Sir Newton Cromwell
Parents Both parents are still alive
- Lord Cromwell: an accomplished merchant and noted duelist who recently became ruling lord of the area known as GM KNOWLEDGE
- Lady Cromwell: the daughter of a Keleshite noble, rumored to be an enchantress of some skill.
Siblings 5 siblings: Sir Newton is the youngest of six, with three older brothers and two older sisters
- Byron Cromwell
- Robert Cromwell
- Emily Cromwell
- Marcus Cromwell
- Mary Cromwell
Circumstances of Birth Nobility: Lord Cromwell holds the formal title The Baron Cromwell of Harrowden.
Parents Profession Merchants: while an established family with excellent peerage, the source of the Cromwell family’s fortune lies in the mercantile trades. Specifically; trade of luxury goods by ship with the Keleshite empire. Lord Cromwell’s influence as a merchant of substantial means far exceeds his influence as an otherwise minor noble.
Childhood Sir Newton experienced a relatively normal, if strict childhood. As the son of a Baron, Sir Newton was expected to master academic, social and martial studies. Friendships were rare and restricted to those deemed suitable as peers.
Training As the youngest son, Sir Newton was expected to obtain an officers commission upon coming of age. The Lord Cromwell directed Newton’s studies to focus on the martial and tactical, dismissing arcane studies and in-depth scholarship more appropriate undertakings for women or the infirm. The Lady Cromwell, against the Lord Cromwell’s wishes, urged Newton to study the arcane, sensing he had a strong potential for the art. In the end he, spent countless hours studying both swordplay under the careful eye of the Lord Cromwell and the arts arcane under the quiet tutelage of advisors selected by the Lady Cromwell. Learning both sword and sorcery, Newton eventually found ways to merge both disciplines into a single, seamless art.
Influential Associates Chief amongst Newton’s tutors was Thabin ibn Qurra, the Keleshite mathematician, scholar and philosopher. At the Lady Cromwell’s insistence, Qurra ensured the young Newton was taught a reverence for academic studies and the arts arcane. Through a growing friendship with his mentor, Newton learned to see the world through a different perspective than that espoused by the Lord Cromwell, learning to question everything until he found his own answers in life.
A Parting of the Ways At sixteen years of age, during Newton’s coming-of-age ceremony, the Lord Cromwell announced arrangements had been made for Newton’s forthcoming enrollment in the Royal Military Academy. As the fourth son, there was to be no inheritance for Newton. It was, therefore, expected that Newton would perform his expected duty and seek commission in the Avonshire military, fulfilling the Cromwell’s commitment to the kingdom’s military duties while forging his own futures. Within a fortnight of his coming-of-age, Newton, formally dubbed Sir Newton as befit a younger son of the gentry, was sent off.
The Royal Military Academy The military life was, to say the least, less than agreeable to Sir Newton. Frequently left to his own devices as the youngest son, and encouraged to question by both the Lady Cromwell and Qurra, Sir Newton found the highly structured environment of the Academy stifling. Forced into the formal fighting styles of Avonshire in place of the more elegant Keleshite techniques he rapidly foundered in marital training segments. Academically, Sir Newton excelled, but his unorthodox solutions and points of view only served to increase tension with his peers.
Escape By the age of 18, Sir Newton reached his breaking point. After a flurry of correspondence with the Lady Cromwell, Sir Newton quietly slipped away from the Academy during the night. Eschewing his formal studies and a future of military servitude, Sir Newton made the nearly 800 mile trek to the fabled ruins of Rappan Athuk. With sufficient wealth and power, Sir Newton could become a lord by his own hand, creating a new Cromwell legacy. Wealth and power and power free for the taking, for those with sufficient skill, wits, and the will to do so.