Lacero in Turmoil
Varen is the second son of Daren and Darlene Cutter. His older brother is Teren Cutter. The Cutters are woodcutters that make their living by selling firewood to the residents of the town of Oakhold. Life was good for the Cutters. They enjoyed living in the forest surrounding the town, but spent quite a bit time in town selling their lumber and firewood.
Eventually, the boys were old enough to get married. Teren married a young lady named Torianna. Shortly after their marriage, Daren was injured while felling a tree. Teren took over the operation of the business, and did very well. When Torianna became pregnant, Varen came to realize that the Cutter house would soon become very full and Teren would inherit the family business.
He decided to join the city militia in Oakhold. Varen was older than the other teenage recruits and less rowdy. Most evenings, the younger militiamen would spend their time in the taverns. But Varen usually spent his evenings in the barracks. It wasn’t long until Varen met Astor Wyman.
Astor looked like a tough guy, but in reality he had a very calm, laid back, and somewhat reserved attitude. He held patriotism and loyalty in high esteem, and Varen came to realize that if there was somebody that would watch your back, it was Astor Wyman.
Varen has served in the militia for three years, and has come to realize the political dangers that Beautrice faces. Sir Jeremiah Armon has called for volunteers to investigate the land of Argonis. It is his hope that Argonis is suitable for colonization. If not, war is most certainly in the future for Beautrice.
Varen and Astor have answered his call.