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Character Information
D.O.B 1631AoRGMK
Age 19
Status Alive
Race Great Man
Kingdom Lethanor
Title Tall Walker the Oath Keeper By Dwarves.
Rank Sir
Affiliation Stonebeard Clan
Family Courie Mother
Velryk Father
Clairenese Wife
Roland's Age
Story Year, month, season Age
Age of Restored Great Man Kings
Roland's Path
Fires That Forge
1648 - 49Tetobier 17 - 18
Roland's Vow
Bloom of Blood and Bone
1649 Ehno (Spring) 18
Roland's Triumph

Whetstones of the Will

1650 Ehno (Spring)

1650 Fall

Stalking Shadows 1651 (Summer) 20

Sir Roland, is a Great Man and distant descendant of Lord Ivant. He's the son of Velryk and Courie, husband to Clairenese, and the adoptive father of Petie. Sir Roland is the primary protagonist of the Heirs of Vanity (Series), of which the novels are all named after.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Physical appearance[edit | edit source]

  • Eyes: Blue
  • Hair: "coal oil" Black
  • Height: 7’ 5”
  • Weight:

Roland is described as being 'stoutly built and athletically muscled' with coal oil black hair.[1]

Inspiration[edit | edit source]

Roland began as a character in a 1996 pen and paper tabletop RPG of Rolemaster. Roland was named after the hero from the epic French poem (chanson de geste), The Song of Roland, the Gunslinger from Stephen King's Dark Tower series. His personality was originally an amalgamation of the two characters he was named after. Over the years however, various aspects of R.J. Hanson's personality began to seep through as well, such as Roland's impatience, as well as other shortcomings.[2]

Roland's physical appearance is based on a young Jeffery Dean Morgan.[3]

The French Roland is sarcastic, irreverent, and a true old-school hero. King's Gunslinger is an incredible combination of a romantic knight, cynical killer, champion of the weak, and monstrous villain.
~ R.J. Hanson

Personality[edit | edit source]

Weapons and Abilities[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Roland's Path[edit | edit source]

Roland's Vow[edit | edit source]

Roland's Triumph[edit | edit source]

Family and Relationships[edit | edit source]

Family Tree[edit | edit source]

Lord Ivant
(née) King Ivant
(d. 2190 AoDG)
General Arto
(née) Queen Arto
Unknown number of generations.
King Rolphen
King Ivantis
Lineage of Lethanor
King Jesson
King Illiant
King Jamison
King Ivant II

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Roland is one of two characters to have a story named after him.
  • The name Roland's Path was set in stone long before the book was ever written. R.J. Hanson read Warrior's Path by Louis L'Amour in high school and told himself he'd name his story "(Main Character's Name) Path" if he ever wrote his own book.[4][5]
  • Roland is R.J. Hanson's character in a tabletop RPG he's been playing with friends for over 2 1/2 decades.[6]
    • Roland's single combat with Maloch, the then Knight of Sorrows, really happened during a tabletop game. Roland was a low-level character, but due to a lucky initiative attack, AND multiple crit rolls, Roland cut off Maloch's leg and thus the party was able to escape.[6]
  • The title given to Roland by the Dwarves, "Tall Walker", was the dwarven nickname for his ancestor, King Ivant, by the dwarves.[7][8][9]

See Also[edit | edit source]

v • d • e
Major Characters
Female Lady Dru • Lady Evalynne • Mandurelle
Male Dunewell • Eldryn • Jonas • Lord Slythorne • Lynneare • Maloch • Morosse, the Spike Thumb • Sir Roland • Silas

References[edit | edit source]