Hiring himself out to old and young noblewomen and courtiers alike, Izman performs adequately as a conversationalist at society events. Given that has no romantic or sexual interest in his employers, it's a wonder that he gets hired at all—except for the fact that he's a quick-acting bodyguard that has saved lives numerous times.
But that was in another country entirely. Now he's in exile in the City, cast out of his home country for a scandal that he insists is entirely not his fault (and untrue to boot). At this point, Izman hopes to ingratiate himself with the locals, and keep himself well-stocked in silken doublets and scarves.