A soldier-for-hire who had been active in the regional disputes of the many regions in the south. Jerome was a legend who had never lost his cool in his long history of battles, and though he also had the skills to fight on the front lines, his true worth emerged when he was leading others. Particularly because he himself rose to prominence by climbing through the ranks, he knows all the tricks to raising troop morale; for this, he calls himself a tactician. Under the Prince, he is contributing to the rebuilding of the Royal Army.
Jerome: Out of nowhere again... What is it this time?
By way of an answer, you put a filled glass on the table. Message received, Jerome wordlessly takes a seat.
Jerome: I never thought I'd be fighting on the front. Are you sure I'm up to it? Seriously...
Jerome poses his questions in a low, calm voice. He is an understated sort, but his skills are undeniable, even keenly observing his surroundings and devising strategies. You dare say it was you who assigned him to the front line. You nod in response to his question, and a smile forms on his face. Maintaining his own world while responding to the battle conditions around him, those around him have been surprisingly trusting of his decisions.
Jerome: You know, I hear it a lot - that even in the middle of a bloodbath, I'm able to take in the situation with a cool eye.
On the battlefield, split-second decisions are the difference between life and death. Jerome surely shows no hesitations in such situations. But his expression is now different, somehow showing hints of loneliness.
Jerome: Still, I have no choice but to obey direct orders from you. I'll do my duty as you command.
He speaks in his usual way, if with a touch of frivolity. Smiling, he lets out a sigh.
Jerome #2 :
Jerome: I may not look it, but I do have feelings. It's just... In my case that's the very reason I can be so cold.
Apparently, Jerome knows the names of almost all the soldiers. He even knows details about each soldier, like which soldier is particularly good at which skills.
Jerome: On the battlefield, who should be moved where is important. To move the soldiers around to follow your commands, I've got to know those soldiers, right?
He doesn't go as far as to say it is easy, but to be honest you would even be hard-pressed to name all of the soldiers.
Jerome: You needn't know everything yourself. The leader can just sit back in the fortress with his legs crossed. But unfortunately our commander is hot-blooded. So we end up having to cover for him, you know?
Jerome grins as if he had found something amusing. He just might be the most emotional of them all. Perhaps he simply suppresses his emotions to hide them from view. When you remark that he might have a rare capacity for leadership, Jerome laughs and shrugs it off.
Jerome: Give me a break! I don't have that sort of ability in me. On the contrary, someone being above me is what gives me my freedom. Do I really seem like the type who can take charge? No, I'll use that energy to support you. Just being able to drink good wine like this is enough for me.
No problem, you reply. Jerome responds with a throaty laugh. Emotions that he hid in battle are certainly in full view now.