Notes on Buliwyf

1) Buliwyf yearns for the greatness his Klaut kinsmen enjoyed back when they were conquerors. Tales of his grandfather's deeds seem like epics to him. Buliwyf cannot understand why his people do not carry the banner of conquerors now, fighting evil and treachery head-on as grand warriors, so he entertains the idea of having a kingdom of his own one day and promoting a warrior ideal that Klauts today would maybe consider old-fashioned. As a boy, Buliwyf listened to tales the elders told of ancient Klaut warriors coming back as spirits to appear to those who sought the hall of heroes and to aid them if their courage was worthy. In the dark of night sometimes Buliwyf listens to see if he can hear their voices calling to him.

2) Buliwyf is smitten by the female form, but he is also fiercely protective of women and children, holding to a primitive sense of chivalry . As much as he loves the company of lusty ladies in his travels, he always treats women with respect. And as much as he conveys an air of detachment, the barbarian feels compassion for children and hopes one day to have a family of his own. Buliwyf is prone to anger any time he sees slavers or the young or women being abused. His compassion has gotten him into more than one bad spot. As for his weakness for women, Buliwyf remembers hearing tales of seductive magical creatures who lurk in the wild and seek to ensnare unsuspecting travelers. Buliwyf wonders if the tales are true that such creatures can be outsmarted and their treasures plundered, and so his mind is prone to believe rumors of such things.

3) In the days of his youth there were two young women who made an impression on Buliwyf. Both were daughters of the rival clan, the Hurn, and like the Hurn wore colored feathers as their custom. One was named Aesa who possessed beauty and grace unsurpassed by any but she was a trickster - she was talented at dance and song and playing on mens' desires. The other was Hlin, who while not unattractive had as her best features a moral and physical strength and an unbridled spirit and loved the wilderness. Buliwyf was foolish to pursue Aesa and was manipulated into battling on her behalf. Aesa betrayed the north man and left him for dead. It was Hlin, whom Buliwyf spurned, who aided him in escaping imprisonment from the rival clan and nursed him back to health. To this day Buliwyf has never forgotten Hlin or the lessons he learned about seeing the true nature of people. He thinks of her often and wonders if she is still out there, in the wild.

4) Buliwyf spent many years at sea learning to be a sailor at his father's elbow. He still loves the ocean and the feel of a ship rocking on the waves. During his days at sea there was a troublemaker onboard his father's ship, a sailor named Othgo who sought always to cause trouble and vie for control. Othgo was lean and strong, with an ugly scar across one whitened eye that he claimed had magic sight, but everyone knew him to be a liar. The man was fond of using the lash on lower ship hands, was cruel and greedy, bullying others and good at gathering ne'er-do-wells around him. He bore the symbol of a raven drinking from a red split skull as a tattoo and it became a sign shared by his gang onboard. During one voyage Othgo and his men mutinied and stole their ship, killing many of the crew and taking the ship to operate as a slaver on the high seas. Buliwyf learned an early lesson about evil men from the example Othgo set and he has always yearned to find the pirate and exact revenge.

5 - The undead are an unsightly abomination to Buliwyf and he seethes in anger whenever he sees them walk the earth. To the Klauts, a man's life is his testament and his place in the halls of heroes his reward - to have one's body brought back to do ill deeds is unconscionable. For this reason Buliwyf feels a moral outrage when he hears of necromancers at work. Tales were told in his village of a necromancer named Grima who lived among the Klauts and cursed a boat of warriors to roam the sea as undying agents of evil. The boat, captained by a pirate named Jordur, is rumored to sail under the symbol of a bleeding red eye and travels only at night and in the mists. Such tales fuel Buliwyf's passion for wiping out the legions of the damned.