The Good People of Languedoc
It’s 1262 AD, we’re in the town of Quillan in Languedoc. Before the wars came, Quillan used to be quite a rich town because of it’s location right by the river Aude and more importantly on a crossroads where multiple Corbiery mountain trails meet. Therefore, unlike other nearby towns, Quillan didn’t earn much of its wealth from agriculture and vineyards but rather from the trade. Although the local market isn’t as big as it used to be before the war there is still quite a lot of merchants and peasants coming from afar.
The castle and the town below belong to the family de Quillan. They were never involved with Cathars but didn’t help the catholisation and inquisition pursuing them either. There’s no particular evidence that the inquisition or the king could use to blame them, but they’re definitely not the most popular family in France. However, de Quillan is and old Occitan family with many bonds to the shire, whereas other lords from nearby manors who came to the shire during the reign of the earl Simon Montfort, are sort of immigrants.
Thus for the time being, there is the family of lords de Quillan in Quillan manor of course, then also the group of Templars who have come to the wedding and have certain links to the family as well. There are also two Dominican friars amongst the visitors who have come to conduct an inquisitional investigation, for the local priest had been anonymously accused of impious and disgraceful behaviour. Quillan has also offered a temporary shelter for nuns from the nearby Benedictine abbey that had been destroyed during the wars.
Then there are also other citizens who live in the town, of course. For special occasions like wedding, for example, even peasants, merchants and other people from vicinity come to the town.
Agnes is the maid of Isabela de Mirepoix. She does her best to provide care and comfort to her lady. That, however, doesn’t prevent her from having her own life. A life that can be full of wonders.
Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.” Psalm 16
Alix(24) Alíše /
Gaspar’s wife, a peasant women. She and her husband supply the castle and the covent with food. But the supplies are often being delayed, lately. Gaspar has troubles with Nazair, the warden, because Nazair doesn’t pay what he’s promised to pay. Gaspar’s been rather silent lately, there’s likely more to it that worries him, than he tells her. If only there was . But who would have listened to the peasants?
For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you Isaiah 41,13
Francois’s housekeeper. She’d helped raising up the two young lords but then for some reason she was dismissed from the service. Francois, though, fell under her spell. He admires her as a woman who can handle difficult situations, who doesn’t fear anything and has no prejudice. Long story short, to Francois she’s the person to whom he can pass his troubles.
Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1,4
The warden’s son. He’s a smart and bright boy. He doesn’t get on particularly well with his parents and even despises them a bit. He’s a catholic a has stronger faith than both of his parents. His father taught him to write, read and count. And once he’s grown a little older and wiser he got pretty good idea how to make money.
Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
Psalm 15, 1-4
Anna is a musician living in the court of Baux. She’s managed to reach the status of the court musician and poetess. But it’s not easy, there’s a lot of peculiar people around lord Pons and Anna has to be cautious not to get replaced.
Do not envy the wicked,
do not desire their company;
for their hearts plot violence,
and their lips talk about making trouble. Proverbs 24
Arnaud is an old experienced Dominican friar. One of contemporary witnesses of St. Dominic. He looks after his younger fellow friar and is also in charge of the investigation. He’s pious, zealous and unyielding man. He longs for a pure and right Church and intends to obliterate all the heretics. He’s been in the holy inquisitors‘ office for years now and he’s been pursuing his task thoroughly and with all due respect.
Mark out one road for the sword to come against Rabbah of the Ammonites and another against Judah and fortified Jerusalem. For the king of Babylon will stop at the fork in the road, at the junction of the two roads, to seek an omen: He will cast lots with arrows, he will consult his idols, he will examine the liver. Ezekiel. 21, 20-21
This girl is a stranger to Quillan. She belongs with the group of comedians invited to the wedding by the nobility. If there’s a party with music and dance, Audrey is likely there as well.
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them. Genesis 1, 27
Avril is a young girl and a daughter of the local baker. In contrast with the reputation of her father, she’s a gentle girl that loves life and all the joy that Quillan town offers.
Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.. Jan 3:20
Bartolome is the baker of Quillan. Some might say he’s a bit of a grumpy but he’s a good person inside. His wife died years ago but he hasn’t had time or even the desire to look for another spouse. He’s taking care of his daughter but once she grows up and gets married, he’ll stay alone.
