Companions of Corralitos: Iron Gods
Middle-aged Human Merchant-Scientist, Town Councilor of Torch
Khonnir is a middle-aged human of mixed Chelaxian descent. He keeps his hair long, about shoulder length; it’s black with silver streaks running from his temples. He has a slim but muscular frame and stands about 5’10" tall. He’s almost always fidgeting with some small piece of technology with the ever-present tools he keeps in his many belt pouches.
A few years ago, Khonnir heard of the town of Torch and abandoned the river life entirely to seek out new lives there for himself and his adopted daughter Val.
Khonnir’s skill and knowledge, combined with his charitable personality, swiftly made friends of nearly everyone in town. Over the next few years, he grew more and more confident that the Technic League and his old rival Ghartone had given him up for dead, and he built a successful business, shared new techniques for smelting and recasting skymetal, and even improved the town’s water supply. Despite repeatedly downplaying his contributions. Khonnir eventually found himself unanimously voted to the Town Council – an outcome he fears might one day lead his old rival Ghartone and the Technic League to his doorstep – but one which gives him and Val the greatest opportunity for sustained success.
Because he is one of the town’s most learned leaders, citizens and fellow council members alike turned to Khonnir for advice when the violet flame atop Black Hill went out. His investigations led to the discovery of a heretofore unknown set of caves beneath Black Hill, accessed via a short underwater swim at the source of the Seven Tears. After several groups of investigators went missing, Khonnir led his own expedition into the caves, returning with reports of strange creatures and monstrous vermin. More worrisome, though, is evidence that the caves do indeed extend deeper in the direction of the extinguished flame. His recovery of a damaged robot from the caves further aroused fears and nervous speculation about the nature of what might be going on below the city. Khonnir returned to the caves for a second expedition, but did not return, causing the citizens of Torch to worry that whatever dire fate met the first few explorers had seized one of their most beloved leaders.
Luckily, he was rescued by the Companions of Corralitos, who found him incapacitated deep in the remains of an ancient starcraft that lay buried beneath Black Hill. The rest of Khonnir’s expedition had perished due to the hazards and denizens of the ship, and Khonnir himself had undergone forced medical experimentation that left him dazed and incapacitated. After returning to the surface he was able to make a full recovery after a few days rest.