Russell Roland held the title of Lord MacIntyre of Ravens Bluff[1] from 1354 DR -- ?


(The "current year" for the people and events in Gateway to Ravens Bluff, the Living City is just before the Time of Troubles, approximately 1356 -- 1357 DR.)

Russel Roland is 5'8" tall and weighs 175 pounds. He is almost impossibly strong and most clothing cannot conceal his god-like physique.[1] He wears fine clothes as befitting a lord but when hunting his outfit is rugged and practical.


Russel had to become very self-reliant after the premature death of his father in 1353 DR when he was 13. He likes to hunt, especially monsters that come too close to civilized areas, and is an avid sportsman. He depends on his own great strength and skill and insists that no magic be used when hunting, in tournaments, or in duels of honor. He has enough sense to defer to the older lords in the Advisory Council but will speak out when he thinks it is important to do so. He is often underestimated due to his youth.[1]


Lord Russell's great-grandfather Maldridge MacIntyre was a wizard of renown in the region and was granted a large tract of land outside Ravens Bluff. He then built MacIntyre Manor, a mansion in the city where he lived until his death when the house and holdings passed to his children. Maldridge's daughter was Russell's grandmother. She married Sean Roland and her title and inheritance passed to him. Russell's father was the next Lord MacIntyre and was not a wise steward of his estate, throwing extravagant festivals. His father died suddenly but there was a will that provided for a council of guardians to manage the MacIntyre estate until Russell came of age. Russell suspected them of lining their own pockets with his family's inheritance and was able to obtain solid evidence against them. He overthrew the council and took control of the estate at age 14.[1]

Russell has a young sister Bevis and two loyal family servants, Challot and Aubergine, husband and wife, who have been at MacIntyre Manor since Roland's father was a young boy. There is also an enigmatic sage named Grimalkin who was a tutor and now a family friend and adviser to Russell.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Jean Rabe, Skip Williams and Ed Sollers (1989). Gateway to Ravens Bluff, the Living City. (TSR, Inc), pp. 16–17.

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