Hail the Usurper!
King of Alba, Mormaer of Moray, & Thane of Cromarty
Strength 6 Intelligence 4 Perception 7
Charisma 6 Agility 7 Endurance 4
Armor Class: 8 Health Points: 13
Attack: 3 Defense: 4 Defense: 13
Longsword, Spear, & Dagger
Born in the year 1005, Macbeth was the son of Finlay, Mormaer of Moray from 984 until he was slain by his nephews Máel Coluim & Gille Coemgáin in the winter of 1020. In the same year, Macbeth mac Finlay fled to Ireland. Named Thane of Cromarty at the age of seven and ten upon his return to Moray. Prince Macbeth eventually killed Máel Coluim in 1029 and finally avenged his father when he burnt Gille Coemgáin alive along with fifty of his kin at Dingwall two years later. Macbeth fought for King Duncan I during the Thane of Cawdor’s Rebellion in the year of 1038.
As a leading member of King Duncan’s war council, Macbeth won the final battle of Cawdor’s Rebellion at the Battle of the Seacliff, defeating three rebel hosts in a matter of hours. He opened the battle shattering the army of Angus Macdonald, Mormaer of Argyll, forcing him to relinquish his titles & lands for his life and a pardon for himself and his heirs. Macbeth next did battle with the rebel Thane of Cawdor and Thane of Glamis, Eoin mac Fionn. The battle raged all day and just as it appeared that the royalists would lose the battle as Cawdor’s Norse allies boldy counterattacked; Macbeth rallied the men of Moray who cut their way through the Norsemens’ fearsome charge.
In the thick of fighting he killed Asgrim Halsgard, the Norse war-captain; disemboweling him on the field and thus scattering his force entirely. He captured the wounded Thane of Cawdor after the battle thus ending the rebellion. Macbeth placed Asgrims’ head onto the battlements of his armies camp, as a warning and symbol of despair to other would-be Viking invaders. Named Thane of Cawdor and Thane of Glamis by King Duncan following his great victory at the Seacliff.
Macbeth the Mormaer of Moray usurped the throne from King Duncan in the year 1040 after raising an army in Inverness and meeting the royal host at Pitgaveny south of Elgin castle, where King Duncan’s royal army was destroyed. King Duncan was killed by Macbeth’s own hand in a blacksmiths’ hut as Duncan hid whilst his army was slaughtered. Opposition to his usurpation ended completely in the year 1045, following the skirmish alongside the Firth of Tay in which Duncan’s father Crínán the Mormaer of Athol, was slain along with all of his men in what came to known as the Revolt of Crínán.
King Macbeth fought Thorfinn of Orkney only once during his reign, attempting instead to subjugate the Norse Jarls in the Western Isles and the Orkneymen to the north. Macbeth made a pilgrimage to Rome in 1050. As King he was known for his piety and generosity to the poor of his kingdoms. He payed homage to to the King of Leinster and Dubling Murchad mac Diarmata in 1052. The Kingdom of Alba prospered during the reign of Macbeth with abundant harvests for more than ten years continuously; with little Norse raiding done during his reign after a pact was formed with Jarl Thorfinn of the Orkney and Shetland Islands.
Macbeth’s claim to the kingship of Alba was contested in the year 1054 when the army led by the Northumbrian Jarl Siward the Dane and the exiled Prince Malcolm Canmore, son of King Duncan I, invaded southern Alba. King Macbeth and his loyal thane Iomhair led an army of 9,000 men of Alba & Moray to Dunsinane Hill where they fortified the steep slopes of the hills’ rocky outcrops. It was high on the hill of Dunsinane were they were defeated by the onslaught of Northumbrian housecarls in the subsequent Battle of Dunsinane Hill. Macbeth survived the battle, eventually fleeing north to Moray and Elgin castle; his families ancestral seat. Macbeth would remain King of Alba for three more years of hardships; his first wife perishing 1055 and his infant son perishing a year later due to spring fever.
In 1057, Prince Malcolm and Prince Donalbane invaded Strathclyde and Macbeth was convinced to abdicate in favor of his step-son, Lulach in Scone. Though he agreed to step-down as King of Alba, Macbeth as Mormaer of Moray and Thane of Cromarty became a member of King Lulach’s royalist host, commanding the loyalty of some 6,000 spears. He fought at the Battles of Dundurn, Forteviot, & Scone in the Three Days Battles. In the Storming of Scone all of Macbeth’s 25 housecarls gave their lives to allow Macbeth and Lulach to escape once again to Elgin Castle.
In August of the same year Macbeth and his retainers rode to the Lumphanan Peelring in order to make battle with the armies of the usurper-prince Malcolm. Macbeth was killed by Malcolm Canmore’s housecarls in the Battle of the Peelring of Lumphanan. After a carefully placed ambush, Macbeth rallied his men, slaying many of Canmore’s kinsmen before three spears hurled by Prince Malcolm’s housecarls felled the King. His body was buried on Iona as all the other Kings of Alba before him.