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“Häling and the Scottish Templars” & “Voyage of the Templar Guardians“
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Book Two Cast of Characters
Character designated (H) as historical figures were contemporary of the Häling narrative.
But all Häling characters and their personalities were purely fictional.
The Dalrymple family lineage in this story was also the product of my imagination. However, the earliest historic reference to the Dalrymple Clan comes from the 13th century under the given name of ‘Adam’.
—L. S. Berthelsen
Lord Lair Eagan – Noble of Scythian ancestry, linked to the spiritual lineage of adepts known as the Kalein. As lord of Kelon Castle (near Balantrodoch, south of Edinburgh, Scotland) he was well respected in circles throughout Europe. His land holdings include arctic wilderness of Scotland’s northern shores, Kelon Castle and various suzerains across northern Europe and northwestern Asia. Lord Lair Eagan existed inside time, but was not subject to it.
Adam de Dalrymple – Thirteen year old son of minor nobility, David de Dalrymple and Judith de Kerrera of Dalrymple Wood, in the western reaches of Scotland along the Ayr coast. Adam was a Templar Squire, in service to the Scottish Temple’s second highest officer Seneschal, Sir Iain de Douglas, at Scotland’s Templar headquarters of Balantrodoch (seven miles south of Edinburgh). Adam’s innate talents for languages and the written word was cultivated from a very young age. His exceptional education in classics, linguistics, as well as the arts and sciences brought him into many interesting circumstances.
Hannah de Dalrymple – Fifteen year old sister to Adam de Dalrymple, daughter of David de Dalrymple and Judith de Kerrera of Dalrymple Wood, in the western reaches of Scotland along the Ayr coast. Her talents for illumination and script design set her on a path few women of the Middle Ages could realize. Her intelligence and high spirit propelled her into a perennial struggle to free herself from medieval norms. However rare, women scribes were put to work, contributing to the production of illuminations.
Enoch the Hermit – A mysterious yet cheerful wanderer who facilitated the mission of saving the Häling. He was one of the Kalein elders, who lived independent of time and place. It was speculated that he was a distant relative of Lord Eagan. Turan the panther was sometimes sighted in Enoch’s company.
Sir Iain de Douglas – The fictional uncle to James de Douglas and mentor to Adam de Dalrymple. As a Templar, he fought in the Crusades in Jerusalem. Upon returning home he served as Royal Archer body guard to King Alexander III until the King’s death in 1286. He was then assigned to the Templar headquarters in Scotland, the preceptory of Balantrodoch, where he served as seneschal (second in command) to Scotland’s Templar Master, and implemented innovations in the training of younger knights. He appeared throughout The Haling and the Scottish Templars, as a powerful influence upon Adam, although he remained behind in Scotland after Adam left Scottish shores.
David de Dalrymple – Father of Adam and Hannah de Dalrymple, the son of Guy de Dalrymple (b. 1217) and Lillian de Oban (daughter in the royal bloodline of the Kingdoms of the Western Isles). King Alexander II of Scotland granted lands to Guy de Dalrymple in honor of his service to the Scottish crown, as goldsmith and craftsman of finest swords in the realm. David’s father (Adam’s grandfather) Guy arrived in Scotland from Troyes as noble scribe of the Count of Champagne. He brought with him the secrets of craftsmanship, gold-smithing and certain manuscripts of great mystic antiquity, which would eventually be included in the Häling treasures.
Judith de Dalrymple – Mother to Adam and Hannah de Dalrymple, Judith’s family was born on Kerrera of the Western Isles, of the ancient kingdom of Dàl Riata. She was daughter of Grier de Kerrera and Tea de Kilmore. Grier de Kilmory was granted the Isle of Kerrera in return for his service as adviser to King Alexander II. When King Alexander II died of a fever while fighting the Norse in Argyll, her father Grier arranged transport of the king’s body to Melrose Abbey, to be laid to rest. As a scholar of Kabbalah, Judith devoted herself to the instruction of Adam and Hannah in the ways of the Hebrew mysticism.
James de Douglas – (H) Young Douglas lost his mother at an early age. His father, William de Douglas, was captured at Berwick and perished in the Tower of London As an indirect heir to the Scottish thrown, James de Douglas was rumored to have escaped and spent in Paris. He then reappeared on the stage of Scottish history, fully trained as a formidable young warrior in early 1300’s. At the time of this book, nine year old James de Douglas is by all accounts, an orphan, escaping from the King of England’s henchmen.
