Introducing the Cunning Lord Wulfgar

Lord Wulfgar. The very mention of his name strikes dread in the hearts of men—and women. He is Brandan’s Lord, and if Wulfgar has regard for anyone, it is for his young assassin, but in a scheming sort of way. With special plans in mind for Brandan, Wulfgar takes particular pride in how he has become highly skilled and ruthless. But then Brandan deserts, and Wulfgar’s protégé becomes his adversary.

His name. Wulfgar is an Anglo-Saxon name meaning “wolf spear.” A character named Wulfgar appears in the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf, composed probably in the first half of the eighth century. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles contain references to people named Wulfgar, the earliest dating to 981. This Wulfgar received the episcopal see after Archbishop Aelfstan of Winchester died. Brandan’s Lord Wulfgar, however, is not up for consideration for a religious office anytime soon.

Close-up Of Medieval Spears with Green Background Photo © Dermot68 |

Close-up Of Medieval Spears with Green Background  © Dermot68 |

Wulfgar’s weapon of choice. As you might expect, Wulfgar’s weapon is the spear. When we think of medieval weapons, we usually think of the long sword or broadsword as being the most lethal and efficient weapon, but that is not necessarily the case. The spear or short staff was from six to nine feet in length and was tipped with a pointed metal spearhead with cutting edges. The man who used a spear had an advantage because of the reach of his weapon, and he could be more mobile, evasive, and defensive than a swordsman. With the turn of a wrist, he could strike immediately. Wulfgar has never been defeated—his spear against his opponent’s sword.

Appearance. A person might consider Wulfgar handsome in a brooding sort of way. He is tall and lean and has a regal bearing, but his face exudes cunning with its chiseled cheekbones and a square but narrow chin. His eyes are an amber color, and a scar cuts through one of his eyebrows. Even Brandan, Wulfgar’s Butcher though he may be, considers his Lord sinister and has to fight his unease whenever he is in Wulfgar’s presence.

Deforestation © Linda Duncan

Deforestation © Linda Duncan

Wulfgar’s governance as a lord. First, he is a usurper, having taken over a castle that was not rightfully his, except Wulfgar believes that might makes right. He rules by coercion and fear, which are enforced by his captain, Angus. Wulfgar cares nothing for maintaining a prosperous realm, and under him, once productive lands have become barren, with copses cut down and fields lying fallow. Nor does Wulfgar care for the welfare of the peasants who slave for him, and while he lives in relative luxury, they live in squalor.

Principle he lives by. Do whatever it takes to gain and retain power, especially if it is merciless and devious.

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