Francisk von RafenstainLord of the Castle
Francisk is a knight belonging to the lower nobilty and serving the Duke of Habsburg. Descending from the noble family of Awr, he got castle and title of Rafenstain in 1363. Francisk owns beside the castle, a handfull of farms and two houses in the upper market in the town of Bozen. These few properties are more an expense rather then an investment, so he accepted to work as a judge in the Duke’s town of Arena (Gries) not far away from the castle.
Katrine von GoldeckLady of the Castle
Katrine von Goldeck is Sir Francisk’s young bride. While many other local nobles are only bound to each other by business, Katrine truly loves Francisk. No one believed it, but despite the difference of age, they are totally in love. A sober, private, indescribable love. She changed Sir Francisk to a better man and thanks to her natural beauty and simplicity, even the local peasants are glorifying her.
Gerhard FrawnbergerDER KELLNER
-DER KELLNER. (from Keller, cellar).
The kitchen master or Kellner, Frawenberger! His job is to administrate everything that has to do with food, basically to get it cheapest and store it on the most appropriate way in the castle cellar. This job requires a lot of planning since some types of food obviously have a shorter conservation then others.
Franziska Awr, the wine maid at of the castle! Franciska originally lived in Bozen town, but got hired as a servant with the primary duty of safekeeping the knights wine casks in the cellar. Whenever there are guests, Franziska has the honour of serving the best wines for them. Since the wine cellar is very tempting for many people working at the castle, Franziska is the only one that has the key, thus by direct order of sir Rafenstain!
Johann Steiff, the Piper of Bozen. He lives in a house in town and gets hired to play for different nobles in the area. The bagpiper has a very high status, due to the very difficult vocal instrument he plays. He is treated almost like a troubadour and very well paid. Johann is very beloved at Rafenstain castle, and loves to stay for visits every now and then. In the evenings, when Sir Francisk and Lady Katrine are sitting in the Kemenate (from caminata = heated living room) he is telling stories from lands far up north, enchanting them with the tales of different legends, such as for instance Tristan and Isolde.
Die Muatr!The Elder
Die Unterkofler Muatr! (The Unterkofler mother). A very kind peasant woman from the farm right underneath the hill top of castle Rafenstain, hence the family name Unter (under) Kofel (hill top). The peasant family counts quite a number of members, all working on the wineyards around the castle. “Muatr” is a very patient woman, always fixing the many situations with many of the servants.
– Der Türwächter (the gate guard).
Categorized as “Gesinde” (simpleton), he had the primary duty to hold an eye with enemies trying to access the castle via the main gate, or by climing up the walls.
Obviously, the guard couldn’t be on continued watch, thus the probability of two on shift.
His primary weapon was a crossbow, then shield and spear and baselard for short range engagement.
The gate guard helped as well for filling daily duties, when off shift. Those could have been helping collecting wood in the forest, or assist on maintenance.