Shadows of Solomon
Harrison Brewer was born into an influential life that was very short lived and is all but a distant vivid memory. His father was a successful merchant who helped with an underground movement to help stop human trafficking. Harrison could remember helping his father and mother smuggle food, cloths, and people to various locations and providing a safe house for others. Hence, his Heroic point of view and learned loyalty to a cause bigger than himself. He often heard of his father speaking about how corrupt some of the local nobles were and how they profited from others.
One night during dinner, when Harrison was eight years old, someone broke into the house. His father seemed to recognize him as a slaver mercenary commander, but he couldn’t tell who he was. Right before he killed Harrison’s father, the slaver told him that he was through interfering with the bosses and that Harrison would grow up in a lifestyle that he worked so hard to overthrow. With that Harrison’s father was beheaded, and his mom was taking away from the house never to be seen again. The last words Harrison heard from his mother were. “Your father and I love you, always do what is right, your father died for the sake of others. Don’t worry about me, be the man we were raising you to be!”
Harrison will always remember that deep voice with a nasally pig like laugh that the commander hissed through the helm hiding his face. He was chained up and hauled off to a lumberyard where he was force to work as a slave, no longer a school boy. As he was being handed over to the yard owner Harrison swore vengeance on the Commander and Nobles that just destroyed his family. As the commander laughed, Harrison spit in his mouth and slashed him with a small carving knife on the lips. Harrison earned a great beating for the act, gained an enemy, and was only left alive because of the yard owners large payment for a new worker.
He was forced to work for 12 years using an axe to cut trees and made lumber. He learned how to use in ax in many situations, both with finesse and brute strength. As one arm became sore from swinging an ax, he learned to use his other hand. He swung the ax year after year becoming stronger and stronger, building broad and sturdy muscles. He used to practice cutting down trees in a single sweep and practice swing moves on the smaller trees. His need for vengeance forced him to become a natural warrior with an ax, for he knew one day he would need it to kill the commander and his boss, whoever that was.
His life was hard at the lumberyard and the owner was not a caring man. Harrison saw many people come and go at the lumberyard and saw hundreds more die from accidents, disease, old age, and forced starvation. If you had a bad daily hall, you didn’t eat. Harrison also shared his meal with others who needed it and was able to cut extra for the younger and older slaves. He always remembered what his parents taught him. By the age of twenty he was tall and Brawny.
The following spring the yard owner was mysteriously killed by a fallen tree. Following the death of Olaf there was a political upheaval in the city as different factions vied to become the owners of this profitable business. You would think that most of the slaves would have escaped, but the majority of them decided to stay and wait out the local events not knowing where else to go knowing they probably didn’t have any family left or couldn’t find them if they did.
Harrison decided to stay, which turned out to be the biggest break of his life. A rival, noble family bought the rights to the lumberyard. The rights to the lumberyard also included the rights to the slaves. This new family detested slavery and recently converted to Christianity. The slaves had a great celebration following the owner’s announcement that they were all free men and welcome to stay on at the lumberyard earning a fair days wage.
Harrison continued to work at the lumberyard and enjoyed his free time off exploring the city and surrounding areas. He became friends with the Captain of the City Guard and would often train and spar with him and the other guards. Soon he started to out match all of them. He found religion and helped out at the local church. He kept his eyes and ears open for any trafficking events in the city and tried to figure out who was responsible for his father’s death and mother’s disappearance.
After four years he learned enough to know that the new owners of the lumberyard knew his father and were possibly involved in the underground movement as well. When he approached the owner and identified himself and his father, he was invited to dinner. That night and several following nights he was told many interesting story about his family, Noble politics, and the underground movement. He learned his mother was sold to an older nobleman from a northern country and was treated very well. However, she passed away from pneumonia around the same time that Olaf was killed…accidentally of course.
Very soon after that, Harrison decided to leave the lumberyard in search of his father’s killer and track down the Noble(s) who ordered his father’s death.