A noble of the powerful Thrawn family from the city of Domith. "Strength and Honor. From Generation to Generation."
Domith, strongest of the Five Cities, and home of the Thrawn family. The history of the Thrawn family can be traced back for centuries. Noble warriors and great military minds are littered on the pages of the Thrawns’ family history and the history of Domith itself. However, these are quiet times, peaceful times and the great warriors and generals of the Thrawn household are no longer needed in Domith. As the years and decades have rolled away since the last war, the stories and legends of the Thrawns and other noble families have grown fainter and fainter, until they have become only a whisper. But even with the peace, even with the silence, the Thrawn family and other noble families of Domith maintain their readiness. This generation stands as poised and ready to serve Domith as their ancestors from the days yore.
The Thrawn family maintains a number of estates inside both of Domith’s defensive walls. These estates and properties were earned by the victories ensured by the Thrawn and noble families. They serve as a testament and reminder of their once great importance. Today however, they serve only as an economic means. While the Thrawn family does not minimize or scoff at the economic growth and development of their lands, make no mistake, it is not fortune, treasure, or land they seek, but honor and glory on the battlefield.
The current head or paterfamilias of the Thrawn family is Count Augustus Thrawn. A great warrior and general himself in his younger years, he now sees to his family’s financial and political affairs in these peacful times. He and his wife Countess Alexus have three sons: the oldest and heir to the full title and power of Count, Tiberious, the middle son Patriclus (age 22), and the youngest of the family, Davadus (age 19). All three sons have been schooled in the art of war, and like their father and ancestors before them, long for the opportunity to prove themselves worthy.
Currently the two youngest sons are off receiving additional training at the Black Keep. Patriclus is said to be one of the finest young archers in all of Arem, while Davadus has proven himself adept in siege tactics and warfare. It is the oldest though that Count Augustus Thrawn holds the highest expectations of. It is these expectations that has created a rift between father and son.
At the age of 18, Tiberious completed his military training and was promptly assigned a cavalry detail to command. It was during a routine patrol around the outer wall of Domith that Thrawn spotted and thwarted an attempt by thieves and kidnappers to make off with another noble family’s two daughters. For his swift action in rescuing and returning the two young noble women, Thrawn was, in his father’s eyes, hastily given the noble title of Count. While Count Augustus was proud of his sons actions, he wasn’t that proud. His father was convinced that the action did not warrant the title of count and tried to persuade Thrawn to not accept it. However, the young commander, believing this might be his only chance at achieving the title with no real conflict in the foreseeable future, took it. Since that day, Count Augustus Thrawn and his son Count Tiberious Thrawn have been at odds and ever since that time, Tiberious has tried, at almost any expense, to prove himself worthy of his father’s adoration and his title of Count. As the years have wore on,their relationship has grown colder and now a power struggle between the two is beginning to grow.
Now the young count, 26 years old, must try and make his own path, a path that will bring honor and glory to his family and bring the approval his father withholds.
“Death before dishonor.” “A king may move a man, but a man’s soul is in his own keeping.”
The Siege of Castle Vania
When the Castle Vania seceded from Domith our rag-tag group of heroes were dispatched to deal with the troubling insurrection of its owner, Earl Aquilius of Domith. Earl Aquilius was disgruntled over Domith’s recent changes in trade and tax policy, most notably the pricy tariffs on imported goods. With these new policies, the Earl felt it cutting into his pocket book and decided to start manipulating the records in order to skim off profits for himself. In midst of the current economic and political climate surrounding Arem the ruling council and Lord of Domith found this most distressing. A courier was dispatched immediately to inform Earl Aquilius that he had been found out and was ordered to stop. The Earl however, chose to break ties with Domith, believing that his small town, estate and castle were insignificant to the powers that be in Domith. His calculation was wrong. A small task force from Domith was dispatched with one mission, bring in the Earl, dead or alive. He was to be an example of what happens to those that cross mighty Domith.
The Earl however was a shrewd tactician and knew that cowering in his castle would mean certain defeat. So instead he launched a surprise attack at dawn on the force camped outside his castle preparing for the assault. His attack almost succeeded if not for the actions of a few brave men leading the siege. The unlikely, and even more unseemly, team of our heroes managed to spoil the surprise attack with a few well placed and well timed shots with the catapults. Jaque McFlern, a peasant thief, landed the first blow, taking out soldiers in the lead ranks. However, it would be Count Tiberious Thrawn that would land the decisive blow and end Earl Aquilius’s revolt against Domith.
Count Thrawn was directing a group of archers and catapults on the right flank when he noticed Earl Aquilius actually out of the castle leading the surprise attack from a small hill. Count Thrawn instructed the nearest catapult crew to aim for the rogue Earl. Unfortunately the lead operator was struck by an arrow before the shot could be fired. Count Thrawn stepped forward and made the last quick final adjustment to send the boulder hurling towards Earl Aquilius. The shot hit its mark. With their leader dead the rest of the soldiers were routed and Castle Vania was taken easier than expected.
