My forefathers were the kings of Ascalon, and I'll be damned if I let those renegades destroy their last legacy!
Wade Samuelsson is the Duke of Ebonhawke, Commander of Ascalon, and leader of the Ebon Vanguard who is an avid supporter of the Ebonhawke Treaty between humans and charr. His forefathers were the kings of Ascalon.
Wade Samuelsson's forefathers were the kings of Ascalon. He lived as a farmer in the Stronghold of Ebonhawke. Wade joined the Ebon Vanguard to make sure that Ascalonian farmlands would be safe from the charr High Legions that had taken over most of Ascalon. He turned out to have knack for giving orders and was eventually promoted to captain. As time passed, he became the Commander of Ascalon and leader of the Ebon Vanguard, successfully defending Ebonhawke from the besieging charr during the human-charr conflict. He ruled the city as the Duke of Ebonhawke.
In 1324 AE, Wade was informed that Kranxx, an asura tactician from the Vigil who had been looking after the city's asura gate, had brought a charr test subject to Ebonhawke ostensibly for testing new ways to kill charr with the commander's permission. However, Kranxx had lied about informing the commander about the experiment as the asura was actually following General Almorra Soulkeeper's orders to help Dougal Keane's group, which included the charr "prisoner" Ember Doomforge, to reach Ascalon City Ruins and discreetly retrieve the Claw of the Khan-Ur for planned truce negotiations between peace-supporting humans and charr factions. The group could not reveal the true purpose of their mission out of fear that any anti-truce factions from either side tried to stop them from completing their mission. Despite the secrecy, the leaders of the truce factions had managed to influence decision-making on both sides so that the siege had been quiet for a few months with no assault from the charr lines and no patrols from Ebonhawke although many soldiers expected the sudden calm to precede a large charr assault.
To keep the Ebon Vanguard distracted and allow him and Dougal's group an easier time to sneak out of the city, Kranxx set up an explosion in his shop, which drew the Vanguard away from the group's destination. Upon hearing his officer's report about Kranxx's claim, Wade realizing that the asura had acted without his permission and had helped the charr prisoner escape. In response, the commander sent his soldiers to search for the fugitives. He would eventually learn that Dougal's group had killed a Vanguard patrol chasing after them and successfully escaped from the city via the sewers.
Dougal's team was ultimately successful in retrieving the Claw of the Khan-Ur for Almorra and Queen Jennah, setting the stage for the negotiations for the truce that would be known as the Ebonhawke Treaty. While Wade was uncertain if the truce factions could find enough consensus to get the treaty signed, he avidly supported the treaty as he was tired of killing and wanted to focus on making something grow again.
As the talks led to a temporary armistice between the charr and humans, rogue groups from both sides refused to stop fighting and formed the charr Renegades and the human Separatists, respectively. Wade had the Vanguard collaborate with their new charr allies and battle both insurgent factions to ensure continued truce negotiations.
In 1325, the Vigil got further involved in the Ebonhawke Treaty as the Renegades were threatening negotiations between Kryta and the Iron Legion. Warmaster Forgal Kernsson and a recent Vigil recruit arrived in Ebonhawke in state of battle. Renegades had smuggled in explosives to blow up the outer walls. This was successfully prevented, but their forces were attacking the city. The invasion was beaten back after defeating Gram Skullsplitter in the central square of Ebonhawke.
Wade told the Vigil troops that the Renegades were getting bolder, because they had a new commander Ajax Anvilburn. The Renegade commander had set camp nearby the city, but the Ebon Vanguard could not spare troops at the moment as they were busy guarding the treaty location. The Vigil promised to take a look at the camp.
- Chapter 4: Order Neophyte
- A Fragile Peace (as Commander Samuelsson)
- Hard to imagine this farm was the site of a bloody battle two hundred years ago. We still find bones and bits of weaponry when we dig for crops each year.
Find anything interesting?
- Dug up a blackened charr skull. That was more unsettling than anything. A friend of mine found a rusty shield. Not worth anything. Just a bit of history, I suppose.
