Ivan Vorpatril

Imagined AI depiction of Ivan Vorpatril from "A Civil Campaign" by Lois McMaster Bujold, encapsulating the essence of this iconic archetype of Charismatic Sidekick in the narrative.
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Ivan Vorpatril is a key character in ‘A Civil Campaign.’ He is portrayed as a laid-back and charismatic member of the Barrayaran nobility. Ivan often finds himself caught in the midst of various situations, balancing his family responsibilities with his desire for a carefree lifestyle. Despite his seemingly easygoing nature, Ivan demonstrates intelligence and loyalty when faced with challenging circumstances.


[“I will be asleep at the crucial moment. It’s my tactic for dealing with a frightening universe. I sleep through it. It’s harder to ball things up that way.”,”So, forward if you want to die; backward if you want to live. Let me live, Your Highness.”,”It could certainly seem like gallantry, if pursued from a safe distance.”]


Ivan is described as handsome with blond hair, blue eyes, and a relaxed demeanor. He is often seen as charming and affable, with a casual elegance.




Charm, Loyalty, Resourcefulness


Charismatic Sidekick






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