Murin of Ar, the House of Panterac
CHARACTER NAME: Murin of Ar, House of Panterac
PLANET OF ORIGIN: Earth
CITY OF BIRTH: Alma, MI
HOMESTONE: The City of Tor
OCCUPATION: Pasha of Tor, Warrior, Scribe.
AGE: approx 40 yrs old
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
EYE COLOR: blue
HAIR COLOR: Bald or crew cut
CLOTHING: wears the kaftans and burnooses of the Tahari. His attire while in the kasbah and city is usually well tailored and expensive as befitting a Pasha of the city of Tor. These are usually silk kaftans, many times in darker colors of blue, scarlet or black. The 3 shoulder cords proclaim his station as Pasha, Warrior and Scribe. In the desert, He will wear the burnoose and turban usually white or a light sand color and these also have shoulder cords though a 4th yellow cord to denote him as a Merchant is also added. On his feet he wears soft bosk hide boots with fringes.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Standing over six foot tall of hardened muscle with stone cold
eyes of a strange crystalline blue color. He usually keeps His head shaved bald or he sometimes allows it to grow into a crew cut. Bears two tattoos (right inner forearm) a blue Chinese water dragon and (left outer forearm) a woman in a mask. His hands are large, fast and strong able to wield any weapon effectively that he chooses to pick up , or handle a slave girl with rough efficiency.
36" long x 4" wide scimitar strapped to left hip in a jeweled leather and wood scabbard banded by steel
22" long by 3" wide gladius strapped left handed across his back in a old leather sheath banded with steel
7 black bosk bone handle quivas is a leather sheath pouch strapped across his lower back. Each blade is 9" long x 1.5" wide tapered to a razor sharp point. Made for him by a Tuchuk Weapons smith.
8" x 1" daggers in each boot
12" x 2" dagger strapped at his on his right hip
7ft Great Bow with a quiver of 30 sheath arrows. Also known to carry a Tuchuk bow hand made for him by the same Tuchuk Weapons Smith which made his quivas.
8ft spear with 14" long tapered bronze head
Carries a 28" round iron Kurii shield covered with bosk hide with black sleen fur border. The insignia of the House of Panterac adorns the center.
Born on Earth in 1972, Murin was born Vincent Michael Monroe in a small town in central Michigan to a Romanian family. He attended school at the Fulton Area School System where he played high school football. He traveled the country side with his family after high school working on the carnivals as his father had owned a independent concessions company. He had a falling out with his father and left the carnival in southern California heading back for his hometown in Michigan to live with his grandfather. Then one night while walking through the desert while hitchhiking in Arizona near his 35th birthday his entire life changed. He happened upon a Kurii whom was patrolling the area around their ship waiting for
the human slavers they had brought with them to return with their cargo of human girls to be taken to Gor. After fleeing then fighting the beast he was knocked nearly unconscious, drugged with a mix of heavy narcotics and the stabilization serum then taken captive. Though he was drugged he didn't completely lose consciousness until he had been placed into a capsule aboard the ship. He awoke at some point later to find himself bound laying in the sand beneath a night sky that was so completely alien to
him that he thought he was dreaming. That was when he noticed the humans standing over the line of captive girls that had been brought along also. As one of the men came over to check him over, the ship lifted off to return to Earth on another slave run. Vincent used that opportunity of the man's momentary distraction to attack his captor. Even though his hands had been bound they had not bound his ankles which had been a mistake. Vincent had been involved in the Martial Arts his entire life and he knew how to fight without his hands. The man drew a scimitar yet Vincent only saw it as a way to unbind his ways which he managed to do on the first attempt the man made to cut him in half. The sword didn't scare him,
and they fought. The captor's friends came to help their man but instead of killing Vincent when six of them wrestled him to the ground, the man he fought instead freed him as he was impressed by the earthlings ferocity and fighting skills without a blade. The man's name was Abdul Saheel Samid, and he had become Vincent's very first friend upon Gor. He knew that this earthling would never survive long as a slave, the man was Free in his heart. When asked what his name had been, Vincent found that he could not remember not only his own name but much about his past life on Earth. What he did remember came
in misty half remembered flashes which confused him more than it it informed him. A name then came to mind which he did remember from the stories his grandfather had told him about the invasion of the Goths and Carpi into Romania in 275 AD . His name on Gor then became Murin which in Romanian meant "Dark One" or "Dark Warrior". He found though that he could understand quite a bit of the strange language which these men spoke. He realized that it had its roots in Arabic which he had spoken quite
fluently on Earth as well as Latin, Spanish, Celtic, Romanian, and English. He had always been quite intelligent and had a gift for languages. This served him well on this new world he found himself as he picked up the Taharic language quickly though he learned the Kassar dialect of Gorean much slower.
