Steward of Derm & Lord of Demor


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I’ve been told that Foe is a favourite amongst my readers and I have to agree. He’s a kindhearted, honourable, loving man who will not hesitate to lay down his life for you if need be. He adores his wife and son, while always opening the door for anyone who needs a place to sleep, eat, or recover. He isn’t your typical noble as he treats everyone with kindness no matter their background but don’t mistake his kindness for leniency. If you threaten to harm someone while under his roof you should fear for your life. He’s a gifted warrior with a difficult past that his hides behind his smiling blue eyes and big welcoming grin. Now, that my personal opinion of Foe is out of the way let me describe him in more detail.

 

Personality:

Foe is relatively calm and friendly. He likes his wine and Briskin Honey Mead like any good Dermite warrior. His pastimes consist of training new recruits, tending to his gryphon – Vesper – or giving attention to his wife. When he isn’t doing those, Foe can be found tending to his responsibilities as Lord of Demor or giving his advice to his close childhood friend – Charn, the Northern King – on battle tactics.

His likes consist of drinking, friendly competition, and playing with his son.

His dislikes consist of “dishourable thugs”, running needless errands, and cleaning up after Charn.

 

Appearance:

Standing at 6 feet 9 inches, some would call him short compared to other Dermite. His long blond hair has streaks of grey near the ears, which is usually tied back in a half-pony. His bread is trimmed close to the face that is leather like in appearance with his time spent in the sun. His eyes are a ice blue and narrows when he smiles.

Imagine Kevin McKidd – with  blond hair and more scruff.

His outfits change depending on what he is doing. If in court he wears his leather armour with a silver band around his head. In battle he wears polished Demori steel mail. Other times when he isn’t fighting politically or on a battlefield, he wears a deer leather jerkin with a cream linen shirt. He always is carrying his broadsword, as there is never a time that a sword is not needed.

 

Background:

Foe is the middle child of three siblings, and the only son. His oldest sister – May – married a wealthy Spice Merchant and moved to the East, close to the Endless Sea. She has four children, three boys and a girl that keep her very busy. Foe’s younger sister – Lin – married one of the Ambassadors of Derm. Lin had two children, both girls. Sadly Lin and her family were assassinated by Southern spies. It is believed her husband knew something that he shouldn’t have.

Foe grew up in the city of Demor, close to the border where Derm and the Western Valley meet. His father – Lord Brig of Demor – was the Steward of Derm, leaving it only natural for Foe to follow in his footsteps. As a boy, Foe spent a lot of time with Cain and Charn – the Northern Princes. They trained together and fought together in many of the frays between the North and South. It was Foe who introduced Charn to his late wife – Azti – who was a good friend of his younger sister. Foe spent a lot of time covering up Charn’s mistakes as to make sure no ill attention fell upon the royal family.

It was after King Calvik died and Prince Cain took the throne that things began to change for the North. Cain didn’t hesitate to push the lines and feed a good amount of resources into building up the Dermite military. Cain was a natural at leading and with each promise he made he kept. Through pure awe at Cain’s leadership Foe worked hard to join the King’s guard and fought along side King Cain. Unfortunately fate didn’t shine upon Cain for long, as he was killed during the Battle of Barbeck only a year into his reign. The only survivor of the King’s guard was Foe.

Riddled with guilt for what had happened Foe returned to Demor to recover from the traumatic events that befallen him during the Battle. It was at this time Charn became the new king of Derm and with thanks for all the years Foe had supported him Charn made Foe Steward of Derm. This only made the guilt worse but he accepted the position as to not dishonor his father’s legacy or his family’s reputation.

Within a year of becoming Steward and Charn becoming King, Queen Azti passed away after giving birth to a son – Cáel. The Queen’s death helped distract Foe from his own misery to focus his attention on ensuring Charn could still rule. When it came to both Charn’s and Foe’s attention that the newborn prince was not a healthy baby the Sister’s of Mercy were brought to Derm to tend to the sickly babe. That was when Foe was blessed with the love of his life, a young mixed-blooded nurse named Marcia.

The two quickly fell in love and soon married. It would be 11 years until they would have their own child – Druce. Some saying it was a miracle the child was born at all, and survived being born with a cord around his neck. He is small for his age but that doesn’t stop the boy from getting into trouble.

As the years passed and the prince’s health continued to decline Foe knew that he had to do something, although the King may not have been please. Contacting an old friend at the university of La’reen, the same sage who had helped him recover from his experiences at Barbeck, Foe was happy to hear that the Master Healer Caldor of Fish Bank was so willing to take up the challenge of finding the reason behind the prince’s sickness. Between tending to the prince, Caldor and Foe became close drinking buddies that eventually turned into more of a brotherly love. Together they looked after the prince, and watched after the King.

 

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Jewel of Chijin Culture: Kadmir


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If there is a point in Gaitan history that could be pointed to as the moment the north and south’s hatred for one another boiled over it would be the battle over Kadmir. Before Kadmir the northern region of Gaitan stayed out of the affairs of the south, permitting them to move into the Western Valley and through the middle of Gaitan, which was at the time unclaimed territory. They saw no reason why unused land should be ignored and if the South wished to have that land, then the north was more than happy to give it to them. The problem only escalated when the south grew greedy, wanting more than just the middle land of Gaitan and began encroaching on the land primarily under the Chijin peoples care in the east.

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The city of Kadmir was known as the Jewel of Chijin Culture with their colourful birds, lushes fields, ample forests, and luxurious culture. They were exporters of rare spices and
masters in economics. One could say that Kadmir’s elements were what forced Sydrin to build La’reen out of shear jealousy of the fact those of Easterly were gifted enough to be the most advanced of the people within Gaitan. The first theater was built within the city focusing on music, drama, and other pieces of the arts. The famous play Fates Above covering the creation of the world and the early life of the Three Gods created by the famous playwright Delverkin Van Morsner was one of the many piece of Chijin art found within the remains of the theaters archives.

Wishing to be the ruler of all free men, King Ja’kle of Syder raised a force to intimidate those within Kadmir to abandon the city or at least give ownership of the city over to the south. It was with this news the northern king – Nor – raised an army to come to the Chijin’s aid. Those in Kadmir welcomed those of Derm with open arms, which in turn enraged King Ja’kle further causing him to retaliate by burning the city to the ground, salting the land, and poisoning their water. In their mind, if they couldn’t have the city then no one would.

These heinous actions against Kadmir pushed those in the North to attack King Ja’kle and his troops resulting in the southern king’s demise. The conflict could have ended there but with the death of the southern king and the loss of Kadmir the new king of the South – Ar’id the Avenger, eldest son of Ja’kle’s eight children – swore to seek justice for his father’s ‘murder’ by declaring war on the Northern Nation of Derm.

All that remains of the Jewel of Chijin Culture is a wasteland worn away from years of battles fought upon its soil. Pieces of the once proud buildings said to be laces with silver and gold are no more than outlines of foundation. There are still some places that remain in one piece, mostly the tunnel systems that once snaked through the streets. Those studying archaeology and history in the universities throughout Gaitan say that there are still murals depicting everyday life and culture scattered throughout the vast tunnel systems. Kadmir’s artifacts like pottery, surviving manuscripts, and art can be seen on display at the University of Calin. Some pieces like the original screenplay of  Fates Above or maps of the city can been seen upon formal request.

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