Princes of Apocalypse
Heskan was born in the City of Luskan on the Northern most tip of the Sword Coast. Like most born in the City of Sails Heskan’s family were fishermen/smugglers, his father found himself on the wrong end of a deal gone bad by Suljack, one of the 5 ruling High Captains of Luskan and he and his family were sold into slavery. The family was split and he has not seen his parents or his sister since he was 7, He was sold to a pirate named Harold Bearstrangler (no relation), captain of The Hangman’s Gambit. He took quickly to the life on board ship but was often the butt of many of the crew’s jokes as he had no education and seemed a bit slow.
Heskan earned his freedom during a skirmish with a trade vessel that had a larger guard force than expected, the Gambit’s crew were out matched and getting slaughtered, Heskan grabbed a broken spar and set upon the guards like a terror, unleashing his fire breath and breaking bones with each swing. Harold rewarded Heskan and made him a full member of the crew. The crew became like his family and no longer made fun of him and when in ports were protective of him from getting taken advantage of. For years the Hangman’s Gambit sailed all over Faerun looting and pillaging. One evening after a night of heavy drinking the ship was attacked by another pirate ship, The Cursed Doom of the East. Using strange water powers, the Captain of The Cursed Doom of the East, Gar Shatterkeel, easily captured the Gambit. Heskan in his drunken stupor was mistaken as a corpse and was tossed overboard, the rest of the crew were put to death. Heskan did survive but was adrift at sea for 3 days until he washed up on a beach. A squad of soldiers found him and saved his life, one among the soldiers(Mike) taught him of the God Helm and his tenants, this struck a chord inside of Heskan and he devoted himself to protecting the weak and getting vengeance on those who do evil. When Mike’s character took leave from the army, Heskan followed.