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Beastmaster minimap icon.png Karroch, the Beastmaster
Karroch was born a child of the stocks. His mother died in childbirth; his father, a farrier for the Last King of Slom, was trampled to death when he was five. Afterward Karroch was indentured to the king's menagerie, where he grew up among all the beasts of the royal court: lions, apes, fell-deer, and things less known, things barely believed in. When the lad was seven, an explorer brought in a beast like none before seen. Dragged before the King in chains, the beast spoke, though its mouth moved not. Its words: a plea for freedom. The King only laughed and ordered the beast perform for his amusement; and when it refused, struck it with the Mad Scepter and ordered it dragged to the stocks.

Over the coming months, the boy Karroch sneaked food and medicinal draughts to the wounded creature, but only managed to slow its deterioration. Wordlessly, the beast spoke to the boy, and over time their bond strengthened until the boy found he could hold up his end of a conversation. He could, in fact, speak now to all the creatures of the King's menagerie. On the night the beast died, a rage came over the boy. He incited the animals of the court to rebel and threw open their cages to set them amok on the palace grounds. The Last King was mauled in the mayhem. In the chaos, one regal stag bowed to the boy who had freed him; and with Beastmaster astride him, leapt the high walls of the estate, and escaped. Now a man, Karroch the Beastmaster has not lost his ability to converse with wild creatures. He has grown into a warrior at one with nature's savagery.

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Illus. Clint Cearley
Every year the Marrowfell Centaurs send their bravest warriors into Roseleaf to hunt Thunderhides... to them this gruesome safari is a rite of passage, but I will not let these majestic creatures be hunted for sport. The only question that remains is how many centaurs will I have to kill before they realize Roseleaf Forest is no longer their hunting grounds.
Karroch, the Beastmaster

Associated With
Places Slom
Characters The Last King of Slom
Beastmaster's Father

Once bound to The Last King of Slom, Karroch vows never to serve nobility again.[1] Now freed, he makes his arms from the materials of the natural world:feathers, leathers, bones and fur.[2]

  • Apparently, Karroch communicates better with animals if he shaves his head.[3]

The White Stag[]

After their escape from Slom, the wise white stag continued to accompany and advise Karroch, who had gathered a following of animals. When the stag died, Karroch made its antlers into a set of pauldrons as tribute.[4]

Friendships and Rivalries[]

Allies meeting Beastmaster

Enemies killing Beastmaster

Enemies meeting Beastmaster

  • ▶️ Dark Willow minimap icon.png r Jex is going to tear your little pet apart.


Artifact Card Game Artifact[]

  • Primal Roar Primal Roar
    Artifact Card Game Spell Card
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    Illus. Clint Cearley
    I've seen many hunters in my day. Each one bold. And strong. And fearless. Fearless that is, until they realize they're not the Apex Predator... and then they run like the cowards they are.
    Beastmaster, Apex Predator
  • Call of the Wild Boar Call of the Wild Boar
    Artifact Card Game Creep Card
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    Illus. Clint Cearley
    This forest has been my home for many years... and its denizens are quick to come to my aid.
    Beastmaster, Friend of the Forest

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