Vigal, like most of his race, is the result of an unholy union between and orc and a human. However, slightly different than normal, his mother was an orc who forced herself upon a poor male woodsmen near her tribe's temporary encampment. Several months after the encounter, she suspected that she might be pregnant.
Uninterested in giving birth to a half-breed, she visited an orcish witch doctor for counsel. He examined her belly and confirmed that she was indeed pregnant, but that her child - a single boy -bore a sign of fate and should not be discarded. His mother did not care. She just wanted it out of her body. The witch doctor gave her some herbs, which almost instantly induced labor. Vigal was born several months premature, but was nursed to health by the witch doctor.
The witch doctor also served as his mentor and tutor, teaching him to read the signs and perform the duties of a tribe's sage. When he was just a teenager, the old orc carved two ornate symbols - one on each arm - into Vigal's skin. The pain was nearly unbearable. As soon as the cuts were made, Vigal realized that he had untapped further power. The witch doctor instructed that this power was to be found in his blood, and to unlock further potential, further scars would be required.
As Vigal approached adulthood, he became quite restless, eager to see what fate had in store for him. In the weeks before he left, the old orc helped him carve his own fetish mask, a further source of arcane power.
He made his way south from the Churlwood and arrived in the hold of Sandpoint on the eve of the Swallowtail Festival. Having traded with multiple races over the years, he was used to interacting with the others - though he wasn't exactly gifted at it. He secured lodging at The Rusty Dragon as he determined what his next step would be.