Many Years Ago....  the ice broke and my family found their way across the water in a small vessel. They settled miles beyond the nearest village and lived in near solitude for years. My sister and brother were born before me. I was born in December at the onset of the nine year winter. Each year the ice broke later and later. My family nearly starved. My father attempted to lengthen the fishing season by navigating the dangerous waters. In November of the ninth year, he never returned from the sea. We knew the ice and water had claimed him. Nearly a month passed before my mother and elder brother prepared to move the family to live in the nearest village. The four of us set out in the morning, by noon the weather changed and the temperature dropped. As the ice storm began I could see the fear in my mother's eyes. Within an hour, we had lost our way. We huddled under a tree hoping the storm would pass. The three held me in the center to stay warm. The next day, I woke to the sun to find my mother, sister and brother frozen to death. I sat for an hour or more crying in the snow before a large man on a huge horse appeared. He dismounted and picked me up. He carried me to them and told me to say goodbye. I cried as he put me on the horse. He told me I would be special, but said nothing more as we rode all day and into the night. I fell asleep as darkness became blackness. I awoke still on the horse, pounding down a hillside toward a small house in the center of a green field. There was no snow or ice to be seen. For that, if nothing more, I was happy. Damen spoke softly when I woke that morning on the horse. He said I would be known as Gallan The Norse Warlock and would apprentice with him until I was ready to be on my own. I would spend the next twelve years with Damen, learning to live by The Nine Noble Virtues.

 After I finished my apprenticeship, I returned many times to seek Damen's advice. Each time I departed wiser and more powerful. For me solitude was torture. It reminded me of my long lonely winters as a child, and the loneliness I felt even in the company of Damen. I longed for more adventure, and vowed to spend my time in the busy cities of the world.

  Early on, it was one escapade and conquest after another. I have lived at the four corners of the world.  I have collected treasures, achieved immense power, and enjoyed the friendship of many. My time has come, and my manifestations are spent. During this lifetime, I must cast out all my treasures before my day of reckoning. Each has something special to offer!