His mother, unable to bear the shame, threw herself from the lighthouse onto the shoals below. Erick was left to the mercies of the city's orphanages, his family's dishonor slowly sending him to worse and worse orphanages, until he finally ended up in the Dragon's Teeth, where no doubt he'd have grown up to be a criminal, had not fate intervened once again, perhaps to make up for it's last cruel touch.
Garvin Marshant, an Emissary of the Order of the Rose was sent to the city by his order chapterhouse to see to settling issues between nobles, as things had been getting more and more bloody as time went on with the infighting.
Sir Marshant was in the habit of hiring street urchins for use in the cities he frequented, sending them on errands, asking them about local information, and watching people for him. He hired the young Erick, and was impressed by Erick's quick mind and developing prowess. Hearing about his past from someone else, he took the boy on as a squire, and thus Erick went on an odyssey that would span the next 10 years, squire to Marshant.
They spent two years in Garlan, helping to avoid a major outbreak of violence in the area. It was while living here and working with Sir Marshant that Erick met Tendir Quickfingers, a young gnomish gunsmith. She found Erick's fascination with firearms charming, and the boys unceasing curiosity very gnomish. She even eventually taught the boy the forbidden knowledge of gunsmithing, and gave him a dragon enscribed revolver as a fare travel present when he and his master left.
There was also a period of three years spent in Seng, working with the new Empress who had just won back the throne after an attempted coup. During his stay there, Erick learned to use armor and weapons like none he'd ever seen before, but he still dressed like he was in Aurialys, blending the two in a manner no-one had seen till then or since.
Finally, 18, Marshant took him to an Order Chapterhouse, to have him fully inducted into a Cavalier Order. But rather than sponsor him to his own order in Marshant sponsored him to the Order of the Tome, which was a much better fit for the questing mind of the young cavalier.
Erick found the Order of the Tome much more to his frame of mind than the Order of the Rose, and gained skills rapidly under their tutelage and training. His breadth of knowledge spread rapidly, and his training finally came together. He'd never been very good at animals, although he learned the minimum necessary to get by, even learning to fight from horseback (despite never quite catching on to how to convince them he was a friend).
Having completed his journeyman requirements, and now an official Cavalier of the Order of the Tome, Erick had returned to his birth city a much older, wiser, and calmer man than the angry and vengeful boy who left. He continues to travel on order business, and also seeking more answers on those who betrayed his family and why. He has made a decent enough name for himself as a Cavalier, even if an odd one who doesn't like horses
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No worries Patrick, the PCs shouldn't kill each other while you're away.
Although for the record, Kessel did explain what he knew about the history of the region, and Blake said he wasn't interested. Kessel was trying to explain why it might matter. Bards are very particular about these sorts of things.
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Well you know these bard types, they make their living talking, and so even when they're pissed off it's hard for them to boil their sentiment down to a couple of words. Probably could have been reduced to two words or one gesture.