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Richard Grosvenor
Richard Grosvernor Wood Photo
Richard in the north Asgarnian woods.

Creator

Jackin123 (Jack Rovin)

Date of Birth

No information

Date of Death

Age

30 (Has progressed IC'ly, so this doesn't match the birthdate.)

Race

Human

Height

Six feet and seven inches

Title

Marshal

Last Occupation

King of Asgarnia

Allies

Saradominists

Enemies

Most Zamorakians, unlawful patrons, rouge Kinshra units



Richard Grosvenor,
ChatheadRichard
played by Jack Rovin, is the bastard son of Simon Grosvenor, a Varrockian drunkard, and Julian Sykes, a prostitute. Throughout his thirty year lifespan, Richard has served under the Asgarnian banner under all sorts of occupations. He is most notable for his duel work as a White Knight Grandmaster, and for the unification of the Saradominist South Asgarnian nation.


Early LifeEdit

Upon the eve of the Fifteenth of the Ire of Phyrrys, of the One Hundred and Thirty-ninth year of the Fifth age, a short, stout, black haired and dark eyed prostitute by name of Julian gave birth to a son of noble blood in a dirty alleyway of a bustling city known to all as Varrock. T'was not long before she calculated the pregnancy, and revealed that she was impregnated by none other than Simon Grosvenor, the impoverished Misthalani noble and local drunkard. Assuming she could blackmail him into receiving money, Julian took the boy to Simon's apartment, where Simon kidnapped the young Grosvenor and left him to the North Asgarnian Saradominist Monestary.

The young infant was taken in by the monks, reluctantly. None had proper knowledge of proper fathering skills, and all were frankly virgins, respectively. Seeing no other option, they gave the boy the name of Richard, and adopted him into their cult-like society. Until the age of one, it could be assumed that Richard was one heck of a mess, but on the date of his first birthday, Richard began to walk, and his legs began to take his tiny butt everywhere.

It wasn't long before he was talking, and it wasn't long before he was praying. Young Richard fell into this monastery life as if it were a silken net off a large cliff. He grew tall and sturdy, and was able to do many of the laboring tasks around the monastery, such as carving masonry into the walls and plowing large stretches of field. Richard was no green thumb, but he was an academic, and easily learned how to read when he was six years old. Richard fell in love with mathematics and was swayed by the scientific advances of the church regarding the properties of light. Inspired, he also was, by the lack of religious reading material.


Adventurous, Richard began to wonder outside of the monastery. When puberty finally kicked in around age fifteen, Richard went on a rebellious streak, throwing away his regards for academics and the liking. Richard kept his eye on the blackened castle of the Kinshra atop the base of the Ice Mountain, and this severely worried the monks. With no other choice, a monk by name of Geoffrey, who was a former knight, was chosen to train the boy in the art of swordplay.

King of Asgarnia

Predecessor

Emperor Joseph Adalhard

Successor

Queen Hayley Spears






Grand Duke of Falador

Predecessor

Kaiser Aztarwyn

Successor

Joeseph Adalhard (as Emperor)





Commander of the White Knights of Falador

Predecessor

Alexander Acriyata

Successor

King Weatherby

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Please note that this lineage is specifically of the in-game leaders of the White Knights who were involved with Falador via public roleplay.


Teenage LifeEdit

Monastery

The Edgeville Monastery where Richard grew up.

Rather than use a small sword, Geoffrey decided to start Richard off with the prestigious two-handed sword, as he'd already reached the height of six feet at age sixteen. The slender, but muscular, Richard was no master of the sword at first touch. His arms were used to the labor of a pick-axe or chisel, not the violent swinging of a sword. His first task was to chop down an oak tree with his sword, and young Richard tried for many days to chop it, but the bronze piece would not cut through the wood. Growing frustrated, Richard started chopping other, more flimsy trees around the area. Weeks went by, and Richard unwittingly was strengthening his agility and overall aim with the sword. He aimed for the bending points of branches, sliced at different angles, and the liking. After a year, Richard chopped up that oak tree, only after going through twenty bronze swords, and giving the monastery a lifetime supply of firewood.

At the age of nineteen, Richard grew to the climax of his height, at around six feet and seven inches. With his new found glory in swordplay, he finished his studying of religious academics at the monastery. For the next six years, Richard fought off bandits from making way with the treasures of the monks, and wolves who preyed on the precious wool of the sheep. Six years of killing for his God and the monks. But, when that sixth year came, Richard was deemed too old to continue his service of protection at the monastery, and would either have to join the ranks of the monks, or leave. His only possessions, a set of monk robes, a symbol of Saradomin, and his sword, were packed up in a tight bundle, and a twenty-five year old Richard went off to find work in the great wilds of Gielinor.

