Forgotten Keep and the Western Lands
Half Elf Fighter/Guide
Since I was a child I wanted to learn more; about my existence and my place in the world. I had a natural curiosity that stretched beyond the walls of the city i spent my childhood in. As i grew a bit older, my desire grew to learn more about my elven roots in particular, to find where Im from and about the half of me I never knew.. perhaps find the clan that my mother came from and find a way to connect with them. I was told my mother died when I was a baby but deep down, I never was sure of that.. I can almost feel that my mother is still alive somewhere.
As a youth, I felt like I didn’t quite fit in with the community, as a half breed was never looked at as an equal or peer to others in my age group. Half Elves are common enough, but there were few in my home town of MariLorn, so I was looked at as an oddity, a novelty, and not taken seriously. I strove to prove to those that didn’t believe in me (and to myself) that Im able to carve out my place/make my mark in the world. I want to find a greater purpose than the role put before me.. and come back some day as an accomplished adventurer, and create my own destiny; and not under the way of life that was set out before me, but in fact my own choice and life, doing what I want to do and believe is right.
I wasn’t satisfied with the lifestyle I was put into, of city living and diplomacy.. tedious work in an office or shop, having to deal with and kiss up to my father and older siblings, to nobility, and being subject to aristocracy and social castes.. always felt there was more to life for me than all that. My older brother was set up to take on the family business when he got old enough, my father always liked him better anyway.. That left me with few options. Work under my father and brother, or otherwise find some way to make a living in the city.. none of that was for me.
I wanted to explore, see the world, learn about and be in the wilds rather than the safe (and boring) confines of a city/manor/estate. Perhaps its the elf blood in my veins, a bit of wanderlust, or maybe that I want answers to the questions I have about my roots and the part of my heritage that I was unable to learn about or explore; and in fact was actively discouraged from asking about.
I want to strike out on my own, create my own identity and destiny (as opposed to what others intend or plan for me) and truly be free, as I see it. There’s got to be more to life than living in a city and dealing with the mundaneness of social classes and being proper, working for your father and brother.. I need more. I want to find a greater meaning for my existence.
In some ways, I liked hanging around with folks from the lower classes, they were more ‘real’ than anyone in a higher social standing.. I related to them better, they were who i could call friends, and mean it. I wanted to learn to fight. I fell in with a group of mercenaries who i grew to admire.. their lifestyle, their sense of free will, how they had nobody to answer to or tell them what to do (at least without choosing). I learned how to handle a blade, and to handle myself in a fight while training and fighting with them. That’s where I felt truly alive, not having dinners with city folk or counting change and sweeping up about a storefront.
Eventually, when I was old enough, I started on by taking on guard and armed escort type jobs for merchants and caravans traveling between cities around the region. I familiarized myself with the surrounding lands, its people and cultures, the terrain, flora and fauna, as well as the various routes from ‘here to there’, so to speak. I quickly grew weary of traveling the same roads and routes, I wanted more… to see more, to experience more, to travel far and wide, experience other cultures and societies; and do it on my own terms.. with who I want, when and how I want to.
I want to know more about my Elven roots, and hope to find more clues or leads to that end during my travels. Don’t desire to be rich or famous, my motivation is more internal, as I seek meaning and self fulfillment in my life. I feel most at home out in the wilds, under the stars. Exploring and learning keep me motivated, being with a party of like minded adventurers is where I feel like I best fit in and belong, where I can apply my skills and abilities best while at the same time hoping to learn more about myself while becoming a better fighter. Ive been exposed of late to the ‘roguish arts’ of you will, being more stealth focused in my fighting styles, and relying more on speed and guile rather than brute force and heavy armor. I hope to eventually hone more of those skills later on to complement my fighting abilities and be a more complete adventurer.