Earl of Bréhan

Historically, the Earl of Bréhan, also known as the Butcher of Bréhan, is a character in Breton folklore and children's rhymes, who is alleged to have committed crimes including cannibalism.  He disappeared at the Council of Carnac, where he was studying necromancy, although suspicious minds have wondered whether he was behind whatever calamity claimed the other attendees.  He is also known to have built a tower near his estate, which has been magically sealed until recent events caused it to re-open…

This particular Earl of Bréhan dates to approx 800 years before the current story; a timeline which seems to align with the suspected theft of a Scroll from the tomb of Hasdrubal the Fair.

The Earldom of Bréhan still exists to this day, although the family has lurched from one crisis and impoverishment to another, barely scraping by yet always managing to just retain a grip on its lands and titles, if not always its dignity.  The lands are approx a day or so ride to the north of Vannes, and seem unusually poor at present.  If a church was ever part of the holdings, its materials have been scavenged and recycled into homes and outbuildings; only a primitive keep and hall stand as the noble seat.  A ragged palisade surrounds the settlement, in place of the expected wall.

The Arms of the de Bréhan family have evolved over time.

The first Earl de Bréhan, claiming kinship with the Duke of Brittany, took as his arms a saltire of Ermine on a black field, and a red chief.  Sable, a saltire ermine, a chief gules

In later generations, the ermine became a plain silver saltire on black, and eventually two crossed swords in saltire; the red chief gained three rings, also in silver.  Sable, two swords in saltire argent, on a chief gules three annulets argent

With a series of marriages needed to prop up the family, the arms have since been quartered with those of others, including the Bégards, the Berriens, and a third cousin of the Comte de Morlaix.  However, the first quarter retains the white crossed swords on black, with a red chief, still recalling the original arms from years ago.

 

Grik's Notes:

It is believed that Arzhur Bréhan may have belonged to the Circle of Bacchus Dining Club and may have been a founding member. He may also have been a member of the Phoenix Lodge.

He is believed to have sought out and translated the scroll centuries ago in an effort to end the famine ravaging his family lands.

He probably wasn't a cannibal.

Earl of Bréhan

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