Korrigan of Alverok

A Charismatic Half-Orc with a braided beard and long black hair

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When the Misty-Bone tribe of Orcs descended upon the human settlement of Alverok, all parties involved were expecting a slaughter. Instead, the marauding Orcs were greeted by Sheila, a wise bard back in town on respite from her adventuring. Sheila confronted Goorn, the chieftain of the tribe, and called him a coward in the eyes of J’tuun for attacking a defenseless village. Rather than being insulted Goorn was amused and intrigued about this human woman who knew so much about their culture. He halted the attack, and in an uncharacteristic moment of diplomacy, agreed to speak with Sheila. Sheila revealed that she frequents the village to protect it from the various other malignant creatures that threaten it. Ogres, hobgoblins, and other monsters lurk in the surrounding forest. During this unlikely meeting, the village and the visiting Orcs were attacked by a particularly vicious band of warg-riding hobgoblins. Goorn ordered his tribe to retaliate, eager to seek a worthier foe, and fought alongside Sheila. The two leaders battled side by side, fighting their way to the hobgoblin chief and his giant ape mount, and defeating him. Impressed by one another, the two called a truce between the two peoples. This truce, which was made just for the duration of the battle, never ended. After Alverok was defended, the two leaders discovered that they had a newfound respect for one another. Goorn decided to leave the village be for now, while focusing the Tribe’s efforts on the nearby monster clans. In the meantime, relations between the Alverok and Misty Bone improved. The proximity of the tribe afforded the village some level of protection, and the bolder humans met and befriended some of the more amicable Orcs. Over the course of the next decade, the two communities became completely intermingled. The result of this union was, among others, Korrigan, the son of Goorn and Sheila. Since his mother was oftentimes far away adventuring for large periods of time, Korrigan was raised mostly by his Orcish family. From them he learned of the great Orc myths and heroes that defined his tribe. The ideals of Orcish “Kabrrum.”, a mixture between honor and toughness, and the love of a fight, were instilled upon Korrigan. Whenever Sheila was in Alverok, she taught him music, poetry, and lyrics, teaching him to become a bard. As both of his parents told him of the various legends — Goorn the traditional Orc myths, and Sheila’s accounts of her many travels — Korrigan knew that it was his destiny to venture out into the world in order to discover his own heroes, and to find his own stories. Soon after he left Alverok, however, he soon realized that not all places were as kind as the village. Places spurned him and cast him aside for being an Orc, as he called himself. Korrigan grew determined to convince people that Orcs were mostly the same as any other race, and the best way to do so was to share the myths and lore that defined them. He grew into a competent singer and poet, staying several months in various villages where he would share his legends. Eventually, his travels brought him to the bustling port city of Eadmont, where he set about searching for a great warrior that would become his first poetic subject. After some time, Korrigan met Toril, a Dragonborn warrior from the north, who came to study the martial ways of others. A towering fighter, Korrigan immediately knew that there would be stories to be had in this company. And so the two set off in a wagon heading South, to the city of New Alsben…

Korrigan of Alverok

Legends of Ardin Qmalvadore