The Elemental Menace
Gerdan hails from a long line of warrior princes. His blood flows from that of Uthred the Victorious & Alfgar the Bold. It wasn’t until the time of his grand-sire, Urgdan, that his family’s fortunes declined. At that time, Urgdan ruled a town and its hamlets in the mountains to the west. But the ogre king, Kryxtoc, slew Urgdan and claimed his sword, Bittersteel. Urgdan’s son—Gerdan’s father—spent the last of the family’s wealth trying to reclaim the sword. Both of Gerdan’s brothers lost their lives in the quest. But with his final breaths, Thorgen placed Bittersteel in Gerdan’s hand and charged him with doing what he, their brother, and their father could not—seeing to the welfare of the people rather than the pride of their family name.