Name: Uys Krige
Appearance: With a pair of deep set red eyes, robust nose and a face swathed beneath a dark blonde beard that hangs half a foot from his chin, Uys Krige is the embodiment of good dwarven breeding. Standing 4 feet 6 inches and weighing 78kg, his muscular arms, chest and legs betray a strength few others could boast of. His skin is olive except for six tattoos, one for each battle fought in the name of his clan or king. Over his armour he wears a black and maroon tabard with silver and bronze stitching, the uniform of all Irsbane clan bodyguards.
Equipment: Uys's armour is bespoke, crafted from a mixture of metal composites and hides of the creatures that inhabit the depths of the earth. His chest-plate is a mossy green lamellar design, with interlinked scales fixed over a well fitting suit of chainmail. It is strong and flexible, with few weak points towards which an enemy can strike. His greaves, vembraces, and other parts follow a similar design. Only Uys's blackened helm is different; an unusual metal design, it was a gift from his father, who in turn got it from his father. How long the helm has been in the Krige family it is unknown, but it has worn little, saving each generation's scalp countless times.
Uys's tower shield is his pride and joy. Given to him by his Clanlord, Irsbane, it measures the full length of an average male dwarf. Made from solid mithril, its runes denote Uys's privileged status in Kazucdir. This defensive shield is symbolic of the dwarves' mentality that winning a fight first rests on solid defence. Nevertheless, out on the road, even without the defensive properties of a dwarven battle line, it has proven to be a vital part of Uys's fighting style.
Lastly, Uys carries a dull, steel warhammer. Finely balanced and the product of finest dwarven craft, the double headed weapon has a reputation amongst Housecarls such as Uys as being a proven means of handing out death. The steel point is designed to punch through all but the strongest armour, whilst the blunt side can deal immense damage in the hands of a muscular warrior such as Uys.
Other equipment is miscellaneous - water canister, food, flint etc...
Birthplace: Kazucdir - home of the deep lord Irsbane. It sits under a singular mountain next to the western border with human territory.
Biography: Born to the fourteenth line in the house of Krige, Uys - son of Jys, follows in the family line of housecarls to the Irsbane clan. He was raised by his father, sister and three brothers, being the youngest of his generation. His mother, typical of dwarven women, was a powerful warrior in her own right and died when Uys was eight. In his formative years in Kazucdir, Uys studied in the academy of defence, learning the history, lore, legend and culture of dwarven battle practice. He trained hard and engrossed himself in study, only to return home and have his father - a great warrior, test him thoroughly in his skill. The huge underground city of Kazucdir was his home for the first twenty years, staying at the academy for nearly all of that time. He knew no where else, only the vastness of the great hall and the sublime statues that dominated the underground landscape. But above all he was safe, and it was that which troubled him. No army had attacked the great city in three hundred years and so long as he stayed, he would never use the skills he had learnt. The purpose of Kazucdir, being one of the deepest of the dwarven cities, was to protect the dwarves from human expansionism, and if necessary outlast them in a siege for decades. With the relative peace between their two races, this possibility seemed highly unlikely.
Thus it was closer to the surface that Uys petitioned to be sent. At 23 he had become a full housecarl and warrior, but had since far only seen proper action against beasts and bandits outside the city's natural walls. Having been sent a request form the King himself, Irsbane dispatched Uys and his unit to fight against the more organised goblins, orcs and other enemies that harassed the great wall to the north of the dwarven kingdom. For five years he fought for his King, earning the respect of the many veterans with whom he stood shoulder to shoulder. Over the next ten years he severed in three more campaigns, representing his home city, house and clan. It was at the age of forty that he finally returned to Kazucdir. His father, already 180 and having suffered many injuries during his career, finally succumbed to his wounds. Upon receiving news of his death, Uys returned alongside his brothers and sister to carry the coffin of their father to the final resting place within the tomb of the house Krige. Resolved to remain with his clan and family, Uys undertook a new post at the academy in which he had trained for many years. He became both a mentor and student, undertaking advanced research in the library of tactics and battlements, whilst helping to train the next generation of warriors. At fifty he was given the honour of becoming one of the clanlord's elite bodyguards; only two years into the post, and he has been summoned to the great hall in response to the rumours that have come from the surface concerning a recent discovery and its disappearance. An atmosphere of possible war stirs, but little detail has reached the depths of Kazucdir, until now.
Motivations: Uys is extremely loyal to his clan above all else. He does not lack for ambition, but not in the same way of a merchant or human warrior who seeks self-advancement. Uys seeks glory for his family name and clan, and takes great pride in actions done for such causes.
Profession: Bodyguard / Housecarl
Unique Skills: Uys is the definition of a 'dwarven defender', having spent his whole life training in the art of defence. His hearing and eyesight is impeccable, and is almost impossible to sneak up upon. Even if a weapon can get beyond his armour, he is as tough as dwarves come, able to shake off all but the mightiest of blows. Offensively he is a good fighter, but a lack of mobility means he would much rather welcome an assault than begin one.