Campaign of the Month: August 2014
The Concord of Ashes
Otto von Everstein
An ambitious and capable brother of the Order of the Black Cross. He emulates Lord Jürgen's methods, and should go far if he survives.
A young, slender brother-knight of the Teutonic Order, notable for his aristocratic carriage, his dark, cold eyes and a set of features that would be considered handsome but for his broken nose and the deep scar marring his left cheek. The monk has the bearing of a natural leader, born to rule. The reasons for his vow of obedience must have been compelling indeed. His arms of exceptional quality, even for one of the major military orders.
The uniform coat of arms of the Order of Brothers of the German House of Saint Mary in Jerusalem, also known as the Teutonic Knights. Having sworn his vows as a full monk of the Order, Otto Ritterbrüder von Everstein no longer makes use of the heraldry that he bore throughout the Third Crusade and the turn of the 13th century. However, those familiar with the study of such things may note the design that he formerly used, and may one night adopt again.
The leader of a coterie of Ventrue brother-knights of the Teutonic Order, and a prominent member of the Order of the Black Cross, Otto von Everstein coordinates much of the defence between the strongholds of Törzburg (called Bran by the Cumans and Pechenegs) and Rosenau, which lies roughly halfway between the gate of the southern pass and Kronstadt itself. Together with his companions, brothers Ludolf von Oschersleben and Thaddeus von Werl, as well as a 200-man strong detachment of the Teutons, they have managed to keep the strength of the Cumans out of the northern reaches of the pass since the summer of 1213. He and his fellow Cainite brother-knights are by no means a coterie well-matched to the finer stratagems of the dreaded Cuman Gangrel known as Kordönül, but their ability to hold the strong-points in the south of the Burzenland has brought much needed security to the region. It has also bought the people of the Burgraviate and their Teutonic overlords much needed time to rebuild and refortify the settlements of Bettel and Weidenbach, both of which will serve to screen Kronstadt further from future Cuman assaults.
Brother Otto claims descent from Jürgen von Verden himself through the venerable prince of Halle, August von Everstein. It is no secret among the Eastern Lords that Prince August is also Otto’s great-great-grandfather, and that he raised the lad for the express purpose of Embracing him into the ranks of the Ventrue. As such, Brother Otto is thought to have enjoyed only the best tutors in statecraft, soldiering and the duties and honours of lordship. His manners are impeccable (if delivered with the artificiality of the truly arrogant), his oratory skills can stir the passions of the coldest heart, and his knowledge of feudal law and management are more than acceptable. He reads and writes Latin as if it were his first language, and he is well-versed in the heraldry of the Holy Roman Empire, Hungary and much of France. His skill in warcraft was honed at the feet of his mighty grandsire during his fosterage under Lord Jürgen during the Third Crusade, and while he is not the equal in a fight of either Brother Thaddeus or Brother Ludolf, his true ability lies in command. Indeed, one might say that he is being prepared for a position of great significance in the future of the Eastern Lords, and perhaps the Burzenland as well.
Together they present an odd trio: a scarred nobleman flanked by a short zealot and a hulking veteran, and they have become noted as figures of hope across the southern reaches of the Burzenland. Considering the paucity of light cavalry available to the Teutons and their vassals, Brother Otto and his garrison at Törzburg have managed to project their power as much as 25 miles to the south of the keep while keeping the lands north free of large bands of marauding Cumans. Concerted efforts engineered by the cunning Kordönül have slipped the net on occasion, but no large scale raids have penetrated the Burzenland for some time. Alas, it would seem, Otto and his fellows have proven unable to bring the ceribasi and his men to battle, nor have they managed to strike back at the Cumans’ own lands. It would appear that more men, and more clever strategies, are needed…
Lineage: Childe of Prince August of Halle, Childe of Lord Jurgen von Verden, Childe of Hardestadt the Elder, Childe of Eigermann, Childe of Ventrue