VJorn, Half-dwarf/Half-saurian Mage Tech
Artesiris base was an old station built before the Cataclysm by Saurian engineers during the height of the technological growth. They also built series of Teleportation Transit Gates (TTG) that connected the planet with the station. For centuries after the Cataclysm, the planet side TTG remained hidden in underground ruins, until it was found by pre-Chaos War explorers.
Relatively simultaneously, a gate was discovered by two groups of explorers – one Dwarven and one Saurian. Both lay claim to it in the name of their individual tribes and out of this grew armed conflict. A small underground war waged over the ownership of the artifact before anyone knew what it was. While it waged, dwarven and saurian scholars studied it separately and eventually began to work together in secret. These scientists, tired of the incessant squabbling of their leaders, blatantly defied their people’s decree of war in order to learn the nature of the artifact.
This act was a first in many to finally end the war over the artifact and bring the two tribes together in peace. They soon learned that it was a gate, badly damaged since the Cataclysm. The dwarven and saurian scholars used magic to repair the device, and found the other end on the ancient space station Artesiris. Together, the two tribes worked together to take advantage of the station and the treasures it held within. The eventually built a small citadel around the gate and with technology enhanced with their magic from the station, fortified it considerably.
As the Chaos Wars began to brew, more and more of these two tribes (now one) teleported to the station to make it their new permanent home. Among these were Vjorn’s ancestors. Vjorn was born at a time when the dwarven and saurian scholars were exploring ways that saurian and dwarves could reproduce together. Using technology found on the station, the scholars genetically manipulated generation after generation which lead to a wide variety of racial mixtures. Vjorn’s parents were a set of those mixtures, which explains her dwarven-saurian mixed heritage.
Her subspecies is sometimes derogatorily referred to as Kobolds but most of her kind resent that reference. She was raised by her saurian mother, who was an avid artist on station. She was one of many genetically modified mates to a powerful dwarven noble mage. However, during a particular dark time, racial mixing was seen as blasphemy. During VJorn’s early childhood, the station secret police, by the authority of a new radical leader of the station known as Gornaglir Giantspine, raided her father’s home and imprisoned everyone to a labor camp on one of the lower levels. During this tyrant’s rule, racial mixing was outlawed and he proceeded to “cleanse” it of all genetically modified citizens.
Fleeing the wrath of Giantspine, Vjorn and her mother fled to the TGG and returned to planetside to find the Chaos Wars long over and peace had befallen the world once again. They made their way to the nearly citystate – Nestora – where Vjorn spent the rest of her Adolescence until joining the party.