Ripkarn

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Born in the forests of Gard, the elf Karn was always an adventurous soul. Through his many years of life he explored all parts of the forest and made his way to Gideon City to see what new adventures awaited him there. He learned of the god Jackiv and of the new Bocan Islands that were being discovered to the south. This was his dream, exploration of a completely unknown land. He enlisted as a sailor and discovered not only new lands to the south but also a beautiful Bocanto woman. She changed Karn, or so he thought at the time. He wanted to return back to Gideon City that he knew and start a family with his new wife. She had a child soon after, though he was not named immediately by her insistence of local tradition. Then, on a routine afternoon of work near the docks for Karn, he disappeared into the water never to be seen again. Some say he drowned, but those who witnessed what truly happened don’t talk of it as they know he was pulled to another plane. When his wife found out, she didn’t know how she would support herself or her young son. She did the only thing she could think of and left him at the local monastery of Exene to gain knowledge of the world in a safer environment than that of his father, with a paper pinned to his shirt that said only Ripkarn. Ripkarn grew up in the monastery and learned their ways, but he inherited his father’s sense of adventure and a curiosity for whatever happened to his mother, whom he only knew from stories as the Bocanto woman that left him there many years before. In recent times Ripkarn has taken to completely shaving his head after a run-in with a strange halfing Juju shaman who required a strand of hair in order to insure the protection of Ripkarn and his companions unbeknownst to them. After learning the true purpose of this protection, Ripkarn and his companions fell into a trap that resulted in a near-death experience for Ripkarn. During this experience, he saw a light coming from a door and walked in to see the form of Exene in a great library. Upon getting closer, Exene morphed into the form of a Bocanto woman, his mother, whom he barely knew. She told him that it was not his time to die, but instead that a door within his mind had opened enabling him to use Magic and Knowledge he was unaware of previously.

Immediately following the fall of the Pirate King, Ripkarn planted a tree at the location of his fall, knowing that this would be a site of historical significance that should be remembered by future generations. (This tree is now seen immediately upon entering Dragonfall via the portal from North Almond.) Additionally, due to some unknown magical interaction when he returned to normal size following the fight with the Pirate King, his temple sword did not and remained large, something the Ripkarn would have to learn to get used to. During the days that passed before word got out about the liberation of Freedland, Ripkarn compiled a memoir of the journey of the Freewater obtaining the viewpoints of Captain Charmaine, Aptchi, the other officers and members of the crew in addition to his own. It would be important to understand how this journey was perceived from the varying knowledge of purpose for the voyage and the different backgrounds of each of these groups.
Once news of Freedland began to spread and the mages of Eustace began to establish Dragonfall, while several of their companions including Qaariko and Elric left the area, Ripkarn and Miles stayed to help in establishing the new settlement. While Miles focused his efforts on building the temple to Avillion by hand, Ripkarn was willing to accept the magical construction of the new Library of Exene. Ripkarn took up residence there and began to translate the manuscripts he had recovered during the journey of the Freewater from Gideonese and Clyndouc to Common, so they would be accessible to other followers of Exene. During this translation process, Ripkarn again became curious about the mysterious past of his mother and how it seemed his divine gifts were not only given through his faith in Exene, but also this through the Juju. Ripkarn started taking small trips into the wilderness surrounding Dragonfall to visit the Hulgra friends the officers of the Freewater had made while searching for what they thought was the Fountain of Youth. While they didn’t have much information about the secrets of Juju, they were able to teach Ripkarn the Sylvan language and a new way of fighting that relied on rapid movement and striking back at the enemy when they tried to hit him. As time went by, Ripkarn became restless just staying in Dragonfall and taking his short trips to visit the Hulgra. He thought he had discovered some hidden passages of text in the books he translated that pointed to locations on the land that was Great Austra where more could be learned about the origins of Juju and the mysterious Loa. He departed from Dragonfall following the Feast of Sharing in 458 OC. As of the current day, word has spread into Dragonfall that Ripkarn is still alive adventuring the wilderness and cataloging his findings.

Ripkarn

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