About Toraim Highhammer
Dwarven Fighter 1 / Cleric (Forgemaster) 1
Orisons prepared (3) Detect magic, Guidance, Create water
In the deepest and most ancient halls of Kahae Edhekal, the esteemed Forgemasters Guild has long kept the fire of Valthyra burning in the sacred forge. To guard their secrets, the Forgemasters have always remained isolated from the outside world. But many believe that this is no longer possible…
Born into the revered Clan Highhammer, Toraim, son of Dwarkar, was fated to follow in the footsteps of his ancestors and, in true Dwarven fashion, he never doubted his destiny. His childhood was typical, if perhaps stricter than most. As is right and proper, he began his apprenticeship on his 25th birthday. And when he became an adult at 50, he embraced his responsibilities and married.
He became a proud and dedicated smith, an honorable father and husband, and he never imagined another life. But soon, the Shaping changed everything. When the Fire Goblins, emboldened by the chaos caused by the Shaping, took the Halls of Mourning and the Crypts, the Fire of Valthyra, which burned below, was extinguished. Few of the Forgemasters survived the surprise attack, and Toraim only barely escaped. The event left Toraim scarred and would haunt his dreams for years to come.
The Forgemaster’s Guild fell into chaos. Most of the elders believed that the smiths should remain isolated and dedicate themselves exclusively to their craft. But the younger members – Toraim in particular – advocated that they must fight alongside their kinsmen and the outsiders. Despite the protestations of his wife and clansmen, Toraim was among the first of the Forgemasters to don his armour and leave the relative safety that his position allowed, to fight against the hordes of undead that had invaded Oldtown. He deemed that it was his duty to defend his people against all the odds, and to fight until the sacred forge could be reclaimed.
These battles against the undead would prove the anvil on which the steel of his resolve would be tested.
Characteristics selfless, merciless, truthful (honest and pragmatic), and greedy (but no more so than a typical dwarf!); deliberate and focused; confident, yet vigilant.
For the past three decade Toraim has been mentored by Welmôur Leadtoe. Welmôur, a dwarven bladesmith and disciple of Vlathyra, came to the Vale just over 50 years ago. This Iron Dwarf taught briefly at the Forgemasters Guild in Kahae Edhekal before buying the legendary By Hammer and Hand in The Point district 28 years ago. Toraim continued to seek knowledge and guidance from the old dwarf as he honed his craft.
Since the Shaping, Toraim has been helping the dwarves keep the road between Eastgate and the Bright Gate – the gatehouse that separates Oldtown and The Point along the Dragon Road – clear of undead to allow for traffic between Eastgate and the Bright Tower. Mercenaries from the Bright Tower and a few survivors from the City Watch have been keeping the path clear from the Bright Gate, through the Point, to the Bright Tower.
On the 10th of Selefis, Toraim and a group of dwarves were escorting Ysildaë, two other elf companions of hers, a tiefling and six humans to the Tower Gate. They were overrun by undead along the Dragon Road, escaped through the Bright Gate before it was shut and barricaded, and retreated to the Bright Tower
On the 14th of Selefis, a portal from Earthenwork opened inside the Bright Tower and refugees began to flock out.
On the 15th of Selefis, the portal closed. Among the refugees were Akula and Maria.
The soldiers of Haemil are coordinating with the Bright Tower to begin clearing The Point for the refugees to inhabit. However, things haven't gone smoothly as undead are being found in most dwellings.
On the morning of the 17th of Selefis, a call goes out to all able bodied persons to report to the Bridge to assist.