Sir Dagger of Blackwood
Mythodea- The East Blackwood Company and M.H.
During the Convent of the Elements (2018), Dagger of Blackwood officially founded the East Blackwood Company during a Realm of Roses Trade Summit. Because the company wished to do trade in areas of business belonging to Mythodea's Hansa organization, Dagger approached them first and explained his idea. A contract was formed making the East Blackwood Company a daughter company to the Hanse for a year and one day. East Blackwood Company's primary goal is centered around the rivers of the Realm of Roses but they have been granted a city district, as a guild, in the northern city of Copperdale as well.
Mythodea- The East Blackwood Company and M.H.
At the Convent of the Elements (2019), Tares the leader of the Mitrasperanische Hanse and Dagger leader of the East Blackwood Company signed a contract making the leaders of each company members of the other effectively cementing a more permanent relationship with the Hanse.
Sir Dagger of Blackwood and Hemenshire,
Knight of Blackwood,
Ambassador of Blackwood,
Leader of the East Blackwood Company,
Mayor of CrestGrath
Dagger currently serves the Kingdom of Blackwood and the Realms of Valehaven as a whole as their ambassador to the lands Far East which refers mainly to Mythodea. As such he is expected to lead all diplomatic and commercial relations while in Mythodea. He is also expected to build and staff embassies throughout the various Reichs of Mythodea. Bellow, you will find a general history of the Ambassador's life up until now:
Early Realms - Oyrnlayre
Dagger washed up in the realms when his family's merchant vessel went down in a storm around the Realms year 995. With the knowledge that Dagger´s uncle Targret had come to these lands years ago, the family traveled in search of him. They found him selling his wears in the lands of Rrathchllwyn at a tournament known as the Water Wars. There, the family met a great many people, more notably House Oyrnlayre. Lady Tree, Dagger´s mother, became possessed by a thrawl to a drow priestess and began traveling with the rogue drow house headed by Mistress Raven and Blade Master Sloan, dragging her children along with her. Dagger remained in Oyrnlayre until he was old enough to venture out on his own.
Dagger made a few friends at the beginning of his travels that would later settle down with him when he founded CrestGrath around 1002. One of his friends, Mace, had been proving his combat prowess among the Phoenix Group Dragon's Breath and was later asked to join that army. Together, Dagger, Mace and another friend of theirs joined the nation: two days before it disbanded. With the army of Dragon's Breath gone, an ex-member, Galleos Seaelf approached Dagger and his friends requesting that they join with him and his cause to unit land and sea. Dagger did not like the idea of a funny looking blue elf talking about water, but he felt comfortable with him and went along anyway.
Dagger joined Galleos's new group WhiteCoast and moved to the Southern Wastes where Galleos and his people had been temporarily granted land from the Waste Runners. From there they built cities and worked to swell their numbers. They fast became one of the larger nations in the Realms numbering over thirty sworn swords at their height. Dagger and his mercenary friend Slim settled the Town of CrestGrath within the territory of WhiteCoast. At first, the town was small and sparsely populated but it would grow after the nations Mythguard and Neden helped to make the area safer for common folk.
Feasts, where held in the lands of WhiteCoast and the heroes of the Realms, were called to do battle against the Dark Champion of the Oceans. It was an odd life for Dagger but during this time he perfected the art of combat healing fast becoming one of the best combat healers in the Realms.
The Commonwealth of Independent Nations
Baron Diamond of Banecroft gathered his allies into a single counsel-headed body. This alliance lasted only two or so years. It was Baron Diamonds' attempt at uniting various outcast or smaller nations under one banner. At that time, much of the same was being done on a larger scale with the Free Kingdoms. The Commonwealth united Banecroft, the Iron Kingdom, Fairhaven, and WhiteCoast under one banner. The Commonwealth managed to field a sizable force twice for the Queen of Hearts Tournaments of 1002 and 1003 respectively. Just prior to the 1003 Queen of Hearts event, Fairhaven backed out of the Commonwealth due to disagreements with who was supposed to run for queen that year. Tiren was chosen from WhiteCoast as the Commonwealth's queen for the tournament.
On a high note, WhiteCoast alone fielded over 30 sworn swords at the Queen of Hearts Tournament that year. Dagger proved his healing might then when his magic, and skill in using it, kept the Commonwealth bridge front up for 30 minutes against the Free Kingdoms team. There was a point after the battle when King Jerrod came up to Galleos and the Baron and said, "we almost thought you had us for a minute there. One more push and we would have buckled," or something to that effect.
