Wars Of Blood
Lord Bannister Grey
A pair of longswords which he calls Brutus and Cassius.
Born about 70 years after the defeat of the Tarrasque Bannister and his fraternal twin brother, Dorgan, were raised together in Grey Manor near the eastern coast of The Sunshard. The first decade of their lives was fairly predictable for young nobles, filled with lessons in governance, riding, fencing, and chivalry. But at age 10 a blood war between the neighboring families of Cacciato and Grey broke out putting both the boys lives in danger. Bannisters father, Lord Dorian, decided to send both Bannister and Dorgan away to separate locations so that even if Cacciato discovered one of the boys the other might survive. For the sake of safety Dorian chose to send the boys places with many armed and able men to protect them. Bannister was sent to a den of rangers who owed Dorian for the use of his waterways; Dorgan was sent a coven of monks who held a small library filled with books that dated from before the Tarrasque. Little did Dorian suspect that these temporary accommodations would turn into a decade long hideaway which would transform young Bannister.
Amongst the Rangers
Bannister quickly learned that the life he had been living at Grey Manor was not to be expected in the wild. He would follow the rangers in their daily tasks and would try to help when he could. After a year passed and the blood war showed no signs of letting up the rangers decided it might be worth it to the young noble a few skills which he could use to aid them. Over the next four years they trained the young Bannister and he accepted anything they would teach him. Hunting, fishing, skinning, archery, trap-making, and new forms of fencing all entered his young mind as he trained with those around him. But after five years the blood war had wound down and Lord Dorian had decided to call his sons back to him. Bannister received the call and sent a message back to his father, informing him that he had no intention of returning the Grey Manor until his training was complete. Dorian decided to take matters into his own hands and sent two scores of troops to retrieve his heir. When the troops arrived the rangers had left and Bannister was nowhere to be found.
On The Run
Bannisters decision the move with the rangers was not made lightly and he was not at all surprised when shortly thereafter his father put up a reward for his sons safe return. The rangers convinced Bannister to grow out his hair and beard to disguise himself and took it a step further by using natural dyes to turn Bannisters naturally Black hair to locks of silver-blond. For the next five years Bannister traveled with the rangers sending sporadic reports to his father to let him know that he was still alive and well. On the run Bannisters training advanced at breakneck pace and soon he was considered to be one of the most valuable members of the group of den.
Bannister followed the den all over the Sunshard. From East to West and back again many times climbing over the Marbled Mountains. But one day, about five years after Bannister had chosen to run instead of returning to a life of privilege, Bannister received word that his brother, Dorgan, was getting married. Bannister took this as a sign to return home and support his brother. He packed his belongings, and on his last day with them, took the ranger oath of the den he had become a part of and swore to maintain secrecy on all of their tactics and information.
Returning To Grey Manor