The youngest son of the House of Bearcharger, Thoril spends his time carefully avoiding his duties by hiding in the woods. Thoril’s older brother, Jader, was the heir-apparent of the tiny Bearcharger mercantile empire. However, when Jader vanished their father’s strict eyes fell upon Thoril to continue the Bearcharger business. Thoril spent his childhood growing close to his grandfather Emmanuel Bearcharger, the founder of the family company.
Emmanuel was a forest man through-and-through who hunted both for sport and to show the forest who was on top of the food chain. He developed a keen dislike of bears whom he began to believe were involved in a grand conspiracy to steal what little food Emmanuel kept in his camp and take the land from him. A shrewd businessman, Emmanuel was able to pay for what supplies he couldn’t make himself by selling the decorated skins and bones of his ursine enemies. Eventually his profits became so much larger than his meager expenses that he was able to hire assistants, though he considered them to be paid soldiers in his own private anti-bear army. This early arrangement eventually morphed into the fur company Bearcharger’s Bear Parts.
After many years of bear hunting, Emmanuel grew too old to punish the bears for their insurgent ways and he was forced to hand the business over to his only son, Isaac. Isaac was less interested in hunting, and more interested in increasing the family wealth. To this end, Isaac oversaw an enormous increase in trade, providing bearskin coats, rugs, and other furniture to the homes of lesser-nobility. Thoril had little respect for his own father who was always preoccupied with work while his children grew into adults. This was compounded by Emmanuel’s own disappointment in Isaac. Thoril never forgot one thing that Emmanuel said “That boy, yer dad, he lost sight of what’s really important. S’not money, or influence. It’s killin’ bears.”
That lesson stuck with Thoril throughout his childhood, and when Jader ran away from home and Emmanuel died in a tragic, unforeseen turkey ambush, Thoril retreated to the woods and expressed his grief by hunting bears for the family. Thoril’s meager assistance to the family business is all that prevents Isaac from disowning him as well as Jader. Now that Jader is back, Thoril hopes to repair his relationship with his brother and make his grandfather proud.