The Wild Lands
Lord Rodar Kaius
Rodar Kaius is a noble of Mara, the last of his line, and one of the city’s three leaders. All of Mara know him as a “disagreeable old Gullion” (by Gullion, they mean soldier) who served militarily with distinction but was recently nudged into retirement for a string of insubordinations. He believed the younger nobles commanding him were arrogant idiots, voiced such opinions, and disobeyed them – behaviour most commoners view with favour, as they think all the younger nobles are spoiled, arrogant idiots. Refusing to be tossed aside by a younger generation, Kaius moved into politics and was elected overwhelmingly into the triumvirate.
To most who’ve met him, Lord Kaius comes off as a sharp-eyed, surly, old man. It would, however, be unwise to detest or dismiss him at face value, because beneath his cold, rough exterior, lies a very different side. He believes all nobles of Mara have a duty to their city, and those that repudiate or shirk this duty should be stripped of their titles, rights, and privileges of nobility. That duty is to keep the government – in this era, the triumvirate and its advisors – strong and healthy so that no matter what happens inside the cities walls, or beyond, Mara will continue to grow and stand tall against those who would change her way of life.
Throughout his years, he has taken in countless young orphans, runaways, and ne’er-do-wells and ensured that their passions be redirected from troublemaking and disaster, to education, charity, and service in the Gullion. His efforts are little known to the common folk, but there exist hundreds of teachers, matrons, workshop assistants, and soldiers, that, if not for Kaius’ intervention, would have been destined for lives on the streets, in the dungeons, or worse.