Lacdu Lancelot

"The Grand Spear of Camelot"

Written by Heart

"I failed my king, my country and my family. You ask me why I serve Ceridia? Why I go so far for the people that have conquered our homeland? Because this is still our homeland. I hold out hope we shall be free. But until that day I must do all I can to protect my people. I shall not fail them again by mindlessly throwing myself into some unorganized rabble planning a rebellion! You may as well go kiss Modred's smug little face!"
— Lacdu Lancelot to Bedivere Griffith

Appearance

  Lacdu is a tall, burly man that appears to be fading past his prime. Despite this, the man clearly has not gotten rusty through lack of training or battle. His body is muscular and strong, his back broad, and chest robust. The only aspect of his body that gives off his age are the lines that have begun to decorate his eyes and mouth, as well as the grey peppering his hair.
  His large height aside, the second most striking feature Lacdu holds are his sharp facial features. Often seen as having a constant scowl, his thick brows furrowed into a glare that--when paired with his piercing eyes--cows many a knight into submission without a word. This is emphasized even further by his stern tone, deep voice, and rigid body language that could only ever be found within a seasoned soldier.
  Generally, the massive man is seen wearing full-plate armor, the fact he is a Talent Holder causing the weight and heat to be far easier on him than a normal human. The rare moments he isn't wearing his armor, the man is generally seen wearing well-crafted gambeson with heavy boots. Generally armed with a buckler and sword while not on-duty, and never without his mastercraft spear and throwing lances when preparing for true battle.

Personality

  Most would describe Lacdu Lancelot as a man of honor, integrity, dignity, and dedication. Though he is well known for being one of--if not the most powerful and skilled human warriors of all time--Lacdu is not an overly prideful man. Dignified and modest, he never underestimates his opponents, and constantly seeks out other opinions and assistance in order to look at a problem or battle from as many angles as possible. Constantly working to better himself, and his country, he is a workaholic and married more to his work than his family.
  Born to a noble family, he is intelligent, educated, and well-versed in many subjects even if he may not be an active participator in many of the fields in question. Open-minded and always eager for a new strategy or skill that he may use to amplify the arts of combat that he is so naturally talented at. Though he prefers to avoid them, he is a decent politician, having had the habits drilled into him during his youth due to his lineage.
  Although Lacud is not exactly the most active participant in noble events, political gatherings and so forth, he understands the power and benefits that having such a bloodline holds. He actively does his best to hold on to those ties in order to continue using the connections that comes with them to benefit his homeland and help those that were born far less fortunate than he. This ties into his charitable side, as he has dedicated himself to his country and people. Though he is not one to simply give gold to the homeless, what he offers them instead are more useful things.
  Many a guardsman, knight, merchant, blacksmith or trainer owe their entire lives to Lacdu. Not for offering them simple gifts, but for dragging them through the mud and forcing them to train. Giving them an opportunity to better themselves by throwing them headfirst into academies or apprenticeships in order to give them a true future and profession. This is, largely, one of the reasons that Brittania didn't use the slave trade before it was conquered as Arthur supported Lacdu's idea that everyone should be given a job and did his best to ensure there were always job openings as the country expanded.  

