About Ulryk Lebeda
Age: 17 / Height: 5’11 (claims to be 6’1) / Weight: 183 lbs
Equipment: Gold – 269 Silver – 3 Copper - 3 [800 gold in store credit]
Fierce, chesnut brown seize ones focus when you first look upon Ulryk Lebeda. His round face and full cheeks are covered in a thick cedar brown beard. His mouth is often cast in a frown, but when he smiles it is welcoming and displays his affable nature.
With powerful muscles and broad shoulders, he is dressed in chain with four iron plateguards, a chainmail coif and a spiked helmet. Over this is a simple tabbard bearing his personal heraldic crest a rearing Or (gold) Elk on a field of Vert (green), beneath which are the modified words "Success through toil" -- a alteration of the traditional Lebeda words "Success through grace.
Ulryk Lebeda is from one of the outlying branches of the great Brevik house on the shores of Lake Reykal. Alric Lebeda leads this branch from his castle on Trumpeter Hill, though a forth son, he managed to carve out a small domain for himself. Ulryk wishes to do the same.
The fifth son of a fourth born son, early one he knew that their would be little in the way of inheritance or easy decadence in his future. His father was a proud, if simple man, who emphasised the responsibility of the nobility and the glory to be found in battle. His father was a honest man, but he had his faults - drink and gambling being the most prominant. Though the family was never truly destitute, by the time Ulryk was thirteen he understood that he would have to make his own way. Given little training in the way of professional skills, the only thing Ulryk had to fall back on was his formidable strength and combat training. For ten to twelve brutal hours each day he would train with what was available to him, a sword, a soldiers pike, or a battle axe. Though his eldest brother Rolynd had a horse, he would not permit Ulryk to ride or train with it. Rolynd jealously guarded his place as heir and did not wish to see Ulryk outshine him in tournaments or become a knight. By denying him a chance to learn to ride and practice with a lance, Rolynd guarenteed a lack of competition.
Ulryk hated his elder brother for this, but did not press the issue, fearing a fued within his family and what he might do if his temper boiled over. Resigned to the fate of becoming a sergeant or maybe a captain in a local lords retinue, Ulryk focused his training on the pole-arm.
When word came of the charter to explore the Stolen Lands reached Ulryk, he bought a mule and cart and set out at once. Here was his chance to carve out an inheritance and a legacy beyond what his birth had in store for him.
Notes on House Lebeda: The Lebeda's are tempestuous, driven, prickly about their honor, in short, much like the Swordlords. They have their fingers in many endeavors and tend to cover their bases by playing both sides of the fence at the same time, so they come out on top no matter which was the situation resolves itself.
The Lebedas of Lake Reykal are known as the most “Rostlandic” of Brevoy’s noble houses, having inherited a good deal of Taldan blood and tradition, including a fondness for sword fighting and an appreciation of the finer things. Their family seat of Silverhall is one of the grandest castles in Brevoy, its spires rising above the shores of Lake Reykal. The Lebedas earn and maintain their fortune as merchants and brokers between the northern and southern reaches of Brevoy, and control much of the shipping across the lake. Dame Sarrona Lebeda has ruled the house as regent since the death of her husband, but their son Lander is approaching his majority, when he will become lord of the house. His older sister Elanna spends a great deal of time representing their house in New Stetven, and rumors claim the Lebedas are looking to arrange a marriage between her and Noleski Surtova. Naturally, Natala Surtova hates the young and charming Elanna Lebeda with a passion.
House Lebeda’s crest is a white swan, serenely sailing across a blue expanse, with the sun on the horizon behind it. Whether the sun is said to be rising or setting depends on the house’s fortunes, but the Lebedas’ sun appears ascendant at the moment. Its motto is “Success through Grace.”
Gold, Red, and Black
Abadar: The Master of the First Vault is the unifying religious power in Brevoy, favored of the merchant and tradesman class, as well as those nobles more interested in prosperity through trade and the rule of law than the iron fist of battle. Temples of Abadar are places of judgment and trade, and the bearers of his golden key are often invested as neutral judges or arbiters.
Gorum: Our Lord in Iron speaks to the needs and interests of the nobility of Brevoy: strength through force of arms and prowess in battle. The household priests of the great keeps and strongholds of the land are ironclad followers of Gorum, wearing their red tabards and swinging iron censers heavy with pungent incense.
Pharasma: Our Lady of Gentle Repose is the divinity of the common people of Brevoy, more concerned with cultivation, birthing, and harvesting than wealth, and less involved in the outcome of battles than in the repercussions of the corpse-strewn fields they leave behind. Inhabitants of scattered villages are far more acquainted with the local bone-thrower, midwife, and black-clad mortician-monk than they are with the splendid clerics of Abadar or Gorum.