1. Where were you born?
I was born in a small village about a half day’s travel from Kalazart in central Cyre. It didn’t have a name… Shifters don’t care about that kind of thing, the hundred or so of us who lived there just called it “home.”
2. What is your birthday?
I was born on the 8th of Dravago, 970 YK.
3. What is your mother’s name and profession?
My mother’s name was Cindra and she was a Moonspeaker, a holy woman. The Moonspeakers are the closest thing there are to Shifter diplomats so they spend a lot of time traveling between villages to keep different Shifter communities close. Because of this, my mother was gone often. She was a wise woman though and one of the greatest Moonspeakers in Cyre. Because of this I appreciated the times she was around and understood the times she was gone.
4. What is your father’s name and profession?
My father, Terrik was a hunter like the other men in my village. Living on the edges of civilization, finding food was the most important job a male could have. Not only was my father an excellent hunter, he was also known for his sense of humor. My current companions probably wouldn’t believe it, but I used to be a lot like my father; I had a reputation for being a jokester myself. We used to get into all sorts of trouble the two of us… I haven’t thought about that in years.
5. Do you have any siblings? If so, what are their names and professions?
I had a brother named Durin, he was a hunter like me and my father. Unlike us, though, he did not have much of a sense of humor. He made up for it though by being a fierce warrior and the best hunter in the village. When the Cyran army captain came into the village to ‘recruit” Shifter scouts, I thought they were going to take Durin. They had all the young men lined up in the center of the village to decide who would “volunteer” to join up. I still don’t know why they chose me instead of Durin, or any of the others actually. It was almost like they just chose me at random. In the end it was probably for the best, he was a better hunter than me and the village needed his skills more than they needed mine. It wasn’t until after I was in the army for a while that I became the better hunter. Since the Band was stationed out of Kalazart, Capt. ir’Charnan used to let me go back to the village when we were between missions. Durin could see that my experiences had made me better than him, the whole village could see it, but in my mind… he’ll always be the best.
6. Who is your favorite relative? Why?
I can’t answer that. How can you ask someone to choose whether he liked his wife or his daughter better? Aria was beautiful and a skilled weaver. She was all a man could ask for in a wife… she made me happy. Kaia was my pride and joy. She was so bright and curious. No one was surprised when my mother began to train her to be a Moonspeaker. I think my little girl would have grown to become even better than her grandmother… I don’t want to talk about this anymore… ask another question.
7. Who is your least favorite relative? Why?
There is no such thing for a Shifter. Family bonds go very deep for my people. I had cousins in other villages that I barely knew, but I would have given my life to protect them, just like they would have done for me. We aren’t like you Humans; we know what is important in life and we cherish our families. To imply that a Shifter might have a least favorite relative is stupid and insulting… ask another question… a good one this time if you know what’s good for you.
8. What is your worst fear? Why?
When you’ve had your worst fear actually happen to you… can it even be called a fear anymore?
9. Who is your best friend? Why?
My best friend? I don’t even know how to answer that. I had lots of close friends in my village, and of course my wife Aria knew me better than anyone else… but they’re all gone now. I admired Capt. ir’Charnan, but he was my superior officer, hardly a friend. Burke made me laugh, but after what he did… No… I don’t have a best friend. Even with my new companions… No… no best friend.
10. Who is your worst enemy? Why?
I fought so many different groups in the War, there wasn’t time to pick just one. I will say I got the most satisfaction out of making life difficult for Thrane. What they did to my people happened a long time ago, but some wounds don’t heal easily. Since the War? I was too busy feeling sorry for myself to care about enemies… I guess I hated the whole world. These days I guess my greatest enemy is the one standing in front of me.
11. What was the highest point of your life?
I hate questions like this. Do you really think it’s possible to distill all of the happiness in a life down to one moment that means more than the rest? Everyone always ends up saying it is the birth of their children. So there, the highest point in my life was the birth of Kaia… now ask a real question.
12. What was the lowest point in your life?
The lowest point in my life was 20 Olarune, 944 YK. I wont say anymore on that and if you know what’s good for you, I wouldn’t press the issue.
13. What is your most treasured possession? Why?
I don’t have one. My people value self-reliance above all else. To put too much worth in an object is to take away from your own self worth. My weapons and armor are tools, and I keep them in perfect condition, but they are just things, objects. Objects aren’t deadly or impressive; it is the person who wields them that is important.
14. What is your favorite hobby?
Hobby? What do you think I am? A Bard? I am good at two things, hunting people down, and killing them. I don’t have time for hobbies.
15. What is your favorite food and drink?
Why do you keep asking these stupid questions? As if what I like to eat and drink matters to anyone. How’s this… I’m a carnivore… my favorite food is the liver of people who ask stupid questions…
16. What is your least favorite food and drink?
Growls in a threatening manner
17. What deity do you worship? Why?
Finally, a question that isn’t stupid! I used to follow the faith of the Moonspeakers but ever since the Day of Mourning I can’t help but wonder where the Gods were and why they let that happen. I guess I don’t have a lot of room in my life for the Gods right now.
18. What brought you to your current outlook in life?
Pain I guess. I’ve seen the chaos of War, felt the grief of losing everything that ever mattered to me. Through all that I’ve learned that there is no Good or Evil in the world. The only thing that matters in getting through the day; the methods you use to do that don’t really matter. Life is chaos; it’s kill or be killed… I’d rather be the one doing the killing.
19. Why did you choose your profession?
There was never a choice for me. In my village, if you were a man, you hunted. Sure, some men were also blacksmiths or cobblers or tanners, but everyone hunts. I might have eventually become one of those other things, but I got drafted instead. My father taught me to hunt, and Sgt. Barnak of the Band taught me to fight. That Half-Orc was the meanest son of a bitch I’ve ever met, but he was a good teacher. Like I said before, I can do two things; the men who taught me to do those things are both dead while I’m still alive. Does that make me better? I don’t know. What I do know is I never had a choice… it’s just what I do.
20. Why are you adventuring?
Is that what you call this? Traipsing around the swamps and jungles running fool’s errands for Lizardfolk and Dragonmarked Houses? If this is adventuring then it sure isn’t like they make it out to be in those awful stories they sell in Sharn. Let me tell you something… this isn’t an adventure… it’s life. I’m doing this because right now I have nothing better to do and it beats drinking myself to death…
I think that’s all of the questions I’m going to answer now. You see… that Charm Person spell you cast on me to get me so talkative has finally worn off. I don’t like people messing with my head. I guess you get to experience first hand one of the things I do best…
Begins sharpening sword