Relationships

  Arthur Pendragon (Friend): Arthur was Lacdu's closest friend, and even though the man never makes an appearance in the novels, his residual impact is so obvious on Lacdu it's clear who taught him all he knows. Arthur was his mentor, best friend, and absolute king. The man's death left a hole in the aging man's heart that can never be filled again.   Elaine Lancelot (Wife): Though only married through political movements of their families, Lacdu does still care for Elaine. Though saying that he is "in love" with his wife may be a stretch, he would miss her if she left. The mother of his only heir, and a woman of questionable morals, they often butt heads, but both their love for their homeland and their own stubbornness for political control (if for different end goals) has kept them together.   Galahad Lancelot (Son): Though Galahad was born purely to create an heir, Lacud holds nothing but pride and love for his son. The shining star of his family, he would lay down his life for him without hesitation. Truly holding a powerful paternal affection for the young man. Having trained his son himself, he holds great trust in his abilities, if questions his judgment due to his youth and inexperience.   Mordred Blackmore (Enemy): Once Lacdu's closest friend aside Arthur, Mordred's betrayal stung Lacdu more than any of the other knights of the round. Lacdu see's him as nothing more than disgusting scum that needs to be wiped clean, along with his entire family that now rules over Brittania as if they were the Pendragon's themselves, instead of their sworn guardians.   Bedivere Griffith (Friend): Though he views his young friend as a fool, he can understand the young man's feelings for founding the rebellion against Ceridia to reclaim their Brittanian homeland. Despite this, he still serves Ceridia loyally in order to protect his people from the Emporers wrath and therefore has engaged his old friend in combat many a time.   Tristram Silver (Friend): One of Lacdu's oldest friends, Tristam is the only Knight of the Round that not only survived the war, but also joined Lacdu when they surrendered to join the Ceridian Empire and become "Traitors" of Brittania along with the accursed Blackmore. They are hard fast allies and often work together as a team both in tactics and battle.   Dagon Stonehearth (Neutral): Lacdu holds mixed feelings on his old friend. While Dagon refused to surrender alongside them, he also refuses to join the rebellion, as well as serve the Ceridian Empire. One of the strongest of the knights, but never having held strong loyalty, Lacdu is fairly certain that the loss of Arthur crippled the man emotionally. Understanding, but annoyed by his lack of willpower to continue on, Lacdu is uncertain how to deal with Dagon.   Deus Caesar Tiberius Claudius Phosphorus (Enemy): Though Lacdu serves the so-called "God-Emporer" loyally, his true loyalty is only to the Brittanian people that have been conquered by the accursed Emporer. Due to this, though Lacdu is on "good terms" with the man, if he had the chance to truly create a political upheaval in an organized fashion to oust the man's control over his homeland, he would without hesitation. Even at the cost of his own life.

History

  Lacdu Lancelot was born to the noble Lancelot Family and raised from birth to become the perfect soldier. Luckily due to a mixture of his good genetics, and good luck, he was blessed with the Unique Talent of his families founder as its energy finally passed down to him. This powerful combination led the young boy to rapidly rise through the ranks, between his noble education and open mind he succeeded his father as head of the family by the mere age of nineteen, becoming a formal knight of Brittania by the age of twenty.   Raised by Arthur Pendragon himself more than his own father, he viewed the man as both a friend and father-figure in many ways. Always pushing himself to become better so that he could be of use to his friend, by the time he was twenty-three he had succeeded Mordred Blackmore in status much to the man's ire. This span of fame continued as he began to carve his own path through history as he held Brittania's borders for over twenty years against the Ceridian Empire during the God Emporers Conquest.   Unfortunately, after the betrayal of the Blackmore Family led to Arthurs death, the fall of the Pendragon Family as well as Camelot, betrayed and without options, Lacdu offered Claudius a deal. He and his troops would surrender, and in return, he would swear his loyalty to the Emporer. He would cause no further problems for him and even act as general of the Brittanian troops while Mordred ruled as the new King of "Conlis", once Camelot. The deal was accepted, out of a desire to avoid as many losses and deaths at the hands of Lacdu and his elite soldiers as possible.   Now, Lacdu acts a General of the Conlisian Military, serving Mordred professionally much to the Blackmore's ire. Biding his time silently to try and free his homeland from the grips of the so-called "God Emporer", while doing all in his power to keep Brittanian culture alive and protect his people that he has already failed once.  

Combat

"Are you all fools? That man is Lancelot! The Giant-Bane! I don't care how many reinforcements we have or what tactical advantage you have to offer me. Until we can make the pact with that Dragon, and get the response from the Blackmore's, we aren't pushing another inch deeper into the Brittanian territory."
— Deus Caesar Tiberius Claudius Phosphorus to the Council of Six
 

Abilities

  Although Lacdu is beginning to age past his prime, his body is still remarkably fit and strong. His agility and speed all only having begun to decrease slightly with his age, and his mind still sharp as a razor. Blessed with good genes from his noble heritage, he is lucky enough to match the powerful genetics of the Blackmore Family, though he lacks their tainted blood. However, the man is able to ignore this limitation due to the fact he is a Talent Holder. Due to this his life force is overwhelmingly potent, and this is largely why--despite his age--he has not begun to fade in physique thus far.   The baseline benefits of being a Talent Holder has boosted his baseline physical and mental abilities well beyond their normal human limitation, and has been many the anguish for Mordred Blackmore, as despite his tainted blood, he has never once been able to overwhelm or even come close to beating Lacdu. Between his genetics, and residual life force, stamina and so forth that Lacdu holds he is hailed as the most powerful human for a reason.   Unique Talent: Lacdu Lancelot's talent is something that he has named "Titan", and this is quite simply because the talent has granted him only one thing throughout his life. Superhuman strength and endurance that at the age of only sixteen allowed him to defeat five grown men, all trained knights, bare-handed after being disarmed due to inferior skill. As he has grown physically, so too has his superhuman physical power. This ability is largely why even when faced with a Blackmore, Ogre and even a Giant in the past, Lacdu was able to match them blow for blow physically.  

