He was originally a sergeant in the Vistrian military, but was given an honourable discharge after losing a hand in battle. A comitted soldier, he began travelling from recruiting post to recruiting post attempting to re-enlist. News of this travelled to Baron Silverlode, who recruited Sergeant Richard to lead his daughter's personal retinue. When Ivana married, Sgt. Richard went with her and became the head of Draven's guard.