Baron Simon Maurus of the Argent Quill

Location: Barony of Oldenfeld

Date of Elevation
  • Pelican: November 14 2009
  • Service
  • Poetry
  • NE African medieval history
  • Heavy combat
  • Cordials
  • Research
  • Hagiography
  • Religious studies
  • Period weaponry
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Simon is named after St. Simon, and Saint Maurice, an officer of the Theban Legion of Emperor Maximian Herculius' army composed of Christians from Upper Egypt. His surname's spelling comes from a tome wherein during the 7th century Isidore, a Catholic scholar and Archbishop of Seville Spain wrote that the word "Maurus" meant "black." He was born in the year 1170 C.E. in the rock-hewn church region known as Lalibela, within the highlands of Abyssinia, now Ethiopia. An orphan, he was raised by the monks of the Orthodox Church. As he showed great promise in the literary disciplines, he was allowed to join their ranks.

Upon reaching manhood, Simon began martial studies to assist in the defense of his homeland from Islamic invaders from the East. In his travels he came to know of the tales of King Richard the Lionheart, and of the Crusaders who fought so bravely at his side. The temptation of a Holy Crusade was more than Simon could ignore, and he begged leave from the Abouna, the supreme chief, to travel. His wish was granted and Simon began his journeys. Simon's Moorish features allowed him a number of advantages over his comrades from the North. He found that he could move freely through Islamic-held lands without harm or question. This opened a whole new world for him.