Name: Deren Tanagar
Race: Corinian Human
Age: Early thirties
Build: About 90kg, solid but not hugely muscled
Hair: Dark brown, short-cropped, slightly curly
Deren is a Corinian lord, though he was never supposed to head the Tanagar lands. That was his more sensible older brother Kennet, but Kennet died fighting for Corin in Shattered Web. Deren had been allowed to run pretty wild as a young man, and it's still a matter of debate whether age and responsibility have settled him down or just made him better at covering his tracks. He now lives in Castle Tanagar with his mother Mhaire, the woman from whom he inherited his active mind.
He has a charming smile, but the planes of his face make him look cold and cruel at rest. He's actually a very high-energy person, he fights hard and plays hard, but he's also selfish and unlikely to put the greater good before his own interests. He's a devious and original thinker, always looking for a way to twist a situation to his own advantage. He's a little too enamoured of his own cleverness, inclined to think he can outwit anyone, and always looking to play both sides against the middle.
Like most Corinian humans, Deren is strong, and a competant rider and fighter. Life-long training with a blade is augmented by a particular ruthlessness and aggression. It's well-channeled aggression: Deren never loses his temper in a fight, and he can't be baited. He takes particular pleasure in any kind of risk, so he's more likely to be amused by threats than intimidated.
During Hell's Fire he was involved in the unsuccessful rebellion against the throne. While nothing was ever proved against him and he retained his lands, he's still viewed with suspicion by some of the loyal lords, and especially his neighbours.
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