince of Helgram
Companion of the Order of the Dragon, Thelbane.

Duke of Calais, Camlenn

Ruler of Britannicus.
Ruler of the Ancient World of Valhalla.

Koenig of King of Bavaria (1812 borders). and Wurtemberg in the Lorraine Cluster
Archduke of Salzburg und Tyrolia in the Lorraine Cluster

His Trump is in the Family deck.

Known Capabilities

Artur bladeIn his dealings with the Family, Artur has proven himself to be an exceedingly skilled ritual practitioner, with a strength of will considerably higher than his father’s, and an underlying ruthless streak which gets the job done.

In addition, he does seem to exhibit certain odd arcane abilities which bear similarities with some of the more inexplicable tricks that his father can do. This may be related to the fact that he’s the seventh son of a seventh son of a seventh son.

On the more mundane side, he is an experienced intelligence operative. In addition, he is hacker and computer operator of considerable skill, as well as an able administrator. He is also a talented artist and natural linguist.

He isn’t one of the more sporty members of the family, but he is a skilled fencer and he enjoys running.Coins

By now it is also pretty well known that he’s the current incarnation of Loki, Asgardian God of Fire, Destruction and Mischief, and there are indications that perhaps his sanity is not what it used to be. However, he puts on really good fireworks displays. He also seems to have adopted a gold coin as a calling card.

 

Artur’s Quarters in Amber

Unlike his brother Wolf and his best friend Armand, Artur has not decamped from his original quarters in the NW Wing. Probably because he’s very rarely there. They comprise a small lounge, part of it separated into a study and library area, and a bedroom. The floors are covered throughout with a reasonably thick grey carpet, which keeps some of the chill out of the air. The furniture is all simple and locally made. Three comfortable chairs are arranged around a table near the fireplace, and off to one side is a small desk with a bookcase beside it. There is also a table near the window with two dining chairs, although he rarely dines in his quarters.

The hangings on the wall are obviously expensive, but rather than the usual court and hunting scenes, they show abstract patterns and geometric designs. The colours are predominantly greens, blues, purples and greys. Other than these the only personal effects are a couple of family photos, and a painting of a medieval castle, almost certainly one of the various Wewelsburgs.

The bedroom contains queen-width bed, a small chest of drawers with a mirror on it, and cupboard against one wall. A dark green curtain screens off the facilities.

Since the Chamberlain ceased having the palace staff maintaining and cleaning the NW Wing, Artur has hired a maid to come in to clean once a week, at his own expense. However, the new security arrangements are prompting him to spend more time in his rooms above the Boar’s Head Tavern, in Amber City.


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