Battered Shield – Guild Leaders
Chieftain – Fergus Scott
Born in 1937 in the township of Oldermark in the Bitter Vale to members of the Shield, Scott was destined for a glorious future. He was named Fergus, an ancestor of blood, after the legendary member of the guild whose soul was lost in Soul Anchor in an ancient battle against the Daemon Lord Orbolom. His rise into the guild was meteoric as he became the youngest field graduate in 1949 when he swept up arms to defend the caravan that he was apprenticed to killing three desert raiders and suffering his first heavy wound in combat. By 1955 he was in the field and leading his own group working with the Table of Swords and in 1965 he was responsible for a selection of several groups working out of Shriekspire.
His long list of achievements include forming the legendary Soldiers of the White Bear who stood at the Edge of the Spirate Unition before they vanished into the Watchland. Equally he stood alone in the Caverns of the Black Chain Eater during the Red Harvest and none can doubt that the villages of Union, Stole, Haverskay and Breen still stand safe to this day for that action. Perhaps most notably was his eloquent address to the people of the Dunwell revolt who were so turned by his words that they renounced their hatred of the rulers of their county and, indeed, many of them became members of the Battered Shield thereafter.
Fergus Scott is an anomalistic individual as he belies the old saying “There are bold heroes and there are old heroes but there are no old, bold heroes.” Hero is the best way to describe Scott, his men adore him and he revels in their respect. He knows each one by name and has laid his life on the line time and again to preserve their lives and their freedoms. He is bold talking and full of tales of his own and others exploits. As a leader in the field of combat he is highly experienced which is coupled with a tactical flair which has led to many victories.
Strategos – Hershal Mannenan
Born in 1969 in the Great City of Haven to a Mercantile family that served the Phyphor household; Hershel was given a classic education and showed some aptitude in most of the arts but excelled with weaponry, specifically the axe and the shield. The household of Phyphor gladly accepted her as a guard and enforcer but she tired quickly of this work and looked elsewhere for tutelage and the embrace of the true warrior. Initially she considered the Crimson Brotherhood as a path to be followed but the strict regimens of the Guild she felt a hindrance and instead became a member of the Shield. She was accepted readily and made her name swiftly and was soon apprenticed to a group called the Witchway Troop in 1989.
Her reputation is steady with a few outstanding moments and it is that which bought her the attention of the senior members of the Guild in the later 2000’s. The Guild was strung out on senior members, most were dead in the Cataclysm or dying in the Rhygahrean Wars and she was happy to step up and be responsible for those that follow the same path. Hershal is in charge of the training of the troops that filter out of the Guild; She is patient and kind and few would believe that she is the warrior born who single handedly took down Barrak the Battleman and his Reavers in the famous attack on the township of Delve. She is well respected by all of those that have trained under her but yearns for a return to the field and may, perhaps one day, lead the Guild to battle once more.
Strategos – Jesial Glashant
Born in 1496 Jesial has been a member of the guild since he was a boy which is a very long time for Lairdan Gan. It is believed that his ancestry comes from the Mountains to the North, perhaps in fact from the very bosom of Lairdan Gan development in Essen itself. That truth, though, is lost in the twilight of centuries that have passed since his birthing and his lifetime within the guild. Through the long years has Jesial served the Guild, he trained long and hard and by the time he was 100 he was serving with several fighting groups and ranged across the lands. During this time he is said to have mastered every weapon that he came across ranging from the slimmest Dirk to the most powerful bow, these skills are what bought him to the attention of the senior members of the Guild and made him the instructor that he is today.
He has fought in almost every battle and war that has been seen in his lifetime and brings to the table the plethora of that experience. In truth he is the only member of any chapter house throughout the Shields long history that has trained with every weapon and also the only one that has become proficient with all the fighting styles of the Guild. In all matters Glashants advice is sought, whether it is the building of a new chapter house or a forthcoming battle. This has made Glashant a very familiar face across the Chapter Houses and the face that most non-Guild members associate with the Battered Shield.