Mateu de Besalú, Knight Hospitallier - development

Well, since it seems that Mateu is a Companion I will open up this thread for him :slight_smile:

Mateu de Besalú, Knight hospitallier

Current Year: 1245
Age: 25 (25)
Born: 1221
Size: 0
Decrepitude: 0
Warping: 0
Confidence: 1 (3)
Gender: Male
Nationality: Catalan
Religion: Christian
Profession: Hospitallier
Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Handedness: Right
Personality Traits: Brave +1, Reckless +3, Sucker for new experiences +3, Dutybound to ideals +2


Intelligence: 0
Perception: 0
Strength: +2
Stamina: +1
Presence: +1
Communication: 0
Dexterity: +1
Quickness: +1


Brother-Knight Hospitallier
Puissant Single Weapon
Relic (toe of Saint Cugat)


Craving for Travel


Language 5

Animal Handling (horses) 1
Area Lore: Andorra Covenant (soldiers) 0 (3)
Area Lore: Catalonia (border areas) 3
Area Lore: Iberia (Moorish domains) 2
Artes Liberales (ligatures) 2
Athletics (running) 2
Awareness (searching) 3
Brawl (dagger) 3
Charm (nobles) 2
Chirurgy (flesh wounds) 2
Civil & Canon Law (papal law) 1
Etiquette (nobles) 3
Folk Ken (soldiers) 3
Guile (to soldiers) 2
Intrigue ( covered treats ) 1
Language: Arabic (soldierly) 3
Language: Latin ( ecclesiastical ) 3
Language: Occitan (native; Catalan) 5
Leadership (mounted) 2
Medicine (diagnosis) 1
Profession: Knight Hospitallier (raiding parties) 2
Ride (combat) 3
Single Weapon (long sword) 5+2
Theology (psalms) 1


Longsword “Ora Fidelium” ( Edge of the Faithful). Excellent (+2 +2) longsword. Ora Fidelium includes a relic of Saint Cugat in her crossguard
Shield, Heater
Lance (while mounted only)
2 Horses (Emir and Perfectus) and a donkey (Torah). The horses also carry a second (normal) sword, travel pack and lance.
Mail haubergeon with coif (prot 5 load 2) OR Full Chain Mail with coif (prot 10, load 6)

Load: 5 (9 in full chain armor) (lance used only when mounted so load not factored)
Encumbrance: 0 (1 in full chain armor)
Burden: 2 (3 in full chain and helmet)


Weapon Init Atk Def Dmg
Fist / Dodge +1 +4 +4 +2
Kick +0 +4 +3 +5
Dagger +1 +7 +5 +5
Ora Fidelium (Longswd) +3 +14 +11 +8
Ora Fidelium & Shield +3 +14 +14 +8
Lance & Shield (mtd.)* +4 +15 +14 +7

-1 init on foot with full chain armor
+3 Attk & Def if mounted (high ground)
Lance already counts the +3 mounted bonus and no load

Soak #1: +6 in mail haubergeon with coif
Soak #2: +11 in full chain and open helmet; -1 Perception
Soak #3: +13 in full chain and great helm, -3 Perception
Fatigue levels: OK, 0, -1, -3, -5, Unconscious
Wound Penalties: -1 (1-5), -3 (6-10), -5 (11-15), Incapacitated (16-20), Dead (21+)

Mateu is a Hospitallier Brother Knight. He comes from a minor noble family near Besalú, but he entered the Knights of St John at a young age since he could not inherit being the third son in the line. He is a veteran of the constant warfare in Iberia, and a staunch defender of his faith. Like many of his Order he is somewhat less radical in its predisposition towards other faiths than other Milites Christi, but still thinks that non-Christians are better off making their case heard in the court at Purgatory. Still, he takes his bows of protecting the weak and upholding his word very seriously and would not allow even infernalists to be killed if they were under his care.

He has been in several postings in the frontier, with constant patrols and an active life for a long time. However, 5 years ago he was rewarded for good service with a return to more quiet areas, near the Pyrenees. He has hated it from day one. There is no action here! No travel, no adventure! He has been performing his duties, but he craves his time in the saddle doing what he knows best: bringing the word of Christ to the infidels using the sharp end of a weapon and the holy might that the holy relic of the small toe bone of Sant Cugat brings him.

Recently he was assigned to the church of Vilamur, and there he learned about the covenant of sorcerers of Andorra. After a few (some would say entire shipments of those) letters to his superiors he got permission to investigate the covenant and its activities to learn about them and see if the Order can establish closer relationships with the magi north of Besalú.

Development (reserved)

Development #2 (reserved as well just in case I need it)