Tom Drake

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The Knight
Tom Drake
Full Name: Thomas Vincentius Draconius
Aliases: Tom, The Demon Slayer, Tommy, Drake, assorted unflattering names
Race: Half Achaean, half Nordling
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Rimegard, Northern Empire
Born: Unknown
Height: 6'2"
Eye Color: Green and yellow
Hair Color: Dark brown
Affinity: Fire
Familiar: Unknown
Affiliations: Achaean Empire, House of Draconius, Illikon
Sir Tom Drake the Demon Slayer is an Achaean knight of Illikon with an infamous reputation. Drake leads a mostly ordinary life, unaware of the dark destiny that awaits him: a destiny that will threaten to tear apart worlds both mortal and immortal.

Biography

Tom Drake was born the bastard son of a noble knight of the Drake family and a barbarian woman he met on a campaign into Northrim. Tom was returned to Illikon as an infant and raised in an orphanage until around age seven, at which point he ran away and began living on his own in the city streets. He scraped by using his agility and cunning, often stealing to survive, and he became adept at evading those who might seek to catch him. At last, he was taken in by Warren Drake, patron of the House of Draconius, who is technically Tom's uncle. Warren kept him first as a mere servant boy to run errands, but Tom soon became Warren's page, and then his squire, much to the chagrin of other nobles. When Warren began training the boy and saw his talent for battle, he adopted Tom as the only son and youngest child of the Draconius family. This raised a controversy that has never truly faded, what with Drake's extreme lack of noble blood, as well as his spitfire personality and rebellious nature that persist even today. Unlike most squires, Drake was knighted when he was younger than twenty-one due to displays of heroism, causing further controversy. Now that he is a knight, he is not often seen without his faithful stallion, Ghost.

Description

Tall, with broad shoulders, a lean but muscular and toned physique, and a very handsome face to match, Drake makes an excellent 'knight in shining armor' – at least in the physical sense. He has an aquiline nose, high cheekbones, and dark, low-set eyebrows that accentuate his slim eyes. His dark brown hair is short-cropped and spiked back, and his eyes are bright green with distinct yellow about his pupils. A deep scar is cut into his left forehead, extending upward a short ways to interrupt his hairline.

Armor and Weapons

Tom's combat armor shows off his physique, as it is modeled after that of an ancient Achaean hoplite: his breastplate is sleeveless and form-fitting, bearing the design of a muscular chest, as well as the golden Imperial crown flanked by a pair of his blood red heraldic dragons. He is rarely seen without his dual, matching swords sheathed in an X across his back, and he always wears his amulet: a small, silver, heraldic dragon, which he wears upon a leather cord about his neck.

Personality

Chaotic at heart and with a dislike for most governments and rules, Drake is wildly unpredictable. He frequently disobeys his superiors since he believes that his own methods work best. He holds little loyalty toward the Empire as a whole, but he is fiercely protective of both Illikon and the few people he calls friends. Drake has earned an infamous reputation among his fellow nobles for many reasons, as they call him - among other things - cocky, smart-mouthed, rebellious, disrespectful, extremely temperamental, persistently wise-cracking, and a "filthy street-rat bastard." Although Tom believes in honor and is quick to help those who cannot help themselves, his haughty and impudent personality make it very difficult for him to truly uphold the code of chivalry. Not only does he have a quick wit, the ability to find humor in even the most dangerous or absurd situations, and even a habit of talking to himself and thinking aloud, but his sarcastic wisecracking and taunting persist even while in battle.

This, in addition to his temper so volatile that he frequently becomes dangerously violent, has made some come to think of him as vicious toward his enemies, particularly since he seems to always be the first one to pick a fight, the first one to go berserk and cause serious wounds, and always the one to finish it. However, underneath all this sarcasm and rebelliousness, Drake is a good person who - more often than not - is out to do the right thing... even if he is very adept at getting into things over his head.

Heraldry

Red dragon emblem of the House of Drake.

Although Tom is the illegitimate son of a Draconius and a barbarian woman, he has been fully adopted into the Draconius family as the heir of the house, and thus has taken up their last name and heraldry. The Draconius heraldic animal is a segreant red dragon: a dragon standing on its hind legs with both forelegs raised and its wings spread behind it. Their heraldic colors are red, gold, and white. Tom displays the heraldry of the Drake family with pride on all his suits of armor. His jousting armor in particular is covered in dragon designs, and his helm is modeled after a dragon head. Last but not least, he always wears a small, silver amulet of his family's heraldic dragon. His family supposedly bears a true draconic lineage, with pureblooded red dragons in their ancestry, and this is an idea that Tom carries with pride.

Appearances

Tom Drake is the protagonist of the primary series of Wulfgard novels, The Prophecy of the Six, including Knightfall.