Kruger Van Drachenstein was born to a tavern owner mother and an exiled noble father in the town of Drachenstein in the mountainous area of his country of Holthar. The town was named after the mountains that were said to once contained monsters called drakes till his ancestor, Wilhelm and his company of soldiers drove them out. His family held no ill will towards the other Drachensteins in their mountain keep, as when Kruger was able to venture out into the town, his grandfather who exiled his father was dead and he was already friends with his cousin and the heir to the Drachenstein family, Richmond Van Drachenstein.
When he was finally old enough to begin training, Kruger joined the town guard and begun training. He quickly rose up the ranks and joined the Black Wolves, the main military contingent within Drachenstein, named after a local legend about the protectors of town before the Van Drachenstein family came. The most Kruger knew was fighting bandits as the Empire of Sobukand had achieved peace thanks to the two Empresses.
One day, the Empresses sent out a request for peoples of all walks from the many countries of the Empire of Sobukand to come and help colonize a new continent that had been discovered. Indeed, this would be the third expedition and Kruger would sign up to join the Third Mixed Regiment, a regiment of soldiers from every country, as a representative of the Holtharian Army. He would don the red sash of the Third Mixed Regiment and sail to the continent of Torakand to help protect the civilians that would form the new town of Layton.
Kruger would find himself fighting more than just bandits in Torakand. Parasitic plants that would control bodies seeking more prey, devious pirates who went back on deals, and numerous large bat monsters known as Ahool became those he fight against. This was not counting patrols to watch out for the fallen members of the Second Mixed Regiment who were corrupted and became cannibalistic, clearing out local hostile wildlife, or warding off the giant winged monsters known as the Snallygasters.
Kruger came to Torakand for a reason. His family had always been one about service. They protected the town of Drachenstein and had fought in the great Kings Wars against their rivals of Sorjund. They had achieved much, but that expectation has greatly weighed on his shoulders. While his cousin may be satisfied of being the town protector, a noble and lord up in the Drachenstein Castle and his father was fine running the Black Wolf Brewery in his hastening age, Kruger wished to obtain the glory of his ancestors. While he was a Conscript in the Third Mixed Regiment, Kruger desired to gain a title, ideally military, to capture even a little of glory for the Drachenstein name.
Indeed, his wish almost came true as he became the Third's liaison to the Militia with discussion with his Captain of him even taking command of it. It was unfortunately not to be, for Layton held a device of strange magical power. It had once turned the town's citizens to ghosts and had even brought a lizard-like individual from another time and place. Kruger disliked it and wished not to go near it, however a raid from the Second Mixed Regiment forced him into the device. Suddenly, he was transported away. Away from his job that held his dreams. Away from the comrades and friends he had grown to care for. Away from his family that was once an ocean away, now far longer. He had not even learned the name of his cousin's child that was to be born.
This was how Kruger Van Drachenstein found himself in Osterra, seeking a way to return home. In the mean time, he has made some new comrades, some he might even call friends. He uses the skills he gained on the frontier to earn a living by running a shop, and the skills he learned in the military to aid the faction that gave him shelter while he sought out his home. With dwindling hope of ever going home, his thoughts are now turning to his dream. Even if he cannot see his family again, he can at least gain glory in the family name through military service and titles, just like his ancestors before him.