The Emperor’s own – Sergius’ handpicked hit men have always been somewhat of a motley crew of oddballs, and it might have seemed to some that the late Emperor was going out on a limb when he appointed them his personal guard. However, Sergius Corvius’ eye for talent far exceeds conventional wisdom. Throughout the Scourge of Esellion, Richard and his merry band of misfits have time and again, proved themselves to be worth far more than their weight in silver – which is saying a lot considering Olav‘s love for coin.
Having said that, the Reiht have always been very dear to me on a personal level- the characters were based off one of Ian’s D&D campaigns, and each represented friends I used to play with. Richard, played by my best friend Kevin T. (not to be confused with Kevin M., co-founder of WHS), was our leader and I played his mischievous confidante, Crumston. Quintus, his half brother was played by our good friend Leonard who was a bit of a flirt in real life. It was pretty funny watching him walk into every bar and flirt with everything that walked by with a skirt… considering Ian was our dungeon master. Just reminiscing the times when the two of them were hitting on each other still gives me the giggles, as well as a shiver that runs down my spine. Oh, the bromance.
We had all sorts of folks who joined us from time to time, Jerome who joined is as Devlin… and killed a man by jumping on him because he pumped 20 points into the jump skill and the lecherous Christian, so deadly with the bow but had noodle arms in melee combat (he once got beat up by a disarmed guard who boxed him to oblivion). It got really silly at times. Lukas, who was played by our very own Brian- a mild mannered fellow, straight as an arrow (oh it rhymed!) and oh who could forgot our resident himbo, Guy! Not me. Especially since he’s used me as a human meatshield on more than one occasion. Crumston’s great rivalry with Jesse, Cierra‘s blistering romance (by blistering I meant uncomfortable) with Quintus – oh I could go on for days! We even scribed some of our adventures down… here! Really old blog, Varian (the guy who played Guy) scribed most of it, though we took turns. It’s a little Tl;dr but there’s one particular post in there that I scribed. It’s one that I’m particularly proud of, and it involves the members of the Reiht going head to head in a sparring match back in the days they were still training under the Bardic Academy. The only time we ever did in fact; Guy takes on Cierra, Richard takes on Quintus and Crumston faces Jesse in a grudge match. So if you ever wondered how these characters came into conception, go ahead and take a look.
We’ve all gone separate ways since then, but it’d be fair to say that the Ravenmark saga might not have existed had we never played Dungeons and Dragons together, which eventually led to Ian proposing a tabletop game in the same vein as Warhammer. The Raven was actually the banner that represented us in battle, bequest upon us of course by our dungeon master Ian. For me, this was where it all began. In Ian’s dusty attic, around a ping-pong table with a bunch of friends.
So moving on from this week, I’ll be publishing a couple more write-ups for the Reiht – as homage to what they represent. Days of youth spent adventuring and exploring the imagination, of friendships forged and of dreams coming to life. So watch this space!
P.s: I really love the new piece our artist, Xin Wen, has done up for the Reiht. It’s lovely!