He had made his way north with Abdul Saheel Samid learning the use of a scimitar and other various weapons while learning the Codes of the Scarlet Caste. Samid and Murin parted ways in the city of Kasra, and Murin continued his journey north following the Northern Silk Road across the equator of Gor finally coming to the City of Torcadino. In Torcadino he found employment as a outrider for a merchant caravan headed to the glorious city of Ar, the largest city of Gor, where he found himself in wonder of the City.
He roamed around Ar, living frugally off the small amount he was paid by the merchant caravan looking for his place in this new world. One night in a tavern he met up with an older man named Jamon of Ar of the House of Panterac who owned many male slaves which he fought in the Arena of Ar for profit and honor for his House but also ran a thriving business in taverns. Jamon invited him back to his home for the evening as a guest interested in this man with his odd accent that appeared to be of the Tahari. As they traveled through Ar that evening they were beset upon by thieves, and Murin demonstrated his fighting skills in front of Jamon as he killed three of the four thieves. Jamon captured the last one who had been the best fighter of them to serve in the Arena. Murin had found that this act of bravery in defending a man he barely knew had served to cement him in the House of Panterac. Jamon had no Free sons, and Murin
was soon made the heir of the House of Panterac.He lived with his new adopted father for nearly three years perfecting his fighting skills by sparing the best fighting slaves that the House of Panterac had to offer.
Jamon of Ar was also a slaver who dealt in any form of human merchandise, and taught Murin the business of the Slave Trade. Within a year, Murin had traveled extensively along the Vosk River conducting his adopted father's business going as far as the city of Turmus at the edge of the Vosk Delta. He protected his cargo with his own sword along with those of his father's men, and soon gained a reputation along the Vosk as a man not to cross swords with expecting to live through the encounter. Sometime later, Murin traveled to the City of Lydius to procure a cargo of girls for use in one of his father's taverns called the Leather Whip in Ar. In Lydius he made a business deal which increased his new found family's fortune over the long term in addition to procuring 50 fine female slaves by making a trade
agreement with the Ubar of Lydius to supply male fighting slaves to the City for use in their own Arena. This however angered a rival slaver from the City of Port Kar, the man known as Samos, and a contract on Murin's life was taken out with the Black Caste by Samos whom had no scruples about using the Assassins. The attempt on Murin's life finally came on the Northern Salt Line southeast of the city of Rovere as Murin was making his way back home to Ar with his cargo. The Assassin Arius Storm, well
schooled and high in the Black Caste, found Murin to be a much harder man to kill than most men, and before him lost his life. Word spread about the fighting prowness of Murin of Ar whom had defeated one of Pa Kur's finest Assassins in combat. Murin met with Pa Kur at a tavern in Victoria not long after as the Master Assassin wanted to come see what sort of man had killed Arius Storm. Quite against the Codes of both the Black Caste and the Scarlet, the men became friends born out of mutual respect of each
other's fighting skills. A healthy dislike for Samos also helped to seal the friendship as well.
Murin returned to Ar with his cargo safe and intact to find that his adopted father had passed into the Cities of Dust during his absence in Lydius. This left him the entire fortune of the House of Panterac and a place at the court of the Ubar, Marcus of Ar. Some years went past and Marcus and Murin became close friends and eventually Murin was made First Sword of Ar having pledged his sword and House to the homestone of Glorious Ar.
Then came the War of Days when the power of the Salerian Confederation was brought to bear against Glorious Ar. Murin accompanied Marcus into battle against the forces of the Salerians and fought valiantly beside his Ubar. Marcus was struck down by a Torvaldlander Jarl named Hrolf in single combat near the end of the battle but fell to Murin directly afterwards. Marcus passed on the Ubarship to Murin with his dying breath. Murin returned to Ar, the new Ubar of the City and there reigned for nearly a year before he was challenged for the homestone by the nephew of Marcus of Ar, a man only known as Prowler. In an honor duel, Prowler narrowly defeated Murin. Prepared to meet his glorious death in battle, Murin opened his arms to accept his death when the killing blow was stopped by Svein Blue Tooth, High Jarl of Torvaldsland. Murin had lost the duel and with it the homestone of Ar to Prowler, but his honor was unstained. The Blue Tooth gave Murin something as valuable as that which he had just lost. The homestone to the City of Tor in the Tahari desert which Svein had once been Pasha of before he had returned north. Prowler upon becoming Ubar of Ar, promptly cast Murin and the house of Panterac out of Glorious Ar, showing his dishonor to Murin after a honor duel that some whispered was rigged for Prowler to win.
Disgusted with such disrespect for a noble house which had served Ar faithfully for so many years, Murin left Glorious Ar for the South Hemisphere of Gor, in effect returning to that place which he had started his new life on Gor. He journeyed to Tor, and with the homestone to the City in hand was made Pasha of Tor. The House of Panterac entire fortune was transferred to Tor thereby leaving Ar in his past completely. He sits now as Pasha in the City of Tor, in its own right glorious, presiding over the Tahari Desert as High Pasha of the Tribes of the Tahari.