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Hassan el Sharir
of Arcadia



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Hassan el Sharir was born in a nomadic camp to Tunaruz, wife of Izd'rasen el Sharir. Breaking Tradition, soon after the boy tuned 6 months, Hassan's Father took him to the market, and paid handsomely to have his son tattooed as the child of a warlord. And between the ages of 5 and twelve, Hassan learned to read, write, ride, and fight. But by age 13, he was taken to the fort along the coastal waters of al Manifa between Ghayd and Samaddir, as a recruit for the military by Abu Said Uthmann, soon to be Amir of the Rash'ani. It was here that Hassan would grow into a young man, and formulate his own ideals and personality traits that would come to bear witness in the wars of independence.

As a young man, Hassan is the central figure in the small group who discuss in detail some of the problems faced by the people and the reasons why he and his friends have decided to fight the overwhelming injustices and atrocities imposed upon the people by his Lord and mentor, Abu Said Uthmann.

Now, Hassan is 6 foot 2 inches tall, weighing 84 kg (185 lbs), having dark eyes and dark hair. Upon his face, he bears the marks of an Arcadian warlord; painted at birth, destined for glory.

He is renowned for his guile and resourcefulness, and teasingly for his reluctance as a speaker. While the people of the desert admire his cunning and deceit, these qualities do not recommend themselves to the Arcadians, who possess a rigid sense of honor; or so it seems. Besides being one of the most influential Rash'ani champions during the War of Independence, he is the most trusted counselor and adviser of the Amir. Regardless of who is in power, Hassan always champions the Arcadian cause.

Personality

Those who know Hassan personally remembers his charismatic personality, his easy way with humor, his intelligence and wit, and his undeniable leadership skills. He is as comfortable in the most humble settings as in the most aristocratic. He can mount a camel as easily as engage in clever wordplay at a political gathering, though he prefers it not. And he can maneuver a scimitar as well as he can his women.

Hassan el Sharir is a magnet for people, and has thousands of friends and admirers. He is helpful and generous to many. He has a strong vision of hope for the people of Sha'Lazar and a brave heart to pursue his goal patiently. Not everyone agrees with his politics, but he remains to the end of days, diverse and dead-set to stand his ground and fight for what he considers the true path, for a solution that is visible and tangible, not just in writing.

A man with the invincible power of endurance, and a keen intellect; he is brave, adventurous, and strict in the observance of his duties. Most temperate in the pleasures of the body, his passions of the mind are, well, in that, he is insatiable. He has an uncanny instinct for the right course in a difficult and complex situation, and is most happy in his deductions from observed facts.... No cheat or liar ever caught him off his guard, and both his word and his bond are sacred. Spending but little on his own pleasures, he pours out his money without stint for the benefit of his friends. He has brains, grace, charm, skill at arms, and more self-confidence than was usual even in one deliberately raised to believe in himself; and he stresses compassion toward others, his sense of royalty, and chivalrous attitude towards his enemies.

Misdeeds
According to Arrian, the Scribe


Although the life of Hassan is filled with military victories, good deeds, and other achievements, his wrong-doings and less glorious exploits are also worth mentioning. I think the following neatly sums up the kind of misdeeds I am talking about: "... if circumstances demanded it, he could (and did) order the slaughter of the enemy and even of its prisoners, destroy an entire city and sell its population into slavery, or order the murder of those who had turned against him, even if they were his lifelong friends."

Some of the incidents, such as the massacre of the Karyans and the slaughter of the Malli'ayad, would be labeled atrocities by any standard, while the killing of, for example, Basser, and Sabib, would be considered personal crimes. However, I believe it is important to keep in mind that these misdeeds were not committed without some sort of rationale or underlying reason, although the killing and slaughter may seem hard to justify.
For example, prior to the massacre of the Karyan town, the inhabitants had been asked to submit and honor their oath to the Amir, but instead they sent him an insulting reply, his lieutenant's head in a basket. Also, his Jamaran assistants ushered for the city's full destruction as a 'repayment' for what the Karyans had done to them in the past. The slaughter of the Malli'ayad, was an act of revenge, because Hassan's wife and her family had been decimated by their assassins.

In the first example, Sabib, one of Hassan's leading generals, was assassinated because Hassan believed the General was involved in a conspiracy against him. Several other people were killed based on the evidence or suspicion (without a fair trial) that they conspired or planned to kill Hassan. In another example, a political official for the Amir, Basser the Black, angry and drunk, was killed by a drunken Hassan at a banquet after Basser had insulted him.

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