Rise of Nations
Boggard With Delusions of Grandeur
A lone boggard living amongst the ruins of an old Taldan waystation that has long since fallen into the soggy ground, Garuum was once a member of the greater boggard tribes found to the west in the Hooktongue Slough. However, he made a terrible mistake the day he decided that he should be the one to rule his tribe. In order to prepare for his one-boggard coup, he gathered and devoured several dozen of the tribe’s sacred blue dragonflies, hoping to gain great power and skill from the insects. Alas, while the feast bolstered his self-confidence, it did nothing for his combat prowess. He rode his slurk into the center of his village to declare war, whereupon the tribe’s priest-king immediately trounced and captured him, sentencing him and his slurk to death after a day of humiliating punishment. Fortunately for Garuum, luck had not entirely deserted him. Though he was detained in a pen, his jailers got insensibly drunk on bog whiskey and forgot all about him. He was able escape his bonds by using a rock to pulverize his left hand in order to tear it free from his manacle, and freeing his faithful slurk, he fled eastward into the Narlamrches to evade the priest-king’s wrath. Knowing his previous life is over, Garuum has made do for himself as best he can, moving into a small marsh and claiming the sunken buildings as part of his new “empire.” He spends his days tending to his slurk and cultivating a small patch of strangely colored and foul-tasting mushrooms to supplement his diet of bugs and swamp tubers.