Goodwyn Clu Da'Bard

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Saint Duke Sir Goodwyn Clu Da'Bard, of Mourningwood Glen, Emerald Hills

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[ Clu Da'Bard (on right) with oldest Ironcloud friends Bloodmoon and Qintahr Woodhelven]


There are those people that becomes a part of the fabric of a Kingdom. Clu is one of those people. His enthusiasm for the Game is infectious, and you can't help but have fun when he's around.

Clu is the Patron Saint of Bards for a reason. For a while, it was rare to see any performances at events, but he made it a goal... No, an obsession to make sure that the art of Bardic survived. He would always be found at a campfire on event nights with his hat and at least a few volumes from his Neverending Songbook to suppliment his already impressive repetoire of songs. (And more often than not, a Newton full of songs too.) The music would frequently last until the wee hours of the morning, and sometimes dawn. It was on one of these extended Bardics that the Bard Patrol was born. It's like a Dawn Patrol, but rather than people yelling and making general noise, it was bright and happy singing from camp to camp. Many claim such cheerfulness on a Sunday morning is worse than random banging or screaming.

Clu is sometimes referred to as Clu the Conqueror due to the fact that he doubled the size of the Emerald Hills during his reign as king in the Winter/Spring of 1998. During his reign, the Emerald Hills Acquired at least 5 new groups including A reborn Ironcloud, Mourningwood Glen, Cuiviëdôr Amarth, Dragonstar, and Rising Winds. -Heralded by Donnovan Sunrider


Goodwyn Clu son of Goodwyll Clu who was the son of Goodwyne Clu, (and so on) was raised in a Celtic tribe in a family with a long linage in the bardic traditions. Early accounts of the family name were spelled "Llw" but became more commonly known as "Clu" over time. "Da'Bard", also the more common translation, was the occupation in the tribe as one of the bards who maintained the tribal history, records, and helped the druids in ceremony and healing.

After many adventures, Clu would learn his true origin: That he was exiled from another world. The capsule that brought him to the Amtgard world would take the form of a tree in a large forest. It would take Clu years to remember the capsule and then years to find the right tree, and then years to figure out how to open the hidden door on the tree.

After the capsule was reactivated Clu would be re-united with his true people of the world of Gallifrey. Soon he picked back up his role in an much more ancient linage than his adopted Celtic family to monitor space and time as a Timelord.

Monitor duty turned out to be extremely boring work after his life of adventuring in Fantasy realms. After a while Clu, or "The Composer" as aliased by his own race, would go on "field surveys" and explore lifetimes as various races observed. Sometimes he would simply appear in his capsule on a stage, perform, and then disappear. But most of all Clu had an attraction to the Amtgard world where he remembered growing up.

-January 2014

Despite his affection for the Amtgard world and his loathing of monitor duty his responsibilities as a Lord of Time would soon call him away once again. In a great war throughout all time and space it was believed his birth world of Gallifrey was destroyed. However in a relatively short time later he would learn that his world was not destroyed but hidden by another of his race to escape destruction. Working with what few others of his race he could find together they strive to find and restore their homeworld. Their long search for Gallifrey is currently in progress.

From time to time during the quest to recover Gallifrey the ancient bard has been seen appearing on a stage, in a bardic, or at Karaoke nights for a musical fix every now and then.

(See Rallan Glintsong as the players' other persona during this intermission.)

-May 2016

After decades of searching for his home planet Clu took a break and hung out with the Corsairs for two years. One night at a Corsair party and copious amounts of rum the Timelord stopped overthinking and got a hazy inspiration. Somewhat groggy the Timelord enacted a plan that only other drunkards would cheer and others would run in terror. The plan miraculiously resulted in snapping his home planet out of it's frozen state. The process was fatal to the Timelord, triggering one of his regenerations, but otherwise had minimal galactic destruction and no harm to any other sentient life.

Quitting while he was ahead he left his home world spinning and alive again though at the end of time. The Timelord figured that would be safer for his home world from would-be invaders, since everyone else would be dead, and piss off the other Timelord, The Doctor, who was also looking for his homeworld. Smiling on that last thought Clu returned to Amtgard to re-unite with his Corsair brothers and sisters.

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Character Development

Started as a D&D character inspired by Fflewddur Fflam of the Prydian series by Lloyd Alexander. The first appearance was on the Unknown BBS message board D&D game. On that BBS the alias was "The Clu" based on the program from the first Tron movie. Goodwyn was added as the first name, inspired by the player's real last name "Goodwin", and "Da Bard" was flippantly added to the end.

Initially not interested in Amtgard until learning that there was a bard class and after that point converted the D&D character to Amtgard. Also introduced another gamer from the same D&D campaign, Logan T. Black, to Amtgard who also converted his character to Amtgard.

Clu Da'Bard was simply a Celtic and Welsh bard till around 1992 he was hailed by Ironcloud members singing "Doctor Clu" to the tune of the "Doctorin the TARDIS" theme by The Timelords. The idea matched the garb and stuck from that point on.

Affiliated Groups

Company - Corsairs

Household - Crimson Falcon/Redhawk

Household - Tavern of the Drunken Wyvern

Belted Family

Clu was once squired to Sir Calvin MacDruin around 1993-1994.

Former Squires include Zin Moon, Donnovan Sunrider, Cyn De'Isis (retired from Amtgard), and Seth (retired from Amtgard).

Notable Accomplishments




  • Master Bard (1) - Given by Baronet Cearen Bladgden Midnight Sun (Freehold), June 1992.
  • Master Bard (2) - Given by King Kaz of the Emerald Hills, December 12,1992.
  • Master Barbarian - Given by Monarch Ewen McFadden of the Emerald Hills, June 16,2001.
  • Master Smith - Given by King Logan T Black of the Emerald Hills, June 22, 2002.
  • Master Paladin - Given by King Falamar LaCrane of the Emerald Hills, September 14, 2013.


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Trivia-Name inspired by Clu 1.0 and 26 years before Clu 2.0.