Flames and Steel: The Chromatic War
Some time ago, a traveling half-elf monk saved a beautiful kitsune from a hunter’s trap. The fox was young and impetuous and not wizened to the ways of the brutish humans, orcs and the like. She feels indebted to him and follows him for a while, trying, in that impish red fox way, to save him in return. The monk is a kind hearted soul and wanders to seek the truth in the natural world. What little he has is carried in a wooden box on his back. The fox girl at first shies from the strange to her, but kind elf but over time they fall in love and a son is born.
Neither knows that the result of their love comes with a price, a curse on their son, by moonlight, a crazed animal, full of lust and carnal emotions. By day he carries only two marks that would betray his curse; eyes like a fox and a curious paw print on his chest.
Of course neither parent was content to simply abandon the child and so the monk brought up his son in the traditions that he was raised in and his mother taught him what measures of control she could to his animal side. Together the boy traveled with his family, seeing many sights, learning many things, and growing stronger and stronger physically. On his 20th birthday, the were-fox Garyuu, tearfully bade his parents farewell and set out on his own journey of enlightenment, knowing that he would have little trouble finding them again someday when he found what he was looking for. Four years into his wanderings, Garyuu, having helped many people on his own, stumbled upon a small city and a band of other mismatched adventurers and decided to see where casting his lot with them would lead him.