Fortis filius William Fireheart of House Flambeau

A Flambeau magus who favors using steel to dispatch his enemies rather than fire

Fortis filius William Fireheart of House Flambeau, Adherent to the School of Ramius and Hoplite of the Hermetic Order

Characteristics: Int +1 (cunning), Per -1 (thoughtful), Pre 0, Com 0, Str +2 (active), Sta +2 (doughty), Dex +1 (coordinated), Qik 0

Size: 0

Age: 42 (36), Height: 5’10’’, Weight: 180 lbs, Gender: Male

Decrepitude: 0

Warping Score: 1 (2¾)

Confidence: 1 (10)

Virtues and Flaws: Gentle Gift, The Gift, Hermetic Magus, Rapid Convalescence (Recover from Wounds: +3), School of Ramius, Tough (Soak: +3), Warrior*, Ambitious, Creative Block (Lab Totals: -3 without lab text), Deficient Form (Imaginem), Miles, Reckless

Personality Traits: Chivalrous +2, Judgemental +1, Reckless +3

Reputations: Flambeau House Acclaim (Magi Flambeaux) 1


Dodge: Init: -1, Attack -, Defense +5, Damage -

Fist: Init: -1, Attack +5, Defense +4, Damage +2

Pole Axe: Init: -1, Attack +12, Defense +6, Damage +13

Sword, Long: Init: +1, Attack +9, Defense +5, Damage +8

Dagger: Init: -1, Attack +7, Defense +4, Damage +5

Kick: Init: -2, Attack +5, Defense +3, Damage +5

Soak: +18

Fatigue levels: OK, 0, -1, -3, -5, Unconscious

Wound Penalties: -1 (1-5), -3 (6-10), -5 (11-15), Incapacitated (16-20), Dead (21+)

Abilities: Artes Liberales 2 (grammar) (2), Awareness 2 (searching) (5), Brawl 4 (Dodge), Code of Hermes 1 (wizards’ marches) (7), Concentration 2 (spell concentration) (2), English 5 (military terms), Fertility Lore 0 (ritual magic) (2), Finesse 1 (Corpus) (4), Great Weapon 5 (Pole Axe), Latin 4 (Hermetic usage), Leadership 2 (in combat) (4), Magic Theory 5 (Corpus) (21), Occitan 4 (military terms) (4), Order of Hermes Lore 1 (House Flambeau), Parma Magica 3 (Corpus) (10), Penetration 3 (Corpus) (7), Ride 2 (battle), Single Weapon 3 (Sword, Long), Spanish 2 (TBD) (1)

Arts: Cr 13, In 8, Mu 6, Pe 7, Re 12, An 2, Aq 5, Au 2, Co 14, He 6, Ig 9, Im 1, Me 4, Te 3, Vi 6

Equipment: Full Mail Armor (Soak: 14) (Soak: 14; Protection: 9; Quality Armor: +2); Helm (Soak: 7) (Soak: 7; Protection: 2; Perception Penalty -3: 3); Coat of Plates (Soak: 7) (Soak: 7; Protection: 2); Lab Text: Gentle Caress of Aesclepius (Technique: Creo; Form: Corpus; Range: Touch, +1; Duration: Mom, +0; Target: Ind, +0; Ritual: Yes; Design: Base 25, +1 Touch; Casting Total: +25; Language: Latin); Lab Text: Gift of Berserk Fury (Technique: Rego; Form: Corpus; Range: Touch, +1; Duration: Sun, +2; Target: Ind, +0; Design: Base 10, +1 Touch, +2 Sun; Casting Total: +22; Language: Latin); Lab Text: Dust to Dust (Technique: Perdo; Form: Corpus; Range: Voice, +2; Duration: Mom, +0; Target: Ind, +0; Design: Base 5, +2 Voice; Casting Total: +17; Language: Latin); Lab Text: Endurance of the Berserkers (Technique: Rego; Form: Corpus; Range: Per, +0; Duration: Conc, +1; Target: Ind, +0; Design: Base 10, +1 Conc; Casting Total: +22; Language: Latin); Lab Text: Rise of the Feathery Body (Technique: Rego; Form: Corpus; Range: Touch, +1; Duration: Conc, +1; Target: Ind, +0; Design: Base 4, +1 Touch, +1 Conc; Casting Total: +22; Language: Latin)

Encumbrance: 12 (14)

Spells Known:

Disguise of the New Visage (MuCo 15) +22

Circling Winds of Protection (Cr(Re)Au 20) +17, Mastery 1 (fast casting)

The Chirurgeon’s Healing Touch (CrCo 20) +31

Gentle Caress of Aesclepius (CrCo 30) +31

Dust to Dust (PeCo 15) +23

Rise of the Feathery Body (ReCo 10) +28

Endurance of the Berserkers (ReCo 15) +28

Gift of Berserk Fury (ReCo 25) +28

Aegis of Unbreakable Wood (MuHe 15) +14

Pilum of Fire (CrIg 20) +24

Aura of Ennobled Presence (MuIm 10) +5

Agnosia (PeMe 10) +13

Pit of the Gaping Earth (PeTe 15) +12

Bane of Weapons (ReTe 20) +17

Wind of Mundane Silence (PeVi 25) +15

Piercing the Magical Veil (InVi 20) +16

Wizard’s Communion (MuVi 15) +14


Michael was born in 1188 to John, a merchant, and his wife Marian in Penrith, Cumbria. His father had become quite successful in several markets, and his early childhood was relatively carefree – he wanted for little. The year preceding his tenth birthday, however, was to have profound effects upon his life. His mother succumbed to a fever early in 1187, and in grief, his father decided to move his business to Newcastle upon Tyne. On the road to Newcastle along Hadrian’s Wall, however, border reavers attacked their wagons, and Michael’s father was killed. Michael escaped and was taken in briefly by a local monastery, where he was questioned about the incident my a mysterious man known as William. Michael was surprised when William somehow convinced the monks to let Michael journey with him, but after a few brief battles in which William demonstrated wondrous and flashy magic, they returned south – beyond Penrith, and into the heart of the Cumbrian fells. There, Michael was made an apprentice to William Fireheart of House Flambeau at the covenant of Ungulus.

Michael suggested that part of his Gauntlet involve returning to the Wall and battling more border reavers. William agreed, and Michael got his first taste of real combat. Yet after he completed his gauntlet, he stayed in the area and attacked more raiders, eventually attracting the attention of Burnham covenant, who complained to the Tribunal. William suggested to his former apprentice – upon whom he bestowed the Hermetic name of Fortis – that perhaps they should journey together to the Continent and find politically acceptable enemies to contend with. Out of deference to his pater, Fortis acquiesced, and they found their way into France, and then struck south to Iberia; William had opined that they might join the Reconquista. Events of the Tribunal of 1207 overtook them, however, and they instead chose to participate in the Wizards March against the diabolist magi of Jaferiya.

Several years of fighting both Moors and Shadow Flambeau followed, but William was seriously wounded in battle in 1215. The Tribunal of 1214 had also made it apparent that the Iberian covenants were settling into a defensive posture against further Shadow Flambeau attacks, with both sides exhausted from years of strife. William decided to return to Ungulus, and suggested it was time for Fortis to join a covenant of his own. Initially, his interest in rejoining their previous battles led him to consider joining an Iberian covenant, but Fortis wandered farther north instead, seeking to test himself against the brigandage rampant in the south of France. Soon he had found a perfect home: a covenant surrounded by strife, English in character, and close enough to Iberia to allow the young Flambeau to hear rumors of his former enemies.

Fortis filius William Fireheart of House Flambeau

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