Father and Son
The relationship between Count Augustus Thrawn and his oldest son, Count Tiberious, has always been a rocky and troubled one. However, the relationship took a turn for the worse. Upon his return from the Black Gate with his brothers, Thrawn was summoned for a meeting with his father. During their discussions Augustus voiced his displeasure with Thrawn’s recent activities and gave him the ultimatum of either returning to Domith permanently or having his birthright revoked and given to his youngest brother, Davadus. As difficult as it was for Thrawn to accept this decision by his father he responded by saying “A king or father may move a man, but the man’s soul and his fate are in his own keeping.” With that and with much regret and pain in his heart, Tiberious accepted the decision of his father.
Now the young count must find his own way in Arem. While he still bears his titles and estates he is no longer the heir to the Thrawn fortune, power, and estates. He will truly be tested in determining whether or not he believes what he told his father. Will he someday be able to get back into his father’s good graces? The pages of this story have yet to be written.
The Jousting Tournament of Appletop Lake
Count Tiberious Thrawn of Palantine Hill in Domith placed third in the prestigious Appletop Lake jousting tournament.
The Sword of Elysium
Tiberious was given the family sword by his mentor and friend Marcus Aurelius. This sword has been passed down through numerous generations of the Thrawn family and was thought to be lost.
King’s Road Jousting Tournament
On the way to the royal wedding of Nester Count Tiberious Thrawn won the King’s Road Jousting Tournament.
Acquired the artifact of Arem. Our group is now called the “Worthy”. Tiberious is now the “Avatar of Willpower.” “Willpower – Perseverance through all for Arem and to maintain belief in action.”
- Visions during quest to uncover the artifact of Arem for Tiberious Thrawn.
Vision of Fear: A group of men stands around a table. They are moving pieces depicting soldiers and armies around a map of Arem. The Lord of Domith stands in the middle and wears a red and black tunic with the lion of Domith adorned on it over his chainmail and armor. The leader’s face is covered by his helmet’s visor. The map of Arem is being consumed by red blood that flows from the center of the map and the mighty city of Domith. After all is covered by the blood, fire consumes the map.
The vision then shows the Lord of Domith watching a town being burned to the ground. Executions are being cared out at the foot of the hill. Men, women and children look up at the man and cry out for mercy. He turns away and rides off with his generals.
The final phase of the vision shows the Lord of Domith on a throne in the Thrawn family estate of the Pantheon. Kneeling beneath the throne are two young men. The Lord rises from his throne and unsheathes his sword. It is the Sword of Elysium. He puts the blade to the back of the neck of the first young man and takes his life. The second follows shortly. Blood spills out on the floor as the heads roll and the bodies lie motionless. The Lord motions for a servant who brings him a cloth to wipe the blade. The faces of the two dead men are then shown and reveal that it is Davadus and Patriclus Thrawn. The Lord of Domith then reaches to push his visor up. The man underneath is not the one that Tiberious had thought, it was not his father Augustus but instead his own. With this the vision ends.
Vision of Hope: A battle rages around two men that are engaged in a duel. One man falls, one man stands. It is Tiberious Thrawn. He kneels and closes the eyes of his adversary, his father Augustus, Lord of Domith. His brothers Davadus and Patriclus emerge from the chaos that is the battle and Thrawn looks at them and says “It is finished. There will be peace for Domith and all of Arem. Men shall live free once again.”
The vision then shoots to a great hall. The Lords of all five cities of Arem are there with Thrawn at the center for Domith. He stands up from the table, “Today we sign this peace accord so that our sons, daughters, and grandchildren will not know the horrors of war. They will not need to wash from their hands the blood of others. Instead they will thrive and prosper in a new age of peace and prosperity for all cities of Arem, where none rules over all and subjugates the others. To this new vision and hope do we the Lords or Arem pledge our treasure, blood, and sacred honor.” The Lords of Arem take turns signing the peace accord and congratulate one another as members from all five cities in attendance embrace and cheer.
The vision warps ahead to what is believed to be a day in the future. Lord Tiberious Thrawn sits upon his throne in the hall of his keep at Palantine hill. He is now an older man with plenty of grey in his beard. Thrawn looks over at an older woman sitting next to him and holds her hand. He then rises from his seat to stand over a young man kneeling before the couple. “My son the day has come for me to turn over to you the greatest of our family possessions, the Sword of Elysium. It is not the sword itself that is important. It is the fact that it has been held by a great deal of men in our family far greater and more accomplished then I. It is their memory and honor that this sword embodies. Strength and Honor, From Generation to Generation.” And with that the young man rises and takes the sword from his father. The crowd in attendance applauds.
The picture fades only to be illuminated again. A funeral procession is carrying a body, that of Tiberious Thrawn. The body is placed on a funeral pyre and the people gather around. A torch sets fire to the wood and the body is soon consumed by the flames. A woman is consoled by her son, now the Count of the Thrawn family. They are flanked by two elderly men, Davadus and Patriclus. As the people morn, the men in attendance raise their swords to the sky and led by the Thrawn family together say “Strength and Honor, From Generation to Generation.”