Aiki, the Wyvern – Lord Eagan’s companion is a celestial creature from the star Vega in the constellation Lyra. Her earthly abode is Lord Eagan’s gold jeweled signet ring, where she rests until called into action. See Chapter 20 for further elucidation of her qualities.
Turan, the Panther – Mysterious giant black mountain lion, companion to Enoch the Hermit and Turul the Magister. Medieval Scotland was hunting grounds for panthers, but sightings of these majestic creatures are now very rare.
Temul, the horse – Lord Eagan’s coal black percheron mare, sister to Jedt, Melke’s mare, and Isis, Djeru’s mare. These three ‘princesses’ were introduced in Book One as very rare identical triplet mares, sensitive, highly intelligent, and anything but docile.
Fergus the Hart Hound – ninety pounds of scruff! This medieval hart hound was not trained as a pet, but semi-feral and strong enough to take down a full sized buck. He claimed the run of the castle grounds and also served Kelon Castle as guardian.
Djeru, Prince of Alexandria – Lord Eagan’s warrior companion, a Prince of Egypt, who was dedicated to the preservation of the Häling treasures. His ebony complexion and regal stature reflected his high heritage, dating far into antiquity of the lower and upper Nile regions.
Melke, Prince of Persia – Lord Eagan’s honor guard companion, a warrior Prince of the ancient kingdom Persia along the Euphrates River. He was also dedicated to the preservation of the Häling treasures. His Akkadian lineage reached further east than the fertile crescent and beyond the Himalaya Mountains.
Elizabeth FitzRodger de Clare – Wife of Lord Gilbert de Clair in Dunwich, cousin of Exeter’s mayor and friend of both Lord Eagan and the Templars. She and her husband Lord Gilbert hosted Hannah, Adam, and James in Dunwich.
Lord Gilbert de Clare – Of minor nobility of Dunwich Caithness Mercantile and in his early fifties – distant cousins of the Lords of Caithness in northern Scotland. He and his wife, Elizabeth FitzRodger de Clare hosted Hannah, Adam, and James in Dunwich. As a member of the Order of the Star, he reported to Lord Eagan in gathering and transporting Häling.
Sir Antonio di Trieste – Templar Commander of the Adriatic Fleet haled from the Adriatic province of Trieste, near Venice. He was commissioned with providing safe passage for Adam, Hannah and James, and securing transport of the Häling.
Carlo di Zeno of Venice – Carlo Renieri Antonio, born of the Rialto of Zeno in the Republic di Venezia, whose sire and grandsire served in the Signoria Council of the Venetian Republic.
Friar John de Doun of Scotland – (H) Based on the historic John Duns Scotus) was prominent philosopher and theologian (b. 1265-6 —d. 1308) He was thought to come from Berwickshire near the village of Duns. His historic time in Oxford, Paris and St. Andrews coincided contemporaneously with several events portrayed in the Häling saga. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duns_Scotus
Sir William de Huntingfield – Fictional commander of Huntingfield Templar manor
Anthony Bek, Bishop of Durham – (H) Anthony Bek, Bishop of Durham (b.1245 -d. 1311) was appointed by the Pope as Patriarch of Jerusalem in 1306. He served King Edward I on numerous occasions. He received the surrender of King John Balliol of Scotland in the summer of 1296 and later fought on the side of the English at the battle of Falkirk in 1298. It is also rumored that he removed the ‘Black Rood’ from Holyrood Abby to Durham Cathedral in the year 1346.
King Charles II of Naples & Sicily, Count Prince of Provence and Anjou —(H) (b.1254 – d.1309) as the lame uncle to King Phillip the Fair, his family ties reached across the rulers of France, from the Holy Roman Empire, east into Hungary and the Kings of Jerusalem, to as far west as Castile. He claimed to discover the remains of Mary Magdalene in the wilderness of Provence, challenging Vézelay Abbey’s long held claim to possessing her relics. He began construction on a basilica to house his findings in 1296, which still stands today, located only a few miles from Ventimiglia. He was known to play both sides of quarrels between the pope and Holy Roman Emperor. And as the Templars also operated to a large extent independently, it is conceivable that he could have worked with Templars in achieving his goals.
