|Defender of Ekkunar||Absorb 50,000 damage with the Ekkuni Greatshield.|
|Woodsworn||Complete a match on a team composed of all Eldrid teammates.|
|The Unbearable||While enraged, kill 100 enemies.|
|The Dwarf’s Favourite Axiom||Deal 25,000 explosive damage with Axe Toss while energized by Runes of Power.|
|The Runes That Best Reflect My Mood||Self-heal 10,000 damage with the Ekkuni Greatshield while energized by Runes of Power.|
- The Runes That Best Reflect My Mood – "Boldur B.O." taunt
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|Defender of Ekkunar|
Excerpt from the Sixty-Seventh Archive of the Green Observer
Little is known about the distant past of the reclusive Boldur, native of Ekkunar. It is strongly suspected that he and the Ekkuni dwarves are part of some larger network of subterranean natives who maintain the massive Aztanti engine that holds the broken planet together. Whatever his past, all that can be verified is that Boldur emerged on the surface of Ekkunar several hundered of years ago and began work on organizing the Woodsworn - a militia capable of repulsing small and early Varelsi scouting forays on the planet.
Thorn and her parents migrated to Ekkunar after their homeworld Eshteni was darkened. They settled in a refugee village not far from where Boldur made his home.
As the story is told, the young Thorn would journey deep into the Ekkuni forests. Even as a child, her Aelfrin agility was evident and it wasn't long before she roamed the forest in quiet ease. She spent more than a year watching Boldur from a distance before making contact, and that first contact came in the form of stealing from plants he grew in his garden.
One such stolen plant, mimikaris vine, pierced her skin, inflicting Thorn with a sickening poison. Boldur found her hours later and asked her where she received her injury. Thorn insisted that she had been bitten by native insects, even while Boldur pulled a single red thorn from her hand.
In the weeks that Boldur treated Thorn, a relationship budded, and the dwarf adopted Thorn. She gained a grandfather of sorts, and he gained a new incentive to leave his solitude and once again invest in the well-being of others.
Were it not for the mimikaris vine, Thorn's stubbornness, or Boldur's care, we would not have two of the more influential warriors in the War of the Last Star.
To this day, Thorn insists she was bitten by an insect that nests in Boldur's beard.
To this day, Boldur keeps the mimikaris thorn braided in his beard, and close to his heart...
COMBAT EVALUATION REPORT
As requested, I have evaluated the Woodsworn militia for candidacy as defenders of your Observatory. Most of them are primitive folk, wielding weapons found among the barrow-ruins of the Aztanti, little more than clubs and spears.
However, their leader, Boldur, is far more than he seems. A capable war-leader and artificer, Boldur has forged weapons for himself, and indeed, has forged the motley Woodsworn into a force far beyond their natural potential.
Whille the Woodsworn are likely only capable of local defense small Varelsi or factional raiding parties, Boldur himself is a maelstrom of fury. Boldur regularly separates from the Woodsworn, taking on entire invading battalions on his own.
Usually about bears.
I would strongly consider that you develop a relationship with the diminuitive Ekkuni native, and enlist him as a defender for the coming troubles.
Lastly - do not ask him about vidanium root. Trust me.
The Red Observer
(Audio recorded by the ship Magnus Nova, after Boldur had been heavily sedated to treat an injured "right cheek" following a Battleborn extraction mission on Bliss.)
Boldur: Nova! Where is everyone? Boldur is LONELY!
Nova: Sleeping. Because that's a thing they need. How are you, Boldur?
Boldur: Drunk! LIKE A TRUE WOODSMAN!
Nova: Lovely. Well, I've got a lot of processing and, y'know, AI stuff to do, so...
Boldur: Nova... Boldur... will now tell you about life... in the woods.
Boldur: NOW THEN. Among the critters of these vast and wicked worlds, there is none more suited for both FRIENDSHIP and COMBAT than the cedar bears in Ralpopym!
Boldur: Huge and warm, and LOVERS of MAYHEM! Aye... for a woodsfarin' dwarf looking for a battle companion, there is no finer... NO FINER COMRADE! No friend more loyal! No companion more wise! No warrior more fierce than the GREAT CEDAR BEARS!
Boldur: Aye, Nova! Boldur 'n' his bear were UNSTOPPABLE! A true force of nature, eh? Me with my axe, and my armor, and my shield... the bear with his, eh... his, eh, CLAWS, and uh, y'know, the smell - CRITICAL for combat, Nova! Those days, back when my bear was more than just a sigull on my shield.
Nova: It's pronounced "sigil".
Boldur: MARK MY WORDS, COMPUTER LADY! MARK THEM! Bring back me bear any day, and I'll teach you how to RIDE it! Have you ever wanted to ride a BEAR, Nova?
Boldur: It's miraculous. Nothing like it! NOTHING ON ANY WORLD!
(Boldur guffaws, like a drunk person.)
Boldur: Wait, what was Boldur saying?
Boldur: Ahh, BEARS!
|The Dwarf’s Favourite Axiom|
The axe appears to be imbued with some sort of runic power, quite possibly some lost secret from among the Aztanti who colonized Ekkunar after their departure from the moon now known as Bliss. Whatever its source, Boldur is able to use the axe to draw forth energy from the planet Ekkunar itself and ply it in battle to great (and occasionally explosive) benefit. The dwarf is, shall I say, literally as tough as the earth on which he stands.
One final note about the axe: it has the sigil of a bear engraved on its head. While Boldur will answer no questions about the bear, it is obvious from the emotion in his response that the symbol is quite meaningful to him.
|The Runes That Best Reflect My Mood|
Nearly a full Codex Reckoning year to the day following my previous report on the axe of the Ekkuni dwarf Boldur the Woodsworn, I have investigated reports that the faithful defender of the broken world now bears a notable shield as well.
Boldur's one-of-a-kind shield, like his axe, has also been inscribed with Aztanti runes, allowing the shield to reflect all but the most potent attacks from modern armaments. As with many of our finds regarding Aztanti relics, the shield represents secrets of power-forging lost to us over the millennia.
Thanks to our investigations into old Aztanti ruins, I have also determined the shield was crafted from the codpiece of an Ekkuni golemic guardian. It is unknown how Boldur acquired the codpiece from the guardian, but it is imagined to have been... difficult. Boldur would only break into hysterical laughter when asked to recount the tale.