TUUNA ‘THE BOAR’ AJIN
HEIGHT: 185 cm
Swim as water… defend as rock… fight as wind… run as fire…
Tusk of elements… the boar.
When his parents, a silversmith couple, were returning from a convention, they sailed across Zapri. The ferry tipped over and sank, giving his mother so much stress that she delivered Tuuna into the water as they were picked up by a fisherman. Who then sailed them to the pier of ?to in
As they returned home and years passed, his parents disliked that he didn’t want to continue their trade as silversmiths, but they noticed how he seemed to know water currents and where good catches were to be found. He also became an excellent swimmer and could dive like no one else. Eventually they helped him get a small fishing boat, which, in time, would prove to be a priceless investment. It was this that brought their son to the centre of power and their family incredible wealth.
Within a few years, Tuuna had sailed on every current in Lake Egzar, upriver to Butan and all the way past Snaw into Bebram. It was as if he knew everything about currents, reefs, sandbanks, and what else and thus could travel where none else fared—and swifter. He became wealthy due to his quality catches, findings, and transportation of people and goods. With wealth came a more relaxed life, and he began to dive more than fish and transport. And if his secure and speedy transports hadn’t made him friends in high places, his dive finds surely did.
In the beginning, it was just a random big pearl or some recent droppings of this and that. Then older coins, jewellery, weapons, armour, flasks, and similar things of great value are given to collectors or descendants of their previous owners. At times, he found things that the local dealers wouldn’t touch, or he felt there were better bargains to be made. So he began frequenting the bigger towns and cities. Eventually leading him to some of the greater Hordes, and that’s when things got… exiting.
Because suddenly he gained access to great libraries and free passage in some great trade hubs. Making him extremely wealthy and able to buy back and resell previously found items in enormous amounts to the right buyers. But this also brought thieves, robbers, burglars, and assassins on his trail. Some wanted what was not theirs for free and often regretted the prize paid—or the mere fact that he knew they had bought this and that.
So, that’s why he started to train ‘board and blade’.
I once heard, from a single source, that in 1178 he was approached by both Den Godan and Setil within the same month. Both asked him if he had ever seen or owned a small egg-like silver amulet, able to come apart with two long needles at each end and with gems at the end. If so, and he was willing to sell, they would pay him “a backpack of gems.” How this one knew this, I didn’t ask, but I’m certain that it was this that made Tuuna realise there were greater things to be hunted for than decorated blades and grandfathers on coins.
So he approached one of the nearby Hordes, and with his knowledge and fluid fighting style, he became part of the Ye Olde Zephyrs. Not only to guard their grey-haired ‘ol tree Black Oak or the merry comrades he gained in that horde. But as he said, “Also to be able to go where no guests are allowed, in search of legendary spoils for the exclusive customer.”in
Due to the loss of people and library annals as a result of the invasion, it is uncertain exactly when Tuuna left Ye Olde Zephyrs. But it was after Black Oak became High King in 1250 and before the 3rd, slain High King was crowned in 1274. And it’s also unclear why, but some sources claim that he travelled directly to when he left. Others say he only stayed there for a day, then left for the at , again only staying for a day before sailing south.
Skjald El Mary
No longer Stallari or bonded to Ye Olde Zephyrs and never sworn to The Realm, he lived consuming from his enormous wealth. Since the Great Invasion, he has restored some of his possessions and owings but also lives by offering his still strong swords skills and occasional dive-find.
He can swim, dive, and hold breath better than most mortals.
Last Updated on 2024-02-10 by IoM-Christian