Character Backgrounds Jul 12, 2016 7:17:08 GMT
Post by Lemunde on Jul 12, 2016 7:17:08 GMT
Ssedt and Zeffira
Ligathrien Ssedt has always (almost literally) been considered the black sheep of his family, being the first black dragonborn in several generations to be hatched into the predominantly silver Ligathrien family. The Ligathriens have always known of their distant black dragon heritage and the occasional black to be hatched from a silver egg was a disturbing reminder of their impurity. As such most of his family of more than 50 have regarded him as an outcast, all but his father, Segren, and his sister and eldest clutchmate, Zeffira.
From the time they hatched, Zeffira had always been protective of her slightly younger brother, ensuring that their five other clutchmates kept their bullying to a minimum. This didn't keep Ssedt from growing up with a bitter resentment for most of his family, but he appreciated the kindness and friendship Zeffira showed toward him.
While most of their clan emphasized the study of religion and philosophy, their father, Segren, chose to school his two children in the ways of his ancestors: the way of the hunt. Zeffira showed great promise in the use of the bow and Ssedt appeared to be even more skilled, although he did not seem to enjoy the idea of attacking his prey from range. When hunting a stag, for example, Zeffira would be laying in wait with an arrow knocked and trained only to have Ssedt leap out from the brush and drive a blade through the animal's heart. While Segren was unsure whether or not he approved of Ssedt's methods, he did have to respect his tenacity. And while the two siblings often found themselves competing with each other, they soon found they made a formidable team when they worked together.
As they grew into adulthood, however, things quickly changed. Zeffira , having shown great promise in her use of the bow, found her way into the dread army's service as a scout. Ssedt, on the other hand, was left to fight off his siblings on his own and after one particularly violent encounter with one of his brothers, he decided he would be better off if he struck out on his own. And so Ssedt bid farewell to his father and left the protection of his family name.
Being on his own wasn't easy. While black dragon born are not entirely uncommon in Darastrix, his dour and bitter demeanor cost him several opportunities for employment. He soon decided that the only way to keep from becoming a slave from failing to pay tribute was to turn to less savory endeavors. At first he turned to petty theft and that worked for a time, but after saving enough for his tribute he found that he only had just enough left over to barely survive. He spoke to what few connections he had in the underworld and discovered that there was a significant market for iconic relics and holy symbols of the gods of the pantheon. Most of these were outlawed, of course, as any form of worship to any god other than Tiamat was punishable by ten years enslavement.
Ssedt was undeterred and made a deal with a ship captain in Coisig to start bringing holy relics in from across the sea a little at a time. Finally he was starting to earn a decent living but the local law enforcement was beginning to take notice as more and more arrests for religious infractions were being made.
One day, as Ssedt was meeting with his contact with the captain to set up another drop, several guards appeared out of nowhere to arrest him. He managed to escape without anyone getting a good look at him but he was on the run for several weeks after. He made for the forest where he would try to survive off the land for a while until the heat died down, but the soldiers were relentless and soon he found himself facing the point of an arrow...
...An arrow from his sister's bow. The army had taught Zeffira well the concepts of duty and honor and she knew that to allow her brother to leave would be to denounce all that she had learned. She couldn't go through with it. Her arrow went wide and Ssedt snatched the opportunity to disappear into the wilderness. Her comrades in arms spent days searching for him, but he was never found.
Zeffira, having in her own mind dishonored herself, found that she could no longer in good conscience serve in the dragon's army. She eventually found employment in a company of mercenaries and shortly after discovered that her brother had joined the same troop days earlier. Ssedt's ear holes ringed for days from the tongue lashing his sister gave him, but he soon found that he was glad that his sister had found him and the two were a team once again.