The Adventures of the Kludge
Markus Birr is a ranking officer from the Silver Legion from Sal Validor. He had served more than half a decade, most of it has the First Lieutenant to Darius Kase, who was his close friend and mentor. After Darius deserted the garrison and began his journey south, Markus, under the guise of visiting the various central nations in order to recruit soldiers and garnish support, left with half a dozen other young lancers as honor guard. The 6 of them eventually caught up with Darius after he’d slaughtered a small thorp for some small slip of morality, and confronted him. They demanded he stop what he was doing, surrender his sword and lance, and return to face court-martial for his crimes. He laughed at their demands, and invited the young men to take his weapons from him, if they dared. After a bloody battle, Darius stood victorious with Markus being the only one he left alive. Darius explained that he would not kill Markus, out of gratitude for years of faithful service and so he could convey the message that Darius would not ever return.
After weeks of healing from wounds that would’ve been mortal or dibilitating to any lesser man, Markus once more continued on in search of his former Captain. While he knew he could not hope to stand against Darius in battle, he never-the-less sought for a way to turn him back into the righteous man he once was.