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Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Prelude 2: Origin Stories...Red

On nights spoken only in the whispered secrets of the Druids of Norll, the Master of the Game selects those that will one day ride with The 30.

Boys, without imperfection are identified by his shadowy minions and the gifts of an acorn and a silver scale are given in trust to the parents.

He is given no name, but seven years are spent where boy and seed are nurtured in love. And on another nameless night the agents return to plant both in the wild.

In an ancient ceremony the sapling is planted in the Grove of Justice within Mound, the scales are exchanged for a sizeable pension for the family and the boy begins his arduous training.

Every game needs rules, and rules need to be enforced. It is the sacred duty of The 30 to bring justice within the great game of life. It is in the wilderness that sapling grows into mighty oak; in storm lashed mountain ranges boys become men.

By the age of 10 the boy can ride even the wildest stallion, by 12 he can use bow and spear to hunt boar, by 14 he can track and hunt the black wolf.

As he grows in stature he is taught to love, discern and administer justice in all things.

At 16 one last task befalls the boy before he can become one of The 30. He is given his name and a sacred task: he must undertake the challenge of Oak and Fire. He must depart Mound and wander the world until he fulfils a task of justice worthy of The 30.

Then, and only then, will another of the Master’s agents find him and add him to the roster. Each of The 30 can tell a tale of a great justice delivered and when a new Ranger is added to their number his story is told in the Grove of Justice where his story is joined with the others.

The 30's job entrails tracking down very powerful criminals and bandits, or patrolling the borders of Norll. They are known to ride bare back on light horses, only resting when the horses need to.

Red is a 21-year-old human male who stands 6' tall with long red hair tied behind his back. His name was the one he bore as a sapling but he asked the 'masters' if he could adopt it as his own, for no other reason that it fitted.

He looks weather beaten but his eyes and smile give some indication of the huge capacity for generosity that lies in his heart.

An optimistic young man by nature, the most obvious characteristic - other than his weathered looks - is his desire to do the right thing in all situations.

He knows his destiny is to ride with The 30 but does not talk about this, except to his closest friends. For now it may take him 10, 15, or 20 years to complete the trial of Oak and Fire, but complete it he will; proving he is worthy of his calling.

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