Title(s): King of Alexandria, King of Spain
Era: Charlemagne and the Twelve Peers
Alignment: Lawful Good
Personality: A proud and boastful individual; Fierabras had no fear when riding into the enemy’s camp and didn’t hesitate to challenge Charlemagne to send out his strongest knights to face him, even if he would send seven or more against him, as he believed himself to be the strongest of all. Although this behaviour has been tempered by a little modesty after his defeat at the hands of Olivier and his conversion to Christianity, he can still be a little full of himself at times.
A fair and honourable knight; when he saw that Olivier was wounded he refused to fight him until the Paladin had accepted Fierabras’ offer to heal him, nor did he betray Olivier’s trust when he asked the Paladin to help him arm himself, declaring himself to have never been and to never be a traitor of men.
Bio: The King of Alexandria, whose lands covered all of the land east of Babylon, Lord of Jerusalem and the sepulchre of Christ, and the son of the Admiral of the Moors Balan; Fierabras went with his father to sack Rome, sacking the city, killing the Pope and absconding with several relics of religious significance and returning with them to Spain an act which led to Charlemagne invading Spain with his Paladins to reclaim the relics. At one point the Paladin’s, in Charlemagne’s absence, were ambushed and drawn into a battle with the Spanish which resulted in Olivier being grievously wounded before they were rescued by their king. The day after the battle Fierabras rode out to Charlemagne’s camp and challenged him to send out one of his Paladin’s to fight him, Roland or Olivier or Ogier the Dane or however many he chose to send against him, and he would fight and defeat them all; Roland and the others refused to answer due to a dispute with Charlemagne, in which the king had insulted the Paladins following the battle. Only Olivier, still wounded from the battle, was willing to accept the challenge.
Olivier approached Fierabras and, upon seeing that Olivier was wounded, the Saracen gave the Paladin a holy balm which had been used on the body of Christ, one of the stolen relics, to heal his wounds. Once healed, the Paladin and Saracen entered into a duel which Olivier one, using one of Fierabras’ own swords after being disarmed of his own. Following the duel Fierabras converted to Christianity and joins Charlemagne’s army.
Not long after this duel, Olivier and several other knights are captured and taken to King Balan to be imprisoned at Aigremore. Floripas, Fierabras’ sister, tricks her father into handing Olivier and the other knights over into her care as she had fallen in love with another of Charlemagne’s knights, while Charlemagne sends the other Paladins to rescue the captives. Upon arriving at Aigremore the Paladins are imprisoned by Balan, only to be freed to Floripas and proceed to eject Balan and his men from their own stronghold. Balan attempts to lay siege to the castle only to eventually be defeated by Charlemagne, who arrived to assist the Paladin’s.
Defeated, Balan refused to convert or be baptised and was killed. Floripas was baptised and married to the knight she had fallen for, and Balan's lands were divided between them and Fierabras. The relics that the Saracens had stolen were then divided among various churches.
Weapon: The three swords Pleasance, Baptism and Grabon and a shield bearing the symbol of Apollyon.
Magic Resistance (C) - Cancel spells with a chant below two verses. Cannot defend against magecraft on the level of High-Thaumaturgy and Greater Rituals.
Riding (B) – Most vehicles and animals can be handled with above average skill, even vehicles that did not exist in the time period one was alive in, for they are no exception. However, cannot ride the likes of Phantasmal Species such as Monstrous Beasts.
Natural Body (B) – A Saracen knight of gigantic stature that was said to have strength equal to that of ten men; it is unknown if Fierabras’ size is due to some non-human heritage, or if he was just blessed with a powerful body, but either way he is in possession of a body beyond that of most humans. Grants a plus modifier to his STR stat.
Incitement to Duel (B) – After a battle with the French, Fierabras rode into Charlemagne’s camp and challenged him to send out any knight to oppose him, specifically calling out the great Paladins like Roland or Olivier, or even both at the same time and others with them, claiming to be able to defeat them.
A form of mental attack which incites the opponent to enter into a duel with Fierabras should he challenge them and should they fail to resist this skill; Fierabras and the opponent will enter into a fair and honourable duel with a secondary effect preventing observers to the duel from interfering once the duel has begun. Both the initial challenge and the effect preventing interference are mental attacks that can be resisted or broken.
Apostasy (A) – A former Saracen and worshipper of Apollyon, whose likeness he bears on his shield, who converted to Christianity after being defeated in a duel by the Paladin Olivier. It was through this duel that Fierabras began to accept that Olivier’s God was real, as He had given the Paladin the strength to defeat him, even when his own victory was all but assured; Fierabras converted to Christianity and joined Charlemagne’s army, turning against his religion and his family to do so.
Having cemented his faith in Christianity, Fierabras has a resistance to mental interference effects that cause one to one questions ones loyalty or to fall under the control of others.
Name: Pleasance, Baptism and Grabon
Title: Three Swords of the Saracen Giant
NP Type: Anti-Unit (Pleasance and Baptism), Anti-Army (Grabon)
Range: 1-4 (Pleasance and Baptism), 1-40 (Grabon)
Maximum Number of Targets: 1 (Pleasance and Baptism), 50 (Grabon)
Description: Three swords made by one of three brothers, all of such fine quality that no armour made at the time that they couldn’t break through; the other two brothers were responsible for the creation of many of the Paladins weapons, including Durendal, Hauteclere and Joyous. Fierabras is able to swap freely between these three swords, each having a unique attribute but all being of the same fine quality.
Pleasance – During his duel with Olivier, Fierabras gradually chipped away at his opponent’s armour with each stroke of his sword, cutting apart his helmet, shield and breastplate until the Paladin was left defenceless. With each strike of Pleasance, Fierabras gradually strips away the opponent’s defences piece by piece, whether those defences be armour, a shield or even magical in nature; defensive Noble Phantasms or Skills of rank C or lower are removed or destroyed, while those of Rank B or higher are weakened and given a minus modifier.
Baptism – Having disarmed Olivier during their duel the Paladin had to abandon his own sword and instead grab the first weapon he could, picking up Fierabras’ own weapon and using it against him. He struck Fierabras in the side with the sword Baptism, winning the duel and causing the Saracen to renounce his God and convert to Christianity, as well as joining Charlemagne’s army.
Assaults those it wounds with a mental attack which forces a confrontation of their current religious beliefs or loyalties, with those who fail to resist its effects being converted to Christianity and swearing loyalty to Charlemagne much as Fierabras did. Can cause certain Skills related to the worship or belief in other religions or causes to be weakened or their effects removed. Has no effect on those with the Divinity skill.
Grabon – The lesser known of Fierabras’ three swords, when the true name of the sword is invoked its blade begins to glow white as the sword is outlined in a fiery aura. When Grabon is swung while the blade glows the sword will issue forth a wave of fire that would burn away at everything in its path.
Name: Balm of Christ
Title: Holy Balm of Rejuvenation
NP Type: Anti-Unit
Description: The balm used for the embalming of the corpse of Jesus Christ, stolen by Fierabras and his father Balan when they conquered Rome along with many other artefacts of religion significance; through its contact with the Son of God the balm acquired incredible properties. This miraculous substance was said to be able to heal the wounds of whoever drank it no matter how severe they may be, even healing the Paladin Olivier from his egregious wounds prior to his duel with Fierabras.
Drinking this Noble Phantasm is not without its downsides however, as consuming the balm causes the drinker’s physical stats to be temporarily reduced by one rank as well as sealing away certain skills while the healing takes effect. Those with a strong constitution, such as Servants with the Natural Body skill are less affected by this.