Current Status: Summer, 1331 Avard. During the War of the Four Winds, Nicholai lost both his parents in the defense of Kashin. Now armed with his father's mithral armor and weapons, Nicholai has taken his father's position as the master instructor at the Wolves' Den in Kashin, training the Guard in Kashin and anyone willing to take the training, at no cost.
Male Slate/Vridaran Human, 3rd-level Fighter
Skills: Climb +5/-1, Craft (armor) +8*, Handle Animal +3,
Intimidate +3, Jump +5/-1, Swim +5/-7.
Date of Birth: Dacal the 17th, 1309 Avard.
Possessions: Nicholai wears black, leather-covered, banded mail, and keeps a large shield with a spike slung on his back. His bastard sword is slung at his side, with a short spear slung over his right shoulder. He has a heavy, oil-soaked, hooded cloak to protect his armor and his eyes from the weather. His heavy leather, military pack carries a water skin, rations, soap, bedroll, and other sundry items.
Appearance: Nicholai is a tall, well-honed man with whipcord muscles. His skin is a naturally-tanned color, and he has short, curly black hair to complement his dark, amber eyes. His overlapping armor is encased in black-dyed leathers, over which he wears a hooded cloak with a spear's tip over his right shoulder. Over his cloak, he carries a tough pack with a bedroll atop it, and a water skin attached.
'Nicholai' by Diego DaSilva, copyright 2005. Used with permission.
Background: His father was a member of the Imperial Royal Guard of Vridara. When his mother's sorcerous powers began to manifest, Nicholai's father, Vlad Kruelkev, escaped to the port city of Lamental with the both of them. Vlad secured passage on a Rakoran smuggling ship, and barely escaped with his wife and his family. The traumatic experience -- the killing of other members of the guard, the long ship's voyage, and more -- left an impression on young Nicholai. He learned that family was worth any price -- even magic -- and that the Inquisition was wrong.
Nicholai's father went on to become the Weaponsmaster of the Wolves' Den Church of Rahne in Kashin, Rakore. Young Nicholai studied under his father's tutelage, along with the rest of the city's guard, and took to the bastard sword as though he had been born to it. Vlad kept the mithral armor and arms of the Imperial Royal Guard buried in a chest in his attic, but made sure that 'Little Nicky' would be ready to wear it, one day. Such was the reasoning for Vlad to take on the new last name of 'Mithralson'.
Roleplaying Notes: Young Nicholai is ready to set off on his own, but he has no direction. He knows most people find his size -- and his father -- intimidating, and has grown up a loner because of his parents' insular Vridaran traditions Nicholai spent a lot of time growing up in the armory of the guard. Essentially, he wants to get away from his parents, and from home, and find adventure in the world.