Shadowrun: Dark Ages
Sir Arthur Fergusson
(once I find out how to add the character sheet here I will)
“When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. And when you draw near to the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people and shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory." Deuteronomy 20:1-4
Sir Arthur Fergusson is the eldest son and heir to the Fergusson Clan. Born in 1189, the year of the Third Crusade and when magic returned to the world, Arthur lived in the family home in Kilkerran until he was 7 years of age. During this time, he was taught the code of chivalry and the laws of the catholic faith, both of which he later dedicated his life to upholding.
Shortly after his 7th birthday, Arthur was sent to Dundee as a page for Henry Scrymgeour, the Earl of Dundee. At this time, the city has been in the process of rebuilding for five years. As he personally became involved in helping the city to be rebuilt due to his duties as a page, he found himself quickly becoming fond of the city. Whilst serving the Scrymgeours, Arthur learnt the art of horsemanship and practised with the sword and shield. At age 14, Arthur became a squire. His training in horsemanship and the sword continued, but he was also taught jousting, heraldry and courtly etiquette. It was at this time that he discovered his aptitude for the sword.
The Fergusson clan has had a long history of ties to the catholic church. A notable example of this is Fergus of Galloway who was responsible establishing Dundrennan Church in 1142 and for restoring Whithorn Church during the middle of the 12th century. As such, the family has a deep hated of the meta-humans. Once Arthur’s skill with the blade was ascertained, he was trained by inquisitors at the age of 17, in addition to the training he was receiving as a squire. The church was very interested in his progress, as they hoped he would prove a useful weapon against the increasing threat of meta-humans.
Lastly at age 21, Arthur was knighted. After a night vigil, he spent ten hours alone in silent prayer. During this time, he experienced a strong feeling of the presence of God, which further strengthened his vows of chivalry and loyalty to the church. He swore to embark upon a pilgrimage to the holy land as soon as he was able. Shortly after he was knighted, he began the long, arduous and expensive journey to Jerusalem. This journey was a humbling experience, and further strengthened his faith.
At the age of 25, Arthur returned to Dundee, where he served Earl Scrymgeour in protecting the city of Dundee from the fell beasts for three years. During this time, he also continued to work closely with the church. Whilst he had already made many contacts throughout his time as a page and a squire, it was during this time that he began to really fortify his relationship with Henry Scrymgeour. It was also at this time that he met Father Colban.
Despite his upbringing, Arthur’s view on meta-humans is relatively neutral, due to witnessing first-hand the rebuilding of Dundee with magic. He has met many good natured meta-humans, defying his initial prejudices. His stance on meta-humans therefore is to judge them on their character, as opposed to their outward appearance. Despite seeing the advantages of magic and utilising augmentations, Arthur initially remained an anti-transhumanist. He refused to defile his body, which was given by God, with demon implants. Instead he trusted in the strength of his sword arm, relying not on magic or otherworldly powers.
However, he has recently begun to feel inadequately equipped to deal with powerful metahuman threats. Witnessing the great strength of someone such as Sir Wall, he is now beginning to look for means of increasing his strength through external means. This coupled with his already devastating mastery of the sword would ensure he was able to uphold his code of chivalry; protecting the weak from the strong.
“Dulcius Ex Asperis (Sweeter through difficulty or struggle)” – Clan Fergusson’s Motto