of Nythos have always held a position of strength in the Dwarven world. Their
lands are fertile, their populations
growing, and the continuous threats from the Goblin and Orcan races
their soldiers are battle hardened and fearless. This
is the setting that the second son of
Hargrin HighThrone was born into.
to the Nythos throne he was given a royal education and upbringing,
groomed to take the throne in the event that his older brother, Katrus
HighThrone, perished before he could produce a male offspring to
succeed him. Although there
was always the
only one of the brothers was to inherit the throne Xeroc and Katrus
close despite the fifteen year age difference.
however were to play their hand in the lives of Katrus and Xeroc, as
standing dispute between the Clans of HighThrone and DeathHammer
one of the HighThrone mining outposts was sacked by DeathHammer raiders. This
incident saw the two Clans go to war,
and during the battle at Trayus Ridge, Katrus was slain and the forces
HighThrone routed. As time passed
number of victories and losses mounted for both sides, and with the war
a stalemate eventually a ceasefire was declared.
may have stopped between the Clans, but Xeroc refused to see anything
revenge through his eyes for the death of his brother.
had not been given permission to take
part in the previous war due to his lack of experience and age, thus
the first two things that Xeroc chose to fix.
the mantle of heir to the throne of Nythos, he first looked to solidify
position through marriage to the eldest daughter of BlackRock, drawing
two powerful clans closer together. Then
he turned his attention to matters of state and warfare.
next seventy years Xeroc developed his political skills with his
charisma making him a favoured son of the Dereth-Tulorn court. He
was also able to convince his father to
allow him to personally select a fifty strong unit of soldiers to mould
own private force. Initially Hargin
refused seeing the prospect as endangering the throne further, however
little persuasion the King finally accepted. Within
three weeks of forming Xeroc led his force on
a mission into the
BlackSpear Ranges where they hunted and killed the great Orcan Chief
father was to die from old age some years after and Xeroc ascended to
King. With great
celebration and fanfare
this event was witnessed by many and invitations were sent to
leaders across the Dwarven lands. Although
the populace rejoiced for the occasion all
the while Xeroc
still held in his mind his quest for revenge and it took little time
for him to
mobilise his army.
two years of taking the throne Xeroc went to war once again with the
DeathHammers. In the span
the throne and when the first axe was embedded into their enemy, the
HighThrone had upgraded their equipment and trained rigorously in the
of what was to come. This time however
Xeroc had convinced the forces of BlackRock under the leadership of the
Korlack BlackRock to join his side in destroying the DeathHammer
would write that the battles of this conflict were easily won; the
very different however regardless the end result was the same. In
the final battle on the Tartaris Plains
took his revenge by slaying the Overlord Burenour DeathHammer, who was
the greatest berserks of the age, in single combat.
vengeance sated Xeroc turned his attention to building the power of his
clan and nation; as such he has fathered three children, two sons and a
daughter, and started a campaign of expansion south into the unclaimed
lands of the nomads.
Dwarves descending from Nythos, Xeroc has dark grey skin and stark
hair. His hair is
typically cut to
shoulder length and a long thick beard is plaited into four strands the
two having platinum weaves through them while the inner two hold golden
denoting him as King of Nythos and Overlord of HighThrone.
Xeroc has openly engaged in many
battles his face is unscarred, some say that the gods themselves
against harm. His somewhat
facial features are offset with exotic red eyes and as the years have
his voice has taken on a gruffer tone.
life of hard
work has seen Xeroc grow to become physically strong as well as
alert. This keen mind
has been honed in
the court of his capital city, Dereth-Tulorn, where his cunning and
approach to negotiations has been complimented with his natural
charisma. This potent
combination has seen
many of the
most hardened adversaries yield to his will. One
of his essential qualities that has aided in
this success is his
ability as an orator. In this field he
is recognised as one of the best as his speeches are clear, concise and
to those who listen.
firm ruler, his subjects follow his decisions without question or
this has been nurtured through the many victories as his subjects enjoy
benefits of this growth in power and of their nation.
Involving This Character
First of the High Kings
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