Bumble is a male Stigyrompus
who works in passenger transportation with his driver and best friend Hisao San
. The gentle giant is a well known sight along the roads of Northern Ghynzua. Thanks to an extraordinary display of bravery Bumble was the first stigy ever to receive the title Grandmaster along with Hisao.
Bumble was born on a stigy farm outside Miraiy. The farm is part of the Stigy Academy
where people are trained to be a Stigy Driver
. From an early age he showed great interest in the toddler training newly weaned stigy's receive. He was allowed to join them at the age of seven even though he was not fully weaned yet. This did not stop the young stigy from being the best of his class. He was especially adept at memory games. His favorite toy was a bright orange ball with which he could play for hours. He has always had a bit of an adventurous spirit which got him into trouble more than once.
Bumble met Hisao when the young man was in his first year at the Stigy Academy. Although first year students are not allowed to work with adolescent stigy's Hisao did not doubt a second when he saw Bumble trapped in a bundle of thick ropes. Despite his strength the stigy could not get rid of the ropes which were tangled around his legs and he started to panic. Hisao feared that Bumble would get hurt in the time it would take him to find help, so he approached the gigantic animal speaking calmly in an attempt to soothe him. Bumble seemed to understand what Hisao was trying to do and allowed the boy to get close enough so he could cut the ropes. Bumble never forgot what Hisao did for him. Whenever he saw Hisao on the training grounds he would call out to him with a deep bellowing sound. Soon Hisao was allowed to help groom Bumble after their classes had ended. The two have been inseparable ever since.
After graduating from the Stigy Academy Bumble and Hisao took on an apprenticeship with a master Stigy Bus
driver. In this first year they traveled all over Ghynzua but fell in love with the snow covered roads of the north. Both Hisao and Bumble did their job so well in this first year that not only their master provided them with recommendation letters. Several other masters they met during that year wrote one for them as well. After Hisao received his full Stigy Driver
license it came as no surprise when they applied for long distance passenger transportation in Northern Ghynzua. They have been traveling the Ice Road
The year 3415 would later be known as The Long Winter. The first snow fell in Neba in early autumn, five weeks earlier than expected. Many people were caught of guard and the ghynzuan government had to send emergency supplies to prevent people from starving. Bumble and Hisao were among the Stigy Sleigh
teams send out to deliver supplies to cities, villages and family communities. It was on one of those trips that the two stumbled upon a stranded stigy sleigh with a delegation of the Grand Council on board. They had been on their way back from Neba
when disaster struck. Their driver suddenly died and his stigy was so upset that he pulled free from the sleigh and refused to move. In an upcoming snowstorm Hisao somehow managed to approach the grieving stigy and convinced the gigantic animal to be strapped to his sleigh again. In the middle of a blizzard Bumble guided the other stigy with his sleigh and passengers to the nearest stigy stop. Even when Hisao had to take shelter in his own sleigh Bumble kept on going in a world that had turned into a freezing white nightmare. Whenever the other stigy wanted to stop Bumble would bellow at him, encouraging the animal to keep on going. It was nearly morning by the time the two exhausted stigy's arrived at the stop with their cargo and passengers. Everyone miraculously survived, except ofcourse for the previously departed stigy driver. Hisao and Bumble made sure he was brought back to his family so he could have a proper funeral. His stigy was allowed to retire and has lived with his driver's family ever since.
It did not take long before the duo's heroic act was brought to the Empress attention. She was so moved by the stories she heard from her delegation members, and the deceased driver's family, that she invited Bumble and Hisao to The Imperial Palace
. There they had the opportunity to meet her in person. The Empress spend a long time talking to the two in the palace gardens, thanking them for their act of heroism.
Afterwards the Empress decided that not only Hisao would be granted a title. Bumble was getting one as well. The first stigy in history to receive the title of Grandmaster. The ceremony was held two days later in the palace gardens, amid great public interest. Afterwards Hisao was offered a position as Imperial Stigy Driver. He politely refused because in his heart he knew Bumble would always be happiest traveling the Ice Road. The Empress respected their choice. Ever since that day she invites the two once a year at the Imperial Palace. There she takes them for a walk through the palace gardens. Much to the delight of Bumble.