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Jadros Sryn

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Appearance Jadros looks like a thug, if you were walking toward him on the street you'd have a tendency to cross to the other side. He's an even six feet tall and around 230 pounds.

 

He has the general look of a footpad, it isn't that he's dresses poorly or is unwashed or seems like street trash in that manner, he wears whatever clothing is in style for the region and keeps it in good condition. But he's big, and tends to give people the impression he's sizing them up, calculating if their valuables are worth the trouble of taking them.

 

He has a few noticable scars, including a perfectly horizontal one across his forehead and another slightly left of centre on his gut, the result of some long dead opponent's spear.

 

He's thirty six, and his hair isn't quite as black as it used to be, but that doesn't prevent him from keeping a squared off, immaculately trimmed beard and mustache.

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History

 

Jadros lived the early part of his live farther North than the proper control of the Confederacy extended. Before the confederacy was able to establish proper control of the area, when they were more concerned with mages and rebels than they were with common theives, banditry was in its prime. The way Jadros saw it, his options were to be a bandit, or be one of their victims, and he didn't want to be a victim.

 

Jadros turned out to be very good at banditry, and was soon leading his own little band of outlaws, being careful to stay away from seemingly sweet but ultimately damning targets like confederacy supply lines and Rebel groups that more than likely had a few mages among them.

 

Eventually, the confederacy began to establish an unquestionable supremacy, and Jadros knew that the time when it was practical to live as a bandit had ended. He might have gotten a couple more years out of the area, but the confederacy was establishing the sort of order and organization that would allow him to become infamous if he did so, and that would have led to his death.

 

So Jadros jumped ship early, pledging himself to the confederacy and joining their army as soon as the chance presented itself, and encouraged his men to do the same. As far as the confederacy was concerned at the time, Jadros was no worse a criminal than a common footpad or cutpurse, and since such types usually ended up drafted anyway, there was little trouble with this arrangement.

 

Because of his past, it was quickly established that Jadros knew the lay of the land extremely well, could say what roads or routes to take in order to avoid ambush, and where the rebels liked to move and where the best places for an ambush were within their lines.

 

After a few years within the Confederacy, Jadros discovered he liked an ordered, structured existence much better than the chaotic, unsure one he'd led before. He also quickly realized he regretted the theivery and murder aspect of his previous life, but that nothing could be done to change that now.

 

He still has the air of a bandit, and he can't help but think like one, but he has a religious devotion to the Confederacy and its cause.

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Personalilty

 

Jadros excludes himself from society somewhat, because he know society didn't particularly appreciate his activities as a theif. On a certain level, he doesn't feel he augt to be associating with regular, law abiding citizens, but at the same time he feels he's better than them, because he has martial prowess and knowledge of tactics and raids that they lack, and such knowledge and ability has becomed engrained in his mind as vitally important.

 

All the same, he laughs easily, and seems to appreciate the humor in situations where others don't. Of course, sometimes he has trouble not laughing when its in his best interest to remain formal and collected.

 

Other than that particular problem, he has little issue with authority. He struggled at first with the transition from leader to follower, but he recognizes the importance of the chain of command and knows that each soldier must obey their superiors.

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Qualifications

 

It would typically be expected of a large man like Jadros that melee with heavy weapons is where the man specializes. This is not exactly true of Jadros. He recognizes the power in killing people before they can ever take a swing at you, and as such he is extremely proficient with the poweful shortbow he keeps as part of his own personal arsenal. Since mobility is key for bandits, he's also a fair horseman and isn't a poor shot from horseback.

 

All the same, the reason he prefers a smaller bow is so that it has some utility in a melee or near melee, and he can also handle himself close quarters, though not perhaps so well as might be expected of a warrior as large and experienced as he is. He prefers to use a large scimitar-like weapon, but since such swords are not typically available and swords sometimes break, he tries to know a little bit about how to use everything.

 

Jadros isn't simply a skilled combatant, though. He also has some qualities necessary in leaders. People working under him seldom appreciate him at first, because he isn't typically kind to subordinates, but he is fair, and he does everything he can to ensure their welfare.

 

And on that note, he's pretty good at judging the welfare of people and animals around him. He's a very good judge of when the troops should be forced to march on, or when they have been driven past their limit and need rest before they can be expected to accomplish anything else. He can spot when moral is dropping, and when some kindness needs to be extended to ensure the troops remain on the right side.

 

Finally, he's very good at setting up ambushes. He can hide a phalanx beside a road, knowing full well that they won't be spotted until the signal is given for them to attack. Conversely, he is good a predicting where it would be easy to do this and avoiding such places.

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