House of Tercival

The House of Tercival; a wealthy, aristocratic Ralani family, can trace their lineage back to the Founders of Caldera, over seven centuries ago. The Tercivals claim to have had ancestors present who aided Surabar the Spellmason in the defeat of the Demon-Lord Nabthatoron and paved the way for the founding of their city. One of Surabar's original five companions was Kristof Tercival.

House Tercival Today

The Tercivals are pious to a fault. Their religious associations date back to the battle of Demonskar, when the paladin Kristof Tercival sacrificed himself to save Surabar Spellmason from Nabthatoron's attacks. his brothers made a pledge in honor of their fallen sibling: the first-born male of each generation would become a paladin. Historically, the Tercival knights have been associated most with the worship of Berevrom, although some have chosen Ator or Etahr as their patrons.

Members of the family who do not become paladins or clerics work instead within the network of the upper classes, campaigning for reforms and benefits to help the needy folk of Caldera. This sometimes gives members of the other First Families the excuse to ignore those social ills; Vanderborens and Rhivaldis in particular have often been heard to remark, "Oh, that's a Tercival problem."

The Tercival family crest is golden sword and cudgel on a white field.

Current members of the Tercival family include:

  • Lord Alaric Tercival; paladin, knight of Berevrom
  • Lady Martia Tercival; head of the household