Herr Ragnar, Orc Warrior
Ragnar was born in a remote forested region of Valkana to a tribe of Orcs called the Unrugagh, in a small village of the same name.
He did not know his real parents and was raised by adoptive parents who were nobles within his tribe. His adoptive father Kogan, seemed to know Ragnar’s real parents or at least something about them, and was unwilling to speak of it. He only said that one day, the time will come.
The Unrugagh were known to be a peaceful and philosophical people, atypical of the Orcs as a race. His adopted parents were considered religious leaders in their community, leading the worship 0f their god Xorag God Of Vengeance and the Mountains. Deep seeded in this orc society was the sense of vengeance and retribution for the wrongs done to their ancestors by elven nobles long ago. The mountains were seen as a refuge during the time of the Endless Darkness and once their people emerged from their mountain caves, they were given a great forested valley by their god – a final vengeance against the elves, to live well and free.
From childhood, Ragnar’s life was tumultuous. His family commonly made a pilgrimage to Xorag Haven. The former mountain refuge from the Cataclysm is more than that to the ancestors of the Unrugagh Orcs. Many in the religious sect believe it was a gift from their god, after a long subjugation under a cruel elven king. Since leaving, the Unrugagh consider it a shrine to their god. It has since been redeveloped into a monastery for their most pious.
Upon arrival Xorag Haven on one particular pilgrimage, the throng of Orc pilgrims found their shrine taken over by strange goblinoid things from the dark depths of the underground. A long and terrible battle ensued. The Orcs were far more battle superior but they were outnumbered. The Unrugagh retreated into the depths of the underground ruins of their ancestors and waged year long guerrilla war with the goblinoids until they were able to rid the monastery of the fiends. At an early age, Ragnar proved to be a worthy warrior.
Returning to his village, Ragnar continued his pursuits of martial skills, learning everything he could about the sword and the blaster. It was during his adolescence on a vacation in the swamps (a place many Orcs found comforting) that his family encountered a new group of Orcs, claiming to be the ancestors of a lost off-shoot tribe of the Unrugagh. Calling themselves the Agronak, these Orcs claim to have seen the Castle of Xorag and make a pilgrimage to it every year.
Intrigued by this notion, Ragnar’s family joined this group on a pilgrimage to this mysterious castle. What they were not told was that it was a stronghold in the sky. The Agronak has access to blimp-like flying machines that they took to fly over this sky castle. This experience was so moving and compelling that their family converted to Agronak and encouraged the lost tribe to rejoin the Unrugagh.
Unfortunately, Ragnar was not so convinced and did not trust the Agronak. Despite his arguments against it, the new movement took a strong hold on his home tribe, leaving him one of the few non-believers. For his dissenting attitudes, Ragnar was rewarded with a excommunication for the group and sent off on his own. For the first time, his adopted parents turned their back on him.
It was during his adulthood after his excommunication that he got involved with the criminal element in the region. Joining a group of bandits as muscle, he was involved with many petty thefts and robberies. Thinking he was working for a independent group of thieves and cutthroats, he was surprised to find out that he was part of a much larger organization, secretly run by the a local noble to harass his rivals. This noble – an elf named Lord Jharak Althidon – is aware of Ragnar’s incite into his operation. Ragnar soon grew a distaste for this kind of work, seeing it as dishonorable. He left this group abruptly, seeking fame and fortune in more adventurous pursuits. Lord Althidon was no pleased with his departure.