A gruff and bitter dwarf, wielding the power of his patron diety, Kord.
Background and concept elements
- Thoradin is a crusty, brazen dwarf. He has cast aside the usual etiquettes of conversation after trying to fit into society, and failing, so many times.
- Gruff and stout in appearance, a red beard strikes across his face, though his bloodline was known for their bronze hair color.
- Thoradin worked in a dwarven inn and brewery, The Stalwart Inn, owned by his uncle. His slightly eccentric parents (Darrak and Riswynn) had become surface dwellers, leaving Thoradin in their hometown of Silver Hammer. They entrusted his uncle, Adrik Bronzebeard, to care for Thoradin.
- Adrik was a benevolent mentor and guardian to Thoradin. He was quick to correct Thoradin for every mistake he made, but made sure that his apprentice was aware of the consequences of his actions. Thoradin was taught well in the brewery, and Adrik even taught him a bit of magic on the side.
- At the beginning of the Great War, Silver Hammer was invaded from the deeps by numerous goblinoid creatures. Adrik and Thoradin fought to defend The Stalwart Inn, but the evil creatures’ numbers were too many. Surrounded and cut off from Adrik, Thoradin cried out to Kord for the strength to repel these creatures. His prayer was answered as Kord awakened a shard of his divine power in Thoradin. This newly found power caused immense energy to flare from Thoradin. Flames licked about his body, searing the surrounding goblinoids and causing his beard to turn a fiery red. His power was so immense at this time that he set afire to The Stalwart Inn. The rest of the goblinoids fell to his power, but he could not find Adrik. Thoradin barely made it out of the burning inn alive. His newfound power coursing through his veins, Thoradin searched, in vain, for his mentor. His boiling anger turned into a raging thunderous storm that shook the entire dwarven town. Unable to control this power, he caused copious amounts of mayhem in Silver Hammer. The distraught citizens thanked Thoradin for clearing out the goblinoids and rewarded him by banishing him from the nearly destroyed Silver Hammer.
- Bitter and angry, Thoradin left Silver Hammer and went to the surface to participate in the Great War that was still raging there. He continued to use the power that Kord have given him, but eventually this power reached a more usable level. He felt the shard reach equilibrium inside of him, such that his power was still devastating, but controllable at least.
- Thoradin’s biggest wish on the surface is to find out more about his parents. Why did they leave him? Where did they go? Are they still alive, even?
- Thoradin also has questions about why he was given this power. Did Kord feel that he was somehow worthy of it, or was it his destiny?
- I would like Thoradin to step past his emotional walls and gain the mutual trust of someone not in the party. He has shielded himself from such events after his loss of Adrik.
- Baern Ironaxe: Thoradin’s closest friend in Silver Hammer. He was a blacksmith, and would frequently come to The Stalwart Inn to share ale with Thoradin. Thoradin witnessed Baern help the goblinoids in the attack on Silver Hammer, but is unsure of how to handle it.
- Grumbar Kareesh: An older half-orc that Thoradin met during the Great War. Thoradin felt a connection with Grumbar, due to their similar ostracized nature. Thoradin studied how to better control his power under Grumbar, who happened to be a priest of Kord.
- Mikal Astrin: Mikal is a human wizard that is a closet Vecna worshipper. Mikal and Thoradin worked together on a mission against the oncoming goblinoids. This is when Thoradin found out Mikal’s true religion. Thoradin was taken aback, but now criticizes Mikal for his chosen path. Since then, they have crossed paths a few times, and Mikal has grown weary of Thoradin’s mockery of himself and Vecna.
- Nothing is better than a good ale to Thoradin. He will strive to get his hands on a pint of any ale that has a decent reputation. Nothing has surpassed Adrik’s strong golden ale, though.
- Thoradin both respects and fears the power of fire. After the fire in The Stalwart Inn, he sees the incredible destruction that fire can bring, and he hesitates to use such a power.
- Although nearly destroying the town with his magnitude of power, Thoradin still secretly yearns to wield this level of strength again.
- Thoradin enters a different state when in battle. Like his patron deity, he delights in the play of power between the two forces, occasionally laughing out of enjoyment. Outside of battle, Thoradin returns to his grumpy and subdued self.