Instead of a simple picture, we’ve prepared something to read for you today. As you can see in the following text, we are not only aiming to create new characters and quests. We also intend to overhaul the existing ones and give them more depth. In the following, we will introduce two NPCs you all know, who were no more than empty shells and questing machines up to now. They will play an important role in the CSP, provided you choose the path of the Rebel. But don’t worry: this is just an example. Mercenaries and Assassins will also meet many interesting characters along their way – both old friends and completely new people.
Roland and Russel
Roland is listed among the greatest generals of Myrtana. He grew up in an influential family of paladins, which meant that he was predestined to continue the family tradition of taking up a military career. Since his early years, he was seen as a marvelous fighter, especially with a two-handed shord.
Thanks to the privileges of his family he was sure to advance to the rank of Paladin one day. But first, he had to prove his value in battle. During the conquest of Nordmar, when he joined the army of Rhobar II, he was awarded the highest of ranks in the field. After the battle had ended, Roland returned to Myrtana and began building his own army.
By the time the Orcs invaded Myrtana, he had risen to become a General, but lacked both experience and commanding abilities. Nonetheless, he was able to achieve may successes in the War thanks to his advisors.
One of these advisors was Russel, a warrior of lesser origin. He spent many of his years in the King’s army fighting the Orcs as a mercenary. During this time, he proved his capability as a commander, allowing him to become an officer. However, he rejected an admission to the Paladins, which many of his friends and comrades described as a huge mistake. They claimed he had sabotaged his own career unnecessarily; as a Paladin, he could have gained a lot of influence.
Following Lee’s supposed treachery, the King’s court was no longer willing to promote a simple soldier, whose loyalty towards Innos and the King was not beyond doubt, to the rank of General. But Russel kept to his decision, since he preferred being close to his soldiers and directing their plans and actions in person.
Among his soldiers and followers, Russel won great loyalty and respect. In battle, Russel was known for disregarding the orders of his superiors whenever he saw a better alternative. A few times, his attitude saved his men from certain death. And since he won many victories – which, in sight of the continued advance of the Orcs, was a remarkable achievement – the Paladins tolerated his behavior. In the end, Roland commissioned Russel to fight alongside him and join his advisors. Hoping to finally achieve more influence on the battlefield, Russel accepted his offer.
As the Orcs ultimately won the upper hand in the war, Roland’s army was defeated in battle and dispersed all over the Kingdom. Roland and Russel have been driven apart and are both leading their own groups of resistance fighters. While Roland, whose skill has proven to be lacking without the aid of his advisors, has led the rebels of Okara into many pointless defeats, Russel has to master the situation of being stuck between Orcs and Assassins in his camp of Nemora.
Roland and Russel have not had news of each other for a long time. But if the Rebellion is to succeed and a revolution is to be organized, their paths are destined to meet once again…