Name: Roderick Lugus Belenus
Name Meaning: Roderick means "Famous Power", Lugus is the Celtic god of the "threefold death" equivalent to Mercury, and Belenus is the Celtic sun god.
Social Class:Serves under the Archon of Triumvirate as the Pontiff of Power and Grand Hierophant of Din. He supervises the Branch of Power which is made up of the body of Farore’s monks, priors, abbots, and hierophants.Physical Appearance**
Height: 6' 7"
Stature: Stands tall with broad shoulders and a muscular chest
Hair Color and Style: Bald and wears a horseshoe mustache
Eye Color: Red
Skin Tone: Tanned from many years of training
General Personality: When one first encounters Roderick he comes across as an old grump, and logic would deem that his personality must have more depth. However, logic has been known to be wrong...
Strengths: Powerful warrior and mage, discerning, learned, loyal, self-disciplined
Weaknesses: Prideful, defensive, uncompromisingCombat
Combat Style: Roderick is a ruthless warrior bent on destroying his opponents in a flurry of volcanic force. His moves are powerful, and his technique is destructive yet refined. Years of training have groomed him into the ultimate warrior.
Weapons: Roderick's personal favorite weapons are two nine-ringed broadswords: Durga--"Invincible" in Sanskrit and Agni--"Fire" in Sanskrit. His staff of office is a Trident reminiscent of the Dark Lord's called Kratos--Greek for "Power."
Magic: Roderick's magic is almost exclusively offensive. He knows moderately advance healing arts, but they are overshadowed by Driscoll and Sephiran's own. Roderick uses fire as his main offensive element, charging his sword's with flame and even breathing fire. He can strike his swords together so that they spark and ignite an explosion.Background
Birthplace: Roderick was born on the Northern Fields in Lanayru province, but he only remembers growing up in remote monastery in the Mountain Province
Occupation: Pontiff of Power
Roderick's family were poor farmers on the Lanayru Plains who could barely support themselves, much less a child. Knowing of a monastery that was seeking young ones to train in the ancient ways of Din, they gave their child over to the Church's Branch of Power to be raised as a monk. Roderick grew up in asceticism in the frigid mountains, never knowing his parents. Years later when he went to finally search them out, he found their village had been destroyed in the wake of Zant's invasion, leaving his parents dead.
At the age of seventeen, he left the monastery for Hyrule Castle City which was still recovering from the Usurper King. He studied under a ragtag band of professors who were working to bring the Arcane University, the Church, and other institutions back into order from the chaos. There he met the young Athanasios Nabata, who would later become the Pontiff of Wisdom and the Archon of the Triumvirate. At age twenty five, Roderick was among the third class of students to graduate with advanced degrees since the reign of Zant, and his disciplined study habits from the monastery allowed him to rise to the top of his class.
Roderick became Pontiff of Power at the age of 46, and Athanasios ascended to the position of Pontiff of Wisdom the following year. The two were fast friends and polar opposites, but something drew the caring, humble Athanasios to the stern, proud Roderick. The two worked together both before and after their rise to power to rebuild the Church along with Bragi, the aged Pontiff of Courage; and they have made great strides to restoring its former glory. When Athanasios became Archon, Sephiran took his place as Pontiff of Wisdom, and the adjustment was surprisingly smooth due mostly to Sephiran's calm, temperate nature when dealing with Roderick's uncomprosing ways. However, when Bragi died and Driscoll took his office in an unprescedented move, the three Pontiffs began to clash. Driscoll's personality was a foil to the older two men, and his novelism could often cause the former allies to quarrel. Eventually the three settled in and Athanasios worked out a balance with them that has led to an interesting dynamic within the leaders of the Church.
The Branch of Din has always been the smaller of the three Branches due to the demands it places on its members, but Roderick is and has been devoted to developing the Branch and increasing its membership. Many of his subordinates believe that the Branch of Power could grow more rapidly by removing its requirements of asceticism and celibacy, but the ever old-fashioned and uncompromising Roderick refuses to undertake such reforms. This post has been edited by Elwise Rhys on Feb 26 2012, 01:34 AM