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Forlyth Dauntinghorn born 1361 (currently 21)
A knightly noble type, his father is cousin to Hector head of the family. Forlyth is loyal to the Crown and Cormyr and he has surprised many in his family and at Court by actually doing something and ‘riding out for Cormyr’.
The reason for this surprise is that from an early age it became apparent that Forlyth was somewhat dull-witted and as he entered his teens it was obvious that he was not the ‘sharpest blade in the scabbard’ as the Purple Dragon veteran assigned to the Dauntinghorns as weapons tutor/head of security told Lord Dauntinghorn after a fruitless summer of trying to teach the boy fighting techniques, military tactics and military history. When finally allowed at Court his lack of wit did not gain him many friends in the competitive environment. Through family connections they got him as job as apprentice ostler to the ‘Horse Master of the Court’ and Forlyth found something he could do, ride. A serving Purple Dragon Knight took a shine to the young enthusiastic boy and taught him further riding skills. An observant War Wizard noticed then when he spoke to the Knight about his loyalty to Cormyr and the Crown he spoke truth, so he was sent to the Royal Stables in Espar where his slow witted persona would not hinder him as much as it did in Suzail.
In Espar he fell in with a young lad 3 years his junior (Pedrolynth Glimmergold), whose father was a successful merchant who had spread his wings to buying and selling horseflesh. The two hit it off straight away and became good friends. Pedrol looked up to Forlyth and became his ‘squire’ learning riding and the caring of horses from him. When Pedrol became of age he convinced Forlyth that they should seek their fortunes in the service of the Crown and became sword brothers blessed by a Priest of Helm (who was visiting the Sentinel Rock) and swearing upon a bloodied blade, to stand ever vigilant against the evils that beset Cormyr, to guard the weak and oppressed and be ever watchful of corruption.
Forlyth has a child-like innocent charm about him; many are taken aback by his honesty, but are equally impressed by his forthright belief in ‘doing the right thing’. He is tall, just over 6’ with a large round face. He is surprising quick on his feet for such a big man. His lack of wits makes him easily led, especially for the ‘right cause’ (Pedrol keeps a sharp eye out in case the good cause happens to be a bad one).
Forlyth has taken the ‘squire’ role to his younger friend and relies on Pedrol to do the planning for both of them. He is a good honest knight who believes that all good Cormyrian folk should do their duty for the Crown. He will offer his sword to any who need it and upholds all the good virtues of a knight. He reveres Helm and Tyr.
LG HM Knight 1
S 15; I 10; W 8; C14; D 17; Ch 13 (primes are Con and Dex and Cha)
Wields a lance and horseman’s sabre (+1 to hit with sabre whilst mounted) and uses a heavy crossbow at times. Excellent rider (consider giving him a +1 bonus per level)
Fighter 1 with horse feats, will take all horse feats first including mounted archery (special: even if he doesn’t qualify due to stats/other feats required), has no skills apart from ride and handle animal horse, (he effectively loses any spare skill points).
Cavalier or appropriate knight kit (Fighter), weapon specialisation in horse sabre, NWP’s in ride and handle animal horse
Brieanna Tolon born 1362 DR (current age 20)
Brieanna was left fatherless when her father, Lord Steelmar Tolon died defending Azoun from the Death Dragon (see DoTD page 270). At a memorial ceremony to remember the dead she met Ardryn Braerwinter whose father, Lord Edryn Braerwinter died at the same time. Because of their mutual loss, their respective mothers became friends and the families became close spending several summers together at each others estates.
At 14 Brie was sent to the House of Grace School in Suzail, to ‘finish’ and prepare her for life at court. She learnt much in her time there excelling at poetry, embroidery, dancing, singing, etiquette and heraldry. However after 4 years she was claustrophobic and felt hemmed in by constant classes in deportment and the History of the Realm so when she was finally presented at court and ‘graduated’ she knew that her scholarly life was over and she would be able to have fun for a change. However, court life did not prove exciting or fun and she quickly grew bored of the constant gossiping, one-upmanship and backbiting she encountered and found she spent more and more time out in Suzail on the Promenade and in the country outside of the walls atop horseback, (often being pursued by young noble lads’ intent on wooing her with poor poetry and cruder talk).
