The Hands that Move the World
Derli was born a dragonmarked scion of House Kundarak, the Mark of Warding manifesting on his chest at birth. He was raised in Korunda Gate by his father, Raldar d’Kundarak, an excessively greedy banker of the house. Derli bore a strong moral compass from a very early age, which in his teen years resulted in a major turning point for him: his father stole a magical artifact from the vaults, an oblong stone of some kind wrapped in scrolls. Derli refused to let his father get away with this theft, and in turn stole the artifact back and was put to trial by the House, but he refused to reveal the item’s location and eventually fled the Mror Holds.
He was then expelled from House Kundarak. The Ghorad’din set about chasing him to retrieve what he had stolen and bring him to justice, and Derli spend several years evading Blaurath d’Kundarak’s persistent pursuit.
A few years after his escape from his Dragonmarked House, Derli found himself joining an all-dwarf mercenary company called the Earthsmiters. By the time he joined the Earthsmiters were employed exclusively by Cyre, and Derli was a participant in the Battle for Fort Earthpass. At some point, though, their allegiances shifted to an unknown outside contractor, resulting in the destruction and slaughter of an entire Cyran village.
Derli could not abide this and left the mercenary group shortly before the Day of Mourning, turning instead to faith in Dol Dorn. He began wandering alone afterwards.
Joining the Eclipse Collective
Every year following the Earthsmiters’ slaughter, Derli made a risky pilgrimage to the Mournland to pay his respects to the fallen and remember the atrocities. In 999 YK, he was captured by the warforged of the Becoming God, and imprisoned in Fort Earthpass by Sturmreiter. Here, he met the Eclipse Collective who shared a similar fate, and joined with them in their task assigned by the warforged in exchange for their freedom: the retrieval of an old warforged titan head from below the ruins of the fort.
After completing the task and gaining their freedom (with a bonus explosive double-cross aided by Zan-kyri), Derli agreed to continue following the Eclipse Collective to their destination of Metrol, and has been a steadfast member of the group since.