The Birth of Èrainn
A Lithuanian scout in Sir Diarmait's retinue
Nur Vilnak is a Lithuanian man who travels in the retinue of Diarmait FitzGerald. Nur served as a scout and huntsman for the army of the Grand Duke of Lithuania, until he was whipped and cast out of the army following an affair with a nobleman’s consort. Nur ranged the lands near the Lithuanian Army’s movement for a time, and was then captured by Sir Robert FitzHenry of the Teutonic Order. Sir Diarmait, upon hearing Nur’s story, offered him a choice of serving as a Teutonic scout in lieu of being remanded to one of the Order’s infamous prisons. Nur agreed to scout against his former countrymen, and provided Sir Diarmait and his lance with outstanding intelligence during the Campaign of the Three Rivers (1386-1388). During this time, Nur became a close friend to most of Sir Diarmait’s companions, and is now a companion of the Irish nobleman himself. Nur is known for his accurate archery; his savage attack style with paired axes; and for his tracking ability. Nur was officially pardoned by the Teutonic Order in 1393.