Estin, The Celestial City
Sin is a diminutive young man of foreign birth, with dark skin, golden eyes, and a broad, smiling face. He wears simple clothing and carries few possessions – unremarkable in any way except they are pristine. From his shaved head, to deft hands, to well-traveled feet in simple sandals, Sin is fastidious in his appearance. It is clear to see his attentions do not stem from vanity, but discipline.
His demeanor is a study in contrasts. Though young, the many years spent in a far-off monastery have given him a quiet worldliness that belies his age. He is patient, calm, and careful. His superiors praised him for his insight and attention. Optimistic to a fault, Sin is unswervingly confident in his place in the world – at once a part of and apart from everyone and everything. However, there is also something unsettling about the young monk: behind those happy golden eyes lurks a fervent zeal for a cause, beyond mortals, only he can see.
Sin entered into the Ying mountain monastery at a young age, never to see his parents again. Life on the steppes was difficult and a poor growing season left the family no choice but to give up their son so he could be provided for.
The monks made note of the serious child, only 4 or 5 years old at the time, who never cried or otherwise made any distress about his situation. As time went on, the child grew into the foremost acolyte among his peers – dedicated to the rigorous ascetic life of meditation, education, and training. Abbot Omin praised the young monk’s diligence and began involving him in more and more advanced teachings of their order.
The Ying order reveres a certain kind of individual: the hero. Heroes are, in the Ying estimation, those who through power, opportunity, cleverness, dedication, wisdom, learning, or any combination thereof, shape the world in their own image. The theology of this can be complex – many a lesson at the monastery becomes a forum seeking out the truth of heroes, their motivations, and when their acts make them worthy of the title. The Ying monks in turn dedicate themselves to seeking out, nurturing, and serving those great people. Prophecies made to the order promise a final hero, the Peacebringer, who will be the greatest of all and usher in a new era. Though alert for any sign of this heralded individual, the Ying monks concern themselves with the present.
In action, the Ying monks humbly serve those around them with guidance and charity. When the abbot decides a monk has grown in wisdom enough, usually in the thirties, he or she is allowed to leave the monastery. Usually these traveler monks become counselors and stewards to important figures, seeking out truth and peace through their heroes. Though far from numerous, to have the services of a Ying monk is considered quite a boon.
Sin, in his zeal, devoured even the most advanced scriptures of his order with the blessing of his abbot. Within a year of receiving this blessing Sin suddenly left the monastery without a word, betraying his oaths of obedience to the order. Utterly convinced of his religious understanding and purpose beyond the walls of his order and the borders of his nation, Sin shouldered a new determination to find the Peacebringer.
He has traveled far and seen much in the year since that day, but his sense of purpose burns even brighter than before.
After a near-defeat in the battle with Whiston the Ice Terror, Sin was overcome with his failure. After taking time to reflect, however, he rededicated himself to his cause. This time, he would not rely on his presumptions, and train himself to be the proper herald of the Peacebringer.
He has also begun to study a prayerbook to Tiamat he obtained from Whiston’s kobold subordinate. He has a growing fascination with dragons and the way their philosophy meshes so well with his own.