Den Utne was born to very loving parents in the southern threshold regions.
Life was ideallic until Den’s home was raided by bandits. His father was killed and he was
taken and sold into slavery. He never saw what became of his mom.
His live as a slave was not ideal but he made the best he could of it. He was found to have some
skill as a craftsman and wound up working for his master gaining knowledge of various arts, primarily blacksmithing, metalwork and glass blowing. His artwork made his master moderately famous.
His artistic ability gained him some measure of freedom, for a slave. This enabled him to for friendships with other captives. Specifically with a girl named Teela. While they were still a bit young to have any sort of romantic involvement, they became very attached non the less. Life was beareable if not ideal and Den did not miss his freedom so much.
The hirelings his master employed in his 18th year turned Den’s life upside down. There was still a spark of life left in her when he found her. He craddled her broken violated body and tried to comfort her. His cries for help brought noone.
The next day he confronted Teela’s violators. He made a complaint to his master. His master shrugged if off. Den insisted, his master told him with some finality that the matter was closed. Den protested, his master thought to teach him a lesson. His wounds were nothing compared to the anger that burned in his soul.
It was at this point that he resolved to regain his freedom and never again allow anyone to own him. He would also strive to fight against this cruelty where ever he found it. He bidded his time while his wounds healed and his master forgot the incident. Then he made his escape.
Den spent a year learning martial skills. His anger lent him focus. He progressed quickly A year to the day of Teela’s death he returned to his master’s estate. He killed one of Teela’s assailants and severly crippled the other. He left having avenged Teela’s death. That same night, he took his Second Breath. Teela’s spirit manifested itself to him and thanked him for his actions and then vanished.