The Royal Guards are King Curillian’s crack troops, his palace garrison and bodyguards. He chooses an entire cohort of them to accompany him on the Quest of Oron Amular, under the command of Surumo. Piron is his second-in-command, and Andil is one of the guards who befriends Roujeark on the journey. I will add more characters from the cohort later.
Surumo has been waiting so long for this chance. Now it’s here, he’s not going to miss out. It’s not every day that the king himself hand picks you for a special mission. And so soon after being promoted, too! They told him things would happen in the Royal Guards, but he didn’t expect this. Duty with the I Legion in the capital was one thing, but to serve in the palace was quite another. He thanked his lucky stars for the transfer. Here was a chance to be noticed by the king. Curillian the renowned himself. Great things happened when he led armists, or so all the old tales told. Invincible, some said; a charmed life, others declared. Whatever the truth of it, Curillian was a living legend, and neither Surumo nor anyone else who heard was surprised to hear him thirsting for another adventure. Surumo didn’t know what the mission was, all he knew was that it would take them out of the city and away eastward. Who knows what lay ahead, but where Curillian led, he would follow. Whatever comes of this, he vowed, he would do his monarch proud. His king had called, and he would answer.
Piron is an officer in the Third Cohort of the Royal Guards of Mariston, acting as second-in-command to Surumo. He is a capable officer often left in charge in Surumo’s absence. There are finer warriors in the cohort, but few clearer thinkers. Piron is an intellectual solider, having come to the Royal Guards from the Military Academy in Mariston, an institution created by the kings of Maristonia to produce first-rate officers for the legions.
Andil is a member of the Third Cohort of the Royal Guards, ferocious in combat but amiable off the field of battle. He is easy-going and quick to befriend strangers. Andil comes from humble stock in the wine-port of Remiton on Carinen Peninsula. Leaving his father’s civilian job in the harbour he enlisted in the 5th Legion of the Central Army, garrisoned in Remiton. His height and power, as well as his proficiency with both bow and sword, earned him a transfer to the Royal Guards, a posting normally out of reach to labourers from the provinces. Andil is eager for adventure and keen for opportunities to better himself, so accompanying King Curillian on the Quest of Oron Amular comes as a double-blessing.