The Commonwealth crumpled a year later after Galleos went missing and WhiteCoast began its rapid collapse. At either Creathorne 1003 or 1004 the Commonwealth fielded only 4 sworn swords at the Creathorne Nations Tourney, Dagger being one of them. Soon after, the cities of WhiteCoast, save for CrestGrath, fell to bandits and the Dark Champions minions. Dagger was again nationless.
Years of Wandering
Over the next few years, Dagger wandered again dodging angry Grimloch members when they came near. I suppose he said something to offend them once which sparked a sort of hazing hunt for Dagger whenever the nation of Grimloch saw him. With few friends remaining in the Realms, Dagger was vulnerable. So, Dagger would often travel back to his home in CrestGrath to recruit help from the local CrestGrath populace. He brought many friends into the Realms this way; Laharl, Gnome, Rhyne, Maetsyn, Susuki, Solvo, and Celest to name a few.
Maetsyn, one of Dagger's friends from beyond the gate to Akendrose, began spending a lot of time with the people of the Blackwood province Idaris. When Mae told Dagger he was thinking of joining Idars, Dagger instantly agreed that it was a great idea. Together Maetsyn, Celest, Dagger and, on accident, Rayne all petitioned to join the nation. In one years' time, the group of friends from CrestGrath and beyond were made full members under Sir Dark, the Lord of Idaris.
Dagger spent a few years with his new nation, a member but never really residing there. When the armies of Zermarx attacked the Realms, Idaris fielded against them. However, due to miscommunication and prejudices within the Realms Army, the soldiers of Idaris later found themselves standing side-by-side with the Army of the Cult of Zermarx against the remaining soldiers of the Army of the Realms. A day of fighting commenced between the two forces but as the day came to a close, it was apparent that the Realms could not reclaim Blackwood.
Instead, they resigned to their camps. For reasons unknown to Dagger, he was handed the Mace of Romer, an undead destroying weapon, and told to give it back to the Realms. Dagger took the mace and ran back to the army of the Realms. Once in sight of Realms, he was attacked, and rendered unconscious. When Dagger next awoke, he was surrounded by the army. Standing closest to Dagger was Dame Fresia, then of Creathorne. She tore off his Idaris tabard wishing to burn it in anger but Sir Kwartz of Folkstone stopped her. Kwartz explained to those gathered that Dagger´s loyalty to his nation was not a crime and thus he should not be punished for it. It was perhaps the only moment in Dagger´s life where Kwartz ever treated him with any kind of respect.
In the weeks that followed, Sir Dark had most of those sworn to him leave the lands of Blackwood under special terms which would protect those who would move to Bloodshed Forest, in Folkstone, temporarily. Kwartz granted all members asylum that chose to stay in his forest so long as Sir Dark did not leave Blackwood. Dagger chose instead to head south back to his home in CrestGrath. Dagger returned a few times that year to participate in Idaris related ventures before staying in the deep south the majority of the next few years. During this time, Idaris underwent a major transformation.
During Sir Dark's stay in Blackwood, he slowly brought the lands of Blackwood under his control once again raising the banner of Blackwood and becoming its Arch Duke. Sir Dark's glory was short-lived. While Dagger was away, he learned that Arch Duke Dark had sacrificed himself to save a woman. While Dagger felt no ill will towards this woman, he could not fathom why anyone would do something like that; least of all Dark.
With Arch Duke Dark dead, the revived Nation of Blackwood was left in need of a leader. Those who were eligible did not prove wholly capable of assuming the position and did not hold heretical claim: Arch Duke Darks' brother did. Sir Kerrel (K) was brought in, having held all the necessary titles prior, to assume the vacant position. Sir K was not well received by all; even Dagger cast him in a questioning light at first. But in time, the majority came to love and respect their new leader.
Dagger later learned that Sir K was elevated by the people of Blackwood to the title of Prince. From this day forward, Blackwood began to regain its old holdings and its former might collecting Thorne Valley, Achoia, and Acteon under its banner. At the Tournaments of Creathorne in Realms Year 1012, Dagger swore fealty to both Prince K of Blackwood and Lord Nos of Heminshire. He, while not always available, remained a loyal soldier of Blackwood choosing the sword now over his near-forgotten healing arts.
