(Character Name: Joshua Hawke
Race: Dark Elf
Clan name: Ventus
Weapon and Capabilities: Skyblades are a rather rare sight outside of the Ventus Tribe of Therin Grahm due to the insular nature of the tribe. They are often the symbol of the Ventus clan and act as defenders of the clan in times of great crisis. They are warriors who shun the use of shields and heavier armor, instead focusing on dual wielding weapons and wearing lighter armor, opting for direct attack and agility when in battle.
Joshua is aware of how to fight with the use of short swords and long swords, as well as daggers due to his upbringing as a warrior of the Ventus clan. He also has some skill in throwing the daggers along with some skills in hand to hand combat but it is nowhere near his skills with blades. His fighting style is quick and focuses on devastating an opponent within a quick period of time, which makes him good for fighting against multiple enemies. Where his style falls down though is that it is not one that offers much defense, which is only hindered further by the lack of heavy armor. This can make some battles against more heavily armored and defensive foes much more difficult.
Outside of his combat skills along with some basic tracking and knowledge of tribal culture (As well as how to speak common due to one of the tribe members teaching him), Joshua doesn't have any knowledge about much of the other kingdoms at all, including magic. While he isn't unkind, things which should be common knowledge to most folks are all but alien to him which is only further hampered by the fact he believes himself to be fully human (Explained in backstory). This places him at a disadvantage in this newfound land.
Standing at a height of 6'0, Joshua has a rather athletic build to him but also has some degree of muscle on him as well. His left eye has been blind since birth, also having the symbol of his clan tattooed above and below it in orange ink, the natural color of his clan. He also has numerous other tribal tattoo's and markings across his back and chest done in the same color ink. He keeps his hair cut short to above his neck, something most of his tribe have found offensive due to the belief that long hair is a sign of growth, yet his reasoning for doing so is to ensure that no enemy can grab his hair in battle.
Originally his attire was like that of his brethren, much more tribal, but after a chance meeting with a wandering trader he was given a more 'civilised' attire. He now wears a light red travellers shirt with blue sleeves along with a pair of matching colored pants and boots. On his wrists are leather grieves that were given to him by his clan mates before he left. He also has a clawed gauntlet on his left hand, which was primarily given to him in order to aid in climbing but does have some use as a 'last resort' if all his previous weapons and combat abilities fail. On his waist are sheathed two curved Swords. These weapons are the swords of a 'skyblade' warrior, which he inherited after his trials to become a man in the eyes of his people.
History: Joshua never knew his original birth parents, as he was abandoned as a baby in the forests of Therin Grahm. It is unknown what happened to his birth parents, but the young dark elfs cries caught the attention of a hunting party who soon found the child. Knowing the child would die if left alone, so the leader of the party decided to take him into the clan as one of their own and raise him.
The Ventus tribe were a strictly human tribe, originally formed by human families who believed that the only way to achieve peace was through returning to only the fundamental aspects of nature and shun all but the bare basics, which meant magic was shunned. Because of this, it is not uncommon for the tribe members to have names that are the same as those in regular human society. However, this upbringing made Joshua believe he was completely human as well, receiving no special treatment as a result of his race.
From the age of six, Joshua was always inspired by the stories of the Skyblade warriors, aiming to follow down the path and become one as well. After expressing an interest in following the combat style of the Skyblade, he was apprenticed by one of the older skyblades that still lived in the clan which had grown to be few in number due to peace time and the overall difficulty of the style.
In spite of his blind eye, he strived to be as profficient in the style as he possibly could, training every day that he could. His mentor also taught him how to speak common, due to believing it to be a skill that should be passed on.
His mentor quickly became like a second father to Joshua, the two growing close and came to trust each other to the point of putting their lives in the others hands. Even though he was still only young, he was viewed as a worthy successor to his mentor and many believed he would make a fine skyblade.
When he reached eighteen though, he was required to undergo a trial in order to be proclaimed a man in the eyes of his tribe: He was to spend one week in the jungle, with only few supplies and to use his wit and cunning to try and survive. He would return within a weeks time, if he did not the tribe would assume him dead. With a final farewell to his adoptive parents and mentor, he set off into the wilds in order to be seen as a man in the eyes of his people.
The week was the hardest moment in Joshua's life, even more so then his training as a skyblade: Due to his inexperience in hunting and foraging his trial was made more difficult, but he was able to survive it with what he knew as well as combining some of the skills his mentor had taught him. When he arrived back to his people he was Weakened, but still alive, passing out shortly after making it back. When he awoke though, he received news that his mentor had been killed by a group of what they perceived as 'bandits' who had tried to attack the tribe, stealing his swords once they had killed him. The fact it had occured only an hour after he had left his people only made Josh feel worse about it, believing he could have saved his mentor. Angered and in grief, Joshua swore vengeance and told the elder he was temporarily leaving the tribe in order to hunt down the assailants. While he was told against such actions, Joshua wouldn't listen, causing the tribe elder to banish him due to his anger clouding his judgement. With his swords at his side, he set off into the wilderness in the name of vengeance.
He wandered the land until running into a wandering trader, who took the skyblade in and offered him a new attire to fit into the new lands easier. When Joshua asked about if he had seen bandits, the merchant described a group who had tried to sell him 'the swords of a skyblade' and had described the insignia the group had as well as where they were headed to: Árekstur. Due to going there for trade reasons, the merchant allowed Joshua to come with him on the condition he acted as a bodyguard for him along the way.
After two months, they finally managed to catch ship and reach Árekstur, where the two parted ways and where Joshua once more started his quest for vengeance.