Alaric was born the second son of Taeral and Aila, relegating him to a simple life as one of the Paladins
in the Knights of Yggdrasil
. His younger days were spent training in weaponry and strategy, often alone as he was much younger than his brother Ryo Ylyndar
and his cousins. As the grandson of Eldrin Ylyndar
and one of the only grandchildren to bear his name, Alaric was held to a high standard, often being forced to train and study much like the older grandchildren, even when he was very much a child by Elven
It was assumed that he would join the ranks of the Fey Knights upon his 250th birthday as was common in the Ylyndar Clan
, but his training began much sooner than most of the children. By his twentieth birthday, he was considered proficient with a sword, making him a prodigy when it came to weaponry. His days were entirely spent studying the art of fighting and the intricate dance that came with it for over seven decades. When Alaric passed his first century of life, there were no weapons that he was not proficient in, training daily with the more veteran Knights of the Order
Once he passed a century of life, Alaric's father dedicated his time to training Alaric as a strategist. Alaric's role would eventually be to serve under his brother Ryo
as the Order's strategist, a highly coveted position that his father had once fulfilled under his grandfather. For decades, Alaric studied military tactics in the library of the Ylmaris Citadel
As a teen, Alaric Ylyndar
was set to serve as the strategist for the Knights of Yggdrasil
under his older brother Ryo Ylyndar
. Due to his brother's illness, Alaric
quickly had to become the leader of the Order that his father had always dreamed of.
This was meant to be my brother's place, his birthright, but his path was taken elsewhere and I must fulfill the duty in his stead.
Upon his 250th birthday, Alaric swore his oath and joined the Knights of Yggdrasil
as a Fey Knight. His training had served him well and he was easily able to keep up with the older members of his family that had been serving the Order for decades. For the first five years, his duties were simple, including things such as patrols of the Northern Outposts
, strategy meetings with his father and brother, assisting the citizens of Yllvalion
, and anything else that fulfilled the tenets of his Order. He had settled into the life of being second in command behind his brother as his father transitioned to retirement.
A dark and horrible winter struck the edge of the Elven Forest
one year, forcing those in the Northern Outposts
to leave their homes for the safety of Yllvalion
and the Ylmaris Citadel
. Ryo Ylyndar
led this movement, spending long days outside the city walls, leading the people to the safety inside. As the days stretched longer and the wind and snow became more violent, Ryo
was struck with fever, an illness that even the Cleric
of the city could not cure. The winter continued for what seemed years, but when the snow finally broke at the beginning of Spring's Morning, Ryo
was but a shell of himself. He could no longer fulfill the duty of Head Knight and was sent to Alfensil
for his own health.
Known as the white city of the north, Yllvalion is the ancestral home of the Ylyndar Clan
and the Knights of Yggdrasil
. Through the Giant Wars
and the Eldritch War
, the keep and its leader have never fallen.
Alaric inherited a city and Order that had barely survived the harsh winter of the edge of the Neither Tundra
. With his brother no longer in Yllvalion
and his father much happier in retirement, the leadership of the Knights of Yggdrasil
fell upon his shoulders. Alaric had been trained as a strategist, not a leader, but the people of the Northern Outposts
needed to rebuild their lives after a winter spent in seclusion. The young Alaric would have to lead the Order and its people forward if they wished to survive.
The early years as a leader were far from simple. Problems plagued the Order and the Northern Outposts
and the Order and Ylyndar Clan
had never survived on the leadership of a sole individual in their centuries of existence. He served as leader and teacher, bringing cousins and others into the fold to serve as the leadership that the Order so desperately needed. Alaric did not believe in delegating or leading from high, often being the first to volunteer for patrol or aiding those in the city. This willingness to help gained him great support and notoriety through the years and also brought him his greatest companion in the white wolf Ylmari
The Giant Wars
The snowy lands of the Northern Outposts
on the border of the Neither Tundra
are inhabited by Elves
, but the Giants
of the north have been known to encroach on the territory of the Elven Kingdom
when the need arises.
The Knights of Yggdrasil
had been created in order to stop the Giants
of the Neither Tundra
from encroaching on the territory of the Elven Kingdom
. For centuries, this quasi-peace had lasted, with only small skirmishes along the border between the Neither Tundra
and the Elven Forest
, but these instances were easily stopped. After nearly three centuries serving as the leader of the Knights of Yggdrasil
, Alaric would be faced with the Order's first large-scale war.
The Giant Wars
stretched for hundreds of years, with battles occurring sporadically and then quiet stretching for years. In 3500 I.M., the Giant
broke the constant ebb and flow of battle, forcing an offensive against the northern border of the Elven Forest
. This offensive stretched along the northern part of Vóreios
, bringing those from the Goliath's Cradle
and the Human Empire
into battle. The Giants
greatest focus was the Elven Forest
, forcing the Elves
into a weary war. Throughout this campaign, Alaric lead the Knights of Yggdrasil
into battle after battle, eventually culminating in the battle at Krojak's End
The final push of the Giants
during the Giant Wars
was toward the white city of Yllvalion
. Many of the settlements and outposts of the Northern Outposts
had long since been abandoned as the battles stretched throughout the area, often burning buildings and parts of the forest beyond recognition. As the Giants
began their march towards the city, Alaric was gifted Stormrender
, a blade enchanted by the Elven
King in hopes of ending the war. The battle near Yllvalion
would be the last stand of the Knights of Yggdrasil
, otherwise, the white city would fall and many lives would be ended.
Battle rang around them as Alaric and Ylmari
moved across the open clearing towards Krojak
, the Giant's
deadly claymore covering the battlefield in blood. The Frost Steel
sword gave off an ethereal glow and the duo moved towards the Giant
, hoping to end the battle in a single strike.
Both were already wounded from the hours that the battle had raged. Both sides had lost many people, the battlefield difficult to traverse.
When the Giant
moved to attack a group of Paladins
le[t at him, sinking her teeth into the meat of his forearm. A howl of pain rang across the battlefield and Alaric used that moment to speak the words that would empower the blade with a divine smite. As Krojak
attempted to shake Ylmari
from his arm, Alaric attacked, smiting the Giant
with his full power, shards of ice shattering around them as divine power filled the battlefield with a bright light.
As the light faded, the broken claymore of Krojak
lay next to his prone form. Alaric pulled himself into the saddle on Ylmari
, his arm blackened by the power that had rung through his sword. When the smoke and snow cleared, the Knights looked at their leader, hunched over his wolf, and assumed the worst. As they looked on, Alaric rose up, their victory clear, but the reality of the death surrounding them removing the happiness of their final battle.
A small settlement would eventually be built upon the site of the battle, serving as a shrine and burial place of those that had so graciously given their lives in the fight against the Giants
. The shattered pieces of the Giant's
claymore still rest in the ground, no one able to remove them from where Alaric had struck him down. The settlement and the remembrance were one of Alaric's final wishes, one that many wished to fulfill.