Halfdan Haraldsson, is the 5th and last generation in a long family line of men to search for their fortune in the grand court of the Byzantine Emperors in Constantinople as members of the Varangian Guard. I was born in year of our Lord 1162, in the seaport village of Lindos on the island of Rhodes. At the time my father Harald Sigurdsson was a Varangian Guardsmen sworn to the service of the Byzantine Emperor Manuel I. My mother Anna Thessalonica was the 16 year old daughter of a wealthy merchant on the island. After his tour of duty my father went back to his home in Hedeby Denmark. My father was pretty much unknown to me until when at the age of 10 my mother was forced to send me to live with him. At the age of 10 I was rather big for my age and apparently a bit of a bully. So off to my fathers I went. Where I discovered that I was no longer the biggest kid around and was constantly pummeled black and blue. Over the next 7 years I continued to grow and ravenously studied the arts of war. First, for my own protection. But later to prepare myself for the chosen profession of a warrior. Naturally my first teacher was my father and after I'd learned everything he could teach me I studied with every other warrior I could find in Hedeby. At the age of 18 I traveled to Constantinople to join the Varangian Guard of Emperor Alexius II. I was part of the army that drove the Normans out of Greece in 1185. Then I was off to fight the Bulgars. In 1190 I left the Varangian Guard and went to Rhodes to visit my mother. It was while visiting my mother that Richard the Lionheart came to Rhodes to recruit mercenaries for the 3rd Crusade. I eagerly signed on. In 1191 at the battle of Arsouf I was wounded by an arrow. Luckily for me the Hospitallers were part of this campaign and were able to remove the arrow and treat the wound. It was at this time that I was befriended by many of their Order. Over the following months I witnessed their great charity and caring for their fellow Crusaders. In the year of our Lord 1192 they granted my request to join their ranks. After many years in Outremer the Order relocated me to the Kingdom of Caid.
Sir Halfdan was the second Knight of the First Order and has served within the Shield wall and as a spearmen. He has fought light again with the marriage of Nonne. With a lovely consort such as her he has once again taken up sword and shield and began fighting in the tournaments of Caid, as well as teaching his squires.