Misfit noble warrior never really respected as a half orc in the noble circles and only accepted on the battlefield. On a Knight errant quest for revenge and to prove his honour.
- Skin Tone
Your grandfather tried to stay out of the conflict between the two nations and struggled to pay both sides their dues, but was dismayed when he was later attacked by bandits from Luskan and did not receive help from either side, and so he began looking for other allies.
The story of your unlikely conception begins with your mother traveling to a remote village in the Spine of World where she was to wed a wealthy mine owner.
The owner was a half-dwarf who ran the mine using Orc Slaves, and upon her arrival the mine was taken by Grey Orcs who came to free their enslaved brethren.
Proving themselves more than mere unthinking brutes, they offered to escort your innocent mother home and the chieftain offered his son to her in marriage as a substitute, which her family decided to accept.
Your father soon made a name for himself
Your grandfather decided to side with Neverwinter because of that incident and sent your father to train as a Knight of the Realm while he himself strong-armed a commission to create his own Greycloak Regiment in a fort he had constructed near your property, conscripting recruits from the massive borderland - even from the Luskan side of the border.
Then your grandfather fell in the battle and his wife soon followed him into the afterlife, but it wasn't as tragic as it had seemed - the death of your grandfather became a rallying cry that caused many Manor Lords to grow sympathetic and they donated money to arm your Greycloak Regiment with better equipment and that turned the tide of the war.
Your grandparents were fairly venerable when they passed, but you never did get to meet them as you were an infant at this time, but you sometimes feel like you can remember your Grandmother. The war claimed many lives, but ultimately, most of them were Luskan and soon the border had more or less effectively moved.
Your estate grew and there was talk of naming your father Marshal of what would be a newly established Border Marsh. At some point, your father encountered a Luskan Sea-Captain named Thoras Malcer, a civilian, whom your father had previously accused of being a pirate, a bandit, a brigand and of being an enemy combatant, swearing that he had encountered this individual in the conflict with Luskan - exactly how things went down, you're not sure of, but you know that your father did not survive, and many suspected that Thoras Malcer had specifically been sent to assassinate your father.
Your Uncle came from Neverwinter, where he served as a Courtier, to run the estate, but after your father's death your family faced hard times. The war had already been costly, but the loss of your father's arms and armor was a severe blow to your finances, along with your uncle having to move out to the estate costing the family vast sums because of the lost revenue that you would otherwise have seen from your uncle's involvement in selling your produce and representing your family in court - but worst of all was the fact that your uncle was no military man and was forced to hire an officer from the outside to run the regiment of Greycloaks, which was also very costly.
Your financial difficulties seemed like they would never be over - you were just a child and with no money to put toward your education, it seemed unlikely you would ever be able to follow in your father's footsteps or restore your family's glory - but then you received a letter from Sildar Tresendar, the steward of Hallwinter, one of the great families of Neverwinter.
Sildar was one of your father's primary supporters and refused to let your father's cause die with him.
Not only did Sildar take you in to educate you in Hallwinter, he also arranged a betrothal between you and his much younger sister, Irilene Anderlin of Hallwinter. and set money aside to pay for your arms and armor once you came of age to pursue your dream and in addition to that, he hired a Courtier and Merchant to take over your uncle's duties in the city and shouldered the cost of the Officer leading your Greycloak Regiment.
A few years later, you were old enough to begin your training as a Knight of the Realm, and due to Sildar's personal involvement in your training (him being a former Knight of the Realm himself), you successfully donned the blue uniform and rode to battle the forces of Luskan yourself shortly after your wedding day - you only regretted that you couldn't take the name Tresendar upon yourself, but vowed to name your first born male child after your mentor.
Of course, when she died in childbirth some years later, it was a great tragedy for you, but it didn't weaken the friendship between yourself and Sildar.
While returning from your first tour of duty to the Luskan front, you encountered a young squire who seemed to recognize you - shocked, you realized it was your nephew, your Uncle's son.
The lad had a bright head on his shoulders and with the money your uncle had been able to save, thanks to Sildar, he had been able to afford to educate and equip his son.
The young kid spoke fondly of having grown up in your Estate - he spoke of the childhood that was stolen from you.
You consulted your mentor on a difficult topic - of abdicating from your claims to your estate and dedicating yourself entirely to being a Knight of the Realm. Sildar himself was a member of the Highest Order of Knights in Neverwinter, the Tri-Star Order, which, unlike the Knights of the Realm, was an actual Knighthood in the social sense and not just a military position.
He told you to follow your heart, but also submitted a formal letter of recommendation that you be considered for the Tri-Star Order. You did decide to abdicate your title to pursue a life as a military man, but it was not meant to be.
Your nephew did assume the position as heir-apparent and your uncle did assume the title of Manor-Lord, but you were suddenly and without warning, discharged from the Blue-Cloak Army, after only five years of service, and asked to report to Court.
You soon learned that you were being considered for membership in the Tri-Star Order due to your dedication and your history of selfless acts and as an aspiring member of the Order, you were required to errant out into the land and prove your worth.
As an Aspiring Knight, you had credentials that gave you access to various city archives and you decided to do some digging on the man you suspected of having assassinated your father.
You soon came to suspect that Thoras Malcer was a member of the "Circle of Blades", a secretive organization of Luskan criminals that seemed to be involved with other secret societies of shady nature, such as the Zentharim.
You also found a list of suspected members of the Circle of Blades, and you were shocked to realize that one such suspect had recently made it into Neverwinter. Intending to capture and interrogate this suspect, you pursued him back to Neverwinter, only to find that Hallwinter had been attacked by assassins!
Your rushed to see if you could find survivors and found Sildar and his nephew still alive and dropped everything to help spirit them out of the city.
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