Hitosashi’s birth into a minor branch of the Yoritomo family caused little stir in the Mantis clan. It was not until his tenth year, when a powerful Moshi shugenja guested at his father’s house that his family, and his clan, came to understand the true nature of the child born unto them. The mystic fell into a trance upon meeting the boy, and for the next forty-eight hours he was lost in the spirit world. When the shugenja came back to himself, he summoned all the members of Hitosashi’s household and told them of the dark fate that shadowed the boy. The greatest clan ancestors had revealed to the shugenja that the boy would one day spell out the doom of the Mantis. Through Hitosashi’s actions all of the gains the Mantis clan had made in recent years would be undone, their honor turned to dust, and the remnants of the clan hunted and despised by all honorable men. The ancestors revealed nothing of how Hitosashi would bring about such total destruction, but they were very clear on when. On the thirty-first anniversary of his birth, Hitosashi would doom his clan. The only ways to prevent the destruction of the clan would be to commit seppuku, the ancient right of ritualistic suicide, to fall in battle, or to otherwise be killed before the appointed day.
Gunter is of average height with short dark hair that gets quite scraggly quite often due to his time on the road. He's very fit from a life of farm work followed by a life of a soldier. His most noticeable feature is a 3" scar running across his left cheek to where his head meets his neck.
Gunter's Panzerhand is his most prized weapon and possession. He realizes just how lucky he is to have come to own something so valuable and treasures it like nothing else. It has not left his side since he got his hands on it.
His most memorable moment was being a dead-eye shot with a tankard of beer in a Castillian tavern.
His most memorable quote: "Friends are good, but potatoes are better."
Angelina is of average height with long dark hair that is usually held back from her face. She's very fit and tan from spending the last several years of her life working on ships at sea. Her most noticeable feature is her rich chocolate colored eyes.
Her most prized possessions are 2 elegantly made water-resistant pistols
Arlet is very much a product of kobold society. He acts in a very orderly and regimented manner, does what he's told by those in charge, and rarely cares about the well being of any living thing outside of himself. He's very cowardly in a hand-to-hand fight and will use every single spell at his disposal to avoid or get out of such a situation, despite any worries about overdoing it. He sees his traveling companions as companions and nothing more. They're people he's with. At worst they're still obstacles between the monsters and him. He doesn't discriminate against non-kobold races and sees all companions as his new 'tribe'. Arlet will gladly obey the orders of any individual who consistently sets themselves in a leadership position. He's very intelligent but still a bit of a sheep.
Garret is a bit of a stick in the mud, but mostly because he fears corruption. He is traveling alone with his faith and has started to doubt. While he was with Geddeon he could lean on the human's rock-solid faith, but now he must stand on his own two feet and is scared of wavering. He refuses to get close to anything he thinks might be an indirect evil or corrupting force on his soul, such as gambling, or alcohol, and occasionally he'll even be scared to talk with a beautiful woman. This makes traveling with his brother quite an adventure. He treats his brother like an old traveling partner in battle and on the road, but like a child when it comes to gambling and carousing. His is fairly forgiving the rest of his companions. He may not agree with many of the things they do, but he believes that his best hope of teaching is to do so through example. In the end, though, being a disciple of Heironeous he believes that the final judge of a person's character is their Valor. This is the basis from which Garret judges whether others are worthy of his respect or not.
Though he was treated as an outsider by the children, he was loved and cared for by the elders and the chief shaman, Zunguri. Zunguri raised Gel like her own son and encouraged him to use his gifts only as he saw fit and not to listen to the taunting of the rest of the tribe. Gel was thick as a brick and slow on the uptake, but had great insight into his lessons once they finally sank in. He eventually mastered Zunguri’s teachings and graduated from his apprenticeship. On the day he was declared a full Wind-Speaker Vaal sent a gift to the tribe in the form of an elder Arrowhawk. This tribe roosted on the tribal chief’s hut for seven days and nights and protected the tribe from a mighty snowstorm that threatened to freeze them all to death. On the seventh morning she flew away leaving only an egg that called to Gel. Gel cared for the egg and was as proud as any parent when the baby hatched and Skree was born into the world.