The Nature of Things
Bannek became a bandit through Durneg’s intervention – he was aged around twelve, and his mother had recently died in an attack on his village by unknown assailants. His father, accompanied by a guard (a soldier from the village who knew the family), managed to escape the village, bringing Bannek with them. Unfortunately, they were attacked along the road running through the forest containing Durneg’s camp – Durneg was present at the attack but Bannek’s father and friend both put up too much of a fight and were cut down by other bandits in the group. Bannek himself survived, and Durneg decided for him that being taken in by bandits was a better fate than being left alone to die in the woods. Bannek’s upbringing from this point wasn’t exactly an easy one, but he managed. He is aware of his past but considers it just that – the past. He holds no grudges against any of the bandits who killed his father and guard because they were fighting for their lives themselves, given the circumstances. He is grateful to Durneg for what the bandit leader did for him but expects no favours (and, indeed, has received none beyond originally being taken in). He remains reluctant to speak of these things, however, as he is well aware that expressing fondness for someone, when you’re among the kind of people he lives with, is a weakness. He also supposes that explaining his past would be something of a death sentence were he to mention it to anyone outside of the camp as well, given Durneg’s position.
When the hooded strangers came to the camp and changed the way things worked (having the bandits build prison stockades, for which they provided cages, and ensuring that the bandits took prisoners rather than just valuables when they stopped people on the road), Bannek’s duties expanded slightly to include feeding the prisoners, as well as his other usual tasks. He befriended Gregg and Mort when they were taken prisoner, and helped free not just the two of them, but the Longtooth Shifter Shaman, Shiraka, and thirteen human prisoners who’d been in the camp for some time.
The group escaped into the woods, and eventually found their way to the village of Farwatch where the prisoners were finally given proper food and shelter. Bannek somehow attracted the attention of some of the local guards, and voluntarily revealed his position as former bandit. As a result, he was arrested, and is now being held in the Farwatch outpost. He is not permitted visitors, and may end up being kept there for some time as the majority of the local authorities are currently occupied with developing various improvements to the area as initiated by Komtor Sarumi.