Skillset

  Lacdu is hailed as one of the strongest human warriors to walk the earth, and is a contender for one of the most powerful warriors in history period, regardless of race. Though his Unique Talent certainly helps with this, it is not his only strength. Lacdu's skill with practically any form of Martial Art is enormous, and this comes from a mastery of practically any weapon, shield, or armor you give the man. Though he prefers the spear and polearms in general, he is no stranger to swordplay, footwork, axes, or any other weapon one may think of. He has even been trained in the basics of many foreign weapons.   This, combined with his creativity and open-minded thinking to incorporating enchantments and magic into his arsenal even if he himself is not a mage, has made him a deadly foe. His knowledge of blacksmithing, runic magic, and alchemy are not all-encompassing, but he knows far more than an average soldier. He abuses this information often in battle, using his knowledge of chemistry and war tactics to turn an entire battle. As well, he is not a fool that thinks there is such a thing as a 'fair fight', and believes only in the final result. As such, he has learned of stealth, hunting, and 'dirty fighting' in general from many an assassin and thief.   Even if he does not use these skills for illegal activities and instead incorporates them only in battle, strategy and ambush: it has earned him many a dark look in a duel when he throws dirt in an opponents eyes, or kicks them between the legs if they are male. However, due to his overwhelming power atop these tactics, few ever try to truly call him out on them. These skills and open-minded combat style has allowed Lacdu to live, and by living through hundreds of battles and dozens of wars, he has tremendous experience in battle and war. This combined with his education in politics and psychology has allowed him to become well known as an expert general. He may not be a genius strategist such as Claudius, but he is still respected for his mind nearly as much as his body.  

Equipment

  Due to his status, Lacdu is well known for his tremendous arsenal of weapons. Holding a personal armory as well as a personal blacksmith, a dwarven slave that he freed and in return has ever served him since. Using his connections as a noble to acquire rare materials, and having a dwarven blacksmith forge all his needs has caused him to have a weapon for almost any situation. However, there are a few noteworthy items in his arsenal that he is famed for that are Enchanted.  
  • Immortal: Lacdu has a suit of high-carbon refined steel armor that has been reinforced with a gambeson for cushioning and extra protection underneath. The joints are protected by thin layers of titanium chain, and the entire set has been specifically crafted for his measurements to allow as much movement as possible while it is worn. Furthermore, the armor possesses an Enchantment that allows the wearer to rapidly regenerate damage they have suffered and restore stamina.
  • Featherwall: Lacdu's personal enchanted shield is a tower shield crafted out of solid mithril. Originally to be made into armor, when they lacked enough material to make a full suit, Lacdu instead requested a shield be made instead. The shield is massive, capable of hiding Lacdu's entire frame behind it if he wishes, and due to its material it suffers far less of the normal drawbacks. Being practically indestructible, and near weightless, allowing him to wield it casually. The shield holds an Enchantment that allows the shield to absorb force and reflect it back at the attacker a single second after the attack has been nullified.
  • Heaven's Fang: The spear of the Lancelot family is nearly as old as Excalibur itself. Hailed as the "Heaven's Fang", the spear is crafted from a meteorite, hence it's name. The material is not nearly as light as mithril, but it is a bit lighter than normal titanium, and to date, has been seen as indestructible as it even withstood the blow of a Giant using a Martial Art. The spear is Enchanted to become white-hot and produce electricity without losing any of its durability, increasing its name, even more, when the enchantment is activated and it is thrown, appearing like a searing bolt of lightning flying at the target.