The Far East
After an extended period of isolation, Dagger set out from CrestGrath across the great oceans. Eventually, he found land and began his travels a foot. During his short time in this new world, his origin managed to make some kind of impression for Dagger found assassination orders against his lord and prince Sir K. Message has already been sent back home. Replay came some three weeks later stating that an attack had indeed taken place but was thwarted by members of the Tournament´s host nation.
Mythodea - The Realm of Roses - Liandra zu Wolfenau and Hause Xarann
Not long after arriving in the Far East, Dagger mistakenly found the massive land of Mythodea. With no clear way to return to the greater Far East or the Realms of Valehaven in the West, Dagger found work as a personal mercenary to the Archon of Thornes, Karl Weber. Dagger quickly began fighting in the great wars that plagued Mythodea as a member of the Realm of Roses army. He fought mainly in the South against the Untote Fleisch, Schwarzes Eis, and the Oiligen Pestilenz.
Dagger's employment under the Archon of Thornes ended when the Champion Healer Liandra zu Wolfenau met him in the capital of the Realm of Roses. She had been in the Realm of Roses to ensure the safety of her children when she publically challenged the Nyame of the Northern Seal for her position and title. Dagger, having learned a great deal in the past year about Mythodea, found great value in the possibilities of working for a Nyame could have if he helped her come to power. Karl Weber was already the Archon when Dagger met him, so the man owed him nothing. Liandra, however, was on the rise.
As Dagger actively supported Liandra, more battles and campaigns came. Dagger fought all over Mythodea and even ventured into the Mirror World where he nearly died several times and was corrupted once by the Doubt. All the while, Liandra zu Wolfenau worked to garner support to become Nyame of the North and to pass tests in that regard.
At the Convent der Elemente, the final tests took place under the eyes of the Elements. Dagger supported her there. At the very end, all of Liandra's available supporters and House Xarann mobilized to defend her and her children pending the results of her attempts to overtake the Nyame of the North. When the decision came down that she did not achieve what she had set out to do, her gathered supporters and mercenaries formed a ring around her and her family. Together with the Zweiwasser Füßgarte of the Realm of Roses, they marched to the camp of the Western Seal where Liandra had previously acquired firm support. Liandra and all of her, not already affiliated, supporters were given one year and a day guest right and the protections that go with it within the territory of the Western Seal.
Before Xarann left the Northern Protectorate of Gales Morgan, they were permitted to hold their planned tournament Clashing on Armoured Plates. High ranking members nobles of the North were in attendance. Also, in attendance was the Archon of Thornes Karl Weber, the Champion of Ignis Sylvana and Cupa the Beloved Child of Aieris. Dagger performed very well at the tournament winning the Weapon and Shield event and taking second in all other events he took part in. He received the Kiss of Ignis from Sylvana and Kupa's personal sigil from Cupa as gifts upon the tournament's conclusion. Immediately after the event, Dagger left for the West with Liandra and Co.
East Blackwood Embassy and the Realms Embassy
Not long after arriving in the West, Dagger received his orders of title making him Blackwood's Ambassador to the East (Mythodea). Dagger is currently working to further establish Blackwood within Mythodea as well as connect Mythodea, the Realms and Bicolline through news and diplomacy. This new diplomatic role is a challenge for Dagger has he speaks more like a soldier of sorts than one of nobility.
Several months after being named Blackwood’s Ambassador to the East, Dagger was gifen a letter of title by the Guild Master of the Realms Embassy in Bicolline, Ser Shean of Creathorne. This title adds the responsibility of diplomat for all of the Realms of Valehaven and not just his own nation.
The Ambassador - Newspaper
In an attempt to connect various lands such as The Realms, Bicolline and Mythodea together, the East Blackwood Company started the "The Ambassador" newspaper. The focus of the newspaper is politics and trade. This, of course, cold lead to troubles in the future for Dagger as reporting the news can bother some depending on the light it paints them in. Still, Dagger remains dedicated to the idea and plans to continue his work.
Knight of Blackwood
Ambassador Dagger attended the Feast of Blackwood, Realms Common Year 1019, for the wedding of King Kerrel and Lady Jinx. During the gift-giving ceremony and during Blackwood Court, Dagger presented the achievements of the East Blackwood Embassy and Company in the name of the Crown over the past two years. At the closing of court, Ambassador Dagger was called up by the Knights of Blackwood and knighted before the court as a Knight of Blackwood.