Sir Marcus Templar, Captain of the Sword CR 5
AC 12, touch 12, flat-footed 10 (+2 Dex)
Spd 20 ft.
Str 16, Dex 15, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 13
Animal Companion Link (Ex) You have a link with your Animal Companion.
Sir Marcus Templar comes from a long line of Knights of Solamnia dating back before the Cataclysm. It is said that some of his ancestors were from the Order of the Clerists. By the time that Marcus had become a squire, the Clerists were long gone and the Knights of Solamnia nearly followed.
Marcus' father was a drunkard of a knight who had disgraced the family before his death. His mother remarried to Lord Corbin Halifax, who proved to be a good father. Marcus was sickly as a child, unable to keep up with other boys his age. Corbin kept his spirits up by teaching him the ways of the Knights of Solamnia. His mother worried that Corbin may be setting up Marcus for disappointment. Corbin accepted Marcus as a squire.
Soon the War of the Lance came, and Marcus wanted to join in on the fight against the Dragonarmies. His frail physical form prohibited him from taking the Knight's Trials, so he remained a squire as other boys his age were knighted.
In the year 352 AC, Marcus' world would change forever. Lord Halifax was ordered to the Tower of the High Clerist, and Marcus came with him. The Battle of the High Clerist's Tower saw the death of Lord Halifax. Marcus was helpless to save Corbin. He was angered at his own weakness when he witnessed one other death – that of Sturm Brightblade. Marcus was inspired by Sturm's sacrifice and vowed that some way, somehow, he would become a knight.
Marcus begged the knights to let him take the Knight's Trials. They knew he would never survive the trip, and were too busy with the war to deal with the squire. They gave him his quest, to find a rumored temple of the Clerists near the town of Fenn's Ward.
Somehow, Marcus had found the temple. He came back to the Knights of Solamnia a changed man. He was physically fit, and bore a sword and an ancient shield with the heraldry of the Knights of Solamnia. He talked of Kiri-Jolith and restoring the Order of the Clerist.
Marcus was quickly knighted, and rose to the Order of the Sword in very short order. He fought in the War of the Lance, and rose to the rank of Captain of the Sword. He was one of the first of a new generation of Clerists. He soon took on his own squire, a young man named Jaymes Buchanan. The two had many adventures, even facing such foes as the man who would come to be known as the Crimson Skull.
Towards the end of the war, Templar and Buchanan found themselves on a mission to Icewall. There, they fought the white dragon Deathfrost. The pair managed to jump on the dragon's back, and attacked it as it took off. Somehow, the two stayed on. The dragon bit down hard on Buchanan's left arm, refusing to let go. Somehow, Templar's sword managed to cut enough off of the wings to keep the dragon from staying aloft. Deathfrost began to spin out of control, throwing Templar from his back. The dragon hit land, killing it instantly. Young Buchanan's body was never found.
As for Marcus Templar, he fell into the frigid waters of Ice Mountain Bay, where he was frozen in ice for 30 years. Yet he was not dead. Kiri-Jolith had further use of his loyal servant, and so kept him in stasis. It was during the Summer of Flame that the iceberg he was trapped in began to thaw. Two local ice barbarians, a brother and a sister, found him while fishing on a canoe. The pair saw a man trapped in an iceberg, surrounded by a glowing light. The brother struck the iceberg while the sister used her winternorn magic to break open the ice. A crack emerged, and from it light shone to the heavens.
The pair took Templar back to their village, where they nursed him back to health. A few days later, they were visited by a herald of Kiri-Jolith, a flying bison. The creature was spoken about in ice barbarian lore, but none had ever been seen. Templar knew that the bison had come for him, and so he left with the strange creature, bidding his friends farewell. Though Templar was still mourning for his lost squire, he was ever a man of duty, and knew he must go.
The bison flew Templar far north to the temple that changed his life forever. The bison left, but Marcus hoped he would see it again someday. After paying tribute to Kiri-Jolith, he traveled to Fenn's Ward to report to the local garrison at Fenn's Keep. The knights were surprised to see him and doubtful of his story at first. Upon producing proof of his identity, the knights were in awe. Templar had become a bit of a legend in the 30 years he was away. Some even referred to him as "Captain Solomnia", though Templar refused to be called that. "I am just a knight, doing my duty to my god and my country."
Unfortunately, the celebration of his return was short-lived. An assassin killed the commander of Fenn's Keep, Kirimanne Comitanza, the Lady of the Rose. As the next highest-ranking knight, Marcus Templar was obligated by the Measure to take charge. Though he is still catching up to world events after the last 30 years, Marcus has vowed to do his duty to the best of his ability. He has sent a messenger to the High Clerist's Tower to appraise them of events and to seek further orders.
This item has been published here with permission from the author(s) and may not be reproduced without permission. This is a fan submission and its contents are completely unofficial. Some characters, places, likenesses and other names may be copyright Wizards of the Coast.