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Ser Rhein

Shield with 2 Handed SwordSer Rhein is one of the dozen characters whose Point of View (POV)  is used to tell the story.  And while not a main character, he does play a significant support role in the series.

Character Name: Ser Rhein (Ryne)

Meaning: In Taran, Rhein means Tip of the Sword.

Physical Characteristics:  Tall for a Cainwen, Rhein has dark blond hair that hangs down just above his shoulders. It is thick and unlike most Cainwens, is straight. He wears it split down the middle with the ends curving around his face. He is clean shaven, and has big brown eyes set in a strong face that blends well with a muscular body.

Personality: His loyalty to his king and his oath as a Shield (Knight for those of you that live on Earth) are the cornerstones of his life. Working hard to obtain his spurs, he never had time for romantic entanglements; which makes him awkward in the presence of great beauty. He is more comfortable in the field, with his men, then at Court.

Heritage: Rhein was well versed in the sword and lance, though he was not born a noble. His father was a weaponsmith and along with his uncle, a sergeant in the city guard, taught Rhein much of what he came to know of how to wield a variety of weapons. His father never talked about his background, but it was evident Rhein’s father did not share common Cainwen physical characteristics. He had long straight hair and a finely shaped nose, both that he passed on to his son. These characteristics are more commonly found in Cainwen’s foe, the Kingdom of Franchon,  or of Greenmerrow that sits on the border with Franchon. Since his father had died when Rhein was just new to manhood, and his mother had only known her husband since he had come to the Cainwen capital of Faywynne; which surrounded the ancient Castle Westhedge, Rhein was left wondering about his heritage.

Role: When barely a man, Rhein had found an opportunity to join the city guard with his uncle’s influence. His loyalty and hard working attitude, along with his skillful use of the sword, won him a place in the king’s own Guard. Rising to a lieutenant he won a battle against the nomadic Tonn warriors and was awarded his spurs by King Einion himself. His latest assignment is to lead an escort for Princess Willoe and Lady Casandra to Highkeep Manor where the princess is to spend time meditating on her upcoming marriage bond.

Apparel: Standard wear for a Shield was linen shirt and pants with a quilted gambeson coat to keep him warm and also to provide padding under chainmail armor. When called upon he would wear chainmail that would come  hang down to his knees. At times he would also wear chainmail on his legs and arms, even covering his hands with flexible metal gloves. A chainmail hood would be worn or if time allowed a helm with a visor. Over the gambeson or chainmail, Rhein normally wore a robe, called a surcoat, over top of either and belted at his waist. On the left chest of the surcoat was the coat of arms of the Shield’s lord. In Rhein’s case it is the king of Cainwen, green surcoat with a golden dragon in flight.

Weapons of Choice: The Shield Rhein is familiar with most all weapons from sword to longbow, but his favorite is the greatsword. A weapon with a blade that could reach as long as 60″ with a hilt nearly a foot to a foot-and-a-half long to allow the Shield to use two hands to wield the large sword. A well made sword might only weigh 6 to 10 pounds, but in experienced hands could nearly cut an unarmored man in half.

Relationships: Rhein has no relationship to the main characters in the novel, but a relationship does arise, in book two, that might surprise the reader.

Motivation: Duty and loyalty has been what has driven Rhein since his father’s death. But having fallen into the adventures of our novel’s twins, he finds there are many other things that can motivate a man to do what is necessary. Never considering himself a romantic, having reached his early twenties, he now finds that love can bring forth not only strong emotions but a powerful incentive to complete one’s duty.

Look for another character coming soon. If you want to learn more about the author, Peter Cruikshank, check out his personal blog at this link It Is What It Is

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