Sir Theodore Kassel
|Faction||White Knights, Saradominist|
|First appearance||Betrayal at Falador|
|Last appearance||Legacy of Blood|
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Theodore Kassel was a white knight who had a heavy role in the War of 164 and Misthalin-Morytania War shortly afterwards. He is a central character in the RuneScape novels Betrayal at Falador, Return to Canifis and Legacy of Blood.
History[edit | edit source]
Early life[edit | edit source]
Betrayal at Falador[edit | edit source]
During a storm, Squire Theodore found Kara-Meir barely alive after her encounter with the Kinshra. He later volunteered to visit the druids in Taverley to find the origin of the white flower that Kara-Meir held when she was teleported to Falador with the ring of life. Along the way he came upon Doric, who had been the victim of a mob attack led by the H.A.M. Speaker. Using his mare, Theodore helped Doric recover four bars of adamantium before continuing onto Taverley. There, he met Castimir, now an apprentice at the Wizards' Tower, as well as Ebenezer and Gar'rth. When Kara-Meir woke up, he was charged with the task of understanding the her history when she recovered, since she would talk to no one else. Later he was ordered by Sir Amik Varze to use her as bait to flush out the spy among the Elder Knights, much to his shock at the dishonesty. Disgusted by the lies of the knights, Kara-Meir fled, with Theodore in pursuit. He caught up with her at Gunnarsgrunn, where he ran into Castimir, Ebenezer and Gar'rth heading to a nearby monastery. A barbarian grew jealous of Gar'rth and attacked him, spilling his blood and revealing his lycanthropic nature. Theodore tried to kill Gar'rth for being a werewolf, but was stopped by Castimir and Ebenezer. He joined the group headed to the monastery, which now also included Kara-Meir and the barbarian priestess Arisha. During the attack by Zamorakian forces, Theodore helped protect the monks. He managed to escape with the rest before returning to Falador to warn of the impending attack.
He, along with the rest of the group (except for Arisha and Ebenezer) went to the dwarven colony at the Ice mountain to ask the dwarves for aid against Lord Sulla's incoming assault. After the Battle of the Glacier, the group was escorted to the Council of Elders who then decided that Kara-Meir would have to repair an ancient runite necklace that once belonged to King Alvis's queen, in order to gain the dwarves aid in the Siege of Falador. Mean while Theodore managed to recruit a large division of the Burthorpe Imperial Guard led by Lord Radebaugh to their side. Kara-Meir managed to repair the necklace and both the dwarven and imperial armies joined the Siege of Falador on Falador's side. Sir Theodore got hurt by his back during the fight.
Aftermath of Betrayal at Falador[edit | edit source]
After the war in Falador, Theodore was sent by Sir Amik Varze to Varrock to take advantage of his newfound fame and recruit for the order, and was to be made a knight upon his return. During a final gathering with his friends he made throughout the journey, they (with the exception of Doric) were adopted as heirs of Ebenezer. Doric turned down the offer due to his old age and he also already had wealth in his life.
Return to Canifis[edit | edit source]
In Varrock, he found many potential recruits as well as a young boy called Hamel to act as his second in command. He also found friendship with a Varrockian noble, Lord William de Adlard and the priest Father Lawrence, and gained the interest of another noble Lady Anne. While out walking with Father Lawrence, Theodore saw a creature flying around Varrock and enter a tailor's home. Theodore broke in to face the Wyrd who was after the tailor's daughter. Theodore was unable to even wound the Wyrd and failed to save the child. The Society of the Owl, led by Lord Despaard, swore Theodore to silence about the night's events. However, he was seen by Ellamaria, who was investigating the Wyrd attacks. During the Midsummer's Eve festival, he and his recruits faced off against Varrock's finest knights in a battle with dull weapons, and ended up mortally wounding Lord Hyett who was using bladed weapons with hyett's own sword. After the battle, Squire Theodore was granted an honour few of his order have received: being knighted by a king of Varrock. During the feast that followed, they Wyrd attacked the palace, attempting to kidnap Felicity, a baby of a servant. Again, Theodore's attacks were ineffective, but Gar'rth was able to pin the Wyrd down and almost defeat her when members of the Society of the Owl attacked Gar'rth, weakening him and allowing the Wyrd to escape. When Gar'rth was imprisoned, Theodore was imprisoned voluntarily as well in order to ensure Gar'rth was treated fairly. However, Simon, a member of the Society, taunted Gar'rth and threw what little food he got onto the floor. Theodore complained, but Simon mysteriously disappeared.
