User:Daric Gaersmith/TES Fan Fiction Collection/Gaersmith Legacy/Reference Material/People/Rerlas Gaersmith
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Although of Breton descent, Rerlas was born in Bruma in 4E 129. He was the first of the Gaersmiths for many generations to have been born outside of Winterhold. Rerlas' father, Andoryan, had moved to Bruma from Winterhold after the Great Collapse. This meant that Rerlas was born later in his father's life than was customary for the family. Andoryan had to settle in a new town, build a home, and find a Breton wife from among the people of Cyrodiil before his eldest son was born. Rerlas' mother was Arielle, a merchant's daughter from the Imperial City.
Rerlas' father was an itinerant merchant, as had been his forefathers before him. The family have for many generations peddled their wares as artisans, crafting fine blades and enchanting them themselves. The skills of smithing, enchanting, and mercantile prowess run strong in the Gaersmith family. Rerlas spent much of his childhood at the foundry in Bruma, and often travelled with his father to the Imperial City to learn the ways of the merchant. Rerlas' informal training in the arcane arts began in the College of Whispers in the Imperial City during those trips.
Family tradition among the male Gaersmith's holds that each generation sends their eldest son to the College of Winterhold to study enchanting there for 10 years, from the age of 30 to the age of 40 years old. Rerlas was the eldest son of his generation. However, his father urged him to attend the College of Whispers in the Imperial City for his formal training in the arcane arts. Andoryan intended for his son to continue building a trading relationship with A Fighting Chance in the Imperial City and grow the family coffers while studying at the College. Rerlas was more interested in reclaiming the family's traditions than their wealth, and he defied his father's wishes. Andoryan became embittered when Rerlas chose to return to the College of Winterhold rather than study at the College of Whispers. Rerlas' father was 77 years old when he left for Winterhold, and was almost 90 by the time Rerlas returned. There was therefore great pressure on Rerlas to find a wife in Winterhold and return ready to take over the family business immediately.
While studying in the Arcanaeum of the College of Winterhold, Rerlas found a small musty tome, written by the Breton Sage, Eraintine in the mid second century of the Third Era. Buried within the pages of this book, Rerlas found mention of a certain Mordastyr Gaersmith of Shornhelm, High Rock, who was a member of the mysterious "War Mages" gladiatorial team, and was a powerful enchanter. Could this be the progenitor of the Gaersmith family? Rerlas was unable to research this further at the time, and lost track of the tome amongst the vast shelves of the Arcanaeum. Rerlas met Evelyssa in the College of Winterhold, and they were married during the Witches' Festival of 13th Frostfall, 4E 169. They both graduated a month later. By the time they had returned to Bruma and the Gaersmith holding, Evelyssa was pregnant with their first child, a daughter whom they named Sabine. A year later, their eldest son Daric was born.