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"A few words on parchment can't account for the realities of war."[1]- General Clovis


Clovis
Clovis Portrait
Gender: Male
Origin: Aisling
Family: General Tosch (Brother)[2]
Occupation: Soldier
Rank: General[3]
Weaponry: Sword
Status:Deceased
Appearances:Beyond the Western Deep

Clovis is one of the highest-ranking Canid leaders in Aisling and an instigator of the Canid/Ermehn conflict.[4] General Clovis maintained a garrison that serves as the main line of defense against Ermehn attack on Aisling.[5]

Personality

Although genial to a point, Clovis was ruthless.[6] While rough and militaristic, Clovis was too classy to use heavy military slang.[7]

When he spoke, Clovis liked to make his point by talking around it. Taking his words at face value is unwise.[8]

In order to do his part in the Canid war machine, Clovis was always active.[9] While his duties did not require him to be personal with the troops and he has plenty of underlings capable of critiquing soldiers, Clovis is the sort to offer personal, nuanced critique.[10] His responsibilities to his troops took priority over diplomatic obligations.[11]

Although he spoke unfavorably of Sratha, Clovis was not lying or intentionally misrepresenting the past, even if his words are not an accurate reflection of what really happened. [12] Clovis believed the Ermehn should be content with their lot in the Northern Wastes and was trying to smother the fight out of them.[13]

Relationships

Captain Kenosh

Clovis refers to Kenosh as an 'old friend',[14] However, Clovis did not hesitate to forcibly detain Kenosh for his own ends because of the Captain's experience with the Ermehn.[15]

Kenosh and Clovis don't see eye to eye on what constitutes peace[16] and Kenosh tells Clovis he won't take part in 'another' slaughter, indicating some history and tension between the two.[17] Clovis and Kenosh frequently argued about politics[18] and the state of the Ermehn people.[19]

During the siege of Deltrada, Kenosh tries to reason with Clovis about the immorality of killing an unarmed foe.[20] Ultimately, Kenosh kills Clovis to save Hardin's life,[21] although he seems at least somewhat regretful about it.[22]

Captain Caldus

Clovis expresses regret at Caldus' loss, noting he was 'a fine warrior' but he gets distracted by his duties before he can finish his eulogy.[23]

Captain Quinlan

Clovis is surprised to hear Caldus has been replaced with another Captain. When he learns of Caldus' death, he offers his condolences.[24] However, Clovis' mockery of Dakkan sours their meeting.[25]

Dakkan

Clovis dismissed Dakkan out of hand.[26] When Dakkan asked why the Canid were worried about one Ermehn tribe, Clovis humiliated him by ribbing at his lack of experience and his father's disappointment in him to make a point.[27]

King Janus

According to Dakkan, King Janus is in power only because his generals allow him to be.[28]

Skills

Clovis' responsibility was to ensure that the Canid soldiers are at their peak state of readiness.[29] As such, he inspects the Canid Garrisons, offering nuanced critique on archery forms[30] or sword technique.[31] He is also a very skilled negotiator.[32]

History

Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two

Hardin Consults

As of the envoy's arrival at Deltrada,[33] Clovis had been in Deltrada since the last full moon.[34]

General Clovis

The envoy finds General Clovis[35] critiquing the form of the Deltrada bowmen,[36] and Clovis greets Kenosh as an old friend.[37] Kenosh returns the greeting and Clovis notes that he hasn’t met Quinlan, who introduces himself as Quinlan. Kenosh corrects him, informing Clovis that Quinlan is a Captain. Clovis delegates his supervision of the Canid trainees and invites the envoy to walk with him.[38]

Kenosh asks about General Tosch, and Clovis says Tosch has been delayed on the road from Arklow, and assures Kenosh that everything is fine. Clovis adds that this development may be for the best as Tosch doesn’t care for Sunsgrovians. He then asks Quinlan if Caldus has retired.[39] Quinlan tells him that Caldus died two weeks ago, and was his grandfather. Clovis begins to express condolences, but is distracted by a young Canid trainee’s[40] sloppy form.[41] Clovis criticizes his sword technique and claims that fighting savages is no excuse for sloppy technique. The trainee tries to say he is tired, but Clovis tells him that’s no excuse and that he must be stronger.[42]

Clovis returns to the envoy, and takes note of Dakkan. Kenosh introduces him to Clovis, then Kenosh tells Clovis they received word that the Ermehn conflict had escalated. Clovis tries to avoid the subject [43] but admits the Ermehn have increased their attacks on Canid patrols in the Wastes, prompting Quinlan to ask what Canid patrols are doing in Ermehn land. Clovis claims that while it is Ermehn land according to the Treaty of Cenolau, the reality is more complicated than that.[44]

