Talon M. Durla

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Talon Mercator Durla
Talon Mercator Durla
On the streets of Cedelphia, 7567.
Born 20 May 7528
Lianna Palace, Duchy of Lianna, Auresian Empire
Died
Occupation Government official

Lord Paramount
Master of the Imperial Order
In office
20 April 7564 - Present
Preceded by H. B. Gravius (28 November 7542 - 18 April 7567)
Succeeded by Incumbent


Talon Mercator Lord Durla LP GCG GES GCWO TC is a Lord Paramount of the Imperium. Recognized as a consummate political hand and cunning diplomat, he is equally known for his willingness to mingle with the merchant and middle class folks of Auresia. He is the one Lord Paramount most recognized with handling foreign heads of state and foreign ministers who visit the Imperium when the First Minister is otherwise engaged. He is also the Duke of Lianna, and as a consequence of his noble title, he is the head of the Royal House of Durla.

Lord Durla is the only Lord Paramount from the court of Emshandar III to remain in office after the ascension of Cephorus IV to the Golden Lion Throne.

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Biography

Born and raised in the Duchy of Lianna, a young Talon Durla would enjoy learning the family trade, in care and breeding of the finest horses. Likewise, riding would become one of his most preferred of pasttimes. He also took up game hunting, preferring deer, pheasant and wild turkey. Situated in north-central Empire, the family estate and horse ranch have become symbolic of the family and its status as a purveyor of the finest horses in the Empire. His father is a retired diplomat, having served as a high commissioner of the Diplomatic Service in first Aedeland and then in Amberia during his last years of service.

Lord Durla is a Valedictorian graduate of the Veneratio Scientia and the University of Gaaze. He has a certification in law and legal enforcement. While in the service, he also acquired a certificate in equestrian medicine and care.

Before entering the civil service, Lord Durla spent fifteen years in the Imperial Armed Forces. He was a part of the Fourth Order and is qualified in infantry, artillery and breakthrough tactics. He is a veteran of the Pan-Anarian War and participated in several of the engagements that hallmarked the end of the decades-long series of conflicts. He is known to maintain ties to several friends in the Imperial intelligence community and is on very good terms with the heads of both foreign and domestic intelligence.

He departed active service with the rank of brigadier.

Private Life

Lord Durla has been married since 7552 to Viccia Larsinius, the daughter of Alorus Larsinius, who served as the Master Engineer of the Imperial Court of Emshandar III after a successful career as a brigadier with the Siege Engineers. They have four children together. Their eldest, son Sandro Durla, is a colonel currently in the Army.

An avid equestrian, Durla is seen frequently when outdoors wearing riding boots and a rancher's hat (( TECH - cowboy hat )). His estate at Lianna Palace has one of the most extensive and reputed horse stables and breederies in the Empire. During the earliest decades of the Empire, Lianna made its name as a source of the finest war horses Auresia fielded. Today, Lianna thoroughbreds are among the most sought breeds in the world. Durla is personally involved in the care and training of these fine animals.

At random, at least twice a month, Lord Durla dons casual clothes and walks the streets of Cedelphia. The people know who he is, and he interacts with them freely. He is known for being approachable, and people take the opportunity to offer ideas or input on a variety of current events within the Empire. Listening to their thoughts and ideas gives him things to consider for his own duties, and it is said he sometimes adopts such thoughts into his actions and always credits the idea - with a smile - to "a friend", with no further elaboration.

Awards & Decorations

Civilian

  • Scarlet Letter, Veneratio Scientia
  • Valedictorian, Veneratio Scientia
  • Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Girandoni
  • Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Evening Star
  • Knight Grand Cross of the Imperial Wensician Order

Military

  • Order of the Templar's Cross
  • Phalera I (2x)
  • Phalera II (4x)
  • Phalera III (2x)
  • Master Marksman Badge
  • Weapons Master's Badge
  • Fifteen Year Service Badge

Trivia

  • He stands 6'1.5" tall.
  • His blood type is O+.
  • He has his license in horse breeding.
  • He is a member of the Knights of Lumini.
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