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Baron Norwood Clement

Honor isn't optional.

Social Rank: 6
Concept: Long-Suffering Veteran
Fealty: Valardin
Family: Clement
Gender: male
Age: 43
Religion: Pantheon
Vocation: Knight
Height: 6'2"
Hair Color: silvery black
Eye Color: black
Skintone: weathered brown

Titles: Sword of Artshall, Baron of Duskshire

Description: Brown-skinned and weathered, Norwood looks old for his age in a seasoned way, his dark beard threaded with silver and his thick dark hair beginning to recede. His eyes are quiet, deepset and a brown so dark they are nearly black. His features carry a rugged strength, matched by the breadth of his shoulders and his large, roughened hands. His strength is suggested by the broad bulwark of his chest and back. He is tall as well as solid, a big man with a measured, composed way of carrying himself.

Personality: Norwood suffers with a world-weary patience. He is quiet and dry and reserved. Beneath that dry edge is a deep well of compassion. He is warm, thoughtful and considered. He almost always thinks before he speaks and lends the weight of maturity to what he has to say. He has never entirely shed old pain, with a deep, romantic heart in his chest that never entirely recovered from losing a wife young, but he fills his need for connection by being sweetly open to quiet, contained friendships and warm acquaintances with others. His loyalty is unshakable, unswerving, and deeply patient. Not the smartest man in the world, he carries with him a near ineffable wisdom beyond his years.

Background: Norwood never expected to be anybody special. He was the son of a farmer and a woodsman, and he grew up as a tenant landholder might. He learned the quiet patience of the beekeeper and the soft sounds of the woods. He hunted with his brothers and while they were never really wealthy, they always had enough. Everything changed for Norwood when he heard the scream of a little girl in the woods, and ran to see what it was. Young Jael Laurent, all of eight years old, had escaped her watchers and found herself menaced by a bear -- a real bear, not a Redrain, he'll often stop this story to explain; "This isn't that kind of story."

As a huntsman, he knew a few tricks around bears, and managed to get his attention away from the tree that had treed the young lady. When he brought her home to her parents, he was raised a knight. Sir Norwood Clement. The thing is, he didn't know how to be a knight, but at that point in his life, he was a young widower with little to him but his name and a few dozen beehives. So he threw himself into training. He threw himself into the service of the Laurents. He began working with their men-at-arms and became a loyal household fixture, Norwood Clement and his bees and his hunting hounds.

Years passed, and Norwood grew in reputation and in skill. He also had a reputation for never having lost that beekeeper's patience. So it was to him that Jael's adolescent tantruming was dealt as a problem, to help her learn discipline. Perhaps it was this service more than any other that brought him to mind for House Laurent when their old Sword retired, for it was to him that the Sword of Artshall was given, as not the youngest but maybe the finest and definitely the most loyal knight in all their duchy.

