Talespinner Sir Wunjo Ballo the Visionary, Kingdom of the Nine Blades
"Eyes Shut, Soul Free
I'm You, You're Me
Come and follow in this trance
Drop your arms and start to dance!"
- Wunjo's Old Charm Rhyme
Wunjo AKA Tyler Salvador started playing V6 Amtgard in 2002 in Wolvenfang, at the time a Barony under Goldenvale. He started with the Barbarian class but eventually found his calling when switched to Bard. His large home field meant battlegames were plentiful and pretty casual so he was able to focus more on singing and merry-making while still being effective. Wunjo became known for setting up large Legend spells with engaging songs that would even attract players who weren't under it's effects! He received his Master Bard in 2006.
In 2005, he briefly fell from the Amtgard scene until he moved to Toronto, Ontario and helped restart the defunct park, Mor Tur, reviving it alongside Nathanial Goldenleaf, Ursus, Calin, Glithus, Dracious, Wei Ying and Ausric. They held a contest to determine a new name for the rekindled park and Wunjo's submission was chosen by popular vote, christening it Twilight Peak. During this time he also designed the first heraldry of the Northern Empire, the principality that would go on to become the Nine Blades.
Over the following years, Wunjo would come to find his niche as a quest-writer and game-runner. After being Twilight Peak's primary questmaster for years, Wunjo set his sights on furthering his claim to the Smith ladder.
- In 2008, Wunjo created the Godstone Fair, a non-combat medieval carnival (with games and prizes) designed to provide a positive, roleplay environment at large events. Debuting at Battle of the Dens 2008, Wunjo would run the Fair at BOTD and Great Eastern consistently until 2010, after which it would continue make special appearances when directly hired by event runners.
- Also during this time, Wunjo created the Pitmaster Championship. a best-of-the-best fighting tournament to award a hand-crafted, leather wrestling belt to the best fighter in the north. After many alterations to it's distribution method, the Pitmaster Belt and it's 2v2 counterpart, the Gladiator Belts, would eventually find homes at Battle of the Dens and Team Tactics respectively as the yearly prize for winning their associated tournaments. Wunjo still supervises their distribution to this day.
In 2011, Wunjo dropped from the Amtgard scene once again due to work. He continued to monitor the Pitmaster Championship but was otherwise largely inactive, maintaining connections with the game only through his friends.
In early 2016, Wunjo discovered a busy Wednesday field in the then-Barony of Linnagond (Peterborough, Ontario) and was finally able to fully return to the game. Quickly falling back into his old role as quest-master and game-runner, Wunjo learned the new-to-him Amtgard V8 ruleset simply by watching others play. His time away had faded the memories of Version 7 and made this transition fairly painless. The biggest difference he noticed was the vastly changed Bard class. With V7 Charm and Legend gone, Wunjo felt the class no longer fulfilled the role that he enjoyed and earned his masterhood with, so Wunjo switched his main class to Wizard - a class that now suited his tastes better.
Around the same time, Wunjo and Dorcas began working on a prototype for a new type of competitive battlegame format, the Phoenix League. Over the next year, Wunjo would build the Phoenix League Team and playtest the format extensively. In May 2016, the League announced itself to the international Amtgard community and was an immediate hit. Since then, Wunjo has been spending his time running and coordinating league-events with his team-members in Kingdoms across Amtgard.
In November 2016, Wunjo spearheaded a companion project to the Phoenix League format, the Paragon Academy, a Discord-based learning environment to help players strive and achieve class paragonhood. The Paragon Academy eventually became Amtgard's largest public Discord server.
Both the Phoenix League and Paragon Academy would also go on to empower the movement that eventually led to the creation of the Knight of Battle path.
On January 20, 2018, Wunjo was acknowledged as a Master Smith.
In 2018, Wunjo joined an early, unofficial proto-development team for Amtgard Version 9, led by Sir Manama Proster. In 2019, the Inter-Kingdom Circle of Monarchs merged Manama's Team with another proto-V9 team that was being led by Sir Korderellin and christened this new combined team as an official Amtgard V9 development committee.
Over the course of the next year and throughout the real-world COVID-19 pandemic, Wunjo cemented himself as the driving force behind the official V9 team and in 2020, he was made the new Team Lead by his peers and officially moved into the role of Director of V9 Development at the 2020 IKCOM meeting. He continues to work in this capacity to this day.
