Julius Melusine

A Farmer

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Born a drudge of the Elven Empire, Julius Melusine slaved for decades in the fields under whip and chain. In secret he taught himself to read, and stories of freedom in the human nations gave him the courage to escape to the south, where he was determined to build a new life for himself. He took a job as a dockworker in Two Rivers, and made an honest living until he happened to be present for a battle between the sorceress Catherine DeGris and Dellisar Zoren, the Piper of Woe. Julius’s intervention saved Catherine from death at the piper’s hands, and he was driven off by the arrival of High Inquisitor Aust Amastacia. Julius stayed at Catherine’s side through her long and painful recovery in a nearby medical ward, and the two of them fell deeply in love. Together, they decided to set off for the frontiers of Marn and build a family.
The two of them built a house on the outskirts of the village of Goodhearth, and Julius became a farmer again. Soon afterward their daughter Eabha Melusine was born. Julius taught her to read the same stories that had led him to freedom, while her mother took her exploring in the mountains and woods near their home. When Catherine was forced to leave them for Eabha’s protection, Julius was heartbroken but determined to raise and protect his daughter as best he could. He taught her and doted on her, all the while keeping close watch that none of the local villagers learned about her “gift”.
Unfortunately, Eabha was discovered by Lord Daved Lusker, who had promised her to Nax in return for the power that he sought. A goblin warband sent by The Laughing Man on orders from Lusker burned Goodhearth to the ground. Julius fought tooth and nail to protect his daughter, but he was never trained as a warrior, and the goblins overwhelmed him and mortally wounded him. Julius clung desperately to life long enough to alert a band of his fellow villagers to Eabha’s whereabouts, and died knowing that there was still hope that his daughter might be saved.

Julius Melusine

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