He tells the envoy that the Canid have been hearing reports of a curious Ermehn tribe that’s been gaining strength over the past few months. Dakkan asks why one tribe is concerning to the mighty Canid army. Irked, Clovis tells Dakkan that his name is derived from Ancient Lutren for “proud leader”, meaning that Kenosh wanted a successor. However, since Dakkan is along for experience at his age, Clovis surmises that Dakkan is a disappointment to his father. Quinlan tries to confront Clovis[45] but Kenosh cuts him off. Clovis says his point is that names tell a lot- and the Ermehn tribe is called the Sratha-din. Shocked, Kenosh repeats the name as it starts to storm overhead. Clovis comments that the envoy brought a storm with them.[46]

Diplomatic Differences

When the storm breaks, Clovis asks Quinlan if he can’t handle a little rain, then leads them inside the keep. Kenosh asks Clovis to continue what he was saying about the Sratha-din. Clovis tells them that the name “Sratha-din” means “Sratha’s Tribe” and that when the Ermehn ruled Aisling, Sratha the Warlord oppressed the Canid cruelly.[47]

Clovis leads them to an inner room and tells them that Sunsgrove’s intervention was the only thing that kept the Canid from being destroyed by Sratha’s armies. Kenosh comments that it can’t be the same tribe, and Clovis agrees, saying his ancestors killed Sratha in open combat and mounted his head on a pike.[48] Quinlan asks if that means someone is using his name as a symbolic guesture, and Clovis tells them that Sratha is a name they forbid the Ermehn to use, because they will rally behind it.[49]

At that moment, a Canid soldier enters with news of a sighted campfire.[50] She tells him the campfire is near the second marker. Clovis decides he needs to attend to the campfire, and tells Captain Kenosh that since he’s spent time among the Ermehn, Clovis wants Kenosh to stay at Deltrada to help him. Kenosh tells Clovis that his cause is peace, and Clovis tells Kenosh that he must help the Canid keep it.[51]

Kenosh tells Clovis he won’t take part in another slaughter, but Clovis tells Kenosh that if they leave the garrison, it will be in defiance of the Treaty of Cenolau, and that they are required to lend aid. Clovis orders his soldiers to make the envoy comfortable, as they will be there for a while.[52] Kenosh tells Clovis that the Treaty does not allow the Canid to detain their allies, but Clovis insists the Sunsgrovians are beign retained to consult on this threat, and asks Kenosh why he wouldn’t want to share his knowledge with his sworn allies. Kenosh tells Clovis they’ll speak in the morning, and then return to Sunsgrove. Clovis dismisses his comment as he follows the soldier out of the keep.[53]

Finding Kenosh

When Dakkan and Quinlan find Clovis and Kenosh, Clovis has Hardin pinned down by soldiers. Kenosh stops Clovis from killing Hardin, saying that Clovis can’t execute an unarmed combatant.[54]

Betrayal

Clovis tells Kenosh to remember his place as a guest in Clovis’ garrison, but Kenosh tells Clovis to remember his place as the general of a kingdom bound by the treaty like the other kingdoms. Clovis tells Kenosh to go home, and that he’s finished here.[55] Clovis pushes past Kenosh and raises his blade against Hardin, but Kenosh stabs Clovis in the back.[56] Clovis lies on the ground, unmoving.[57]

Appearances

References

  1. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 38
  2. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 29
  3. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Title Page- Rachel's Commentary
  4. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Title Page- Alex's Commentary
  5. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 23
  6. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 32- Alex’s Commentary
  7. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 33- Rachel’s Comment on March 13, 2014, 2:24 am
  8. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 46- Alex’s Comment on June 28, 2014, 1:03 pm
  9. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 34
  10. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 32- Alex’s Commentary
  11. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 35- Alex’s Commentary
  12. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 42- Rachel’s Comment on May 31, 2014, 3:03 pm
  13. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 39
  14. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 32
  15. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 46
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  17. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 46
  18. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 83
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  20. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 83
  21. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 84
  22. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 90
  23. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 35
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  26. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 36
  27. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 40
  28. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 5
  29. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 32- Alex’s Commentary
  30. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 32- Alex’s Commentary
  31. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 36
  32. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 32- Alex’s Commentary
  33. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 39- Alex's Commentary
  34. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 23
  35. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 31
  36. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 32- Alex’s Commentary
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  41. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 35- Alex’s Commentary
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