The Great Lord of Ern's Northeastern Region. Now a Player in Ern's Game of Thrones.
Levington is a hard man and he looks it. His expression is stern. His attitude is stern. His manner of speech is stern. He exhibits next to no emotion, relying on his status and power to get what he wants. He has dark, thinning hair that he deliberately shaves from the top of his head. Sometimes he sports a beard. He stands just under six feet and is in his late forties or early fifties.
Before detailing Levington, it is important to note that he is now being played by Jerome via email, telephone and this portal.
Barin Levington is not prone to moments of levity or emotion. He has high expectations for everyone around him, and he can be fierce when those expectations are not met. He rules mostly through intimidation, but also through his massive wealth.
As the Major Lord in the Northeast, and having been named the region’s Great Lord, Levington would be wealthy simply because of his station. However, he rules over the Onstown region. This region includes the city that shares the region’s name, Onstown, one of Ern’s biggest ports. The region also features a smaller port town called Oldhaven and ample farmland south of Onstown. He also rules over some smaller, but still well producing mining towns at the base of Ern’s mountains. All of this means that he is even wealthier than others who hold a similar office to his. In fact, he is easily the wealthiest Lord on either island.
He is neither loved nor despised by his bannermen or subjects, but almost everyone who knows anything about him fears him. Many respect him. His reputation is that his allegiance is fleeting, but when you have it, you will benefit greatly. For that reason, most of Ern’s Lords seek to please him.
As with most major lords, his militia is approximately 1,500 soldiers strong individually. Some of these soldiers are well trained. Others are not. Levington has further stocked the force loyal to him with sellswords from the mainland and the islands. That means he has closer to 2,000 men in his legion. The sellswords, of course, are exceptionally skilled.
His Importance to this Campaign
Not only is Levington now being controlled by one of the players, and thereby exceedingly important, but he appears to be a major player in Ern’s Game of Thrones. Every lord in the northeast and northwestern regions have sworn fealty to him. It’s possible lords from other regions have done so as well. His force is big, no doubt.
That said, it was apparently hit by the demon cloud that followed Cormac into one of the gates. The small militia that the cloud decimated near the Muddy Pig presumably belonged to one of the region’s local lords, who—like many others—was sending his militia to join Levington’s. What is the size of Levington’s force? As yet it’s unclear. But Helena Tinisil said it was near 17,000. She also predicted Levington would buy Rain Esoterh’s allegiance.
There is no doubt, then, that Levington is a force to be reckoned with.
It is a well documented fact that Levington aided in Alvin Nathander’s rebellion fourteen years ago. It is also a well known fact that most people with memories of those days believe Levington is the real reason Nathander became king. Nathander ran one half of the army, the half fighting from the south. Levington ran the half based in the north. While Nathander lost several battles and was in danger of losing the war, Levington’s force won every battle they fought. When things looked bleakest for Nathander, Levington joined their forces and changed the outcome of all future battles.
All of this means Levington’s reputation holds that he is the most brilliant military commander on Ern. Many were surprised when Nathander didn’t name Levington Master of the Armed Forces, opting instead to give that position to his oldest son. Levington still appears to have been rewarded, insofar as he now rules the most prosperous territory in all of Ern. While Nathander was king, Levington also paid a smaller rate of tax than other Great Lords.
He managed to maintain his position when Brendan Hunter became Steward. Exactly how is unclear.