Here is Dahlia once more. Only gearing still needs to be done but I'm fixing that now.
While her initial training went very well things started to shift when she was taken along to negotiate trade deals and ensure the peace amongst Janderhoff's many trade partners. When she met the Shoanti of the Sklar-Quah it was love at first sight. Not so much with any of the tribesmen as with their culture. Theirs was one battle, courage and strength, an enormous contrast with the endless pushing for peace she was taught.
It wasn't long before Janderhoff's main trade partner, Korvosa, caught wind of one of the magistrates having a fondness for the barbarian Shoanti and they demanded Dahlia would be relieved from her duty immediately. Her superiors did as asked, not wanting to damage their relationship and Dahlia was relieved from her duty. Outraged by her kin's eagerness to please the Chelish invaders she left Janderhoff to join the Shoanti.
Life among the Shoanti however was not as nice and good as she thought it would be. The Storval Plateau was a harsh environment and only the strong survived and while her Dwarven fortitude got her a long way her short legs did get her into trouble on a regular basis. After several years among the clan she got tired of it, deciding this was not the life for a Dwarf, and left, heading west and further away from her ancestral home.
She left the Storval Plateau and travelled west via the many small towns and villages that dot the landscape, staying a week at some and up to half a year at others. She'd do various jobs ranging from waitress to rat catcher to carpenter in order to make some money.
Eventually she ended up in a town called Roderic's Cove where she decided she could make a home for herself as a bounty hunter and harbor guard. She was quite successful in her pursuits and this quickly earned her the enmity of several crime lords from Riddleport while both their competitors and honest merchants started to seek her service.
A few weeks ago she received a letter from a merchant who wanted to meet her at the docks of Riddleport. While normally she would not have gone, expecting a trap, she had worked for the man before and had met him on several occasions. He had always been friendly and he paid well. Little did she know that he had since fallen under control of one of the crime lords who wanted her hide and through him they lured her to the city.
Realising she had walked into a trap just before it could be sprung Dahlia rushed away and into the city's many alleys, her attackers hot on her heels. While frantically searching for a place to hide she was approached by another Dwarf. He represented one of the crime lords who had attempted to hire her before but whom she had turned down. He offered her a way out of her predicament but in return she'd have to work for his boss for a whole year. She agreed, valuing her life over just a year of it.
As soon as she agreed the Dwarf pushed her through the hidden door behind her and together they fled to the docks where she was loaded on a barge in the direction of her new boss's hidden fortress.