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Bor Durlyne

Bor Durlyne

Bor Durlyne is a wood elf born in Silimanis. Raised by humans under Labarean rule, Bor had to cope with the tragedy of oppression and loss at an early age. In 900 LC, he left Silimanis and the Labarean Empire, seeking out a new life and answers about his old one.

Mental characteristics

Personal history

Early life

Bor grew up in Three Mills, a small village about a day northwest of Hilltower. His human parents shielded him from the attention that he would have naturally drawn. Bor proved to be a quick learner of manual tasks and on occassion, his father would bring him to help out on the Hilltower market. On such trips, Bor had to hide his face and keep his distance from others, as a wood elf chaperoned by a human would attract undue attention. Bor learnt a lot from his sister too, who taught him much about the ways of the humans, and she introduced him to his childhood friends, which included Edmon Feathershot.   In 777 LC, Bor's mother died and his father, in a bout of existentialism so typical for humans, took Bor and his sister on a trip to Aeclyra and told him that this temple complex was built by elves and that it was not that long ago that elves still lived here, providing medicinal and divination services to the world. Bor was overcome by the beauty of the temple, its white-bluish marble standing strong against the waves from the sea.   Four years later, Three Mills was raided by Labarean troops in early Marat, as the villagers had refused to pay the Independence Tax and resisted enslavement. The Labareans had intended to burn down the granary as an act of intimidation, but things escalated and a massacre took place, which claimed the life of Bor's father and his sister in a disgusting display. When Bor found their corpses, he tracked down the Labarean soldiers who were responsible, together with his friends. As they found the Labarean unit celebrating Hunter's Feast, they butchered the 12 of them in the night and made sure it sent out a message to the full Labarean Empire. Only Bor and Edmon survived the fight, and the realized that much more men would be needed to overthrow the Empire.   In the subseqeuent weeks, Bor realized he was on his own. Grieving, with nobody to care for him, he left Three Mills and spent some years in Hilltower before moving on to Nossed. In this port city, Bor started working for a dwarven bladesmith and quickly became even more adept at using knives, daggers and other blades. He also developed a taste for alcohol and spend more on dwarven spirits than he made at the bladesmith. His thirst, skills and debt brought him into bad company and before long he was skulking the docks of Nossed, doing odd jobs for the local crime syndicate.   Bor became increasingly aware of the legacy that the elves had left behind after the 724 LC Decree of Returning. Monuments, temples and other remnants of elven civilization intrigued him and whenever he had the possibility he would seek out knowledge about his kind. In Nossed, this mostly came down to the tall tales told by merchants in the harbor, and the wood elf cuisine that persisted. Bor discovered he had a knack for cooking, and honed his skills in various restaurants.   As time passed, Bor realized that his biological parents or other family may still be alive, somewhere. He left Nossed behind in 890 LC (including some outstanding debts due to his drinking habits) and started traveling through Silimanis for years, seeking out leads in an attempt to uncover his family's past. One day, he revisited Aeclyra and once again stared at it marvelous appearance. At that point it struck him: he would leave behind Silimanis and alcohol, and travel toward the elven lands, where he would seek out his heritage.  

Adventuring life

In 903 LC, Bor got stuck without money in Nadi. A Labarean contingent on the road to Zhai had just set up camp in the waterhole and Bor did not want to hang around. He took up a transport job offered by Gondwen Huckstone and joined a party northwards, towards Pellvyr in King's Swamp. Among his fellow travelers was Ballelds Landidith, a high elf fire mage whose ruthlessness impressed Bor. As the party quickly found itself on a quest to obtain the map to the legendary mine of Bothandal, Bor and Ballelds agreed that they would steal the map as soon as it was found, to take it to Nafindil, Ballelds' mentor at the Royal Academy of Evocation in Prydisyrr, a legendary elven city that Bor was keen to visit.   And so it happened. In late 903 LC, in the cold days just before the Festival of Light, Bor and Ballelds arrived in the capital of the Kingdom of Laeryll.  

