While Sean is well-detailed throughout the Forsaken Isles and in the early timeline books, there are certain ideas that he modeled so well they have enduring almost 2,000 years. So, let’s peel the veil back a bit and look at who he was before he joined Morbatten in 1 DAR, before he was “The Commander.” Who was he? What made him tick? How did he become legendary?
Sean was born in Ymac, one of many sons in a merchant house. Though smart enough to excel at business, he was too-principled to actually excel. His father railed against what he termed his ‘greatest failure’ but his mother saw a different path. Long after the others had gone to bed, or were off seeking distraction from a hard business day, Sean’s mother would pull him aside and tell him what little she knew of the gods. When his brothers went out with caravans, Sean would seek excuses to stay home. Seeing it bothered his father, he eventually packed what few things he had and went to Taysor, telling his father he’d be out for ‘a while.’
As a fifteen-year-old, Sean walked all day and night for two days to reach Taysor. Exhausted, he pressed on to The Temples. Seeing only a tired and dirty teen-ager, the various guards would not allow Sean to stay in the holy district. Sean slept on the bridge just past where the guards told him he could not be. The next morning, he went back and lingered by the fountain all day. He watched the knights and the clerics as they moved about between the great buildings. That night, he slept in the same place. The third day, Sean timidly began asking the knights if they needed a squire, or any help at all. As Sean told it:
- The Cuthberics said he had too much excitement and not enough holiness
- The Literalists said he was too uneducated in Pha Rann’s scriptures
- The Perfectionists said he was too dirty and his request too vague and ill-planned
…this continued until Sean at last asked a Pragmatist knight. That knight, the Lord Marshal Tomeist and head of the Pragmatist Order, later said, “When I first saw Sean, he was a dirty, wet, and stinky youth. I felt compassion for him. I had also been told by one of our paladins that he had been sleeping just past the bridge. I offered him a cot in the stables if he would carry my backpack and shield for me. He could barely lift them. It took him nearly an hour from the Fountain to the Temple!”
Sean defends the 1,000 step trip by noting he had not eaten well or slept for days. From there, Sean began caring for the horses and became a stable boy. He taught himself how to read Merakoran, so he could study the Pha Rannic scriptures. He watched the squires training and tried to recreate their combat forms late at night by himself in the stables. Both Sean and Tomeist agree that it was the Lord Marshal’s divine steed who finally told Tomeist to make Sean a squire.
Sean excelled and grew from a scrawny youth into a brawny fighter, tall and fair in both countenance and composure. As he progressed through early successes in his knighthood, he developed a reputation for non-standard thinking, going so far as to shirk expected quests for those of his own making. By the time of Dar Tania’s ascent, Sean had become an outspoken voice for change within the Pragmatist Order and had drawn a following throughout the other Temples. His message of learning from Merakor – yes – but as he said, “Not repeating the exact same mistakes they made either” – smacked of heresy to the Cuthberics and Absolutists. When word reached Taysor of his commitment to stay in Morbatten, the High King Nathaniel is said to have sighed and said, “Well, I guess we lost another Pragmatist to heresy. At the time, the Lord Marshal did not correct the High King.
In Morbatten, Sean was able to identify the early beginnings of Tiamat’s religious practices and infuse many of Pha Rann’s into it, not as part of the religion, but as part of the culture he shaped into the paladins, and through Dar Tania, the matriarchy. Using a common adage in Morbatten: Dragons and ladies, as a reference point, the Sage Alaura was able to point to a specific before and after change. Dragons and ladies and then there’s the right thing to do.
- His career and impact in Morbatten are still being assessed. But, what of his early career? His first inkling of heroism was:
- Completing his quest for The Avenging Blade of Fire within record time of becoming a squire. The typical was 5 years. Sean did this in the early part of his 2nd year.
- Completing his quest for a Holy Steed. Typical was 10 years. Sean did this a month after attaining his Avenging Blade.
- Sean was awarded a medal of valor in his first military action against a necromantic cult in Otavia, where he is credited with defying orders and combining with a Krentismic priest. Had he had not done this, the priest could not have thrown back the undead surrounding them and their entire unit would have died.
Sean was awarded another medal of valor when he uncovered a plot to assassinate the High King so that a Grand Duke could assert control over Taysor. Though he successfully thwarted and exposed this plot, the Lord Marshal ordered him out of country for five years to prevent retaliatory attacks. Though Sean has never said, it is believed that he met the Ranger Bruce in the wilds and together they formed a team that is rumored to have saved the dwarven kingdom of Stone, the elves of Morilon, and they even intervened with the Orcs of The Quat to prevent a contagion from spreading.
Because of the controversy surrounding his choice to stay in Morbatten and love the high priestess of Tiamat, Dar Tania, Sean’s name fell out of favor in Taysor is hardly in use there now. However, Sean remains a popular boy’s name throughout Morbatten. After Dar Tania and dragon art, Sean’s face is the third most common type of statue found in Morbatten. He is the only non-Tiamat worshipper quoted extensively in Tiamat’s scriptures via the Book of Paladins.