Lost in the Fog
Sir William Percival Wynn
10th Baronet of Gwydir
Curly black hair and hazel-green eyes. Average height with an athletic build. He walks with what seems to be a limp.
A large rack of black antlers sprout from his head and his legs are horse legs, covered in black fur.
Double-breasted knee-length black frock coat with self-fabric buttons and silk faced lapels. Black striped trousers. White shirt with wing collar. Black tie. Black leather boots with patent toecaps. Grey gloves. Silver horse head sword cane. Silver pocket watch on fob.
Sir William is the only child of the late Sir Spencer Bulkeley Wynn whose wife, Maria, died giving birth to him on August 19, 1845. While only a Baronetcy, the Wynn line descends from the ancient kings of Gwynedd and holds a great deal of property in Wales, including lucrative slate quarries and coal mines. Sir Spencer served as High Sheriff of Anglesey and MP of Caernarvonshire. His son spent his early years growing up at the family estate, Gwydir Castle, tutored by the local Methodist priest and told old Welsh fairy tales by his nursemaid.
He was sent away to school at Rugby at the age of 11. His school years were filled with stories of the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny, and he began to consider a life in the military, which his father heartily encouraged as a means to advancing the family’s social statue. After Rugby, he continued his education with three years at Oxford, comporting himself well on both the cricket field and on the rowing team. At the age of 21, his father bought him a commission in the 10th Royal Hussars (The Prince of Wales’ Own) and he was sent off to Ireland to join his regiment.
His early years of military service were spent in a quiet country detail and he acquired a love of hunting, never a preoccupation of his father’s. After helping put down the Fenian Uprising of 1867, his regiment returned to England and spent five years engaging in races, military exercises, and processions. His father grudgingly bought him a promotion to captain shortly before the end of the purchase system, as he grew increasingly frustrated with William’s lack of interest in marriage. In 1872, he attended dinner at the Marlborough House with the Prince of Wales himself, in celebration of the regiments eminent departure to India.
In 1873, he departed Portsmouth aboard the troopship H.M.S. Jumna. They passed through the Suez Canal and arrived in Bombay, travelling by train thereafter to Muttra. The regiment spend four years there, engaging in polo, sport shooting, and boar hunting interrupted briefly by a famine and a bout of cholera. They took part in the Imperial Assemblage in Delhi before being reassigned north to the garrison at Rawalpindi, near the border with Afghanistan. The situation was tense due to Britain’s competition with Russia to influence the country and war broke out in September of 1878 when the British mission was prevented from entering Kabul. The 10th Royal Hussars were part of the advance guard of the invasion of Afghanistan via the Khyber Pass. They were easily victorious and set up camp at Jalalabad.
On March 31st, he was one of forty-seven men swept away while crossing the Kabul River at night. His legs were broken and he washed up on shore far downstream of his camp and was captured by enemy forced. They tortured and castrated him but before his execution, lost in delirium, he called out to Gwyn ap Nudd and invoked the Wild Hunt. Perhaps due to his ancestry, the faerie lord answered. Unable to walk, he was fused to a horse so that he could join the hunt in slaughtering his captors. Then he returned with them to Annwn to hunt and feast in eternal youth. At the age of 34, he was presumed dead.
Five years later, in 1884, Sir Spencer fell ill and somehow his son sensed his imminent passing and made off into the hedge, finding his way back to the London house where his father lay expiring. Upon his passing, the now Sir William reintegrated back into Victorian society. A maimed warrior who made his way back home after being presumed dead played well for sympathy and he was given the room he needed to adjust to being back in civilization and pick up the pieces of his life. He stayed on in his father’s London house, wary of returning to Wales due to the associations with the Fair Folk, and took in another newly returned changeling, Elspeth Warthing, whom his father had revealed on his death-bed was his half-sister. He also befriended dowager Duchess Melinda Hollingsworth-Merriweather, who had appointed herself Elspeth’s mentor.