The Armstone's are from a mining background in a village on the eastern boarders of Rhul.
Desden (Des) was a successful miner in the employ of his father's mining enterprises.
He boxed as a hobby and for extra funds.
Desden has a bond with his twin sister that made him dedicated to her, he'd always looked out for her and protected her, no matter what.
In his boxing he could FEEL her willing him on and it seemed to give him new energy and re-new his vigour, he never lost a fight while she was there, he had presumed she was his lucky charm....
When it was discovered that Iselle Armstone had warcaster potential he insisted that he travel with her for her training.
Iselle was deep in training and he saw her less and less as her tutors found her Warajack control, after little training Adept and knew she had the potential for more.
Being a proud sort, in order to keep afloat in Groddenguard without having to rely on family money Des became a hand for hire, his muscles and boxing history easily lending him for manual labour or as a hired hand in family fueds.
Before long Des was back in the ring again and without Iselle, his victories were not assured, fighting now against Rhul's best boxers he soon understood that Iselle was more than a lucky charm, defeated time and again Des realised he was earning only bruises, both physically and to his ego.
In another bloody match Des wasn't doing to badly, until he took a thump to the head, as he lay bleeding on the mat he felt Iselle enter the room. Just as before he started to feel energy flow once more into his tired muscles and the will to fight return to him, unlike before however the strength of that energy was immense. As he returned to his feet he felt as though he could knock his opponent out of the ring with the energies ebbing through him.
Not wanting to cheat his opponent now that he knew he had an unfair advantage he bowed out of the match. Much to the delight of his opponent's coach evidently surprised that Des had risen from the last blow at all.
When she asked why Des had thrown in the towel Des told Iselle the truth, Iselle promised not to tell the miners at home lest Des be shamed for life, after all he had not known that it was her giving him the upper hand in his fights back home.
Once he had cleaned up from the fight, they spent the evening together walking through the streets, taking in the sights of *cityname* and refreshing their pallets in a bar by the docks. At the end of the evening Iselle had to return to her training, and Des knew he would not see her again for another week at least, he was on his own again in the city.
Not wanting to be a failure and knowing nothing else but boxing and mining, and with no mining guilds in the inner city, Des returned to the ring, this time however, no longer confident in his abilities he sought the help of a coach. His string of losses didn't immediately make popular amongst the coaches. However he soon found a coach, down on his luck and impressed, if by nothing else, by Des’s ability to take the hit paid out to him in his matches.
Soon enough Des was training with professional boxers and, not doing at all badly. Des certainly didn’t lack the Braun to be a boxer, being taller than average and with the muscles earnt from years of mining, no what he lacked was only finesse. When it came to professional boxing Des learnt the hard way that the fights are not all about the punches you can throw as much as they are the punches you can block and when to take a hit in order to land one of your own.
In a very short number of days Des was holding his own against seasoned boxers, and by the time Iselle came to see him again he had regained a level of confidence in himself that she was used to.
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Armstone family refugees and mining operation destroyed.
Iselle now a trained warcaster, if still green and Des sign up for active duty in the Searforge commission in order to attempt to aid in the fight against Legion.
*Note I don’t have any of the relevant books here…*
Des is suited and booted with his Steam armour and gauntlets and sent into the field while Iselle takes in combat training.
Before long Des & Company meet the enemy and are forced into the defensive, holed up in a guard post, they wait for re-enforcements, Iselle & Warjacks from Armstone’s mining operation and a company of highshields attempt to get through to Des & co, etc.
Troops display unsurpassed loyalty to this duo, as they are known for their heroics and un-abashed defence of Rhulic lives.