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This page is dedicated to some of the At Rapier's Point characters that have appeared in the various adventures and campaigns that we've run.

The following characters featured in the adventure 'Death in Wolfsburg':

Captain John Fairfax

Otto Schumann

Riven Von Schloss Adler

Annalisa Kessler

Pierre Pinoche

Gustav Mossiman

 

Captain John Fairfax

Captain John Fairfax is an English Mercenary Captain who has been fighting in Germany for 5 years. In early July of 1630 year Captain Fairfax and his Mercenary company were employed by the Count von Wittingen to bolster the small regiment of soldiers he maintained to defend his modest land holdings. When, in late September, he determined to travel to the city of Magdeburg to visit the Archbishop there, Fairfax and his 18 men were selected to travel with him as his honour guard. The journey was uneventful and the Captain and his men had little to do. Within weeks of their arrival in the city, however, this situation was to change dramatically when the Catholic League forces under the Count von Tilly besieged the city. As a result of the siege Captain Fairfax has lost every one of his men, some in combat, others more recently to disease and starvation. It is a desperate time and he is now wondering whether he will meet the same fate.

During the course of the siege he was constantly involved in the fighting to defend the city and also night-time raids on the besieging armies encampments. The Archbishop himself provided the Captain with a personal letter instructing any subject of the Archbishopric to provide him with aid should he require it.

Otto Schumann

A native of the North German city of Wittingen Otto had lived there all his life, although he was frequently away on business in other areas of the Empire. The Count von Wittingen had been a patron of his family’s business for many years and Otto's father was one of the Count’s most trusted advisors. When his father died three years ago the Count did not ask Otto to take over his fathers role as he was still inexperienced in many matters. However the Count continued to patronise his business. Then, in the September of 1630, he sent a letter to Otto asking if he would accompany him to the city of Madgeburg. The letter explained that as part of his visit to see the Archbishop of the city he wished to take a small trade delegation to improve trading links between Wittingen and Magdeburg. Seeing this as an excellent opportunity to improve business Otto accepted immediately. He arrived in Magdeburg with the Count in late October, but within weeks the city was besieged by the armies of the Catholic League and he has been trapped there ever since.

During the course of the siege Otto on occasion fought on the city walls alongside the army and was also involved in efforts to procure supplies of food and water from within the city and ration those supplies. After seven months this job has become almost impossible.

Riven Von Schloss Adler

Riven von Schloss Adler is one of the Count von Wittingen’s nephews. As a younger son of the von Schloss Adler family, his father sent him to his Uncle’s household to learn about the workings of a noble court, the running of a small state and military affairs. The Count’s own sons were a constant source of disappointment to him, while Riven proved capable and eager to learn. As a result, over the course of the last few years he earned the respect of his Uncle who came to rely upon him in the running of his household and estates.

When Riven's Uncle decided to travel to Magdeburg in October last year he accompanied him as his personal aide and bodyguard.

During the course of the siege Riven was involved in a great deal of the fighting, often wherever it was thickest and most dangerous alongside his Uncle’s mercenaries.

Annalisa Kessler

Annalisa Kessler is a brigand with a handsome price on her head. Her father was Otto Kessler a successful thief in his day, who died when Annalisa was a young girl. When her father died, Annalisa was taken in by Wolfgang Kellermann an old friend of the family. Kellermann was also known as the Black Arrrow a brigand of some note in certain parts of north eastern Germany. Eventually Kellermann grew too old and slow and in an attack on a coach, lost his leg.

Annalisa assumed Kellermann's role as the Black Arrow and things carried on pretty much as they had done for several years, until the arrival a few weeks ago of a group of adventurers looking to recover a gem called the Blue Flame, reputedly stolen by her father 20 years earlier. The adventurers: Riven von Schloss Adler, Captain John Fairfax, Otto Schumann and Monsieur Pierre Pinoche, managed to defeat Annalisa's motley band of outlaws and capture her. Fortunately von Schloss Adler took rather a shine to the young and attractive Annalisa and asked her to accompany him back to Wittingen; she in her turn accepted his offer.

Pierre Pinoche

A little over a year ago Monsieur Pinoche was sent by the Cardinal Richelieu to the court of Count von Wittingen in order to help bolster the Protestant cause following the Edict of Restitution. As a Huegenot (French Protestant) Pinoche was thought by Richelieu to be ideal for the assignment. Arriving in Wittingen he found the Count to be a most amenable host and soon became good friends with him. In September 1630 after some months at court, the Count announced that he would be travelling to Magdeburg the following month in order to visit the Archbishop who ruled the city. There he intended to discuss with the Archbishop and other visiting Protestant rulers how they were to proceed following the invasion of the Protestant King of Sweden Gustavus Adolphus. Pinoche was invited by the Count (and ordered by Richelieu) to accompany him. Within weeks of arriving in Magdeburg, however, the forces of the Catholic League had besieged the city and Pinoche has been trapped there ever since.

During the course of the siege Pinoche was involved in attempts to get information out of the city to allies and parley with the besiegers. In theory his diplomatic status would allow him to leave the city unmolested, however, he was almost certain that in reality this would be extremely unlikely to happen and as a result he has stayed put.

Gustav Mossiman

More than five years ago Gustav's older brother, Ludwig, travelled north to join with the Protestant forces of Christian IV of Denmark, in the fight against the Catholic Habsburgs. He was unable to join Ludwig due to his commitments to the Duke of Thurgau whom he served as a ‘Diplomatic Aide’. During many months of campaigning Gustav received regular news from his brother, even following the defeat of Christian’s army at Lutter am Barenberge in late August 1626. However, when Christian’s infantry were forced to surrender at Eutin in September 1627 Ludwig's letters suddenly stopped. More than two years passed and Gustav heard nothing. Finally, in the Spring of 1630 he too set off north to discover the fate of his brother, certain that he was still alive.

Gustav arrived in the German city of Wolfsburg at the beginning of June 1631 with the city in the grip of fear following four brutal murders. Part of his reason for visiting Wolfsburg was the letter of introduction from the Duke of Thurgau to the City Warden Karl Richthofen, an old friend of the Duke’s. The letter asked Herr Richthofen to help him in any way he could. As it happened, it seems that Gustav has been able to offer more help to him.

On the morning of the 3rd June, Herr Richthofen called Gustav into his office and asked him to deliver a package to two gentleman, Captain Fairfax and Herr von Schloss Adler, staying at the Red Boar Inn and to offer them any assistance he could.

 

 

 

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