|Hair Color||Dark Brown|
|Eye Color||Steely Blue|
|Uncles/Aunts||Martin Hawkmour, Anton Grimhall, Helena Hawkmour|
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Thomas Hawkmour is a man of barely-restrained ferocity; all of his movements are sharp and swift, but also somehow reserved, as if he is only just refraining from lashing out at everything around him. His features bear the classic bold angularity of his House, with a proud nose and firm brow that hoods his deep-set blue eyes, which gleam coldly and only rarely seem to be touched by any smile he offers - no matter how pleasant these may otherwise be, with his full lips and squared chin. A deep, curving scar bisects his right eyebrow and runs at an angle up across his forehead and into his hairline, a remnant of some cruel blade that only adds to the harshness of his visage, though his neatly-trimmed dark hair and soldier's stubble may lead some to simply consider him ruggedly handsome.
"Intense" is perhaps the best word to describe him: Thomas tends to hone in on his passions - one might even say obsessions - with the fierce intellect and focus of a predatory bird diving for the kill, and little can divert him. In whatever pursuit, this focus gives Thomas a certain coldness that is hard to break; he rarely jests or encourages intimacy, even among those he considers friends or family, though he does possess a rather bleak sort of gallows humor in abundance. Still, there's nearly always a sense of some hidden undercurrent of emotion yearning to break free and bridge the divide, that years of pain and loss have kept locked away - a tragic air that unfortunately lends itself to brooding in corners more often than not.
As a child, Thomas was a bright, cheerful, and proud little lordling, the youngest son given free rein to wander and play through the halls of the family citadel and explore the crater of Brassfall March with a lifetime of opportunity ahead of him. His mother and father were very fond of him and were in the habit of indulging whatever fancy struck him...perhaps too much so, but it was difficult to hold this favor against him, and he was well-liked among the people of the March and armsmen of the House. He spent many hours simply talking with the servants and listening with obvious fascination as they explained or demonstrated their various crafts, and it was said with pride among the smallfolk that he would one day be a fine leader - if he could only learn to focus with the same passion on the lessons his tutors painstakingly tried to enforce.
As he grew up, he was very close with his older brothers Erik and Duncan - he tagged along after the nearly-inseperable pair like a faithful hound pup, and Thomas admired Duncan fiercely for his devotion to the House and his position as heir. While Thomas loved his father dearly, it was no secret that he sided with his brothers without question in everything; so it was that when the Tor-Southport war broke out in all its horrible ferocity, he demanded with all a child's stubborness that they be allowed to fight for their leige lord, as this was what Duncan and Erik so desperately wanted.
More was the pity.
When news came home of Erik's death, something changed in the lad, a bitterness that snuffed out much of his former joy - and when both of his parents were lost to illness only a few years later, that bitterness hardened into a dark resolve. Thomas threw himself into learning the blade and soldier's craft, volunteering for every border skirmish and Abandoned raid he could and throwing himself at his foes without remorse. Though he was respected by the men and women he served beside and eventually lead, he was no longer well-loved as much as feared for whatever terrible ruthless cold had rooted in his heart.
As youth faded, Thomas served as a noble general for Hawkmour's forces loyally and competently for years...and yet even he was unprepared when Duncan was assassinated. Stunned, shocked, he was nearly hollowed out and ended by his despair...but instead a thirst for vengeance flared bright in his breast, burning away almost all traces of sorrow and filling him with grim purpose.
Knowing how badly his family now needed him, and that answers would be waiting there - and maybe, somehow, justice as well -- Thomas packed his things and left for Arx, to offer his service as the House Sword to the Marquessa-Regent.