Born the bastard son of lesser Sumisandian noble, Lord Jerome Ravenholt, he was abandoned by his mother and left at Lord Ravenholt’s estate. There he remained for many years as a young stable hand, never allowed to forget his station and generally mistreated.
It was in his thirteenth summer that Gerard’s life changed forever. He had witnessed his half-brother Marcus, Lord Ravenholt’s true-born heir, beating a young peasant girl. Gerard, being the brave, but reckless youth that he was, broke Marcus’ nose and several of his fingers. For this Gerard payed for his actions with a harsh punishment: banishment. Gerard spent many weeks traveling until he found his way to Ostmere, and there he met Sir Janos Whyte. He became a mentor and father-figure and was a true knight. Sir Janos lost his wife and son many years before meeting Gerard, and those who knew him would have said the loss weighed on him heavily. In finding Gerard, he found someone to pass his knowledge onto; to teach his moral code and to give his paternal love. A Knight is sworn to valor.
His heart knows only virtue.
His blade defends the helpless.
His might upholds the weak.
His word speaks only truth.
His wrath undoes the wicked.
This is the creed that Gerard sets his life to.