Name: Taegul Ramakh
Personality: Straightforward and confident to the point of arrogance, both pragmatic and independent; his one concession to frivolity is a certain tendency to show off when circumstances permit.
History: A "simple woodsman", Taegul is the son of Alara Ramakh, foremost duelist and swordswoman in Basil in her day. Past her prime, she's given up the art and retired to a quieter life of art, music, and high society; her efforts to teach her children the importance of strength and etiquette, unfortunately, did not mirror her martial accomplishment. Taegul's older sisters are a Church of the Ascension terrorist and a wandering "dragonslayer" yet to slay anything, respectively, and Taegul himself left home when the lessons turned abusive as desperation and bitterness overtook Lady Alara. Heading into the woods beyond Bale to spite his noble blood, he spent several years keeping the trails clear and trading game for a living until receiving a formal apology from his mother in the form of a three-page letter. He never went home, but he's been a devoted student of the sword ever since, a known purveyor of martial arts records and manuals, and those that trade with him sometimes comment on his mastery of the social graces. No letter from him was forthcoming, but the rumors reached his parents, who are comforted to know at least one of their children has found something like a positive direction in life.
He's been estranged from the greater motions of society long enough that it's begun to wear on him; he visits the market far more often than he needs to, and has added books of adventure and history to his reading list. At this point he's seriously considering a new vocation and not unlikely to join the first caravan or grand quest that passes by; after news of his eldest sister Yahine leading a successful slaughter against a small fishing village that rejected their cult, he's also become haunted by the suspicion that it may fall to him as blood to put the family mad dog down.
His mother is one of the few knights of Basil trusted to guard its sleeping dragoon spirit, and does so in shifts with the other dozen or so - which member of the Jade Guard carries the artifact at any time is known only to the knight holding it, the knight who previously held it, and the king and queen of Basil themselves. He is a devout Ahusian, the informal term for a baptized member of the Brotherhood of Ahusi, which preaches that dragons were born from the world's roiling heart upon learning of its own destruction and that men survived the prophecied apocalypse to be shepherds on Endiness. They blend some aspects of Wicca, Buddhism, and Christianity and consider their shepherd's charge to apply equally to the land and its people, opposing industrialization and war but paradoxically having a marked militant bent in regards to those whose disagreement with their tenets goes beyond philosophical.