Character Ideation: Part 2

So last session I touched on the mythical side of Scottish history, which I found shared a lot in common with the Irish. On that note, my current train of thought revolves around keeping this experience as Scottish as possible. Thankfully, Scottish history is rich with figures of prominence.

I want to create a narrative that is loosly based around the battle of Falkirk and so having characters like Robert the Bruce and William Wallace feature could be a good idea. But I don’t want the story to FOCUS on these already known and slightly played out characters. 

13th century

1234 Galloway’s independent existence ends with the death of Alan, Lord of Galloway.
1237 Southern border of Scotland established in the Treaty of York.
1263 Scots defeat Norwegians in the Battle of Largs.
1266 Norway cedes the Hebrides and Isle of Man to Scotland in the Treaty of Perth.
1292 Edward I of England intervenes in Scottish affairs and grants the Scottish throne to John Balliol.
1297 Andrew de Moravia and William Wallace lead the Scots to victory over England at Stirling Bridge.

14th century

1305 William Wallace is executed in London.
1314 Robert the Bruce defeats the English at Bannockburn.
1320 Nobles assert Scottish independence in the Declaration of Arbroath.
1328 Treaty of Northampton. England recognises Scottish independence.
1329 Death of Robert the Bruce. His 5-year-old son, David II succeeds him.
1371 Robert II becomes first Stewart king.

So if we take the aforementioned train of thought, we can then propose the following:

  • Our character is aged around late 20’s to early 30’s when the battle of Stirling Bridge happened (1297 a.d.)
  • A parental link to a disciplined childhood could be linked back to their involvement in the Battle of Largs (1263 a.d.)
  • Anti-English sentiment can be linked to the Treaty of York (1237 a.d.)
  • The brutal antagonizing of the protagonist can be tied up with the brutality of the English occupation.
  • A low point to the narrative can tie in with Wallace’s death (1305 a.d.)
  • A natural finish to the narrative can be achieved on the back of Robert the Bruce’s victory over the English (1320 a.d.)

The rest of the characters will be able to be supplemented in and made up as we go. The point of this research was to find the prominent figures and events and see how we could fit our narrative around it.