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Baron Arald rules Redmont Fief

Baron Arald is the Baron of Redmont Fief, one of the largest and most important fiefs in the Kingdom of Araluen.

History Edit

Baron Arald is an important official of Araluen, leading one of the most integral and influential fiefs in the kingdom. He has taken place in both wars against Morgarath. He is trustworthy, dependable, and a close friend of both Halt and King Duncan.

The Ruins of Gorlan Edit

In the Ruins of Gorlan, he first appears at the Choosing Day where the wards in Castle Redmont are apprenticed.  He is a little disappointed when Will isn't chosen as an apprentice by any of the Craftmasters but is pleased when he becomes apprentice to Halt. 

Baron Arald  joins in the boar hunt and talks with Will, who is nearby armed with his recurve bow, he is initially disapointed that the boar didn't come their way and mentions as much.  He is proud of Will and Horace for their courageous behaviour when they get charged by the second boar.  

Towards the end of the book he helps his old friend Sir Rodney (who is also his Battlemaster) fight off the Kalkara alongside Halt and Will. Arald and Rodney finish off one of the Kalkara, whom Halt had mortally injured. Arald is then incapacitated when the second Kalkara deals him a blow in the chest with its massive paw, cracking his ribs. This renders him unconsious, so he is unable to help Rodney, who is then paralyzed by the Kalkara's stare.

At the end of the book he offers Will a place in the Battleschool, but Will declines, saying he is a Ranger's apprentice.

The Burning Bridge Edit

In The Burning Bridge, Baron Arald agrees to allow Halt to escort Alyss Mainwaring on her first diplomatic mission. This occurs after a very frustrating encounter with Halt concerning his behavior towards a Battleschool apprentice and Sir Digby. Lady Pauline suggests that Halt  could possibly be lonely without Will's company, thus comes up with the idea of him escorting Alyss.

Towards the end of the book, Baron Arald is seen assisting King Duncan in the battle against Morgarath.

The Icebound Land Edit

In the third book, Arald is at Halt's trial after he insults the king in a bid to be exiled.  After that he is not seen again until the end of the Battle for Skandia/Oakleaf Bearers.

Oakleaf Bearers/Battle For Skandia Edit

Arald is present at Castle Araluen when Will, Halt, Evanlyn and Horace arrive back from Skandia on the Wolfwind.

Erak's Ransom Edit

In Erak's Ransom, Arald performs Halt and Pauline's wedding ceremony. He also joins in the bridal dance with Lady Sandra though it is noted that his wife has been unable to teach him the finer points of dancing, as he is far from elegant on the dance floor.

The Lost Stories Edit

Death of a Hero Edit

He is mentioned only briefly as having been injured during the battle meaning that some of the ranks were plunged into confusion without their leader.

Dinner for Five Edit

In Dinner for Five, Gilan goes to Arald and Lady Sandra to let them know that he has arrived in the fief to stand in for Will and Halt. The Baron and Lady Sandra invite Gilan to dinner that night, but Gilan cautiously declines, much to Arald's amusement, to see Jenny for dinner.

And About Time, Too... Edit

In the final story, Baron Arald proudly performs the wedding ceremony for Will and Alyss. 

Relationships Edit

Master Chubb Edit

Master Chubb is the source of food for Redmont Castle, also is the Barons' favorite cook.

Lady Sandra Edit

Baron Arald loves his elegant, stylish wife who balances out her exuberant husband.  

Duncan Edit

He is a good friend of King Duncan and one of his closest advisors.  They fought together in the first and then in the second Araluen Civil Wars.

Halt Edit

Due to Arald's degree of closeness to the King, he and the Ranger assigned to his fief, Halt, share a friendly relationship, as Halt can be friends with him due to the loyalty, closeness, and obedience of the King's will. Baron Arald is also very close friends to the other Craftmasters of his fief, and he leads a section of the King's Army.

Martin Edit

Though his secretary can be a bit overwhelmingly zealous at times, Arald is still aware of his importance when it comes to dealing with various matters in the fief.

Will Edit

Baron Arald is very proud that such a fantastic Ranger could come from his ward.

Description Edit

He is friendly and is an expert judge of character and talents, Arald apparently has an uncanny skill to remember other people's names throughout the kingdom. He is a very popular Baron among the people in his fief, the castle staff, and his soldiers/knights (although it can be noted that the people have no love for his speeches, which presumably drag on for a long time as he "loves the sound of his own voice."). He is also a strong and brave warrior, though he is known to be slightly overweight. Baron Arald has (in his opinion) a great sense of humor, but not many people often catch onto his jokes, to his annoyance.

He enjoys hunting wild boar, as does all of his knights, including his Battlemaster, Sir Rodney. Baron Arald also has a stylish wife named Lady Sandra, who teaches Halt to dance. It was noted that Lady Sandra had never been able to teach Arald how to dance properly.

He is good friends with Will, partly due to the fact Will saved his life in the first book when he is attacked by the Kallkara. One was about to kill Arald and Sir Rodney but Will shot it with a fire arrow, killing the monster and saving the Baron's and Rodney's lives in the process. Baron Arald thanks him publicly and offers him a place in Battleschool, but Will declines, saying that he'd rather stay as a Ranger. Arald is pleased when Will returns home to Araluen at the end of book four and is at Castle Araluen to welcome him with the King and other various nobles. The Baron performs multiple weddings, including Halt's and Will's.