Shadows of Change
Watch Captain of the Ironhands in Hammerfast
“Aye! The Captain of the Ironhands. Proudbeard’s ‘is name and ‘e’s no nonsense is what keeps our streets free of ‘em ruffains and rotnogs. Shame that ‘e drinks like a plains wife. Gromner’s Teeth. My bonny Katanna could pint him’d to Bangruk’s buttocks!”
-Rordin Forgeamne, Sergeant of the Hammerfast Ironhands
Carnot Proudbeard is a rather tall, stocky dwarf with clean features. His beard and hair are cut rather short and neat, as he believes in leading by example. The Captain of the Watch in Hammerfast isn’t young, but it is apparent that he is still in excellent fighting form. He carries with him a pipe and a rather strange box on him, a box that he claims to be an heirloom of his family.
Carnot sports a green tattoo of an ivy vine on his left forearm. While it is a tattoo, it also seems to be have been cut onto him using a sharp knife, such that it is more of a green scar of an ivy than a tattoo.
The Captain of the Hammerfast Watch, the Ironhands, is a hearty, friendly man. That is to the public. In truth, he has a secret that he almost bears in shame. Starting from his grand-father, an adventurer of sorts, the Proudbeards have been associated with a sect of Jhorash’tar orc druids that call themselves the Nhoradiadh, the Seal Wardens. His grandfather, Durak Proudbeard then passed on his knowledge and along with it, a druidic tattoo to his son Parek Proudbeard.
Parek then moved into Hammerfast and it was then he met Samiev. Thus, Carnot was born.
Forty years ago, at Parek’s funeral, came an unexpected visitor. In the dead of night, on the second night of the quiet wake, an orc druid, first disguised as a common household skink, revealed himself to pay respect to Parek. While Carnot was vaguely inducted into the secrets of his father and grandfather, it was Khoras the Orc that told him what and why Durak was part of the Seal Wardens. He was then reminded of the songs and stories that his father and Durak taught him and to commit them to heart. Khoras then asked if Carnot was willing to continue the tradition.
The dwarf agreed.
Two and a half years ago, Khoras came before Carnot again, time having taken its toll on the orc druid. He leant heavily on a staff as he handed a simple wooden box, its lid inlaid with the insignia of the Seal Wardens. Khoras entrusted the box to Carnot and told him to keep it somewhere safe. And as the orc spent his last days secreted in the Proudbeard manor, he recalled stories of Durak and his compatriots and of the stories of the Seal Warden. Khoras was then given a quiet burial by Carnot’s hands. Curiosity took over Carnot and he took a peek into the box. Within laid a tear shaped jewel, as big as an egg, darker than any black he has seen, seeming to drink in all light.
It was than that Carnot decided to enter the forbidden Iron Tomb to store the box. As a beardling, he had been there once with his father, paying respects to the revered paladins of Onatar. Now, as he unlocked the cold iron doors, the oppressive darkness and silence seemed to chastised him. With the box safely secured, Carnot then continued his life as if the Seal Wardens did not exist at all.
In the winter of YK 997, the Iron Tomb was broken into. A passerby noticed the doors opened wide and alerted the Ironhands. Carnot personally led the investigation, and when he checked the secret cache where he stored the box, the gem was missing. Unable to tell anyone for the fear of exposing his family’s relationship with orcs, Carnot was caught hapless.
And then the characters arrived.
Carnot knows of a Children Song that his grandfather sung to him, and reminded to him by Khorash.