Name: Lucius Valonia
Location: Warder Keep, Akron
Formerly a general of the smallish military forces of Karthis, general Valonia fell into severe arguments with the city-state's new ruler. The arguments were mainly fuelled by Lucius' insistence to grow Karthis' military presence in the area. Lucius believes that unstable times are ahead and that Karthians should wake up and stop smelling the roses. Lucius wanted to enhance Karthis' military by amping up all the aspects of the armed forces, forcing a mandatory military service time to all male Karthians and to set clearly defined borders (including peripheral forts and outposts) that the city-state will defend with vigilance and vigor. The soldiers in Karthis are all skilled and honoured professionals, but Lucius thinks there are simply not enough of them to meet the challenges of tomorrow which eventually need these professionals of violence.
Lucius was eventually politically crushed over the course of three years and none of his ideas were taken seriously enough by the civil rulers. The mind-set in the city-state is that the skilled mercenary groups present in the city are enough of a military presence. After a time general Valonia found himself time and time again in bitter arguments and one day after a heated discussion with the leader of the city guardsmen - a man blindly loyal to the civil rulers - he simply announced his retirement, packed his belongings and left Karthis.
He rode straight to Warder Keep where he met several men who he had both fought against and fought with in the past. And of course he knew Artor Cambori very well too. The Warders were commonly used by Karthis to accomplish several semi-military tasks in and around Karthis. And many times Lucius was the final link in the hiring of these mercenaries.
Artor didn't just embrace Lucius to be one of his mercenaries. He thought that Lucius had too much political baggage and too much enemies and too much proudness to become one The Warders. After a night involving much drunken shenanigans, they ended up drawing their swords in disagreement. Other Warders stopped the men and threw Lucius out of the keep. But Lucius had made up his mind ... he was to become one of The Warders. He set up a camp about half a mile away from the keep. He then marched to the keep each and every day to ask for a chance to become one of the mercenaries. After refusing Lucius for 99 times, Artor changed his mind and Lucius was accepted.
That was 5 years ago. Since that time Karthis has been needing the services of The Warders in alarmingly growing frequency.
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