Techniques

  Lacdu is hailed as one of the most skilled fighters in history. He has memorized Martial Arts from across the entire continent and even obtained a few from passing warriors of the Celestial Empire. This vast knowledge has what has earned him the fame of being the "Man of a Hundred Techniques", and is easily the largest reason he is so feared due to having an answer to almost any situation through this massive selection. This mastery of Martial Arts combined with his Unique Talent is what allowed him to kill the Giant Warrior in his prime.
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General

Name: Lacdu Lancelot
Aliases: "Lacduel", "Lance"
Titles: "The Grand Spear of Camelot", "Giant-Bane Lacdu", "The Lance of God"
Gender: Male
Age: 652
Nationality: Ceridian
Occupation: General
Previous Occupation(s): First Knight of the Round

Physical

Species: Human
Ethnicity: Brittanian
Eyes: Brown
Skin: Tanned
Hair: Black, Greying
Height: 6'4" (194 cm)
Build: Muscular, Broad

Feats

  • Born one of the rare Talent Holders of the world.
  • Won an official duel against five knight Captains of Brittania at the age of sixteen.
  • Battled a Giant in a one-on-one duel unarmed and unarmored, and won.
  • Once blasted a hole through a mountain by throwing his spear.
  • Has mastered over a hundred Martial Arts .
  • One of the only weilders of a Silver Mana Core that still walk the mortal plane.
  • Held off an entire Ceridian Army for two days and nights without rest at a canyon chokepoint.
  • Inticed such fear that when Claudius found out Lacdu was still in Brittania, he called his troops to retreat and hold the border instead of trying to push the war further--when by comparison--knowing that thousands of knights were within the capital didn't cause him a moment's hesitation to attack.
  • Lacdu's official surrender is considered the date that Brittania lost the war, despite the fact the war technically continued for three years.

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Sage Dejers
Dejers Garth
13 Mar, 2019 19:46

This is a really solid article! I like how you've taken the basis of Camelot Legends and turned it into something that feels fairly unique while still paying homage to the initial stories.   Lancelot is a great character and your descriptions make it easy to imagine the character that this defines. However, I do wonder if the equipment he uses doesn't overshadow the man in some ways. Wouldn't anyone with a suit of practical invincibility, and a staff of lightning be fairly capable of most anything. You do try to offset this later by assuring us that he is still highly respected. But it's largely because he survived. What about his troops? They have to see this stalking leviathan that can and will survive anything that would kill them. In some ways, that's a boon. Giving boosts to pride. However, that can also be depressing when he might be leading armies into situations that they don't think they can handle.   So, what do his detractors say? What is the dark side of this knight in shining armor with a staff of lightning?

13 Mar, 2019 21:06

Unfortunately magic in Chronicle is nowhere near so forgiving. As explained in my magical arts article (linked above), enchantments are not passive effects, nor are they even "slotted" as it were, such as in D&D when items have charges per day.   Instead, any form of magic drains energy from the user equal to the effect. For instance, a mage can throw a fireball and level a building and then pass out immediately from the amount of stamina used. Similarly, activating a single rune (the language that allows an item to be enchanted) requires the same amount of energy that a pushup does. A basic enchantment, say one that increases the heat of a weapon to cause burning sensations, generally is at least ten runes. Meaning just activating it once, without maintaining it for longer than a few moments, is like suddenly doing ten pushups all at once in energy spent, on top of the energy you're using while trying to fight with that item.   The enchantments that his weapons and armor hold are well beyond basic enchantments, and require him to carry around a very expensive energy orb, which stores energy to use for them. Even then, it can only power the enchantments a handful of times before they begin draining him instead. In many ways, it's the exact opposite. If a normal warrior tried to use his spears enchantment and throw it, they would barely manage a single throw or stab before they'd be bent over heaving for breath.   In that way, the fact that Lacdu is able to wield these items is proof that he is the one that makes them so potent and useful. This atop his skillset, experience, and physical prowess that allowed him to take on a Giant in a one on one battle (something generally requiring siege weaponry and cavalry to perform) and win, far outshine his equipment in Chronicle's setting.   As far as his naysayers, there's the obvious fact that quite simply: he lost. He lost, and it cost him his entire countries freedom. His families trust and pride, and his own self-loathing rears it's head constantly due to that. He just isn't weak-willed enough--or perhaps is too stubborn to--let that get in the way of doing what he can for his people despite that failure. In many ways, he admires Bedivere for not giving up and continuing the fight, even if he sees it as logically unsound.   His troops aren't exactly suffering from this, however. His elite shock troops are hand-trained by him, and suffer his Spartan-like training. It's not just him that's a superpower when he's leading an army. He's just a major player.

