"I wouldn't call him a kind man, but he's loyal. As soon slug you in the face as laugh at your jesting. All depends on which side of him you lie on. I wouldn't want to be on his bad side, though. Fair lot of trouble follows those what fall on his bad side."
—Malder, Foothills Tavern
Berned is Auerstel Town's constable—at times of help, at times an obstacle, and sometimes, when he feels like it, a downright villain.
He plays a critical role in the Ignoble Blood series, which is a fantasy story in progress. In it, Berned apprehends Sol Ferro and charges her with the crime of murdering Luna, a series protagonist, who at this point in the story has gone strangely missing without a trace.