Dante di Alighieri of Florence — (H) (1265 – 1321) Known as one of the world’s most beloved poets, Dante was school friend of Charles Martel, son of King Charles II of Naples in his youth. The year of 1296 found Dante exiled from Florence for his political proclivities. In the previous year, Charles Martel had died unexpectedly. Therefore, it was possible for Dante to have spent time in King Charles’ court, given the comparatively close proximity between Naples, Florence and Ventimiglia. Dante also suffered from seizures of some form. Whether or not his condition contributed to his mystic beliefs is difficult say. But his inner life experiences may have contributed to his mystic works.
Prince Abbott Emil Bérard of Seborga – (H) served as Prior of Cathars & Prince of Seborga in the late thirteenth century.
Arnau de Vilanova – (H) (1240–1311) Although he was from Valencia, he made his home in Montpellier, France. He was a renowned medieval physician, professor of Paris intellectual circles and master of a school of medicine at Montpellier from 1291-1299. He was also thought to be an alchemist, astronomer and astrologer, which placed him in sympathy with mystics of his times.
Prior Giovani di Ferdandi – fictional Ligurian Templar relative of the Grand Master Jaques de Molay and prior of Ventimiglia preceptory.
Johannes Schnäble von Friesach – A Templar serving in Liguria from Kärnten, Austria, whose warhorse was named Feuer.
Feuer – White war horse belonging to Sir Johannes Schnäble is typical example of a Templar war horse— tall, majestic and with massive strength— Answered only to his master. Splendid in carriage, with exceeding power in battle.
Turul the Magister – Az Erdélyi Turul, better known as Turul Ragoczy from Transylvania. Distantly bound by blood to the Kalein lineage and another more distant spiritual heritage.
Akasa – Hannah’s Wyvern companion — Aiki’s wean — The name Akasa, in the Vedic world was associated the upper skies.
Agni – Adam’s wyvern companion —Aiki’s wean — The name Agni has ancient Vedic associations with the triple concept of divine mind, expressed on earth as fire, atmosphere as lightning and the sky as sun. The expression of transformative energy and messenger between heaven and earth.
Brian le Jay – (H) Master of Scotland 1292-1296. and then moved to London to assume the office of Master of English Temple 1296–1298 — Killed in the Battle of Falkirk, while fighting the Scots on the side of the English.
John de Soutre – (H) Master of Scotland 1296. – 1298. Died at the Battle of Falkirk fighting for the English Army in 1298.
William de la Moré – (H) Templar Master of England 1298-1307
Guy de Foresta – (H) Master of English Templars 1293-1296
Sir William Raven – (H) Master of Templecombe preceptory in Somerset
Sir Pierre d’Aumond – (H) Provincial Grand Master of Auvergne commandery in Burgundy
Lucca the Scot – (H) A Templar sergeant of Dunwich preceptory in Suffolk
Sir Robert de Saunton – (H) listed in historic roster of Dunwich at the dissolution of Templars in 1314
Squire Coffyn – (H) listed in historic roster of Dunwich at the dissolution of Templars in 1314
Members of the Order of the Star
Lord Lair Eagan
Enoch the Hermit
Turul the Magister
David de Dalrymple
Judith de Dalrymple
Sir Iain de Douglas
Sir Antonio di Trieste
Carlo di Zeno of Venice
Friar John de Doun
Sir William Raven
Sir Pierre d’Aumond
Lucca the Scot
Melke, Prince of Persia
Djeru, Prince of Alexandria
Lord Gilbert de Clair
Arnau de Vilanova
King Charles of Naples & Sicily
Dante di Alighieri of Florence
Prior Giovani di Ferdandi
Johannes Schnäble von Friesach
Prince Abbot Emil Bérard of Seborga
Guy de Daleth – Father of David de Dalrymple and paternal grandfather to Adam and Hannah de Dalrymple. He was born near Troyes, (b. 1217) and fought alongside Scottish King Alexander II. In 1238, Guy de Daleth was granted land in East Ayr, in return for loyal service King Alexander II of Scotland. Soon after, he changed his surname to Guy de Dalrymple, reflective his new heritage. Master craftsman as goldsmith, metallurgist and gems, as well as student of Kabbalah at Troyes, Champagne.
Gerard de Daleth – Grandfather to David de Dalrymple, born 1178 at Montfort, Burgundy to minor nobility, a renowned goldsmith, metallurgist and gems. He perpetuated mystic studies in Troyes, including the teachings of Rashi.
I’m feeling giddy!!! So impressed and so can’t wait to read the “end of the story!” ❤️❤️
Thank you for your enthusiasm!