Name Summary
Aahana A sword who I enjoy watching pratice at the training center.
Adalyn Even though it seems like everything I do defies my papa's wishes to keep me safe, I just want him to be proud of me.
Aeryn I miss my father when I look at him and Adalyn. He reminds me a bit of him - not in looks, but in temperment. He completes our little family. Also, thank you for the gift of my very best friend.
Aethan A very good teacher.
Agatha I enjoy being one of those flashy young fighters as much as the next kid, but I've reached a point where I get that we need to respect and learn from those that came before, not think we know better. Watching Sir Norwood fight is a reminder of all there is to learn from those that have served with honor for so long.
Alban Skilled. Experienced. I only hope to be as good of a knight as that man some day.
Alessandro A knight with an...interesting hobby. I'm sure it's delicious.
Alexis Sir Norwood Clement, Sword of Artshall and onetime beekeeper. A good man with a sense of humour despite his staid demeanour. And he has honey for emergencies!
Amari Sir Norwood definitely suits his name. He reminds me of a big, strong oak tree, and we Keatons love our oaks.
Aric Seems like a good man. Quiet, but steady, from the time I spent with him. I hope to run into him again sometime. I am sure he has some stories to tell once you can get him going?
Austen A noble knight, who clearly has great love for his charges. He also has an extremely fine suit of armour, and clearly excellent taste, as he shops with my sister. I suspect there is much I could learn from him.
Berenice Newly ennobled with the salt of experience in his hair. Not bad to look at, despite his age.
Bethany Such wonderful manners!
Bianca Stoic. He values honor as I would expect of many of the Oathlands and in that we share a commonality.
Cambria A stoic, albeit amicable man. I was glad to make his acquaintance, and look forward to his growth among the Peerage.
Caspian I've fought with him more times then I've spoken with him. If I am to judge a man by how he fights, he seems to be a man who is serious about succeeding.
Coraline Seems to be a very settled person, but I /do/ think she needs to live a little! Life is too short to play it safe all the time! Now for more sword throwing!
Costas Got a sense of the veteran about him; that sort of unflappable calm that comes after you've seen more'n your share of familiar faces among the dead.
Cristoph I'm always glad to have Sir Norwood back in Arx. He serves as a steadying hand and I appreciate how calm and level-headed he always seems. He's a cornerstone of Laurent and I'm not sure what we would do without him. I only hope he doesn't throw too many pastries at me tomorrow.
Cullen A true Oathlander knight who speaks with the wisdom of experience, something that is not always easy to find. Blunt and honest, it was a refreshing talk to have as his sense of humor was also a delight. Someone to talk to more, certainly.
Cullen A veteran of many conflicts and sorrow, yet he holds true to the code of knighthood that bonds us together. Someone of chivalric ideals and a force for good in this world, a tutor not only of technique but of what it means to hold the oath of a knight. I am flattered to know him.
Daemon Once a Knight, now a Baron! I do so hope he treats the ducks on his lands well.
Delilah He truly is a fine host and a man who earned his position well and square. Especially knowing that he has a soft spot for his daughter and cookies, I think I quite like him. Down-to-earth, a good soul.
Demura I like this man, he seems kind and speaks well of family. That can only bode well for future friendship.
Dominique I have heard many things about him from my cousin. They speak well of his service. Surely is a knight after my own father.
Echo I had the fortune of meeting Sir Norwood at the latest Sip n Spar. He's got a talent for the blade and was great fun to drink with.
Ectorion A skilled fighter and a gentleman to boot, seems a man of serious demeanor from first impressions, who carries himself well.
Eiran The man turned Klaus into a respectable figure, so he's probably the soul of patience. Whatever he told you about me, all of it was lies, Norwood. All of it.
Eleyna When I encountered him in Southport, he seemed a capable man and a good Sword. I'm not at all surprised to see him with his own barony now.
Emily He reminds me of a steadfast sworn from Greyridge, one I think of fondly. He is a thoughtful man and his concern for the Duke is commendable. Steadfast and true - there is nothing more sure and inspiring than that.
Estil A man of honor, and rather upright, but he seems capable of getting loose when he feels comfortable enough.
Faye Met him first at the Shrine of Petrichor, then again in a crowded tavern. Despite his serious demeanor, he has a certain kindness about him, and he's easy to talk to. Hopefully I'll get the chance to talk with him again, under quieter circumstances.
