Identity: Lars Grimsson
Full Name: Lars Grimsson
Alias: -- The Zwarte Ridder (The Black Knight)
Titles: Knight bachelor ( A knight who fights under anotherís banner.)
Style of Combat: Kunst des Fechtens (The Art of Fighting- a school that comprises the techniques of the Great Sword or War Sword but also describes many other types of combat, notably mounted combat, unarmed grappling, fighting with hammers, with the dagger, the messer (knife) with or without buckler, and the staff.
Apparent Age: 28
Profession: Professional Soldier
Marital Status: Single
Deity: The One God
Weight: 210 lbs.
Body Type: Lean, athletic, toned muscles
Skin type/color: Tanned faced and upper torso
Scars/tattoos/birthmarks: Several battle wound scars from arrows and cuts
Hair color: Reddish blond
Hair style: Long, pulled back, just above shoulders.
Eye color: Gray-blue
Eye shape: Wide
Family: Lars had given up his lands and title to country in Nyland having joined the Redwold, he voluntarily relinquished those things; in return he joined the famed Redwold. His first battles called him forth from his homeland he traveled to the Holy Land to free it from the Saracens and their Hassassins who tried to control the area. Serving for four tedious years, fighting and meeting the many people of the Middle East, his outlook on much of his teachings back in Nyland had changed. There was indeed more to the world the Laird had created than he had imagined
Possessions: What monies he gains from fighting under the Redwold banner he donates to the church and gives to the poor to allow them a better life. He has two horses, the courser preferred for hard battle as they were light, fast and strong. They were valuable horses, but less expensive than the highly-prized destrier. The destrier, the best-known war horse of the medieval era. It carried knights in battles, tournaments, and jousts. It was described by contemporary sources as the Great Horse, due to its significance.
Weapons- ( all lengths are over all lengths)
Main hand/primary: 44-inch long war sword with a hard wood gripped wrapped in leather
Offhand/ secondary: kite shield made of wood reinforced with steel bands. 40"inches long and 24" wide.
Secondary weapons carried:
25-inch long war hammer with hardwood handle on the belt.
10-foot long oak spear with a 13-inch long hewing spearhead.
20-inch long poignard on belt.
Armor: Armor/Clothes worn-
Head: Blackened Great Helm over padded arming cap and chain bascinet
Torso: Black leather brigandine worn over a blackened mail shit and gambeson. Heavy black hooded tunic.
Upper arm: gambeson and chain from the shirt
Lower arm: leather and plate vambraces protecting the forearms
Hands: Blackened chain and leather gauntlets
Waist: heavy double wrap sword belt
Upper legs: heavy suede pants under the draping edges of the gambeson and mail shirt
Lower legs: mail and plate greaves
Feet: Black heavy calf boots under the greaves
Personalty: Professional soldier who serves under the Redwold currently as a knight bachelor. He is cool to strangers although he continues to be faithful to the One God and follows his oath as a Knight. He dislikes the Ravens and will fight them to the last man at every battle, neither running from them or being cowed. He is loyal and faithful to friends and will fight to the end to defend the innocent from harm.
Archery: Extremely poor.
Projectiles: Extremely poor.
Whips: Extremely poor.
Poisons: Extremely poor.
Lars is the son of Grim, hence Grimsíson or Grimsson. Born in the northern reaches of human lands he grew up in a strict household. His father is a minor lord and raised his sons, all seven of them, to be warriors. Lars is the youngest of the boys and has always been overshadowed by his brothers and father in terms of their exploits and heroics.
Having gained his knighthood as a member of minor nobility Lars decided that he had to leave the small lands and explore the wider world. In this he hopes to gain the honor and fame that has eluded him and made him the outcast among his family.
Lars has been traveling the last seven years exploring and learning the ways of the world, yet that one fleeting piece of honor and glory continue to elude his grasp. He has served in many armies in many lands. His name is recognized among many mercenary companies as a skilled warrior and he takes his knightly oath of largess and compassion for the weak as well as his unyielding faith in his Gods so seriously that he has made a name for himself, sadly though he canít see this.
His prayer before battle- "Hearken we beseech Thee, O Lord, to our prayers, and deign to bless with the right hand of Thy Majesty this sword with which Thy servant desires to be girded, that it may be a defense of churches, widows, orphans and all Thy servants against the scourge of pagans, that it may be the terror and dread of all evil-doers, and that it may be just in both attack and defense."