- Sarmatian Knight
- Sarmatian Stories
- Mythic Cartographer
- Cavalry (Horsemanship): Batraz has a +2 bonus to Fighting attacks against unmounted enemies while he is mounted.
- Wild Tracker (Empathy): Batraz can use Empathy instead of Awareness to find and follow trails.
Patron: Arthur Pendragon
Ten generations have passed since Marcus Aurelius defeated the Sarmatians and sent thousands of them to Hadrian’s Wall in the north of Britain. While many consider themselves Britons now, taking British names, worshipping Christ, and speaking Latin and Brythonic, in some garrisons along the Wall, Sarmatian communities have endured, keeping alive their religion, language, and traditions. Batraz comes from one such community, from Bremetennacum, in southern Rheged. Batraz’s younger sisters, the twins Amagê and Tirgataô, are accomplished horse archers who ride with Prince Owain’s Wailing Arrows. Batraz, trained as a cataphractarii, was sent by King Marcianus to serve as one of Aulus Hectorius’s knights.
Batraz is named for a legendary Sarmatian hero who pulled his magic sword from the roots of a tree, and on his death, forced his reluctant friend to cast it back to the goddess in the Black Sea. He grew up listening to his grandfather’s stories from their homeland, far across the sea. Batraz believes that stories weave people to each other and to the land. He is constantly weaving and re-weaving those stories, looking for the bonds that will connect the stories of his life to the stories of this land.
Batraz is an accomplished tracker. He describes it not as a mere mechanical process of following a trail, but as a journey closer to the animal, not only physically but emotionally. He describes navigation over physical terrain as an emotional journey though a land woven with stories, thick with references to local lore and legends. Wherever Batraz travels, he seeks out the stories of the place, claiming that they are the only true guide to understanding what story that place is trying to tell.