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Jack Lewis

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Jack Lewis
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Full name Jack Lewis
AKA Lewis the Martyr
Physical information
Species Human
Race Norse
Gender Male
Hair color and style Balding
Eye color Grey
Skin color White
Other Significant facial scarring following a failed suicide attempt
Biographical information
Father Ragnar Oluf Lewis
Mother Lyda Einhornsdottir
Date of birth 1554
Place of birth Slevik, Normark
Date of death 1610
Place of death Shirekeep, Shireroth
Residence(s) Lewisheim Cemetery, Cimmeria
Nationality Shirithian
Allegiance(s) Elwynnese Union, Imperial Government, Bailiwick of Fieldburg, Holy Church of the Divine Icebear
Occupation Steward of Elwynn, Minister of the Exterior, Minister of Military Affairs, Keeper of Fieldburg

Jack Lewis (Elw: Jaqoo Luuis) was a NorseElwynnese Shirerithian politician, rebel and terrorist who served as Steward of both Elwynn and the Imperial Republic, as well as Minister of Military Affairs.

Early life

Jack Lewis was born in Slevik, Normark, as the son of Ragnar Oluf Lewis and Princess Lyda Einhornsdottir. He grew up in Normark, where he lived during his early life in a luxurious mansion. His partly explains his later support for Tarjei Einhornsson and his rejection of the Lokiist movement. During his time in Normark, Lewis married Astrid Thórsen, with whom he had two children. His daughter Astrid later gave birth to the later Kaiser Verion I.

Early political career and suicide attempt

In 1598, after Normark left the Elwynnese Union, Lewis moved to Eliria. It didn't take much time before Lewis was voted in as Senator of Elwynn, a position he has held for a long time. This was the time in which Prince Jacobus Loki tried to reunite Elwynn with Shireroth. Lewis was very much opposed to this plan, although he supported Loki in his other actions as prince. Lewis and Elijah Ayreon formed a resistance against the reunification. However, after several secret meetings, Ayreon changed his mind and joined the support for reunification. Lewis was desperate and tried to commit suicide. Lewis was declared dead and many Elw mourned him. After a while however, it turned out that Lewis' suicide had failed and that he was still alive. The suicide attempt however resulted in permanent brain damage that probably explained a lot of his later actions.

Steward of Elwynn

After his recovery, Lewis decided to fight for Elwynnese independence again. He created the Ayreonist Independence Party, which became a major fraction in the political landscape of Elwynn, at one point even becomming the largest party of the country. The AIP was founded upon the memory of the deseased Elijah Ayreon and upon the Elw principles that Lewis had supported before. Lewis' work for Elwynn was recognized and he was appointed Steward of Elwynn by Deimos Jasonides, the new prince, in 1603.

Jack Lewis recieved more appointments, such as Keeper of Fieldburg. The greatest honour bestowed upon him was the appointment as Imperial Minister of the Exterior in 1605. Lewis however got in some trouble with Prince Jasonides and Mr. Al-Osman for displaying Libertarian and Conservative views regarding economics and freedom to the people. For this reason, the relationship between Lewis and the government became troubled, resulting in losing the position of Steward of the state. As Lord of Fieldburg, Lewis introduced free market policies which helped the economy grow. However, this decreased when Elwynn abolished money.

Cimmerian Rebellion and Icebearian terrorism

Not long after, Lewis moved to Cimmeria. During this time, the Holy Church of the Divine Icebear reached public popularity. High Priest Jaqen X'halar managed to give the Church a new boost and many Elw, especially in the North, joined the Church. Jack Lewis also became aquainted with the Church, showing more and more devotion and often quoted passages from the Book of Ice. After the appointment of Tom Cruise as High Priest, the Church radicalized even more and, under the leadership of Jack Lewis, eventually executed a coup d'état in Elwynn. This coup failed however, and Jack Lewis was banned from Elwynn. He flew to the Dutchy of Kildare, where he was accepted as citizen. Around the time of the coup, Lewis was also participating in the Kaiseral elections , where he made himself unpopular by proclaiming extreme statements and ramblings about his faith. In his final deed, Jack Lewis flew a plane into the Cedrist Temple in Shirekeep, killing himself. This act of terror, causing the temple to explode and collapse, lead to a global banishment of the Icebear Church.

Legacy

Although Jack Lewis is a controversial figure, he is still widely respected in Elwynn, especially in Northern Elwynn and Wintergleam. Lewis is a martyr of the Holy Church of the Divine Icebear. The village of Lewisheim in Cimmeria is named after him. Retribution Park in central Shirekeep, the site of his fatal crash in the Cedrist Temple, is nowadays known as Retribution Park.

His policies have influenced both Ayreonism and Verionism. His name is invoked when bridging these ideologies.