Modrid of Dubail
Commoner. Widower. Head advisor to King Robert III.
Of Lords and Ladies, none have done more for the liberty and justice of the commonwealth than Modrid of Dubail. His heart belonged to the people of his birth, and it showed. A man who boldly proclaimed what he believed, he became a living example to those around him...and I say he had no equal among advisors to the crown. My own heart shall always remember Sir Modrid as a moral beacon of light. At a time when darkness gained a foothold among us, Modrid defied society by fostering individuality and encouraging personal accountability. I ask you all now to stand and raise your goblet in remembrance of one of the greatest men of this generation…and to the loss of my friend.
~ King Robert |||
Sir Modrid of Dubail (a small mountain village near the Kraken Steps) was the son of a respected farmer. A farmer who won the favor of his village and eventually earned the right to speak to the King on their behalf. When war broke upon the land, Modrid labored at the side of his father, Lydric Sr., encouraging his village to support the armies of King Robert III with the surplus of their crops. During the villages first lean winter, Modrid showed a willingness to sacrifice for those in need. Taught in the principles of life, Modrid showed a gift for communication and a balanced view of justice and mercy--instilled early by his father. In 6683s. Lydric Sr. was called by King Robert III as a spokesman for the people of Dubail. Seeing an opportunity, Lydric respectfully declined. Instead, he offered young Modrid, then only twelve years of age, to the King as a servant. Modrid welcomed any task given as a challenge, but unlike his father, had a deep understanding of the hearts of men. This single attribute helped him gain the trust and favor of all who led the boy. He became their greatest believer, their greatest champion and in a few short years, was called into the direct service of the King himself. Modrid's feelings for those of lower stations within the kingdom helped shape both his views and his arguments later in life. For Modrid never forgot where he came from, nor took his blessings for granted. It was from his belief that all men had worth to their Creator and their King that helped Modrid's rise to become a voice for the people.
The TribulationsClass separated men in society, and those with wealth & title gained undisputed power over others. Modrid's determination to tell the truth regardless of the consequences, and to level the field of privilege caused an uproar among the classes. His dedication in representing both his King and his people through integrity and genuine service never went unnoticed…or unchallenged:
Naming the child Lydric, after his own father, Modrid kept the infant close. Sickly and small, Lydric developed slowly…while the finest of King Robert’s physicians attended to the child's every need. A gesture of kindness Modrid would never forget. While Lydric remained indoors, gravitating towards books and challenging the finest tutors of the land, Modrid met with commoners from across the kingdom. Solving disputes and engaging in direct negotiations with those of privilege—he quickly earned respect and favor among farmers and merchants.
Though Modrid had the respect and ear of the King, many of the Lords refused to acknowledge his position. Modrid’s attempts to lift commoners out of poverty became a direct threat to the power-base of many Lords of the kingdom. Lip service often given in the presence of the king, turned to venom behind doors, creating a conflict among the ruling classes. Many of the Lords saw Modrid as a direct threat to their birthrights to rule.
Ignorance of a party often became an obstacle to resolution and progress. Modrid was constantly challenged by Lord and commoner alike, each with their specific prejudices. From the Lords his birth and station were always called into question, while the commoners called his loyalty into question for nothing more than the clothes he wore in respect for his station and stewardship representing the king.
Sir Modrid in later years.
Remember my Lords and Ladies, if you wish to gather the love of your people, then know that if you are ever called upon to chasten a person, never chasten beyond the balm you have within you to bind up.
You question my desire to support our king in reaching out to both Evolu and Kutollum and establishing stronger bonds of friendship. Yet I say that in our intercourse with outsiders--do not call them kääpiö or saasta--no, let our example be such that it is worthy of imitation: for it is then that any among them who are honest will say, "These people are a beautiful and virtuous people...I will go and stay with them.
Never give to the idler. To give to the idler is as wicked as anything else.
Lords, I beseech you...preserve your honor, and your integrity, and ever cherish the confidence that men repose in you. Want of confidence is the parent or moral imbecility and intellectual weakness.