|Lucan din Nicander Riven Sail
|Manetheren (The Two Rivers)
Darrik stands roughly eighteen hands (6'0") tall. Like all Gaidin, he is fit. His body is naturally lean, but stronger than it might appear at first. His hair and eyes are both brown and despite the hard life of Warder training, he still has an almost boyish appearance.
Darrik's youth was a fairly uneventful one. He was born in the Two Rivers the youngest of three children. He was bright and quick to learn, but not exceptional. His best assets were a calm nature and inherent good will, both of which were used to help in the raising and training of the hunting dogs his family kept. Early on, he learned to use the bow and how to hunt.
His family otherwise survived as farmers, which he also helped with.
Growing up in the Two Rivers, however, made it impossible to not hear all the tales that could abound through the lands these days. Once his older brother had taken a wife and settled in to run the family farm, Darrik was free to pursue the path he wished and it led him to the Mountains of Mist and a place called the Grey Tower, where he entered the hard life of the Warder Yards, but his growing up on a farm and in hunting helped him survive his the difficult path.
While never at the head of the pack, in terms of training, neither did he fall behind. During this time, he became friends with a young woman named Mouse. Darrik happened to know the sign language that she was forced to speak in, because she lacked a voice. They grew close and he slowly became her translator, often attending meetings and tasks with her to help her speak.
It was during these years that he realized there was something different about him, but it was something he didn't wish to acknowledge. It was Mouse that helped him to do so and to accept it, mostly, though she was the only one who knew and who would ever know. She accepted him, as he was, and he became very devoted to her and helped her through some hard times.
They reached the fancloak in very close succession and their friendship continued, though she bonded before he did and that began a small fissure between them. He was happy for her, but jealous. Yet he was afraid to bond, for his bondmate would possibly become aware of what he kept secret and might not be as accepting as Mouse.
So Darrik resigned himself to a life in the Yards, training himself and training others. He ignored the minor fissure and continued as Mouse's friend and translator, when she needed him, and this was how he knew life would be, until some solution presented itself...