Ned of the Forest
Fictional Character
The War Between the Provinces
Appearance(s): Sentry Peak;
Advance and Retreat
Type of Appearance: Direct POV
Nationality: Detina (joined breakaway Geoffreyist kingdom)
Religion: Detinan pantheon
Occupation: Soldier, Politician Serf-catcher
Military branch: Army of Franklin

Ned of the Forest was a serfcatcher-turned-famous cavalryman of the Detinan Civil War. Almost everybody knew of him as he was tactically talented and ferocious. His career as a serfcatcher and his massacre of blonds at Fort Cushion inspired fear in every Blond.

Ned was not an aristocrat though he was far from poor with his serfcatching business. He served on the burgher's council of Luxor before the war. When the Civil War began, he quickly joined "King" Geoffrey's army for he genuinely thought that a blond wasn't equal to an dark-haired Detinan. He soon rose up the chain of command due to his skill even though he was no noble, eventually rising to the rank of Lieutenant General. Every northern officer wanted him and his cavalry force with his army.

In the third year of the war, Ned was assigned to Count Thraxton the Braggart's host in the Eastern Theater. The headstrong, fierce tempered officer regularly clashed with the equally prickly Thraxton. In one incident, he threatened to kill Thraxton and nearly carried out the threat. After this incident, Thraxton was so shaken that he requested King Geoffrey, a friend of his, to move Ned. The 'King' complied and moved Ned to the Great River Province and he spent his days raiding and destroying southron lines of supplies with his cavalry.

During this period, King Geoffrey tasked him with the job of capturing Fort Cushion, which happened to have many blond soldiers supplementing the southron garrison. After the fort fell, nobody knew exactly what happened, but many blond soldiers were killed while the same number of ordinary Detinan southrons survived.

He eventually got to fight for the Army of Franklin again under the command of Bell with whom, at first, he got along with well. But he was soon disillusioned with Bell's method of throwing away men in pointless headlong attacks. He soon lost hope in northern victory after the destruction of the Army of Franklin outside of Ramblerton.

At one point, a southron officer said that the east wouldn't be peaceful without the death of Ned of the Forest, who took it as a compliment.

Literary Comment[]

General Nathan Bedford Forrest

Ned of the Forest is based on Nathan Bedford Forrest.