The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Beatrix de Mirepoix(19)
Young lady from a noble family. She’s Roger’s bride and is thrilled to get married. The wedding is all that matters. She’s used to order everyone around and have her own way. She can’t wait to get out of the convent where she’s spent last few years educating herself. But she’s sick of it. She just wants to marry the local lord. She misses home or rather the life standard she used to have.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13, 13
Old beggar, one of many refugees trying to settle here after the wars. He is said to have lost a house and his family during the wars. Then he got hired as a mercenary and likely has seen atrocious things. He has his own world and looks at the nobility from the streets’ mud. Those who have spoken to him say that he’s a little mad and that he still hasn’t reconciled himself with the loss of his family.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings. Proverbs 25, 2
Bertrand de Rennes
Old and wise Templar knight, lord of the Rennes-le-Chateau manor and a relative of lords de Quillan. He’s seen so much cruelty and atrocity that no man can imagine. He’d rather finally settle, take care of his manor and start a family. Well, that’s probably not going to happen but he’s getting fed up being a soldier. He was there at the siege of Montsegur and he was one of those who decided that the Templars would not be involved. It seems to Bertrand that this inquisition rampage is silly and only wreaks havoc. Christians should protect their own land from infidels in the first place, rather than abusing the Crusade idea to seek profit within the christian world itself. Dominicans are group of dumb barefoot agitators in his eyes. This is definitely not what religious orders should look like.
Blessed are those who fear the Lord,
who find great delight in his commands.
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
Psalm 112, 1, 4 and 8
Braide is the wife of Nazair, the warden. It’s been a good marriage just as she planned. Her husband is good at making money and she, on the other hand, is good at spending them. Nazair is a bore but the same thing doesn’t apply for Braide. There must be a balance in the world.
Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.
Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the Lord chase them. Psalm 35, 4-5
Brigite is a nun and the prior of the convent. She’s in charge of accounting and finance of the convent. It gets hard at times.
How long will the enemy mock you, God?
Will the foe revile your name forever?
Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand?
Take it from the folds of your garment and destroy them!
Cassandra is an elderly woman that widowed after her husband, the winemaker, deceased. She lives in secluded house near the mountains. The vineyard in not as fertile as are the vineyards in immediate proximity to Quillan but it has its tradition and Cassandra keeps to it. She’s always been reclusive but people respect her, although sometimes she scares them as well. There are strange rumours about her.
Behold, God is mighty, but despises no one;
He is mighty in strength of understanding.
He does not preserve the life of the wicked,
But gives justice to the oppressed.
Job 36, 5-6
Catherina is the maid of lady de Quillan. She seemingly has no say in things but she gets to see and hear a lot of interesting things.
But many who are first will be last, and the last first. Mark 10:31
Cecilia is the innkeeper, owner of the local inn and the widow after Norbert. Short after his death, without having the proper time to mourn, Hugues has become increasingly annoying. He keeps bothering her about how an inn without a man cannot work and that she should consider that. She’s almost afraid to be in the same room with him. Luckily, there’s been enough work lately to keep them both busy, so that there’s no time for Hugues to be too pushy. Anyways, she’s got to figure out what to do, soon. Add to that the troubles with Mathilde!
But I tell you, in this you are not right,
for God is greater than any mortal.
Why do you complain to him
that he responds to no one’s words?
For God does speak—now one way, now another—
though no one perceives it. Job 33, 12-14
Young girl, the sister of Dominic. They are both orphans and both were raised in the convent. She has a good religious education but in contrast to her brother she’s doesn’t favour God’s service that much and she’d rather leave the convent. Though, she doesn’t know where to go or with whom. She can’t rely on her brother too much, they like each other for sure, but they don’t have much sympathy for each other.
Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,
but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
Proverbs 20, 15
Daniel is a Gasconian merchant who have come to Quillan for business.
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Denise comes from a place somewhere beyond the mountains but fate has brought her to the Puilaurens manor recently. She asked the local lord Guillaume for employment. Lord Guillaume has a beautiful daughter and Denise became her maid, but also her companion and friend. Denise has also seen many things that she shouldn’t talk about with anyone. Well, she’d better not complain – she’s is in a good service and will be able to take care of her child.
Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed,
and the ears of those who hear will listen.
The fearful heart will know and understand,
and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear. Isaiah 32, 3-4
Dominic is a young Dominican friar. This investigational journey is his first quest and also the first time he get’s out from the orders‘ abbey. The noble ideals of the Dominican order captivate him a his devout wish is to contribute to spreading of the true faith. He’s an orphan but he’s not all alone. His twin sister Clarance lives in Quillans‘ convent.