Her salvation came during the Spring Revel of 1382 DR (the first great social event of the year held by the Court). Her childhood friend Ardryn (Dryn as she calls him) appeared at court as the new head of his family to present himself to the Steel Regent, Dowager Queen, and Crown Prince Azoun, with him was an up and coming noble Brester Orthwood. The two had become friends at the Wheloon Horse Fair in autumn 1381 DR and Dryn had wintered on the Orthwood estate, where they had both planned and plotted to break away from traditional family life and do something ‘important’. Brie and Dryn took off just where they had left each other 6 years ago and when she heard of their dreams and schemes she at last found something she wanted to do. Leaving her position at Court, she followed the two ‘boys’ as she calls them east and north to Thunderstone where Dryn had heard that a great summer hunt was to take place.
Brie found that she enjoyed spending times with the two bladeknights and discovered a love of the ‘wild lands’ of eastern Cormyr. She is becoming an accomplished rider and is developing her innate wild talent for tracking and basic ‘wilderness lore’, (in other words weather conditions, places to rest, where to find water etc, not hunting or shelter building or herb lore).
Brie has become the rock to which her two knights stand against, her natural intelligence and wit has helped them to get along with a wide variety of folks and also to get out of one or two tricky situations they have found themselves in. She tends to let them two get on with it and just follows enjoying the fun. Normally last to speak of the three, she rarely disagrees with either of them in public, but quietly pushes them to a better solution if they are going down the wrong path (in confidence and not in front of people). Those who know her realise that she is the glue that is keeping the three together and makes them a more formidable group (the ‘Triswords’) than they are as individuals.
Her friendship with Dryn has grown to love and she is bright enough to realise that Brester is slowly falling in love with her also. She cares not a jot that Dryn has sold his lands and is a coinpoor Knight, only that she wants to be with him. She is hoping that Dryn makes his feelings known very soon, before the burgeoning feelings that Brester has for her makes life difficult for the ‘Triswords’, to whit she is constantly looking out for a good lady for Brester to meet and court and if no good ladies are available, a local lass that will take his mind off her for awhile will do (this is not something he unduly minds!). She is careful to make sure that no one apart from the three know of Dryn’s financial state and no talk of her and Brest providing for him is ever mentioned between them.
‘Fair of face and full of grace’ appropriately sums up Brieanna. Her finishing in Suzail has given her the life skills she needs to talk to people and enjoy entertainment with them in song and dance, and her ‘adventures’ on the roads of Cormyr has grounded her in much needed commonsense and sparked a true love for the land in which she dwells.
Her riding and tracking skills make her a perfect horse scout and she is starting to learn to use a short bow to provide artillery support for the ‘boys’ as they go charging off after whatever has come out of the Hullack to threaten the local populace. She is not one to get herself into combat, but will do so if Dryn or Bres are in serious trouble. She has a masterwork dagger for such occasions
NG HF Horse Scout 1 (similar to the Horse Rider from Netbook of Classes)
S 12; I 16; W 16; C 13; D 17; Ch 15 (her primes are Int, Wis and Dex)
She has a wild talent giving her +2 to any tracking/wilderness lore roll (at DM’s discretion increase to +3 at 3rd level, +4 at 5th etc)
She is a good rider and can adequately use a short bow and dagger.
Consider her an expert, not a ranger, with the appropriate skill choices and feats (Skill focus Ride, Track). She does not have the temperament or training to be a ranger and although she likes the wilderness, she prefers civilisation just a little more.
Choose fighter but without specialisation and an emphasis on NWP’s in Ride, Endurance, Singing/Dancing, Tracking (or appropriate ‘Kit’ from a splat book if there is one?).
Brester Orthwood born 1360 DR (currently 22)
Caveat: have appropriated Brester for my campaign so the timeline and his description might be somewhat different from Dragon Annual 5 in which he first appeared (which I don’t have and have not read).
Brester has been described thus: “considered an up-and-comer, the most restless and competent son of the house”. He has a fairly sharp mind and quickly ‘gets the point’ in any conversation. He is a good rider and a personal tutor ensured he has a good knowledge of politics, battle tactics and warfare. He can debate history and the useful application of mathematics and engineering confidently and plays chess extremely well. He speaks dwarven, gnome and halfling passably.
