This character is being played by Mason.
Growing up as the bastard son of a decorated general such as Lord Anthony Correia, Dorn has always had to work extra hard to achieve the respect and admiration of his peers. Dorn, who knew from an early age that he would never inherit his father’s titles, attended a prestigious military academy where he studied hard and excelled among the other students, in order to one day serve his younger sister, the Lady Jessica Correia.
Despite his father being granted the Baronship of the land of Rivia and charged with safeguarding the people and the kings most important gold mine, Dorn found himself constantly persecuted by his fellow academy students for being the bastard son and not a true noble born son of the baron. Despite this, Dorn held his lord father in great regard. Tragically, this proved to be Dorn’s weakness, and resulted in his expulsion from the academy; he killed a fellow student in a duel over his father’s honor.
Lord Anthony, both disgusted and touched by his pig-headed son’s sense of honor, sent Dorn away to join the king’s army and to learn to control his temper. Thus enlisted in the military at an early age, Dorn found himself assigned as a squire to a knight named Hannibal Halleck.
Knight Halleck was no easy taskmaster, demanding much from Dorn and rarely giving praise. Dorn learned Halleck’s unorthodox battle methods well and quickly mastered both the longsword and himself over the course of several years, through wars great and small. At the end of a long campaign in another country, Dorn returned home after ten long years of service. Having attained the title of knight, He was ready to take his place as Master of arms for Lady Jessica.
Dorn’s homecoming, however, was short-lived. Returning to find his family branded traitors and left hanging from the castle walls like trophies, Dorn’s investigations discovered his father’s former friend, Lord Augustine Steakley, seated upon his father’s old throne. Knowing that something is amiss, Dorn left the castle before Steakley’s guards could discover him. Secretly making contact with several friends and servants still loyal to his father, Dorn discovered that the king had been informed that Dorn’s family had been amassing gold from the mines to overthrow the crown. The informant was none other than Lord Steakley, who had obtained the proof from Lord Anthony’s former and most loyal knights, Bruce, Baron of Campwell. Fully aware that this was a betrayal and a political plot and yet unable to provide evidence to clear his family’s name, Dorn went into hiding. Investigating further, Dorn discovered that his family was murdered not by Lord Steakley or the Baron of Campwell, but hired assassins. He had no names, but one clue provided by an old servant; a tunic embroidered with a unique patch.
Because of his young age, years of military service and witnessing the corpses of his loved ones has left Dorn a rather brooding and prone to bouts of rage and extreme anger. Dorn knows deep in his heart that until his family is avenged he will never know true peace. He frequently has bouts of insomnia which can keep him awake for days. The insomnia has driven Dorn to drinking in excess, often the only way he can silence his nightmares and truly sleep peacefully.
Dorn’s inexperience and need for vengeance has led him to make unwise decisions to obtain information leading to his family’s murderers. His disillusionment with the noble leadership of his own country has fostered a disregard for authority and nobility within him. Unfortunately, Dorn’s new reputation as an adventurer, mercenary, and bounty hunter willing to work both sides of the fence has drawn attention from thieves and knights alike.
His years on the battlefield have left Dorn disfigured and somewhat unsightly. Battle scars cover his body from head to toe, making him easy to spot and easier to remember. To keep people from staring overlong at his face and also to conceal his identity, Dorn is never seen in public without his helmet: a battered but well serviced Sallet which leaves his lower jaw and a strip for his eyes visible but hides the majority of his face. One may guess from the color of the stubble on his chin that his hair is a dark brown or black.
Tie and contrast to: Shayla
While this is somewhat unusual, it’s not uncommon for your tie and contrast to be the same person. The interesting thing is to come up with something plausible that fulfills both requirements. Mason and Jin worked together on this, and it turned out better than I could have expected.
While traveling through the town of Rashbourne, Dorn picked up a contract to hunt a dire wolf said to be terrorizing the village, stealing various items and disappearing without a trace. Waiting one night in ambush, Dorn ambushed and successfully chased off the wolf. Realizing that his quarry was clearly not a dire wolf, Dorn tracked the creature after its flight. Following it into the surrounding woods, Dorn came across a young elven girl sleeping in a tree hollow.
Dorn ambushed the girl and her spirit companion, the wolf. Dorn took several wounds but finished the creature off, and then turned his attention to the girl. Despite her attempts at resistance, days of starvation and weakness from hunger allowed Dorn to easily overpower her. Dorn returned to his campsite with his captive, offering her two options: live and never return to the village, or die. He left her tied up at his camp with a bit of food, and returned to the village to collect his reward.
The spirit wolf had left its mark, however, and Dorn’s return trip was marred by hallucinations of his dead family, and a fever brought on by the wounds he suffered in the recent battle. Dorn collapsed near a river, and awoke later to find the girl sitting over him. Mistaking her for an attacker, Dorn struggled to move to the attack, only to find himself stripped of his weapons and tied up just as he had left the girl.
“I give you two options,” she said, mimicking Dorn’s words from before. “Live, and let me come with you, or die.” Choosing to live, Dorn agreed and allowed Shayla to heal his wounds; they have been traveling together ever since.