Sir Gerard Dastrid
Breathe. Push the pain from your body. Change your stance, raise your blade. And dance, like it's your last one.
Social Rank: 7
Concept: Dancing Blade
Hair Color: Jet Black
Eye Color: Light Brown
Description: Gerard stands an inch or two shorter than most men, but the easy confidence with which the man holds himself gives the impression that he stands taller than he actually is. He has the wiry, lean-muscled body of a gymnast, and the worn, scarred hands of a soldier. Light, studious brown eyes glint with equal mirth in times of peaceful happiness, or in the midst of a challenging swordfight, both seeming to bring equal enjoyment to the man's rugged, charming features. He wears his curly black hair long enough that an errant curl or two will peek out from underneath a helm, when worn.
Personality: Gerard epitomizes the uncommon virtue of the common man, regarding himself simply as a soldier who left his common roots to answer the call to arms. With a strong sense of duty, he's never sought after glory or fame, instead feeling as though the honors he's been given are simply a reflection of fulfilling his duty as a Telmar armsman. The man is plain-spoken, polite, and compassionate; an honest worker's demeanor with a soldier's sense of purpose. Gerard approaches his role as a teacher with a clear passion for the subject matter, presenting the difficult realities of combat with a practiced grace produced through the crucible of experience. He knows the seriousness of the dances he teaches, and is willing to be resented for being insistent as a teacher in order to ensure his pupils know the proper steps.
Background: Born the son of a reasonably successful blacksmith, Gerard abandoned his apprenticeship at the age of sixteen in order to heed the call to enlist as a Telmar armsmen and do his duty to his House. Long hours spent hammering metal translated well to swinging large swords and carrying the weight of heavy sheets of plate mail. And so it was that Gerard found himself rising quickly through the ranks of the Telmar military, quickly gaining a reputation as one of the best young swordsman in the Telmar ranks. He continued his service well past his initial enlistment, his skillful swordsmanship eventually earning him selection to the Duke Telmar's personal guard.
A few years later, during a visit by Prince Radley, Gerard found himself riding out with Duke Arn and the Prince of Sanctum in order to quell a small shav incursion into the Oathlands. The invading force was larger than originally anticipated, and the Duke ordered his personal guard to reinforce a crumbling flank, placing Gerard in charge of the detail. When the dust finally settled, and the shavs routed, Gerard was found badly wounded, surrounded by a dozen shav corpses who feel victim to the armsman's dancing blade. Passed over by the first wave of medics, Gerard was left on the battlefield for dead, picked up almost by chance by another passing healer.
After recovering from his wounds, Gerard was knighted by Duke Arn for his bravery in combat, and given the honor of serving as the Telmar family's personal sword instructor, responsible for teaching young Ansel, the future Sword of Telmarch, how to dance with a blade. Becoming known around the Telmarch as the Telmar's dance instructor for the armsman's graceful swordsmanship, it's to this assignment that Gerard has committed himself for the past decade. With the majority of the House now located in Arx, Gerard is eager to continue to serve his family in their new home, and to make sure that future generations of Telmars do not forget their proper forms.
|Alexandre||A knight of Telmar, Sir Gerard proved to be good company when I met him at the Gauntlet. Honest and true, he was polite and courteous with all gathered there, and combined the Gauntlet's tests with his substantial musical ability.|
|Alexis||There's something immensely satisfying about senior knights who have a good sense of who they are, and Sir Gerard is no exception. He's the kind of man you can anchor a unit around, or get drunk and share a million stories with, I imagine. Time will tell if I'm right or not, but I have a good feeling.|
|Amantha||Some knights are too enamoured of 'propriety' to be good company. Not so with Sir Gerard. He's rather enjoyable.|
|Astraea||The man can reaaaally wield a sword. He's ridiculously good at this sort of thing, and that bears watching. I'm telling Gloria about this later.|
|Coraline||A knight true is Sir Gerard, and he can math much better than I there is no doubt about that! I am beyond pleased to make his aquaintence.|
|Cullen||A long serving knight with the Telmars, I'm glad he's a man of honor and valor to help Lady Tesha learn the sword and protect herself and the family. I definitely ought to talk to him more.|
|Domonico||A capable seeming bladesman. Even though only sparring with a dummy it is clear he is well skilled. I hope to train with him in the future.|
|Fecundo||Interesting knight with the ability to make music as well. Offered to help me learn a bit. I'm hesitant, but curious.|
|Harlex||A knight, friendly and quick on his feet. Certainly handy with the steel.|
|Ida||Sir Gerard Dastrid, the famed swordsman knighted by Duke Arn himself and then made the Telmar family's personal sword instructor. I did not expect the man to be so warm and charming a knight when he came by the shop about a commission. We spoke about our earlier years around the Oathlands, baked goods, and some possible spars in the future. My cheeks might still hurt from smiling so much.|
|Jeffeth||A good man, a good knight! I just need to make it clear that I have never ate anyone. But anyways he's a cheery sort, I like him!|
|Liara||Friendly sort of fellow, at least to me. Less so to those under his command, perhaps, from what brief insight he gave? As it probably should be for soldiers.|
|Lilith||A good way to meet someone is to just skip past all the small talk and just get down the the nitty gritty. Death.|
|Lorenzo||An interesting man, seems to be a disciplined fighter. Though he seems to value diplomacy and other things besides war as well, which is nice to see. Excellent company.|
|Melody||The Oathlands knight, one who has been twisted into making the worst kind of oaths, maybe. Probably not. At least he's good at giving footrubs.|
|Monique||A handsome and chivalrous knight with a bit of an edge, and the voice and grace of a Seraph. Too bad he's several seasons older... I'd have to guard my heart.|
|Orelia||He seems an amiable sort. Not opposed to calling a spade a spade, even in the presence of a Princess. That's a trait I appreciate!|
|Petal||He seems like a nice guy, friendly and with a sense of humor.|
|Prisila||A fellow old soul who may or may not be as old as I. A knight I can like as easily as a cur. Very rare.|
|Reese||Cheerful, but not too cheerful, friendly, but not too friendly, hopeful but realistic. He seems like a solid, pleasant and realistic sort of guy.|
|River||Very good at defusing social bombs. Very good. though maybe it's just the fact he's handsome? I have no idea.|
|Rosalie||He's much more rogueishly charming than the other knights I've met. Perhaps its because he's more of a seasoned night? He's learned to enjoy the small bits of fun in life and not worry about the silliness!|
|Sabella||He fights with a saber, which Niklas assures me is not some kind of mythical tiger, and is very passionate on the subject of swords! He seems rather delightful and laughed easily so I would definitely like to get to know him better!|
|Victus||Bless his goddamn heart for trying to dig me out of my hole. From the look of him, he's got a good head on his shoulders. I hope he gets to keep it on there long enough that I can see him in some proper action, knightly man he is.|