As our last preview for Deadly Delves: Rescue from Tyrkaven before it goes live, we’re sharing the tale of the iconic that graces its cover, Edward Amante. When I asked Luis to draw him, the single most important instruction I gave him was (and I quote), “He should look like a guy that can charm the panties off a woman. The bastard!” Unlike so many male fantasy characters, his is a tale of love, and a testament to the determination it provides. I hope you enjoy his story.
Name: Edward Amante
Background: Thief from the Vencian Kingdom
Reason for Becoming an Adventurer: To win the hand of Princess Yolanda
Before leaving his home country, Edward was known as Eduardo the Thief. He stole gold, jewels, and anything else not nailed down. No valuables were so well secured that he could not find a way to gain them for his own keeping. Yet Eduardo’s wide-spread notoriety as a thief came not from relieving the rich of the burden of their treasure and coin, but rather from stealing a far more valuable prize: the heart of the Princess Yolanda.
For two years, Eduardo evaded the castle guards time and again to see his fair love. If the tales are to be believed, he never stole a single coin or trinket from her that entire time. That is, until one day, when the king caught Yolanda and Eduardo together and sequestered them within the princess’ chambers. For hours, the three talked, with strict orders to the guards that they were not to be disturbed. To this day, no one knows what was said in that room. All that is known is that when Eduardo left the castle later that night, he took up the name Edward, and he has fought with honor and courage ever since.
No one knows exactly what Edwards seeks now. Some say he hopes to make a good name and an honest fortune, the king having promised that should Edward prove to make amends for his crimes, he will win the hand of his love Yolanda. Others believe that he was told of a fell curse upon the royal family which no enchanter or priest can lift, and was charged with finding a way to undo it. To date, the Princess Yolanda refuses all suitors and is frequently found staring out the castle’s north windows, said to be awaiting the return of her one true love.