Rowan Renard was an Alucar who became one of the early followers of Dagda Vormund.
Orphaned at a young age, he and his older sister Rathina were raised by their aunt and uncle on a farm a few miles south of the city of Bodai. As a young man Rowan became doubtful and uncertain of his religious beliefs, provoked by a disturbing revelation. He sought out Vormund for guidance and became one of his disciples.
Rowan was born in the year 143, during the reign of King Letholdus the Third. Orphaned in infancy, he and his older sister Rathina were taken in by his Uncle Milo and Aunt Hester, who lived on a farm a couple miles south of Bodai. Hester added to the family's income by working as a midwife.
As a child, Rowan was bookish and shy. He read a great deal, particularly history tomes, which he borrowed from a traveling library. His aunt and uncle advised him not to fill his head with "foolishness", but never banned books from the house.
While his sister grew to be a staunch, outspoken atheist, Rowan was always a tentative theist. In his boyhood he sensed a presence which was difficult to describe, but he gradually came to believe it was the god Akhen. Despite his convictions, he was uncomfortable discussing religion with his peers because of the stigma associated with religion and his sister's aggressive intellectualism. Rathina discovered her brother's faith by accident, but continued to mock religion in his presence.
Upon turning eighteen, Rowan moved to Bodai and became the apprentice of the master sculptor Meier Amano. He enjoyed his work and was encouraged by Meier to pursue a career as a sculptor. Free from his overbearing sister's influence, he also began exploring religion in ways he never had before.
Rowan and the New Religion
Dagda Vormund arrived in Bodai in 164, shortly after Rowan turned nineteen. He encountered the prophet while he was preaching in the town square. Intrigued, Rowan stopped to listen. Soon he began actively attending Vormund's sermons and collecting the various reading materials his followers handed out, including a copy of Vormund's new Mandorlin translation.When Rathina learned of her brother's interest in the prophet during a visit, she reluctantly revealed a disturbing truth about their heritage: their parents were brother and sister, making her and Rowan the product of incest. Rowan was deeply affected by this revelation, experiencing an existential crisis. Motivated by a desire to amend his shameful heritage, he decided to seek out a private audience with Vormund.Rathina followed him to a sermon and attempted to refute Vormund by publicly exposing him as a charlatan and discrediting his work. Vormund defended himself, but left soon after without giving a sermon.
Confused, Rowan nonetheless introduced himself to two of the prophet's followers, Sophia Richter and Drusus Rolfe. They agreed to arrange a meeting. However, the city police arrived on the scene not long after and declared Vormund and his followers to be banished from Bodai.