A fierce Bugbear warrior with a destructive nature...
Tarkus was a brawler from an early age. He hailed from the Salandrian Forest which is not terribly far from the Plains of Anathema. Here he was raised with his 19 other brothers. They were bred to be soldiers in the Salandrian Army, but Tarkus did not accept order well. He was infected with the ‘Blood Rage’. As the Blood Rage began to consume him he became more and more wild. Eventually he became a Feral Bugbear. He lived outside the limits of his former society and harassed it at every turn. One day his brothers were forced to hunt Tarkus due to the threat he posed to the sanctity of their society. Tarkus laid a trap for his brothers. In his darkest moment he murdered ten of his brothers. The remaining nine fled when faced with the monster, which Tarkus had become. In a fit of rage the Great Marshal led a band of soldiers to the lair of Tarkus. Burning all nature in sight they deprived him of a place to hide. Eventually they found him and at the cost of forty men, subdued him.
The healers tried their best to cure him of his Blood Rage, but during a ritual Tarkus broke free and bit one of the healers. This bite began the transmission of the Blood Rage in plague like fashion. Soon the majority of the Salandrian’s had succumb to this plague. As the rest succumb, Tarkus began to get over his current bout with Blood Rage. He woke one day and returned home to find his nine brothers infected. They had cornered a neighboring family with the intent to eat or infect them. Regretfully Tarkus was forced to slay his remaining nine brothers. With everything he knew in shambles around him Tarkus fled the Salandrian Forest never to return.
He came to live around the city of Marluna. He did not speak common, only goblin. He resorted to stealing from people who came to close to him. He became skilled in the art of thievery while maintaining good physical stamina. He was found one day by Brother Avitus of the Hospitallers. The Hospitallers brought Tarkus in with the aid of another Bugbear by the name of Cyrus. Under the tutelage of Cyrus he learned Common and wilderness skills while under Avitus he learned the way of the Hospitaller and began to reach peak fitness. Eventually he was brought before the Primarch who welcomed Tarkus into the Hospitallers. Tarkus took well too all of the aspects of the Hospitaller’s except for their fervent belief in Kord. Tarkus felt that with his past, no God should honor him and that he was cursed to live out the rest of his life suffering.
His life with the Hospitallers was satisfying and he was seen as an outstanding Battle Brother. Things went well until he got his first recruit Thaddeus. Thaddeus was a Half-Orc who had been part of a roving band which sacked village after village. The Primarch personally brought Thaddeus into the Hospitallers after sparing his life when Thaddeus’s band tried to kill the Primarch. Thaddeus and Tarkus would develop a father son relationship. The bond was unshakeable until one day Tarkus, going mad with Blood Rage struck Thaddeus down. Thinking Thaddeus dead Tarkus ran off into the wild of Nyghtfall.