During the parliament the next day, it was decided to send an embassy involving Gar'rth to Morytania to demand the return of the children taken by the Wyrd. Theodore went along with Castimir, Arisha, Kara-Meir, Ebenezer's friend Albertus Black, the jester Gideon Gleeman and Lord Despaard. At the Paterdomus temple at the entrance to Morytania, Kara-Meir volunteered to test out the blood mark to see if they would get safe passage. She narrowly avoided being attacked by a ravaging vampyre, which Theodore saw set foot on the bridge. The blood mark was accepted, and the embassy made their way into Morytania. After a ghast attack, they were greeted by some local werewolves led by Imre, and shown to the Hair of the Dog, the pub in Canifis, where they were staying for the duration of their trip. Shortly after, three prisoners were brought in, including two of Kara-Meir's servants who had run away, as a sacrifice to the vampyre overlords. Although there was a will among the party to free the young pair, their contract explicitly stated that they were not to interfere in Morytanian politics, including bartering of supplies such as food and sacrifices. Roavar escorted Theodore, Castimir, Gar'rth and Kara-Meir to a storeroom filled with what the werewolves considered worthless trinkets from unlucky victims. During this time, Canifis was attacked by the Myreque and set ablaze, and in the confusion of the aftermath, Kara-Meir slew a female werewolf in front of her son. This caused the werewolves to attempt to either capture or kill the four of them, but they were able to hold out until they were captured and taken to the home of the Black Prince, where Gar'rth remained behind in order to ensure the rest of the party could escape. They narrowly avoided being attacked by the Barrows brothers and joined the rest of the Myreque at Hope Rock in fleeing on a hot air balloon.
The balloon was taken down by vyrewatch working for Vanescula Drakan on the way to Misthalin, and Theodore hurt his leg. Despite his injury he aided the survivors' to make it to the River Salve. He managed to make it across along with a handful of Myreque members.
Legacy of Blood[edit | edit source]
He is presented as a witness during Castimir's trial, where his evidence is used to find Castimir guilty. This loses his friendship with Castimir, like a burning scar, of a hypocrite. He later attempted to redeem himself by defending his friend Lord William de Adlard when Lord Mews came to arrest him.
Present[edit | edit source]
At some point between Year 164 and 169 of the Fifth Age, Theodore disappeared. Both Sir Amik Varze and Kara-Meir have claimed that Theodore is no longer with them, though whether he has died or merely left is unclear.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
Kara-Meir[edit | edit source]
Theodore is a constant companion to Kara-Meir during the novels, and a potential love interest. This clashes with his vows as a knight though, as he is sworn to his cause and is forbidden to take a wife. However, it's implied that he has since left the White Knights, so it may be possible that he and Kara-Meir were in a relationship.
Gar'rth[edit | edit source]
When they first meet, Theodore attempts to kill Gar'rth, believing that all werewolves are servants of Zamorak. However, he fails, and throughout Betrayal at Falador, he slowly starts to accept that Gar'rth is not his enemy and becomes less narrow minded. Eventually he sees Gar'rth as a friend and a rival for Kara-Meir's affection.
Castimir[edit | edit source]
Theodore grew up with Castimir, and the two were great friends. During the novels they travel together and back each other up in battle. Following Castimir's trial and subsequent expulsion from the tower, Castimir blames Theodore, accusing him of putting his honour before his friendship, and of cowardice, only acting to preserve his honour when necessary.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Theodore is good natured, treating the men under his command well. He is devoted to the White Knights and their views and ideals, putting honour, loyalty and truth above all else. He is also naive and narrow minded due to this, shocked that Sir Amik Varze would ask him to lie, and unwilling to comprehend other views that contradict his own. He is also willing to turn a blind eye if he does not need to intervene.