Lord Sir Aeston Stromgate
What is the past really? A collection of events and experiences that shape us into the person that we are today. By that same matter, the future is only a set of events and experiences that will change us into the person we are going to be. Who am I? In the end just a hapless traveler in between his past and his future, but I can tell you, perhaps, a little bit about the experiences that I have had along the way.
I grew up a fisherman in a land far to the North.
I was educated as a scholar in many schools of learning.
I took up swordplay and traveled to the Realms.
I joined Chimeron under the rule of the eminent Queen Marguerite de Valehaven.
I began a yearly feast in tribute to Leviathan, the patron of my people.
I was named a Master of the Spoon by my guildmistress, Lady Cassia.
I became a Kathrani-Ma of the Kal en Dral.
I was presented with the sword Glamdring by Lady Gladriel after resisting the lure of Sauron.
I left Chimeron after my Queen went her separate way.
I took a knee to King Jarrod when the Free Kingdoms Began.
I became the first Blademaster at the first Tournaments of the Blue Rose.
I was named champion of the Dwarves of Middle Earth.
I gathered my closest friends to me and began the Nation of Vinehaeven, becoming a Lord of the Free Kingdoms.
I led an army against the forces of Sauron and helped to strike him down.
I was the Southern general at North/South War and broke the cycle of the North'.s yearly inevitable victory.
I began the Oaken Guard and brought a warrior tradition back to the far South along with a lot of new blood.
I was given the honor of being named a Knight of the Eternal Flame.
My humble yearly feast to Leviathan reached its tenth year.
I became the Warmark of Rhiassa with the goal of rebuilding a nation that has been a very close friend for many years.
I was knighted a Knight of Rhiassa by Sir Duncan Conrad, the man who taught me more than any other.
I wrote the tenants of the Free Nations and worked hard to make that dream a reality.
I was honored with the title Knight of the Free Nations.
I was given the great honor of taking a knee before Sir Callin and standing as a Knight of the Realms. The 22nd in the history of these lands.
I knighted my first squire, Sir Symir, a Knight of Rhiassa.
I received the Lordship of Rhiassa when Sir Da'oud decided to step back and become an elder, and have had the great honor of presiding over such an accomplished nation as it entered its Third Age.
I built the Grand Parthenon of The Just God in Southland Rhiassa and took a stand there against the Black Tide of Bedlam with Justari's aid.
I was joined in marriage with the love of my life, the beautiful and fierce Lady Areni, at the fifteenth Feast of the Leviathan.
I was honored with the distinction of becoming a Knight of the Blue Rose and joining those knights in brotherhood.
Under my direction, the storied Realms tradition of Queen of Hearts entered it's twentieth year.
I knighted my second squire, Sir Kyntela, a Knight of Rhiassa and then only a few months later had the privilage of knighting her a Knight of the Eternal Flame.
I knighted my third squire, Sir Gwen, a Knight of Rhiassa and then only a few moments later had the privilage of knighting her a Knight of the Eternal Flame.
I knighted my wife, Lady Dame Areni, a Knight of the Eternal Flame.
I knighted my fourth squire, Dame Taliea, in a small private ceremony at the third Gilded Lion Summer Festival.
The Feast of the Leviathan which I began so long ago in these lands reached it's twentieth year.
I asked Sir Gwen to become lord of Rhiassa alongside myself and Lady Areni, beginning the Fourth Age of Rhiassa with the three of us sharing leadership.
Our past experiences, good or ill, serve to create the people we are today. As I look back upon those events, those accomplishments, I can be satisfied that my mark upon this place was not insignificant. In this life I have had the great privilege of learning from many heroes who were larger than life, standing beside many great men and women in word and deed, and mentoring young people who have grown, and will grow into the next great generation of these Realms. In these things I take great pride, but by no means do I take them as leave to rest. The future, the man I will become, is yet waiting, and the experiences through which I will become him shine brightly before me. Greater things are yet to come.