Most think of paladins as shining, pious protectors of the realm, but darker gods have their paladins too. Roland Taverner was such a man, a holy warrior in service to the dread goddess of battle and plunder. As the captain of the ship Ill Omen he plagued the sea of Marn for years, wielding blade and magic to loot and burn merchant ships and leaving no survivors. However, after accepting a rather lucrative commission from a mysterious benefactor to assault a Garrick naval galleon, he was thrown overboard during the ensuing battle and left for dead by his crew.
Roland washed up on the coast of Garrick, where he was recognized and thrown in the stockade to await execution. Before he could be hung he was found by Catherine DeGris and Lissa Marie, who believed that his assault on the galleon had been part of a plot to stir up war between Garrick and Doloth. They contrived to free him from prison, and in return he offered his help in bringing down the conspiracy. While he intended to betray them at the earliest convenient opportunity, as they worked together he found himself falling deeply in love with the young sorceress.
He followed her to Doloth and Kreer, fighting monsters and bandits alongside her, but she resisted his advances, repulsed by his heartless and mercenary outlook even as she grew to consider him a trusted companion. When she set out to avenge her father’s death, he offered his help, but she refused, determined not to put any of her friends in danger. Months later, rumor reached Roland that she had been killed by her father’s attacker. Enraged, he set out to find the man, only to lose his revenge to the Inquisition. Since then he has lurked about the docks of Two Rivers, drowning his despair in gambling and drink.
At some point after leaving her family, Catherine contacted Roland and enlisted his help in escaping beyond the edge of the world to the haven of the Shardmages. Since then, Roland has been made the captain of the Shardrunner, and he was recently sent to retrieve Eabha and bring her back to her mother.