o, you want to be a Landsknecht or a Kampfrau! We have some information and mental exercises provided on these pages that will flesh out your new persona as a paid mercenary of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. The ultimate goal is to have a character that you know as well as you know yourself so that, if somebody asks you a question about your life in 1536, you can respond quickly and with authority.
For many people, their Renaissance Fair character is an extention of themselves so that they simply act like themselves, but with an accent and in funny clothes. For others, a Renaissance Fair character is an opportunity to be somebody different and their alter egos are completely different, allowing these people to be an actor on a stage where the audience is all around.
Whichever route you choose is up to you.
Since you will be creating a new character, it is assumed that he or she will be a new recruit to the Landsknecht army. Also keep in mind that das Todesengel Fähnlein wishes to portray what a typical mercanary company would look like; therefore, we only allow two points of departure from what was average for a Landknecht to be. A point of departure is noted with a + symbol.
*For women, this counts as husband/brother/fathers rank.
Doppelsoldat (Requires Special Training and Approval)
Other (Requires Hofrath Approval)
Craftsman (Blacksmith, Cooper, Wagner, etc)
Service Provider (Animal Trainer, Woodcutter, etc)
Place of birth:
Why did you decide to join / follow the army?
Fortune & Glory
How many campaigns have you served in?
How did you make your living before you joined?
Women: How do you make your living now?
It's a way to pay the bills
To see the world
Went with Spouse (Women Only)
Depend on Husband/Brother/Father/etc.)
* Required if not dependent on a Landsknecht.
I am a:
How strongly are you attached to your faith?
Very Strongly - attend services/confession/Mass daily
What is your attitude towards the other religion?
Strongly - attend services/confession/Mass Weekly
Mildly - Hit all the important days
Not Strongly - Christmas and Easter, usually
Not at all - One step away from being burned at the stake
Tolerant - At least they attend Church.
Mildly Tolerant - I'd give them water if they were dying
Not at all Tolerant - Kill'em all and let God sort them out
Are you married?
For how long?
Do you have any children?
If you do, how many?
None that I know of
How Many Still Alive:
What are their names and ages?
Only God Knows
Where are they now?
In Baggage train*
* If children are in baggage train they should attend faire at least once a year.
Not in Baggage train/Left Behind
Any previous marriages?
Yes (Divorced, Lutheran Only) +