— House Durendaire Maxim
Born in the same year as his House Fortemps counterpart, Count Charlemend de Durendaire has, for decades, been engaged in a political rivalry with Lord Edmont. Yet his staunch opposition is not born out of mere stubbornness. Indeed, he once shared the Count de Fortemps's desire to open Ishgard's borders and welcome foreign influences. Lord Charlemend's position on such matters changed after his firstborn son took to sea on a voyage to broaden his horizons, only to be set upon by pirates and never seen again.
Following that tragic incident, the count grew distrustful of outsiders, and adopted far more conservative positions in line with established policy. However, he is not blind to the changing times, and in light of recent historical revelations, he resolved to support the popular Ser Aymeric, in a pragmatic bid to retain influence and preserve some semblance of the status quo.