Brunhart Katzlmacher

Rangy dark man with a scar over right eye.

Description:

A fearless Soldier, born in 2493 I.C. (30 in 2523)

Brun, as he is often called, is above average height, with a powerful, rangy build. He is dark-complected and has a jagged scar above his right eye that is often covered over by disheveled long hair.

Stats: ST 5 TO 3(fortune die) AG 3 IN 4 WP 3 FE 2, Wound Threshold 12
Stance: C2/R2, Reckless

Career: Soldier – during each Rally Step in combat, recover 1 Fatigue and 1 Stress.
Skills: Weapon skill, Discipline
Actions: Disorienting Strike
Talents: Fearless – add fortune die to all Discipline checks to resist Fear or Terror; Exhaust to reroll failed Discipline check against a Fear or Terror rating.

Wealth/Social Status: Poor
Notable Career Traits: Combat, Military

Experience Earned: 2
Advances Spent: Discipline (1), Fortune Die Toughness (1)
Rank 1
Corruption Points: 0

Veteran: once a session when inflicting or receiving a critical wound, draw 3 and choose which one applies.

A Man Makes His Own Fortune: after resolving an action in which a fortune point was spent, roll an expertise die and on a comet regain a fortune point.

Grim in Face of Adversity: when performing an action, ignore the first bane not cancelled by a boon.

Narrative Bonus: anywhere there are soldiers garrisoned, including most town watches, you can be pretty sure to find a veteran to share a drink, making this a useful contact with a fortune point.

Where Often Found In Streissen:

Although Brun stays at the Bargeman’s Castle, in the Averhafen, he spends much of his time at the Skull and Rose Inn common room in the Averhafen docks district, a good quality inn catering to merchants coming and going by the river and the informal hiring hall for mercenaries and bodyguards in town.

Quick Links to Relevant Pages

Wissenland
Solland
Pfeildorf
Character Background timeline

Bio:

He’s an intense individual, not a big talker, who can often be observed to be consciously restraining himself: clenched fists, facial tics, and rolling eyes are just some of the obvious signals.

Anyone chatting him up quickly realizes that he’s a man who’s seen a lot of death and betrayal, and this hasn’t left him with much in the way of blind trust and innocence. He’s not afraid of much, and has a healthy disregard for authority and (as he puts it) “pussy milksop nobles”.

Brun spits on the gods, one and all. He’ll take whatever benefits their magics bestow so long as they don’t expect anything back. (Player says: So much for the “Devout” bonus! GM – see above for reskinning as “Man Makes His Own Fortune”)

Brun feels an obligation to Averland because his first sergeant, Oskar Kleistman, was an Averlander, a fervent patriot – he took in Brun when he was on the run and had nowhere else to go. Given the trajectory of his life to that point, he realizes that without the discipline instilled by the sergeant, he’d likely have died a violent death long ago. However, Brun has no patience for nobles and other influential folk trying to manipulate others under the aegis of patriotism.

Brun was born in Pfeildorf in Wissenland. He was brought up by his widowed mother Magreta; his father Demetrio was a tailor originally from the Tilean city of Luccini (hence Brun’s colouring), died when Brun was around 4.

His cousin Maike was a longtime servant of the rich Otzlowe merchant family in Pfeildorf (manufacture quality clothes using the best Wissenland wool). When Brun was 14 or so (in 2507) strange happenings in the Otzlowe household became the talk of the town, and previous mutterings of witchcraft became impassioned cries from agitators on every street.

Maike showed up late one night and spent hours alternating between whispered conversations with Brun’s mother and sobbing, crying jags in her arms. At one point a sleep-deprived, annoyed Brun stormed into the kitchen intending to intimidate Maike into silence but instead backed away from the nest of snakes that had apparently replaced her hair.

She was gone the next morning, but within a few days a witch hunter, Witch Hunter Captain Mathias Heidelman, arrived to take charge of the investigation. The following week was a horror show: the Otzlowes were revealed to be cultists, all of their servants and many others rounded up and branded as willing collaborators and agents of chaos (made manifest by the strange mutations they all had) and every last one was publicly executed at Heidelman’s command. Bron’s lasting impression was of a man more interested in making sure that no one got away alive than in actually determining guilt.

