Duke Barradin is a member of Ascalon's nobility. Being a member of the royal family made him subject to many rumors prior to the Searing about his loyalty to King Adelbern, who ousted them from power by popular demand.
"Greetings, youngster. I am Duke Barradin. I train young Warriors in the art of Hammer Mastery. There is nothing that drives a point home like a hammer's mighty blow, don't you agree? What brings you here?"