Character Profiles HTTSC Part Four – Woven
Born in the city of Eclin, Woven had a hard start to life. His father had perished a month before his birth fighting in the King’s Legion against the Yundol invaders, and his mother died giving birth to him. As with all orphans in the mountain city he was sent to the city’s orphanage which was funded by the Baron of Eclin himself.
There he was raised by the Old Matron, a woman with a reputation for kindness and her good deeds, things would have been fine except that the title was a lie. Behind closed doors Old Matron was cruel and treated the orphans like slaves. As Woven grew his hatred for the old hag grew until the children arranged an ‘accident’ for their tormentor.
Every night Old Matron would cook the children a vile stew made up of left over’s from the nearby Inns kitchens. Whilst the child ate horrid food she would feast on the best food that her stipend from the Baron would allow.
One day as Old Matron was cooking the stew Woven and a few other children ran up behind the hag and pushed her into the huge boiling cauldron. Needless to say Old Matrons screams could be heard clear across the city. Tales now say that some nights you can hear the ghost of Old Matron’s screams on the wind.
With Old Matron’s death the Baron’s men entered the orphanage to discover the horrid conditions in which the children had been forced to live. At just six years old Woven was given to a foster family living in the old part of the city. For the rest of his childhood he played amongst the alleyways, happy to be free of the orphanage.
On his sixteenth birthday Woven joined the Eclin Rangers, an elite unit of warriors tasked with patrolling the vast wilderness of the Eclin Mountains. The training was hard and many new recruits perished in the first years as they succumbed to the bitter cold or the Fell beasts that stalked the peaks.
Remnants from the magic wars stalked the passes, Werewolves, un-dead and other foul leftovers all prayed on the unwary travellers.
Woven survived and learnt the skills of tracking, archery, sword craft and alchemy. He learnt how to survive the wilds and live off of the land. He rose through the ranks quickly and took part in a number of the Knights of Niveren Crusades into the mountains. His knowledge of the land and his skills in battle earned him renown and the rank of Ranger Captain.
Disturbing reports from the settlements nestled deep within the mountains began to reach the rangers. Tales of an army marching south and destroying all it encountered caused the Eclin rangers to head deep into the mountains.
As the Eclin army prepared defences at Fuio Pass Woven and his comrade Carlock were sent to scout out the enemy positions and that is where we first meet Woven in Heir to the Sundered Crown.