Young Brun was an angry and often violent lad, and got into hot water. In 2512 (when he was 17) his mother was mugged and killed by a madman who was preying on women in the town. Brun began stalking the same streets and encountered the killer fleeing the scene of one of his crimes, they struggled and the killer’s own knife ended up taking his life. Brun still has the knife from this fight.

Unfortunately for Brun, he couldn’t prove anything and the dead man was from a well-established family. He had to leave town in a hurry. He managed to avoid capture over the next few months and eventually joined the army under an assumed name. (He intentionally came up with a last name that is a mild ethnic slur so as to incite bullys and lackwits to insult him.).

He first saw action in the Averland state army during brief border war with Bretonnia in 2512 (caused by “Mad Marius”’ bizarre conduct during a visit enraging Bretonnian nobility), thus had a decade of experience as a soldier before ‘going private’.

Note that given his “wanted” status of over a decade ago, if asked he just says that he’s from some anonymous town in Wissenland…

In 2520, Brun joined the “Sons of Sölland” freikorps (volunteer regiment) which fought at the Third Battle of Black Fire Pass. Brun was commended for valour by Captain Ulli “The Bear” Zeiderman, elected commander of the freikorps.

Most members of the Sons of Sölland freikorps are from the former Sölland region of Wissenland (which includes Pfeildorf), though they have recruits from other parts of Wissenland and Averland. Its members are usually peasants who have “run off to make their way at something other than farming” or men who joined as it "was better than hanging” (as roadwardens tend not to look too hard at freikorps members).

In 2522, Brun was there for the Battle of Griffon’s Fall, still part of the “Sons of Sölland” freikorps, losing many comrades. He was wounded and had to recover, coming south as a guard for those even more wounded.

Wissenlander Otto Lutterberg’s brother Markus died fighting beside Brun at Griffon’s Fall (he was in the same freikorps). When the Emperor was wounded and many broke ranks he stood firm in the face of death.

Brun doesn’t usually place too much stock in emotion-laden promises but because of that day’s circumstances (“It’s a good day to die today…”) and his admiration of Markus, it’s one of the few times he didn’t react with his usual cynicism. In talking of everything and nothing early that morning, they came to the topic of regrets – each of them admitted that they had an object of unrequited love that had not been pursued. And so each swore that if they survived the battle, they would remedy that lapse and bare their soul to their respective beloved; and if only one of them survived, the other swore to come to the aid of the other’s beloved in time of need if he could.

Brun’s unrequited love, a charismatic sellsword, vanished from Streissen soon after the battle of Griffon’s Fall. Brun continues to search Streissen for his vanished sellsword friend Gisila, and won’t consider leaving until he either finds her or learns what befell her. As this was the last place he saw her, he hopes she might return.

  • Gisila worked as a private guard and “minder”, which is good work constantly in demand in Streissen between the interests of its wealthy and the desire of nobles to protect their children, deal with troublesome stableboys and such, jobs escorting students home to other places in the southern empire at term end or when they were expelled. As part of her service, Gisila offered discretion, so Brun isn’t certain if she took a commission and vanished on it or disappeared for other reasons.

Markus’ beloved Erica, a ravishingly beautiful daughter of Baron Erkenbrand von Tasswinder, a landless noble in wester Averland, married not long afterward and given her husband’s title and money is unlikely to need Brun’s assistance…or so he assumes. She married Count Andreas von Webern of Schramleben in Stirland in Erntezeit 2522. The Count’s territory includes the trade route from Zhufbar to The Moot.

After Brun left, the Sons of Sölland continued to fight and joined Volkmar the Grim’s crusade, see The Storm of Chaos (2522 to 2523). They escaped the destruction of most of Volkmar’s followers as they were guarding a supply line.

However, Brun returned to Streissen in Brauzeit 2522, where he found Gisila gone.

Halfing minstrel Erasmus Sprinthoffer was singing in the first tavern Brun came into when he reached Streissen. Brun was enjoying a typical night of rowdiness, not only drinking up a storm but responding to sly insults from a local bravo with his fists. He got the best of that tilt (and won some silver by betting on himself beforehand) but in his impaired state didn’t realize that the losers were readying to waylay him and relieve him of his coin (and perhaps more). The halfling – who had enjoyed some of the free drinks that Brun paid for out of his winnings – left with Brun and managed to guide him through some torturous alleys and avoid the ambush.

Brunhart Katzlmacher

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