Also during 2020, Wunjo worked tirelessly to prepare the Kingdom Bid for the Nine Blades, who succeeded in becoming the 22nd Kingdom of Amtgard at the 2020 IKCOM meeting.
On March 12, 2021, Wunjo was elevated to Knight of the Flame and became the first Knight of the new Kingdom of the Nine Blades.
On April 3, 2021, Wunjo was acknowledged as a Master Rose.
On August 8, 2021, Wunjo was granted the title of Paragon Reeve.
At present time, Wunjo continues to support Amtgard as the Director of Amtgard V9 Development.
(Listed in order of creation)
Current Status: Alive - Retired
A human bard raised by dwarven troubadours and taught the art of spell-singing, Wunjo adventured through Wolvenfang before settling down and founding a harbor-front inn/casino in Twilight Peak.
GUMMY THE GREMLIN
Curent Status: Deceased - Retired
A gremlin that lived in the catacombs beneath Wolvenfang. He was the friend and companion of Wunjo during his time there. Gummy was killed during a rebellion against the necromancer Vecna.
CAPTAIN JAMES HAMUS
Current Status: Crystallized - Retired
An air-ship pirate who gained magical powers when struck by a bolt of Twilightning. The energy that gave him his powers also slowly transformed him into twilight crystal until he was nothing but a shimmering statue. His crew keeps his body on board his ship to this day in hopes that one day they will find a way to reverse the crystallization.
Current Status: Alive - Retired
A researcher in the style of Dr. Frankenstein, Rasp created a quicksilver heart that granted immortality to it's host as long as the heart itself remained intact. He was coerced and controlled by the mind-flayer Yxvanzantul into summoning the arch-demon Ghur to Twilight Peak. After Yxvanzantul's defeat, Rasp continued to serve the demon, Ghur, in exchange for the restoration of his mind. His whereabouts are currently unknown.
Current Status: Alive - Retired
A free-spirited but noble satyr, Zazil was recruited to the Ebon Order after assisting with the fight against Ghur in Twilight Peak. After fighting with them for some time, he eventually left the company and returned to his life as a carefree resident of the western woods.
JACK THE SCHOLAR
Curent Status: Alive - Retired
A human scholar who spent his whole life pursuing the knowledge of other worlds and extra-dimensional travel. He taught at the Twiilight Peak Arcane Academy and discovered the bubble-world of Jarek. He currently resides in a pocket dimension of his own creation which holds the campus of the Paragon Academy, of which he is the acting Headmaster.
Current Status: Alive - Retired
A human-sized marionette golem created by Wunjo to be sent on adventures that were deemed "too dangerous" for the master bard to go on himself. His name stands for "Manually Animated, Ultra-Resilient, Independent Character Experiment". He can be controlled remotely but typically acts autonomously, learning from his companions as he goes.
Current Status: Alive - Active
A troll shaman from the swamps of Linnagond. Due to his extreme regeneration (think Wolverine), the old troll has been around for centuries. He acts as an occasional guide and a mentor to the heroes of Linnagond.
GARFIELD THE SKELETON
Current Status: Alive...? - Active
A sentient skeleton and leader of Hollowhome, a fort in the Northwest part of Linnagond. Originally an enemy in the Skeleton War, Garfield now helps the people of Linnagond while developing his new "Skeleton Culture" and moonlighting as a Grim Reaper for the plane of Amtgardia.
- Walker of the Middle / Paragon Reeve - Given by King Varen of Nine Blades, August 2021
- Knight of the Flame - Given by King Varen of Nine Blades, March 2021
- Committee Lead and Director of Amtgard V9 Development.
- Master Rose - Given by King Varen of Nine Blades, April 2021
- Defender - Given by Princess Faelynn Hadrea of NIne Blades, January 2020
- Master Smith - Given by Matriarch Promethea of Nine Blades, January 2018
- Creator and Headmaster of the Paragon Academy (est. 2016)
- Founder and Leader of the Phoenix League (est. 2016)
- Overseer of the Pitmaster Championship (est. 2008)
- Ringleader of the Godstone Fair (est. 2008)
- Lord - Given by King Akrith of Goldenvale, August 2008
- Talespinner - Given by Baron Padraic O'Loan of Caradoc Hold, June 2008
- Esquire - Given by King Goliath of Goldenvale, March 2007
- Master Bard - Given by Queen Elizabeth of Goldenvale, August 2006
- Designed the Twilight Peak Heraldry, the original Northern Empire heraldry, and the current Nine Blades Heraldry.