Felicia Sir Clement, Sword of Artshall, knight of Valardian, stalwart warrior. This man has forgotten more than most young warriors have learnt, and is still a force to be reckoned with.
Gareth Sir Norwood Clement, I'm sure an honorable knight in service to the Laurent. He has a keen strategic mind, in contrast to many of the knights seen these days.
Genevieve He seems courteous, dignified and kind, as a knight should be.
Gianna Adjusting to the peerage might be interesting; I'd suggest perhaps some lessons at Whisper House, though I'm certainly not the one to teach them.
Giulio An interesting fellow. Stout hearted, with clear talents. And an appreciation for my booze.
Gwenna Sir Norwood Clement seems exactly the exceptional knight I had heard him to be. Proper and respectful, there is a warmth beyond his loyalty to House Laurent like he is a true part of the family. Doesn't seem to like hats for some reason, which I don't understand in the least!
Harlex Rarely--No, never do I think of fights in these terms; but that was an honor. I will be back for more.
Harper He's bright and shiny and crusty all at the same time. Seems real nice though. I think I could get to like him.
Ian Turns a sword into a sledgehammer.
Ida Sir Norwood Clement is the epitome of an Oathlands knight, and yet there is a warmth there that is wonderful to see peek out.
Ignacio Sir Clement appears to be an honorable knight. He gives the impression he is polite and well mannered. I think he would be good to get to know better.
Iseulet I hear all Laurents are this down to earth, friendly, and quick to smile. Delightful, compared to most Swords I have met.
Itzal Takes the fate of orphans seriously, and also offered a fine viewpoint of what it is to be knight. All the more power to him!
Jacque Sword of Artshall. A fellow who doesn't mind engaging in a bout of friendly competition, and my new liege's Sword, so he must be afforded all due respect, as the wielder of Queensguard.
Jael He's gotten all extra stodgy without me around. I have a lot of work to do!
Jaenelle Sir Norwood was a good sport when I met him at the Hundred Cities. He has the patience of an experienced man who is not easily shaken.
Jaerith A man I will always seek to speak with. Maybe it is his experience of life, but I feel as though this is someone I can learn from and speak with without fear of reprisal.
Jamie There is a certain look in a man's eyes that reflects the invisible battle scars of war. Only another suffering through the same inner turmoil can see it and I have seen that kinship with the man. He is a Knight... or once was. We can pick each other out in a crowd, the Knights. I know he appreciates the comraderie, as do I.
Jasper An exemplary knight who put on an impressive showing during Telmar's gauntlet. A man to be admired for his loyalty and strength.
Jeffeth Seems a good man. A good swordsman, would proudly stand next to him on the lines of battle.
Jordan Sword of Artshall. Seems to be a typical Oathlander in many different ways, but apparently a very brave man. I'm sure the real measure of him is beyond the protocol and stiffness he tries to present though.
Leola An older knight - and that means he's survived - who appreciates a good horse. I can't fault the man for that. And Briar likes him, which is generally a good sign.
Luca I've heard nothing but good things of this man. It's just that I can't help but give people a hard time, when they're so proper. I'm sure he's a great person. I'd probably like him more when I was drunk. Or he was drunk. One of us might need to be drunk, to find common ground.
Luis A Knight with a sense of humor and a smile. Should his skills with a sword be as sharp as his wit, then I believe the Kingdom will have nothing to fear. Fight on, Sir Norwood!
Mabelle Where would House Laurent be without this stout-hearted, kind, and steadfast knight? His steadfastness to the House and his willingness to offer support to me, a woman he has not seen or known well since she was a child, in the midst of all of this pain has been a balm. I hope that I can one day repay that kindness.
Mae A man too honorable to flirt with me, but not too honorable to turn lobster red when a pretty woman flirts with him. Honestly, it says a lot of good things about his character.
Margerie I am so very pleased that he has a sense of humor! His loyalty to the Laurents is evident in his words and actions, his sense of duty reassuringly blended with warmth.
Marian He's a knight that fights with a steady hand and a strict code of ethics. Even though we didn't win, I was glad to fight with him by my side. I do wonder if he'll be one of the knights from Valardin going to the North to fight by my side. I do hope so. He would be a welcome addition to the campaign.
