Avok: chapter 1

A while back I introduced my favorite character Avok the Shadar Kai Avenger to you the readers. I have been playing him for a while now. The funny thing about him is I started playing him at level 7 and after 2 years of play he is now level 6! The story of how this happened is kind of convoluted so I won’t bore you with it.

Last week my DM asked me to give him some back story on Avok so he could work it into the campaign. I don’t think he knew  what he was getting into. Last night I sent him chapter 1 of Avok’s life story; chapter 1 being roughly 2300 words. I’ll unfold more of of his back story as the game progresses. I’m already 1300 words deep into chapter 2; a bit overboard I know. I just have such a great time playing this character that I wanted him to have a proper story, not just a rag tag bunch of anecdotes strung together.

So I decided to share with you chapter 1 of Avok’s history. Bear in mind this is not the final product, I play on going through a series of rewrites and edits before I am doing with this story.


“Ravens guard the souls of those for whom death has come too early, justice must be done for those for whom the black birds weep…”
~Prayer 153 of the Bardakun Kadarai


Avok was the son of a war chief, Visullanath Sevary, known as The Reaper’s Blade; every member of his clan were fierce warriors. Avok’s father was a renowned killer; his skill, cunning and raw power had brought great honor and fame to his clan; throughout the Shadowfell he was known and feared. He sought the glory of the Raven Queen in all things, destroying her enemies where ever they were found, and preaching her word to any who did not believe in her unfaltering power and wisdom.

Though Avok was smaller than most children his age, he was blessed with great speed and skill far beyond his peers. It was no surprise when the Barna Du Kadarai, the Raven Queen’s elite assassins, came to his clan and requested that the child Avok be given to them to be raised in service to the dark lady.

It has always been one of the greatest achievements for any Shadar Kai to be invited into the ranks of the Kadarai; Avok’s father knew this and was eager to gain more favor with the Raven Queen. Against his will, the child Avok was given to the elite guard to spend his life in training and service. Avok’s dream of one day taking his father’s mantle as The Reaper’s Blade seemed impossible now.

Under the tutelage of the Barna Du Kadarai, Avok’s life was was now filled with strictly regimented days of rigorous physical training, nights spent deep study, and mornings of prayer, meditation and the observation of sacred rites of the Raven Queen. Failure to complete any task or swiftly complete any lesson brought harsh punishment. Avok learned quickly that the only way to avoid the whip and brand was to be faster and smarter than any of his comrades. He spent any and all of his free time in the libraries of the Kadarai’s great halls, adhering to one of his school masters codes, “a sharp mind will cut any sharp blade.”

Not only was Avok’s devotion to his studies zealous, so was his devotion to his faith, and he quickly placed all his faith in Fate and Death as the great adjudicator. Fate played favorites to no man and death came to all in time. Avok pressed himself hard to avoid the harsh treatment that befell all who did not keep pace, but more so he believed that his hard work would one day allow him to see his family again. He thought the power he gained would one day make his father proud enough to pass on his title.

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Part idiot. Part old man. All geek. Thadeous can't think of anything interesting about him self right now. Know this though if he could it would be creative and funny as well as thought provoking.

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