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Born amongst the Sanuye of the tribe Orange-Mane, in a secluded village in the steppes some miles outside Emberstrand. Niyol was found to have an exceptional connection with the Spirit World at a young age, having been known for his ability to sense things that were coming through dreams, and imagery. He was taken in by the village shaman as an apprentice by the time he was eight. From that time on, he was taught in the ways of honing his abilities as a healer and seer, as well as how to properly leave out offerings for the spirits. His first real interaction with a spirit was on his first pilgrimage, just a little after his 16th birthday. The spirit had been a trickster, and ran him around the forest in search of an odd number of sticks that still held leaves. There was no point in this, however, save the spirit's own amusement.

At the end of the 'trial' the spirit did offer Nioyol a little advice, "Don't trust the dancing wolves." at the time, Niyol hadn't a clue what that meant, and took the message to the Shaman. Who laughed, and said it was merely a jest from a playful spirit. However, years later, the message rung true.. when a group of traveling lupine performers came upon the village. They asked for a place to rest and some food, claiming they were only passing through. In the dead of night, however, they struck. A detachment of armed bandits, and archers rushed the village, and sacked it.

Killing most of the inhabitants, while forcing the others to flee. Niyol was among the few who barely escaped. It was then he was cast out. His master had passed on a year before to illness, leaving him the only seer strong enough to sense the pending doom. When confronted, Niyol swore he didn't see it coming.. yet the words from the spirit he met as a child burned in his mind. In the end, he was forced to leave.. catching a traveling merchant's caravan and offering healing, in return passage to where-ever they were headed, this being Emberstrand...

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