The Descendants of Tarakona
Hirk Browbeater is a half-orc barbarian. He was abandoned at birth and doesn’t know who his parents were or if they are alive. He’s never had a place to call home. He grew up on the streets and has lived in several cities of man in the old world. His nomadic life kept him moving around and living off of his fighting skill. Jobs such as bodyguard and debt collecting for the local gangsters weren’t beneath him. Hirk soon fell in with a group of street thugs in the city of Burham. Even though they weren’t the biggest gang, they were constantly getting into fights with rival gangs in the city. The city’s constables were soon well acquainted with the Howling Meanies’ calling card. Stories of murdered rival gang members started to turn up. The local law enforcers were unable to pin crimes on any of the Meanies because witnesses corpses would be found with the lower jaw removed. In one particular bloody bought, he punched three opponents out with a single blow simply from punches in the forehead. The blows were so fierce they left knuckle prints on his opponent’s skull. Thus his nickname of ‘Browbeater’ was born. Needless to say, the victims of the blows were dead.
But he grew tired of his gangster life style in the old world and set off for the new world. Hirk has always made a living with his fist or a sword and, in a bizarre way, it became his career. So it was natural that he would lend his strength to the group Duke Austin hired to find his son. Soon upon arriving in King’s Hope, Hirk was accosted by one of the city guard’s patrols. They didn’t like the tattoos or the fact that Hirk was half-orc. Some of the guard wanted to kill him, but others wanted to take him to the city gates and send off to the next town. One saw an opportunity. And that was the captain of the patrol, Lawrence Becks. He knew of Duke Austin hiring a group of adventurers and if this big brute of a fellow isn’t useful, he’d eat his hat. Lawrence told the patrol to stand down and let his second in command while he personally too Hirk to the Duke. The duke was impressed with Lawrence’s find. He offered Hirk a job immediately and of course it was accepted. Hirk would have to head out of town and catch up with the party though. To cut down on time, Duke Austin ordered a covered wagon, a tracker, and driver to deliver Hirk to the group. He even included a personal letter to authentify that Hirk was an ally. Unfortunately, the trail grew cold. But Hirk told the driver and tracker to head back to the city and tell Duke Austin he would look for the group on his own. He thanked them for their help and walked off into the wilderness. This was not the best idea because it took several days to find the group. In that time, he had lost the letter making his appearance legitimate. Despite the lack of a letter, Hirk was able to gain the adventures trust. Despite being a gangster, he is still a loyal friend to those that earn it. And to cross his friends is to invite his vengeance. Hirk is not one to let a grudge go.