Marius An honorable and steadfast knight. In fact, I think he may be the ur-example of one.
Melody Oh, he's /adorable/. Did I break him or is he always like that? Generous, too -- As sweet as Laurent honey.
Merek I saw this man at my shop, he seems to like looking for gifts for his soldiers, also likes alcohol possibly.
Mirari I saw him fight a match at one of Valencia's sip and spars. I was rather amazed at his speed and good nature. You can tell what kind of person someone is by how they lose a fight.
Monique Funny. Understated. A touch reserved. Obviously much beloved of the Keatons, and that speaks volumes.
Niklas Reserved, proper, traditional. The picture of a knight.
Orazio A steady, thoughtful knight, and one who has a strong relationship with his liege. It is good to see such a steady hand.
Orvyn A noble knight who honours oaths above all, and that is something that is both endearing, and acceptable in the eyes of this Merchant. It shall be a great pleasure learning more of the man who had a hand in raising my beautiful wife.
Oswyn He gives the impression of being deeply reliable.
Otakar What a civilized man! Even injured, he tried to stand to give a proper bow...not that I'd allow it. That would be terrible, he needs to get better. But it is appreciated.
Petal a gentleman who notices the quiet ones.
Quenia A newly minted Baron. I do not envy the position of having to start from scratch in building up a domain. However, with the trust of House Laurent behind him, I have every confidence he'll succeed.
Reese An Oathlands knight who ran the gauntlet very well and carries himself well. He seems to have calm energy and that is a good thing!
Rinel I wouldn't want to get in his way. He looks like one of the mercenary guards assigned to protect us on travels. But he said kind words to me when I was afraid.
Roxana Polite and friendly, I was pleased to be introduced to this Laurent Knight.
Sabella He seems like quite the gentleman. It was nice to see him so friendly with Lady Margerie. So romantic! I mean friendly. (romantic)
Sabella Definitely not Lady Margerie's beloved. Nooooope! Definitely a very fine knight who is quite proper and reserved, but I find him very friendly with a sensible head on his shoulders. Especially about Lady Margerie.
Saoirse Please help me with this asparagus monstrosity.
Seth A grizzled veteran knight and Sword of Arthall. A patient and wise instructor on the way of the sword.
Shae The calm one. No matter what. The one that does not budge. The wolf that lets the pups crawl all over him and chew and pull and he just sighs. But I suspect beneath the surface, he'd bristle with the worst of them should those he love deem threatened.
Simone Sir Norwood is a true knight through and through. Having him nearby always makes me feel a little bit safer. Our family, and I, are honored to have him as a friend.
Sorrel A wise gentleman and a good knight with proper honor.
Sunniva Norwood is a dear man with a large heart. He has been a long time a father like figure to me and so I could not have anymore respect for him than I do. He would stand beside those who need him and be there when they call. I am blessed to know him.
Tessa Experienced and handsome. I will have to get to know him better!
Theron Sir Norwood proved to be a tough opponent at a free-for-all, one that I had the pleasure of fighting and who took up most of my attentions in said tournament. I find him to be pleasant, polite and skilled at his craft and I very much respect my fellow House Swords.
Thesarin Only met the man once, but... one old hand to another at the black business, I reckon we know each other fair well.
Thorley The Sword of Artshall. As stalwart as he is polite. Don't think I didn't notice those glances between you and Lady Keaton though. I look forward to standing at his side at the war - and hope that he can afford his own rubicund blade by then.
Thorley It is good to know I still have a friend. But how much can I relate to him about what caused me to leave? I still have to figure that out.
Valdemar A man who seems to have a good handle on honor, and what it means to be the Sword of his house. I hope to talk with him more sometime.
Venturo I feel so, so sorry for him. But not sorry enough that I'd put myself in the middle of that particular family reunion! An honorable man who, hopefully, will remember to have that drink his, 'friend' got for him.
Vercyn Lady Margerie's knight-friend. The only one at Keaton Hall with any sense of manners on the day I visited, and he is not even a Keaton.
Veronica Stody but stoic, Sir Norwood is still one of my favorite people who is not a Keaton. His protectiveness towards his daughter is admirable, but never to the point of stifling her. A great father figure.
Violet An exceptional fighter and very proper knight. It's a pleasure to watch him fight.
Zoey He fought when others might not have, and for that, he has my gratitude and respect.