The road not taken
When asked about his past, Olaf looks up to you in disdain: “What exactly do you need to know?”, he says. “I can swing an axe as good as any man and I can take a beating that would leave lesser mortals lying unconscious. I can get the job done, and that’s all that bloody matters!”
A few hours and several pints later at the local tavern, he becomes more willing to talk about himself. He explains that he is descended from the Uthred clan, a family famous for its warriors. Olaf was trained from childhood as a soldier; as many members of the Uthred clan, he was destined to become a member of the Iron Domes’ militia. However, his peers could not keep overlooking his controversial beliefs and unconventional fighting style indefinitely. As a result, he quickly became a pariah in the Domes. His fondness for picking fights with fellow soldiers after long philosophical discussions, to “illustrate the superiority of his arguments and educate the poor fools”, as he says, did certainly not do much to improve his situation.
Olaf is unwilling to clarify the circumstances of his departure from the Domes, but he insists that he was sent on an important quest to Andelia. You are unsure about the truth of his claims, as he has spent the last couple of months drinking to unconsciousness at Andelia’s pubs. Recently, his coffers have begun to run low, so he was forced to seek employment as Lord Allenby’s bodyguard.
Lord Allenby despises Olaf for his brutish manners and outspoken character, and Olaf hates Lord Allenby, a barely educated and pompous man, who has only recently acquired great wealth from a rich relative. Their business relationship is therefore barely sustainable. You are convinced that Olaf would easily abandon his current master, if a better opportunity would present itself.