The Hasturian Campaign
Human Archer/ Former Brigand
Darion was just a young boy when he was taken in by brigands. Darion doesn’t remember much about his mother, Allura, or father, Thomas. He does remember that they traveled alot and people were not very happy to see them when they arrived. Though people were always polite, they seemed to fear his father. They only stayed in places for a short time. His father would meet with ‘important’ people and then they would move on. There was no place he called home. His family was traveling in a small caravan when they were set upon by the brigands. Everyone was killed, except Darion.
The young boy had shown great courage, standing over the dead body of his mother, attempting to protect her. That is when Tallisfort, or Tal, had first noticed him. When the other brigands had moved in to simply kill the boy he had stopped them. There was something special about the boy that he admired. Tal had to argue long and hard with Garrak, their leader, to let the boy live. Garrak saw him as a hindrance but Tal was his most trusted man and a devious thinker. In short he would deal with this annoyance because Tal was too valuable. He could not look weak in front of his men however, so he regularly beat the boy for not meeting expectations and often threatened to kill him.
Life with the brigands was not all bad for Darion. The other members seemed to think of him as a mascot when he was still young and grew to like him as he grew older. Tal took him under his wing and taught him all he knew. Tal also enlisted the help of some others, including Hector. Hector was a master bowman. He had been employed by one of the earls for many years and had even been in cahrge of the archery division for a time, before a disagreement had forced him to flee. Darion never knew why Hector was there but he spent many hours under his tutelage. As Darion grew older the other brigands thought Darion was a little soft. He always spoke of releasing prisoners and letting people live. He was tolerated because of his unerring accuracy with a bow and his general likeability. Only Garrak truly disliked the boy and the man he grew into.
Garrak always sought a way to rid himself of this hindrance and ‘conscience’. Garrak finally found a way when the brigands fell upon a group that included members of the church. Darion jumped to the defense of the clergy and found himself at odds with Garrak. Garrak had Darion chained with the sole surviving member of the clergy, Juarez. Tal had grown older and Garrak no longer depended on him as he once had and the boy had openly defied him in front of the others. He would kill Darion and the priest in the morning, after seeming to think it over. Saviors came in a strange form that night as Darion and Juarez were dragged off by bugbears.