The purpose of this day of the challenge is to imagine your character in an alternate universe, where if he’s a hero, now he’s not, and vice versa. Obviously, Grawnk is no hero, so I will try to imagine as if he was.
First of all, Grawnk would most assuredly have to be raised under different circumstances if he was to grow up to become a hero.
So, an alternate universe might have him still being born to Arliah and Madrog, but maybe Madrog goes through with trying to drown Grawnk. I imagine Madrog having to beat Arliah unconscious in order to wrest Grawnk from her protective grasp. Because of having to follow the code of Malacath, Madrog would not be able to Drown Grawnk without suffering the consequences in his stronghold. He would need to do it secretly. From that point, he takes Grawnk to the nearest body of water, Iliac Bay, and throws him out as far as he can, and leaves.
An Argonian, who just happens to be swimming through Iliac Bay on his way to Skyrim, hears a splash, and to his surprise, sees a newborn Orc floating on the surface. He breeches the water, and takes the screaming infant into his arms.
Okay, I’m just going to stop myself right here before I write out the entire back story of Alternate Universe Grawnk. Suffice it to say, the Argonian continues on land to Skyrim to raise Grawnk as his own.
Because so much of what you see in Grawnk is due to his childhood, Grawnk would have the potential to turn out rather differently. In this alternate universe where Grawnk is a hero, we have to assume that the Argonian raises him with that skill set in mind. This is where I see Grawnk drawing strength from the blood of his father, who is a great warrior. However, I think Arliah’s personality and traits will win out over Madrog’s. Essentially, I still see Grawnk being intelligent and kind-hearted, but probably to a lesser extent without being able to experience it firsthand from his mother.
Grawnk would be a cautious hero, never thrusting himself into any situation he didn’t think he could handle. His exploits would ever only be out of necessity. He wouldn’t seek out adventure just in order to gain fame, even though Madrog’s ambitiousness is a part of Grawnk.
This exercise was more difficult for me than the rest, so I hope I was able to do it justice. Let’s face it; writing Grawnk as a hero is a very difficult challenge.
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