Rod was one of four Herald Trainees mentored and interned under Herald Elyn. Son of the extremely wealthy head of the Goldsmith Guild, Guildmaster Frederick, he should have been spoiled rotten and yet was not. He had no skill for the family business but excelled in creating mechanical inventions and so his family was thrilled when he was Chosen. He is also described as being blond, blue-eyed and very handsome, the spitting image of an ideal Herald.
Rod possesses no discernible Heraldic gift.