Since we still have some time till the game Iâ€™ve been working on the Kezankian Hillman barbarian I was thinking of playing, almost done also, will email the character sheet but hereâ€™s some of the background
Sooo.. what is everybody else thinking of playing?
Gurkan of the seven Lions
Gurkan was abandoned at birth, left for the hand of fate to pass judgment on his worth, abandoned in a region of the Kezankian Mountains a hunting grounds of lions, the region known as the seven lions, a rumor began to spread of the lion child, Gurkan of the seven lions, some clamed seeing him, some he stalked their herds,
a shepherd found the infant, the shepherd had entered the seven lions region and found himself being stalked by the predators, trying to evade them he walked in to a small clearing where he found the feral child, his adopted father would later explain the Lions allowed him to leave unharmed,
no one could explain how he survived so long by himself in the wilds, from his adopted father he learned the meaning of hard and honest work, but there was always something that set him apart from his adopted brethren, the way he could endure the hardest work, the tenacity with which he took the tasks given to him, the fierceness with which he fought;
The life of a Hillman is always marked by fierce fighting, if not with invading Turanians, or Zamorans then settling blood feuds with the other Hillman clans, even as a child Gurkan would take part in the skirmishes proving himself a man in spirit way before he was a full grown, although fighting and blood feuds was an integral part of Kezankian culture there where also traditions that made sure the culture survived,
While traveling in the mountain regions of Zamora, Gurkan stopped to rest in an encampment for travelers, tradition states this type of encampments as neutral and feuds are put aside while resting, a small group of travelers was already there when he arrived, these being peaceful times there where families in the group of travelers and thinking protected by the edicts of tradition they welcomed Gurkan, the night continued around the camp fire and a bigger group of travelers arrived, these travelers where not families, herders or merchants they where bandits and assassins, being foreigners they could care less for the mountain men traditions and took the opportunity to rob and kill the Kezankians, a fierce and bloody battle ensued in which Gurkan was left for dead.
Thirsty for vengeance Gurkan followed the killers to Shadizar and entering trough the Lions gate he though it an omen, although he has wondered since if the omen was good or bad, he found his prey in Shadizarâ€™s merchant bazaar and did not hesitate to extract bloody justice in plain view of the market and did not stop until honor was served and the cobbled stones of the bazaar wet with his enemies blood, this was justice in the eyes of any Hillman but naÃ¯ve to the tricks of â€œcivilizedâ€ men he was captured and sold to the gladiator pits as punishment,
While in the gladiator stables he continued fighting in the arena, his body grew even stronger and his instincts keen, training and fighting every day
He escaped at the first chance leaving a trail of blood with any that stood between him and freedom, once out he learned the attack to the Kezankian encampment was a stratagem there was a cover yet violent war being waged between different crime families and the attack was a way to bring the Kezankians in to the conflict and force the Army to protect the city and travelers Gurkan had unknowingly served the crime families purposes and by his ignorance cause the death of more Hillman, while he was in the gladiator barracks the conflict between the army and the Hillman had escalated
his skill in stealth and arms has proven as useful in the Zamorian city as in the Kezankian mountains, he learned from his first mistake and this time as he stalked his prey he kept to himself and once he caught the one responsible he brought him to the Hillman and explained so justice could be extracted of the one truly responsible averting a full out war
even though justice had finally been served it left a bitter taste, his adopted family a casualty of the conflict the mountains held strong memories and he decided to leaveâ€¦.
Men are like rivers whose surface is apparent but beginnings are unknown....