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Palast, 16th day of Reapember, 432 AC
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The Palanthas Herald

Hero Resigns from Knighthood

by Darcwulf, Staff Writer
Last Updated: Linaras, Deepkolt 10, 421 AC

Palanthas - Shock and dismay reverberated throughout Palanthas this week as Kristoph Brandon resigned his commission to the Solamnic Knighthood.

Kristoph Brandon, formerly a Knight of the Crown, was one of the hero's responsible for the defeat of the lich necromancer Jhelaun. He along with his kender companions discovered the dark wizard's lair, uncovered the extent of his power and led the charge that got Saige Tombstone close enough to bring an end to the conflict. He was cited by many across the city as an exemplar of what a knight should be, so the news of his resignation took the city by surprise.

Neither Brandon nor the commanders of the knighthood would make a comment to Herald, however, an insider within the knighthood did have this to say. "The lordy-do Knights in charge weren't happy with the image of knight spending time with kender," said the source, who wished to remain anonymous. "Theys told 'im, he shoulda reported the goings-on to them so the knighthood could deal with the sitch-uation likes what is proper. Theys was fixing on punishing him, but Brandon like the brave soul he is, stood up ta them, denouncing them as glory-seekers and rule laden fools."

Lord Jhon Middletown, a close family friend of the Brandon's had these words.

"Brandon idolized the knighthood as a boy, most especially the tales of Huma Dragonslayer. The reality of the organization never sat well with him, once he had grown and earned his spurs. He despised the rule-laden bureaucracy, the unprincipled arrogance, but the thing he hates most was the inclusion of Shinare into the deific sponsors. He believes like many of us, that the knighthood should be solely the province of goodly gods. This ridiculous punishment for associating with kender, failure to report and those other nonsense charges were just the straw that broke the camels back, so to speak, poor lad."

When asked what he knew of Brandon's future plans, Lord Jhon declined to answer, we did find one person willing to speak on the subject. "He is going to go south with me and Devon," said Mercy Bluesky, kender cleric of Mishakal and another hero of the battle against Jhelaun. "He is a good boy, but he has the bad habit of spoiling our fun. For instance, he wouldn't let Devon cut off the moustache of that mean knight that was yelling at him the other day, even though I think Brandon was angrier at him than we were. Did you know Brandon has commissioned a new fountain to commemorate all the kender who died fighting the icky undead?"