Hod the Unbreakable (born c. Y476, disappeared c. Y522) was a human male, the first Duke of Augusty, the founder of the Dominion of Praetoria, one of the Nine Crusaders who overthrew the Du’un Empire, and wielder of the weeping blade Mystletainn. Those who deify the crusaders revere Hod as the god of loyalty and ferocity in battle, as well as rain and snowstorms. Many fighters and fierce rangers revere him for this reason. He and Baldur are revered as the gods of brotherhood, both by blood brothers and war-kin. Hod was both brother and father to his younger sibling Baldur, and kept him safe after their parents were slaughtered by the imperial soldiers who raided their small village. Armed with his father’s sword, Hod and Baldur followed rumors of a small group of rebels hiding in the far-off Scythian mountains.
For all his sorrows, Hod possessed a brilliant mind, a vengeful sword arm, and a searing hatred for the Du’un. He was very close to Freya, the leader of the liberation army, and quickly became the army’s tactician. Hod was a tireless worker, seeming always able to draw from an inexhaustible internal reserve of energy. It is said he frequently traveled straight from the war tent with Freya to the front lines with Baldur. Even today, the bards sing that the love he had for his brother will never be matched by mortal man. Ancient poems also suggest that the elf-warrior Ulir may have held some secret affection for the reserved warrior.
Following the Remnant War, Hod swore to never again take up arms and to live out the rest of his days in peace. He is claimed to have said that he ought to try peace in life before he joined the Wild Hunt in death. Though Hod was among the first to consider uniting the Central Kingdoms, Augusty was ironically the first and only duchy to secede from the Kingdom of Grandévere. Augusty’s secession and Hod’s disappearance followed the tragic death of his brother. Before his disappearance, Hod was a happy father of four daughters who later became the first lords of Praetoria. Though Hod’s blood no longer flows in the veins of all the Praetorian princes, both the royal family of Augusty and the noble family of Tarrasconia claim to be descendants of the legendary crusader.