Age of the Moonless Knight
Gerard the Bard
The Knightly and Chivalric traveling Bard
Gerard began life growing up with the gnomes of the Shieldcrest mountains; he did not remember his real parents but was told that they had been friends and trade partners of the gnomes until they had been waylaid by bandits on their most recent trip across the Shieldcrest. Young Gerard displayed an aptitude for music at an early age and thus the community saw to his education in the way of the Bard. When he was old enough he attended the prestigious Gnome bardic college, the topmost school of its kind in all of Earackland. Once he had graduated he set off from the gnomish community and became a wanderer, going from one end of the Island and back again, until he settled into a comfortable tour when he has no pressing need of adventure. He has spent nearly as much time in the courts of three nations as did with the gnomes and is a common presence wherever he travels now. During his time in Earacksmore he came to know, and later travel with, a young lordling by the name of Gilliam, who despite his age, was as talented with weaponry as Gerard himself was with music. They have now often traveled with one another and along the way Gilliam has shown Gerard how to wield weapons more effectively, the result being Gerard’s Knightly Bard persona, with his fighting skill no longer an empty boast and chivalric manner sharpened to a fine edge. In his travels he does not often find much time to make it back to his gnomish home, but he has found the tribe of the bear most accommodating and makes a winter home with them.