Born in Bavaria in 1193, simply named Bernhard, cousin of the boy who would become Vulcanus of Flambeau.
Cycle 1: 1209-1216
Fought for the Duke of Bavaria against everything from bandits to rival nobles. Earned a reputation as a deadly combatant who simply could not be killed. One of the few survivors of a brutal winter spent besieged in the Alps (gained Enduring Constitution virtue, lost an ear and finger to frostbite). Despite his ability and courage, his comrades viewed him as unreliable and leadership opportunities eluded him. He eventually grew disillusioned with his career and his employer. After hearing Vulcanus had returned in 1216, he left the Duke's employ in an attempt to return to the peaceful life.
Cycle 2: 1217-1222
Trained as a Forge Companion for Vulcanus, specializing in weapons and armor. Accompanied Vulcanus and Ivarr on Crusade, convincing himself that killing men for God was preferable to killing for Man. His illusions were shattered again on the disastrous march to Cairo in 1221, with his very mortal leaders blundering their way into a massacre at the hands of Al-Kamil's Ayyubids. Bernhard, Vulcanus, and Ivarr barely escaped with their lives and decided to return home to Fengheld.
Cycle 3: 1223-1229
Bernhard lived at Fengheld and accompanied Vulcanus on his travels to Iberia. No matter where he went, he always found himself pulled from the forge to fight against someone or something - marauding bandits, belligerent magical creatures, and even an arrogant faerie who challenged him to a duel. Bernhard has become jaded and cynical about his curse, resigning himself to violence finding him no matter where he hides. He hopes the call to Andorra will give him the chance to help build something, but doesn't expect anything but trouble.