Straehan is the result of an unhappy union. While traveling through her native Taldor, Ygrainia, his mother was ensorcelled and seduced by a pale-faced and dark haired stranger who appeared human. He left the woman pregnant and compelled her to carry the child to term. In the small, insular, gnomish village - these matters did not sit well. The unwed Ygrainia returning from a trip pregnant (by a strange outlander no less) was the shame and scandal of the village. She was virtually a pariah and many door were closed to her. Still Ygrainia persisted, stayed in the village, and brought a son - Straehan - into the world. It was a bittersweet choice for her. Straehan's odd, non-gnomish appearance was reminiscent of his sire's looks from a young age. The similarities grew as the young gnome matured. His was a face that she both loved and hated.
His outlander looks combined with his dubious parentage made him no friends in town. Like his mother, he was an outcast among 'rightly' gnomes. From a young age, he submerged himself in his own interests and studies, particularly herb lore
. As he matured, he showed a natural and often incendiary affinity for fire magic. He theorized it was yet another paternal 'gift' and made him wonder what his father really was. Like the element that inspired him, Straehan was quick to anger and he seethed below the surface at his and his mother's mistreatment at the hands of the village. He was a very angry young man... and as a budding sorcerer with command of fire, he was a danger. Sooner or later, someone was going to die in flames.
Rather than stay in the village, Straehan took to the open road to learn his craft and hopefully avoid the painful home-life that fed his anger. But anger was a constant companion after years of scorn and abuse. He couldn't shuck it like the miles of road behind him. Every chance look from a curious gnome on the road brought the anger back up. Straehan struggled with his emotions but he didn't have the mental discipline to control them. Finding the monastery was either a stroke of luck or a godsend. Either way, Straehan looked to the monks for wisdom and help. He thought the 'breathing exercises' and meditation would be the limit of it, just enough to keep his emotions in check... 3 years later, he left the monastery a fully trained brother, far calmer, and skilled at harnessing his sorcerous powers to strike firey blows.
He continues his journey now to improve his sorcerous and monastic skills and possibly puzzle out the mystery of who his sire was... and whether or not to kill him for the grief inflicted on Ygrainia.
While his anger is well in check, Straehan still has a gut-level aversion to other gnomes, particularly in large groups. When he learned that Varisia held few gnome communities and they mostly kept to themselves, the sorcerer thought it an ideal place to visit for a gnome-free time. And so, with no particular goal in mind he journeyed to Varisia and wound up in Sandpoint and the strange goings-on there.
Sandpoint and her people grew on the gnome, particularly the spirited Ameiko, who became his fast friend
. Many nights Straehan found himself 'puttering' (cooking) in the Rusty Dragon kitchen or serving drinks - his interest in alchemy finding a new outlet - while he joked with Ameiko and the other locals.