Mottul is a goliath hailing from one of tribes of the Horde of Thundering Skies. He was a well-respected member of the tribe, a great warrior, hunter, and athlete. However, one day his tribe was suddenly and unexpectedly attacked by a company of Shadar-Kai. They slaughtered everyone he had ever known, and took Mottul himself prisoner. They eventually sold him to someone in Old Harkuna, and that is where he met Dante and the others.
Mottul was well known, not only among his own tribe, but throughout his horde, and even much of the other goliath horde. His tribe was a ranking part of the Horde of Thundering Skies, and he was likely to be the next chieftan. For this reason, he has a great deal of respect both from members of the Thundering Skies, and members of the Thousand Winds hordes.