Born in the Year of Our Lord 1223, THLord Dietrich von Sachsen is the third son of a minor nobleman from Laußig, north-east of Leipzig. Realizing that the odds of inheriting enough of his father’s estate to support himself were slim at best, in 1241 Dietrich set north to Prussia to serve as a “guest crusader” with the Teutonic Order in Prussia with little more than a horse, his armour and a stout blade. The Teutonic Order had established a series of castles in the recently conquered territory of the pagan Prussians and Lithuanians, and Dietrich saw the ongoing Prussian Crusade as a means to gain land and income.
Dietrich’s arrival was perhaps ill-timed, for in the following year, the First Prussian Uprising took place, pitting the badly outnumbered Teutonic Knights against the local tribes. Dietrich fought in a few skirmishes against the Prussians and Pomeranians, before he and the order were defeated along the banks of the Osa River. 400 Teutonic Knights, including their Marshall, perished. Dietrich was wounded and left for dead, but he miraculously survived, floating downstream until he reached the sea. Dazed and wounded, he was picked up by fishermen from a strange land called Ealdormere. By the time he regained consciousness, he was on board the vessel many miles from Prussia, and bound on his way to this “Kingdom of the Trillum.”
Akashi Matatarou Terumoto (赤石又太郎輝元) is a 16th-century Kirishitan samurai from Okayami, in Bizen province. He is sworn to the Mori Clan.
Dietrich joined the Society in February 2008, along with a number of his friends from University. Of that group, he is the only one still playing regularly.
Dietrich is a member of House Glyndmere, and is that Household's southernmost permanent member. He is squired to Sir Belgar Thorbjornsson.
Dietrich is a member of the Bardic College of Ealdormere and the (currently in-the-works) Ealdormere Moneyers Guild. He also holds the distinguished (or dubious) title of Token Male of the Bookbinders Guild of Ealdormere.
Dietrich can be reached by email.