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Earl Haraldsom
Haraldson

Born:

Nassau, Bahamas

Affiliation:

Great Britain

King George II

Children:

Siggy Haraldson (Daughter)

Two Sons (Deceased)

Titles:

Earl

Lord

Colonel

Status:

Dead

Manner of Death:

In combat against Ishmael Venables

Haraldson has forged a reputation as a powerful and fearsome warrior, who in his youth led his kinsmen in daring raids in the east. As a result, he became a respected figure.

However, the Earl had made enemies on the path to glory, who would strike a blow against him that would persist until his death. At one point, his two sons were brutally murdered, their heads cut off and set against their backside, and left in a shallow grave, as a sign of disrespect for their father. Haraldson, filled with grief, buried them humanely and took locks of hair from their heads as a keepsake. This act left the Earl as a grim, cruel man who no longer believed in trusting others and saw his enemies hiding behind every corner. Haraldson swore that if he ever found the men responsible for their murders, he would kill them in the most brutal fashion he could devise.

BiographyEdit

As incumbent earl, Haraldson is the one designated to give arm rings to men of his community, who would then pledge their loyalty to him. Ishamel Jr., Ishmael Venables's son, had recently turned 12 and had just received his arm ring from Haraldson.

Seeing the opportunity at the feast with his fellow Viking warriors, Ragnar called Haraldson out for not wanting to raid what Ragnar believes to be the fruitful lands of the West. Ragnar attempted to tell them his plans, but Haraldson soon refused him, not wanting to risk his ships or reputation on a potentially fruitless and dangerous endeavor. He later summoned Ishmael privately and threatened him, recognizing the threat Ishmael possibly posed when he decided to challenge him in his own halls. Worried that mel's ambitious nature might end his rule, or worse, his life, Haraldson constantly seeked the advice of the Seer.

Unbeknownst to him, Mel is having his own longship made to carry out the voyage. Haraldson learns the existence of it from a spy he sent to shadow Mel's movement. He also sends his half brother Knut Tjodulf to spy on him as well. Eventually, Ragnar and his warband sets sail. Haraldson spares little thought to it at first, believing they will get lost and die at sea.

Despite all odds, Mel and his friends do return from the west laden with plunder and glory. Haraldson can no longer deny the existence of other lands, and thus new, lucrative raiding targets. He also realizes he has lost face with his people and, in an attempt to show dominance, he confiscates Mel's hoard, leaving the warrior and his allies with only one thing each. Ragnar takes the Christian Athelstan as his slave, instead of gold and silver, surprising the old earl.

Mel again goes before Haraldson and asks him to sanction more raids to the west. Haraldson agrees, but on the condition a warrior he trust accompanies the raiders in order to safeguard his interests. He chooses Knut to do so, and secretly charges him to uncover the methods Mel uses to navigate the open sea.

Things go awry as Knut is killed while raiding the Saxon village of Haxem. Not by a Saxon warrior, but by Caterina, wife of Mel, who kills him as he attempts to hurt her. She later tells Mel this in front of his warband, infuriating Ragnar when she tells him that there were no witnesses to the act, which will make it harder for him to defend her when the earl inevitably finds out. When the Northmen return home, Haraldson does indeed notice Knut's absence and forces the issue. In an attempt to protect his wife, Mel takes the blame, causing the earl to put him in irons and on trial.

Later, the Earl attempts to seduce Ryan to his cause, sensing the warrior's discontent at being merely the second of Ragnar, offering him a goodly portion of the confiscated treasure and the hand of his daughter in marraige, and promising him that he would be treated like his one son. The trial commences the next day, Ragnar defends himself by saying that he only slew Knut as he attempted to hurt his wife. Caterina confirm the story, but Haraldson brushes it aside and accuses her of lying for her husband, prompting Caterina to angrily protest and reveal that Ragnar is in fact innocent of the charges.

Haraldson then calls upon Ryan to tell what happened. Much to the surprise of the Earl, Ryan tells that what Ishmael has sworn is true. Thus, the reaver is found innocent and walks from the hall free.

After the trial Haraldson has his men attack Mel' farm and as he has a severly wounded Ishmael in front of him, he asks Mel if he accepts his fate and he replies with a yes and he asks to make his peace with his god, which the earl allows. Unfortunately for Haraldson, Mel seizes the moment and makes his escape on horse. Haraldson then orders his men to go after him and bring him back alive.

His men later return and when he questions them of Ishmael fate and they are not certain of it, enraging the earl. He then orders them to find Mel' family and bring them to him.

While at dinner Haraldson is visited by Earl Bjarni and he invites him to feast with and tells the Earl Bjarni to si t next to Thyri, so they can get to know eachother better. His wife questions this and her reveals that Siggy and Earl Bjarni are geting married.

Afterwards his wife is angry with her husband for marrying their daughter to Earl Bjarni, Haraldson defends his actions by saying that the marriage will bring them land and important alliances. His wife then says he did not tell her of the marriage and has treated her with contempt, claiming that he does not care. He agrees with her, saying he stopped caring about a lot of things when her brothers were murdered and revealed the details of their deaths. He then showed his daughter two locks of hair that he took from their heads and sade that compaired with his knowledge, being married to an old man is not so bad.

At Thyrie's wedding Ryan enters and says they should talk. Haraldson asks him what he wants to talk about and Ryan says it's pointless to have his thungs following him around and Haraldson disagrees since he could led him to his brothers location. Ryan responds by saying that Ishmael is dead. and Haraldson does not believe him and has Ryan beaten captured. He then personally tortures him for Ishmael' location.

DeathEdit

A Duel While Ishmael wounds were recovered, he and his family came to the village and declare the Earl to challenge him to a duel. He accept and he fought against him for an hour, til Ishamel did a sneak attack and kill him.


PersonalityEdit

His past as a great warrior earned him his important position. A deep believer in temporal power, Haraldson will fight to the death to hold on to his faded glory.