D'nar was born in the village of Teale in 1058 SA as the son of the village
blacksmith (Herat and Katmyl Lareth). His true name was Dilanar, but his
parents used D'nar as his common name.
At a young age it bacame apparent that D'nar had inhereted his mother's
quickness of mind and his eagerness to learn was unparalleled in the
village. Because he had also inherited his mother's slender build, he was
physically unable to perform some tasks on his father's forge and so at
the age of 12 (and after much closed door discussion between his parents)
he was apprenticed to a local sheep herder.
As he turned 13 he bagan to ask the questions all children of that age ask.
Who are we? Where do we come from? His parents always managed to avoid the
questions or divert him by assigning unwanted chores. Finally, they would
tell him that it didn't matter because Teale was his birthplace and their
home now. However, he was able to learn through the townsfolk that his parents
had only arrived in the village two months before he was born, and wasn't it
strange to be moving around with an expecting woman.
Regardless of this D'nar was happy and thrived in the little village, until
shortly after his 15th birthday. That was when the Zun arrived.
He still remembers the beginnings of shouts from the village, and his father
running in the door seeking his mother. Sharing a secret glance with D'nar's
mother, his father pulled a huge sword from a hidden location below the floor
boards that D'nar had never seen before. Then his mother was placing a heavy
pack on his back and pushing him towards the door while telling him to be
careful. All he remembers then is a flash of light and then he was regaining
consciousness in the woods a few miles from his his home.
It was dawn the next day, and that was all D'nar could tell as he walked back
to the village. He knew something was wrong when he saw the smoke. As he
stumbled into the outskirts of the village, he could see the entire village
had been burned and the villagers had been burned in a hideous bonfire in the
center of the town. He could see Zun warriors poking through the fire and
removing valuables from the ashes, and then he saw them pull his mothers
half-melted necklass from the pit and he knew they were dead.
Before it could sink in, a Zun warrior turned and noticed him standing there
and raised an alarm before charging at D'nar. D'nar turned and fled into the
woods, but the Zun warrior was close behind. Finally, he cornered D'nar and
began moving in with an evil grin. Something snapped in D'nar and the next
thing he knew, he was hurling himself at the warrior and attacking with his
claws and teeth. No, not his claws and teeth, but the claws and teeth of a
vicious panther in fact, he had BECOME a panther!
As he continued to run and hide from the Zun troops, he began to become aware
of and gain some control over the mental powers he seemed to have. He also
became adept at surviving and hiding in the wilderness, but food was scarce.
One day, D'nar saw a small human party in the forest. This was the first
humans D'nar had seen in quite some time, and while he was relieved he was
also wary. He decided to follow behind for a few days and observe them
before making his presence known. At night, he could hear them talking as
they made camp and settled in for the night. This group was named the
"Company of the Sable Scarab".
He had finally decided to make himself known to the party the next night,
however before nightfall, a large Zun ambush took the party. They clearly
knew these humans were coming and were ready for them. These Zun were even
more vicious than normal and after capturing them, proceeded to skin the
survivors alive and then slaughtered them to the last member. Then the Zun
gathered up the skins like trophies and departed in no particular hurry
toward the nearest river. D'nar knew that this was not normal behavior, even
for the bloodiest Zun and decided to put some serious distance between himself
and this Zun party. However, during his observation of the adventuring group,
he had overheard them mention the location of a nearby cache of food and
supplies and headed towards it.
D'nar was very anxious to get to the cache and away from the Zun and because of
this, his movements became rushed and careless. Unfortunately, the noise of
his movements had given his location away to and the next thing he knew, some
large human had attacked him and was holding a knife to his throat. At this
point, D'nar was very tired from his rapid pace and was too tired to even
attempt escape at that point. When they began questioning D'nar, he
volunteered that he was from the "Company of the Sable Scarab". Another member
of the party promptly replied to the other members of the group that "The
boy is lying". Looking around the remaining members of the party, D'nar
noticed that a third member of the party was glaring at him. D'nar cleared his
throat nervously, and decided to make another attempt...