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. Timothy 4:12-16
Eleanor de Quillan(42)
Mother of Roger and the widowed lady of the Quillan manor. Like many other local people she’s a catholic but not zealous in particular, rather lukewarm and by chance on the right side of the barricade. Bertrand, the templar knight, is the best friend of her deceased husband. (Who died under unclear circumstances during the wars). Eleanor is the pragmatic head of the family, interested in religion only as far as politics demand. She tolerates the Dominicans in her manor but isn’t particularly keen about that. On the other hand, she finds the Templars’ visit pleasurable. They are the men to her taste. She especially likes the older one. If only he wasn’t under his religious vows. Jacques and Roger are both well mannered and Eleanor is willing to do all sorts of things to keep the manor in their hands.
When she saw that she waited in vain,
that her hope was lost,
she took another of her cubs
and made him a young lion.
He prowled among the lions;
he became a young lion,
and he learned to catch prey;
he devoured men,
Ezekiel 19, 5-6
Emoel is a labourer. He seeks work opportunities and because a part of the Quillan castle had been repaired he came to the town to work.
He makes them listen to correction
and commands them to repent of their evil.
Estefania is a young ambitious woman who’s inherited major part of her fathers’ family business and together with her uncle Rufus they are on the trade route from Toulouse to Santiago de Compostela. They are both Catalans. Their business was having hard times during the war but that’s been more than ten years ago. Nowadays, the trade is going well and even the trade routs are quite safe. Rufus and Estefania also act as messengers on their travels delivering letters, writings, packages or even money. They intend to stay in Quillan for a while, for the local lords’ wedding shall likely bring many potential customers and business opportunities. Estefania considers this visit a potential start-off step to higher level of business.
So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10, 26 and 28
Etienne is a local soldier. He’s in charge of the towns’ safety. He knows pretty well how to survive and possibly avoid troubles. He likes his mug of wine and easily gets pissed off. Dice are his best friends and he hardly keeps any money. Well, so he borrows money here and there but it doesn’t seem to work out. Where the hell could he get some more money?
The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is slave to the lender.
Proverbs 22, 7
Eudes de Pudos (34)
A knight from Aquitaine who’s steps lead to Quillan. He comes to solve an unpleasant family issue. On the other hand, lords de Quillan find his presence unpleasant.
Local priest Francois isn’t particularly impeccable christian. Wherever there’s a party with singing and wine he’s likely there as well. The announced Dominicans arrival seems to worry him. What might they know about him already?
Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool. Isahiah 1,18
Fulk is a soldier, member of the Quillans’ garrison. Altough he has many duties in keeping order, there’s still some time for dealing with personal matters.
For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. Matthew 25,29
Gaspar(30) / Gaspár /
Gaspar is a peasant who supplies the castle with food. He isn’t doing bad but Nazaire has been way too daring. He’s paid only half of the price for the honey he sold him the last time!
No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. 1 Corinthians 10:24
Gautier (35) / Gautijé /
Gautier is the servant of Arnaud. While Arnaud is concerned with heavenly justice, Gautier is the instrument of its‘ more dirty earthly manifestation in his service. He indeed gets to see extraordinary things.
And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. Matthew 5, 30
Guillaume de Puilaurens (44)
Guillaume is the lord of neighbouring manor. He got the whole manor through a very convenient marriage. Guillaume came to Quillan as a wedding guest and would like to make better acquaintance with de Quillan family. Maybe even become friends?
No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. Luke 6:43-44
Guy de Pirou(29)
Guy is a young templar coming from a very noble family close to the king’s court. Unfortunately, he’s the youngest son, thus he has to find his own way to claim glory and power. Fighting amongst the knights of Christs‘ army is a great opportunity. Become the Templars grand master one day, lead the army that reconquers Jerusalem, that’s a small bit of immortality within grasp! Or seeking the Holy Grail! Morever – here, in the back country, of which he’s hear so many unbelievable stories. It’s definitely an opportunity to build a career. And he will, sooner or later, seize it.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6, 13
Hugues(38) / Hugoz /
Hugues is a groom in the local inn. Since Cecilias‘ husband tragic death Hugues has remained the only man helping in the tavern. Although Cecilia is handy and cleaver she could definitely use a man. Moreover – Tavern kept by a woman? Well, that’s unheard of. Hugues hopes to make things work for him so that he ends up keeping the tavern himself. This tavern is a gold mine. If only there was someone to take a proper care of it…And that someone could be Hugues!
