Roland was born into slavery, on a plantation in South Carolina. When the war broke out between the states, his father took the advantage and fled with him and his mother. He found himself out west, moving from town to town. His mother had taught him how to read, and his father taught him how to survive.
He learned quickly to use a gun, became known for his natural skills.
And when a posse came for him, he ran.
Roland ended up in Australia, if you ask him how, he really couldn’t tell you. He used his skills to help those he could, and in time found himself protecting the aborigines and those who were being pushed out of their lands by wealthy men with power.
He kept to his father’s code:
I do not aim with my hand;
He who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
I aim with my eye.
I do not shoot with my hand;
He who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
I shoot with my mind.
I do not kill with my gun;
He who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.
I kill with my heart.
It was Jake who finally caught up with him, along with Dundee and Quigley. They sat him down to explain about Vampires. He was intrigued by the way they lived their lives, and protection they gave.
So he agreed to be Turned.