Here is one of the PC's from my current campaign. Robert is the fifth son to the King of Bellgard, one of the nations in the Free lands of my world. As the last son, not much was expected from him. However, he trained as a fighter and to his father's surprise excelled at edged weapons and tactics. One would think that his father would be proud of him. Unfortunately when the game started Robert was an alcoholic and prefered commoners over the court. Then the war came to Bellgard. Since then, Robert tries not to drink any alcohol, lead his montley crew of 'special force' mercenaries, and trying to become a paladin for Aru. However during one of their missions a magical device exploded. The released energies changed Robert physically. His skin became ebone and he grew nearly a foot in hieght.