Hunter V. I. Lilywhite
Ref: Profile #4564 Case #778
Species: barbary lion, aberrant
Hunter Vrynn Icris, born in 1948 AA, hails from the Lilywhite House, a lesser aristocratic family within the Kingdom of Fellya. The Lilywhites are one of the eight families tasked with guarding the esteemed Rhovarann forest, known for their secrecy and reserve. This lineage produces “Fängers,” elite hunters and rangers renowned for their solitary nature and exceptional skills.
Raised in Warzerbrach, also called Blackbrook, Hunter grew up in a grand hunting lodge that serves as the Lilywhite estate's seat. This lodge is also the nexus for the house's three branches: the Lilien, Vizekusen, and Ibrox. At 12, Hunter witnessed a familial schism as the Vizekusen and Ibrox pledged allegiance to the rival House of Löwen amidst a fierce political struggle for dominance in the Wolfram’s Court. This conflict compelled the two branches to pressure the Lilien, led by Hunter’s father and the Lilywhite patriarch, Könsbrinn, into joining their cause, contrary to his wishes.
Amidst this tension, Hunter's training intensified, leading him to develop unique combat techniques, notably dual wielding, enhancing his natural talent as a Fänger. However, his isolated upbringing and limited interaction with the Cradle's communities meant he had little real combat experience, a situation compounded by the Lilywhites' policy of concealing their skills from non-lions.
Despite these limitations, Hunter triumphed in the “Hunter’s Derby,” a contest showcasing the Fängers' prowess to all Rhovarann households, securing his position as the Lilywhite House's heir apparent. Yet, internal politics marred his victory, with his score being manipulated to favor his cousins and reflect the house's intricate politics.
The Durstren Rebellion of 1967 was an uprising of a lion house against the Caiser, which tested the entire Lilywhite House. In this turmoil, Hunter played a pivotal role as a spy and saboteur for the Caiser, contributing to the downfall of the notorious “Blue Lion.” As recompense for his loyalty and that of his family, Hunter would be granted titles and special honors. Additionally, the surviving lion houses, seeking to strengthen their position and maintain friendly relations with Wolfram's Court, also offered their lionesses' daughters in marriage to Hunter.
Hunter eagerly accepted the offers, but aware that his life as a warrior would come to a close, he sought his father's permission to travel the world for a time before settling down for good upon his return home.