A famous figure in the military history of Realmgard, the Black Rider, Red Rider led a company of mercenary horsemen who played a decisive rules in numerous major battles, mostly notably conducting a feigned retreat which brought about a resounding victory for Duchess Forte‘s forces during her campaign to ensure the independence of the Sacred Republics from encroaching Pelayan and Gallicantien armies.
The legacy and reputation of the Black Rider is not up for debate.
What is debated is why exactly he’s called either Black Rider or Red Rider when he is attested to and almost universally depicted as wearing a suit of blue armour.
It has been suggested that “black” refers not to the colour of his armour, but to his grim demeanour and ruthless efficiency in battle, or else that the blue armour in illustrated depictions of the Black Rider arise from limitations in the pigmentation of contemporary depictions, with dark blue being used as a substitute for black.
It has been similarly suggested that “Red Rider” was, in fact, his legal name, rather than a mere byname.
Thus, there is a growing consensus that the phrase “the Black Rider, Red Rider” is best interpreted as “the man named Red Rider, known as the Black Rider.”
Despite this growing consensus for Red Rider being the Black Rider’s true name, the “Black Rider” title remains controversial, because, come on — he’s clearly blue!
A point argued almost verbatim by a certain Professor Salix of Oxfjord in a brief but incisive monogram recently published by the Historical Society of Realmgard.
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