Serving the Shekekar

The city was surrounded by encampments set up by refugees from Zhai, where the city of Lloridan had been under heavy attack by the Labarean Empire. Browsing around, Bor came across a mysterious porcelain bird mask sold by one of the refugees. He bought it and took it with him into the city.   In Prydisyrr, Bor stayed with Ballelds and his father Skrifreds Landidith, an important official in the city. While Ballelds studied in the Royal Academy of Evocation, Bor tried on the bird mask, but fell unconscious. He decided to visit a druid in the Temple Tree, to help him make sense of the mask. The druid, visibly shaken, informed him that the mask is worn by The Shekekar, assassins from a guild in Zhai. The druid refused to help Bor with wearing the mask.   In the Uktar District, Bor and his slave Thadil met Bosko Bankiith, who directed Bor to a merchant with more knowledge about the bird mask. The merchant explained the properties of the mask -- including the possibility of becoming invisible while wearing one. Bor tried wearing it again, received an electric shock and dropped to the floor, unconscious. He woke up hours later, on the street, together with Thadil who had become mesmerized by a squirrel toy.   The following night, Bor was visited by a dark figure wearing a similar mask, who telepathically told him he was invited to join a 'society that fits the likes of him'. The society could afford him great powers, at the cost of the occassional instruction that must be followed. Bor agreed and received his first instruction immediately: to kill Supreme General of the Royal Army of Laeryll, Kalied Ilbaereth.   The next day, Bor gathered information about Ilbaereth and discovered that the general would be present during a private party at the military barracks, where high officials would also be present. Bor knew that Skrifreds was invited and toyed with the idea of stealing his host's invitation and having a new one forged by Bosko, who he also sent out to get him appropriate poison. Then Ballelds, who became a True Wizard the day before and was therefore also invited to the party, informs him that he can take along a guest.   Bor went to the party with three flasks of potion and bided his time. At some point, he saw Kalied talking to the historian Falix Fisibird, already a bit agitated. Bor decided to turn himself invisible using the mask and to add the poison to Kalied's half filled glass. The plan worked: Kalied swallowed the contents of his glass and Bor remained unnoticed. However, the result was unexpected: Kalied entered a fit and went straight for King Olyxx III, who was sitting on a balcony with Queen Ceanna. Kalied almost threw the king off the balcony in rage, when Ballelds stopped him dead in his tracks by casting a laughing spell. Without Bor knowing, he had fed Kalied a Potion of Belligerence brewed by Bingverd Flossbottom.   While the assassination attempt failed, the fallout put Kalied Ilbaereth in a holding cell, while Ballelds was tasked with solving the mystery of what had occurred. Under the cover of helping the investigation, Bor gained access to the holding cell of Kalied and managed to kill him there, completing his mission for the Shekekar before assisting Ballelds to uncover a plot to provoke war against the Labarean, organized by Falix Fisibird, Nafindil and the Province Keeper Illitran Varalei.  

Rescuing Sego Pride

The assassination of Kalied Ilbaereth got Bor interested in pursuing alchemy and he went looking for a mentor. He managed to discretely set up a meeting with an old lady in Bluejay Park, just north of the Temple Tree. She was willing to mentor him in exchange for a small favor: to rescue the captive Labarean operative Sego Pride from The Citadel of Prydisyrr. Bor agreed to this and met with Thyameg Faturam, who had recently been released from the prison and knew all the details about the place.   Armed with this information, Bor went to the Citadel, under the pretense of being kitchen staff. In the Citadel, he met the cook Kaat Gwytuhn, who hated his job because the warden Osodyn Parnape was never interested in good ingredients or good food, unless it was extremely exotic.   Bor saw an opportunity to infiltrate the Citadel and persuaded Kaat to hire him for a short while. He would then bring great ingredients and together they would convince Osodyn that good food was important. Kaat went along with this and Bor went back to the city to gather the best ingredients.   These best ingredients could be found with Pethek Bhytear, a wood elf cook who had recently lost his job working directly for Olyxx III. Unfortunately for Bor, he himself was responsible for this dismissal, as he had reported to the king on Bhytear's complacency when Falix Fisibird poisoned Kalied Ilbaereth's drink as part of the pro-war plot. Bhytear was therefore not exactly eager to help out Bor, but he still made a proposal: if Bor could get a good supply of orctongues in from Zeteyn before the last day of the Festival of Light, Bhytear would be willing to sell him luxury ingredients.   And so Bor went, accompanied by another elf who had been hired for this job: the green-haired ex-convict Thyameg Faturam. They reached Zeteyn and found out that a strange cult was cultivating the mushrooms on the bodies of young, consistently frightened children. They picked the mushrooms and returned to the city with baskets full of the valuable orctongues. Pethek Bhytear compensated them for the work and Bor went back to the Citadel, while Thyameg proclaimed he was off the the Southern Arm.   Bor managed to flee with both Bingverd Flossbottom and Sego Pride from the Citadel, which was hijacked by its prisoners. He brought Pride to the designated dropoff point and then returned to Prydisyrr with Bingverd.  

