- Jun 8, 2020
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- Skippy Bronzebeard
Much of Dewi history has been lost since the Calamity, so has ancient Bronzebeard history. Clan Bronzebeard is one of the oldest modern Dwarven clans, believed to have its origins sometime within the Age of Wonders. Upon the Age of Restoration, a Dwarf by the name of Thorsten Bronzebeard led the Dwarven folk to what was then known as the Kingdom of Ordheim. The traits of Thorsten are what define a Bronzebeard. Wise. Resourceful. Faithful. Most importantly of all, the potential to lead others. Bronzebeards were known to be looked to for guidance, whether this was in times of war or peace.
The earliest documented history of the Bronzebeard clan comes from the life of Thorsten Bronzebeard, the first clan father following the Age of Restoration. King Thorsten Bronzebeard led the Dwarves who had endured through the Calamity to the northern bronze halls of Ordheim. Thorsten in particular became known for his ability to forge connections between what would otherwise be feuding Dwarves. Alongside his exceptional diplomatic ways, King Thorsten reenforced a style of unmatched resolve when it came to his royal responsibilities. Royalty of the Kingdom of Westholm and the Kingdom of Tor Ascara would groan at the reminder of meeting with King Thorsten, as he made his thoughts abundantly, and loudly, clear to them always. A tradition of loyalty to brethren over diplomatic ties was established under Thorsten Bronzebeard, seen by his numerous expeditions to the Kingdom of Westholm, often prepared for a skirmish or two, all to rescue any Dwarven prisoners or hostages. In addition, Thorsten Bronzebeard despised oath breakers, creating a culture within the clan to always uphold oaths unless betrayed. This trait, while perceived as honorable in Dwarven culture, spelled the end for King Thorsten Bronzebeard, breathing his last breath in an open battle by the Gates of Reyn versus King Richard de Retford’s fyrd to settle what the Bronzebeards considered a breaking of an oath. On the 21st of the Bloodmoon in the year 2 A.C., the day of Thorsten Bronzebeard’s death, the Bronzebeard clan would see a sharp decline, going into a slumber.
Twenty years after the death of King Thorsten Bronzebeard, the then clan father of the Bronzebeard clan, a Dwarf by the name of Skippy Bronzebeard returned from his military post in the north western reaches of Enarion. He was posted far from the capital, far from any communication, to protect the northern border from any possible naval invaders. Returning to the bronze halls of Ordheim, Skippy Bronzebeard was left in a state of shock of what he had missed. The collapse of the Dwarven kingdom, the death of his King and father, Thorsten Bronzebeard. For any other, this may of casted them under a deep blanket of depression and hopelessness. This was no look for a Bronzebeard however, who have always acted as a guide to Dwarves - a role model. The mantle of clan father was taken by Skippy Bronzebeard, establishing a clan hall within the old Hilltown outside of Ordheim. It was Skippy’s hope that there were still fragments of the Bronzebeard clan still within Enarion, and that he could forge together a fraction of the clan that Thorsten Bronzebeard had led in years past.
Within the clan, a coming to age for a young Bronzebeard involves them forging their own first weapon. They are to mine within the deepest depths of Enarion to unearth strong iron and gems, forging it into unrelenting steel and encasing the gems within the weapon to create a one of a kind masterpiece. Proving oneself in the way of the hunt is also a rite of passage within the Bronzebeard clan, with beardlings sent off to the Ordheim Mountains in a group to fulfill this trial. Lastly, the Runic Pantheon is held in a high esteem, and it is expected for a Bronzebeard beardling to worship under one of the members of the Greater Pantheon. To prove devotion, a Bronzebeard beardling must craft a piece of jewelry that represents their chosen God. A religious ceremony will take place to bless this piece of jewelry, overseen by the Clan Father. Until these are done, a Bronzebeard beardling is not considered a full fledged adult within society.
The Bronzebeards led the renaissance of Dwarven culture following the Age of Restoration under the guidance of Thorsten Bronzebeard. This would not be possible without the Bronzebeard tradition of passing down the ways of the Dwarven religion, the Runic Pantheon. Choosing one of the five members of the Runic Pantheon to become a disciple goes hand-in-hand with a Bronzebeard’s coming of age. They will make it their personal responsibility to spread the knowledge of their chosen member, teaching other Dwarves of their past.
The clan name Bronzebeard was not chosen at random. Infact, it intertwines with the culture of the clan very much. Bronzebeards are expected to grow long and glorious bronze colored beards. A long beard is the sign of an honorable Dwarf, and with the bronze hue it’s almost guaranteed to be a Bronzebeard. In addition to the growing out of a long beard, Bronzebeads braid their beards, decorating them with gold and gems from deep beneath Enarion’s surface.
Life is a fleeting thing, and such death has a place within Bronzebeard tradition. Despite the apparent defeat of ‘The Great One’ and the Regiment of Blight who once scourged the former Kingdom of Ordheim, Bronzebeards see it fit to send off their dead by sea. An open casket ceremony will take place for numerous days, with feasts celebrating the life lived. After a week of feasts, a ship will be prepared, donning the banners of clan Bronzebeard along with any worldly possessions owned by the deceased. To send them off to their next journey, well equipped with mementos of their life upon Enarion, the ship is sent to sea set ablaze, followed by a pyre being constructed upon the Ordheim mountain range to allow their spirit to find home should they wish to visit.
Clan Father: The clan father is the head of the clan, and thus represents the clan in most matters, both internally and externally. The clan father enjoys the right of final says on all matters within the clan, the right to honorably adopt outsiders into the Bronzebeard clan, the right to disperse clan relics to elders as he sees fit, and the right to manage the clan vault as he sees fit.
Clan Elder: In moments where the clan father is absent, clan elders can assume responsibility of clan father duties given the situation is pressing enough. Should the clan father be seen as negligent to the clan, an elder can call to usurp their seat, requiring a majority vote. Clan elders are expected to guide beardlings through their trials to become full fledged clan members. Lastly, they are given access to the clan vault in order to disperse equipment and materials as needed.
Clan Member: Once the Bronzebeard trial has been passed, clan members enjoy the right to speak at meetings and participate in clan votes. They have permission to benefit from the clan vault given a clan elder has verified what they are taking from the vault.
Clan Beardling: Newly found Bronzebeards who have yet to prove their commitment to the clan. They are tasked with passing their trial which is overseen by a clan elder. Despite not being full members of the clan, they still enjoy the right to housing within the clan hall, their bellies filled with food, the ability to pursue whatever skill they wish to benefit themselves and the clan, and the ability to attempt trial.
Bronzebeard Family Tree (To Be Made)
Skippy Bronzebeard (skippy369)
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