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Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
14 Mar, 2019 01:25

So this was an interesting read. Its kind of odd at first, so many Arthurian legends and here i am trying to figure the ones you used as inspiration XD regardless the character is quite interesting.     I wondered, and this would be my question, how much his age is really effecting him. hes 48, does he have major problems in his age? another i have is on the mans future... Is this before Guinevere? did i miss her? do you use her and their affair at all? moreover there is alot of foreshadowing in this article it seems as well as deep history that is radically different to the legends based on my read. It makes me want to read more. i look forward to it. Thanks for sharing   I also love the abilities and equipment sections. Heavens fang being my favorite. I would however edit this phrase cause it seemed to read a little iffy and it was the first time i had that happen in this article.   "the spear is crafted from a meteorite, getting its name from such"   Maybe, hence its name? idk it could just be me. Regardless i loved it!     ..by the way, i never though of using arthurian legend... i am inspired and thank you for that lol.

14 Mar, 2019 18:59

To be precise I've used all of them! Taking aspects of each one and twisting them together with mythology from similar time periods to form my own take on the Arthurian Legend, without it being the main focus.   The age question is understandable, as I need to finish the article on Talent Holder's for a proper understanding to be made there. Essentially, "Talent Holders" are people in my world that hold a tiny fraction of "Gaea's Soul", or "The Creator", essentially one-third of the "God" of my world. This tiny fraction of power literally allows its host to bend reality and defy normal physics to some degree. This is based on the most powerful aspect of their personality (In Lacdu's case, his strength of will and dedication becomes raw physical power and endurance) and varies between users tremendously.   This also passively amplifies their life force and baseline physical abilities. Think instead of being restricted to being, say, Olympic-athlete level feats like normal humans, they're more like Captain America from the Marvel Universe passively, before the effects of whatever their unique trait may grant them. This also means they live for quite a long time (especially for the time period, where the average human lives to be about 60 years old). Lacdu has excellent health, good genes, and is a talent holder. "Blessed with good luck" is quite the understatement. (A large part of why he feels the need to be as good and perfect as possible, to help others that didn't even get half his luck at birth.) He could possibly live to be 200 years old. So, even though he's nearly 50, physically he's barely touching his late thirties.   Guinevere is certainly in my story, but she hasn't interacted with Lacdu just yet. That is certainly to come as the stories progress though! There's quite a bit of foreshadowing to events in my books, but that I haven't made an article about here such as the wars and political conflicts, etc. Hopefully, I'll slowly be posting them up here!   Agreed on the spear description! Good way to re-word that, I'll edit that in now actually. Thank you!   Glad I inspired you a bit as well! Arthurian Legend is always fun to play with! Thanks for the time and reply, greatly appreciate the feedback!

I'd love to see your own opinions on my main world, Xardia, and it's Free D&D 5e Module!
Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
14 Mar, 2019 19:12

Of course man. Love arthurian legend and keep posting on the channel. Inlook forward to more. Especially that talent holder idea! May ping me when its done, it sounds like a really cool idea...

Redclaw123
Elias Redclaw
14 Mar, 2019 17:39

This is a really solid article! I definitely love the description and the arthurian vibe to it since its one of my favourite things XD First of all, that beginning quote was amazing and very interesting to read! Definitely hooked me into reading the rest of the article. The description of Lancelot was very interesting to read and i definitely had a great time reading about this guy and his history. You make very good use of the sidebar here which definitely allows for more depth and context to this article. He seems like quite a strong guy to me seeing as that he went one on one against a giant and one. Overall i dont have any questions since this article was so great! The only one i can think of right now Is is there any dark side to this night in shining armor? What are his flaws and vices if any? Still congratulations and keep up the great work!

14 Mar, 2019 19:04

I'm glad you enjoyed it so much! Arthurian Legend is always fun to play around with.   As far as your question, his vices are like any other, occasional drink or a bit of the pipe here and there. However, overall, he is considered a "Knight in Shining Armor". Normally that cliche is quite overdone and can be one-dimensional, I know, but he is quite literally one of the few "decent" people in my world. He exists very much as a balancing act for the rest of the world and is constantly at odds with the rest of the political and military world. From both his homeland and Ceridia (his homeland's conquerers).   As far as any major flaws, there is the obvious tremendous guilt and anxiety that he suffers due to his failure. He surrendered, and it cost his homeland its freedom. Slavery, loss of culture, forced drafting of young men, etc. But despite those anxieties and that depression, he also isn't so weak-willed that it overwhelms him. In the end, he's just an old soldier, with a good heart, trying to do his best for his people. Certainly not perfect, but most assuredly the closest most will ever get to a "Knight in Shining Armor".

I'd love to see your own opinions on my main world, Xardia, and it's Free D&D 5e Module!