The world of Piash is mainly domininated by the empire that rules the all humanity in the north. The Empire began a long war with the elvish nations around the time of his birth. After 20 years of varied and inconclusive conflict with the elves is when the story begins, in a distant imperial province.
Piash is lanky, fair-haired and handsome, with one green and one red eye. He applies dirt to his face regularly to hide his elvan features. This works well seeing as he does not have the ears. It is noticable on closer inspection though. He wears mainly a blue leather tunic with greyish legings and a brown coat.
He is extremely nervous and emotionally sensitive. He is not physically strong, but is fast, agile and possesses great endurance. He is a good hunter as most people are in his village, but he is far from any great skill with the bow. He lives with the fletcher however and is a master at making arrows. His great strenght is with a quarterstaff and none his own age and few of his elders can match him.
He was abanoned when he was only a baby. Left by his mother in the room of an inn in the village of Bitter Springs. Alinon, a fletcher whose pregnant wife had just died offered to take him in. However he spared no love for the child. Everyone was decided about the half-elf before he could speak. Alinon did not even adopt him, just gave him a first name and the family name Nildar. No matter how hard he worked at arrow-making or how much profit he made Alinon, the man could never treat him as a son. Piash was not even in line for inheiriting the craft shop until Alinon got into an argument with his brother and stopped speaking to him, leaving only Piash left.
It was the same for most other people in the village. Although some people showed him some small kindness, not insulting him was the limit of that.
It was only Menor, a rival fletcher that decided to be nice to him. At first Menor became interested when he saw how Piash was nearly beaten to death in a quarterstaff contest, because the boy -only twelve at the time- did not give up. That and the fact that no one had bothered to train him. Menor had only daughers and he decided to help Piash so that to boy could beat his many arch-enemy’s son, a 16 year old boy called Gazni.
The old man hoped that the boy might challenge Gazni’s father in the senior contest, when he was old enough as Menor could not use the quarter-staff anymore with him permanent limp given by Gazni’s father.
So Piash was trained and so after several months of practice he won the winter contest, sending Gazni away with a broken wrist and swollen face. Piash finally found something that he excelled at more than anyone else. In addition to confidence and self-worth he gained respect. Gazni was a popular youth and and half of the youths were his friends and the other half his enemy because of his cruelty, also Menor felt pride for his protege and that was the begins of a strong friendship.
However, some weeks afterwards he was walking Menor’s daughter, Elisha - she had become friends with him- to the winter fair and the large market that it brought. This was when Gazni got revenge with his gang. While Gazni beat Piash to a pulp -who was held down of course-, his brother, Gorli grabbed hold and mauled Elisha. Despite Piash calling upon all his strenght he could not stop them from raping her, right in front of him. Gazni, as soon as he stepped out of his bloody trance, realised they would be in trouble and they all ran for it.
No one ever saw what happened because they were all at the fair. Elisha was distraught but ordered Piash not to do anything or tell anyone. She knew that Menor would try to get revenge and with his limp Gazni’s father would kill him.
So he was quiet and never spoke to her or anyone else his own age if he could help it. He spent his time making more arrows than ever before and becoming better at the quarterstaff. But he no longer had Menor to teach him. Piash could not lie to his one friend and could not send him to his death by telling him the truth either. In addition to his humilation he felt despair at being completely out of control of his life and unable to stop the rape. He was tramatised and insecure from that day onward.
It was some years into his life, his 16th year in fact that the true curse of his blood became apparent. You see humans are naturally instinctive and emotional creatures. They may find logic later in life but they are born to use their hearts. This is the exact opposite with elves, they are a race of logical people that control their emotion expertly. They always make clear decisions without anger or lust getting in the way.
Now in a half-elf (or half-human if he were to live amounst elves) you can to obvious conflict this would bring. It means having to live by two central moral codes each one a foundation of right and wrong and each one directly contradicting the other. It is like being instinctivly, magnetically drawn in two opposite directions, this was what Piash felt after his 16th summer. The elves call it the Straining. This led to a great chaos inside Piash’s mind. His anger, no rage and calm, both in-built feelings collided and sent him spiraling towards a twisted fury, but also ironically stone hearted cruelty. He first calmly told one of Gazni’s weak and dumb cronies, calmly that the blacksmith wanted to Gazni about his requested apprenticeship. He knew that Gazni would bring his close friends and brother because he was nervous about this apprenticeship.
He also told the blacksmith that Alinon wanted to see him with well timed accuracy meaning that he had plenty of time before he came back. Piash then waited until Gazni went inside the smithy with six of his close friends in tow and walked to the door with a bow in hand. He then unleashed his rage killing Gazni, Gorli and 3 others with the bow. He cut the throat of a boy that rushed at him desperatly trying to escape and proceeded to beat the last boy to death with his staff.
After that he had the sense to run and not to look back.
He now seeks something to focus on, to distract himself from the turmoil within. He want to do something so righteous logic and emotion would both be satisfied. He is however on the edge and in danger of falling to the Straining. He could forsake all morality whatsoever, be engulfed by the Straining to become completely and homicidally insane, killing anyone he sees. However he also seeks to escape a group of relatives of the people he murdered, who are searching for him and want revenge, led by Goren the brother of Gazni and Gorli.
note:the setting info is purposefully vague so that it can be adapted. Also I wanted to stay on the subject at hand.