Grog 26 : Edward/Edith, longbow captain
Edward/Edith grew up in Gloucestershire. They fell in love with a minor nobleman and lived a happy existence as their lover. The nobleman made suire that Edward/Edith was as well trained with the bow as any of their guards and becoming the nobleman's sergeant at arms as time passed. Living among the English, the Welsh and the Norman aristocracy, Edward/Edith had to learn all three languages.
When the call to arms from the King came in 1214, the Nobleman called up his troupe (a few dozen Welch longbowmen, and English spearmen) and took their ship to Flanders, where they were part of the king's host. To motion sick-Edward/Edith, this journey was hell, they spent the sea crossing vomiting overboard, and marched with the infantrymen rather than ride with their lover, the swaying on horseback having always made them uncomfortable.
They marched on Bouvines, confident in their numbers and in their arms. The battle was a triumph for the King of France and the Anglo-German alliance was soundly beaten. Their Noble lover was killed in a melee with a Colossal Breton knight. By nightfall, Edward/Edith and they Welsh archers numbered barely a score. They retreated with the German forces, but found themselves isolated. Edward/Edith was distraught over the loss of their lover and had to be carried catatonic for several days, but after a time, they regained their faculties. Knowing that there was nothing for them waiting back in Gloucestershire (their affair had been a scandalous thing), they mooted to the men becoming mercenaries. And so they lived off the land, lived off contracts and the occasional banditry for several years.
Note: see grog 27 for a typical archer from their band.
Edward/Edith is in excellent physical shape, muscular arms and strong shoulders trained by decades of archery. They have a frank manner and are keen to practice whatever language they speak with whoever they can. Only a mention of their lost lover will dampen their spirit, to the point where it has become taboo within the band to even say their name or mention Bouvines. They always wear leather armour and dress in otherwise drab functional clothing, much as the rest of their band. Their hair is kept shorn so that not a single strand is visible when they wear their helmet. They carry a dirk-dagger at their belt, a nasty little weapon that has shed much blood.
Why are they in the covenant?
One contract led to another, and some of the archers died along the way. By the time they were hired by a Tytlaus agent, only 8 of them remained. Having acquitted themselves of their task admirably, they were offered permanent employment as the Turb of a soon to be founded Covenant (as a gift from the Tytalus' Covenant). They accepted as years of itinerancy had taken their toll on the group and several saw their twilight years approaching. The group will form a series Turb of veteran archers, with Edward/Edith as not only a competent leader but also a possible interpret, as they speak several languages.
Virtues: Improved Characteristics, Mercenary Captain
Flaws: Lost Love, Motion sickness
Area Lore (Gloucestershire) (Politics) 2
Area Lore (Lorraine) (Geography) 2
Athletics (Endurance) 3
Awareness (Alertness) 3
Bargain (Hard sell) 4
Bows (Long bow) 5
Brawl (Dagger) 4
Carouse (Power drinking) 3
Chirurgy (Binding Wounds) 1
English (West countries) 5
Etiquette (Nobility) 2
Folk Ken (Nobility) 2
French (Norman) 3
Intrigue (Gossip) 1
Leadership (In Combat) 5
Swim (Rivers) 1
Welsh (Slang) 4