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Baragor Ungrim was the first Slayer King of Karak Kadrin.[1b][2a][4b]

History

Many years ago, King Baragor of Karak Kadrin suffered a great and terrible loss which drove him to take the oath of the Slayers. What caused him to make such a sudden and drastic decision is not recorded in the Book of Grudges of Karak Kadrin, nor in the Records of the Kings, nor even the stronghold's Book of Days. It is commonly assumed that the cause was the death of his daughter at the claws of the great dragon Skaladrak on her way to marry the son of the High King at Karaz-a-Karak.[1b][4b][6a]

Baragor is known to have tracked down Skaladrak and attempted to exact revenge, but he didn't manage to kill the beast, taking only a scale and causing a grievous wound that forced the creature to flee.[6a] In any case, Baragor became the first Slayer King of Karak Kadrin.[1b][4b][6a] The nature of his shame has been forgotten by his people as a sign of respect, and the secret is passed down from one Slayer King to the next, until one of them can make atonement.[2a]

Torn between his two conflicting vows, the oath of a Slayer to seek out death and the oath of a King to watch over and protect his people, Baragor was unable to fulfil either properly.[1b][2a][4b] In the end, good Dwarf sense prevailed, and he found a way to honour both his vows after a fashion.[1b][4b] In -650 IC[1a][2b][3a][4a] he founded the shrine of Grimnir, the Shrine of Slayers in Karak Kadrin, and with generous donations to the cult he established a haven for Slayers from all over the Dwarf realms.[1b][4b] He also took the name of Ungrim, which means 'oath-bound' or 'unfulfilled oath', that his descendants bear to this day.[1a][3a][4a] Soon Karak Kadrin was acknowledged as the home of the Slayer Cult, hitherto a scattered group of individuals wandering amongst the mountains.[1b]

Although Baragor could not fulfil his own vows while his people needed him, he could help others to do so, and as such he upheld his honour and was considered a wise and reasonable Dwarf by all concerned. Baragor died in a tunnel cave-in deep below Karak Kadrin, his Slayer's vow still unfulfilled.[1b]

His son, Dargo, inherited not only the kingdom, but his father's vow as well, and became the second of a line of Slayer Kings. His five times great grandson is King Ungrim Ironfist, the current Slayer King of Karak Kadrin.[1b][4b]

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