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What makes a hero? Is it his sword? Surely not, because swords eventually fail, no matter their temper. No. [...] In the end, it is not a hero's equipment, nor even his deeds, but the will to make things better than they were.

Barfinnious[1]

Barfinnious was a Vapran paladin who lived during the late Age of Division.

Biography[]

In his youth, he took part in a rescue mission during the Arathim Wars with a troop of other paladins to save a Vapran princess from a Silk Spitter nest. The mission resulted in the deaths of all his comrades, and Barfinnious felt ashamed when the captive princess freed herself without his assistance and saved him.[2] Afterwards, he left the paladin order and became a bard, embellishing his stories for coin.

Thirty trine later, he sojourned at an inn in Sami Thicket, where he assumed the Podling cook, Hup, as his squire. During his stay, he stole the tithes meant for skekShod the Treasurer and spent them on drinks at a Podling village. There he confessed to Hup of the real story of his failure to rescue the Vapran princess. When the Podling barkeep demanded payment, the bard attempted to pay him with a crystal from his porch but was seen through. This coincided with an angry mob of Gelfling from the inn searching for the bard.[1]

The pair escaped and worked as fraudulent minstrels, though Barfinnious' perpetual excuses for not training Hup in combat soon began to grate on his squire. They eventually returned to Spriton territory, where they were welcomed as heroes. After getting intoxicated during a banquet, Barfinnious' true nature was exposed when he refused to do battle with a beast rampaging through the Spriton's fields. After being shamed by both Hup and the villagers, he swore to redeem himself and do battle with the creature.[3] After a brief investigation, during which he concluded that there was more than one beast involved, Barfinnious joined Hup in the search for the village healer Veara, who had been taken by one of the creatures. During the journey, he revealed his intention to abandon the search, prompting Hup to proceed without him.[2]

Barfinnious soon regretted his decision and made his way back to the village, where he helped fight off a pack of darkened Fizzgigs, the culprits behind the attacks. He later tearfully decided against accompanying Hup to Ha'rar, fearing his past actions would have prompted the All-Maudra to strip him of his title, and chose to settle in the Spriton village as a songteller.[4]

Personality and traits[]

Barfinnious once believed in the values of a paladin. However after seeing so much death during his battles along with being rescued by the one he was supposed to rescue, he became a cynical individual. Despite renouncing being a paladin, he took his previous life to his advantage but tailored himself as a bard sharing his stories. He displayed a more devious streak in his thefts when he robbed his clients of their money for the tithes. He was one of the rare Gelfling that was fluent in Podling, though enough to communicate for a drink at a bar.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Age of resistance logo – Cesare, Adam., Age of Resistance – The Ballad of Hup and Barfinnious, #5, Archaia, USA, January 2020
  2. 2.0 2.1 Age of resistance logo – Andelfinger, Nicole., Age of Resistance – The Ballad of Hup and Barfinnious, #7, Archaia, USA, March 2020
  3. Age of resistance logo – Cesare, Adam., Age of Resistance – The Ballad of Hup and Barfinnious, #6, Archaia, USA, February 2020
  4. Age of resistance logo – Andelfinger, Nicole., Age of Resistance – The Ballad of Hup and Barfinnious, #8, Archaia, USA, June 2020
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