"Why does everyone always think that life is somehow going to be special to them? That somehow they deserve more than the rest of us simply because of who they are."
Arturin Vesket, born and raised in the city of Ardis, the son of a city guardsman. Arturin knew from the very beginning that he wanted to be like his father, wearing the armor, carrying the weapon, enforcing order. He trained hard, studied hard and became devoted to his mission. Accepted into the military academy as a young man, he quickly grew skilled and was always at the top of his class, but always passed over for leadership positions because of his "lack of noble blood". The frustration of blood over merit, never sat well with him.
During a military exercise the company came upon a small caravan being surrounded and assaulted by a gang of bandits. Arturin knew immediately what must be done but the Captain, a noble-born young man, refused to involve the company in assisting the caravan as it was outside the parameters of the mission. Arturin could not stand by and let the abuse of the innocents continue so rallied a few of the men and ignoring the cries of the captain charged to assist. It was a bloody fight, but Arturin and the few drove off the bandits and rescued the caravan. In the process of this, 3 of Arturin's comrades were killed. Due to disobeying a direct order that resulted in the deaths of 3 of his fellow soldiers Arturin was to be court-marshaled. Arturin was sure he was to be executed for his actions and to serve as an example to others but an impassioned plea from one of the caravan patrons was enough to sway the court into reducing the punishment to 50 lashes and expulsion from the military. After suffering the lashes Arturin's recovery was looked after by this caravan patron. Arturin discovered later that it was Professor Lorrimor whom he had saved and who was responsible for his medical treatment.
Since that time, Arturin has hired himself out as a mercenary and guard, utilizing the skills that the military gave him but no longer wanted.
Although it had been years since that first encounter and never having actually met the man, receiving a letter notifying him of the Professor's death and impending funeral triggered something within him and he felt the call to see this man off to a better place. Having to finish his current job has kept him from arriving in time for the funeral but paying respects to the man is always better late than never at all.