Grog 28 : Simon, Church lawyer
Simon was born and raised in Colmar by a devout family of merchants. The church offered him a succour from the other boys his age: always small, physically slow and soft he was picked on mercilessly by other children.Always a charming boy and attentive in church, he made his way through the ranks of the minor Clergy without problems. He showed great dedications to his letters and to his Latin. As a doorkeeper and lector he always applied himself to his utmost, having found his calling in the church. He hoped to progress all the way to priesthood, but the deacon saw a better use for him as a personal secretary. Simon was sent to perfect his learning in Strasbourg for a time, discovering the pleasures of the study of law, far more than in the study of the Bible. Returning to Colmar he was made the Archdeacon's secretary, and wielded some influence as he rode the coattails of an Ambitious churchman. His talent for law and rhetoric was used on several occasions to secure the maximal benefices both for the church and for the Archdeacon personally.
Unfortunately for Simon, two years ago his patron passed away and was replaced by a rival to the position of Archdeacon. Ill suited to the internal bickering of the Church, ASikon found himself at a loss. He was sent to travel the countryside to act as a wandering exorcist through Sundgau, a task to which he was poorly suited. Ill at ease on the saddle, he had a crisis of faith and opted not to return to Colmar. Instead worked as a lawyer for a time in Altkirch. But the prior of Saint-Morand sent word back to Colmar and Simon was summoned directly back to be disciplined.
Simon is a tiny man, with thin arms and poor coordination. He ways plain black robes suited to the profession of lawyer or otherwise the ecclesiastical robes of an Exorcist (a function that he will perform is calling upon). He takes the vows he took seriously, and still holding on to the hope of becoming a priest, he has sworn celibacy. His hair is light brown and tonsured. His beard is thick and kept squarely cut under his jaw.
Why are they in the covenant?
Maybe a mage used him as a lawyer or an intermediary? He had to run away from his new superior, but he remains a fine latinist and with some training would be a great teacher. He is a passable face for the party but will be at his best in court where his fine legal mind and rhetorics will put him above the competition. Having worked as an Archdeacon's secretary, his is well acquainted with the major clergymen (by writing at least) of the Rhine Tribunal.
Virtues: Clerk -Exorcist (The church, p 26), Educated
Flaws: Continence, Small frame
Area Lore (Sundgau) (Politics) 2
Artes Liberales (Rhetorics) 5
Charm (Being witty) 5
Church Lore (History) 5
Civil and Canon Lore (Church Lore) 5
Folk Ken (Church) 3
Greek (Religious topics) 2
High German (Alsacian) 5
Latin (Law) 5
Ride (Travelling) 1
Theology (Biblical knowledge) 3