Rembert Caltron (Marcus's Alt) Apr 2, 2014 16:04:54 GMT -6
Post by Rembert on Apr 2, 2014 16:04:54 GMT -6
Name: Rembert Caltron
Hair Color: Grey/white
Eye Color: Brown
Appearance: Rembert is a plump, heavyset man who is nearing the edge of his prime. He is shorter than most men, a fact that makes his weight all the more apparent. His hair has long since gone grey, except for his eyebrows which only add to the scowl that constantly seems to be on his face. His eyes are beady and his mouth is too small for his face. In spite of all of this, Rembert maintains a proud demeanor, never slouching and always walking with his shoulders square and his chest puffed out.
Clothes: Rembert dresses in clothing that, while made for travel, still exudes an aura of opulence and wealth. In contrast, the cloak that he wears over these clothes seems to be made of the cheapest and roughest cloth. His boots appear to have been made in a similar fashion and bear the signs of extended use.
Born in: Delfia, Etruria
Story: Born the sixth son of a wealthy Etrurian count, Rembert was always considered to have gotten whatever traits that his five brothers had not gotten. While they grew into strong, handsome young men, Rembert was a chubby, awkward child who wanted nothing more than to spend his days tucked away in the library with a large pile of books. His father tried for a few futile months to get his son active and trained in one weapon or another, but after seeing how clumsy and unmotivated he was, he declared the child "his mother's problem" and never concerned himself with the child's upbringing again. He was even heard to say, "It's not as if he's my heir or anything." This never seemed to phase young Rembert, as he was more than thrilled to not have to spend the day stumbling and sweating out in the yard.
As the years passed and he grew into a young man, he grew to be something of an embarrassment to his family. When other notable families came to their estate, Rembert would often be absent from the welcoming meal, and even when he wasn't, his face was often buried in a book and he never took part in polite conversation as was expected of a count's son. Eventually his family grew tired of this and offered him two decisions: straighten up and become a proper noble, or leave the estate and become a priest of Saint Elimine. At the time, Rembert had shrugged and gone to the library, ignoring his family entirely. He awoke the next morning to find his clothes packed and a kindly priest waiting to take him away to his new home, the largest church in Delfia.
Despite the shock of being pulled from his comfortable estate, Rembert took well to the lifestyle of the cloth. While his family had only made lip-service to their religion, he soon found himself zealous and inspired to spread Elimine's teachings to the world. As one of the few priests who knew how to ride, he was assigned the job of riding between the church and those on the outskirts of the city and neighboring towns who were in need. Rembert was a natural healer and was well received among those he visited. His skill was quickly recognized by the church and they came to rely on him. This all changed however with the Bandit War and the consequences it brought upon Etruria.
While Rembert did not participate in the war, he was somewhat skeptical of the arisen Elminine. He generally kept these thoughts to himself, but every once and while a comment or two would slip out. With the end of the war came the rise of the Prophet and everything began to change in the church. What was once a institution with the goal of helping others quickly became militarized, and Rembert was no different. As a mounted healer, his skills were especially useful and he was quickly deployed to the brigade of one High Officer Arriston. He begrudgingly accepted this position, but he was quickly losing faith in the church. During his time in the army he was witness to many of Etruria's darker moments, from the battle of Salvation Point, the arrival of the dragon, and even the betrayal of Richter. Each of these moments shook Rembert's faith more and more, but there was one final moment that brought it crumbling down. Following Richter's betrayal, the priest fled Salvation Point with High Commander Arriston. Upon arrival at the fort, he was among those who watched in horror and shock as the dragon was forced to kill the captive Sacaens. This confused and infuriated him. How could a country that was once devoted to helping people and spreading light now force an innocent creature to kill more innocents? It was unjust and cruel and from that day, he cast down his vestments and declared himself an Etrurian priest no more.
He spent the ensuing battle hiding from both his superiors and the invading soldiers and when the fighting had ended, he surrendered. As a noncombatant, he was let go and afterwards he wandered for several days afterward, not sure what to do with himself in the wake of his recent revelations. Eventually he collapsed on the side of the road, exhausted from travel. He awoke a day later in the care of a strange old man. He introduced himself as Veryl and questioned Rembert as to what he was doing passed out on the side of the road. For some reason, he found himself trusting this man and he began rattling off the tale of his life and how he recently began to question it all. When he had finished Veryl had nodded sagely and informed him that what he needed was a new path. He reminded Rembert that he once had thirsted for knowledge and that he should once again renew that thirst. Removing a book from a bookcase ob the wall, the old man told him that he should study its contents and then seek out more like it. He then sent the former priest on his way without further explanation. Rembert was confused, but obeyed nonetheless. Inside the tome's aging pages, he found mysterious runes that he did not recognize, yet they seemed to form words in his head. Curious, he muttered the phrase that seemed to repeat itself endlessly and to his surprise a small purplish orb formed above the pages. Shocked, he dropped the book and the orb went sailing off into a nearby sapling, shattering it. As Rembert stared at the stump of what had been a tree, a feeling came over him. Summoning that orb had felt good and had given him a sense of power. Yet it hadn't satisfied him. He suddenly wanted more and as he stooped to pick up his book, he swore that he would learn more about this strange power. He would become powerful and then he would take that power and use it to clean away the plague that lay over Etruria and restore the light that once shown from its great city. He would bring back the light of Elimine.