Royal Army, Combat Wizard, First Lieutenant, 4th Platoon
As many before her had done, Bai-Qiao Lao grew up in a very rural part of the farming lands far to the east of Faerun. However for Bai-Qiao, she happened to be born into an age of revolution, during times of frequent war between the three reigning feudal lords of the lands far to the east of Faerun. Fate had a bigger plans in store for Bai-Qiao than her parents or her village did. She was married to an older cousin at 15. He was a kind, caring person. The gods decided to bless him with more personality and social graces that were unbefitting for the rural lifestyle he was destined to live than the farming skills that he needed to make a living. Food in the village was scarce and times were hard. The frequent waring in the surrounding valleys didn’t help this. Neither did the military camps that would come demanding food in exchange for withheld violence. It was these military battalions that altered Bai-Qiao’s fate. Food was scarce and military camps grew in size as the battle for the strategically important river located to the north of the village. This lack of food led to violence from the soldiers. Bai-Qaio’s husband died trying to protect some of the older villagers from the soldiers. This particular incident was what sparked Bai-Qaio’s particular dislike of aggressive, violent, and tyrannical men. After the battle for the river had calmed down, the victors came search the near by villages for potential and willing recruits knowing the cruelty suffered under the previously camped army. Although it is still rare for women to be recruited into the army, special circumstances are made for those possessing latent magical abilities. Still mourning the loss of her husband, but having nothing left for her in the village she decided to leave with this army. It was not because of revenge that she had left the village. It just so happened that the Major in charge of the battalion that was sent to recruit from the village had a demeanor similar to that of her late husband. Because of this she was recruited into what would later become the royal army of her homelands at the age of 17. In the beginning of her military career, she was trained in classical fighting techniques and then sent to the battle field at 18. The royal army held strong beliefs that exposing soldiers with potential for magic to the dangers of battle would help awaken these dormant powers. Bai-Qiao turned out to be a capable soldier despite not knowing anything but farming and slowly rose in rank as the campaign progressed.