The Serpent of Dyr
Born in the town of Dyr, to Leo Doomhowl and Anagr Sorrowwood. Neither parant cared for the child, and gave him into the adoption of a seamstress named Pauline Spinster, a poor woman forced into prostitution by her low economic standing. To support his mother, Rafik was forced to fight, as was his future rival, Fenrir, in the fighting pits the town was so well known for. Learning to fight nimbly and agilely, Rafik soon himself the name, 'Thornwhip', as well as the title, 'The Serpent of Dyr', and gained renown as a fighter of great skill. He was always at odds with the scrappy fighter, Fenrir Wolfsbane, a lucky warrior who seemed to survive in the harshness of Dyr despite the odds. The two of them were always enemies, with Fenrir always defeating expectation, and Rafik always losing status and his claim to fame due to Fenrir's status as the underdog. Despite all, Rafik could never himself defeat Fenrir, especially after Fenrir gained power over Magic, though through this, Rafik became a master of battling Magic-Wielders and seeing through illusions. He held some measure of respect for Fenrir, acknowledging he must have had some measure, knowing of Fenrir's beloved, Adriana Akaroa, and of her true nature as a Changeling, though in this regard he remained silent, as he had established a friendship with her, and swore to protect her, holding to this promise when Fenrir was taken from Dyr by The Children of Summer.
Rafik presents himself as a competent, if somewhat arrogant and egotistical master of the battlefield. In private, he has some measure of pride, that keeps him alive, as he will not allow himself to be defeated, and the very concept of defeat angers him to the point of losing control. Despite this, he is a master of himself, and a charismatic man, charming the populace, and is presented as a nobleman of sorts, as close to a nobleman as is possible in Dyr, being aristocratic in presentation and nature.
Rafik is a tall, slender man, wiry and thin, with whipcord muscle. His clothing is as fine as is possible in Dyr, with a white cotton shirt, tight black pants light brown boots, an emerald green vest, and a red cape bound in a steel clasp in the shape of a snake's head.