The Seven Kingdoms
Aden Swann can be described as a serious man. He isn’t usually one to smile, a trait he passed on to his firstborn son and heir. He isn’t fond of drinking and usually only has one cup of wine with his evening meal if any at all. He isn’t a particularly pious man, though he does believe in the Seven. He has always been a warrior type and a secret scholar. He doesn’t like others to know he is fond of reading and prefers to let people think all he knows is fighting.
Aden is of an average height, standing at 5’11". He is sometimes said to have a silent commanding presence and often walks with his head held high. Being a man that speaks very little, he easily keeps his own secrets. He thinks of himself as an honorable man and takes insulted if accused of being otherwise. He is a widower and is not particularly looking to remarry.
Aden is an only child. He had two daughters and two sons. His youngest son, the youngest of four, died from a hunting accident that occurred when he was fourteen. His two daughters were married off, though the oldest died in childbirth and the child died with her. The second daughter married a Northman and died not long after bearing the man a sickly daughter. While no one knows for sure, many speculate she was abused and suffering from a sadness after her daughter was born, leading the next to youngest Swann to hang herself.
Aden’s childhood was a simple one. He was trained to be Head of House Swann and groomed to be a warrior. His father attempted to teach him diplomatic skills as well, though how well they rubbed off, one couldn’t say. Aden married young at fifteen to a younger girl, who was thirteen and freshly flowered. Much to Aden’s displeasure, he and his young bride were made to suffer a bedding ceremony. Scorned and hated by his wife since the incident, Aden tried to give her the space she desired. It wasn’t until she was sixteen that she finally gave him a son. Unfortunately, the boy died of a fever six months later. Aden’s wife locked herself away in her grief and didn’t allow another attempt at children for another two years. When she was nineteen, she finally gave Aden another son. This time, the boy lived.
Aden turned his focus to raising his first living child, Gareth. He taught Gareth to be chivalrous and a good man to his bride, when he finally took one. He taught Gareth how to fight and hunt and ride a horse. He also raised his son to be an honorable man. It was five years after Gareth was born that Aden’s wife bore him a second living child, this time, a girl. A year and a half later, another girl was born. And then two years after her, another boy.
When Aden’s youngest son was fourteen, he insisted on going with his father and Gareth on a hunting trip in the North. And so Aden conceded and allowed the boy to go. While they were hunting, their small hunting party was happened upon by a bear. The party took off to try and reach the horses before the bear could reach them. Unfortunately, Aden’s youngest son tripped over a thick root covered by snow and the bear was on him. The hunting party managed to slay the beast, but Aden’s son was lost and bled out in the snow. Aden and Gareth traveled the long journey home to lay the boy’s bones to rest. Aden’s wife, in her grief, locked herself away once more. She spurned her son, and would only see servants and her daughters while locked away. She didn’t reemerge until it was time for her first daughter to be wed. Ill, both physically and mentally, she died not long after.
Aden, used to not being a happy man, was ecstatic when he heard his oldest daughter was with child. Her death in childbirth and the death of his grandchild took the wind out of his sails. He hoped for a better life for his second daughter, though her fate might be considered worse by some. His second daughter seemed happy enough to marry her Northern husband and even happier to be having his child. However, after the birth of the very sickly daughter, she wrote one last letter to Aden. The letter was despairing, telling of how unhappy she was and how she felt sad all the time and could barely go a day without crying. She even spoke of her husband being angry with her, frequently drinking and shouting and denying the baby was his. Some of her words suggested that he was abusive. It was not long after Aden received the letter that he received another letter telling him that his daughter had killed herself. Having lost three children and his wife, Aden was distraught.
However, despite the sadness inside himself, Aden has managed to keep moving forward in life. He wants a marriage for his last living child and hopes for grandchildren. He does not want to remarry, nor does he want more children. In fact, he has secretly developed a desire to try other things in his private life that some may disapprove of after years of studying his Dornish neighbors and the Dornish royalty.