One of the main characters of the Meridia trilogy: Khordek. Khordek is a member of a race called the Macedon. They are large, unparalleled warriors from a very traditional martial society. In addition, they are horrifically sexist and racist - male Macedon deal evenly with other male Macedon, and that's about where it ends. Khordek, unfortunately, was dishonored for refusing to slay an opponent in mortal combat. He was ritually dishonored, stripped of his ancestral armor, his mane allowed to grow out, his horns pulled out by the roots in public ceremony. His father and brother were killed as per custom, to prevent "weakness" from being perpetuated in the rest of Khordek's line. Then he was exiled from his homeland and sold into slavery. Very strict, the Macedon are - think a combination of Spartans and Samurai.