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4,1-3
Isabela de Mirepoix(24) / Izabel d‘ Mirepoa /
Isabela comes from a noble French family that got the Mirepoix castle as a reward for its‘ feats during the Cathar wars. She’s come to Beatrix’s wedding from Mirepoix. Isabela is her elder sister and has come as a surrogate for their parents, for they had an urgent business at the kings’ court in Paris. It’s an uneasy task but she’s keen on acomplishing it.
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. John 17:17
Jacques de Quillan(20)
Jacques is Rogers’ younger brother. Roger is soon about to become the lord of the manor, therefore Jacques has to choose his, either clerical or military, path. His mother forces him to become a Templar knight. But he’s not sure about that. He remembers Bertrand from childhood as fathers’ companion. He might know something about his father’s death by the way. Jacques would like to discover the truth.
The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the home of the righteous.
He mocks proud mockers
but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.
Cousin of Roger and Jacques who’s currently visiting Quillan. He’s a troubadour, skirt chaser and in constant conflict with Eleanor. He’s quick-tempered and saucy. He’s doesn’t hesitate arguing about religion or politics in public even in these days. He’s putting himself, and those close to him, in danger. But he’s always managed to wriggle out of it. This is particularly getting on Eleanors’ nerves because she has to be twice as cautious in front of the Dominicans. As if it wasn’t already hard enough. Though she might agree with Jacques in many things, she cannot admit that publicly.
There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. Ecclesiastes 2,24
Jerome is a young butcher. She’s going on with the craft after his father and his father’s father. His family has been butchers family for generations. He’s a good guy inside but he’s hot-headed. He get’s easily enthusiastic, easily falls in love or gets upset. Sometimes in affection he gets into a brawl regardless of who upset him.
Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Matthew10, 34-35
Lambert is the commander of the garrison paid by the warden Nazaire. Lambert is a veteran and comes from an old local family. He’s been in the castles’ service since the wars ended. He knows pretty much everyone in the town and sees a lot. Truth be told, there’s a lot going on now that he doesn’t like. He’s a little older than lady Eleanor and was a contemporary of her husband Raymond. What a man! What a loss.
You made my enemies turn their backs to me, and those who hated me I destroyed. Psalm 18:40
Laura is a lively girl from a rich and influential family de Touille from Provence. She’s the maid of lord Pons de Baux. Laura takes care of his personal comfort. She’d like everyone to respect her for being able to take care of his safety as well. But it gets hard at times because lord Pons likes to be eccentric and surrounds himself with number of untrustworthy people.
Remove the dross from the silver,
and a silversmith can produce a vessel;
remove wicked officials from the king’s presence,
and his throne will be established through righteousness. Proverbs 25:4-5
Louisa(50) / Lóiza /
Louisa is an old taciturn woman. She’s said to have found shelter in the convent from the terror of crusade years ago but we don’t know much about her. It’s quite strange that she get’s on well with abbess. What could they possibly have in common? Or does Louisa have more secrets than we think?
And he said to the human race,
“The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
and to shun evil is understanding.” Job 28:28
Maria de Revel
The abbess of the local convent, she’s a bossy and unyielding woman. She’s a sister of the former lord of the manor, Raymond, and sister-in-law with lady Eleanor. They don’t get on too well. One does not simply become an abbess, it’s a result of great effort. Maria doesn’t particularly abound with kindness and everyone’s a bit afraid of her.
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Revelation 3,19
She’s a young nun but doesn’t see her future in the convent. She comes from a respectable townsman family, but she was forced to marry a man she didn’t love so she chose to flee. Life in the convent is definitely not her dream but she hasn’t found a way to change her fate.
“People have heard my groaning,
but there is no one to comfort me.
All my enemies have heard of my distress;
they rejoice at what you have done.
May you bring the day you have announced
so they may become like me. Lamentations 1,21
Martin von Meissen (39)
Martin comes from a poor Saxon knights’ family. He participated in the crusade fourteen years ago and gained a lot of experience and also the appreciation of the king. That enabled him a new beginning as a servant of the Mirepoix family. He helps with keeping the manor and tax collection for the house de Mirepoix. Tournaments are Martins’ big passion. Also he’s been trying to learn more about silver mining for it’s been a common issue in his family.
