Blood-The Price of Tribute
Harka Taaren is the fifty-six year old Valhakar of Horko. He had four wives and twelve living children, with seven surviving sons. Harka is a member of a long lines of Taarens who have held Horko and Taarenlund for over a thousand years. Only within the last hundred years has Horko paid tribute to anyone, in this case to the Stahlers of Pelyn, but have remained loyal retainer-men since.
Harka’s eldest son, Horvin Taaren, who would have likely been the next Valhakar, perished in the Cape Renda Disaster thirteen years ago. Dying with him was his twin brother Hornis. They were both twenty-three. The current eldest son is Hurrin, who is presently twenty-nine.