So, what do you do out here, when you're not digging up relics?
- Not much. Just run the Ebon Vanguard. Wade Samuelsson, captain of the Ebon Vanguard, at your service.
You seem casual for a military officer.
- I wasn't born to be a warrior. I'm just a farmer. I joined the Vanguard to make sure our farmlands would be safe. Turned out I had a knack for giving orders. Before I know it, I'm the captain.
- treaty gets signed?
What will you do now after the
- If the treaty gets signed. Farming has taught me that nothing's certain until harvest. But if it happens, I'll gladly hang up my sword. Tired of killing. I just want to make something grow again.
- Hopefully you'll get your wish. Take care.
- Take care.
- Nice to meet you. Good-bye.
- Take care.
- Honor the past.
- May the Gods protect you.
- May you find the path home.
- Both Wade and two guards stationed at the Desert Gate refer to him as "Captain Samuelsson," whereas Wade introduces himself in the personal story as "Commander Samuelsson" and is referred to with the same title in Ghosts of Ascalon.
- During the Get the animals back in their pens event he runs out of the south fields and enters the Fallen Angels stronghold.
- Legend says that if at least one of the twin swords Magdaer and Sohothin is returned to Ascalon by the rightful heir of the throne, the Foefire ghosts will finally be laid to rest. If his claims are true, Commander Samuelsson may be a possible candidate to fulfill this prophecy.
- Tyrian royalty family tree (* relation disputable / not known)
- ^ a b c A Fragile Peace
- General Almorra Soulkeeper: Now, to business. Renegades are threatening the treaty negotiations between Kryta and the Iron Legion.
- General Almorra Soulkeeper: The Vigil needs to ensure that the treaty goes through. Those two nations need to be fighting the dragons, not each other.
- General Almorra Soulkeeper: You'll be dealing with Commander Samuelsson, leader of the Ebon Vanguard and avid treaty supporter. Head to Ebonhawke, and stop those Renegades. [...]
- Commander Samuelsson: My name's Commander Samuelsson, and I am the Duke of Ebonhawke.
- <Character name>: By what authority do you hold this city?
- Commander Samuelsson: My forefathers were the kings of Ascalon, and I'll be damned if I let those renegades destroy their last legacy!
- ^ "Chapter 12", Ghosts of Ascalon by Matt Forbeck and Jeff Grubb:
- "Why would you bring a charr here in the middle of the night?" asked the lieutenant.
- "Idiot of a human," said Kranxx. "Can you imagine the riot that would ensue if I brought a live charr in with the regular supplies from Divinity's Reach? I suggested it, of course, but your Commander Samuelsson would not hear of it."
- "Samuelsson knows about this?" said the guard.
- "Of course," lied the asura, without missing a beat. "You think I would do something like this without checking it up the line? You humans care too much about chain of command for your own good, you know. Let's go wake up your Commander Samuelsson in the wee hours of the morning, and I'm sure he'll be glad to send me on my way, and then have a nice long discussion with you about the perils of personal initiative." [...]
- "We," said Kranxx. "After this, I'm burned as an asset. And there will likely be an investigation and some changes regarding using and protecting the asura gate as well. Once Commander Samuelsson gets up and the lieutenant talks to him, I am going to become a person of interest. So, like it or not, I am coming with you. Where are we going?"
- ^ "Chapter 13", Ghosts of Ascalon by Matt Forbeck and Jeff Grubb:
- "I had a curious chat with the guards," said Killeen. "It is interesting what people will tell you when you look at them with wide eyes and act like you just fell out of the tree. Apparently the siege has been quiet for the past few months: no new assaults from the charr lines. And, more interestingly, a moratorium on this side from sallies and patrols. They say some bigwigs made the decision."
- "The truce faction," said Dougal, "and the queen."
- "Yes," said Killeen, "but it is making everyone here very, very nervous. They are expecting some huge charr assault, and a lot of the human soldiers want to attack now, before it comes."