|Khelbyn||Steamwheedle Cartel US||Paladin||70||Argentum Ordo||Knight-Templar|
Name: Khelbyn Alowishus Whitestaff
Professions: Blacksmith [Hammersmith Specialization]
Current Home: Ironforge
Place of Birth: Moonbrook
Note: An acute intolerance toward insolence has had the opportunity to present itself. Furthermore, a disrespect toward those in his charge (officer or not) has been met with severe impatience, even if said disrespect comes from the hand of another guild-mate.
Goals & Motivators:
Khelbyn’s desires are what, in his opinion, those of any bearers of the Light should be: give aid to those who need it and wage war on the true forces of darkness, such as the Scourge and the Burning Legion. Said aid should and must be blind to race, and furthermore, both Horde and Alliance would do well to realize they battle the same enemies.Having served in all three of the major wars, and having committed unsavory acts in the name of duty, Khelbyn has no longer has any desire to aid either side in battling the other.
That was, until the war broke out and altered the course of his life, forever.
When Gul`dan’s forces pushed through the Dark Portal, and the humans rallied their defenses, Khelbyn’s younger brother, Halastyr, then only nineteen, enlisted in Stormwind’s army. Against familial counsel, Kheblyn immediately enlisted as well, in effort to keep watch over his younger sibling. Though, having no aptitude in the melee arts, he was not entirely sure how he planned on doing just that. Once trained, however, he was serviceable enough. By the end of the war, Khelbyn and Halastyr, left relatively unscathed and found themselves among the remaining soldiers that fled north to Lordaeron following the fall of Stormwind Keep.
With barely enough time to catch their collective breath, the brothers took up arms a second time against the Horde onslaught. This time, however, Khelbyn could not keep such a watchful eye upon his brother as the natural skill with which he wielded the Light had coupled with well his moderate combat prowess. The elder brother had been pulled within the ranks of the newly formed Knights of the Silver Hand. While Halastyr fought in the infantry to retake Stormwind Keep, Khelbyn’s struggle took place hundreds of miles away at the battle before the Dark Portal.
Both brothers survived. However, at this point, Halastyr had suffered enough lasting injuries to render him relatively infirm. Still, he remained well enough to sling both crates of cargo and barrels of oil. Thus, he retired from service and moved north to work the docks at Stratholme. Khelbyn remained with the Knights, and spent much of the next decade serving the Alliance as needed. However, during this time, his once steadfast devotion to the Silver Hand (and the Alliance as a whole) had been dealt several fatal blows. Most notable among them were the atrocities committed in the Alliance’s name at internment camps such as Lordamere, and the questionable trial, and subsequent excommunication, of former Knight of the Silver Hand, Tirion Fordring.
During what would become the opening moments of the Third War, Khelbyn made an arduous and damning choice. Before the gates of Stratholme, Prince Arthas Menethil charged Uther the Lightbringer, lord and commander of the Silver Hand, with treason. Uther had refused to move into the city at Arthas’s command, to “cleanse” it of those who had been infected by the undead plague. At that precise moment the Silver Hand was disbanded and torn into two distinct groups: those who left with the Lightbringer and those who stayed to rain iniquitous justice upon Stratholme’s inhabitants. Khelbyn chose the latter, rationalizing that he must, at any cost, gain entry into the plagued city to search for Halastyr.
The details of Khelbyn’s actions within the plagued city’s walls remains unclear*, though it is known that Khelbyn made his way out of Stratholme, along with a handful of survivors, and followed Jaina Proodmoore west to Kalimdor. There he served a brief period, as a soldier once more, within the Kul Tiras. However, he quickly grew disillusioned by the petty hatred that fueled the elder Proudmoore. Weary of the Admiral’s campaign, Khelbyn left Theramore just days before Daelin fell to the Horde Champion Rexxar.Having been left to wander alone and without direction for several years, Khelbyn sought to restore the honor to the Alliance. However, he soon realized that the institution had long since become too corrupt for any possibility of salvation. Regardless of the fact that his youth had managed to escape him, Khelbyn was bound to seek personal atonement for him the acts of atrocity commited in the name of “honor” and “duty”. Thus, based loosely upon the tenets he learned from his tenure as a Knight of the Silver Hand, he sought to form a new order… one both blind to the differences that mark the Horde, and set upon the greater enemies to all that inhabit Azeroth.