Drachenreich - A 7th Sea Campaign
Here is a note of the NPCs the Heroes have either heard of or met on their travels.
Galafre is a scion of the once great Du Lac/Savary noble family, who for many years sat as Montaigne rulers of Avalon, on L’Empereur’s behalf. Their blood intermingled with the Avalon nobles and they adopted several of the Avalonian ways of life during their 600 year rule of the isles. When the Du Lac/Savary family escaped from Avalon during the overthrow of Montaigne rule they scattered across Montaigne, with no lands of their own to call home. Their place in Montaigne high society had been forever lost in the disgrace of defeat. The scant wealth brought with them allowed the Du Lac house to set up in a variety of manorial properties, but they were no longer one of the recognised noble houses. Some say they retained more of their wealth than it appeared to outsiders. The Rondeaux can trace their Savary lineage thru the maternal line, back to Lucien De Savary himself – first Montaigne ruler of Avalon. The history of the House of Du Lacs is common fodder in the curriculum of Montaigne’s educated classes. Like many Du Lacs, Galafre had a minor position on the fringes of court, and was ordered to put his porte skills to good effect in the war effort. He served in a number of actions with our heroes in the war, and in one skirmish in a remote Castillian hill village, some of you witnessed him strike a cruel Montaigne aristocratic officer who was inflicting a brutal retribution on locals after the conflict. He was only saved from being slain by the officer’s own henchmen, through the intervention of an Eisen mercenary, (Ulrich Kessler). Those neutrals looking on were impressed by Galafre’s courage & disregard for his own safety. Galafre was been ordered home (along with our heroes) as part of the Lierre Regiment’s respite from their hard tours of duty.
A musketeer of good standing, he is evidently well-bred, and a gentleman of substance, if slightly foppish. He has a taste for good wine and fine art. He gives the impression of a man of letters and learning who carries out his duties as much through guile, as swordsmanship. His townhouse in Diomede Boulevard (adjacent to Place Sangatte) with its well-appointed salon and fine furnishings, would not be out of place in the fashionable quarters of larger cities such as Muguet or Crieux. He has close ties with Jolan De Bisset De Veselay’s family, and was firm friends with Jolan’s father. A man of principle, he strives to defend the lowly folk of Lierre, although has no truck with insurrectionist elements. He seems to have some contacts around the town, and is aware of activities at all levels of the social strata.
Dr Hubrecht Stern
Of joint Vendel/Montaigne heritage, Hubrecht is a well respected doctor and surgeon. Although he does some work for the more affluent citizens of Lierre, he does so purely on the basis of medical need, not because of financial concerns. Most of his time is spent catering to the poor folk of Lierre, and his reward for doing so is often just their heartfelt gratitude. A man of Montaigne’s Dore province, his political views are a product of the strange mix of Vendel, Eisen and Montaigne cultures which bleed into each other within that province. He is a graduate of Dechaine’s small but respected medical school. Dechaine University is a hotbed of new political thought, and Hubrecht’s politics give him much in common with the populist agent provocateurs now found in Lierre. A clean living and somewhat humourless man, he has in the past been rendered partially lame by an unknown incident, and to this day still walks with a cane. He is past associate of Jean Tonelier’s from their time together in Dechaine.
A nondescript man who blends into the surroundings and speaks seldom. He is well schooled in the art of being unobtrusive, and half the time you don’t even notice he’s there. Softly spoken and non-threatening, his only form of expressiveness is in his eyes, and with a challenging arch of his brow or a steely half-closed stare he can speak volumes. As with most expert Montaigne servants he is the soul of discretion and naturally above suspicion. His thinning backcombed hair and shadowed features, belie the sometimes harrowing sights he must endure as one of the Comte De Lierre’s most trusted house staff. He seems to have a leading role in the hidden college, but exactly what, is uncertain.
In appearance he is a bookish man with short greying hair and pinch nez glasses, who looks like he would run at the first sign of conflict. But there is much more to him than first impressions. When you first hear him speaking of the injustice toward common people, there is fire in his belly, and an angry glow in his eyes. He is an extremely determined character, and passionate about liberating ‘the people’ from their over-fed masters – maybe a little too passionate. There is little doubt that the political messages coming out of the College, are being spoken with his voice.
Sgt Edmund Gilbert
This stocky and rarely shaven man ill-befits his status as a non-commissioned officer in the Comte’s new gendarmerie – L’Avertisseurs. Our heroes know him to be a workshy and craven soldier from their time in the Lierre Rifles. A bawdy sycophant and lickspittle, he occasionally fawned over the heroes as their reputation in the regiment grew off the back of their successes, however they know him to have few redeeming qualities. He was one of a band of ill-reputed men who spent their time with the camp followers and always dodged the difficult or dangerous assignments. Others in the same band included Lieutenant Jacques Villiers and Gerard De Vodacette (both also now of L’Avertisseurs). As part of the Zepedan campaign of the war in Castille, he was billeted in San Sebastian immediately after it fell. That proved to be a dark chapter in the history of the Lierre Rifles, although you are unsure what, if any role he played in that.