Jeanne d'Arc (Jeanne la Pucelle)
A sturdy peasant girl of some 19 or 20 years, with
a broad brow and wideset, dark eyes. Short by modern standards.
DOB: 1/6/1412 (apocryphal)
Where: Domremy, France
Died: 5/30/1431, Rouen, France
Cause: burnt at the stake
Occupation: martyr/commander of troops
Languages spoken: French
Relationships: Father - Jacques d'Arc (peasant farmer & minor official),
Mother - Isabelle,
Sts. Michael, Margaret and Catherine,
Jeanne was convinced she heard the voices of three
saints in particular, and devoted herself to the fulfillment of their
commands. In life, Jeanne was pious and devout, acting in accordance
with what she believed was God's Will for her. Within the game context, she
will surely question the validity of her faith (I got burnt at the stake
and this is all I get to show for it?!). At the GM's discretion, she may
still hear these voices, though it is likely she will have a crisis of faith
in deciding whether to obey them or not. She will be driven to find that
center again, some context for her beliefs.
She began having religious visions at age 13. These voices
convinced her she was to help the dauphin Charles VII drive the English
from French soil. She passed the tests Charles set for her (picking him
from amongst his courtiers, along with extensive probing by his priests
to ensure she was not a heretic), and was granted armor, a banner, and
command of troops, as well as a squire, page, herald and confessor. She
broke the siege of Orleans in under 10 days, on 4/8/1429. She then led
the troops that battled their way through English territory to reclaim
Reims, and saw the dauphin crowned King Charles VII on 7/17/1429. Her
attempt to regain Paris was less successful, and she was captures at
She was tried on charges of witchcraft and heresy, though not
tortured. She maintained that she heard the commands of God, and answered
to him, not the Church on Earth, and she was to be handed over to secular
authorities to be executed. In fear of death, she abjured her 'crimes and
errors' but a few days later she again dressed in men's clothing to
protect herself from her jailers. Pronounced a 'relapsed heretic', she
was condemned to death, and burned at the stake on 5/30/1431.
Jeanne never killed anyone (she so swore at her trial),
but she disdained danger and was usually at the vanguard of an attack or
in full view of the enemy when her soldiers stormed the wall of a town or
castle. She possessed amazing fortitude of mind and body, and above all a
self-confidence inspired by her surety in her divine mission. When
captured, she attempted escape by jumping from a tower into a moat. When
questioned by inquisitors she was clever enough to avoid at least the
most obvious of their traps.
From upbringing on farm: Animal husbandry, knowledge of native
flora & fauna, some understanding of crop raising, cooking, sewing,
horseback riding. From later life: Command of troops, strategy & tactics
(it was said that conducted herself as if an experienced military
commander), and basic swordsmanship. Apocryphally: clairvoyance.
Would your character prefer a game of chess or a game of football?
If your character found a wallet in the street, would they return it?
- Yes, would return wallet
Would your character be more likely to be the life of the party or
to quietly observe the goings-on?
Quietly observe goings on
- Would your character be found on the top of a pyramid of people or
on the bottom?
Bottom of pyramid.
Pretending to be your character, rank the following statements in order
of truth. Leave out statements that are false about your character.
F. I always tell the truth
A. Other people listen to what I say
D. I notice my surroundings
C. I am clever with my hands