Zi'Da 13th, Arc 680: His name is Finn Ashbroken, also known as the Devout. Born on that day to a farmer and a seamstress, he had a life of hardship lined up for him, until his thirteen arcs when his life would make a cruel turn for the worse.
Ashan, 694 Arc: He became enslaved. Finn lived in a settlement just north of the Hotlands. It was very often in the way of many skirmishes between various races, factions and professions. Before that day, many just went past them, leaving little damage behind. However, it was only a matter of time until even this settlement would become the victim of bloodthirsty mercenaries and the carelessness of those who had the power to destroy.
"I got it!" He can still remember shouting proudly, energetically turning around, hand held high above his head. He found the nasty stone that seemed to have damaged their plough. The moment he turned, however, the rising Ashan heat was replaced by a sudden shot of Viden's freezing winds at the sight beyond. Their village...was on fire. His father was already an indiscernible figure running towards the settlement. Framed with flames, he looked like he could be an Aukari. Finn remembers the horror, the pungent taste of fear on his tongue. "Daddy!" It was a frightful call for a man who was his idol, his protector. Now gone. Whoever was the figure cloaked in smoke of burning houses, they cut his father down with mind numbing ease. One large, symmetrical swoop of the sword that cleaved its way into his father’s torso. He never stood a chance. "Mommy..." That was a whisper on orphan's lips who was yet to find out the truth with its consequences. Perhaps, if he would have listened to the unfamiliar voice in his head that screamed at him to run, he would never end up where he did. Or perhaps, if he didn't shiver like a dog that was about to be beaten, they would have never seen him.
Ithecal became his master that day. He claimed Finn’s loyalty, enslaving him under the pretense of saving his life; hence, the boy had to pay back the debt of such gracious act. Little did young Finn know, that there was no fight of two parties happening in the settlement but that this man led an assault on his home under false belief, murdering all that Finn knew just so he could gain supplies that he could otherwise ask for.
706 Arc: His master was dead, burnt in a fire the likes of which Yaralon rumored about cycles after the amber turned to coals and ash settled over the crispy carcasses. Many died that day. Many believed everyone died in the house - the master, the servants, the slaves. Through the side streets of the city, going against the flow of those who ran to spectate or help, a man of many overt and covert scars bent his head a little lower, adjusting a heavy sack on his shoulder. He was ready to taste the freedom, once he’d wash of his sins.
709 Arc: He was a beggar in Rharne. Or so he posed himself as such. After his suddenly gained freedom, Finn struggled to figure out what to do with himself. He tried many things, but found himself often just standing or sitting around, watching people, listening to them, offering his insight. Many times, people returned to him for more, finding comfort in his words even if he did not disclose much about himself. On one such day, he met Telar, a travelling priest. They engaged in many conversations over the following days, gently figuring out more about the other. It did not take long for Telar to recognize what troubled Finn. Nor did it take long for Finn to figure out that the old man was also searching for a solution regarding a looming difficulty. Neither of the two men could exactly pinpoint how and when it happened, but eventually they established the mentor and mentee relationship during those days in Rharne. Both being men of faith, they knew that this arrangement would be beneficial for them. The travelling priest was the first one to show kindness to the Devout, as Telar started calling Finn later. As such, they started travelling the lands of Idalos together. Telar guiding Finn on the road of spiritual but also physical healing. Finn helping Telar to move, to accommodate to the aging man who was slowly losing his sight. And a few starving families in the Dust Quarter found themselves a little richer, able to feed their children.
711 Arc: After being taught how to read, write and count properly, Finn has been initiated into Graft Arcana by Telar. When asked why, Telar would reply that Finn has far from reached his full potential. Now that Finn was able to bring peace to one’s mind, it was time to step further. In Telar’s words, it was for Finn to give back to the world that gave him life. For Finn, it was another way how to divert himself from the issues of the past.
Saun, 716 Arc: Finn and Telar arrived in Ne'haer. Telar's reasons were for himself to attend to matters in surrounding territories, requesting that Finn stay in Ne’haer to settle and prepare a some sort of lodging for both of them. Often the two men separated for countless trials, or even a cycle. Telar’s growing blindness never proved to be a challenge for the old man. And so they parted half a season ago.
Zi'da 75, 716 Arc: Telar passed away and Finn left Ne'haer few trials later not to return for over an arc.