You must plan and prepare, study and train. Take your future seriously. You don't want to be the next Hapless Jack.The story of Hapless Jack is believed to be based on a young, self-proclaimed explorer who disappeared in the 800s DE, Torren Jakken. Jakken is not credited with any major discoveries and never wrote any travel guides, nor created any maps. There are no surviving belongings of his, no books written about him, nor any statues made. Little more than a few pages of history can be found on him. Nevertheless, the name Hapless Jack is well known throughout Imbria.
Identifying Hapless JackHapless Jack's identity as Torren Jakken was determined based on the timing of his disappearance and a journal entry found in the delapidated home of Nalissa Jakken following her death.
I begged him to stay, but my son has left me all alone, searching for silly treasures. The cold seeps through these walls and wracks my bones until it's too difficult to even get out of bed. I await his return but know in my soul I will not see him again until we've both crossed into the land of the ancestors.
A Disputed DiscoveryIn the late 800s, a research expedition stumbled upon remains thought to belong to the missing Torren Jakken based on the decomposition and apparent age of the corpse. These remains were found in what would eventually be named the Frost Glen Ruins. Torren was never credited with the discovery of the ruins, though some believe he should have been given at least some credit.
"This poor chap seems to have discovered the ruins before us." The explorer stood far from the fly-swarmed body. "No. Look at this blood trail and those claw marks. Something dragged him here." The doctor moved away from the corpse, following the trail for several paces, while the third of their party seached the trees for whatever left its meal behind.
Physical AppearanceFew reliable descriptions of Torren Jakken exist. Nalissa Jakken lived far from other people, and the two seldom interracted with their neighbors. During investigations following his disappearance, one description, believed to be of Torren, was given by a frequent patron of the Wild Bison, a famous tavern in northern Salaris: "...a scrawny teenager, too scared to be in the Bison, let alone the wilds."
Date of Birth
Late 800s DE
Listen to your elders or you'll end up just like Hapless Jack.
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