The Nentir Vale
Richof Gladwell, The Green
A human mage, who is said to have lived amongst the eladrin across the sea during his youth, Richof is known mostly for the collective pact he made with the animals of the Nentir Vale. The stories tell of an amulet, made by the eladrin and given to Richof as a parting gift: the Beastwalker Talisman. This amulet is said to allow the wearer to speak to all animals, large and small, and protect the wearer from the teeth, claws, and poisons of all beasts. When he came to the Vale, Richof declared himself the protector of the animal kingdom. After his initiation into the ranks of the Keepers, which, at one point, included a very lengthy discussion with a toad, Richof realized that if he was to be a true protector of beasts, he could consume only plants—avoiding even eggs, honey, milk, and any other foods which were derived from the hard work of beasts. To this day, rare though they may be, anyone who follows this strict diet is said to have taken Richof’s vow.