Born and raised in Normandy and Brittany, Monsieur le Baron is a man of some stature in those areas, holding lands from both the Duke of Brittany and the Dauphin, who is also the Duke of Normandy. He has served both the current king Charles, and his father (also Charles) in a military capacity (at the siege of St. Malo, and other battles) and as a herald and diplomat. He attended the Sorbonne in Paris though he was called home after the death of his father at the battle of Najera before completing his studies, and has been to court a number of times, maintaining a small hotel in the capital for his visits there.
He keeps his residence in Normandy, though he frequently travels to Brittany and Gascony to oversee his holdings there, and also to his estates in Poitou, recently granted to him by the King as reward for services he performed for Charles the VI, the current king's father, as well as for diplomatic missions for the current king, Charles VII. He holds some small estates in Aragon, ancestral holdings from his father, but has only seen them once, and relies on the chatelaines there to manage them.
Essentially a courtier and diplomat, Monsieur is rarely seen in harness, but with the war in Guyenne and Gascoine heating up, Monsieur is taking to arms once again to serve his king (and perhaps expand his lands), and is fielding la Grand Compagnie de Sainte Claire, a company of men-at-arms, handgonners, crossbowmen and cannoneers to fight the English.
Jonathan is the owner of a large, well-apportioned inn in Plymouth, England. The inn, House Gravenrock, has been in his family since the time of Jonathan's grandfather, a master woodworker named Richard. Richard had achieved great notoriety for his wood crafting and carving skills, and had several noblemen and wealthy merchants as patrons. He became a fairly wealthy and influential man within the Guild, and the city. Richard was also a wise man; he scrupulously saved his earnings and commissions. His wife bore him a son who shared none of Richard's gift of the craft. His son Robert, and his wife Eleanor, used Robert's inheritance to purchase a small inn in Plymouth. Through wise management, a good location and much luck, the inn prospered and Robert was able to pass a thriving business on to his son. Robert and his wife, Eleanor, produced their son, and only child, Jonathan, on January 8th 1371. House Gravenrock continued to grow and prosper, and eventually larger accommodations needed to be procured. Today the inn boasts several rooms, a fine kitchen and a wine cellar that is unrivaled in the city.
Jonathan came to the awareness of the Baron de Sainte Claire when monsieur le Baron was forced to seek lodging one night in Plymouth. A storm forced his ship to take shelter in the harbor, and the rooms at House Gravenrock were readily available and nearly suitable to Adhemar's status. However, when the Baron discovered wines from his very own holdings in France to be available at the inn, he was impressed and spoke for some time with Jonathan. At the end of the evening, a friendship was begun and an oath was sworn. Jonathan agreed to take on the responsibility of caring for Adhemar's business ventures in England, as well as keeping aware of any other "interests" for the Baron that may occur on the islands.
Jonathan is married to the lovely Genevieve de Bordeaux, whom he met in France while purchasing wine for the Inn. He courted her for a brief time, and they were married shortly after. Jonathan and Genevieve have a son, Everett who is nearly 3 years old, and a second child is expected in May.
Jonathan continues the family tradition of woodworking, though he barely has a fraction of the skill of his grandfather. He has been well educated, as his father Robert shares the same views on learning forced upon him by Richard. Jonathan had tutors for much of his youth and attended Oxford for a brief time before the business of running the inn called him home. He also uses a longbow with some skill, and has risen to the rank of Captain of the Grande Compagnie in the service of monsieur le Baron, as well as having been granted the estate of St. Savoil and the rank of Baron in his own right.
Born in southern Flanders in 1372, on the border of the Comté d'Artois to a family of tailors, Gaufroi found no liking for the work, and left his elder brothers to carry on the family trade. At a young age headed for life of aimless wandering and low budget debauchery, he came upon, in the year of our Lord 1379, a position in the town of Voormezele, as that towns public crier. For the next 5 years he enjoyed a simple life of shouting the news and distractedly wandering about the town, and getting paid for it. Not handsomely, mind you, but enough to see to his needs, especially as he could do his own tailoring. All this came to an end in 1384, when the English came to Flanders. The Bishop of Norwich, claiming to be leading a crusade despite the fact that both he and the great bulk of Flanders were followers of the Roman Pope, Urban, burned his way across Flanders, up to and including the small town of Voormezele. Thus deprived of his livelihood, as a town that has been burned down does not require a crier, and as one feels exceptionally silly crying 'All's well' amongst the cinders, Gaufroi took once again to wandering, gradually working his way along the coast of France as an itinerant crier, herald and clerk, until, one evening in Cherbourg, on the Feast of St Wulfhilda of Barking in the year of Our Lord 1399, he happened upon Monsieur le Baron and gained some more permanent employ amongst his staff of clerks and messengers, he having demonstrated for Monsieur that his hand was fine and clear, and his skill at transcription prodigious, despite his equally prodigious state of drunkenness. Assigned several years later to be the clerk for the Compagnie, he has discovered an wild passion for the handgonne, and has, by virtue of his diligence and dedication risen to the rank of Lieutenant of the Compagnie, and been given the command of the western arm of the Compagnie.
Born in 1381 to Hugh, Sire de Morlaix and Marguerite de Plofragran, she was raised in a conservative manner. Taught her letters in the convent school of the Cistertian nuns in Morlaix, she learned French and some Latin, as well as some history and other subjects. From her mother and her ladies she learned those skills which a young lady requires to manage and keep a nobleman's household.
Betrothed by her parents to Dreux de Sainte Nazaire from a young age, they were married in 1395, when Marguerite was 15. It was a brief marriage, however, as Dreux took the cross and marched with the Comte de Nevers to Nicopolis and his death in 1396. In his will he provided that Monsieur le Baron should be her warden for her person and her estates until such time as she remarried. Her inheritance of Sainte Nazaire from her husband, added to those estates which came to her upon her mother's death in 1395, make her a widow of comfortable income, and her still young age makes her a valuable catch in the marriage market.
Her father having passed away in 1397, the family estates at Morlaix have passed to her brother Guy, her senior by three years, who raises horses and his family on them. He is of an amiable, though martial, bent, and is not so good at financial matters. Between ill advised investments and loans to friends, as well as his ransoms he is frequently short of money, and on these occasions he always attempts to charm money out of his little sister to get himself out of debt.
Currently Madame de Sainte Nazaire serves in an unofficial capacity as lady and chatelaine of her warden's household, capably tending to his comforts and managing his affairs as well as to her own estates and manors.