Rudiger Von Gießen

Description:
Stats
Brawn
Finesse
Wits
Resolve
Panache
2
3
2
2
3
Arcana
Insightful (can determine other’s Arcana; can spend dice to cancel Villain’s Wiles)

Origin
The Königreichen of Pösen (gets Firearms skill for free; gets 1 fewer Reputation die than normal)

Advantages
  • Appearance: Above Average (+1k0 to all social rolls)
  • Eagle Eyes (+10 on perception checks at a distance)
  • Eisen Accent: North
  • Keen Senses (+1k0 for any skill check involving senses and also checks for surprise)
  • Membership: Swordsman’s Guild (can initiate duels)
  • Patron: The Lady Honor Worthington (10 guilders per month)
Swordsman School: Eisenfaust
Attack (Heavy Weapon)
Attack (Panzerhand)
Beat (Heavy Weapon)
Bind (Panzerhand)
Disarm (Panzerhand)
Exploit Weakness (Eisenfaust)
Parry (Heavy Weapon)
Parry (Panzerhand)
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
Knacks
Attack (Firearms)
Balance
Climbing
Etiquette
Footwork
Oratory
Ride
Speak Avalon
Speak/Read/Write Eisen
Sprinting
Throwing
1
1
1
1
1
1
1


1
1
Bio:

History

Rudiger grew up as a member of the Drachenkralle Runden (Dragon Claws), an Eisen mercenary company based in Pösen. His father, Jurgen von Gießen, was a member of the company and his mother a camp follower who disappeared shortly after giving birth to him. Rudiger idolised his father, but unfortunately although Jurgen maintained an affection for the lad, he had little time for him, and delegated the task of raising him to various hangers-on within the company. Rudiger was a very astute little lad who realised very early on how precarious his position in life was, and from an early age he cultivated friendships with everyone around him. He was well-liked within the company and spent a lot of time playing with Hans and Konrad, the young sons of Ekkehardt von Richtenberg, a close friend of Jurgen’s within the company.

When Rudiger was 8 years old his father took an arrow through the throat during a battle against the Objectionists. Rudiger was peeling potatoes with the cook in the camp and was horrified to see his father brought in on a stretcher amongst the wounded. His efforts to go to his father’s side were in vain as he was shooed away from the makeshift hospital tent. He never saw his father again. Despite the company leech’s best efforts, Jurgen died within a matter of hours. Rudiger was devastated to lose his beloved father, and bitterly disappointed he was not able to say goodbye to him.

Rudiger’s position within the camp at this point was precarious, as (being a by-blow) upon Jurgen’s death he could just as easily have been left by the side of the road. Fortunately, Ekkehardt took it upon himself to adopt Rudiger as his own, in memory of his fallen friend. This caused some relief in the camp as there was some general sympathy for the “poor little tyke”.

Ekkehardt was a proud and honourable man, and soon proved to be a more involved step-father than Jurgen had been a father. He enrolled Rudiger along with his two sons in the next intake of Eisenfaust students. Rudiger learned to fight and soon proved to have a gift for it. Quick and athletic, it was he, Hans and Konrad who quickly dominated their small coterie of students. As time passed their childhood friendship transmuted into rampant competitiveness, and the three worked hard to outdo one another with broadsword and panzerhand. Their teacher, (to be decided), was not a man to show open affection, but on occasion he was caught concealing a smile of approval as they fought tirelessly to overcome one another.

As Rudiger matured, he proved to be a very insightful young man. This happened to catch the eye of the commander of the Drachenkralle Runden, Heinz Volke. He began to favour Rudiger as a runner and occasional intermediary. On occasion this would take Rudiger into the rarefied heights of gentile society, and he began to learn to conduct himself with a bare modicum of decorum.

When Rudiger was around 19 years of age, the Drachenkralle Runden took service with Vatacines. A fierce battle was brewing against the Objectionists. The Drachenkralle Runden generally tended to work for the Objectionists (from existing contacts rather than ideological choice). On this occasion, however, they took service with the Vatacines, since the pay seemed too good to be true. Unfortunately they were to learn, to their cost, that there was a good reason for this. On the morning of what is now known as the Battle of Bloody Hill, Rudiger accompanied Heinz Volke to their employer’s castle on guard detail. Whilst discussions were underway behind locked doors, Rudiger wandered off to the kitchen to find himself some food. However, he never made it there, because through a window he happened to notice their employer coming out of a door into the garden, engaged in highly animated discussions with the Heinz Volke and two other men. Something about the tenor of their discussion and their body language looked… wrong. And worrying. Rudiger began to get a feeling that the day was not going to go at all well.

