Heroic Lineage: Nephew and Protégé of Arkady Iceclaw
His potential squandered in a youth of luxury and privilege, Aleksei was molded into the man he is today through a dual influence of both his infamous uncle, Arkady Iceclaw, and the hell he endured as a partisan fighting against the Hag.
Ruthless, remorseless and utterly convinced in the righteousness of his cause, the Grand Duke embodies both the best and worst aspects of his people.
“Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me.” - Fidel Castro
"My brother has made some mistakes, that is no secret. Alex is gone, though, and Aleksi is a better man for it. He has grown in leaps and bounds and love him dearly as I do all my family. His wits are keen and his tongue is sharp; with these tools a new man will be made. — Gregori "Greg" Garren
"Though I had no hand in bringing Aleksei into this world, I have watched from afar how the world has changed him. There is no love lost between he and I, but our goals are the same whether he chooses to believe it or not." - Dezha Orlova
“I have been told that Alex…. No… Aleksei?.. Still lives. And I am joyful for that news. But what makes me pause is that the young vivacious wolf that I knew, is shattered and gone. I do not know this wolf, that stories say has such coldness and harshness around him; worn like a fur mantle. But stories sometimes only carry half-truths and twisted meanings, as I well know. I would seek him out, but my heart worries for what exactly I might find. But perhaps that only means I should find him sooner rather than later.” — Denali Deep-Song
“Aleksei falls, I think, at an opposite pole to my own heart and mind in every matter save the absolute devotion to Gaia that we each share. How he has kept such complete devotion yet seemingly lost all faith in Gaia's love is something that I would like to know to better understand my friend. And yet I am reminded of Nietzsche's warnings when such desires touch my heart. No, we will sit, and drink, and play chess, and shed blood back-to-back. But unless one of us changes to the depths of our soul, I fear that Aleksei and I shall never see eye to eye.” — Ambrose Silverheart
"In time our sins become badges of honor. In the hearts of men waits an all consuming abyss. Strength comes from staring back into that abyss but refusing to be broken. Greatness is accepting the realities of the world and never hesitating when difficult choices must be made. Aleksei is my brother in spirit, we are bound closer than any blood ties." — Nikolai Tvarivich
"I hear the talk, you would need to be dumb as fuck to miss it. Oh, he is "dishonorable!". Bullshit, that's just people who lost track of what's important. Survival." - Romeo
"Alex was my dearest cousin. He left us and in his place returned Aleksei, brandishing my father's Klaive, title and, apparently, legacy. I miss Alex, but cherish the freedom Aleksei has given me."- Renee Garren