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Oswald is an Aluvian assassin and secret mentor of Prince Borelean Strathelar. Like Nuhmudira, he has the power to give True Death (i.e. the person does not reappear at a Lifestone).[1] He is described as having extraordinary green eyes and blond hair [2], and he prefers to dress in green.

Isparian Background and whereabouts on the Halaetan Isles

Oswald studied to become a master assassin, with for example Selaina the Subtle.[3] He served as an assassin, together with MacTavish in the war between Aluvia and Viamont on Ispar.[4] He arrived on Dereth after fleeing from Viamontian trackers [5] who were hunting him down after his attempted assassination of King Varicci I of Viamont.[2] Oswald arrived on the Halaetan Isles, where it would seem all the portals to Auberean that appear in Viamontian lands send you. Oswald took a great interest in anything which had to do with the Ruschk.[6] Later, after the Varicci II took the Royal Army through the portals, Oswald was captured and held in the Viamontian Royal Prison[7][8][9][5]. He easily escaped, which angered the Viamontian King greatly.[10] Selaina the Subtle received a contract to track down and kill Oswald.[3]


(In)famous Deeds

Oswald was able to freely pass through the Fiun Barrier which had kept Dereth and the Halaetan Islands divided.[5] It is unknown how he was able to do this, however, this may explain why Oswald's hidden lair in the Fir Tree is on the coast closest to the Halaetans.

On Dereth, Oswald was hired for many jobs. He killed Gertarh the Banderling who lived in the Thieves' Den near Eastham.[11][12][13][14] He was hired by either Devana bint Hamudi or the Shagar Zharala to end the misery of her father Hamud ibn Rafik who had turned into a Shadow.[Citation Needed] [15][16] And most notably, Oswald killed the mayor of Ayan Baqur, Jaleh al-Thani[17][18] He was hired first by another employer, then by Nuhmudira to assassinate High Queen Elysa Strathelar.[19][20] He altered the magic of the shrines (Altar of Bael'Zharon and Altar of Asheron) in such a way, that neither Bael'zharon nor Asheron were tied to the souls of Isparians; instead, it will go to his first employer (players were since then able to go PK Lite).[19] He did attempt to kill Elysa[21] but did not succeed, Elysa fell in a coma of which she later recovered. Both Nuhmudira and Elysa were not his best friends after this.[22][23]

Other deeds presumably attempted with more or less success was the stealing of the Bandit Shield [24], sharing his knowledge on how to make Spikes [25], the stealing of the Lens of Filinuvekta by one of his followers, Benedino[26]. Somewhere during his time in Dereth, he and Nuhmudira fell out, and she is trying to get hold of him.[4]

The War of Blood and Shadow

During The War of Blood and Shadow (the Grael arc) Oswald was made out to be less of a villain, when he became the secret mentor of Borelean Strathelar[27] [28] [29] and helped the people of New Aluvia stand up against Varicci II. Later Oswald brought the Ordina Rossu Morta and Whispering Blade together to fight against Grael.[30][31]

Aftermath

Oswald send his Followers to capture and interrogate one of the altered Moarsmen during the T'thuun Story Arc, and sends his findings to, amongst others, Lord Rytheran.[32]

He meets up again with Selaina the Subtle, their dialog ending with an attempt of Selaina to kill him, and her losing the fight.[3] From the teaser it also becomes clear that Oswald is more and more willing to work with followers instead of alone.

These followers include Sabritha and Adso.[33][32]

He is also implied in the attempted assassination of Queen Elysa, being the one who prophesied this attempt.[34]

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Texts

Text Icon Parchment A noteAged Page Icon Aged PageText Icon Parchment An Interesting NoteText Icon Parchment Mysterious NoteNote Scrawled in Blood Icon Note Scrawled in BloodNote to a generous host Icon Note to a generous hostNote to Alvirre Icon Note to AlvirreText Icon Book Oswald's Prison JournalPage from a Journal Icon Page from a JournalSeven Habits of Effective Adventurers Icon Seven Habits of Effective Adventurers

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Many Humans are found in locations associated with Oswald or his followers, such as

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Oswald's Chest Icon Oswald's ChestOswald's Crystal Icon Oswald's CrystalOswald's Dagger Icon Oswald's DaggerOswald's Dirk Icon Oswald's DirkOswald's Enhancement Icon Oswald's EnhancementOswald's Throwing Dagger Icon Oswald's Throwing DaggerSilver Key Icon Silver Key

Images

References

  1. 2005/12 Through Sacrifice, Strength - Town Crier Rumors
  2. 2.0 2.1 2004/12 - Assassination
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 2009/04 What Once was Lost - Teaser
  4. 4.0 4.1 2008/08 Ancient Powers - Teaser
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 2005/07 Throne of Destiny - Oswald's Prison Journal
  6. 2005/07 Throne of Destiny - Varette's Orders
  7. 2005/07 Throne of Destiny - Varette's Orders
  8. 2005/07 Throne of Destiny - Note to a generous host
  9. 2005/07 Throne of Destiny - Prison Warden's Orders
  10. 2005/07 Throne of Destiny - Chasing Oswald#Lore & Dialog
  11. 2000/05 - Heroes' Respite - Inscription on Oswald's Dagger
  12. 2000/05 - Heroes' Respite - Town Crier Rumors
  13. 2000/04 - Thorns of the Hopeslayer - Description of Corpse of Gertarh
  14. 2000/04 - Thorns of the Hopeslayer - Mysterious Note
  15. 2000/05 - Heroes' Respite - Hamud's Demise#Lore & Dialog
  16. The Brink of the Abyss
  17. 2003/06 Heart of Woe - Heart of Innocence (Text)
  18. 2003/06 Heart of Woe - Note Scrawled in Blood
  19. 19.0 19.1 2003/09 Groundswell - Teaser
  20. 2008/08 Ancient Powers - Asheron's Call Nostalgia Blog #1: Allan "Orion" Maki
  21. 2003/10 - Reign of Terror - Teaser 2
  22. 2005/01 Assault - Queen Elysa's New Year's Resolutions
  23. 2005/01 Assault - Nuhmudira's New Year's Resolutions
  24. 1999/11 - Release - Inscription on the Silver Key
  25. 2003/04 A Gathering of Colors - A note
  26. 26.0 26.1 2008/08 Ancient Powers - Adept Test#Lore & Dialog
  27. 2005/12 Through Sacrifice, Strength - Teaser
  28. 2006/12 Cold Tracks- Rollout Article
  29. 2007/01 Bridging the Vast Divide - Teaser
  30. 2006/08 - Shattering the Dark - Teaser
  31. 2007/09 Dark Materials - Teaser
  32. 32.0 32.1 2008/05 - Introductions - Teaser
  33. 2008/01 Recollections - Teaser
  34. 2010/06 Shifting Gears - Queen Elysa in Danger#Lore & Dialog
  35. 2003/11 Visions in the Darkness - Town Crier Rumors
  36. 2003/11 Visions in the Darkness - Hemmik the Sly#Lore & Dialog
  37. 2005/08 Friend and Foe - Counterfeit Writ#Lore & Dialog
  38. 2003/11 Visions in the Darkness - An Interesting Note

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