He is not though a natural speaker and is not overly forceful when debating, but he gets his point of view across articulately. He has dark features, is not classically attractive and can look ‘dangerous’ at times (though certain ladies at Court find this look rather attractive). Many think him arrogant and aloof when talking to him as he seems to ignore them. In truth he is normally thinking through what people have just said rather than interacting with them. He understands not only what they say but also their underlying sentiments and what they failed to say and is therefore ‘filling in the blanks’ in the ongoing intrigues and schemes that folks are involved with. He also possesses an excellent memory for conversations from years past including the full tone, pitch, accent and ‘hidden’ meanings of what was uttered.
Money does not appear to be an issue to him and he always manages to conjure up a few coins to pay for food, drink and lodging. In reality he has a wild talent of being able to absorb coins into his right hand where they stay waiting to be recalled (they are not physically in his hand, but elsewhere in a small dimensional space, his hand is just the ‘door’ to the space). He can ‘steal’ coins in this way but rarely does unless the person has offended him, or he thinks them pompous or evil or just too rich to care. He never ‘shows’ off this talent, he always reaches into a pocket or small purse to retrieve coins he thinks about. He cannot take other items and store them only minted coins of copper, silver and gold (he currently has around 3000 coins stored, most of them a gift from his family when he left). He cannot handle platinum at all, he is overcome with nausea if he picks up a Tricrown and if he continues to hold the coin he will pass out and go into shock. The extent of this talent and how he came to have it is unknown. No one apart from his father and the family wizard know of this ability and no one in the family has ever had a similar ‘trick’. They do not discuss this as no doubt the Crown will hear and very soon a War Wizard or three will make an appearance for an informal chat……..
Like many of the ‘young stags’ at Court he wanted to prove himself, and unlike most he has actually acted upon this desire, but only after careful thought about the consequences of his actions, not only to his own reputation, but to those he is with and most especially on his family and how it might affect them at Court and with the other noble families. He left his family on good terms and is always welcome back. This forethought and ongoing displays of intellect and good manners has persuaded more than one loyal courtier and War Wizard of his worth in the ‘Bright Future of Cormyr’ when Azoun V becomes King.
He rides with Ardryn and Brieanna because he seeks to understand Cormyr better and its people more fully. So that in the future when he ascends to a position of power in his family he can be more effective in ruling and shaping them. He is also seeking an appropriate mate, one who has the intellect, wit and spirit that matches and challenges his own. Currently Brieanna Tolon is foremost in his thoughts and he is carefully pondering how best to approach her without ruining their firm friendship if she does not feel the same.
The oldest of the Triswords does not make him the most sensible and he relishes the opportunity to chase after Ardryn when he has one of his regular ‘flights of fancy’. Brester is near fearless when facing down foes having spent a year in the Eveningstar Garrison as a Blade in the Army, fighting goblins, wolves and trolls of the Stonelands. He was offered a commission as a Lionar but turned it down as he was “not yet ready to dedicate myself to Cormyr, I fear my breeding will bring doom to my men” which left the Onrion who had offered it to him lost for words and proud at the same time. Because of this time in the army he is the most competent and calm of the Triswords and knows when a battle should not be given but avoided, (however convincing Ardryn is another matter!).
His equipment is the best that money can buy without being ostentatious or showy. He places little worth is showing off his wealth or ‘parading like a peacock’ like so many of his contemporaries do.
His future is uncertain, a few of the more prominent members of Court are hopeful he continues to progress without becoming as arrogant and cruel as most of the other nobles seem to. Perhaps Lordship of Eveningstar or Tyrluk for the Crown is in the offing in a decade or so?
NG HM Fighter 3 (primes are Str, Int and Wis)
S 16; I 14; W 13; C 15; D 9; Ch 11
Is an excellent rider despite his poor dexterity (legs only due to the shaking fever he contracted when he was just a babe, his legs did not grow firm and his knee joints are fused, his effective dexterity for hands is 14). Is specialised in Longsword
Fighter with good ride score including skill focus ride, skill focus in sense motive, weapon focus in longsword, skill focus in diplomacy and skill focus Knowledge Engineering, knowledge skills as above.
His armour and weapons are all masterwork. He is not a swashbuckler or similar ‘fancy style’ fighter type. He is soldier who has served his time and can’t be bothered with ‘this high-nose fighting nonsense that achieves nothing but to impress ladies of the court and get one killed’. He said this to his sword tutor the first time he met him (aged 11) when the tutor started to teach him to use a rapier, Brester snapped the blade in two and picked up a longsword instead.
