Viva Llael Resistance!
Gabriel was a quiet child, he rarely spoke and spent much of his time observing those around him, imitating them, listening, learning. He was a quick study and showed great promise as a hunter. His thirst for knowledge got him in trouble on occasion as he sometimes sought out knowledge that he wasn’t suppose to have.
As a teenager he began to speak up more, it happened almost overnight, the quiet little boy matured into a bubbly outgoing young man, always asking questions, studying people, not just their actions but their behaviors, questioning everything and everyone. His constant intrusions on others lives began to irritate many members of his tribe. His father saw what was happening and put a quick stop to his abnormal behavior by redirecting his attention, he got young Gabriel to focus on his skills with a bow, tracking and hunting. He satiated his sons desire to learn and kept him in line so as to keep the peace with the rest of their people. After that Gabriel was more accepted and even appreciated, so long as his father was around to give him a gentle nudge or
that look when he began to talk too much. He was able to live a decently normal life among his people.
He was eighteen when his tribe fled the North, not everyone made it. Unfortunately his parents were among those left behind to an uncertain fate. Without his father there to guide and protect him, his insatiable curiosity was once more turned to his tribe, this time his questions had to do with the legion of everblight, the loss of their homeland, their people, his parents. All subjects that his tribe much prefered not to speak of. He wanted answers and he felt that it was their responsibility to find out what happened to their fallen brethren. Eventually they made it very clear that his questions were no longer welcome. He was given a choice, to fall in line or leave. With his parents gone, likely dead, he had nothing holding him there anymore. So he left.
As much as he wished to return to the North, he knew better than to do so on his own, as young as he was and as little experience as he had it wasn’t a smart idea.
After leaving his tribe he traveled to the nearest city in search of something new and exciting. But with no money and nothing worth trading he quickly found himself struggling to survive. He turned to theft, and pickpocketing to provide for himself. He traveled from city to city until he found himself in Merin, where it was dumb luck that he choose the right pocket to pick and got caught. A ferocious Nyss woman turned on him, but paused to take a closer look and she seemed to soften. Her name was Ayla.
Ayla took pity on Gabriel, wishing to prevent the younger Nyss from going through the same abuse she had. She took Gabriel under her wing. And eventually, finding herself impressed with Gabriel’s skills with a bow, Ayla allowed him to join the group of bounty hunters known as Merin Bounty Co.
Gabriel trained hard with Ayla and over time developed a bit of a crush on his mentor, which was unfortunately not reciprocated. Ayla cared deeply for him but thought of him more as a little brother than a romantic interest. Though disappointed, Gabriel understood, he accepted the rejection without a fuss. But although he tried to pretend like nothing had changed he couldn’t stop feeling the sting of rejection, his generally upbeat demeanor was darkened and after some time among the bounty hunters he felt it was time to move on.
Once more free to wander, with nothing and no one keeping him tied to any one place, Gabriel took off in search of adventure. Having heard of Khadors invasion of Llael, and the resistance rising up against the invaders, he travels to Merywyn, hoping he might join in on the action. He’s in a plaza, when he witnesses khadoran soldiers massacring a group of rebels. With his disdain for the Khadoran military he seizes the opportunity to help the rebels. The group of rebels are quickly pushed back, and as they’re escaping, resistance members offer to bring him along instead of allowing him to be put to the sword for his actions. Now with a bounty on his head and with his selfless help during the botched operation the resistance offers him a place to stay and a way to earn money.