An introduction to the man history knows as Alexander the Great.
Here we will outline his historic life, learning more about his personality and giving you the player an idea of the type of man you might meet when playing our prologue.
Alexander was born in Pella, the capital of the Kingdom of Macedon. He was the son of the king of Macedon, Philip II, and his fourth wife, Olympias. Although Philip had seven or eight wives, Olympias was his principal wife for some time, likely because she gave birth to Alexander.
Alexander was very well-educated for his time and was personally tutored by Athenian philosopher and scientific theorist Aristotle between the ages of 13 and 16, even being gifted Aristotle’s personal copy of Homer’s Iliad.
Throughout his upbringing, he would receive a combination of the best military and classical education available under such figures as Leonidas of Epirus, Lysimachus of Acarnania, and Macedonian generals Antipater and Parmenion, (who would later serve as one of the most successful generals in his conquest of Persia)
As a result of this education Alexander was a brilliant and skillful military commander — never in his entire life had he lost a battle. He was a commander with a keen awareness of how to read a battlefield and a deep understanding of how to employ one’s economy-of-force.
He had a great interest in the holy and arcane. His piety and desire to keep in good company with the divine is likely a result of his belief that he was a son of Zeus as supposedly told to him by his mother Olympias. Every military campaign he orchestrated must be imbued with the gods’ blessings, although this belief in divine intervention often rubbed some of his less-superstitious associates the wrong way.
A charming rake, Alexander often does questionable things in his personal life, but when it comes to governing, usually he works in service to his kingdom or some perceived greater good. He is a willing practitioner of intimidation, cruelty, and violence — but never without cause.
Alexander has a quick temper and a penchant for narcissistic behaviour. It is known that he goes through life believing that he quite literally could not be killed in combat. While likely bolstering his legendary charisma, Alexander often demands god-like treatment, almost always has to have things his way, and will violently snap at someone if they so much as roll an eye at him, (player’s beware!) Because of this, It would be easy to label Alexander as evil, but in reality, he just practices a form of moral calculus that is very similar to his father, Philip II.
His charm and extroversion were legendary, it is because of this that his soldiers remained devoted to him. He was able to make friends with cautious rivals so long as they acknowledged his supremacy, and rewarded those who were loyal to him very generously.
Alexander knew how to have a good time, and his loungewear shows a man who wasn’t shy either.
This charisma of course led to countless exploits with numerous women, including the wives of his closest generals. His unfortunate status as a “servile cur” entailed that his sexual escapades encompassed a number of men as well, particularly with Hephaestion, Alexander’s closest friend and most trusted general.
Befriending Alexander is no easy task, and we advise caution when addressing the Great man when in his presence.
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