Young, noble Holy Knight of Vlanstrad, devout follower of Athena and champion of Justice
Ht: 6’2” Wt: 220 lbs Hair: Dirty Blond Eyes: Almond
I only draw my sword when I intend to use it. I cannot sheath my sword until it has drawn blood.
Cannot strike a defenseless person. (magic, sorcery, etc, are forms of defense.)
Cannot be intentionally deceitful when asked a direct question.
Will never be motivated to horde or acquire wealth, will take just and fair compensation for services rendered and tokens of gratitude if they continue to insist after the first or 2nd refusal.
It is important to respect authority when authority is just and reasonable, however abuse of authority in any form, (dictatorship, corruption, etc.) must be questioned and challenged at every possible turn. Rulers can only rule justly when they have the respect and deference of the people they rule.
Born 18 years ago to a Vlanstradan knight (Achaelus Baratos) and an Athenian priestess (Temaré Pallas Areia) in a scandal of minor proportions, (in that he was born 3 months after their marriage.) Both Achaelus and Temaré had already done much in the service of Vlanstrad, and had been part of several joint efforts between the knights and the priestesses in dealing with a variety of incidents and issues of great concern to His Highness the King. Presumably this is where their romance blossomed.
In what was whispered about, Padraig’s father Achaelus, never rose to the leadership ranks, even though he was well-respected and imminently qualified, as the price to marry a future head priestess from Athena’s order. Others whisper that it was the fine diplomatic skill of the Ambassador Endeverus, a friend of Achaelus and his family, that even allowed the two to be married, because the current Athenian head priestess wanted Achaelus’ blood when the relationship became known, but compromised under a great deal of political pressure.
Achaelus and Temaré, Padraig’s Mother, survived the storm at the start of their marriage and settled into a quiet life in a decent sized house near the barracks. Temaré’s family were lesser Vlanstradan nobles, while never making it official, because of fear of the ensuing scandal, essentially disowned Temaré because of the loss of prestige and influence she would have brought the family when she became head priestess. Temaré’s younger brother Telephus, however, kept in touch with her on the sly, even manufacturing a reason to release one of his wife’s handmaidens, Annunziata, so that she could serve Temaré, as she did before Temaré was accepted into the order.
Achaelus’ mother and father had died a few years earlier from illness, and while Achaelus had a sister, the age difference between them, (Achaelus was 15 years younger than his sister), meant that they didn’t know each other well. Achaelus’ sister was married to merchant’s son a year before he was born.
Two years later, this quiet life was shattered by a bandit’s arrow. During a late night patrol, bandits foolishly attempted to breach the city walls. They failed but one of the bandits got lucky and scored a critical hit. Since Achaelus was the only casualty among the knights, and would not have been on patrol if the scheduled knight had not been laid low by a sudden, vicious illness, there were brief murmurings of conspiracy or revenge, but they were never said with any volume and quickly died away, as all the bandits who were not slain in the combat, were executed after being found guilty.
Temaré did not handle the news well, being cut off from her family and Achaelus’ family out of the picture as well. Were it not for Annunziata, Temaré may have very quickly followed her husband. Though, her mourning was postponed when she found herself with another child growing. Padraig’s sister, Enevari, was born 8.5 months after their father died.
While Temaré was very active and enthusiastic in her children’s lives at the beginning, she soon began to push more and more of the responsibility on Annunziata and began to withdraw into herself. Coincidentally, after the birth of Enevari, the rest of Temaré’s family came back into her life. It was soon clear, however, that their overtures were aimed at making sure Enevari fulfill the aspirations and desires that her mother failed to.
During this time Annunziata, seeing how much she was becoming needed, moved her own small family into the house she served, so her husband of 5 years, Dorgan, and their two daughters, Antigone, 4, and Eris, 1. Dorgan was an apprentice smith at the time, but would soon join the smith’s guild, thus was not present in the house most of the time.
When Padraig was 6, Temaré contracted a mysterious illness, and soon after Padraig’s 7th birthday, Temaré finally joined her husband.
For a while the fates of all those in the house were in limbo. Temaré’s family immediately sought to take Enevari and give her to the priestesses, with Telephus being the only dissenting voice. Annunziata and her family, being essentially masterless, were dreading moving out, particularly as Annunziata saw Padraig and Enevari as her own children and was sick at the thought of watching them being separated from her and each other.
Endeverus again stepped in and resolved the matter quickly. After spending time to speak with the young Padraig and Enevari, he purchased the house, and contracted Annunziata to care for the house and the children of Temaré and Achaelus, whom he had himself named guardian of, in spite of the protests of Temaré’s family. He achieved their begrudging cooperation by assuring them that when Enevari reached the age of 12, the year girls are accepted into the order, he would consult with them regarding Enevari’s future.
Annunziata raised Padraig and Enevari as her own, and while she was a devout follower of Athena, she constantly questioned authority, if only in the privacy of her home. And this rebellious streak she imbued to all the children. Growing up with Annunziata’s libertarian devotion to Athena, and hearing of his mother and father’s service in her name for Vlanstrad and being awed by the rare appearances of Endeverus, channeled Padraig to follow in their footsteps. His father’s armor, sword and shield were kept in the house, and kept in good condition, and his mother’s raiment and holy symbol were also displayed prominently in the house.
At the age of 12, Padraig was accepted for training by the knights, since he lived close to the barracks, he was allowed to live at home for the first 3 years of his training. He was page to a different knight each year, until he reach the age of 15 and became a Squire. After which he lived in the barracks, serving and traveling with the Knight at Arms Sir Darnallus until he was conferred the title of Holy Knight Errant, shortly after his 18th birthday.
Enevari showed a preternatural calm and a wisdom that belied her age at an early date, when not in the company of her brother. When she was with Padraig, which was often, as she rarely left his side, however, she was exactly the young girl one would expect her to be.
Until Padraig turned 12, the four children were very close, playing and learning together, but Antigone and Eris would often defer to Enevari in regards to Padraig, who, naturally, never noticed, and while there were often disagreements, there was certainly a great deal of love and respect between the four of them.
When Padraig was accepted by the Knights, naturally he was elated, as he was going to be following in his parents footsteps, so he expected everyone else he loved to be elated as well. What he didn’t expect was all the sadness and crying that accompanied his well wishes. All the women in his life cried, Annunziata cried in pride and joy at her “son” and invoking his parent’s name. Antigone cried because she too would have to grow up, and leave her sisters and beloved brother behind. Eris cried because her sister and mother were crying. Enevari never said why she was crying, but for a moment Padraig thought she looked like their mother whenever she remembered their father.
Antigone distanced herself a bit from the other three after that and a year later, at 14, went to work as a maid for Endeverus’ sister on the other side of the city.
The following year, Enevari, 12, joined the priestessess much to delight of Temaré’s family,the Pallas Areia clan, after a discussion with Endeverus, Annunziata, and Padraig. Endeverus worked a deal here as well, arranging for Eris, 11, to be accepted at the same time as Enevari, where she would assist and look after the infinitely more gifted Enevari.
With all his “sisters” out of the house and his own increasingly busy life, Padraig focused on his desire to be someone worthy of his parent’s legacy, Endeverus’ generosity, and Annunziata’s love.
The next time his family was present all together was when Padraig received his official rank of Holy Knight Errant at 18. Eris and Enevari had gotten special permission to leave the order for a day, and were accompanied by escorts. It was at that time that Annunziata presented Padraig with his father’s armor that Dorgan had adjusted to fit him and his mother’s holy symbol, a golden owl with diamond eyes on a silver pendant with a long silver chain.