Wind Off the Sharp Flats
Barbarian Uppepo Kuruka
Xill may not be the most patient or strongest among his race; he is however, certainly the angriest. This was not always so, once he was sensitive and thoughtful child. However, that all changed the day that a Khuz’n raiding party attacked his tribe. Xill watched as his tribes greatest Barbarians, Fighters, and Rangers were cut down by the Khuz’n bandits using superior magics and weapons traded from the Shield Lands. Through the valiant sacrifice of these warriors Xill and many other where able to escape, but all that they owned was looted or burned. Thus began Xill’s all consuming hatred of the Khuz’n that would dominate his soul and heart for the rest of his life. The Khuz’n had taken everything away from him; his home, his friends and even his family.
Xill and along with the other refugees where adopted into another tribe. It was a difficult change due to the fact that Xill’s tribe had been vary nomadic in nature where as this new tribe was vary centralized. However, Xill did not have to face the loss of his family and this new environment totally alone, for an old Wiseman named Ganayeginigesvna had taken Xill under his wing and care. Ganayeginigesvna began Xill’s tutorage down the path of the Wiseman for he noticed a certain intellectual spark within the child that was rare among the Upepo Kuruka. Xill followed the path set out by his mentor, but his hate was too strong. One day another child, in training to become a Barbarian, made fun of Xill’s family and tribe claiming them to be cowards and week (the greatest insult to an Upepo Kurka). Xill went into a mindless rage and though the other was armed with a training weapon and halfway through his training Xill left him with a broken and bloody nose before Xill’s rage could be sated.
After that day Xill’s path was set and within few years he was Barbarian proper. Upon coming of age and setting out for his Visvi or pilgrimage (an Upepo Kurka tradition) Xill met with the Elders of the Upepo Kurka and offered proposal. Xill had never forgotten that reason that the Upepo Kurka bandits that had attacked his village had won because they had weapons and magics from the Shield Lands. So he propositioned to the Elders that the isolationist politics of the tribes was hurting the Upepo Kurka instead of making them stronger, and that the Upepo Kurka needed learn more about the changing world outside of the tribes if they where to remain independent. The Elders at first disliked the idea but after some consideration found truth in what Xill had said especially regarding the increase in successful bandit raids. So they allowed Xill to take his pilgrimage beyond the tribes towards the mysterious Shield Lands and beyond.