This intuition proved to be correct. The opposing armies met on the field just after midday. As they both began their advance, the Drachenkralle Runden were ordered to secure the left flank. Something about the earlier events he had seen made Rudiger reticent, and he drew his mount back slightly from the rest of the troop. He was riding with Konrad and Hans, and signalled to them that they should wait up. Konrad mistook took this for nerves, laughed, and galloped off. Hans, the more perceptive of the two, gave Rudiger a raised eyebrow and slowed his mount also. At that moment there was an almighty shout from atop a nearby ridge, and hundreds of soldiers rose from their place of concealment, training muskets on the company. The crack and snap of musket fire rippled across the field, annihilating the Drachenkralle Runden. Rudiger saw almost everyone in the company, including Konrad, go down within a matter of less than a minute. Aghast, he and Hans spurred their mounts up the ridge, attempting to join the last remnants of the company in a desperate stand against the ambushers. However, by this stage the musket smoke was thick and little could be seen. Rudiger, to his shame, abandoned his habitual Eisenfaust reserve and completely lost control. He remembers little of that battle other than raging, weeping, and hacking at foes. It seemed to go on forever. Eventually, however, there came a time when he found himself alone except for corpses, crows, and Vatacine soldiers finishing off the dead. The Drachenkralle Runden had been wiped out, and their standard had fallen. Rudiger searched high and low for Konrad and Hans, but could find neither them nor any other survivors from the mercenary company. There were, however, a lot of bodies, including Ekkehardt von Richtenberg, his step-father, Klaus Faber, his Eisenfaust tutor, and Heinz Volke, the commander of the company – not to mention virtually everyone else Rudiger had really known.

Rudiger was devastated and overcome with guilt for not being with his company at the critical moment. Not sure where to go or what to do with himself, he decided to just leave. He rode his horse down the road in no particular direction. He wandered aimless and haunted for several weeks, frittering away his meagre savings without much thought for the future. After spending many nights maudlin and drunk, he eventually decided to make a clean break with the past, since virtually everyone else he had ever known was now dead. Rudiger found that he had grown tired of the endless fighting and destruction within Eisen and was beginning to crave something different. Remembering some of the stories he had heard from mercenaries that served overseas, he arbitrarily decided that he would travel to Avalon and attempt to find something better there. Rudiger sold his horse to pay for the cost of his passage to Avalon and soon was on his way to another country.

On arrival in Avalon, he made enquiries about paid mercenary work and was lucky enough to be able to secure a position within the household of the Lady Honor Worthington. Since that time he has familiarised himself with the Avalonian language, and has become determined to earn himself a position of trust within the Lady’s household. Although the memory of what happened to his comrades in Eisen still haunts him somewhat, a promising career potentially beckons.

Personality

Rudiger is a young man in search of a cause greater than himself, but he has lost his place in the world and now he is trying to re-invent himself. He is habitually friendly but usually maintains a certain reserve, tending to be quiet and watchful rather than boisterous or attention-seeking. Under normal circumstances he is not given to dramatic displays of emotion. However, he is intensely loyal to his memories of the Drachenkralle Runden and is haunted by what happened to them. He strives to live up to their ideals and what he was taught during his time as a student of Eisenfaust.

Appearance

Rudiger is about 5’11” tall but is light on his feet for someone of his height. He is the picture of healthy Aryan youth… blue-eyed, blonde-haired, and brown-skinned from his many days spent training outdoors in the sun. He hasn’t quite achieved the full muscle bulk of a grown man yet, but is lean and strong nevertheless.

Equipment

Day Wear
Boots, Plain
Cloak, Plain
Coat, Plain
Gloves, Leather
Tabard
Undergarments

1.00
1.00
1.00
0.20
0.80
1.00
For Dressing Up
Drachenkralle Runden Dress Uniform

20.00
Weapons And Accessories
Broadsword x 2
Back Scabbard x 2
Gunpowder
Lead
Panzerhand
Pistol, Flintlock

20.00
10.00
1.00
0.50
5.00
20.00
Other Stuff
Bandages
Bedroll
Blanket
Crowbar
Grappling Hook
Hammer
Lamp Oil
Lantern
Messkit
Nails
Rope
Tongs

1.00
1.25
1.00
1.00
2.00
0.75
1.00
2.00
2.00
0.50
1.00
2.00

Rudiger Von Gießen

A Winter's Tale andysouth