Here is the second Character Profile for Full Moon Rising.
Steof, King of Arada
Steof’s family had forgone surnames many generations ago. That was one of the many shadows that Steof’s reign fell under. He is a man who has spent his entire life wondering what he will be remembered for. His father was best known for how he had expanded the borders of the Kingdom by claiming the nearby forest. From that point on there was no shortage of wood and it even opened up a new avenue of trade with neighboring cities.
Steof’s grandfather was the reason they were ‘Kings’ rather than ‘Lords’. He had decided that even though his rule was only over a single city, he would still consider himself a King of that city and demand the neighboring Lords to address him as such. The area that surrounded the city was of course referred to as his ‘Kingdom’ now. Steof’s grandfather was heralded as a visionary.
Steof’s great-grandfather, a man named Chol, had been at the front of the defenses when a ambitious, albeit small, band of elves tried to assault the city. Even after he took an arrow to his chest, Steof’s great-grandfather had decided to go on the offensive and charged out of the city with his men. The battle was very costly, taking the life of Chol’s first son, but the elves were all destroyed. Chol hung the bodies from the city walls until they were no longer recognizable as elves. History was conflicted about whether or not Chol actually hung the bodies himself or if he had one of his men do it for him. Knowing the lineage that he came from, Steof was certain that Chol had hung them himself.
Living in the shadow of great and memorable men was a heavy burden. The land was relatively peaceful. His people were content and his city was thriving. It was difficult for him to think about anything other than what he could do to be remembered. His advisers tried for years to get him to take a wife, but he refused. All the other men in his family had attracted their wives by their deeds and so Steof did not feel he should seek a wife.
His idea for renown came when he was reading through his father’s journal. His father, who was named Cord, had written about a small transgression that had happened with the neighboring city of Birt. The Lord of Birt had sent him a letter demanding to know why he now had to pay for the use of the wood from that forest. Cord detailed his response to the Lord of Birt and then added one last line, almost as an afterthought.
I should just save myself the trouble and invade that pathetic city.
After several failed attempts to goad the current Lord of Birt, a man named Kelteth, into a conflict, Steof began to wonder if he should just invade. Nearly a decade went by as his advisers tried to dissuade him from invading, saying that the people of Arada would not agree to him invading another city. Steof ended up exiling each of them in turn over those ten years. When there was no one left to advise him against it, King Steof decided it was time to attack.
That was when the fortune teller, Ballard, came to Arada. The strange man easily gained an audience with the King, as Steof was more than eager to learn about his future. The fortune teller warned him that if he attacked Birt too soon, he would die and his blood-line would end with him. That was enough to keep Steof from invading, but his hunger was still there.
Only time would tell if he would be able to put his name in the history books.
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