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Barbarian Hero by staino Barbarian Hero by staino
Keir is strong, brutal, and intimidating. He’s a skilled warrior and I have encountered few braver. But he has one weakness, well in my opinion any way, despite his gruff disposition, Keir is a good man. True, it’s to my advantage to have a friend that’s honest and, for the most part, loyal. But In my line of work as a… ne'er-do-well rogue, Keir’s behavior can be rather maddening. Several times he’s endangered my operations so that he could indulge himself in defending the weak or to pick a fight with someone cruel, or even just a bit abusive. He’s hard to work with needless to say.

I used to wonder why my savage friend behaved this way, but Keir doesn’t talk much about himself. One knight after a successful job restoring a kidnapped girl to her wealthy father, the two of us sat drinking to our success at a local inn. We drank and we drank and finally I asked Keir why he behaved so… decently.  And much to my surprise he responded.

“There was a boy, who loved his father. They lived in the woods and the old man hunted and trapped to survive. He cured hides for sell. One day, men came, rough men from the mountains. They were interested in the furs and sought to take them without payment. The old man fought them, killed two of them with arrows, but they grabbed the boy.  He could not help his father.”

“They killed the father?” I asked.

“No. As I said he was old. His heart stopped. So the furs were taken and the boy was left.”
Keir’s features became soft, a distant look in his eyes. “That boy wasted his life with anger, seeking revenge…. Revenge that in the end he never found.”

“I’m sorry Keir. You can’t blame yourself. There’s nothing you could have done. Your father had a weak heart and you were just a child.” My words felt feeble.

“No, you misunderstand me. I was one of the men from the mountains.”

Keir stood, paid for his drinks and stumbled off to sleep in the stables.  We never spoke of it again.
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hyborean Age Walter White!

"I am the one who chops (heads off)!
staino Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014   Traditional Artist
Hmmm, a terminally ill tribesman starts out doing some naughty things to set his family right at the end of his life then eventually desegregates onto a full on barbarian monster..... I dunno could work. :D
Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't forget the mighty black wizard, who threatens the barbarian's family, gets his face ripped off by the hero!
staino Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014   Traditional Artist
inkeverlasting Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Background story is excellent, as usual. As for the drawing, I particularly like the chest scar detail and the shackle round an ankle. There are stories there!
staino Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
Wow, Thanks! This guy is a walking history of violence. His skin evidence of his adventures. I added the shackle to let you know this guy is never far from trouble. I'm happy you noticed! :D
Keydan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
I had a char who literary looked like this, but had a belly. Parody on barbarians, Bloodsteel Gorevenger :D
staino Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014   Traditional Artist
Bloodsteel Gorevenger! :aww:
Sounds cool! My goof-ball barbarian is Dribblegurn Bloodurge.
devduck01 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
As a folically challenged person myself...I approve of the virile and powerful depiction here...damn if it aint like looking in a mirror...with my glasses off ;)
staino Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014   Traditional Artist
:aww: Ha!
Thanks for taking the time to look at my drawing and for commenting. I'm happy to be the chapion of the follicly challenge.
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