The White KnightsEdit

In a few days or more after following dirt trails and signs, Richard came across the great white city of Falador. Shocked at the quality of the stonework, Richard was lured in to investigate this bustling hub of Asgarnian trade and politics. When he found the local inn, the Rising Sun, he began to look and ask around for any sort of work offers. A flier on a noticeboard told of the new White Knight regiment, entitled New Haven. Richard flocked to their citadel atop a floating island, and was duly initiated into their ranks as a squire.

As tradition states, each squire is assigned to a knight of New Haven, who then instructs the squire on his duties so that he may learn them and graduate into knighthood. The teacher knight was dis-satisfied with Richard's use of a two-handed sword, calling it names such as a "barbaric butter knife" and a "flimsy piece of shit". Instead, he taught Richard the use of shorter swords, used for stabbing, and the art of archery through the use of a crossbow. Richard was fast to pick up the short sword, often cutting the heads off chickens for practice. Archery, however, was a different story. To put it short, Richard spent many days in the woods trying to kill deer. After a month, he only killed two, but after that, he'd kill one with every bolt he had.

His first real battle came with a suprise raid on the White Knight castle in Falador. Multiple Kinshra operatives under the Zamorakian Lord Pyro infiltrated the castle and began to reign hell upon its occupants. Luckily, Richard and a trio of New Haven knights arrived on the scene. Using two crossbows and a shortsword, Richard killed several Kinshra operatives, and wounded many more. Richard was making a name for himself in New Haven, and was about to be knighted, when it dis-banded for unknown reasons. Richard was once again left out of a job.

Months passed by, and nothing was offered. Eventually, he took up a job with the local Dwarvern blacksmith by the name of Doric, in a shack near the Taverley Gate. Again, nothing was really offered. In this time, the Zamorakian Lord Pyro layed siege upon the city of Falador, and duely occupied it. Shocked, Richard started up an underground militia in the forests to the north, appropriately called the North Asgarnian Militia. At its peak, the militia organized daily attacks on the Zamorakian posts in the city. By the divine will of Saradomin, help finally arrived. Oliver Ryder's army marched into Falador and re-took the castle.

Knight of FaladorEdit

White Knights' Castle

The White Knights' Castle, where Richard has worked numerous times.

For his work as a militiaman during the war, Richard Grosvenor was made the commander of the White Knights of Falador. Immediately, he began work to re-organize the ranks and structure of the knights, and gained a solid army. Richard took on the title of Steward, believing he wasn't of noble blood. He agreed that someone else should take up the spot of king, and through what Richard believes was Oliver Ryder's will, King Dion was crowned.

Richard began to organize the city and commence relations with the surrounding city-states, while King Dion really didn't do anything but converse with his followers. With his new power, he organized many laws on the city, notably the weapons-free law which prohibited the wielding of weapons anywhere in the city by civilians, and the anti-Kinshra policy that outlawed the Kinshra from publically wearing their uniforms and expressing themselves in the city. At first, the laws were unpopular, but the populace soon came to accept them and they moved on with their lives. It was also during this time that Richard fought off numerous mini-sieges by the Zamorakian Lord Pyro.

Richard Grosvenor vs. Dion Magnan

Enraged, Richard and his knights took up a position in the courtyard against King Dion.

King Dion used bodyguards to defend himself in the pub from attacks, and often resorted to pulling out his crossbow, of which was somehow fairly easy to load, and shot at the occupants. Enraged, Richard and his knights took up a position in the courtyard. Richard overlooked Dion's men inside the castle, though, and Dion amassed his followers inside the castle. After Dion's reign ended, Richard ruled over Falador as the Marshal of the White Knights.

During this time of peace, Richard commenced trade with the Duchy of Lumbridge, who soon agreed to an economic and military alliance. He also found trade with the humble mining and farming town of Rimmington. The Kinshra, though, owned the local port and the lands to the north. After recruiting a suitable army, Richard declared war on them and siezed their Faladian assets. The Kinshra were able to organize a riot in the city square that was cut short by the use of artillery atop the castle gifted by the Duke of Lumbridge.

At random, the City of Rimmington declared a suprise attack on Lumbridge, and took the city by surprise. The Duke abdicated and fled to Falador, and the White Knights took over an abandoned Rimmington. Richard agreed not to attack Lumbridge so long as they continued trade and that they stayed in Lumbridge. Soon after, Richard launched a surprise attack on the Port of Sarim, where the Kinshra fled in boats into Kandarin. Within a month, Richard had single-handedly re-unified Southern Asgarnia into a nation that could take on the Kinshra-supported North Asgarnia. Richard appointed a local noble by name of Weatherby Swan to oversee the cities of Port Sarim and Rimmington, while he enlisted the help of Brock Avery to build the Asgarnian navy and print the Asgarnian currency in exchange for un-taxed mining access.

