The Birth of Èrainn
Sir Diarmait FitzGerald
Co-founder and financial backer of the colony
Sir Diarmait FitzGerald is the illegitimate son of the King of Thomond and a Norman-Irish noblewoman. Diarmait joined the Teutonic Knights as a young man and crusaded with them against the pagan Lithuanians. Returning from crusade, Diarmait has become a notorious adventurer and has a well-known reputation as a savvy business man. He owns several trading ships and two large distribution companies. Diarmait is personally torn between his father’s court and the Norman-Irish court in Dublin, which is tied to the English crown. He uses his mother’s surname at his father’s insistence. The court of Thomond distrusts Diarmait for his ties to the English. The English court distrusts him because of his relationship with his father. He is an able cavalier, known for wild charges into enemy lines and for breaking shields with his axe. His greatest battlefield accolade came when he cut down the Lithuanian standard at the Battle of the Daugava (1388), where he also saved the life of the English Earl of Bolingbroke.