32,427 C. Y. —
Roland was born out of wedlock, his birth making him the third son of Duke Erik L’Pallance, himself a third son. The Duke’s mistress, Lady Kathrnye Alvarny, his mother, died during the complicated birth and the Duke took his son into the warmth of his home. During his childhood and youth the family suffered many tragedies, his eldest brother, Vlad, was mauled by an owlbear in the forest, his step mother lost a girl child hours after its birth, two brothers Marcus and Blain were lost during the humanoid squirmishes, and his closest sister, Karia, was slain by a jealous lover. Leaving only Gies, Roland, and Tormis to carry on the L’Pallance name. Out of these tragedies came a bonding and a closeness few families could lay claim to.
Erik was a paladin of reasonable renown and trained his remaining children in the holy ways of the warrior, hoping they would to strive for the perfection he strove for. Erik was a good teacher, treating his sons decently yet coolly in order that they might gain from his experience and blossom into young warriors. The boys got along well, each sharing with the others the benefits of his own findings and experiences. Yet, although each was a great warrior, only Roland was able to meet the requirements and pass the tests to be granted entrance to the Order of Paladins.
And so each child went their own way; Gies remaining to learn the ways of diplomacy and politics, to prepare for the day when the family lands would be his; Tormis questing to end the torment of a soul not pure enough, a knight without a lord noble, proud, true; and Roland to the Order of the Paladin.
Many hard years of training and devotion to the order left him tempered to a fine edge. His ideals and morals peaked near godhood, yet diluted with a dash of humility. He now roams the world over seeking to bring truth, justice, and the elimination evil to all lands and all peoples. He is the embodiment of the shining knight.
He stands six feet tall, two hundred twenty pounds. Long flowing yellow-blonde hair cascades past his shoulders and around his clean shaven face. Sparkling sapphire blue eyes blaze with an inner knowledge, giving his calm, tan, and youthful face a look of inner wisdom. His stance is proud, his manner courteous, for all purposes he is the shinning knight. Well respected by the common folk and nobility for his abilities, Roland, has set himself up as a hero in waiting.
Roland has just recently become an adventurer, and doesn’t have much experience or common sense. A member of the noble class, his goals and ideals are lofty and personify good and the law. Roland is easy prey for fast-talkers and con men, suggests straightforward and foolish plans sure to get the party captured or killed, admires more experienced warriors without questioning their motives, and can be quite a menace to himself.
In combat Roland is likely just to charge up to a foe and begin pounding away. He’s very likely to take orders from those with more combat experience than himself. This is not to say that his skill lacks, for he is a powerful fighter.
Roland gets along with everybody until such a time as the other person insults one of his friends, challenges one of his preconceptions, or betrays him. Even then, he’ll simply be furious and willing to fight or oppose the other fellow. Roland is never bored or indifferent, he is always eager to throw himself into new situations. Others tend to find his youthfulness charming, yet some what exasperating as he can be an overly enthusiastic pain in the ass.
THE CODE OF ROLAND L’PALLANCE
- He must not keep more than ten magic items (one suit of armor, one shield, four weapons, and four other items)
- He must never retain wealth (keep only enough to maintain oneself in a modest manner, and pay the bills. all else must be given to a worthy cause)
- He must tithe (ten percent of all income)
- He must cheerfully perform any noble service or quest asked of him
- He must defend, to the death, any person or item placed in his charge
- He must show courage and enterprise when obeying his rulers
- He must show respect for all peers and equals
- He must honor all those above his station (his social class)
- He must DEMAND respect and obedience from those below his station
- He must scorn those who are lowly and ignoble (he will not help the ill-mannered, the coarse, the crude; he will not use equipment that is badly-made or inferior; he will fight on foot before riding a nag, etc…)
- He must perform military service to his lord whenever asked
- He must show courtesy to all ladies
- He must regard war as the flowering of chivalry, and a noble enterprise
- He must regard battle as the test of manhood, and combat as glory
- He must achieve personal glory in battle
- He must slay all those who oppose his cause
- He must choose death before dishonor