Name: Bjaernulf Wylfesson
Location: Argan (Gruenroth)
Bjaernulf is a competent woodsman, hunter and warrior immensely loyal to Eigor Argan, who once saved not only his life, but the lives of his brother, daughter and wife as well. Bjaernulfs family now lives in seclusion in an undisclosed location somewhere along the northern border of Argan and Gruenroth. This is due to his affiliation with Eigor Argan who in turn is tightly connected to Birger Faegersson – the outcast and hunted son of the king of Argan.
From time to time Bjaernulf travels with Eigor on missions around Argan and Gruenroth and on occasion even Montevoort. While he is loyal to Eigor out of gratitude, the two men also share a tight and true friendship. Bjaernulf feels little else but contempt to the current rulers of Argan and also voices his opinions much more often and with higher volume than Eigor. Eigor is thus vary on bringing Bjaernulf along when stealth and diplomacy is required. Bjaernulf is positively fierce and demonic in combat situations, but unlike many like him, he is also a rather jovial and even funny while relaxed. He has a way with words and enjoys immensely telling about his adventures and also hearing tales told by others. But many times these stories are told in bars, inns and taverns and the tales boosted with alcohol-induced intoxication thus allowing the possibility that something secret is told by accident. Although Bjaernulf is not actively pursued by the king’s men, spies have learned to hide themselves in shadowy corners of taverns that Bjaernulf visits – just in case they hear something worthwhile.
Bjaernulf Wylfesson by Kimmo Mäkinen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Name: Birger Faegorsson
Location: Wessel, Gruenroth
Birger comes from Argan. He is the eldest son of king Faegor Udgersson who has been the king of Argan for 40 years and counting. From his early childhood Birger was trained to become his father’s successor. His training included excessive combat training as well as other skills that a king would need. But things turned bleak on Birger when he turned 26. His younger brother Belgor Faegorsson had no intention to just bend over and allow Birger to become the next king. Instead he developed a complicated fake coup d’etat. The coup failed (as it was meant to according to Belgor’s plans) and fake trails pinpointed a totally innocent Birger as the mastermind behind the plan.
Faegor was lightly wounded, but his ego was badly bruised and frustration and disappointment led to anger. He ordered Birger to be summarily killed and promised a hefty reward to whomever brings him the head of Birger. Birger had gathered enough respect and friends during his teen years and so he managed to orchestrate an escape with the help of those loyal to him. 6 months later he sent a message addressed to his father claiming his innocence. It’s now been 3 years since his escape from the Argan and he has made up his mind to eventually prove his innocence to his father. He now takes bi-annual month-long reconnaissance journeys to Argan under disguise. He makes very shallow and quick contacts to his former friends within the kingdom but is in no position to tell which ones are actually still loyal to him. So far he has come to the conclusion that he was the victim of an orchestrated plan.
He stays close to Argan, but maintains a low profile. After he has managed to gather enough evidence, he plans to gather a small group of loyal friends and return to his father to either be embraced back into the community or executed on sight. He doesn’t actually need the money, but rather wants to keep up his skills from becoming rusty. So he has became a freelancer member of a mercenary group and has taken a semi-permanent residence in the city of Wessel in Gruenroth under the alias of Steawer Gorling.
Name: Eigor Argan
Location: Argan (Gruenroth)
As Eigor’s family name may suggest, his family is one of the eldest families in the whole kingdom. In fact, Eigor might be a descendant directly to the legendary earl Olaf Argan, who established the kingdom a very long time ago. The kingdom has later divided into two and then reunited again because the common people living in the land have close blood-ties and wish to remain under one rulership.
Whatever his heritage may be, Eigor is by no means a nobleman or belongs to any special or privileged social order. In fact most men who claim of being special – whether it be by proven descendance from a notable hero of legend or by being a living heir to a throne – are ridiculed in Argan. The people believe that every man (or woman; a notion frowned upon in the neighboring areas) has the potential of greatness. Their heritage or social class must not be a defining factor but their deeds is what make them distinctive.
Eigor’s name is not in the lips of every Arganian alive, but his unrelenting perseverence, unflinching loyalty and iron will have made him a widely respected person whose star is definitively rising… or was as the case may be since Eigor is one of the trusted men of Birger Faegorsson – the outcast son of King Faegor Udgersson and sworn enemy of his brother, prince Belgor Faegersson, who is on his way to becoming the next king. Eigor has long since accepted that his future lies or dies with that of Birger. He is now an important factor in Birger’s attempts to return home and make peace with his father. Eigor provides Birger substantial amount of information about the kingdom. This information is gathered by Eigor constantly throughout the kingdom since he is always on the move. He travels (sometimes alone; sometimes a member of some bigger hunting party or merchant convoy or somesuch) the numerous villages and small towns of Argan and shares information with other men who support Birger in his time of need. Then intervalling around three months, Eigor returns to the city of Vilgian in Gruenroth (usually under disguise) and arranges a meeting with Birger via Birger’s contacts in the city.
Eigor is a man of awe-inspiring size and posture and has the strength of a small village. He is not a merry and cheerful man by any stretch of the imagination, but a man who takes his position and fate in the world quite seriously. He is prone to cynicism and melancholy – particularly when he’s drinking mead or other alcoholic beverages – but maintains a positive attitude about the possibility of Birger’s return. Eigor tries to keep himself under the radar of the king’s son Belgor Faegorsson’s men, but is not always succeeding. Thus far he has managed to retain his life and health. The time will come – sooner or later – when every clan chieftain and village elder must take a stand whether to support Birger or Belgor. It remains to be seen if Belgor is determined enough to put an end to Eigor’s efforts to nourish support for Birger before that time arrives.