Escape from the city

In the city, Bor hid Bingverd in the alchemist's guild and met with Ballelds, who was attempting to have Olyxx III declare war on the Labarean Empire. The two met with Hef Hasin in the refugee camp outside of the city and persuaded him to have the humans join a Laeryllian war against the gnomes. With this committment in place, Ballelds and Bor spread the rumor that the Citadel had been attacked by the Labareans. Together with the new Supreme Commander Drynieth Herell and some of the more war-oriented Province Keepers, Ballelds convinced the king to declare war. He also talked his way into a diplomatic mission to Qosid with Gaf Bhytear and Bor, to garner support from the wood elves.   Unfortunately for Ballelds and Bor, they were wanted by the Silimani Gunslinger for crimes committed in King's Swamp. With a warrant out for their arrest, their diplomatic mission became jeopardized. Bor was in luck, however: Ballelds was a much more high profile target, and was hidden by the Orange Dean Valthyx the Evoker. Valthyx had also kidnapped Gaf Bhytear and used an arcane ritual to have them switch appearances, after which he sent out Ballelds (looking like Gaf) to join the mission to Qosid. Together with Ballelds-in-disguise, Bor managed to flee from the Silimani Gunslingers. At the same time, he had taken aboard the fugitive Bingverd Flossbottom. Near the city gate, the group ran into Tijl Morgenster, who recognized Bor and decided to follow the mission.  

Journey through Qosid

During an arduous journey, Bor and his party came across Aron Staal, a demon hunter who was tracking an incarnation of Geehynki and who aided the party during an ankheg attack. The party found out that Geehynki went on a rampage in the commune Yhahivit and went there together with the sole survivor of the massacre, Magyor the Gull to confront a gnoll that was possessed by the wolf demon at the instigation of Morsyana. After neutralizing the gnoll and capturing the essence of the demon, Bor found out that his biological father had been in Yhahivit and had been part of the White Temple in Aeclyra. Named Cannu Kytathun, his father was now a Representative in Thellur.   Magyor, who had recognized the facial featurs of Bor, handed the rogue an ancient fire sword that had been in possession of the commune since the War of the Sisters. He pointed the party towards a fast route towards Thellur, via the Lakelands.   Near the Lakelands, Bor and his party were halted by troops from Yhaoltum, who informed them that, due to Olyxx III's war declaration, all travelers in the area had to report to the commune. Arriving there in the evening, Bor remained outside of the commune while his fellow travelers were questioned and engaged in a lavish party.   That night, a flare was sent out by the Qosidian Fleet, prompting Admiral Ledden Gahil and captain Snakke Hith (the former quite intoxicated) to set off in the Thirsty Mosquito. Bor and his party joined aboard the ship, which sailed off to meet the Ice Sea Rocket, an enlarged Labarean Paddler and a trading ship.   The Ice Sea Rocket had been subject to a routine inspection, during which it was revealed that the ship was carrying a suspicious amount of weaponry. Bor set out to question the crew of the ship and killed Theodorius Battlewheel in the process, using one of the tablets he had obtained from Blue Death. Snakke Hith took him and his friends into custody and put him in front of a local assembly a few days later. During this assembly, Bor and his allies persuaded the commune of Yhaoltum that they had committed no crime and that the wood elves should join the war against the Labarean Empire. The party was found not guilty and Snakke was ordered to bring them to Oltumur, together with a newsman from The Traveling Word and a legion of orcs liberated from the Ice Sea Rocket.   In the meantime, Bor had been contacted by the Shekekar and was instructed to assassinate the wizard Tifor the Tall, a chronomancer who had apparently swindled the assassin's guild before landing in Oltumur. Bor set out to gather intel on the wizard, but was sidetracked when his human companion Thadil went missing. Together with Gaf, Aron and the orcs, Bor traced his friend to the caverns beneath Bryn's Depot, which were infested with ghouls. The group rescued Thadil and also found the remains of Bryn, who had gone missing two years earlier. Bryn carried Labarean coins and a key with dwarven runes, both of which were swiped by Bor.
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725 LC 179 Years old
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