[Chronica Feudalis] Medieval Celebrities as Starting PCs

Vargold

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I just got back from teaching my first Chaucer class of the fall semester, and I was thinking that it might be entertaining to stat up Chaucer and other famous medieval men and women as starting characters in Chronica Feudalis.

Here's my take on Chaucer circa 1360, the year of the Treaty of Bretigny. He's approximately 20 years old at this point--perfect PC fodder:

Geoffrey Chaucer, Valet to Prince Lionel

Skills

Command d8
Deceive d8
Entice d10
Perform d6
Ride d6

(All other skills at d4)

Aspects

Bookish d8
Good listener d8
"Not fat, just big-boned" d8

Backgrounds

Speaks, reads, and writes French
Speaks, reads, and writes Latin

Tools

Book of French courtly poems (d8)
Lionel's livery (d6)
Stylus and ink (d6)

The three mentors I gave Chaucer were his father (the vintner/wine merchant John Chaucer), the priest who taught him his letters in grammar school, and one of the courtiers in Prince Lionel's retinue. I could have given him a military mentor to reflect his service in France, but I decided against that on account of Chaucer's being captured and ransomed by the English Crown. He's a talker, not a fighter. I didn't give Chaucer a poetry-related Aspect as he's just beginning his career: his bookishness, ability to listen, and competent ability as a reciter (Perform) are sufficient to represent him as a young poet-in-the-making.
 

Jeremy Keller

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William Marshal
"The greatest knight who ever lived"

Mentors
Courtier – this is pure fantasy, but let's pretend that when young William was hostage to King Stephen he learned a thing or two about leadership and diplomacy.
Knight – after the civil war was over, William became a squire to William of Tancarville, his cousin, under whom he was knighted.
Knight – after being dispatched from his cousin's service, William eventually joined the household of Patrick, Earl of Salisbury.

Skills
Command d6
Deceive d6
Entice d6
Fitness d8
Ride d8
Strike d8

Aspects
Lordless knight-errant d8 (Patrick of Salisbury had recently died)
Royal favor d8 (His life had already been spared by King Stephen and ransomed by Queen Eleanore)
Towering stature d8 (William stands six feet two inches)

Backgrounds
Speaks French
Daddy issues

Tools
Expensive robe d6
Helm d6
Horse d20
Kite shield d12
Mail hauberk d8
Sword d8
Spear d8

This is William in his early twenties, he's been knighted for a few years and has won the first handful of the 500 tournaments he would eventually win. This is before he's joined the royal court.
 
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Vargold

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Oooooo, the Marshal. One of historical figures most suited to be a PC.
 

Jeremy Keller

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Here's a fictional celebrity:

Brother Cadfael

Mentors
Soldier – Cadfael took up the cross and fought in the First Crusade.
Doctor – while in the Holy Lands, Cadfael learned many medicinal treatments.
Monk – Cadfael became a monk after returning from the Holy Lands.

Skills
Command d6
Fitness d8
Heal d6
Parry d6
Sense d6
Strike d6
Will d8

Aspects
Shrewd herbalist d8
Keen observer d8 (often compelled to get him into his adventures)
Middle aged monk d8 (he's getting on in years, but his experience is a boon in solving mysteries)

Backgrounds
Remembered love
Speaks English (first language is Welsh)
Speaks, reads, and writes Latin

Tools
Habit d6
Knife d4
Salve d4
 
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Jeremy Keller

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Eleanor of Aquitaine

Mentors
Courtier, Knight, and Monk – her tutors growing up in a wealthy household

Skills
Command d6
Deceive d6
Entice d6
Fitness d8
Ride d6
Strike d6
Sense d6
Will d6

Aspects
Duchess of Aquitaine and Countess of Poitiers d8
Crusader queen d8
Well versed in music and literature d8

Backgrounds
Loveless marriage
Speaks, reads, and writes Latin

Tools
Elegant gown d6
Helm d6
Horse d20
Kite shield d12
Mail hauberk d8
Sword d8

This is Eleanor when she was married to her first husband, King Louis VII, setting out on the second crusade, leading the knights and men-at-arms of her duchy. There are unsubstantiated rumors that she and her ladies-in-waiting went dressed in full battle kit.
 

Vargold

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Just finished Bernard Cornwell's Last Kingdom (the first book in the Saxon Stories series). Excellent stuff. Here's the protagonist as he exists at the end of the book:

Uhtred, Ealdorman of Bebbanburg

Mentors

Artisan - Ealdwulf the Smith
Jarl (modified Thegn) - Ragnar Ravnsson
Soldier - Leofric

Skills

Command d6
Entice d6
Fitness d10
Parry d6
Reflex d6
Sense d6
Strike d10

Aspects

Rightful ealdorman of Bebbanburg d8
English by nature, but Danish by nurture d8
Quick-tempered d8

Backgrounds

Reads English
Speaks Norse

Tools

Serpent-Breath (sword) d10
Wasp-Sting (saxe) d6
Helm d6
Mail hauberk d6
Round shield d10
Boots d6

(Serpent-Breath is described in Last Kingdom as Ealdwulf's masterwork, a sword other men desire, so I felt justified in raising its value from d8 to d10. As compensation, I dropped the artisan's toolkit and the soldier's battleaxe from Uhtred's sheet.)
 
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Vargold

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Margery Kempe, Huswife of Lynn

Mentors

Merchant - John Brunham, Margery's father and honorable burgess of Lynn (five times its mayor).

Priest - Richard Caister, Vicar of St. Stephen's in Norwich, Margery's confessor and spiritual adviser.

Recluse (modified Nun) - Julian of Norwich, anchoress attached to St. Julian's.

Skills

Command d6
Deceive d6
Empathy d6
Entice d8
Heal d6
Perform d6
Ride d6
Will d6

Aspects

Proud d8
Gift of tears d8
Visions of Christ d8

Backgrounds

"No good wife"

Tools

Ring (inscribed with "Jhesu est amor meus") d6
Rosary d4
White clothes d6
 

Vargold

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I should note that I miscalculated Uhtred's Fitness and Strike skills. They should both be ranked d8, not d10.
 

Marquis-de-Carabas

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This is Eleanor when she was married to her first husband, King Louis VII, setting out on the second crusade, leading the knights and men-at-arms of her duchy. There are unsubstantiated rumors that she and her ladies-in-waiting went dressed in full battle kit.
There is also this other rumor that she and her ladies-in-waiting went bare-breasted like amazons. ;)
 
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