Fighter specialised in Longsword, NWP in riding, etiquette, and engineering.
Ardryn Braerwinter Born 1363DR (currently 19)
Ardryn was left fatherless when his father, Lord Edryn Braerwinter died defending Azoun from the Death Dragon (see Death of the Dragon page 270 By Ed Greenwood and Troy Denning). At a memorial ceremony to remember the dead he met Brieanna Tolon whose father, Lord Steelmar Tolon died at the same time. Because of their mutual loss, their respective mothers became friends and the families became close spending several summers together at each others estates.
Worshipping Tempus (and Tymora, although he doesn’t think he does), Ardryn is a ‘leap before you look’ knight. Committed to a better and safer Cormyr, he wants to give battle to the ‘evils that threaten us all’. He embodies all the compassionate and helpful knightly virtues and volunteers first before thinking (or asking his companions!). Tends to take the initiative and get into the thick of action first, (whether that is conversation, feasting, challenges or battle). Becomes very expressive with his arms emphasising points and ‘talking to all’ (loudly) when drunk. Good hearted and caring, he wants to prove himself to the ‘wider Cormyr’ (read: Court) and do his family name and fathers memory justice. He is not worldly wise yet, trusting people and taking them at ‘face value’. His mother died in 1381 leaving him the only member of his family, unable to pay for the upkeep of the estate he sold it and invested all his money in armour, weapons and his horse. He fell in with Brester Orthwood and presented himself to Court early is 1382 DR (See Brieanna’s entry for more details).
Though poor, he will not ask for help or payment for tasks undertaken and is supported on the road by Brester and Brieanna (this is never discussed outside of the three and not even between them). He want to find a noble Lord and give his service to him or her, (Noble as in: good, truthful, honest, been there/seen it/done it person who shows all the ‘proper’ knightly virtues).
He hopes that through service he will earn his name and find his path. As well as earn an income and a bride to raise a large family with which to keep the Braerwinter line going. He finds Brieanna most attractive but knows that Brester likes her and is unsure whether to ‘press his claim’ or not (the only time he does think before asking!). He is currently in Thunderstone having offered his sword to the Local Lord in protecting the populace from the “Horrors of the Hullack, the Thunder Peaks and the Vast Swamp” (‘biting off more than you can chew’ is not a phrase that Ardryn understands….)
Tall (6’2”), good looking and honest, his zeal for life gains him many friends and he can be relied upon to help and support any who are suffering, in need of help or who are ‘good types’ (as he sees it), without thought or cost to himself or his friends who ride with him. He is suspicious of those who seem ‘less than honest’ and is slow to let them into his life if he judges then ‘wrong’ (even if they are good). He judges people quickly, at first sight and forms an opinion straight away. So he is therefore sometimes incorrect about a person’s true spirit. He keeps his equipment clean and serviceable and is always looking to get better equipment and clothes. He is immaculate at all times (if possible), though an observant Wizard of War noticed his wardrobe may be grand but it is rather limited (a cause for concern? easily bought by Sembia perhaps? So the Wizard thought and so seeks proof to back up his theory)
Has an innate wild talent of being more resistant to poisons (though not alcohol despite the volumes that he drinks most nights if he gets the chance). Tasch of Tymora has met Ardryn and recognises that he is of the true faith of the Lady Luck, though he knows that Ardryn does not agree, especially when Ardryn made his thoughts known to the ‘meddlesome priest’ during the summer Revel in Thunderstone.
CG HM Knight 2
S 17; I 11; W 11; C 14; D 14; Cha 14 (primes are Cha, Dex and Con)
Is an excellent rider and wields a large horseman’s mace, lance and two handed sword in combat.
Fighter class with emphasis on riding feats, improved toughness, great fortitude (and a poison save feat if there is one?). Weapon Focus and specification in lance and mace.
Cavalier class or similar kit, weapon specialisation in lance and/or horseman’s mace (he prefers to fight from horseback, getting off only if he has to with his two-handed sword). NWP in Ride, Endurance and singing/oration.
Tymora has smiled upon him and he has maximum hit points for his first 3 levels.
He has a wild talent giving a +4 bonus to poison saving throws.