Now, the Asgarnian economy was beginning to recover from a period of uncertainty, and Richard was able to focus on the defense of Falador. Out of the blue, Lord Pyro arrived at the gates of Falador with a large army. Richard sent out a request for help from the famous Rovin crossbowmen of the Picatoris colony, and for knights abroad to come to the aid of the city. Many were able to slip through Pyro's blockade of the city gates and were able to add to the city's defense. On the day of truth, Pyro breached the gates and fighting broke out on the streets. The bridge over the moat of the castle was destroyed, and for days the knights were locked into their own castle. The aid of a local elemental mage was used to re-build the bridge, and the White Knights and allies began a counter attack.

Pyro and a few of his personal bodyguards were ambushed by the Rovin crossbowmen at the western wall, so Richard took a few of his men to assist. In this fight, Richard and Pyro began a vicious fight, where they both slit eachother's throats.

The soldiers hardly noticed, and continued on with the fighting. Richard crawled off into the distance, bleeding out. He tore off some of his shirt to wrap around his throat, and came around an old Asgarnian manor, where he took up residence. By this time, he knew that he was probably thought dead, so he decided to take time off and re-engulf himself in religious studies. He went out often, under different aliases to purchase books and writing materials, strengthening his mind.

For nearly three years, he took leave, and re-emerged after the Asgarnian Crusades. Looking for work once more, he introduced his real identity to King Varis of Asgarnia, who placed him again in charge of the White Knights of Asgarnia. Soon after, Richard co-signed an agreement that gave the Kinshra and White Knights equal standing on an Asgarnian political basis. Richard worked under the title of Grandmaster of the White Knights of Asgarnia, and worked accordingly to strengthen the defense and prosperity of Falador. However, his enlightened career was turned short when King Varis abdicated the throne, giving Asgarnia to the much-opposed Kingdom of Kandarin. After being arrested and promptly released by Kandarin soldiers, Richard returned to the quiet life of his manor home in southern Asgarnia.

It wasn't long before Richard was called back to service. After re-affirming his monkly vows to Saradomin, Richard began to lead the White Knights under the reign of King Joseph Adalhard. After a long drought in the White Knight Order, Richard began to once again re-structure the order so that it would be more friendly to those of a lesser status. Because of its numerous differences with the original White Knights, he re-named the order Albus Ordinis, using an older Burthorpian dialect so that it would literally be translated as "White Order".

The White Knight MarshalEdit

The White Knight Marshal expanded the old order and watched it grow haistily. Soon, there were eight knights under his command, along with a squire and a sergeant-at-arms. These brothers were all from Asgarnia, and showed complete alliance with a code of chivalry and a few rules ordained by Marshal Grosvenor. These new White Knights were even thought to be the personal bodyguard of the Asgarnian emperor.

Following the destruction of the Salve barrier, the White Knights prepared for months to campaign against the Vampyres in Morytania. After reading ancient texts supplied by anonymous doners, they armed themselves with an ancient weapon known as a flail, similar to that used by Verac. Some knights suspended this chained ball in the air using a rod, thinking that the Vampyres would fly. After gaining their horses and proper supplies for a six month campaign, the Knights rode off to Paterdomus. Betrayed by their guide, Richard's men fought to the death in the pass, forming the main part of the attack. Heavily outnumbered, they were separated and cut down. The only known survivor of the battle was Sir Patriarch, who now sits retired.

Months passed by as there was no sign of Richard. One by one, his valiant knights returned to Asgarnia. Having seen the atrocities in the pass, many decided to live out their lives in peace. Sir Gawain Drake returned to make his own order of White Knights. Sirs Pain Asgarn and Cyrus Barkley went into hiding. It was assumed by the masses that Richard had simply died fighting, and his surviving knights saw nothing more of him after they were separated. King of Asgarnia

For weeks, he sat. In what used to be a house, he studied. Plans were written with charcoal upon the dilapilated wooden walls until his hands bled black. When the night grew brighter, and the town livened up, he took to building his way out. For many more weeks he repeated this process, waiting for the right time. Upon the fourth full moon of his imprisonment, Richard Grosvenor escaped the Vampyre prison of Meierditch. Near the sea wall, he charged with his ladder, and he ran fast up its steps. The Vyrewatch sounded alarm, and were gathering behind him. Richard dove into the marsh over the wall, and waited. He did not think, nor think about thinking, but he breathed, and he waited.

Back in Asgarnia, Richard found a mess in the government. King Joseph's familiy was having major problems, one of his daughters had turned to the dreaded Sicarius. Tensions were rising both internally and in the surrounding kingdoms. Though he had just got back from an exhausting campaign, Richard was crowned king. Soon after, he found an old friend, Ehrick Commodus Elderon

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