Much of River's life has led to her becoming a Dark Knight
. Born to an Elf
family, she was abandoned as an infant, left to die in the treacherous wilds of the Spine of Kallex
. It is unknown how she came to be found further south of the Elven Forest
in the lush greenery of the Mystic Jungle
, but she was taken in by a family of Minotaurs
, something that was unheard of. The Minotaur
that had rescued her was the wife of a chieftain, and she was raised alongside the many children of the chief.
As a child, she was treated no different than the other children, but in some instances, she was not allowed to spar with the other children as she did not have the tough hide and horns that Minotaurs
did. While she was often out of place, being the only Elf
child in a tribe of Minotaurs
, she was still treated fairly and raised as one of the chieftain's children. She was educated in the ways of warring and the culture
of the Minotaurs
, but the woman who raised her also worked to educate her on the traditions and cultures of the Elves
. This was done through old books and other scrolls that could be gotten when traders wandered into the jungle.
The cataclysmic events of the Eldritch War
affected the world over, reducing population, destroying lands, and in some cases, decimating entire races. Those that lived during the century of the war often did not come out unscathed, affected by the war in some way. Many lost loved ones of homelands, but very few suffered in the same way that River did. The Eldritch War
marked the turning point of her life and dictated the event that would allow her to gain the power that so few could as a Dark Knight
In the aftermath of the Eldritch War
, it was discovered that the area known as the Mystic Jungle
was decimated, turned from a lush, lively jungle into a mass of burning sands and a wasteland of nothingness. Those that called the Mystic Jungle
home, hundreds of Minotaur
tribes, had been erased in a flash, leaving the area to be known as one of the Deadzones
. The family that River had known was now gone as she was left to wander the world.
Anger is a palpable thing, something that can be morphed and focused to become a power beyond measure, something that most could never think of using. The years after her family was killed were dark, disappearing from her memories as she began the descent into madness. It is unknown how she came about the powers of a Dark Knight
, but once she had harnessed her pain and her anger, she became an unstoppable force.
After becoming a Dark Knight
, River traveled the world, attempting to gain revenge and right the wrongs of the world that stemmed from the Eldritch War
. Her cruelty gained her a reputation that came with the name of the Black Fang, a mercenary without a heart that would kill no matter the cost. Over the centuries, she joined armies and fought alongside a variety of people, but she claimed allegiance to no one but herself.
She never allowed herself to stay in any place for long, constantly moving and traveling across the continent of Vóreios
. She never allowed herself to travel from the continent, staying close to the homeland she had lost. Her greatest stretch of time was spent in the Human Empire
, serving as a mercenary for the Empress for a time. It was not known why she left as she disappeared under the cover of darkness one night without a trace.
River still continues to travel the continent, fulfilling her life's work as a Dark Knight
. She rarely ventures into the Human Empire
after her last years there, but does often work with Humans
outside of the empire. She goes where she believes she is needed, serving the justice that she believes she must.
She is a skilled weapons master, utilizing a variety of weapons and the fact that she is ambidextrous to master intricate fighting styles. While she was originally trained in the ways of the Minotaurs
, she has enjoyed picking up a variety of fighting styles and weapons throughout her travels as the constant training helps pass the time.
Surprisingly, she is a skilled baker, often spending hours assisting the bakers in the Minotaur
village. Her specialty is breads and she learned to bake some of the Elven Artisanal Bread
during her time in the Outlands
She thinks quickly on her feet and is very logical. She is also good at recalling bits of information. Her mind is much like a small encyclopedia of the cultures she has visited and taken part in, allowing her to blend in when needed.
Because of her past, she tends to hide emotions or ignore them, meaning she rarely can sympathize or empathize with anyone because she attempts to only feel anger. Other emotions that she deems soft or unnecessary make her question herself and she refuses to do that.
Having been raised by Minotaurs, she can sometimes be socially awkward. She tends to miss ques that would normally be picked up by most people that had ever socialized outside of their race.
The way she speaks is often off-putting as she uses very harsh language. She is often rude and extremely mean to people when she speaks, but it is often not intentional.
As a Dark Knight, there is nothing she loves more than a fight, the thrill of being in combat, the rush of staying alive. Since her emotions are so stunted, fighting brings with it a feeling that she can't gain any other way. Some of this love of fighting comes from the Minotaur Culture, but she enjoys it far more than even her people did.
Another great love of River's is learning about new cultures and expanding on the education that her mother tried to give her. She strives to learn new languages and about the people everywhere she travels so she is less of an outsider and can blend in as needed.
One of her greatest dislikes is her own emotions. She believes they are nothing but a hindrance, a part of a past that she no longer needs. As a Dark Knight, she feels that the only necessary emotion is anger as it drives her power. Anything other than that takes away from the black power that she believes she needs to serve justice to those that she feels deserve it.
Another dislike that comes from the Minotaur Culture is the dislike of those that kill for sport or without reason. Whether animal or person, she believes that if one is to inflict harm or death upon the other, then they must have a reason, whether it be necessity, justice, or something else entirely.
- Assertive - easily dominates a room or conversation with her presence when needed
- Fortitude - she will always stand up for what she believes, no matter the cost
- Justice - she believes bringing justice to those who need it is her god-given duty
- Purposefulness - she believes she has a somewhat divine purpose and will fulfill that purpose, no matter the cost to her
- Perseverance - she will not stop moving forward, even if she faces adversity
Her greatest flaw is that she tends to pick up bad or unpleasant habits during her travels. While she does try to act somewhat lady-like when the need arises, she often fails miserably at the tasks as her bad habits along with her language remove all doubt that she is not from, or fit, for high society. In most company she keeps, she doesn't consider this a flaw, but it has caused some interesting occurrences during her travels.
Much of River's personality and motivation is tied heavily to her upbringing by the Minotaurs
. She believes in discipline and being the master of one's body and emotions. While she is considered cruel and heartless, this is far from the truth, but she has perfected being able to emotionally remove herself from difficult situations.
River's greatest motivation is justice, although some believe it is a twisted version of justice. While still young when the events of the Eldritch War
occurred, she hopes to use her skills and anger to keep events like that from occurring again. She travels the Northern Continent
, motivated only by anger and determination to stop events that could decimate entire peoples if left to get out of hand.
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