The Basics ~
Eryn Lasgalen, Near the Ford of Carrock.
Men, Northman of the Beornings/Woodsman tribes.
Basic Physical Description:
A tall, lanky and bearded Man, Durwood is muscled and farm strong from his time spent protecting Beorning and Woodsman villages from Orc raids and laboring in the fields as a youth. He has been trying to grow a beard, but much to his annoyance it is not quite as thick and full as he desires. His long hair hangs free and loose typically, but he ties it into a knot for battle.
Durwood wears a Warg hide overcoat draped over a sturdy, thick, and brown leather surcoat that reaches below his knees. A coarse linen shirt under the surcoat is visible on his arms, which have various mismatched bits of metal armor, including vambraces on his forearms and a pauldron on his sword arm. He has a round, wooden shield with a central iron boss, carried on his back. His typical weapon is a one handed, light battle axe, although he also has a one-handed sword. He can use a bow and arrow, as all woodsman are trained, but carries only a small one for hunting and is a middling shot. He wears a necklace of Warg and Bear teeth around his neck.
: Outgoing and enthusiastic, Durwood exudes a youthful energy and optimism, but also displays a large amount of naiveté. Growing up in a rural and remote region, he is embarrassingly ignorant about the broader world except for what he has heard from minstrels' tales, songs, and traveler stories. Durwood tends to be trusting, loyal, and guileless, finding it impossible to hide if he doesn't like someone. Generally well tempered, the grim side of his Beorning blood comes out in battle or the rare times he loses his temper when he can become dark and vengeful. He shares the Beornings' typical dislike of Dwarves, and their obsession with metals. An excellent cook, Durwood can make the Boernings' renown honey-cakes and has a passion for spices, with the only restriction being he does not eat venison.
Durwood was born in the Fourth Age in the land that was given to the Beornings and the Woodsman in central Eryn Lasgalen by Thranduil and Celeborn. The youngest of three surviving children, his mother was a Beorning by blood and his father a Woodsman. He grew up in a rural village stuck between the Anduin River and the edge of the great forest, two days ride from the Carrock. His youth was spent toiling in his family farm and, as he grew older and showed skill and bravery with weapons, he later joined the patrols that protected the villages. They lived under the constant threat of Orc or Warg attack, and Durwood proved himself courageous, strong and capable as a warrior. He lacked the Beorning gift of skin changing, but has a limited and unreliable skill in finding his spirit animal, a deer, while asleep. Always eager for adventure, Durwood romanticized the tales he heard as a child of great wars, elves, dragons, and warriors defeating evil. With limited experience meeting outsiders, Durwood wants to see the world, especially Elves. The shattering of the sun and moon caused him to set off on to find his own adventure, confident that he could be a hero that could help defeat this new evil, whatever it might be!
Edric (father), Aestille (mother), Egwald (older brother), Aellithe (older sister)