The Known World - 100 Years Later
Former Borni Raider & 'Friend' To Kam Clovertail
Pavel & Hans were deserters from the Northern Kingdoms. They were both the sons of farmers, simply folk. When drafted into the service a local warlord who needed them to bolster his troop numbers against the Orcs of the North they timidly served. Both barely survived thier initial encounter with the Orc forces. Hans decided that they should flee, being the smarter of the two, Pavel followed his lead.
They wandered into the Black Wood. There they were on the verge of starvation when they were ‘saved’ by a group of Borni hunters. At first leery of the two men, they brought them back to their camp to face ‘judgement’ at the hands of the bands leader, Heinrich. Pavel & Hans were forced to fight a handful of starved Goblin prisoners that the Borni had been torturing. Knowing his life was on the line Pavel slipped into a ghastly rage. He and Hans butchered thier opponents. From that point on they were welcomed into the fold.
For four years Pavel & Hans followed Heinrich. From raids on thier former homes in the North to a daring daylight raid in Red Ford a little over a year ago, Pavel & Hans proved their mettle time and time again. That was until that fateful day in the Black Woods.
Heinrich’s band had run into another Borni band led by his long time rival ‘Old Haig’, in the process they’d lost some of their best ‘hands’. Heinrich’s blood was at a boil when three days later a large armored ‘Chosen’ wandered into the camp. After a terse stand-off Heinrich offered him a place in the warband. The massive Valner The Wanderer accepted the terms. Over the span of the next six months Valner became Heinrich’s ‘go to’ man, that was his last mistake. Pavel & Hans began to note how in the dead of night Valner and his ‘followers’ would sneak off and brutally torture any captives. They would engage in bloody rites to appease Valner’s god, Torog.
To them it came as no surprise when he eventually ‘took’ Heinrich in the night. Valner tortured the man in front of his followers before killing him. He then demanded that all of ‘His’ followers accept the brand of Torog. A mark Pavel & Hans both hide now.
Eventually Valner led a hasty raid on some fleeing goblins deep in the Black Woods after one of his ‘visions’. During this raid Hans & Pavel refused to attack the brave ‘young boy’ Kam Clovertail. They protected him after he fell to the goblin wolf riders even at the cost of thier old allies.
Pavel & Hans both felt like Kam represents a chance to redeem themselves, to change their lives, and not end up like Heinrich. They’ve accompanied Kam and his allies back to Harps where they are trying to start new lives.