Beric ‘the goat’ Geiss is a down on his luck mercenary. His brief career culminated in a heroic stand at the Third Black Fire Pass, where, through a fluke of luck, he managed to take out a rampaging orc leader and buy enough time for his company to organize and retaliate. Since that day he has drunk off his tale as long as he could, taking odd jobs as a guard or hired muscle. He is steadfast and loyal, but nothing in the intervening years has given him the same sense of being part of something bigger, so he has drifted from job to job trying to find his real purpose.
You were injured at Third Black Fire. What injuries did you sustain? How long did it take you to recover?
“Oh, you haven’t heard the story, then? It is true, I was at Black Fire, we were within spitting distance of the Greatswords. It’s where I got my nickname – the Goat, after that children’s story, you know? We were caught unawares by a group of greenskins, coming around our flanks, but I was not having it. I charged their boss, and caught him off guard, and as soon as he went down I slit his throat. I was able to dig in and hold off the rest of them long enough for my sergeant to rally the men. I went down of course, knocked out and with a broken collarbone, but we held them off. I woke up in the hospice a couple of days later. Get another round in and I’ll tell you more. Right, he was a monstrous big bastard, wide as three men and smelled like a corpse-cart…..”
You are no longer a member of the army of Averland. Why not? Were you only ever a mercenary or ally?
" I was a mercenary, joined up with a unit called the Falkenhausen Falcons, and we were hired on to supplement the Count’s forces. After the battle there were not enough of us left, and we disbanded."
During the battle, you fought alongside Marcus Baerfaust. Some people say he was a hero, keeping the Averheim Greatswords in the fight. Others say he could have saved the Mad Count, if he’d wanted to. What do you say?
“Look, I’ve heard some of the lads whisper, but facts are facts. Baerfaust had one job to do nd he did it. Keeping the greenskins on their own side of the pass was job one. He’s a bloody hero as far as I’m concerned, as were any who were there that day.”
After your injury, you spent some time in a Shallyan temple hospice, where you met Gravin Clothilde von Alptraum, a noblewoman of Averland who was donating her time and money to the hospice. What is your opinion of Gravin Clothilde?
“An angel. It’s good to know some of the mucky-mucks appreciate what we did for them. I might not be here today if not for her generosity.”
Someone you knew from the war has gone missing. He was last seen near the Averheim docks. Who is it?
“My old sergeant, Martin Kuhn. I didn’t see him after the battle, but I heard he personally made sure I got to the temple. I wanted to thank him in person, but I lost track of him. Last I heard he was living down by the docks, but he hasn’t been seen in a while.”
You spent a week acting as a guard in the service of of the Wolfie Smidth’s father. Why did you leave?
“To be honest, I couldn’t put up with it… all the stupid livery, and minding manners. I’d rather be out in the field doing something, not acting the part in some toff’s caravan.”