Garuum the Boggard
- aka Lord Ferdinand Viktor Albert Meinrad (Romanian Kings have the most exquisitly long names...).
Suited Kingdom Role(s) Ruler (if transformed), Councilor (if concealed or transformed), Spy Master (in any form)
It turns out that Garuum was once a snobbish son of a moderately influential family back in Brevoy named Ferdinand Viktor Albert Meinrad. At the tender age of 19 he set out with some men at arms to increase his family holdings in the Stolen Lands. While Here he proceeded to lean heavily on the few settlers and trappers his group came accross and generally behaved as though these wild and untamed lands were already his by birth-right. He typically killed the "inhuman" monsters he came accross on sight and cared little for the few men under his command as they fell one-by-one to the predations of the flora and fauna of the Green Belt.
His life changed the day he came accross Elga Verniex aka The Old Beldame (Area J - Issue #32) bathing in the early morning waters of the Tuskwater. So horrified by her appearance, Ferdinand ordered his men to dispose of her else he might lose his breakfast. The Beldame, who was none too patient on a good day, reacted rather poorly to the assault and slaughtered the soldiers.
She decided death was too good for a heart so callouse and full of hatred upon seeing the pathetic cowering creature before her. Elga told him that an inbred birthright alone would not make these broken lands bow as one to a spoiled fool. So she put a curse on him. He would be forced to walk the world in the guise of one of the many "monsters" that he slew in his campaign until he learned humility and temperence towards all thinking and feeling things that lived in the Stolen Lands. Only then would he regain his humanity that he so carelessly squandered. In a bit of cruelty on her part she also transformed his noble steed into a pittiful slurk.
Thus Garuum the Boggard fled into the west where he found the boggard tribes of the Hooktongue Slough. Thinking that they would be easily impressed by his bravado and show of tactical force he challenged what he thought was a powerful Boggard to a duel. Little did he know "he" was a "she" and he was beaten quite soundly and run off into the swamps. Full of self pitty and disgust for what he had become he and Ubagub wandered the Slough for several years until the man that was Ferdinand began to ebb away and Garuum the Boggard was increasingly all there was.
Eventually Garuum found himself in a wretched position in a large tribe in the Slough. Almost entirely given over to his boggard self, Garuum was resigned to his pathetic life of toil, mockery and beatings. 10 years passed and he found a certain degree of contentment in his life. In his limited free time he wandered the eastern Slough and Greenbelt with Ubagub and found that his ability to reason through problems kept him from being eaten by Trolls, savaged by monstrosities and he found many hidden things. Each night he would return to the tribe and receive his usual beatings and mockery.
One day, nearly 15 years from the bestowing of his curse he began to have flashback memories of the day of his transformation. He also decided that he had grown quite wise in the way of the world. Surely he could rule a kingdom of monsters having spent enough time as one himself! So he saw his chance. The tribe had become increasingly discontent with their lack of success and power amongst Boggard-kind and laid most of this on the head of their current priest-king. So Garuum planned to ambush and defeat the chief and thus catapult his reputation and position...
At this point Garuum's story merges with his published backstory for the most part. When the PC's encounter him he's very nearly suicidal and if the interaction goes well he may be spurred on towards an actual redemption. At the very least the party will gain the potential services of a very very sneaky creature that knows the paths and secret places of the eastern slough and green belt.
In terms of game mechanics I have pretty much just hand-waved The Beldame's ability to poof-a-size Garuum into his current state. Additional work may need to be done if your players will be crying fowl at her lack of published ability to repeat said curse