Curse of the Crimson Throne
Aspiring human aristocrat
Arthur Zanderhelm was born a relatively poor distant relative of a powerful Korvosan noble family (the Zenderholms). Although his family lives comfortably, they have lived their lives at the periphery of real wealth. Arthur spends his time trying to comb over his thinning hair and ingratiate his way into better regarded circles, and occasionally consults with the magistrates and arbiters of Korvosa.
Recently Arthur told Brian he would have to support himself, and could not rely on the family to address all his needs. Arthur is not ill-disposed toward Brian as such, but worries that Brian won’t amount to anything without prodding. (Brian was always Ygritte’s favorite, not Arthur’s).