Origin Story of Merrybegotten the Half-Orc Barbarian
Merrybegotten’s earliest, albeit most hazy, memory is having had been the only orphan she knew at the Way of the Spirit Convent that had been called a name that was not an invention of the Sisters who attended to the orphans. To this day, Merrybegotten continues to carry with her a rough, worn-through, thin strip of leather with her name crudely inscribed - as if in a hurry - attached to a thin and cheap piece of twine.

Deserted in the early months of her life to the Sisters of the Way of the Spirit Orphanage, Merrybegotten grew to learn that their Convent was one of the final remnants of a religious cult that, for a short period at least, made a considerable impression on Faerun and the entire Forgotten Lands - the Cult of Shared Suffering.

This small convent was devoted to the Crying God, and committed to what many believed was the heretical view that all individuals owed an equal responsibility to share the sufferings of the Crying God, that is, Illmater. Located deep within the High Forest, many miles to the east of Waterdeep, the mostly human sisters who sacrificed to maintain the Orphanage of the Sisters of the Way of the Spirit raised Merrybegotten as an equal sharer of suffering. In line with this, they also taught to her a sense of equality of respect in accord to all the more common race members of the order and of the orphanage proper.

As you might imagine, this kind of education pushed the obviously outsider, half-orc, Merrybegotten, toward a neutral moral stance. All living creatures rightfully share the sufferings of the world. And, in addition, that this must be applied to non-believers just as much as believers….If not even more so. There is a righteousness from stealing from the comforted, as well as a certain righteousness in comforting the afflicted. But, only to a point of equality of suffering, of course.

Merrybegotten has, of late, grown fond of her misfit companions. Despite the diversity of populations in Waterdeep, half-breeds and misfits are not entirely trusted and treated without suspicion. ‘We make a like-company,’ she has thought several times to herself over the first few days of their fellowship.

Working in unison with these new companions could serve Merrybegotten well, she thinks, if they can manage to work together. Lots of signs point to the possibility. And, for the first time since she was first forced to leave the orphanage attached to the Convent of the Order of Shared Suffering, Merrybegotten feels she may have found some well met, and like-minded comrades.

Only time will tell.
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This, my friend. . . . THIS is what happens when a philosopher plays D&D. We get a character who is driven by the sharing and equalization of suffering! This is pretty great stuff here. Thanks for sharing it. Now I have to up my game!