The wise man’s eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all. Ecclesiastes 2:14
Mathilde is a lively and merry girl, daughter of Cecilia, the innkeeper. She enjoys good company in the tavern and in case of some good-looking guests, she appreciates their company even outside of the tavern. She might climb the ladder even higher than many people think. She loves music and dance and is a bit careless, but that’s normal at this age, isn’t it?
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—
for your love is more delightful than wine.
Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes;
your name is like perfume poured out.
No wonder the young women love you!
Song of songs 1, 2-3
Monique de Montaillou (26)
The heir of the neighboring manor…well, manor…rather a homestead forgotten within the mountains. She’s come to the wedding as a guest, or does she have other plans?
All the labor of man is for his mouth,
And yet the soul is not satisfied. Ecclesiastes 6, 7
Nazair is the warden of Quillan, directly under Eleanors’ commands. He takes care of the castle supplies, accounting and reparations that are heavily required after the recent fire. Quillan is doing quite well as far as finance is concerned but definitely could do better. Well, a clever accountant always knows how to make things out.
Wealth attracts many friends,
but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them. Proverbs 19, 4
Young shepherdess that brings her herd to the Quillan market. Being on the very bottom of the social ladder brings many difficulties but also freedom. Nice can do things that would be inconceivable for others.
The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone Matthew 21, 42
Paulette de Puilaurens (20)
The daughter of Guillaume, lord of the neighbouring manor. She came with her father as a wedding guest. She seems a little unhappy that her family has moved and she has no friends here whatsoever.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
Philippa(39) / Filíp’a /
Philippa is a middle-aged woman who sheltered in the convent during the cathar wars. Everybody knows she has medical skills but she doesn’t like to talk about it publicly. She’s rather mysterious and interesting woman. She’s probably been through terrible things so people rather don’t even ask her about her past.
Those who were my enemies without cause
hunted me like a bird.
They tried to end my life in a pit
and threw stones at me; Lamentations 3, 52-53
Pons de Baux (30)
A noble lord from Provence who has an acquaintance with Jaufré. Pons is wealthy enough not to be bothered by manor keeping and its struggles so that he can easily afford to come across the country and challenge his friend for a contest in love poetry. He’s officially come as a wedding guest but he might have other business too.
“One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.” 1 Samuel 16:18
Renée is a comedian, her particular field is juggling, divination and other jests
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: Luke 10,40-41
Roger de Quillan (22)
Young lord de Quillan who is about to get married. It’s a political marriage but Beatrice is quite pretty and being married isn’t some kind of illness. So, why not? He realises that getting a one-night-girl anytime later won’t be a big deal for him. Jaufré, after all, is a big inspiration to him in that matter.
It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 1. Korintským 7:1-2
Rufus comes from Catalonia just like Estefania and together they are on the trade route from Toulouse to Quillan to Santiago de Compostela. Their business was having hard times during the war but that’s been more than ten years ago. Nowadays, the trade is going well and even the trade routs are quite safe. Rufus and Estefania also act as messengers on their travels delivering letters, writings, packages or even money. They intend to stay in Quillan for a while, for the local lords’ wedding shall likely bring many potential customers and business opportunities.
Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Hebrews 12, 12-13
Turpin is one of the comedians party. He was born in foreign lands and his father was said to be a renowned astrologer in the kings’ court. Although, who knows what’s the truth? Comedians are masters of storytelling.
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Vincent is the favourite guardian of Lord Guillaume de Puilaurens and is being provided with special privileges. He is said to have saved lord de Puilaurens’s life but there’s not much known about it. He was also said to have been through a lot as a mercenary and he appears as the kind of man you don’t want to mess around with.
Appoint a way, that the sword may come to Rabbath of the Ammonites, and to Judah in Jerusalem the defenced.For the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination: he made his arrows bright, he consulted with images, he looked in the liver.. Ezechiel. 21, 20-21
Xavier is the servant of merchants Rufus and Estefania. He takes care of the goods, merchants and their safety. Simply said, he does whatever is needed.
Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. Luke 19,16
It may seem as if the distribution of mysticism and adventure among characters were unequal and that some are completely unattractive. However, that is because we sometimes cannot disclose everything from their past. In fact we’ve done our best to make every character interesting. Each has its own game, goal, motivation and secrets. The point is that the land is shortly after the holy wars, where many hide their identity or at least religion. During the wars many precious things and even people were lost. As far as identity is concerned, you can never be absolutely sure about people’s identity, maybe unless it’s your children. And that’s particularly true in people who’s story and motivation seems trivial. This seemingly serene town full of good ordinary people may in fact hide many extraordinary stories.