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Mayor Oswin Theodorick

March 11, 2009

Aye, Mayor Oswin is a good man, if a bit simple. Don’t ask me how he learned that Thallion was innocent, but the mages seem to agree with him, which must mean that he is right. If you are interested in his craftsmanship, I have a good chair at home that he created years ago. Last I heard, Oswin had started making chairs again…

– Crent the Boatsman

 

Four years ago, the old mayor of Mor Aldenn died while visiting friends in one of the northern villages. His party was attacked by a group of young hill giants and, sadly, the mayor was not the only one to lose his life; several of his mage advisors died as well. The city needed a new mayor and so the mages started looking for one.

Who is to say what the mages are looking for when they search for a mayor. Perhaps they want someone wise, just, valorous, popular, charismatic, intelligent, or perhaps they just want some naive and stupid. Either way, this time it took the mages 12 whole days and nights to find the right man for the job. In the past there have been times when the mages had to find their mayor outside the city, but this time they settled on a human carpenter named Oswin Theodorick.

Oswin lived a quiet life in the southern part of Mor Aldenn, making tables, chairs and even houses for the moraldenns. He was married to a stout woman named Kaelene, or rather, he is still married to Kaelene, and together they have four children. Mayor Oswin is a caring, if slightly naive man, who loves his family and his craft. He thought long and hard about taking the job, but how could he deny the mages?

In the beginning, being mayor was hard work, even harder than being a craftsman. There was much to be learned and long meetings to be held with the mages, but he quickly learned about all the benefits. His family would never starve, nor would they ever be in any real danger with the Aldenic Guard watching over them. Servants, magic, advisors, gifts and lots of other things quickly became part of Mayor Oswin’s new life. Sometimes his family loves this life more than he does, but in the recent years, the mayor has found time to ply his old craft. He doesn’t need to sell his work, having everything he needs, but occasional does.

Being mayor does give Oswin some responsibilities that he can’t get out of, like being High Judge. Most of the times, the moraldenns take their complaints to the mages, but sometimes the complainers are referred to the mayor. One would think that these were minor case, but alas, they are not. Recently the mayor had to judge whether or not an elven tailor had killed his partner. The city seemed to think so, but after hearing a large number of statements, the High Judge declared the innocence of the tailor.

Mage Advisors

The most renowned of the mayor’s mage advisors is perhaps Master Balsadarus, a not-very-talented wizard. Balsadarus would never have gained any kind of power with the guild, but when the Masters asked him to serve the mayor, the wizard did not hesitate. He now lives at the mansion, along with plenty other servants, but he is no ordinary servant. In fact, rumors say that Balsadarus is the true puppeteer behind the mayor, making all the important decisions. This last year, though, has been slightly different. An elven lady named Selyssa Fadhyra became another of the mayor’s advisors. She opposes Balsadarus in almost every decision that he makes and the mayor finds it hard to be around both at the same time.