About Jylan Kynslayer
Attacks +10/+5 with Great Axe, Dmg 1d12+7 crit x3
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Jylan hails from the distant village of Thorncroft, in the foothills of the Stoneheart Mountains, close to the pass leading to the Valley of the Shrines. His childhood was a happy one, where he and his brother Dokklar were the only sons of Wolfenden and Tetheril Calaunt.(Apparently, some distant relation to the noble Lord Calaunt of Bards Gate.) Jylan was often bullied by other children in the village due to his weedy stature, and his elder brother often stuck up for him. Wolfenden made his living as a guide and trapper and would often take his two sons hunting with him into the vast Forest of Hope, many days travel to the South East, along the Coast Road. Jylan was five years younger than Dokklar and he saw his elder brother as something of a hero and role model.
It was whilst near the Forest of Hope, that they came upon a cave along the coast. As it was getting dark, Wolfenden approached the cave, seeking shelter. But the cave was the home to an evil covy of Sea Hags. They bewitched the three of them and made a game of torturing them through the night, seeing who was the weakest and would be first to break and beg for mercy.
The weakest was Jylan. For his sins, the eldest of the Hags,Rylshhna, gave the young man a sword that was enchanted and though he tried to fight it, he was to weak willed.
There in that secluded cave, Jylan butchered his own father and brother, against his will. His screams whilst he carried out the act seemed to last forever but sent the Hags into raptures of delight. Come morning the evil trio let him go and as a parting 'gift', gave him the killing sword.
Through a veil of tears, Jylan ran back to his home. Delirious with grief, he confessed all to his mother, sobbing upon her knees until he had nothing left. Eventually sleep took him.
Upon waking, Jylan found that he was now alone in the world, as was evident by his mothers broken body, hanging from the willow tree outside.
Something snapped in Jylan then. He became hardened, vowing never to speak his family name again, until the trio who had done this to him were punished.
He could never find the shack again, and after months of looking, set off for the only place he had ever heard his father talk of...Bards Gate, where he new he had family, in Lord Callaunt. . Taking his fathers old armor and weapons as well as the sword, now showing no trace of enchantment, but which he had named Griefgiver, he set off to the city, planning to act as a sword for hire and hoping to one day have his revenge. Once at the city, he found that he was rejected by Lord Callaunt, who, having heard what had occured, could not bring himself to take in a person who was basically a kynslayer. It was then that Jylan took on that name.
Jylan has dwelled within Bards Gate now for several years and made many forays out into the wilds, both as a member of an adventuring band and alone. It was whilst adventuring with the Victors of Abysthor, (with whom he had succesfully plumbed the depths of the Stonheart dungeon, and where he came to gain the enchantment of 'Griefgiver') that he first entered the fabled Dungeon of Graves; Rappan Athuk. On his first visit, his party lost three of their members to the death trap that was the mausoleum. It was over a year later, when the group had recruited more members that he returned, and this time he managed to delve deep.
It was on this foray that Jylan made a startling discovery. On the body of a fallen adventurer from many years past, he found a journal. The journal was the diary of a member of a group of warriors who had entered the place long ago. Reading on, he found that, to his astonishment, his father had been a member of this group, and that he had also been a priest of Muir.
Jylan knew none of this. It was a shock to him as his father had never shown any signs of religion. Had he turned away from his God? Reading on, he discovered more, especially about the reason for his fathers presence within the dungeon. They had been hunting for details about someone named Zelekor. Who or what this was, Jylan did not know, only that it seemed to both terrify and fascinate the members of his fathers old band. Contained within the journal was a fragment of parchment, possibly from an old history book that read as follows...
"Many hundreds of years ago, the forces of good
Footnotes lead Jylan to believe that his father meant to try and locate this ancient city called Tsar. The only clues to its location were minimal but there was enough to give him a start.
Jylan returned safely to Bards Gate and spent many weeks hunting out information on Tsar, finally locating an aged tramp who swore he knew its location. All he would tell Jylan though was that to find it he must make his way to 'the Camp'.
And so, following his meager lead, he set off, to continue his journey and take up his fathers legacy.