Sands of Destiny
Goliath Hybrid Fighter/Warden
Race: Goliath (Half-Giant)
Class: Hybrid Fighter/Warden
Motivation: Regain himself and possibly return one day to his clan and help to restore the world to its rightful condition; full of life.
Zzaeyx is/was part of an ancient clan of mountain dwelling Goliaths (Half-Giants) who manage to survive since The Green Age, dating back before the Ancient Wars and the rise of the Corrupt Sorcerer Kings. They survived by hiding and avoiding involvement in the wars. They live deep within the Ringing Mountians near the Forest Ridge. Though they are not scholars they were literate and were able to pass down the abilities to read and write in common as well as dwarven and giant speak. A talent, though once common is more rare then even they realize; though they know well enough to hide the fact.
Zzaeyx is the first born of two sons from the line of clan leaders and was to become the next leader. He was wise in the clans ways, and grew to heights considered large even for the Goliaths (Half-Giants). At nine feet when he finally stopped growing he towered over every other member of the clan. Along with his stature and wisdom they predicted great things of him even as a child when the clans “Stoneteller” read his skin markings. The clan lives within one of the mountains, which they have named: Tlac-Xorn, which means “Worlds Bones – Stone Heart”. Within the mountain there is an intricate maze of tunnels and at the epicenter a large naturally occurring spring, which is what allows them to survive. The tunnel and cave systems are impassable by anyone other than the clan, it is amongst the first things taught to the children at a young age. Being so near to the Forest Ridge also allows them to hunt for food, they are very ritualistic in their hunting though, they never take the young, never a pregnant mother or a herd stud. They believe in the majesty of nature now more than ever and use ever part of an animal they kill be it for food, armor, weapons or anything else.
Despite this they still occasionally make trips into cities for supplies that are less common but greatly helpful. They never go to the same city twice in a row and they always go in small groups. These groups consist of 4 or 5 members. First there is a single member that is considered a leader, then there are 2-3 fighters and 2-3 commoners. One day when Zzaeyx was 22 years old he was asked by his father to be the leader presence in one such group. It was a great honor and Zzaeyx accepted. His younger brother Tartarus wanted to come but was not allowed as he was seen as too young still. The groups target was Balic, a city where freedom is valued and allowed.
Several days after leaving their home one of the fighters noticed that someone of something was following them, it turned out to be Tartatus. He had left a not for their parents explaining he where he had gone, Zzaeyx being fond of his brother allowed him to accompany them. When in the cities they searched for their goods during the day then left to sleep along the outskirts of the town walls to avoid any unnecessary interactions. During the day however Zzaeyx had been noticed by a gladiator slaver because of his enormous height and physical perfection. That night while they camped out the slaver, Nohrin, with the aid of fighters attacked and killed most of the group. Zzaeyx managed to fight most of them off but finally surrendered when Nohrin was able to get ahold of Tartarus and threatened to kill him unless Zzaeyx complied. After he was secured however Nohrin slit Tartarus’ throat anyway. One commoner of the group managed to escape at the order of Zzaeyx. The next day The commoner found Zzaeyx in his cell and vowed to return with help and free him. Zzaeyx however made him swear an “Oath of Stone” to return to the clan and report everyone else as dead. To tell them that they all fought valiantly to protect each other and Zzaeyx died protecting the entire group including Tartarus. The other member agreed to do this only is Zzaeyx himself swore to escape and return at the first chance he got. In order to ensure that noone else from his clan could happen upon him by chance while fighting in the arena he crafted a mask for himself, not only to cover his face but to mark that he was no longer who he once was. The mask is kept on purely by psionic will.
Zzaeyx over the next year gained popularity fighting in the arena, being such a huge Goliaths (Half-Giants) was enough to get him noticed at first, but as he fought and was subjected to beatings from Nohrin because of his “insolence” he became a darker, hardened version of himself. He became know as a fierce savage who would risk his own life just to land a blow of his own. He no longer had regard for himself. By the time a year had passed Zzaeyx was a shadow of his former self. One night, Nohrin, drunk from celebrating his fortune came to taunt Zzaeyx and triped, coming close enough to the cage for Zzaeyx to grab. Before Nohrin could make a single sound Zzaeyx had snapped his neck killing him instantly. Once Nohrins body was discovered no one else wanted the burden of being Zzaeyx object of wrath and therefore sold him to a passing slaver for physical labour.
His new captor was named Edric, and over a short period of time Zzaeyx learned he was nothing like Nohrin. He owned the slaves but he regarded them all as equals, and saw them as a family unit of sorts, they all worked, including Edric, and he shared a fair amount of the profits with them. Zzaeyx took nearly 6 months before he came to remember what it was like to be himself. The biggest step was when their group was attacked. Zzaeyx saved many lives that night by risking his own to kill the thieves. He nearly died as a result of his injuried but had earned the respect and friendship of everyone, Edric especially. Over the next 6 months they became close friends and Zzaeyx was able to rediscover himself. He still had a darkside that would not release him though, he fear this part of him but relished in its effectiveness in battle as well. One night however they were attacked and most were killed including Edric, Zzaeyx was once again rendered near death in his struggle. His savage fighting and impressive strength caught the attention of the raiders. The injuries from this battle however fogged his memories. He remembers his clan and family, everything, except who he once was, now he struggles between two personalities. the calm wise leader, an echo of his past, and the savage beserker, a survival instinct developed since his capture. Now he has been sold to new hands…