Background and Notes
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In the Year of Thunder, Father did something especially heroic (maybe when he signed up in the Moonsea War, whatever that was?). Shortly after his return, Mom became pregnant. My brother and I were the first Thundertwins born to gold dwarves in Silverymoon. (I figure I can get away with this minor distinction, as there aren't all that many of us; you said most of the dwarves here are shield dwarves.) Mom recognized this immediately as a gift to Moradin for her husband's valor and her devotion. She knew, and she taught me, that the Soulforger's gift had to be repaid. Since I was her firstborn (a full 12 minutes before my brother), the first ore from the vein [Dwarven analog to "first fruits"?], I was to be consecrated to Moradin's service. I gladly accept this duty and honor, and I knew from my earliest days that I would serve him as priest, if he found me worthy. My brother, like most secondborns :-), is much more free-spirited. The tales we heard on father's knee captivated him, and he is now pursuing an adventuring career of his own. Each of us thinks himself to have gotten the better half of the bargain.
As a further gift to dear sweet Mum, Moradin gave her a daughter a few years after we were born. (Haven't figured out what she's about yet, but I thought I should have a kid sister.) And yes, I know I need names for all of these, as well as our surname. (The level-14 character had Verndhein -- a nonsense word from Damian's high school days -- but I should do better.)
Perhaps my early career could have involved some travel to other temples (the "exchange student" idea in reverse) and then, after I returned to Silverymoon, some local assignments on behalf of the church (to meet your residency requirement). Any suggestions you can offer on this (or any of the above) are very welcome. And my earlier question re how long it'd take me to get from 1st to 3rd level -- vs. the 3-year residency -- may influeence what we do here.
I know it's not much, but that's what I've
got so far. I see K. as duty-bound but proud and grateful to serve,
serious about his faith and the responsibilities he has to Moradin, to
dwarvenkind, and to the good folk of the various other dwarfoid races with
whom we share these lands. He has a sense of humor about some things,
but in others -- particularly religion, ethics, and codes of conduct --
there is no room for levity. Indeed, there is a time for mirth and
perhaps even for foolishness, but these must never mix with serious business.
He sometimes has a sharp tongue -- a trait his mentor has often told him
he must correct.
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