The Rise of the Halflings
Eldon the Bard
Of the Generation of Heroes
In his training, Eldon took quickly to the two most importants aspects of being a bard: flattery and cheek. He also obsessively studied not only the tales, but the form and structure of ancient songs and poetry. This interest has honed his ability to not only write, but to improvise poetry. However, it also caused his musical studies to suffer. Despite his love of song, he is no great hand at music and plays no instruments, though he will sometimes sing with a tone that can best be described as unique. Lack of musical ability was not Eldon’s only challenge in his schooling. From a young age, he was also plagued with a stutter. While it is getting better as time progresses and he gains confidence, when under pressure it will sometimes resurface.
In his training as a fighter, Eldon was given a choice of weapons to study most intensely. Already caught up in his image as a bard, he chose the rapier. Herein he found all the skill he had lacked as an instrumentalist. He quickly discovered an unexpected dexterity and began wielding one in each hand. And in the midst of his first year trials, he found that singing while fighting improved his focus and allowed him to fight with greater accuracy and greater flare.
Somewhere along the way he gained a love of whips. Biographers have been unable to determine where or how.
As was the case for most of the halflings of the Hills, Eldon grew up regularly attending services at the temple of Aslan. It was here that he first discovered his love of story, and where he first began to learn the old tales. He would devour the texts whenever given an opportunity and would insist as a child that he hear stories of Aslan each night before bed. His particular favorite was the story of the High Kings and Queens and their battle with the White Witch. After leaving home to train, he continued to immerse himself in these stories in particular. Stories from other lands and on other topics were also sought with fervor, but none with such relish as the stories of Aslan.
Upon returning to the Hills he first encountered the Order of the Wolf in Baynar. This marked the first time he had interacted with those who opposed Aslan. It was notably unsettling for him. Being familiar with the stories, but never having met opposition, his faith in Aslan had gone untested. This new challenge proved a crisis point in his faith. How was he to respond to those who threatened his faith? Should he outspokenly oppose them? Should he seek to bring about their end? Or should he quietly suffer their opposition, knowing that Aslan and his followers would survive despite this unbelief?
As he considered these questions in the midst of his quest from the Elders, he met with one very influential man: Father Romec, the priest of Aslan who served in the temple at Baynar. Father Romec subtly pointed out to him that in his endeavors up to this point, his endeavors which he meant to bring glory to Aslan and to undermine the Order, he was behaving very much like the clerics of the Order. Eldon came to believe that a follower of Aslan must not only proclaim Aslan with his words, but must be set apart in his actions as well. And so he began his journey to discover how he as a bard, a creature of cheek and flattery, could be a worthy servant of Aslan.