Born of 2 Greek slaves who loved each other in secret and fled to the town I now reside in, so that I myself would not suffer the fate of slavery to wealthy Greek nobles and the like.
Life was difficult for us as a family, little food or comfort was available to us but we stuck together and we got buy. One thing that was in no short supply to us was love and caring, which were strong virtues in us all. My parents were both strong in work ethic, honor, and had a divine sense of compassion and honesty. They were both relentless in teaching me these virtues and would listen to no excuses from me on any of these points.
Both my parents had died by my 13th year and I was now without blood related family in this world. I had few friends, for most in my position were thieves or worse and to follow that path was unacceptable for me. The few friends I had, had but little but were generous with what they had. And with the work ethic passed onto me from my parents I was not intimidated by earning my way whenever possible.
My friends and I were outnumbered by those who chose darker paths, but I was never one to back down when confronted, as it turned out I found myself to be quite intimidating and very few of these confrontations turned into anything. One day after scaring off some of these hoodlums trying to mug us, I was approached by an older man who looked to be of Greek decent as well. He introduced himself as Acidius, and then complimented me on my ability to disarm an opponent with just a flashing gaze. I said thanks and began to go on my way, when he offered me what I now know to be the chance of a lifetime for someone in my position.
He took me on as an apprentice warlord and told me the more I gave to the teaching the more he would teach. He had been a soldier in the Greek army and had seen much combat. He would tell me stories of both glorious victory and bitter defeat.
His time as a soldier ended when his beloved wife died. He has never shared how she passed and I do not ask. He relocated to this town and has been here since.
I wouldn’t be the man I am today were it not for my parents and my teacher, and I hope that my actions in this world do their teachings justice.