Lord Roycroft is the current Lord Mayor of the City of Wayrest, as well as the patriarch of the internationally powerful merchant family The Roycrofts and the leader of Wayrest's Mercers as a whole. For these reasons (among others), he is rightfully seen as the second most powerful person in the Kingdom. He has maintained a close relationship with Queen Elysana for the last 40 years, with both of the two aiding the other's rise to power. Although he is not Elysana's most trusted ally, he is certainly her most powerful one, and the closeness between the two has led to Roycroft earning the jovial moniker "King Consort" amongst his detractors. In his youth, Abelard was known by a different nickname: "The Dreugh", and his fleet of privateers was feared across the Iliac.
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